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.
From the moment I stepped foot off the train I was charmed by the colourful building facades I saw across the city. Add in the ever-present rumble of the trams passing below and then you really know you’re in Amsterdam. It’s a great city to visit with loose plans; enjoy taking the time to aimlessly stroll the tree lined canal banks, popping in and out of small, independent boutiques as you do. Earlier this month I was in the city for two days to shoot my inspirations for Eurostar’s photo campaign across London Underground screens. I tried to capture something beyond the cliched shots of the canals, focusing on my main love – colour!
Possibly one of the best city hotels I’ve ever stayed in, the citizenM city hotel in Amsterdam is decked out in colourful designer furniture from Vitra, including my favourite Hang It All Coat Rack – luxury on a budget! You can shop the citizenM look over on Nest as they stock pretty much everything I saw in the hotel.
Café George has perfected the balance between feeling fancy not pompous, and welcoming not scruffy. Go for brunch on a lazy Sunday morning to pick something tasty from their striking, typographical menus.
A veritable feast of colourful home and cookware, Kitsch Kitchen is the ideal place to pick up a fun yet practical memento from your trip. Their in-store mural is a must see for colour inspiration! I picked up a pair of sweet little yellow and white ceramics (seen above).
This Italian restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of the city has a relaxed yet cosmopolitan vibe. Flavours are just as they should be – simple and bold; the interior is an atmospheric, theatrical treat.
The ideal store to stock up on some interior style, Nordic New is an inspiring stop to add to your itinerary for ideas on introducing bright colour accents to your home through lighting and furniture.
Raw Materials is like an Aladdin’s Cave for any vintage maven. Expect to find rustic industrial homewares, vintage signs and packaging and weathered textures a plenty. (Pssst! There I am in action shooting these very snaps!)
Photography by Will Taylor
And that, my friends, was Mr. Bazaar’s colourful inspirations from the lovely city of Amsterdam. Have you ever been? What inspires you about the city?