Will is not only a talented author, blogger, journalist and fashion trendsetter, but also a dear friend.
At Will’s book launch in London recently, I was asked two questions in front of the camera. The first one was how did I know Will? and the second question was what I thought of his book?
Simple questions right? It should have just rolled off my tongue with ease, but unfortunately for someone who doesn’t drink much alcohol, I sipped my wine a little too fast during the evening and yes, had alcohol induced expressive dysphasia! The words didn’t quite come out correctly or at times even at all !
So, I thought I’d answer those two questions here.
I first met Will in October 2013 when we both got the opportunity to explore the Los Angeles design scene with Modenus BlogtourLA.
We connected through our passion for design, colour and yes, shopping!
Will has a true flair for design and colour. Having known him for a while now, I can whole-heartedly say he is as perceived and in addition to that, a kind and fun-loving person who is grounded and down to earth despite his rising fame.
The last I heard, the book was number one on Amazon’s Styles and Decor category. Congratulations Will!
So, what do I think of Will’s book? My reflex answer would simply be ‘absolutely brilliant!’ Will’s passion and keen eye for design and decorating with colour shines through.
Decorating with colour can for some be instinctive and easy, but a skill difficult to impart. Those who find colour daunting or have a fear of experimenting, now need look no further. Will has been able to impart this colour instinct through steps so tangible that what previously was daunting is now both achievable and a pleasure.
I like the way he has divided the book into three main sections : ‘Colour is your friend’ where one is guided through gradually to build colour confidence, followed by my favourite section ‘Colour cocktails’ where Will shows us how mixing certain colours together is able to achieve a desired mood, and finally ‘Bringing colour home’ where he shows how colour can transform different spaces in the home.
I let on earlier that I loved the ‘Colour cocktails’ section, so how better to review the book than to actually try out Will’s advice. I have done this by styling some vignettes. Believe me, I have had super fun in between stressful hospital on call ward rounds to do this last weekend. It was indeed the perfect way for me to unwind. I have picked seven of his colour cocktails to try out.
First, is the ‘Candy Crush’, inspired by Will’s travel through the Balearic Islands. A sweet palette of pinks and yellows which he describes as ‘cheerful and uplifting with a retained element of calm’.
Here, I have styled a coral pink Ikea Brakig stool with books in pink and yellow, wedged between a canary yellow Muuto vase and a pink plant pot from Serax. Just to pull those colours together, I have placed an Alexander Girard doll in the front with its two striking stripes of fuschia pink.
Next, is the ‘Lime Divine’ which Will said was inspired by the zesty hues of lime and azure blue of cafe chairs he saw in France.
Here, I have styled the palette with a blue geometric wallpaper reminiscent of ocean waves, against which the pops of lime provided by the ceramic fish by Jonathan Adler and the front of the wooden bird stand out. I have added a print of a white background with blue accent colours to break the over dominance of the background blue whilst helping to accentuate the lime.
Now for the ‘Strawberry Split’ inspired by the strawberries Will saw, set against the blue rims of their punnets.
Here, I have chosen to show off my Marimekko mugs in red and blue set against the painterly blue of the plate.
You will notice in the first picture of Will, at the top of this post, that he has adopted this palette for his attire. A very dapper look, don’t you think?
Next up, is the Mint Bliss inspired by the minted copper rooftops that Will spotted whilst in Paris. Will has advised on using cerise pink as visual accents.
I have styled my mint sofa with a pink linen ombre throw, both from Designer’s Guild. This sofa is also worth a mention, as it was the one that Will helped me decide to buy, pretty much within 5 minutes! I think I did mention that we share the interest of shopping!
Again, if you scroll up to Will’s second photo,you’ll see him practise what he preaches, as his outfit of the day was a mint and pink.
If you are on Instagram, you should check out #mrgoldenhour for more stunning pre- sunset photos by Will.
Here, I have styled my vignette with a little canvas print by Ashley G of a girl in orange against a black background. The white Design Letters cup was used to provide a visual break from the dark but still with the accent elements of the black in the typography and orange of the top.
The Cerulean Splash is inspired by the charm of the coast. The palette that Will has chosen is a yellow and Azure blue.
The monochrome bed linen in our guest room has been lifted with the blue and yellow throws from West Elm. To balance this, I have placed a blue cushion from Hay at the head of the bed, layered with a blue and yellow cushion by Kangan Arora.
Finally, last but not least, is ‘The Citrus Twist’ with lemons, limes and accents of black. This palette was inspired by the sun soaked buildings of Spain. What’s exciting is that this is the palette that Will has used for his Living room, all revealed in his book.
I have styled a little work area on my dining table with green and yellow stationery from Hay and can you spot Will’s book in candy coloured stripes? I’m loving how Will’s book also doubles up as home decor.
The typography cups are by Design Letters. These vibrant citrus hues are so getting me in the mood for Summer.
So that concludes my Bright Bazaar book review. It has been great fun trialling the advice Will has given on mixing colour. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this post as much as I have putting it together.
As I write, Will’s book officially publishes in the United States today. He has a book tour planned for the States and you can see the schedule here.
Will, here’s to wishing you a wonderful book launch and I’m sure the success will only continue to grow. Congratulations!
Also, I would like to congratulate Andrew Boyd on the beautiful photos inside the book.
Wishing you all a fabulous week! x