Archive for: November, 2014

As a young child I was lucky enough to grow up in a gorgeous country house that had a large formal living room with an inglenook open fireplace. The room, complete with exposed beams and old bread oven built into the wall(!), really came alive during the festive season. Getting our tree as a family, and subsequently decorating it, was an event we all looked forward to each year. As an adult this is something I’ve always been keen to continue, so my heart mate and I look forward to bringing the festive magic of the season into our home each Christmas. As we’re currently living in a 17th Century cottage it feels even closer to the memories of those early childhood days at this time of year.LSA-christmas-gifts-2
Naturally, when LSA International invited me to style up their gorgeous limited edition Christmas packaging in my own home I jumped at the chance to get festive ahead of December. For one day the fire was lit, the decorations came out from the loft and I hit play on Michael Bublé (natch) in the iPod – festive bliss! I’ve tried out a variety of bright, bold and colourful Christmas schemes in the past but there’s something so instantly comforting and, well, festive about a classic red and white theme, don’t you think?LSA-christmas-gifts-4
As part of the decorating fun I invited some friends over and cracked open a bottle of bubbles. For me, decorating for Christmas has always felt like a social experience that is even more enjoyable when shared with others. Normally I don’t like drinking champagne from coupes (I’m far too clumsy!), but these champagne saucers have a small lip on them that makes it so easy (and feel oh-so-glam!) to drink from. I also like the modern and gently scandinavian feel to the Paddle nibble dishes.LSA-christmas-gifts-6
The best thing about LSA International’s festive offering is the ease of ‘instant gifting’. True, I like a good wrapping session while watching Love Actually, but there are times when the hectic festive season takes over and I need to save time. That’s when I know I’m going to make use of these slip on, pre-made and tied gift boxes. I think they would be great to have in reserve for last minute Christmas gifts or to take as a hostess present. From everyday to stylishly wrapped in seconds – I love it! Plus, they look gorgeous as festive touches around the home. I styled up the Bon Bon jar with a series of super charming London themed baubles and it’s become a decoration I’ll now bring out year after year. What are your favourite christmas gifting and decorating ideas?LSA-christmas-gifts-10

// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with LSA; all views my own



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 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


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 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