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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

{Snuggle up the folk way}

I couldn't resist sharing this cosy looking bedroom with you on such a cold, misty morning. How inviting does it look? I must admit, I do love the layered look; there's something incredibly sumptuous about sinking into mountains of cushions and curling up under a multitude of different throws. Also, how fantastic is that rug?!

Image: Living etc & housetohome

Monday, 26 October 2009

{Brogues for feet and Brogues for butter}

Oh, I do love it when the fashion world so clearly crosses over into the world of interiors - don't you? I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Jonathan Adler really do get it so right, in their quirky, fantastic New York way. Check out this butter dish:

Not your thing? Well, perhaps you're more of a wildlife lover? If you are, please do check out the RSPB's Letter To The Future campaign; sign the letter to show the British government how important it is to protect nature. Then you can sit back and enjoy your toast... with some butter from your brand new whale butter dish, of course!

{Feel good shopping}

First things first: if you've not checked out this blog by A Thrifty Mrs, then please do so - it's fantastic! It's also where I found out about a great Swedish home decor company called, Rice.
Whilst Rice is brilliantly colourful (a bit like another of Bright.Bazaar's favourites, Jonathan Adler) it also takes home top prize for corporate social responsibility. Crikey it's all getting a bit too formal round these parts; basically they are a morally and socially responsible company and you can read more about that, here, if you would like.

Rice sells lots of gorgeous home products and here are some lifestyle shots to give you a taster of what they have on offer. Certainly something there to brighten up the darker winter days... Enjoy!

Images: Rice

Monday, 5 October 2009

{What's your Habitat?}

How's your Monday been? Pretty average? Well, if you happened to be perusing Regent Street this morning you would have been in for an interiors treat. Habitat, firm favourites of mine, caused a stir in Central London this morning by throwing caution to the wind: they let gorgeous model, Helena Christensen have free reins over their Regent Street store's window. It was all part of the launch for their latest campaign - This is my Habitat. Check out this video interview with the campaign photographer - i.e. best.job.ever. Sounds rather cool, hey? (Not that I'm biased at all, as regular readers will know that I don't have a soft spot for the rather amazing furniture company. No, not at all...!)

Well I couldn't make it there in person, but trusty Bright.Bazaar sources (this is all getting a bit Gossip Girl) were there and they sent me these fantastic pictures. Check out Helena relaxing in her Habitat.

Images: Shinyred

Inspired to find out more about their latest collection? Well you can check out my round up of the best Habitat products for your home this A/W here. What's your Habitat?...

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

{We love Jonathan Adler}

Jonathan Adler not only makes great homewares (more on that in a minute), but is also very funny. We suggest reading his about page if you feel like having a laugh: be prepared to read all about throwing pottery around, a parental intervention and the Norwich terrier Liberace!

Ok, so back to the products. There are so many lovely things on Jonathan's website, but we've picked out some of our favourites:

Top to bottom: Large reform temple vase; Letter pillow; Stripes cup and saucer; Ojai teapot; Tea blocks pillow

Monday, 31 August 2009

{Manic Monday}

We're in two minds about Mondays: on one hand they are, for many, the start of the working week and therefore another five days until lie-ins and lazy breakfasts, but on the other hand, they are often days full of ideas and inspiration. Refreshed and recharged from the weekend, we find Mondays a great day for making plans and looking forward to the future. Do you like Mondays or do you find other days more inspiring? Either way, there's often lots to organise for the week ahead and a blackboard panel, like this stylish one featured in the September issue of Ideal Home Magazine, is sure to help keep things on track.

Friday, 28 August 2009

{Habitat A/W09 preview}

Oh, how we adore this store. Lucky enough to lay our hands on some preview images of Habitat's new Autumn/Winter collection, we decided to put them straight up on Bright.Bazaar. This collection looks set to continue the current trend for bright, block colours. The Umi table, shown below, screams personality and vibrancy - especially in that gorgeous red, which is offset by the buttercup yellow Bobby floor lamp.

What products do you like? Are you a fan of the current trend for bright, block colours?

Images: Habitat

Thursday, 27 August 2009

{Cushions with a difference}

We first heard about Bridget Davies over on Domestic Sluttery - a fab site by the way, be sure to check it out - last week and have been hampering after all her quirky cushions ever since. You can check our Bridget's online store here, which sells lots of lovely goodies - we've picked out our three favourites to share with you. Do you have a favourite?

Top to bottom: The Hall; The Street; A Stroll In The Park

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

{Office Inspiration - PaPaYa's studio/office/warehouse}

It's a triple whammy in this week's office inspiration post and there's certainly plenty of inspiration to be had from these gorgeous images we saw on decor8 recently of lifestyle, stationary and gift designers PaPaYa.

PaPaYa's work spaces are full of colour, charm and personality - we love how the deer's head in their office adds interest to the azure blue wall it adorns. The quirky and original interior spaces of the designer's studio and office areas even extend into the warehouse, which speaks for itself in showing the company's fun, creative and highly productive approach to their working environments.

For many a home office may only be a small room, or if you work for a company, then perhaps it's just a modular pod within a large and bland open plan office. Either way, large office spaces like PaPaYa's and Urban Outfitters can still provide great ideas to introduce into one's own office, no matter how small. How about adding a glamorous chandelier as the light fitting? Perhaps using old wallpaper samples and framing them to add interest? What do you find inspiring in your office? How do you decorate it to make it your own? As always, we love to hear your thoughts!

Images: decor8

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

{Plate me up}

These silhouette wall plates are really funky. We're not sure if it's that NYC meatpacking-inspired exposed wall, or if it's just the super cool idea that's driving our love for these plates: either way, we're putting our orders in right here. Elle Decoration recently awarded Andrew Tanner's - designer of the plates - work as future design classics. You know what? We're more than inclined to agree.

Silhouette Plates - £66, Lifestyle Bazaar

Monday, 24 August 2009

{New season preview: Next}

Next's homeware ranges have been coming into their own over the past few seasons. Their new Autumn/Winter collection looks set to continue in this fashion, offering some great value buys for your home. Here's our pick, room-by-room, of the best value buys this season from high street and catalogue store, Next:





Images: Next

Friday, 21 August 2009

{Mini, but amazing!}

Mini Moderns are, quite frankly, really annoying. Why? Because we want to buy everything from their great range of homewares and wallpapers for kids and 'kidults'! Jointly ran by an ex-graphic designer and experienced brand strategist, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire respectively, this is one super cool company. Mini Moderns is also the sister arm of Absolute Zero Degrees, which is Keith and Mark's London based design and branding agency.

Not only are their products lovely, but they are all made in the UK - a policy which has not only helped them keep their carbon footprint to a minimum, but also supports local businesses in the process. You should definitely check out their Shoppe and they are really nice guys, too, so why not say hello to them over on Twitter? Here's our favourite picks from their fun/funky/Ineedthatformyhouserightnow product range:


From top to bottom: Sewn Sequels Limited Edition Cushions - Figs and Plant Pots; Sitting cushion


Top to bottom: Town wallpaper; C60 wallpaper; Tick-tock (snow) wallpaper (you can colour it in - a-maz-ing!)


Top to bottom: Let's Get Busy pad; Memorabilia pad; Timely Reminders pad
Images: Mini Moderns

Thursday, 20 August 2009

{Free tickets to London Design Festival event}

Love design? Fancy getting direct access to designers and manufacturers? Would you enjoy spending a day amongst fellow design fanatics, perusing all the latest innovative products that are yet to hit the high street? Well, thanks to Living etc, you can - and the best part is: you can do it all for free.

Tent London calls itself the 'multi-faceted design event' and takes place at the Trueman Brewery, a vast reclaimed industrial site in Brick Lane. The event boasts a vast collection of shows, competitions and installations covering art and architecture, vintage and contemporary design, and emerging and established designers, dealers, retailers, manufacturers and brands from all over the world.

To get your free tickets, worth £10, all you need to do is quote the reference LE09 when you book online. Here's a flavour of what to expect from last year's event (we featured the quirky cake stand earlier this year - see it again here):

Images (from top to bottom): Undergrowth Design, The Greenhaus, Seletti, Melanie Graf, The Greenhaus

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

{Office inspiration - A blank canvas}

This week's office inspiration is all about making your mark on a blank canvas. Regular Bright.Bazaar readers will know we love colour and all the great things it brings to a room: personality, depth, character. However, just because an office is painted all in white, doesn't mean that all these great things can't be true of a white space. Take this ohsostylish home office we saw on this blog as an example; full of charm, it successfully manages to create a welcoming space in which to work, despite the all over white walls. Warmth is added through wooden furniture and creative mood walls - made up of photographs and tear sheets - provide plenty of inspiration.

Do you like the idea of an all white home office, or would you rather something more colourful like this? Let us know below!

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