Archive for: December, 2013



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December is one of my favourite times of year because I love the festive buzz that’s in the air; London is alive with twinkling lights and beautiful store windows. Even when I was a child I remember the excitement I felt in the lead up to decorating our tree. We would head down to the local tree farm and then spend the afternoon decorating the tree together – I loved it. So I was delighted when Sofa.com invited me to their Chelsea showroom in London to bring some Bright.Bazaar festivities to their HQ – all to be filmed in a super fun stop motion video.

I decided to decorate the tree with a traditional red and white theme but with a bow tie brights twist as a nod to my love of the bow tie. My talented friend Perri made the super-sized bow tie topper (if you love craft you should check out Perri’s book), which was the perfect finishing touch that completed the bow tie theme. Amongst the smattering of candy cane bow ties I worked in several handmade paper star garlands which were ethically produced using block print techniques by communities of women in the Kathmandu Valleys of Nepal; I love their understated yet ever so festive style. The hand painted detailing on these papier mache baubles gave the tree a unique and cosy charm. With the core decorations on the tree I was able to stand back and then fill any gaps with hanging bells for a final festive touch. And don’t get me started on the candy cane and bow tie stripe gift boxes – it was love at first sight! What do you think of my bow tie brights theme, folks? I’d love to hear what festive decorating themes you have chosen this year?

// Photography by Will Taylor | Video by NutFilms

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Goodness me, I’m juggling madly this week, folks! After an amazing weekend in Norway ahead of speaking at Fargerike’s Colour of the Year conference on Monday, I didn’t land back into London until midnight and then after a few hours of shut eye I was on set for a festive styling shoot with Sofa.com all day yesterday. Today I’m out in town all day at spring/summer 14 press shows to preview what will be in stores next season in order to complete freelance work for magazine clients. Then on Thursday I have the press breakfast for the Bright.Bazaar book, plus I have to file my pages for the next issue of The Simple Things by the end of the week. Phew, very busy but all great fun! Basically, please forgive me for this quick update post but Mr. Bazaar is well and truly snowed under; I didn’t want you guys to think I wasn’t itching to drop in and say ‘hello’ with a quick blog. Here are a few sneak peek snaps from yesterday’s festive shoot; it was a long day but I had a lot of fun – stay tuned for the full reveal of the shoot in the next week or so. On the theme of festivities, check back on Friday as I have a fantastic Bright.Bakes post with a twist coming up… Hugs to you all!

// Photography by Will Taylor

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Before I sign off to prepare for Christmas and spend time with my loved ones, I wanted to wish you all the happiest of holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope the next year is full of good health, happiness and success for you and the special people in your life. Thank you all the warm-hearted words you shared when I announced my engagement – I was genuinely touched reading them all. In fact, my partner and I have gone old school and printed them out as a memento! I’ll be back here again before the year is out but until then have a great one, dear friends!

// Photography by Will Taylor

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