Will Taylor, if you’re not familiar, is an amazing interior design blogger, who’s renowned for his passion for colour and stunning home decor. With over 2.4 million followers on Pinterest, as well over 141k followers on Instagram, his blog, Bright Bazaar, is read worldwide. I discovered Bright Bazaar years ago and fell in love with Will’s personal style when he released his first book, aptly named after his blog.
So you can imagine how excited I was when he revealed he was penning a second – which has now been released as Dream Decor – Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live. Or Dream Decor for short.
Split into two sections, Will explains that rather than telling his readers what to do, he wanted to inspire, with a mix of “evocative travel imagery, charming illustrations and personality-packed homes from across the globe.” That he did.
The first section of the book takes a look at the Dream Elements when it comes to decorating your home. It breaks a room’s decor down into key sections to help simplify the decorating process – colour, pattern, texture, furniture, lighting and finally accessories. As Will explains, a food recipe is easier to follow when you have all ingredients prepped and ready – the same is true of designing a room.
The key advice to take away from this section is to break up your requirements instead of thinking of the project as a whole. However, it’s also essential that you reflect on your plans to make sure everything is in unison.
The first focus in this chapter is, unsurprisingly, colour. When it comes to figuring out the colours you love, take a look around you – are you drawing inspiration from flowers on your morning walk to work through the park, or the blue and white buildings of Santorini whilst you’re on holiday. Throughout the chapter the reader gets an inside view of Will’s amazing travels, as he snaps views from Miami to London.
Finishing the first chapter, Will presents a gorgeous Miami living space which pulls together all six of the decorating fundamentals so readers are able to see exactly how it works. There’s just so much inspiration in this book, I can honestly say I could take something away from every page – the true sign of a great read.
Now on to my favourite part of the book – Dream Styles. Showcasing eleven different homes, Will investigates how to achieve interiors from a Spanish Colonial Hollywood Hills, with a gentleman’s club twist, to a classic country style which is given an injection of urban personality in a renovated schoolhouse.
Taking a look at all eleven dream decors, I was instantly drawn to Petite Parisienne, which is about creating a sense of air and light, even in a small apartment (as most apartments are in Paris). The recipe for the Petite Parisienne is everything I love about interiors (without knowing this was how to sum it all up) – iron, hanging Edison bulbs, bare brick walls, exposed beams, Eames chairs, stainless steel, retro accessories and Moroccan souk-style textiles. This is literally my dream. You can see below exactly what I mean.
This book really is inspiration personified and I feel such a beam of pride for Will, who has worked his butt off to create such a great brand in Bright Bazaar. When I see bloggers’ doing as amazingly as he’s done, it definitely gives others like me hope that someday we could be doing something similar if we work as hard.
Anyway, if you fancy a proper read of this book (and you should!) you can purchase Dream Decor over on Amazon by clicking here. Do let me know if you have this and what you think. I’d love to know which, out of the eleven Dream Styles, you feel most drawn to. Have a great Monday guys.