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April 14, 2014

It’s with great pleasure and honour that today I feature and review the much anticipated Bright Bazzar’s first book as part of my library series. It’s been rather interesting to have followed an author’s dream and witnessed it become reality.

Meet Will Taylor, aka Mr. Bright Bazaar

Will Taylor - photo courtesy of Kiana Underwood
Photo courtesy of Kiana Underwood © taken from here

I first read Bright.Bazaar about 2 years ago because as a designer who lives for colour (it’s in my DNA) you cannot but admire Will’s enthusiasm and passion for it. He’s truly a very talented ‘gentleman unashamedly hooked on hue’. His blog is full of colourful interior inspiration, weekend baking sessions and numerous traveling adventures. I love when Will shows off his photography skills, those being my favourite posts.

There are 2 things I admire most about Will. Firstly, that being a successful blogger he is very approachable and down to earth, a true gentleman. Hugely popular on Social Media, his Twitter etiquette should be cloned. I’ve never understood why some other famous bloggers think it’s beyond them to answer Tweets or other Social Media enquiries. Being humble and remembering one’s roots, in my humble opinion, is key to being a true success in life. I hope Will will maintain those standards even after many more books and success stories no doubt coming his way.

Secondly, Will understands the notion of being a brand. Fiercely focused, passionate and hard working Will has systematically grown into the brand he is today. From humble beginnings on the blog he understood that a new tailor-made blog design will enhance his profile. I happened to be at the unveiling of the new blog design and remember thinking that he will go far. He had moved from having a pretty site to a sophisticated and intelligent site, where he could express who he was in a far more potent way.

Move forward a couple of months and we witnessed the exciting announcement of the first Bright.Bazaar interiors book. Again, a brilliant move shooting this great little video. Another sign for me that this book wasn’t simply going to be another content poor but beautiful coffee table book.

The rest is history and the finished product has now finally arrived on UK shores. I was fortunate to get a quick glimpse of the book a few weeks ago. Deeply moved and relieved that all my high expectations were met, if not even surpassed, I immediately LOVED it!

Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You Smile Style – Will Taylor
Photography Andrew Boyd with Travel Photography by Will Taylor. Published by Jacqui Small.

Ok, what’s so great about this book? To begin with, I love the format. It’s generous in it’s A4ish measurements and gives that sense of pure abundance.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style

Will loves details and as a trained graphic designer I so appreciate that. Every page and detail was considered and designed with great care. Let me show you what I mean. Not a great fan of dust covers (mine is already creased), I love that the hardcover and the subsequent paper-over-board has been designed in the Bright.Bazaar branding with Will’s signature stripes adorning the outside hardboard and the Bright.Bazaar icons on the inside.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Hardcover | paper-over-board

The gorgeous details continue. You’ll find them everywhere in the book. Here are some examples.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Left: Page numbering | middle section – top right: coloured page edges in yellow | middle section – bottom right: Will’s room analysis | right: colour cocktail detail

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Another colour cocktail detail | The Flirty Fiesta

Will, in the book, has managed to continue with the same friendly and encouraging tone of voice everyone has come to love who reads his blog. A real people’s champion for colour, he effortlessly shows us how everyone, not just designers and experts, can create beautiful homes full of colour that reflects their personalities.

You’re guided to go and discover what colours make your heart skip, to learn to trust your colour instincts, right through to Will sharing his own colour inspirations and translating those into real-life colour interior decorating schemes. No stone is left unturned. You’ll find colour inspirations for every room in your home, supported by Will’s expert advice, suggestions and examples galore. A fun and rather effective ten colour cocktails cover everything from pastel hues to the bolder and brighter ones. There’s literally something for everyone and with Will virtually holding our hand he hopes to instil confidence so that everyone can dip their toes into ‘colourful home living’.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Detail of ‘Colour is your friend’ introduction page | Detail of right hand photo

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Detail of double spread ‘Bring Colour Home’ introduction page

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Go beyond beige in three quick steps.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Part of  ‘The Candy Crush’ section.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile stylePart of ‘Entrances & Hallways’ section.

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Part of ‘Living Rooms’ section

Bright Bazaar - Embracing Colour for make you smile style
Part of Will’s ‘I’m just a gentleman hooked on hue’ introduction.

A true labour of love, you can see that Will has poured everything into it. Aren’t those the best books? I cannot recommend it high enough to anyone who loves colour, wants to learn more about decorating with colour or simply wants to see some gorgeous photography of inspiring interiors and travel adventures.

You can order the UK version here and pre-order the US version here.
I’m excited about the UK Book Launch at Westelm on Wednesday and here’s the information for the US Book Tour in May.

It remains for me to wish Will all the success with his book that he deserves. Go and spread the colour virus! x

Added on 17th April 2014: Right, Book Launch has taken place. We all celebrated, partied and had a fab time all round. Westelm were the perfect host. In view of this and my love for the book this post will stay up till Monday.

Here are a couple of pics for you…. please forgive the quality. They were taken with my iPhone!

Will and Tobes
A happy Mr Bright.Bazaar with his fiancé Toby

Bed Antics………Photo bombing!

after launch dinner2
A dinner at the fantastic Gail’s Kitchen, expertly organised by Geraldine. I cannot recommend the food and service high enough. Thank you!

Happy Easter weekend. I’ll see you back here on Easter Monday!

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  • Reply Igor April 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    A great review, Tina! I think it’s no secret that the book turned out a masterpiece of colourful living. No one would have expected anything less and I’m sure Will would have not published anything that is not 100 % Mr. Bazaar approved! I’m looking forward to see it for myself, just need to buy a copy soon!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Ahhh, thanks so much, Igor! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂 x

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Igor! Ha. Colour is indeed where we all connect. I agree, I thought it would be good but then you never know. Too many coffee table books out there for me with little purpose or interesting content.

      I hope you get to see it soon. I’m sure you’ll love it!!

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for posting your thoughts on the book, Tina! It’s great for me to hear what people think of it after almost two years of working on it with just a small handful of people. As you are a graphic designer I’m glad you appreciated the design elements and noticed all the small graphic details – we worked hard to make sure they felt like a right fit for the book. I love your picks from the book; thanks again for sharing the #makeyousmilestyle with your readers! x

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      My pleasure. You saw my reaction when I first glanced at the book. I instantly loved it and recognised and appreciated the hard work, the incredible attention to detail and the beautiful, colourful and content rich material. A book I’m proud to own and have in my library for its pure merit. x

  • Reply Jocelyn Casey April 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Brilliant review, Tina! I can’t wait to get mine at the end of April, I have pre-ordered it on Amazon. For me, the best books are the ones with integrity and an all inclusive sense of authenticity and after meeting Will, I have no doubt this book will reveal nothing but his truth. I love that you both are so colorful and I am grateful to know you BOTH! Thank you for sharing your insight Tina, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! Jocelyn x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Jocelyn. I am so excited to see you and the boys in Cali NEXT week! xx

      • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        That’s so nice you’ll meet up and I have to admit I’m jealous you’ll get to meet Coolwhip and Popcorn!!! They are more like dog stars really. Have fun guys and good Luck with your US Book Tour…

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn! Yes, the US version is out on the 29th? Maybe it will be early:-)

      I’m sure you will love it, despite you liking BEIGE:-))))) x

  • Reply alisonsye April 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    That was a lovely piece of writing, Tina, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    You did Will and his wonderful book proud.
    I’m sure I spotted my Morrissey in there somewhere, too.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you, Alison. Tina’s post was such a treat for me to see and read. It really meant a lot to me how she noticed all the small details that I spent so long thinking about. 🙂

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you Alison, glad you enjoyed it. The book is very much Will and an extension of the blog. It’s a bit like a film versus TV series (Breaking Bad ahem:-)). In the book you get to really discover so much more of Will, his creativity, huge talent and abundant love for colour. It has a depth no blog can possibly have and that’s what appeals to me so much. I really love it and will no doubt keep using it as a source of inspiration.

      I think you might have.. x

  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell April 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    A lovely review Tina, I really enjoyed reading it! Such beautiful images from the book. Will has truly a talented eye for design and colour. Above all, Will is always kind and a true gentleman. I also love the way he is so grounded. So proud of my friend! Oh, and he is very funny too! ( Will ! I am really sounding like a broken record now! 🙂 ) xx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Geraldine, you make me smile! I keep remember that ZIG-A-ZIG-AH moment from LA. Oh my goodness, that was funny! x

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Geraldine. Really, all images are beautiful in the book. I kind of had trouble choosing only a few:-)

      Will is what I call a ‘natural talent’. I think he could put his hands to so many things and will always innovate, find new creative ways and excel. Ha, he is definitely kind and a gentleman and funny and ……… actually Will, may I suggest, if you’re paying for any PR, sack them and employ Geraldine instead.. she’ll do a far better job:-))
      Disclaimer: apologies to your actual PR people (am only joking)

      You’re allowed to sound like a broken record.. thanks G xx

      • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell April 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

        Hey Tina! that’s not a bad idea. If I’m Will’s PR, then I can accompany him on all his jet set international trips. Hope you are looking at this Will! Better get me a ticket to LA! 🙂 x

        • Reply tina April 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm

          Hahaha, thought you might like that:-) Exactly, all the perks that come with the job…. x

  • Reply Mel April 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Tina, that really is a wonderful review on so many levels – Will will be no doubt chuffed with that. He really is an extraordinary guy and in every way you wrote and I wish him the best success he deserves. I’m so happy because I received my copy in the post yesterday, perfect companion while i curl up on the couch today. Mel xx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you for writing such warm words. Exciting to think of the book all the way over there in NZ. Hope you enjoy it! x

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Mel. I am not a gusher (or a fan of that) and actually wanted to write an honest and true review of what I thought, despite knowing and liking Will very much. It’s an honest and direct account of witnessing Will’s journey.

      Ha, and with your broken toe (which I hope is doing better) you’ll have loads of time to get lost in the beautiful and inspiring Bright.Bazaar book! Happy reading lovely xx

  • Reply Carole Poirot April 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    What a great review. As a self-confessed “not very colourful” person when it comes to interiors, I expected this to be way too much for me. However, these pages look atmospheric and gorgeous and I love all the little details. You’ve written such a lovely and warm review which is only possible if you really like what you’re looking at. Gorgeous looking book and gorgeous review 🙂 xo

    • Reply tina April 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Carole.
      Hahahaha. I told you, be warned when you come over to me.. you’ll need sunglasses:-) LOL

      To be honest, I’ve chosen more bolder and patterned pages. That appeals to me! There’s many more pastel and ‘less loud’ interiors. There’s really something for everyone. I’m sure you’ll find much to be inspired by and Will’s writing is lovely. His introduction made lots of us weep:-) x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar April 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Louisa Blackmore April 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hi Tina, what a lovely review of Will’s book! I love the way you write, I feel like you are right here having a cup of tea with me! See you soon, lL x

    • Reply tina April 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Thank you Louisa…. that’s so nice to know #makesmeproud
      You were missed last night and at the #farmbloggers day.
      Hope to see you Friday (with pug in tow) xx

  • Reply Judith April 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    “his Twitter etiquette should be cloned”. So agree with that Tina! Will is such a gentleman on social media being kind, witty & honest with EVERYONE. I was happy to notice that he’s just the same in real life. As I share his & your love for colour, I can’t wait to get my hands on Will’s first book! xx

    • Reply tina April 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Ha. I was saying to someone last night that I learned my Twitter etiquette from watching Will. I think it’s only too nice to respond, thank people for RT et cetera.

      I have a feeling that you will love the book. Let me know:-) xx

  • Reply Anya Jensen April 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Great review of a cool book from a gentleman indeed. Love Will, his style, his sense of humour and his presence. Totally adorable. Thanks for this Tina, I look forward to purchasing my copy soon. YAY Will congrats – hope the book launch went well this eve – now that makes me wish I still lived in London:)

    • Reply tina April 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Hahaha. It’s easy to write great reviews of ‘cool’ books:-) they make it easy for you:-)

      Yes, will be interested what you think. Knowing you, your blog, your taste.. you will absolutely love it!
      Book Launch was fab… a real party… and celebration. Well deserved celebration.
      Yay, the London thing….. xx

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily April 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    What a fabulous review Tina-and lovely that you updated it. Will has worked so incredibly hard to get where he is today and deserves every moment of his success-such a warm, genuine person. The book is genuinely fabulous. xx

    • Reply tina April 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Caroline. Yes, thought it was appropriate and fun for people to see. What a great evening and delicious dinner…
      I agree. The first thing that struck me about Will when I first met him and read his blog was how hard he works.
      The book is an extension of years of hard work and I will refer to it often. xx

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine April 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

    What a lovely review and spot on description about Will. I wish I could have been at his launch party to support him. I wish him the best he really deserves it. What I’ve seen so far the book looks awesome, I need to buy a copy soon! Will is a professional!

    • Reply tina April 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      I thought so too… yay, you would have loved it. It was full of people that genuinely support and care for him and it showed.
      I know you will really appreciate the book for its content and visual merit! Will definitely is a professional. Thanks Louise.

  • Reply Doris April 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This is such a great review Tina. I really like the way that you included an overview of when he started his journey to now – his new book. I too love his photography posts, the quality of his pictures showcases the great eye he has for colour. Before I was a blogger, I would have seen his career path as relatively fast and easy. However having been a blogger for over a year now, I can appreciate the hard work, dedication and drive it has taken him to get to this point. The book is great too and like nothing else I have seen before. xD

    • Reply tina April 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you Doris! I so agree, Will’s photography has got so good and I also love his eye for colour…
      Ha. It looks easy, right? We blogger know that nothing comes for free:-) it’s hard graft all the way!

      Knew you would love the book. xx

  • Reply Holly May 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Love your review Tina! So thorough and professional yet with a perfectly personal vibe. I can feel you are proud of Will and that you love the book. I also loved that you paid quite some attention to the actual physical book itself … but then I think, of course, you would!! haha!

    Big congrats to Will! Book looks awesome 🙂


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