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I predict a colour riot! That’s right, I’m banishing the grey weather with a virtual trip to Australia to tour Old Joe’s in Sydney. The purpose of said virtual tour? To drool over the spot-on restaurant design by Sibella Court. The colourful interior of Old Joe’s (was named after an old milk bar in area that was covered in old advertising & run by Joe) feels oh-so-Aussie: relaxed and bright with a straight-from-the-beach, sand-between-your-toes kind of vibe. Sibella called on her own upbringing of beach culture in the 1970’s – striped umbrellas, washed out okanui boardies, tasseled terry towelling and so on – to direct the look of the interior. I like how Sibella introduced classic elements such as the terrazzo bar tops, soft sorbet colours, striped awnings & hand painted signage to give the milk bar an authentic feel. What inspires you about the colourful interior of Old Joe’s in Sydney? Do you

// Design by Sibella Court | Photography via We Heart and Sibella Court

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Yesterday I grabbed my camera and headed down to Tottenham Court Road to explore the new West Elm store in London ahead of the grand opening on Thursday this week. There was a tangible buzz about the shop as everyone muddled in together to help get everything ready on time, and it was fascinating to see the visual team hard at work creating such inspiring and creative displays.

I walked the store with West Elm’s Creative Director, Vanessa Holden, who talked me through the various sections of the store. The store is split over two levels and includes an extensive bedding and furniture area on the lower floor, including a sizeable Design Lab area which will include a free home stylist service; I believe decorators and shoppers alike will love this spacious, hands-on area of the store. I’ve always felt that West Elm get their visual merchandising spot on but this in store experience really does feel like something new and exciting for the London interiors market. From industrial to mid century or decorator to rustic the store successfully manages to display an array of different interior styles with aplomb; everything hangs together with visual ease thanks to the signature West Elm touches throughout.

As you enter the store upstairs you will find an enchanting Christmas story with lashings of mercury glass and shimmering metallics. Plus, there’s a collaborations area that includes a knockout sofa by James Harrison. This flows through into the ‘loft’ space in the middle of the store which will continually evolve with new product lines and inspiring apartment-like displays. At the back of the store there’s a standalone West Elm Market which includes a coffee shop, community work tables and super friendly baristas. I even tried my hand at coffee making (probably best if we gloss over that last part because I had varying degrees of success…!).

I have really enjoyed collaborating with West Elm over the past few years (here and here) so it was great meet so many of their talented team members yesterday and see their creative work coming alive in real time. It will be great to see shoppers reactions to our gallery wall collaboration with Etsy artists once it’s finished in time for the opening. I’d love to know what you love about West Elm and what you’re excited to see/shop from the new London store? Also, if you have any questions I’ll be holding a Twitter chat with Vanessa Holden at 1pm tomorrow. In the meantime: a big, bright and brilliant Bright.Bazaar welcome to London, West Elm!

// Photography by Will Taylor

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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant designs always hit the winning spot in Mr. Bazaar’s book. In fact I’ve blogged about the vibrant Union Jacks restaurant design and one of his industrial Italian locations in the past. You can certainly feel an industrial edge filtering through from the Italian brand of restaurants into this new Trattoria outlet, which is designed to be a smaller and more intimate dining experience. Blacksheep, the company who designed the interior, were not tasked with a specific design approach but were told that it should reflect a local independent feel. Mnay of the fittings were reclaimed with doors from a salvage yard in Dorset, tiles from a local church and booths made from scaffolding planks. All of these elements have contributed to the rustic-industrial feel of the space, which also features rich colour layered throughout. I really like how there are different types of seating options as part of the design. I often feel like popping into a restaurant just for a coffee or quick sweet but when there are only formally dressed tables available it doesn’t feel like the right dining atmosphere. Here they have an informal, almost lounge-like area at the front for casual dining and coffees, as well as more formal tables with cosy button tufted banquet booths for longer meals. Another huge plus point for me is the considered lighting options: dining under bright lights is one of my pet hates! What makes for great restaurant design in your book, folks?

// Interior design by Blacksheep