Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.
Photography by Will Taylor
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit Paris and as always the city provided a beautiful and inspiring experience. The moment you step off the Eurostar train it’s hard not to get whipped up in the grandeur and beauty of the French capital that surrounds you. I spent most of the trip walking, camera in hand (pastry in the other!) soaking up the sights and sounds of this magical place. I visited lots of my usual haunts, from shopping in lifestyle store Merci and Le Petit Atelier Paris to cocktails in Georges at the top of Centre Pompidou (the Instagram snap of the Eiffel Tower at night was taken from up there). You just can’t tire of Parisian architecture whether it’s by day or night, can you?! After being closed on previous visits, I finally took a visit to the Musee d’Orsay where the Impressionist art was divine, as was the building itself. I also dined at Grazie, a new pizza house and cocktail bar, which is an offshoot of Merci and run by Julien Cohen. Dark and moody inside, the decor is perfectly in line with the current industrial trend; one that is echoed in subway tiles, school chairs and exposed bulbs in abundance. Affordable, lively and fun, this restaurant was one of my favourite new finds from the trip. Have you been to Paris? What do you love about the City of Light?