Archive for: November, 2012



Have you heard of The Simple Things magazine? It’s a relatively new title that has launched in multiple countries across the World and Mr. Bazaar was lucky enough to secure a contributing role! This was a big step for me in my career, so I’m very grateful to the editors for believing in my work and trusting me to curate their shopping pages. I think many of you will agree that taking on a new project is always nerve-wracking – I sure do! All I could do was throw myself into the features and work my little socks off. I did just that and, well, I’m not only proud of the results but also to be working with the team from an early phase in the magazine’s history. I realised the other day that the current Holiday issue of Sweet Paul magazine is my third, which means I’ve been working with Paul and his team for three years – time flies! I find it so rewarding to see how far the magazine has come and I know that The Simple Things is also destined for huge things; there’s such a buzz about the title here in the UK. If you are in the States you can pick up a copy in Barnes & Noble; here’s a list of places you can find the magazine worldwide.

Each issue is split into three sections – Dawn, Day and Dusk – which take you through simple ideas to make the most out of your day. The magazine is all about enjoying the smaller things; the things that matter most in life. It’s about slowing down, making the most of where you live and enjoying the company of friends and family. So, yesterday, I thought about this notion and curated a small collection of simple little things that are making me happy right now. I’d love to know: what simple things in life are making you happy right now?
// Photography & styling by Will Taylor

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Bookcases: whether big or small I’m sure we all have one in our home, right? This trusted storage staple is also an ideal element for bringing colour into a space, so I decided to pull together three ideas that do just that. Up first is ‘exotic brights’, a refreshing lime green scheme that utilises colour in a bookcase to visually pull two separate spaces together. This vibrant yet calming scheme is achieved by painting the recessed bookcase in the same hue as the stripes on the bathroom floor, resulting in a cohesive and spacious look. (If you’re interested, I blogged the whole tour of this home last year.) Second on the Bookcase Billboard is ‘lemon surprise’ a high energy, palm springs inspired space that sees a colour block yellow bookcase take centre stage. By styling your bookcase with pieces from the same palette as the bookcase itself creates a striking colour-on-colour statement out of the piece, which brings stacks of vitality to the room. Finally, my favourite of the three looks, ‘eclectic pastels’. Ideal for renters or crafty types, this look sees scraps of wallpaper or wrapping papered on the backs of random shelves from which complimentary colours are added through accessories making the bookcase look relaxed and effortless – and, crucially, not messy! Which of the three takes your vote, folks?
// 1. Alexandra Angle; photography by Lucas Allen | 2. Livingetc; photography by Chris Everard | 3. Pynt

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Remember how I talked about this West Elm kitchen inspiring my holiday decorating last weekend? Well, I took heed of my inspirations and decided to bring some festive cheer into my own kitchen. I swapped out some of the non-holiday pieces (shared here last month) on my freestanding kitchen unit for some quintessential Christmas finds. I’ve not reinvented the holiday decorating wheel here, but simply stuck to the tried and tested classics for the season: think candy candy red and white stripes, playful polka dots and whimsical Scandi touches. For me Christmas is the time of year we can all embrace the kid within us, after all wasn’t it the most magical time of year when you were growing up? With this in mind I always try to include some charming youthful touches to my decorating, hence the lovely Pixie I bought in Copenhagen. (In fact, a friend I was travelling with joked that I had to buy it because I had worn nothing but an array of fairisle jumpers for the whole trip!) That said, I’ve still kept the look practical because this is a working space. With minimal foliage and no lights, I used everyday items from within the red palette and stripe or polka dot patterns to create a cohesive look. Meanwhile, leaving free space in the centre means I can still use the surface for food preparation. I’m smitten with how this corner of my kitchen has turned out! What do you think, friends?

// Styling & photography by Will Taylor

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