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We love trawling the web just as much as you do - finding the find the best design blogs out there to inspire us, full of great interior design ideas, eye-poppingly gorgeous pictures and inspiring home products that we just have to buy - and Bright Bazaar is our latest find. Zooming straight in on our top ten ´must read´ blog list, Bright Bazaar is the blogspot of expert ´Twitterer´ and design aficiondo, Will Taylor, focusing on just that: the bright and the colourful, as well as giving you the low down from other great blogspots that blogger, Will, has found. ´You´ve reached a blogspot celebrating the personality in interiors and architecture,´ says Will.
So, we thought we´d ask this design enthusiast a few questions, and share with us his blogging secrets:
1. Why did you set up Bright Bazaar? I remember buying a copy of 4homes magazine in my second year at university and from that moment on I couldn´t get enough of interiors. I spent most of my free time searching out the latest trends and wherever I went, be it a bar, hotel, restaurant or shop I was constantly analysing and thinking about the way each space had been decorated and styled. I worked part time in Habitat whilst I studied, which was fantastic and whilst I made the most of my staff discount it also helped me learn lots about styling, visual merchandising and the growing UK home interest market. Anyhow, I set up Bright.Bazaar so that I could share my passion for interiors with like minded people, whilst also keeping up my writing skills which I learned from my degree.
2. Where did the inspiration for the name come from? The name Bright.Bazaar came from my outlook on interiors: that they should express our individual personalities, through colour and expression. The ´bazaar´ part of the name was the idea that, in my opinion, interiors look best when they are a mixture of different colours, textures, fabrics and memories - rather than a stuffy two-tone colour scheme!
3. What is your favourite blog spot? Or, if that is too big a committment, your top 3 recommended?
http://little-doodles.blogspot.com/ - I love this blog by Kate. It´s such an eclectic mix of inspirational pictures, illustrations and drawings - a great read.
http://blog.insideout.com.au/ - from the makers of Australian mag InsideOut, this blog is a fun and interesting look at the world of interiors.
http://www.unjouraparis.com/ - this is a quirky blog which simply features a different picture of Paris everyday. Each picture tries to move away from the picture-postcard images we have all seen so many times and I like how such a simple philosophy and idea still manages to captivate me for hours. These photos are great - you must check them out!
4. What are you looking for when you scour the net for great things to write about? I make sure I keep up to date will all interiors related media and by reading as many of the design related blogs that I can. However, most of my inspiration will come quite randomly - perhaps over a coffee in a quirky cafe or when strolling through town on the weekend.
5. If your house was on fire, what home accessory would you grab? A photo scrapbook I made of a trip I took to Kenya whilst I was at school. The pictures have such a strong memories and whilst the trip was humbling in many ways, it was also incredibly inspirational and I love how reading the scrapbook takes me right back to it all.
6. What is your favourite interiors product of all time? It has to be a standard lamp, which I bought from Habitat. I know this is very uncultured but I love how quirky it is. It´s a 6ft or so strip of MDF with a silhouette of an old fashioned standard lamp carved out, with a lovely plain fabric stretched over the top. Then there is a little pull string that hangs down and when you pull it, the lights behind the fabric come on and the standard lamp shape lights up. It´s hard to explain, so I´ve attached a picture for you!
7. What´s on your current shopping wish list for your home? An old, distressed metal, angle-poise lamp for my desk. I had better get saving!
8. If you could give your blog fans one piece of interior design advice what would it be?
Use trends for inspiration, but don´t follow them step-by-step like you would if you were doing a paint by numbers! Instead, draw one or two ideas from the trends and work them into your home and your individual style.
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