It's a joy to share this book review with you, the eagerly-anticipated follow up book by Will Taylor (aka Bright Bazaar) - Dream Decor. Full of delicious interiors inspiration, this book is full of words and pictures (taken by Andrew Boyd) that will leave you dosed up on happy hues and ready to tackle your space, wherever you live.
"Styling a cool, creative and comfortable home, wherever you live"
Splitting the book into two sections - 'dream elements' and 'dream styles' - Will takes the readers through the process of working out how to bring their own dream decor into their space. It's inspiring stuff and all of the design principles are clearly explained with infectious enthusiasm. Will explains that the key to working with basic interior elements, much like a food recipe, is to prep your ingredients: colour, pattern, texture, furniture and lighting, storage ideas and display. By incorporating some or all of these elements you will build a strong foundation for your space.
The second section of the book, dream styles, is absolutely bursting with ideas and tips for so many different room styles - from coastal retreats to industrial lofts. Each home embodies each given style, but Will stresses that they are all perfect for mixing and matching, in order to create a decor that suits you and your home. In a slightly predictable move, my eye was caught by the beautifully Scandi chic home, but I was equally enamoured the renovated Pittsburgh schoolhouse, which truly captures the spirit of cool country decor. Each home section is then summed up with simple tips on ways to inject the style into your own home - I don't know about you, but I love a numbered tip list! It makes tackling a room refresh feel all the more achievable.
The book rounds up with a list of dream decor sources and credits which will come in very handy for those of us who have home projects planned. *Puts hands up* With my brother moving out this weekend we have a whole lot of room shuffling to take place as we move bedrooms, switch our guest room into our current bedroom and generally begin refreshing each room - one by one. Oh, and our garden is also on my hit list. My problem with interior changes is that I have a tendency to want to do everything. All. At. Once. And often I attempt to achieve it all super fast, at the expense of doing a good quality job. But with a budget that is on the small side these house changes are going to have to be done slowly, prioritising the important projects first. I'll be sure to keep you posted on here how our renovations go! In the meantime, I'll be pouring over Will's gorgeous book, to top up my dream decor ideas and inspiration!
Dream Decor: Styling A Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live by Will Taylor with photography by Andrew Boyd is out now - published by Jacqui Small. More information on the book can be found here.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.
Photos all shot and styled by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer.