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IKEA Catalog 2019: Sneak Peek

The IKEA catalog 2019 is here – yay! As a lover of democratic and accessible design, the annual release of the IKEA catalog is always one of my favorite times of year in the design industry. I have a long history with IKEA and have closely followed their designs over the years. If you’re an IKEA mega fan like I, then take a moment to click through all of my past IKEA content right here. A few personal highlights include this IKEA infographic (nerd alert!) I commissioned back in 2013, and when I went behind-the-scenes of the IKEA catalog. OK, OK, I’ll stop completely geeking out and get back to the task at hand: giving you guys a sneak peek inside the 2019 IKEA catalog! (Ed note: aforementioned geeking out continues until the end of the post.) Yesterday, I attended a media event in downtown Manhattan to experience the launch of the IKEA catalog 2019. This year’s IKEA catalog sees the brand’s 75th anniversary and to mark the occasion the new catalog celebrates how we all live differently. Inside the 2019 IKEA catalog you’ll find seven distinct homes that represent a wide variety of styles, sizes and budgets. If I’m […]

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Stylish Smart Home Technology & How To Style It

*This post was sponsored by Walmart & SheKnows Media I love having stylish smart home technology in my home but the problem is it’s not always easy to find tech that is, well, stylish! My heartmate loves anything and everything tech, and had been encouraging us to add additional smart devices to our homes, especially out at the beach house. I get it, it makes sense for us to increase security (especially at the beach house, because as we aren’t always there), but also to streamline our lives and make life out at the beach house run smoother. By adding additional pieces of stylish smart home technology, I knew we would be able to control things both remotely and with ease when staying at the house, too. Everything from playing music to controlling our lights to planning beach days by asking for the weather to setting up schedules and reminders for when I’m back in the city, could all be done without lifting a finger or having to get up from the sofa! However, I remained concerned that we’d struggle to find stylish smart home technology that I’d feel comfortable bringing into our home from an aesthetic perspective. I enjoy […]

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NYC Apartment: Bedroom Design & Tech Updates

I was recently travelling and stayed in the cutest AirBnB in Palm Springs and it reminded me how much I love yellow. So when Hive asked me to partner with them try out their Hive Welcome Home Pack and new Hive View camera, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to refresh our NYC bedroom with some new color and new technology.As the summer season is now properly underway it’s a great time to embrace inspiration from your travels and channel those inspirations into new color and technology updates into your home! The splashes of yellow I loved on my recent trip to Palm Springs inspired me to add this warm yellow bedding into our bedroom. As well as the color updates, I also got to work on unboxing The Hive Welcome Home Pack and then adding the various technology updates to the space. The Welcome Home Pack is awesome because it includes everything you need to make your home work for you. The pack includes a thermostat, smart plug, motion sensor, window or door sensor, and two smart lights. The best of all for me is that it is so simple to setup. To be honest I often dread […]

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Beach House Guest Bedroom Moodboard

Shop the beach house guest bedroom: Willmann Vase | Headboard | Sconce | Sand flooring | Wall hooks | Grey duvet cover | Faux olive tree |

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Three Ways to Start Volunteering In NYC

// Sponsored by State Farm® (my social media fee was donated to Food Bank of NYC) and all views are, as always, my own. Here in NYC summer has finally arrived! I love summer because it’s so full of color and energy. Just the simple act of being able to get outdoors and navigate the city by bike makes me smile! There’s also stacks of opportunities to socialize outdoors during summer, from leisurely sidewalk brunches to festivals and concerts. Speaking of festivals, you might have seen on Instagram that I attended the Governors Ball in NYC a couple of weekends ago? My friends at State Farm invited me to volunteer with them as they had an activation to raise awareness of the State Farm Neighborhood of Good website. The portal is a place where you can find volunteering opportunities nearby, and it helps to match you with local organizations who need help. They set up a volunteering village to show festival goers that volunteering doesn’t have to mean a huge commitment and that even a small amount of time spent micro volunteering – from 15 minutes to a few hours – can truly make a difference to those in need. […]

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Beach House Guest Bedroom Moodboard

Shop the beach house guest bedroom: Willmann Vase | Headboard | Sconce | Sand flooring | Wall hooks | Grey duvet cover | Faux olive tree |

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Announcing My First Bright.Bazaar Product Line

Almost ten years ago to the day I was sat on The Tube in London riding across town with a then colleague and I sheepishly told her that I’d recently started a blog called Bright.Bazaar. I had explained that I didn’t really know what I was doing yet, but that I was excited to have a space to continue my writing – I was a recent Journalism grad – and to share my passion for design. I remember that she turned to me and said: “I have no idea what a blog is but I LOVE the name, it sounds like a brand and it sounds so YOU.” I’ve held onto those words over the past decade. During both the incredible highs and the times when I questioned everything and felt as though I had lost my way. There are always times in my life and careers where I lack confidence or clarity in my decisions, but that seemingly everyday conversation on the train has given me the courage to stand by my convictions and visions for my blog, and well – I guess it’s official now – brand. Today, I’m thrilled to write, the first Bright.Bazaar product line launches! […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Translating Travel Into Home Decor

You guys know how much I love finding inspiration from my travels for home design. This approach to decorating was at the heart of my second book, Dream Décor. I love how you can discover, and be inspired by, fresh colors, patterns and textures wherever and whenever you travel. They are often so different from what you see in your everyday life that means they are perfect to bring home to us as they can be great catalysts to rejuvenate your home and, well, make your smile on the daily! My friends over at Grandin Road and I ran a competition where we asked a follower to submit a picture from their travels that I would use an inspiration to design a real life room. I’m so exicted to share this with you as I think this example really shows how you can be walking around on your vacation taking pictures and then use that as a jumping off point for all the design elements used to build a room. Let’s dive in and see the travel picture and then I will breakdown how the room came together from the winning photo that was taken in Miami by @r.jonesphoto.1. Color […]

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Getting Older: What Rocks & What Sucks!

Posted in partnership with Keeps. It’s official: I am getting older! Well, we all are. It’s crazy to think I’ve been writing this blog for almost a decade. So much has changed since this young twenty-one year old guy hit publish on his first blog post, not least getting married and emigrating to a new country. It’s been a wild ride but I can say that as I get older I am, on the whole, loving life as I feel more comfortable in myself. I feel braver about making decisions for the right reasons, taking my experience over the past decade and channeling it into my decision making in a positive way. Another thing that I really love about getting older is finally being able to invest the money I’ve saved and saved and saved into my own home, like the renovation of our beautiful master bath at the beach house. I guess many of you, like me, rented and still rent apartments. In some ways renting is great because when things go wrong it’s not your responsibility to fix them – plus, renting can allow you to experience lots of different ways of life and properties. For example, my […]

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Beach House Guest Bedroom Moodboard

Shop the beach house guest bedroom: Willmann Vase | Headboard | Sconce | Sand flooring | Wall hooks | Grey duvet cover | Faux olive tree |

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Beach House Front Door Color & Tech

Bonjour, Summer! I feel as though I blinked and suddenly summer is here. It was exactly this time last year that we closed on the beach house. As you guys know my heartmate and I spent the last 12 months doing a gut renovation renovating the interior of the house. Now that the internal renovation is almost completed, we’ve turned our focus to the exterior of the house. So when Nest asked me if we’d like to partner with them to install their new Nest Hello doorbell, it was perfect timing.You might be wondering why you’re seeing holiday and snow pictures in June?! Well, I promise there’s a reason and it’s not that the house renovation made me crazy – although that’s debatable! No, it’s because I wanted to show you guys the current situ. when it comes to the exterior of the beach house. You see, we hosted a Friendsgiving at the house last November and we were super keen to have the front door painted in time for our first dinner party at the house. The temperatures were already plummeting and so we were running out of time to get the door painted before it would be too […]

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Beach House Guest Bedroom Moodboard

Shop the beach house guest bedroom: Willmann Vase | Headboard | Sconce | Sand flooring | Wall hooks | Grey duvet cover | Faux olive tree |

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Gallery Wall Ideas For Light and Dark Rooms

I’ve always loved a good gallery wall because I think art is one of the most personal elements in a room, and indeed, a home. The fact that art is so personal means it’s a great way to showcase your personality and imprint your unique aesthetic onto your home. Plus, it can be a wonderful way to add a design statement, especially if your space is lacking in architectural detail or, say, color. Today’s post explores two different rooms where a gallery wall is the focal point in the space: one light and one dark. Each of the spaces has been styled as part of my monthly picks collaboration with Grandin Road, and you can shop the art you see in this post right here. Check out my picks for the previous months, here. OK, let’s dive into how to style a gallery wall in a light space!This white shiplap room was crying out for COLOR! I love shiplap but if you don’t layer on colors and textures it can quickly feel cold and unwelcoming. Which is a big no-no when it comes to my #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating! I used a gallery wall to add life and warmth to […]

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Beach House Guest Bedroom Moodboard

Shop the beach house guest bedroom: Willmann Vase | Headboard | Sconce | Sand flooring | Wall hooks | Grey duvet cover | Faux olive tree |

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Dress Your Deck!

Whoa. The temperature is forecasted to reach 85°F/30°C this week – and that’s the actual so the real feel will likely be even higher! I guess we practically skipped straight past spring in New York City – save for a few days – and ended up at summer! Still, no complaints at all because the city is buzzing with life and spring color. All the green, sunshine, blue skies and tweeting birds are giving me liiiiiife! Not only that but the scorching temps mean it’s time to get serious about planning outdoor living spaces for the season ahead. The weather forecast inspired me to share this nautical outdoor living space that I styled for Grandin Road.When pulling together this space I had our own beach house in mind as inspiration. The timing couldn’t be better because we’re starting work on our backyard at the beach house this week. I can’t wait to transform it from dull and dirty to bright and brilliant! I shared a tour of it in my Instagram story last week and I’ll be staring updates on the ‘gram all summer long, so follow along! When creating a nautical outdoor living environment the key is to layer […]

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Spring In New York City

My work in the last month has seen me travel from NYC to Hawaii back to NYC, then to Miami before going back to NYC, then to Barcelona before going back to NYC again, then to San Francisco and Sonoma, before eventually heading home to NYC on Tuesday this week. Whoa, I feel exhausted just from typing that out! It’s been an incredible month of work and I’m so excited about all the fun projects and content I’ll be sharing with you guys from those trips inn the coming weeks. That being said, I’d be lying if I didn’t say how lovely it feels to be back home in NYC for a couple of weeks. Even better? The sun is shining, the mercury is rising and the blossoms are bloomin’ – it’s finally spring in New York City!As you guys know, I love to match my outfits to walls or make them seasonally appropriate. I know, I know – it’s a total #geekmove but that’s what happens when you’re a die hard color lover like I am! So, it’ll be no surprise that I fell in love with this Sandro pink ‘romance’ sweatshirt the moment I set eyes on it. […]

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Spring Snapshots from Barcelona

Last week I ventured to Barcelona to host a short film about the city’s architecture. It was a relatively big production with a sizable crew in toe, so I was able to leave all of my camera equipment at home for this trip! It was such a luxury to travel with just a carry on bag! Still, it meant that I wasn’t able to photograph the city with my DSLR or drone. However, I’m glad I did decide to leave the equipment behind in NYC as i was shooting from sun up to sun down for almost the entire visit. Luckily, I had my iPhone in my pocket so I could still snap a few quick snapshots whenever something caught my eye, just like these beautiful blue balconies on the side of this pink building. Whoa, that’s some kinda pretty, right?!I can’t wait to share the short film with you in a month or so. It was a lot of work but I’m excited about how it should come out from the edit! We shot across the city capturing Barcelona’s classic and modern architecture. With experts by my side I explored a diverse array of buildings, from Richard Meier’s MACBA […]

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Five Things I Learned About Coffee in Colombia

This post is part of my on-going partnership with Nespresso. If you know me, you know how much I love coffee. Not just for the taste or for the caffeine but also because it is how my heartmate and I start every morning together. We sit in bed and watch the morning news shows while drinking our Nespresso coffee and talking about the day ahead. Regular readers will likely know that we have been drinking Nespresso for many years and you may even remember my posts about it – like this this series of posts which covered our beach house kitchen renovation, and why coffee was an important part of its design. Over the years, I have read snippets of information here and there regarding Nespresso’s efforts to incorporate sustainability into all areas of their business. However, and to be frank, I didn’t really understand much about it or where our morning coffee came from.As seasoned Nespresso drinkers, the brand kindly invited my heartmate and I to travel to Colombia to visit coffee farms that are part of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. The program was developed more than 15 years ago with the Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit, to […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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From Scent to Space

When it comes to designing and styling homes I always say that you should aim to create a sensory experience. Whether it’s inviting tactility in via exposed wooden surfaces and soft linen upholstery or adding vibrancy through color accents, there’s a variety of ways to tick the individual sensory elements in a room. One of the most important yet over-looked sensory element in a room? Scent! Our sense of smell is so in tune with our memories and emotions that a familiar scent can make you feel as though you have been instantly transported to another place. That’s why I’m thrilled to partner with Renuzit today to share how I incorporated their Scent Swirls gel air fresheners into our beach house.One of the best things about Renuzit Scent Swirls are that their scents have a 3-in-1 fragrance. This, coupled with their wide range of scent options, made it really easy for me to find scents that felt personal to my personal tastes. My aim was to introduce scents into the beach house that would transport my heartmate and I back to special moments and memories that we share. The first Scent Swirl we added to the beach house was the […]

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Five Last-Minute Tax Tips (from someone new to taxes!)

As most of you know I am quite new to taxes in the U.S, having moved here from England only three years ago (wow, it’s gone quickly!). Taxes compared to the U.K. are very different and by this I mean the types of taxes, where you pay them to, how deductions are made and the tax year dates. TurboTax invited me to partner with them and try out their new TurboTax Live where you can one-way video chat with a real life CPA or Enrollled agent for advice – you can see them, but they can’t see you. You also get a final review before you submit your taxes electronically. After trying out the service, and given there isn’t long to go until the tax deadline (it’s April 17th this year!), I thought I would share five things that I learned from doing my taxes: 1. Don’t hack your taxes! If I don’t know something I tend to type in the question to a search engine. However, if you don’t understand something when it comes to taxes this isn’t always the best approach – in fact, it can confuse you more! When you are tight on time or hit a […]

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Three Ways To Create & Style A Bedside Table

I’ve always loved a bedside table moment so I was thrilled when grandinroad asked me to create and style three different bedside table looks. The reason I love telling design stories through bedside tables is this: no matter the size of our home we almost always have space for at least one bedside table in the space. The bedside table offers a great design opportunity to set the tone of your bedroom and imprint your personality on the room. With that in mind, I styled up three different bedrooms influenced by different design aesthetics: organic, luxe and playful.The first look, organic, sees a referencing of natural materials and elements, and lots of texture. I love how this organic space calls upon natural materials and elements, from layering the bed with lots of textiles to make it very comfortable and inviting, through to the exposed wood stool, to create a calm and comforting space. I love the beveled detail to the Ellery Teak stool as well; again, that brings another tactile element to something that already is very natural and organic: this design approach very much plays to touch as a sense. The Grayson mirror is a key piece in this […]

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Front Door Updates for Spring

We had the most perfect spring weather in NYC on Saturday! It was so nice to come home from a week of travel (I was in Barcelona last week working on a short film about the city’s architecture) to sunny skies and warm temps. It literally felt like early summer. Then, Sunday arrived and with it came winter like temps and freezing rain. WOOF! Alas, yesterday’s U-turn from spring to winter had me longing for the return of warmer days. So I turned to these three front door updates that I styled using wreaths, planters and doormats from GrandinRoad. If you’re looking for a spring update that will add personality to your home then these front door updates are the perfect project. Painting your front door and sprucing it up with new accessories is an ideal way to give your abode a refresh for the new season. Let’s dive into a closer look at each of the three front door updates. 1. NAUTICAL CHIC No surprise that these nautical front door updates are my favorite – they are perfect inspiration for our beach house! I took my lead from the rope wreath, deciding to paint the front door a deep […]

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How to Paint a Chevron Feature Wall: Volunteering for My Birthday

*This post is sponsored by State Farm®but all thoughts and views are my own; my social media fee was donated to Habitat for Humanity Last year I started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity NYC as part of their A Brush with Kindness projects. I found the charity through the State Farm Neighborhood of Good website, which is a portal that helps you find local volunteering opportunities. The site is free and simple to use; it helped me to actually volunteer, as I had for a long time wanted to do so but never got around to signing up to something before last year. Habitat for Humanity is a charity that works with the local community to self-build houses, as well as manage and carry out other community improvement projects. The charity is made up of multiple local chapters who are autonomous and work in their respective communities. Given my love for design and color, Habitat for Humanity New York City is the perfect organization for me to volunteer with. It’s so fun to get to go out and spend the day adding color and life to community centers in some of New York City’s public housing. I had a thought […]

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