Archive for: April, 2009

Hurrah! Bright.Bazaar’s first trend forecast for 2010 has arrived. 

Greys, greens and oranges dominate the somewhat subdued Spring/Summer 09 collection from high street retailer, Habitat. Although bang on trend with their colour choices, which includes the sumptuous Mandarin Orange, I was left wanting more from the collection. Highlights include the new Kilo table and the sophisticated and understated Ella sofa, but the rest of the collection fails to excite my imagination as they so often have in the past. New additions to the brand’s lighting are sparse, not extending much further than seasonal colour updates to it’s staple table/floor lamp, Spindle. Meanwhile, I find myself trying hard to like the Polygon throw, but I’ve yet to be convinced. I just hope they knock my socks off with a fantastic Autumn/Winter collection, because I’d like to see the store back where they belong – the top of my favourite high street destinations list.

Kilo Long Low Table

Ella Sofa

Spindle Table Lamp

Polygon Throw
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When I worked in East London I walked past Squint daily and often dropped in over lunch to pour over their quirky designs. They’ve been featured in a host of interiors-related media, most recently gracing the cover of the Sunday Times Magazine. Offering anything from indulgent, brightly coloured Chesterfields, lovingly emblazoned chests of drawers and magical chandeliers, Squint has colourful additions for a variety of spaces. My personal favourite are these gorgeous chandeliers (shown below) – they would make a great talking point in any home. If Squint’s prices are out of your price range (they sure are mine, but hey, a boy can dream, right?!), then scour your loft, parent’s garage and your local charity shops for leftover fabrics. Then mix and match to create a piece of furniture bespoke to your home. And why stop at covering furniture, when you can give your walls the same patchwork treatment? Just look at Danish designer Nina’s living room wallpaper – it’s fantastic and so uplifting. If you like what you see, then check out her blog here.