12/12/2012 // 33 comments


A few weeks ago the gang over at HomeSense invited me down to their flagship London store to film a festive video for my Store Tour series. Arriving in store I was set my challenge: to style a Christmas tabletop and tree before sharing my tips for recreating the look at home. I quickly headed off to explore the isles, scouring them to find the perfect pieces from their Traditional Christmas range to pull together a festive tabletop and style a tree. That’s what I love about going to HomeSense – you never quite know what you’re going to find!

I was a little apprehensive about being able to pull together a cohesive look, style it up in a busy store environment and talk about it on camera in such a short space of time, but I’m really pleased with the final result. I always try to keep three main elements in mind when creating a tabletop: colour, pattern and texture. To create a cohesive look I used organic burlap to bring texture and combined it with Scandi patterns paired with a polka dot print for a modern twist; all within a red, white and green palette. I managed to find a super table-runner that had a pretty Scandi-inspired pattern running along it, which I paired with similar napkins tied together with faux-foliage as a nod to the foliage-adorned centerpiece wreath. The centerpiece consisted of a bell wreath around a cake stand, upon which stood a tree ornament. I like to bring pieces that are meant for decorating elsewhere to the table because it creates a quirky, unusual look. Finally, to keep with the traditional theme, I decided to place a Nutcracker in front of each place setting. I don’t know about you but for me this season was always at its most magical when I was a child, so I thought it would be fun to add something for the little ones at the table. With the tabletop set and the tree decorated I headed off to show you guys two other great trends they had in store: Woodland Creatures and Peacock Fashion. I’d love to know which of the three you would like to decorate with?


12 / 12 / 2012

I LOVE the woodland creatures trend! Definitely my favorite. Love the video! You’re a tv natural.


12 / 12 / 2012

You did such a wonderful job, darling! I love the traditional look with a spritz of quirkiness.


12 / 12 / 2012

I was grinning from ear to ear when I was watching the video. You sound wonderful! You know there’s nothing traditional about me, but, I did incorporate some traditional elements in my own table setting for the shoot. However, I’m besotted with the amethysts and woodland creatures. I had a bit of both on my own tree. I can’t wait to see more videos from you! Superb job!


12 / 12 / 2012

I love all three but since I have to pick one it would be the traditional look. Great video too.

Uncle Beefy

12 / 12 / 2012

BRAVO, Will!!! Well done, you!!! I smell a career on the telly! A total natural! I love all of the looks, frankly… call me indecisive.


12 / 12 / 2012

Okay so first off, your new design makes my heart melt. Nice job!!! Then I must say that you look very dapper in your lovely red, festive jumper ;) I think I like the woodland creatures …. could go with a beachy feel with it. How was the mince pie? Yum ….. I’m looking forward to having some during the holidays!!!


12 / 12 / 2012

Great video Will! Now when are you starting your own TV show?! xo

machen und tun

12 / 12 / 2012

what an awesome video, you are really great on camera!! thanks for the inspiration, you showed some lovely stuff there, i really loved the grey ornaments


12 / 12 / 2012

You are a NATURAL! So when do you sign for the Bright Bazaar show? :)

Fantastic tips – I’m more of a traditionalist so I’d opt for the first set up but all 3 are fantastic.


12 / 12 / 2012

Ahh Love it Will, so cool and I am a huge fan of the woodland creatures section – now all I have to do is find me a shop that sells these items. You are great on camera ;-)


12 / 12 / 2012

Oh, Will such a pleasure to watch you on this video!!! You’re a so cool and chic and all the things you’ve shown us such a temptation!
Btw, I love the rustic look for this year! xoxo


12 / 12 / 2012

Can’t wait to see the “next episodes”, Will! Excellent job!


12 / 12 / 2012

Oh the camera loves you Will! You’re a natural :)

I like the traditional look best, followed by the Woodland Creatures theme. My heart likes the idea of the Peacock Fashion, but my head knows it’s just too out there for my tastes :)

Xx. Holly

Yvonne @ Yvestown

12 / 12 / 2012

I love it Will, I want a weekly “Will Show” now!!

And you know what my Christmas looks like.


12 / 12 / 2012

Great video, liked it all but if you want me to choose then it would have to be the Peacock Fashion. You can’t have too much rich colour at Christmas now can you!


12 / 12 / 2012

Oh this made me smile, it was nice hearing your voice and seeing you. You’re such a natural in front of the camera – but no surprise there.

My favourite look?! Peacock baby all the way ;)


12 / 12 / 2012

Love the Woodland Creatures!

Jee | Oh, How Civilized

12 / 12 / 2012

My favorite? Woodland Creatures. Thanks for the excellent tips!

tina @colourliving

12 / 12 / 2012

I keep saying you need to be on TV:)

Folks, anyone with contacts in the TV industry, send them this link.

You look and sound great!

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking

12 / 12 / 2012

Will, you are a total natural! I really loved the Traditional Christmas look! I had never heard of Home Sense before so thanks for the introduction!


12 / 12 / 2012

You have such a beautiful blog here! I love the new design :)

janis-pinecone camp

12 / 12 / 2012

Hello from Melbourne! LOVE your new look! I laughed when I read about you and your love of hens, right after I mentioned, I couldn’t quite get into “cuddle mode” with them ;)


12 / 12 / 2012

Congratulations on your new design Will!! It looks and feel wonderful! Wish you some lovely X-mas days and are looking forward to meet you in Stockholm. Jeanette xox

Helene @ Homebound

12 / 12 / 2012

Will, i just love that video. you did a great job. and i agree with Yvonne: we need to have a Will-video every week now! Please… i would go for the classic look though i love the woodland creatures look as well. xx

caroline @trend-daily

13 / 13 / 2012

Oh Will-Your first mini TV show-how fantastic sweetie!! I can see the series now. FABULOUS! xxx

kayla @ exquisite banana

13 / 13 / 2012

OMG. I am obsessed with you and your perfect accent and I just want to hug you.


13 / 13 / 2012

That’s fabulous Will!! You did such a good job with the tablescape for a traditional look, great tip on how to decorate the tree, and my personal fav has got to be the woodland creation… that little lion just stole my heart!

Kris Robitzsch

13 / 13 / 2012

Please do more tours for us :)

I loved seeing you in this video Will + your accent is super cool! You did such a fab job creating 3 very different looks, but I’d go with the peacock. PS when are you getting your own tv show? xxx


13 / 13 / 2012

Will, you’re a natural, it looks as if you have been on TV all your life!

I would head straight to that woodland-rustic corner to get me some things. That’s the theme I’m going for this year for my table.

This made me realise how much I miss HomeSense. It was my favourite store in Canada, where we lived for awhile a few years back. Any chance you can persuade them to open a store in Luxembourg before Christmas?!!


13 / 13 / 2012

Great Video Will! I love both the traditional Xmas and Woodland creatures… I think I tend to mix both of them as I just have in mind a little spot at home where I have traditional shinny Xmas baubles with natural pine branches and a Wooden mushroom… I don’t know Home Sense but I would agree with Lattelisa, they certainly would be welcome in Luxembourg!!!

aaw Will such a FAB video, I loved all our tips, and this weekend when I put my tree up I will take into account your advice, big bubbles down, small bubbles up :)

simple domesticity

18 / 18 / 2012

I really enjoyed watching the video! I love Home Sense, which is Home Goods here in the USA.