01/04/2013 // 24 comments

Mr. Bazaar’s 2012 Highlights

2012 was a whirlwind adventure for me, both professionally and personally. Having worked really, really hard I feel grateful to be able to look back at the opportunities I had to work on some fantastic projects, all of which led to meeting so many kind, inspiring and supportive people. I enjoyed sharing memory-filled days with friends, loved ones and peers both at home and abroad. Here’s just a handful of the highlights:

Paris: Mr. Bazaar In The City of Light
Mr. Bazaar’s Colourful View of Amsterdam
New York City Snapshots
Rachie’s Beautiful Wedding
Celebrating Becoming Sweet Paul Magazine Market Editor
Mr. Bazaar’s HomeSense Video
Bright.Bazaar Named Homes & Antiques’ Number One Interiors Blog
Mr. Bazaar At The London 2012 Olympic Games
Welcome To The New Look Bright.Bazaar
Mr. Bazaar Goes On A Boat Trip With Ikea!
Announcing My Features For The Simple Things Magazine
Something Magical Happened In Paris…

So what for 2013? Well, as I sit here and ponder the year ahead I realise I’ve never been one to make a list of resolutions per se. I mean, after all, each year brings its ups and downs, right? I sometimes find that resolutions can be quite extreme – ‘I won’t eat that’ or ‘I will stop feeling X, Y, Z’ – when really what feels more realistic is an attempt to achieve a better balance. A balance of work and play; of hard days and good days; of fear and excitement; of spontaneity and planning – a balance of all that makes up Life. Of course, I’m hoping 2013 brings more good days than bad, but life is a journey and if anything, 2012 made me acutely aware that I will never stop learning and growing. What I try to do is learn from both the good and bad in life. Thinking about this reminded me of the joy I felt at seeing my dear Gran walk unaided down the isle at church to receive Holy Communion on Christmas Eve in 2011. Having suffered a stroke just months before I was both moved and inspired by her strength, courage and determination to not let what had been a major bump in her journey deter her from living life. So whenever I feel the balance in my life slipping throughout the year, as inevitably it will, I’m going to try and close my eyes and think of my Gran’s warmth, strength and bravery. I wish you all a year full of great health, happiness and success. Oh, and a healthy dose of colour, too!


04 / 4 / 2013

What a great Bright Bazaar year it has been, Will! Here’s to another wonderful bright blogging year! Tchin!

tina @ colourliving

04 / 4 / 2013

What a beautifully written post (with fantastic animated images

Et tu, tutu?

04 / 4 / 2013

This was a really cute post! I liked how the images changed around. Sounds like you had a really great year. All the best for 2013!


Alice {sweet dreamer}

04 / 4 / 2013

Happy new year, Will! I’ve been a long-time reader of your blog and this yearly re-cap blew me away. So many great moments in 2012 – I hope 2013 is even better for you and this blog! x

Manvi Drona

04 / 4 / 2013

Love and echo your thoughts Will. Here’s to a FAB year! xo


04 / 4 / 2013

So sweet!

julia [lifeonchurchill]

04 / 4 / 2013

What a year! Somehow I missed you becoming the Sweet Paul marketing editor. Congrats and happy new year!


04 / 4 / 2013

Congrats on everything in 2012 Will! What a whirlwind year for you…I hope my 2013 is filled with just as much excitement!! Happy 2013 to you and continued success!!


04 / 4 / 2013

Will! What a wonderful year you had :) It’s been so much fun watching all of your accomplishments and seeing you continue to do amazing things! I love your blog and thank you for continuing to inspire all of us daily. Cheers to another amazing year ahead! xoxo – julie


04 / 4 / 2013

what a beautiful post Will! congrats on all your successes and accomplishments in 2012. I am so glad that I was able to meet you in the summer, which kindled our friendship across the pond since.

life sometimes do throw us a curveball. One may never know why it happen or where it will lead to … but as you say, life is a journey. I say embrace it! Thanks for sharing Granny’s story. What a fighter and such strong come back!

Happy New Year! xoxo


04 / 4 / 2013

Happy New Year Will! Wow you had quite a 2012, here’s hoping 2013 will be just as colourful, if not more so. It was about this time last year I discovered your blog and I’m so glad I did.
Anna xx

Caroline @trend-daily

04 / 4 / 2013

Will- it’s the part about your nan that got me-old people are so special and so often ignored….I won’t start. Huge congratulations finding your amazing niche, but even more for your Nan achieving her walk in church-it’s good to put things in perspective. Happy, successful 2013 lovely xx

Erin | House of Earnest

04 / 4 / 2013

Happy New Year, Will! May you have a very blessed 2013!

maureen stevens

04 / 4 / 2013

What an amazing year! I wish you all the best in 2013!


04 / 4 / 2013

Such an amazing year Will…here’s to another!

tina @ colourliving

04 / 4 / 2013

Here goes my 2nd attempt:)

What a beautifully written post (with fantastic animated images)

The great thing about you, Will, is you create your own luck and have already worked out that you can ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Hence, you will go from strength to strength.

Finding balance in all we do is a life-long struggle for most of us. Practicing mindfulness is key. I love your mantra: your Gran – in all her ‘warmth, strength and bravery’.

Here’s to a fantastic and ‘balanced’ 2013 x

melissa blake

04 / 4 / 2013

Congrats on an exciting year!!! LOVE the new design!


05 / 5 / 2013

I like all your pictures but especially the Paris one ,the city of lights.
I would like to go there someday
Thanks for sharing


05 / 5 / 2013

What a year it’s been! Wishing you a wonderful 2013, Mr B!


06 / 6 / 2013

What an amazing year for you and topped by the happiest moment! Here’s to an amazing 2013!! Loads of love xxx


06 / 6 / 2013

Your posts make me smile :)


08 / 8 / 2013

What a wonderful year for you! I am sure 2013 will be even more amazing! x

kristen B

08 / 8 / 2013

Loved this post- especially the part of thinking of your Gran for inspiration and strength…that brought a tear to my eye. What a thoughtful and beautiful sentiment! Best wishes for 2013!


10 / 10 / 2013

It is a beautiful post Will. Best Wishes for the New Year to you. Take Care.