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12/06/2013 // 33 comments

My Bow Tie Brights Christmas Tree For Sofa.com

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December is one of my favourite times of year because I love the festive buzz that’s in the air; London is alive with twinkling lights and beautiful store windows. Even when I was a child I remember the excitement I felt in the lead up to decorating our tree. We would head down to the local tree farm and then spend the afternoon decorating the tree together – I loved it. So I was delighted when Sofa.com invited me to their Chelsea showroom in London to bring some Bright.Bazaar festivities to their HQ – all to be filmed in a super fun stop motion video.

I decided to decorate the tree with a traditional red and white theme but with a bow tie brights twist as a nod to my love of the bow tie. My talented friend Perri made the super-sized bow tie topper (if you love craft you should check out Perri’s book), which was the perfect finishing touch that completed the bow tie theme. Amongst the smattering of candy cane bow ties I worked in several handmade paper star garlands which were ethically produced using block print techniques by communities of women in the Kathmandu Valleys of Nepal; I love their understated yet ever so festive style. The hand painted detailing on these papier mache baubles gave the tree a unique and cosy charm. With the core decorations on the tree I was able to stand back and then fill any gaps with hanging bells for a final festive touch. And don’t get me started on the candy cane and bow tie stripe gift boxes – it was love at first sight! What do you think of my bow tie brights theme, folks? I’d love to hear what festive decorating themes you have chosen this year?

// Photography by Will Taylor | Video by NutFilms

Lucy

06 / 6 / 2013

This is so perfectly preppy! Yes, I love it! I love bow ties and I love large check gingham. I’m getting ready to use the same pattern on some fabric for my dining room makeover. Gorgeous!

Off topic, I read that when Matt Smith said bow ties are cool on Dr. Who, sales for bow ties went through the roof. I’ve always loved them.

Andi

06 / 6 / 2013

I loooove your tree!

What a clever and original theme! And so YOU! I love it. The star garland is my favorite part.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Lucy – I’ll take ‘perfectly preppy’, thank you! Love the sound of your dining room makeover, too.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Andi – So pleased you liked the tree’s theme! :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Nicki – Thank you so much! I was thrilled with how it came together and I think the gang at sofa.com loved it, too! Those star garlands are even more beautiful in real life!

tim@designmaze

06 / 6 / 2013

how fun is that!! Love the candy cane palette for a classic look + of course your signature bow tie twist for a whole lot of fun! Love that organic look of the star garlands (are they made out of felt?) and the bow ties look just so much fun along with the handcrafted ornaments!

Fab job Mr!

Emelie @florainspiro

06 / 6 / 2013

Omg a bow tie tree! What could be more mr Bazaar ;) Love it! I might go for that look on my Christmas gifts this year ;) Have a nice weekend! xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Tim – Yay, so pleased you like it! The star garland stars are made from paper – stunning.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Emeile – That sounds like an excellent idea; the more bow ties the better! :)

Serena

06 / 6 / 2013

Bowties forever!!!!!!! I love them so much, like you ^_^
Serena

Yvestown

06 / 6 / 2013

Oh Will, can you come whiz around my house? Love the bow ties!!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Yvestown – Only if we can whiz around together! :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Serena – Yay! I’m so pleased you like them as well!

susan

06 / 6 / 2013

Very fun + festive Will! (I love your accent so much)

Eleni | My Paradissi

06 / 6 / 2013

Hehe, Mr. Bazaar has turned into a tree o.O
So beautiful Will, love the horizontal axes the white stars garlands create!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Susan – Glad you enjoyed the video, Susan! :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Eleni – Mr. Bazaar has manifested as a Christmas tree, literally! ;)

Louisa Blackmore

06 / 6 / 2013

Hi Will, love the video – it makes me feel like rushing around and getting loads of stuff done! Loving the bow ties, definitely need to get one for the little pug – you’ve inspired me! See you soon lovely, xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Louisa – Alfie would look so cute in a bow tie! So pleased you liked the video x

Nina Holst // STYLIZIMO

06 / 6 / 2013

HOW FUN! IT TURNED IT BEAUTIFUL, AND I TOTALLY LOVE THE BOW TIE :)

SENDING OVER A CHRISTMAS HUG AND WISH YOU A HAPPY WEEKEND!

XO
NINA

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2013

@Nina – Thank you, sweet friend! Hugs right back. xo

Sarah LoCascio

06 / 6 / 2013

Super cute!! Love the traditional red and white, and how simple yet eye-catching it turned out. The bow-ties are adorable. Lovely!

Bows always bows forever ;) Happy weekend Will!

geraldine@littlebigbell

07 / 7 / 2013

Wow! is all I can say. All the hard work paid off. Beautiful, elegant and so cool. Love the Bow tie decorations. xx

mel

07 / 7 / 2013

Will that is a super duper tree. So gorgeous with the Bright Bazaar bow tie touch. We’ll be decorating our tree this weekend, the kids will be beside themselves… Have a great weekend. M x

tim@designmaze

08 / 8 / 2013

from paper? I so thought that was fabric! fun!!

Helen

11 / 11 / 2013

Matching bow ties!! So cute!

Denise

17 / 17 / 2013

I love the fresh simplicity of this tree!

domestikate

18 / 18 / 2013

Oh it’s so cute! Love it!

FunkySteph

18 / 18 / 2013

Beautiful. I love the classic red and white theme…

claudia

23 / 23 / 2013

Could you be any cuter? LOVE this post! Merry Christmas, Will! xoxo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

23 / 23 / 2013

@Claudia – Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! x