Thank you all for the kind comments, emails and tweets about the launch of the new Bright.Bazaar design; I am thrilled that you have so kindly welcomed the new look with open arms! Before I return to normal posting tomorrow I thought it might be useful to give a mini tour of the blog's main elements and functionalities. Shall we kick off? Great! So first I should explain my thinking behind the refreshed branding: my aim was to create a sophisticated look that still placed my love for colour at the heart of the design. When I first discussed my vision for the new look with my designer, Amanda, she took my list of proposed icons and created exactly what I had in mind; I think they perfectly illustrate the feel of the site and the assortment of content within it. I keep asking myself which little icon is my favourite, but it seems to change daily (OK, maybe hourly…!). Do you have a favourite? The bow tie? The dripping paint brush? The camera? I'd love to know! You can click the header or circle logo at anytime to go back to the homepage, and you can search the site via free words or the monthly achieves, as well as subscribe by email from the buttons at the top right-hand side of the blog.

Another of my aims was to make Bright.Bazaar more interactive, after all, interacting with you guys is what makes blogging such an enjoyable, inspiring and enriching experience. With that in mind, the blog is now simpler and cleaner to navigate and I've tried to put you, my lovely readers and friends, in control. So, instead of lots of scrolling through page after page, you can quickly pick and choose the content you want to read thanks to a consistent navigation format across the site. The little icons have not only become the central element to the refreshed brand, but of the navigation, too. You will find icons inside squares in the Meet Mr. Bazaar, Categories and Work With Mr. Bazaar pages. Simply hover over an icon to see what it relates to, and should it interest you, click to read more or be taken to the posts/portfolio pieces in that category. I love how the relevant icon appears next to every post title!

When you click an image or logo on the Work With Mr. Bazaar and Bazaar Press pages you will see a pop up appear that explains the piece in question with a link to more content. You can use the arrows to scroll through the other items in the category.

I've saved one of my favourite elements to last: Paint The Internet Bright! When you hover over any image in a post you will see two tape strips appear at the top right-hand side of the image, which make it easy to share the content across your social networks. Clicking 'Pin It' will automatically bring a Pinterest Pin It box up just as though you've press the Pin It button; clicking the dripping paint brush icon lets you share via Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest from the pop up you can see if the gif above. I love this functionality because it really fits with the main reason why I started this blog: to bring more colour to the World! So, come on, let's grab our brushes and paint the Internet bright!

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Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.

24 Comments

  1. ✚ I love the new look! The bow tie is my favorite. And the black distressed background is a great compliment to all your bright posts!! ✚

  2. Mr Bazaar, your new blog is not just a blog anymore( not that the is anything wrong with being just a blog) but you have hit the nail on the interactive design site head and I love it. So you, so personable but professional and fun. Now when I told my new blog designer who’s blogs I loved your was one of them. But now I love this one even more. Congratulations.

  3. wow! congratulations for this new design!
    i like not only the design itself, also the new featuring!
    kisses from Barcelona!

  4. Caroline@trend-daily Reply

    It’s all SO professional Will-really impressive lovely.I’m a bit keen on the dripping paint brush, but that may change on my next visit! Happy Sunday :-)) lolxx

  5. Abbey@Gild&grace Reply

    Your new look is wonderful and completely you! Congrats 🙂

  6. It looks wonderful. Keep up the great work. I look forward to sitting down every Sunday morning with my iPad and my coffee to read your blog! Then I usually get up and reorganize my furniture or go shop online for pillows because I need my home to look like your blog!

  7. It looks so briliant! i am so proud of you! I love how you can hover over the different sections – so innovative and how it showcases all of your work.

    The graphics are so in keeping with your style! They are fantastic!

    Rachie xo (Aka your biggest fan!) xxxx

  8. Thanks for the great tour and LOVE your new look! all the little icons are just so much fun and the talented Amanda must be amazing in turning your creative vision to live! I so need one to help me with mine 🙂

    my fav icon … have to be the bow tie MR! Super congrats and big big HUG!

  9. It looks fantastic Will, love it! The combo of icons is great and their design, plus the colours you’ve chosen, spot on!x

  10. Love all the new functinalities. “paint the internet bright” … !!! well, my heart just melts 🙂

    Xx. Holly.

  11. Genius work Mr. Bazaar – I love it all – can’t pick a fave at all.
    Woohoo – fantastic, look forward to seeing and hearing more,

    Ax

  12. So I click onto the site (can’t sleep, 8 day old daughter!) and I’m like… hmmmmmmm has this layout changed.. great work Will, if only I could come up with half the creativity you have (although in terms of dress sense I still couldn’t pull off the bow tie!)

  13. Just spent some time navigating through your new site and love it! It’s very different from what’s out there on other blogs but wouldn’t expect anything less creative!

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Hey, I'm Will

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.