I’ve spent a wonderful weekend meeting with bloggers from across Europe at London’s Meet The Blogger event, so instead of my usual 10 Things post I thought I would update you on the decorating progress in my rental. Last time I shared some pictures of the new removable wallpaper in my living room but today I’m focusing on the bedroom. I think colour can be difficult to get right in a bedroom, especially as I like the space to feel cosy and cocooning by night, yet fresh and uplifting by morning (I don’t expect much from my walls, do I?!). I decided to paint with Farrow & Ball’s Cook’s Blue because I’ve used it in an old apartment (seen here) and I was so impressed by how it looked that I knew I wanted to work it into a room in my new place. It turns out that it’s the perfect choice for this space because the colour feels coastal-like with a bright and breezy character by day, but in the softer nighttime light it expresses a much deeper and warmer quality. The typographic ‘Rise and Shine’ screen print is perfect because it reminds me of what my gran used to say to me every morning when I stayed at her cottage in the school holidays. Plus, the golden yellow hue is the perfect match for the blue walls. I introduced pattern into the scheme via graphic bedding and placed a simple yet cheerful vase of daffodils beside the bed. There are still a few more pieces to add but it’s really coming together – what do you think, folks?!
// Photography by Will Taylor
Remember last year when I posted about going on an adventure with IKEA
? Well, today I’m really excited because I’m blogging the first look at one of the activities I was lucky enough to experience during the trip. Friends, do you care to join me on a behind the scenes tour of the IKEA catalogue? Great: lights, camera, IKEA – let’s go!
When you walk into IKEA
Communications, which is located in the small town of Älmhult, Sweden, you instantly know where you are: a colourful, double-height wall adorned with head-shots of all the 280 co-workers who work on the catalogue towers above a row of KLIPPAN
sofas neatly arranged into mini meeting areas. I was greeted with a friendly welcome from multiple co-workers and after a quick run down of the catalogue’s history I was all set to begin my adventure. I was guided towards two sizeable double doors where security codes were entered and I stepped into the creative heart of IKEA’s visuals.
At 8,800 square metres, I was standing inside Europe’s largest photographic studio and it was a hive of activity: Interior designers were busy rearranging room sets or tweaking the styling before a photo shoot began; photographers paused to look through their camera lenses before liaising with the other people on set around big monitors; set builders painted walls and floors; and technicians hurried past with cables and cameras. I was eager to photograph as much as I could but, understandably, we were only allowed to take certain snaps because the team were busy working on the 2014 catalogue. I did, however, get the chance to have a go on set behind one of the cameras – talk about once in a life time opportunity, especially given that the IKEA catalogue is the largest printed media in the World! I was fascinated by the little room set that I shot in because it was tucked away in a far corner of the studio (complete with the co-worker car park outside the window!), yet it still felt like a sanctuary and I genuinely could have moved in! After experiencing what it’s like to shoot on set of the IKEA catalogue, I would could have walked away satisfied with my behind the scenes experience but the excitement wasn’t quite over…
After walking around a few corners and ducking under what must have been at least ten metre high drapes of fabric, I walked onto a vast set that had recently been dismantled ready to make way for a new room set. It was only then that the team told me the very spot I was standing has been used to shoot a location in the current catalogue. Yes, that was the point I jumped in the air with excitement. You can see the shot from this room set on page 106-7 in IKEA’s current catalogue.
I have lots more fun to show you from my trip but for now I hope you felt like you were right there with me experiencing the magic of creating the IKEA catalogue.
// Photography by Will Taylor, Clara Molden and IKEA
Welcome to the first post from a mini series that will take a look inside Mr. Bazaar’s rented apartment! I wanted to invite you into my home to see some of my latest home updates beyond the little peeks I share each week in 10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend, and I’ve decided to kick of with the new removable wallpaper in my living room. Removable wallpaper, I hear you say? Yes, it’s true and it’s the perfect decorating idea for renters or serial decorators! Those clever folks over at Photowall have the option on some of their papers to order a ‘stick on, peel off’ option that doesn’t damage the walls. I decided to go for Fine Little Day’s Gran/Spruce wallpaper because I haven’t been able to quit the Scandinavian forest-inspired pattern since I bought the cushion of the same design almost two years ago – it was also the perfect match for my IKEA PS PENDAL clock. People are often surprised about my love for black but I think it’s such a fantastic and versatile hue. As I use lots of primary brights in my home I like to use black to prevent them from feeling childish; black is also an ideal base for layering bright colour on top. I really like how the graphic black base keeps my brights looking fresh and sophisticated, not to mention being the perfect partner for the yellow curtains I made recently. Next time I’ll show you my super cute and bright yellow sofa but for now I’d love to know what you think of my graphic and bright living room!
// Photography by Will Taylor