Inside Mr. Bazaar’s Living Room

Photos by Will Taylor
Last week I decided my living room needed a little pick me up. So out came Mr. Bazaar’s paint brushes and soon my walls were graced in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Cook’s Blue’. This past Saturday I found the packed-full-of-character Union Jack flag at a local flea market that dates back to World War I. Everytime I look at it I can’t help but think of how many homes it has graced or special occasions it has been waved in celebratation at. I’m hunting for a frame at the moment as I want to be sure I preserve it as well as I can. Here you can also see some of the soft furnashings I’ve madeΒ recently: a candy stripe cushion that I made out of a vintage sheet I picked up a few months back at the flea, and a rectangular pillow made with some new checked fabric. I added the vintage solider’s cushion into the mix because I felt it tied in well with the Union Jack, both in colour and in theme. I’m pleased with how the space is coming together; what do you think, friends?


  • Reply StarletStarlet September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous choice of color! The blue instantly wakes me up and cheers me on! I can imagine how you can be continuously inspired in your living room.

    PLUS that candy stripe cushion is simply darling!

  • Reply Tommy September 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    So very awesome! It's bright, cheery, at once modern and classic, but also very British. In other words, it's completely you.

  • Reply Franka September 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I think its very blue!

    But so nice!!!!

    β™₯ Franka

  • Reply danica September 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Love it! The flag is such a great find!

  • Reply Hat September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Absolutely love the colour (we have a similar shade on our back paling gate) and the soldiers and soft stripes. Gorgeous.

  • Reply Ellise @ Charles Whyte September 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I love it. So fresh and clean, plus I'm a total sucker for a union jack! Nice work.

  • Reply Kayla Poole September 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I think your home and my home would be best friends.

  • Reply CINCHED AT THE WAIST September 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    now this is a crip blue.


  • Reply David Toms September 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

    The blue and rather British theme of the room are fabulous! What a find in the flag!

  • Reply A Perfect Gray September 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

    awesome color, will. we'd expect nothing less from you and that flag is the best! donna

  • Reply boops September 7, 2011 at 2:01 am

    It seems like a very confident and happy color composition. Congratulations (the soldier fabric is so neat!)

  • Reply a m o u r e t t e September 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Love the wall color! Love the gingham pillow!

  • Reply jillian :: cornflake dreams. September 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

    i love the color! and that flag is pretty fantastic!! xoxo jillian:: celebrate cornflake dreams' first birthday with a month of giveaways!

  • Reply Michelle September 7, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I think you've done a fabulous job such a happy colour. The flag was a great find too nice one πŸ™‚

  • Reply ChantaleP September 7, 2011 at 3:21 am

    What a happy space! And terrific styling Will. A great mix of mod and old. I love it!

  • Reply Caitlin September 7, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Love, love, love! Can't wait to see more – so lovely!

  • Reply Chedva @Rooms and Words September 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Will, what a great space you've carved yourself! Love the color, love the styling (but of course), can't get enough of the flag and so proud of you for making the pillow!
    xo, C

  • Reply Allison Egan September 7, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Fantastic- well done! I love that shade of blue – chic and bright but a bit classic and traditional too. (and i am nuts for that Habitat clock!)
    xo Allison


  • Reply lisaroyhandbags September 7, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I think this room sums you up to a T! Love the wall colour and that's mighty impressive handiwork with the cushions! Looks great πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marina Saclley @ Iced VoVo's September 7, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Very British indeed Will! The F&B blue wall is fabulous and bright … and I love the modern grandfather clock and the soldier fabric cushion.
    It all works so well together …

    Are you going to go for a vintage frame or modern one?
    Looking fwd to seeing it complete!

  • Reply Lost In Cheeseland September 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Almost exactly as I imagined your space would look like πŸ™‚ Love it!

  • Reply anamublog September 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    i've seen more union jacks here than i ever imagined but this one takes the cake. it's perfectly vintage!

  • Reply Fiona September 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful! Everything looks great. Particularly love the clock and the soldier pillow and, of course, the Union Jack.

  • Reply Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} September 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Will! I love the colour and what you have done, it looks amazing so far! Nice work on the handmade cushions, I think they look pretty fab too. I'm in love with your grandfather clock, it looks so cool against the blue! xx

  • Reply decoratorsnotebook September 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    That blue backdrop is a thing of beauty, good choice Will!

  • Reply Luisa Yen September 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Looks amazing! How do you make those perfect cushions?!

  • Reply acreativemint September 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    The blue looks fantastic…love the flag.

  • Reply C.B. September 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    The union jack is such a great flag!! It's always been one of my favorites (along with the japanese was flag). I do like my own canadian flag even though it's a lot younger. The blue is just amazing (the walls I mean)

  • Reply Paper Pastries September 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    absolutely fabulous πŸ˜‰
    and you made that little stripped pillow? I want one. Open a shop!

  • Reply Scout's Honor Co. September 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I am, of course, obsessed with that vintage flag. Amazing find!! Room looks great.

  • Reply christine, just bella September 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    ooo! I love this! That colour is so fresh.

    Such a cute vignette, that clock is fantastic! Nice work, Will.

  • Reply Justina Blakeney September 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    love to get a peek into your space personal– such a fun mix of colors and patterns and Im digging that Soldiers pillow!!

  • Reply OLD BRAND NEW September 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Sweetness, Will! So excited to finally see a snip of your home. Sucha tease. I wanna see more! I love the colors and that soldier pillowβ€”want!

  • Reply Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair September 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I love a glimpse into your flat! Gorgeous colour and the flag is such a great touch! Did you do all 4 walls? xx

  • Reply Pinecone Camp September 8, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for the sneak peek into your flat! Looks so happy, but I wouldn't expect anything less from you πŸ˜‰

  • Reply ninaribena September 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Lovely! I just found your blog and will be spending as long as it takes to check out all of it.

    Like you, I'm dedicated to colour and I am firmly chair of the anti greige committee here in Canberra Australia!

    Love it!

  • Reply katrina September 8, 2011 at 3:06 am

    it's happy, bright, and beautiful. i LOVE your wall color choice, Will.

    and, i'm with margaret — any plans to make and sell pillows? πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Sophie-Charlotte Chapman September 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

    OMG this is awesome !

  • Reply Jan | Poppytalk September 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

    looks awesome Will!

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