I've been lucky enough to gain lots of new followers recently, which has made me really happy! Thanks to all of you who have signed up, commented, followed, or even just dropped by to check out this little blog, I really do appreciate it.
Since I started blogging, Alison from Hunkydory Home has always been a big supporter of Bright.Bazaar, so I was delighted when she agreed to let me have a sneak peak inside her home and chat about her inspirations. Hunkydory Home stocks a host of wonderfully colourful home accessories, and the store's products are never far from the glossy pages of the monthly home magazines. My favourite product at the moment is this Paris cushion for it's fun and colourful nature. Alison's story of how she built up her business is really inspiring. Here you can read about her interior tastes, her quirky online interiors business and flying green ducks in her living room...
How would you describe your interior style?
Colourful and eclectic; I don't follow trends. Instead, I just like to surround myself with things that make me feel happy.
Do you have any pet hates when it comes to interiors?
The 'neutralising' of homes a la the 'House Doctor' - the trend for painting everything magnolia and everyone having beige/brown/cream furniture and accessories - I just feel it's such a dull environment to live in. I think your home should reflect your personality.
What interior tips would you give to the Bright.Bazaar readers?
Fill your home with things you love, don't worry about what people will think - it's not a show home, it's your home. If you want bright green ducks flying up your living room wall, like me, then go for it!
What inspires you?
I spent my early years in Norway and have always loved Scandinavian design. I love pattern, colour and children's design. I follow a lot of blogs online and love trawling the pages of Etsy to see the fabulous creations people come up with.
What do you like about spring?
Leaving the long nights and cold weather behind, and being able to get outside again. I love spring because of the sense of a new beginning and the feeling of starting afresh again.
What encouraged you to start up Hunkydory Home?
I was working in an interior designers where all the products we sold were traditional and not to my taste. One day I was looking for a lampshade and couldn't find anything I liked so I decided to make one myself. Next I started selling them on Ebay and after they proved popular, I set up Hunkydory Home. At first I just stocked lampshades and cushions, but now I stock a whole range of handmade and design-led home accessories.
What is the best and worst thing about running your own business?
The best thing is being my own boss, for sure! The worst thing is never switching off, but that's probably worse for my family than for me as I love everything to do with my business!
You've done so well to build up the business from nothing; what's your proudest achievement to date?
I always feel very proud when I see our products in the press, particularly when it's something I've made myself.
Finally, you stock such a diverse range of homewares, but do you have a favourite?
That's so difficult! But if I had to choose, then I would go for the Black Cat Clock. We have it in our kitchen - the swishing pendulum tail is so fun!
Ok, so it's giveaway time! To be in with a chance of winning one of the clocks shown below (worth £44.00 each!) just choose one of the four colour options. Then leave a comment explaining which coloured clock you would choose, where you would put it your home and why. I'll randomly pick a winner from all the comments posted by 6:00pm on Friday 5th March. I can't wait to hear where you would choose to put these clocks in your home. (EU entrants only, sorry!)
Images: Hunkydory Home
T's and C's: I'm afraid this giveaway is open to EU residents only, due to shipping charges, but I hope to offer a USA giveaway soon! The winner will be decided by random.org when the competition closes at 6:00pm UK time on Friday 5th March. Only one entry per reader, please. The clock cannot be exchanged for cash or any other item.