First Look Inside The Bright.Bazaar Book!


// Pre-order in the UK | Pre-order in the USA

I wasn’t expecting to see a copy of the Bright.Bazaar book for the first time for at least another few weeks, so when my publisher told me they had arrived in the office on Friday I jumped for joy (literally!). The book went off to print back in October and despite working on it for the eighteen months previous and signing off numerous colour proofs, there was nothing like seeing it as a properly bound book for the first time.

When it came to how the book would look as a ‘whole package’ I was keen to ensure that it was not only aesthetically pleasing but well considered, too. My aim from the start was to create a seamless transition from the blog to the book. Of course, the book is all original content but the art direction and visuals feel closely aligned with that of the blog: I used the blog’s branding as a reference for the colour palette; designed with the same fonts; photographed and wrote in the same style as I do for my posts and personalised pages with handwriting in the same way I do right here.

For the exterior of the book I had a vision (or hope, at least) of creating a piece of design out of the book; something that those who bought the book may like to use as an object to add colour around their own homes. It was with this idea in mind that I created the candy stripe hardcover (under the loose jacket). I designed it to co-ordinate with the sprayed yellow ends, which in turn matches my yellow sofa on the UK cover and the yellow dining chairs on the USA cover. Once you open the book the first pages you see are the end papers and these match the header of my blog, as well as being in the same four core colours I use across the site. I’m beyond delighted with how it came out! I’ll share more detailed sneak peeks inside the book in the coming weeks, but I have created a little gif above so that you can see a few spreads in the meantime. I’d love to know what you think of the finished book’s exterior, folks?

// Photography by Will Taylor


  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell January 27, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Wow! it looks amazing Will. Love the design of the book and the colours in the bedroom. Really!! now I’m even more desperate to peek in that book. Have a lovely week. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Reply Molly {Dreams in HD} January 27, 2014 at 12:27 am

    oh my gosh WILL, it looks FANTASTIC! i could not be happier for you and can’t wait to dive into your beautiful world of color. a million congratulations!!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 12:32 am

      @Molly – Thank you so much! I hope you’ll be hooked on hue soon as well! πŸ˜‰ xo

  • Reply Ana January 27, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I can’t wait to put my hands on it! It looks so cheerful and happy, just like your blog!! Congratulations!!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 8:17 am

      @Ana – That’s what I hoped for so it’s great to hear that – thank you!

  • Reply zhi / curiouszhi January 27, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Congrats again Will! I love that first picture with your expression (still visible despite the shallow depth of field!. Can’t wait to see the book, as your preview looks amazing.

  • Reply Victoria Smith January 27, 2014 at 1:31 am

    looks so beautiful, will! and i love that first shot of you holding your baby! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jessica (Packard) Klein January 27, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Absolutely wonderful!!! What a great accomplishment – congratulations WIll!

    ps. pre-ordering now!

  • Reply Oleah January 27, 2014 at 1:44 am

    That is so awesome! The book looks lovely. I’m honestly so excited for you. Congrats!

    xoxo, Oleah

  • Reply Jeanee January 27, 2014 at 4:21 am

    OMG, it’s SO YOU! Congrats.

  • Reply Ingrid Jansen January 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Yee-haw! I can see why you are beyond delighted with how it came out! Thanks for the sneek peak (I also made a jump with joy) Congrats Will X

  • Reply Gabrielle January 27, 2014 at 7:45 am

    It looks SO good, Will! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to see the book, especially now you’re feeding us details! I hope you had a celebratory weekend x

  • Reply Uljana January 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

    the little preview looks amazing, Will! it must be incredibly exciting to see the final result! πŸ™‚ Congrats!!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

      @Uljana – I’m so pleaded you like it! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the kind congratulations!

  • Reply elisabetta@italianbark January 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Wow!!!I have to buy it!!!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 8:34 am

      @Wlisabetta – I hope you enjoy this slice of my colourful world! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Yvonne Eijkenduijn January 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hurrah Hurrah!!! It looks amazing, I can’t wait to hold a copy and explore your colourful world on paper. Congrats Will, enjoy your very own coffee table book, how insane!!! Big hugs xox

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

      @Yvonne – Yay! Likewise, I can’t wait to dive into your cookbook and try the recipes in my colourful kitchen! πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply gudy herder January 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

    So, that was the secret when taking away the cover! What a beautiful idea, Will! All comes so nicely together! xx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 9:29 am

      @Gudy – Means a lot to hear that from you artistic eye, Gudy. Thank you! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply Eva January 27, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Congratulations, Will! The book looks beautiful and all the details really make me smile! I especially love the UK cover, but they’re both stunning! The sneak peeks look really great, definitely a book I’d like to get my hands on, even if I didn’t read your blog!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

      @Eva – Thank you for your kind words. I hope you will enjoy the book! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Justyna January 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Will, congratulations – this is such a fantastic achievement! I can’t wait to see the book myself:) x

  • Reply Lena January 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Congratulations, Will! Are you still jumping up and down? I love the yellow ends and your signature colour palette. I spy a future best-seller here. Definitely. Keep on jumping!

  • Reply Serena January 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I felt in love with your book at first sight… I can’t wait!!!!!!

  • Reply tina @ colourliving January 27, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Just as I had hoped and now fully confirmed! Full of details, full of personal touches and full of clever design. For a non-trained graphic designer you can give any of them (including me:-) a run for their money.

    So amazing and so proud of you. Can’t wait to see, touch and smell it!

    Congratulations lovely x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      @Tina – Your comment just put the biggest smile on my face. I am genuinely touched, thank you. x

  • Reply Judith January 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Love how the book is so in line with your voice & style here on the blog! And hurray for yellow! Also love the clever surprise under the sleeve πŸ™‚ Congratulations, Will! And I can confirm: you were glowing yesterday πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re having a good time in Paris! xx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      @Judith – I worked hard to achieve that so it’s great to hear you say that, thank you! Great seeing you yesterday! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Louisa blackmore January 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Hi Will, wow wow wow it looks absolutely brilliant and super inspiring. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive so I can see it all. So excited for you to see such a big dream come true and in such style!! Well done on all your hard work, Louisa x x x

  • Reply Helen January 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Will
    Oh me oh my, how absolutely gorgeous. Both editions are things of colour, beauty and joy, but I particularly like the clever details – the yellow page ends and striped cover (books are sooo important for adding colour to a room) and it’s those small extra touches that give so much pleasure. I can’t wait to see the real thing, and can only imagine how happy and proud you must be – so fab, huge congratulations!! Helen

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      @Helen – It means a lot to me that you like the small details as I thought about them a lot! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Busymaker January 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    It looks AMAZING !!!
    Soo nice and sooo you. Δ± can imagine your happinness :))

  • Reply Ika January 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Will, i love it, it looks so nice and interesting! Congrats!
    Thank you for your Blog and for this Book.
    I hope it is soon available in Germany!
    Ika from Stuttgart, Germany

  • Reply matt Cant January 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hey Will,
    Looks amazing…Bright colours, big city lights! Congrats!!

    Will defo be getting a copy… Any of my photo’s make it in there?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      @Matt – Thank you! All the photographs are original shots by either Andrew or I!

  • Reply Laurel (@abubblylife) January 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Looks SO amazing. I am both so excited but so impatient seeing sneak peeks- want the book now! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Claire January 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Will you stop with the teasing and just send me my copy.

    Please and thank you.

  • Reply Ash January 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Literally got goosebumps reading this and seeing your joy. I can’t wait to see the book, the fact it even exists is testament to your talent and passion, WELL DONE!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      @Ash – Thank you for all your support and friendship, Ash; you rock!

  • Reply Lindsey January 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Holy cow, dude! This is amazing. You never cease to blow me away – you’re a constant inspiration! Bisous xoxo

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      @Lindsey – Your warm words have warmed my heart, thank you. Hugs xx

  • Reply Desiree January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    It has the same feel as your blog πŸ˜‰ And that is a good thing, very proud with you Will !
    x from Amsterdam

  • Reply Brooke January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    OMG I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on this! I’m thinking I def need the UK version though, I want to see your happy home on the cover! So proud of you!!! xo

  • Reply Alison January 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Oh my, this looks amazing!!!!!! I love the book stripes & the yellow – oh my goodness, so adorable!
    *eeek* you must be floating with happiness & excitement!
    Well done, Sir. Well done.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      @Alison – You can’t beat stripes and brights, right?! πŸ˜‰ Thank you! x

  • Reply Kimberly Hughes January 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Oh I’m so excited! I love how considered everything was and from you, I would expect nothing less. Honestly, you are MASTER of marketing (OTHER BLOGGERS TAKE NOTE!) πŸ˜‰ Man that book is gonna go so well in my living room!! Ha! Looks great so far, can’t wait to have my very own copy! Congrats hun!! xxx

  • Reply Kelly January 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Congratulations! We LOVE your blog and admire your decision to live brightly!

  • Reply Katy January 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Wow! It looks fantastic! I can’t wait to buy my own copy! x

  • Reply Karen Brlow January 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Will I am so excited for you, it must be an amazing feeling having a book published with your name on it. What an amazing achievement. From acorns, Oak trees certainly do grow! I am in awe, so inspirational.
    Karen x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      @Karen – It still doesn’t feel real! Thank you for the kind words.

  • Reply Nadia van der Mescht January 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Dearest Will
    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Can’t wait to add the book to my collection!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      @Nadia – I would be honoured to have my book on your shelves! πŸ™‚

  • Reply jo January 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    It looks beautiful Will, I’ve got it on pre-order so excited to see the final book at last. I’m glad it’s what you wanted and it’ll be a colourful addition to my book shelves.I dont have a coffee table. Hope there were plenty of bubbles this weekend to celebrate and maybe we’ll get to see you sign it sometime. Anytime ur in Bath or Bristol would be be fab. BTW why are you hiding your handsome face in all the pictures?

    Jo xx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      @Jo – I would be delighted to sign you one! Thank you for all your support!

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily January 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Huge, huge congratulations lovely-you SO deserve it. The book looks wonderful and it will be a run away best seller for sure. An amazing achievement xxx πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah January 28, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Gah! It’s beautiful, I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I can’t imagine making a design commitment to my personal brand quite this huge, but you did a gorgeous job!

  • Reply tim@designmaze January 28, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I of course absolutely love this! Ordered the UK version of course with the cover being your own home and that stripes cover …. brilliant!! I can’t wait to read it and of course see you at your book tour in Toronto!! Fingers crossed!

    Enjoy Paris!

  • Reply LONI PARKER January 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Oh Will, it looks divine! Just wonderful. I really hope to be able to buy your beautiful book here in Australia. Loni x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

      @Loni – Thank you so much! You can pre-order now from Amazon UK or US and it might be publishing directly in AUS in the future, too! x

  • Reply Luzelle van der Westhuizen January 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Oh wow congratulations! Massive achievement. I will definitely get a copy.

    Your book looks like everything that Mengsel loves about colour, pattern and bold design.


  • Reply lauren January 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, it looks absolutely beautiful – a real feast for the eyes! Can’t wait to read it Will. Been following your blog for a while now – it really brightens up my day. Lauren x

  • Reply Anki January 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Can’t wait, it looks so cool! And I love your haircut too!

  • Reply Nicole Antar January 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Many congratulations Will! You must be so proud and happy to actually see the book after so much hard work! I look forward to getting a copy.

  • Reply Elodie (madame love) January 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

    This looks so great will! So happy for you!

  • Reply Rebecca Portsmouth January 29, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Those look A M A Z I N G! You must be so proud! Especially love the yellow page edges.

  • Reply latteLisa January 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Will, I’m not kidding, but this morning when walking back home after taking my son to school I was thinking about your book and reminding myself to pre-order it! Then I open your blog and find this post!

    Oh my, you must be absolutely thrilled. I can only imagine what it feels like receiving a copy of one’s own book.

    I’m really happy for you and I’m glad to have witnessed this journey on your blog. I know that I’m not as colourful as you are when it comes to decorating but that doesn’t mean I’m not buying your book. I’m very much looking forward to reading it.


    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 29, 2014 at 11:38 am

      @Lisa – Your kind words and support mean so much to me, thank you! I hope you will enjoy the book! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Leslie-Anne January 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This looks amazing. The colours , the COLOURS! I’m living in a grey world right now – lots of snow and ice, so this little peek at sunshine is delightful. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

      @Leslie-Anne – Thank you! Perfect timing as the book is there for make-you-smile style! πŸ˜‰ Hope you get some sunshine soon!

  • Reply Fiona humberstone January 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Oh. M. G. Will! This looks incredible. Love, love, love the yellow ends and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. You must be so proud!

  • Reply lsaroy January 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

    it looks amazing Will! Congrats on a beautiful accomplishment – you must be over the moon! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

      @Lsaroy – Thank you! I’m thrilled with how it came together! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Uncle Beefy January 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, Will! So amazing and, lord knows, I’m thrilled for you! Can’t wait to see in person but no doubt will be spot on brilliant from stem to stern!

  • Reply qlkowa January 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Great! Please, translate to polish!

  • Reply Helen January 31, 2014 at 4:33 am

    LOVE it. Just gorgeous. The yellow tipped pages are gold. Well yellow actually but you know what I mean. Looks stunning and will no doubt be a very inspiring book to own. I’ll definitely work out how to purchase one here in NZ! Congrats on your ‘first’ book : )

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 31, 2014 at 7:55 am

      @Helen – Thanks so much! I think you can pre-order from Amazon UK or US even though you are in NZ! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mr Yen January 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Congratulations Will – it looks great! I’m so pleased for you and the yellow edges are an amazing touch! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Matthew Pike February 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Oh wow this does look really excellent, I bet you’re so pleased with the outcome! When can we expect to see it on the shelves?

  • Reply Jamie-Lynn February 3, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Congratulations! Love the yellow on the pages!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

      @Jamie-Lynn – Thank you so much, I’m thrilled with them as well!

  • Reply Rachel Tozza February 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Eeeek! I have only just seen this! HUGE congratulations to you! I love seeing your talent unfold into such wonderful and exciting opportunities. Well done you! You are a blogging inspiration!

  • Reply Justina February 5, 2014 at 12:06 am

    wow. so exciting my friend. so exciting indeed. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!! looks beautiful!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

      @Justina – Means so much to hear that from your stylish eye! Thank you!

  • Reply domestikate February 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Oh wow, it’s so pretty! Looks amazing!

  • Reply Rogelio February 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

    love the bright grlaand. last year my kids painted, glittered & strung egg cartons in bright colors around the windows. not quite so chic but it was marvelous. and messy!

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