Rue Magazine: My Holiday Column

About three weeks ago, following days of prop hunting and shoot planning, I filled up my little car and made the trip to my Mum’s house to get festive, Rue style. With my Mum out the country on a little winter sun break, I was able to take over the house for my latest Rue Magazine photo shoot. And take over the house I did. Picture the scene: hallways full of furniture and living rooms over flowing with props, lights and photographic equipment. We had just one day to capture three different Christmas looks in the same room. Crazy? A little. Fun? You betcha! I was really keen to show how holiday decorating can reflect your personality and style preferences, no matter what the existing space is like. You can read about the three looks in detail in my column (p.77-80) over on Rue’s brand new site. I’m hugely proud of this shoot and feel honoured to work for such an inspiring, creative and engaging publication.

Styling by Will Taylor | Photography by Matt Cant | Rue Magazine


  • Reply Layers and Layers November 23, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I really really loved it Will! Great job. Did you have a favourite when you were done? I think mine is the Noir Christmas … Great job all round, so pleased for you 🙂

  • Reply ashlina {the decorista} November 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

    gorgeous will. just magical.

  • Reply Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely November 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Ooh so festive Will! I love, love what you have created – they are all gorgeous. I do think the first colourful one is my favourite though! Congrats on a FAB issue of Rue!! xx

  • Reply Belly November 23, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Will, this is magical. Your talent shines through this spread, and there is not one look I'm not in love with. Well done.

  • Reply Kathysue November 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Will I did not know you were a stylist!! OmG that first shot is amazing!!! I love your use of color!!! Perfection, Bravo to you Mr. Will you did a awesome job. I would be very proud also, Kudos to you,Kathysue

  • Reply Sandy a la Mode November 23, 2010 at 12:13 am

    wow this is soo amazing will! i wish you could come over and decorate my place!! i am loving number 2!!

  • Reply Brooke November 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Noir and Folksy are incredible! You did an amazing job! “Imagine Narnia with dash of Hogwarts” for the holidays, genius!

  • Reply Anna November 23, 2010 at 12:16 am

    LOVE all three looks…but that Christmas Wreath in the first image totally rocks! Great post Will x

  • Reply Arianna November 23, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Oh Will this is magical….love love love everything about it!!! They are all fab but Noir Christmas is definitely a fav of mine…….hope to see u this week! Mwah xxx

  • Reply postcards and pretties November 23, 2010 at 12:35 am

    love this will…the folksy one is my absolute favorite!

  • Reply Jules November 23, 2010 at 12:55 am

    wow! congrats on this amazing feature in rue 🙂 i'm in love with all 3 looks, especially #1! i am so proud of you will! keep up the fabulous work. xoxo – julie

  • Reply Verdigris Vie November 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Always amazing Will. Congrats on another fab feature ..


  • Reply Tobe @ Two Tall Blondes November 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

    loved your feature, Will! Couldn't even choose a fave. Congrats!

  • Reply Renee (eatliveshop.com) November 23, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Wow you did a killer job! I can't decide which one I love more!

  • Reply Justina Blakeney November 23, 2010 at 3:15 am

    the wreath is divine!

  • Reply Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions November 23, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Wonderful looks, Will, and each so different! You have got a dream job there, my friend! Enjoy! : )

  • Reply Anna Spiro November 23, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Love, love, love the bright bauble wreath Will! STUNNING.


  • Reply Leah November 23, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Oh I have been needing Christmas decor inspiration!!! So many amazing ideas here!!!


  • Reply Marilyn G Russell November 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

    I'm lovin' the heaps of color in the first look! Mesmerizing……

  • Reply Tommy November 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Genius!! I love the folksy one the best–those binder clips?! Inspired!

  • Reply Sunny November 23, 2010 at 6:28 am

    will! It was your photos of Technicolor that decided for me on the spot to use more color this year and really decorate beyond the tiny tree and wreath I usually rely on!!!

    You've changed my Christmas this year!

  • Reply Marcus Design November 23, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Your column was sooo much fun to look through this morning Will! I love each of the looks, they are fabulous. Kinda wish I could have 1 house for each look cause I can't decide on favorite 🙂 Congrats to you my friend!

  • Reply JulieB November 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I love things like this – such a great way to show what can be done with strong looks! And how lovely is your mum's house?!

  • Reply Ludmila {creamylife.com} November 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    this is stunning, Will! as I said 'thechnicolour' look is very me, but I can't avoid loving all three of them! very well done!

  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely November 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    you did a beautiful job will, congrats! I loved the nod to Hogwarts 🙂

  • Reply Better stay anonymous! November 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

    great job Will!!! you must be so proud… Noir Christmas it is for me!!!!

  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy November 23, 2010 at 10:21 am

    narnia with a dash of hogwarts? now that is a concept i can really get behind. 🙂 great job, will!

  • Reply Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair November 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I would be proud too as it looks AMAZING! Seriously just so good and the photography is also really great!

    Loving all the looks but especially like Folksy as i am loving the cut out animals – Genius!!

    Rachie xo

  • Reply riseart November 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    This is outstanding: very original and tasteful. I was always for conservative, classical trees and decoration, but these themes I could imagine!

    Loving it!

  • Reply David Toms November 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Will what a brilliant job you have doen! Love them all!

  • Reply Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy November 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This was definitely my favourite feature in Rue! I love how you used a lot of non-traditional decorating elements, which I am all over! Nice work Will!

  • Reply Brandi November 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I really loved your article in Rue. My look this year is definitely a technicolor one. Congrats on your success!

  • Reply Wendy November 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    loved your feature in Rue!!! 🙂

  • Reply angela hardison November 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    this is seriously amazing! i love all three looks. great, great job!

  • Reply James November 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Folksy, with just a hint of noir for me please!

  • Reply Chantale November 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Will, your photos are brighter and clearer on your site than the Rue mag one! It took me an entire morning to enjoy the Rue magazine, it was so yummy! I love your technicolour xmas set. It reminds me of my childhood when everything was tinsel and fake metallic tree (70's baby)! Great great job!! Who did the photography because it's gorgeous. Now I feel like going out and decorating for xmas Will_Rue_technicolour style.

  • Reply Kate November 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I found your blog after perusing Rue and I'm amazed at the looks you put together here… it's hard to believe they are all the same room! Each is so original and festive. What a lucky mum you have to have a stylish, hardworking elf at home when she goes out of town. congratulations!

  • Reply Modern Country Lady November 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Technicolour is so now- love it !! What a great shoot!!

  • Reply Lost In Cheeseland November 23, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, can't believe all that was done at your Mom's house!

  • Reply Anjela November 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    ahhh, which to choose?! Amazing work!!!

  • Reply LiveLikeYou November 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    If only my Christmas decorations looked like that!!! I love color…but the black and white is my favorite!

  • Reply StarletStarlet November 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I flipped through the magz yesterday very quickly, when I came across the technicolour pages, I immediately thought of YOU!! Well what was I thinking, of course it was you all along!

    Well done, Will!!

  • Reply Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage November 24, 2010 at 12:43 am

    My fav noir for sure, job well done.

  • Reply Charlotta Ward November 24, 2010 at 12:52 am

    If I lived anywhere near London I'd drive on over and be your 'propping slave'! 🙂
    I can only imagine how much fun you had doing these two marvelous looks for Rue! Well done.

    Needless to say, the 'Folksy' theme is me to a tee. It hits the witch, the Swede and the forest fiend in me, in a beautiful way. Love love!

    Big sunny hugs from a terribly warm and non-Xmasy Sydney!

    xx C

  • Reply Diane November 24, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Such beautiful ideas! The holidays are all about personal style, sharing what you love, what's meaningful. Loved that you showed how one space could go so many different ways.

  • Reply jan November 24, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Awesome job Will! Love the coloured one! Congrats!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips November 24, 2010 at 2:09 am

    I love Rue and your work inside it – so much that I posted the cover and link on my side bar.

    Keep up the stellar work!
    ~ Elizabeth

  • Reply Splendid Willow November 24, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Will!!! You should be proud! You did an amazing job! 5 stars!

    And yes, I can actually picture the hallway with 1000 props. But what did Mom say when she got home?!

    Love to you.



    P.S I am a mix between folksy and black! Now I know!

  • Reply Apt. #34 November 24, 2010 at 7:33 am

    i heart noir christmas – well done!

  • Reply Hazel Schreiner November 24, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Each of the images have such diverse aspects in them, I don't know which to love more!! They are just fabulous!! I feel pulled to the black and white concept because my home is black and white, but then for Christmas you sometimes feel you need more colour! And I love and adore the robots in the first image!! J'adore!!!

    🙂 Hazel
    Hazel Loves Design

  • Reply Natural History November 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I love them! Esp. the technicolour one… What's *wrong* with me these days? I should be loving the folksy one best but people like YOU are corrupting my taste! 🙂

  • Reply TLC_Designs November 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Will, you are one talented dude. I'd be happy with any of the three looks you shared here…but if I HAD to choose, I'd be all over the folksy look!

    Great job, as always.

    Happy holidays!

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

  • Reply Kotilo November 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Pretty pretty!

  • Reply donkey and the carrot November 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Lovely work!!!! i saw it on POPPYTALK and i re-blogged it forward!!!! Take care, Foivi

  • Reply Colour Blogging November 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Why have I never come across your blog before? It is stunning, so refreshing and stylish.

    I love the brightly coloured christmas best, and the bauble wreath is to die for!!! where is it from?

    So pleased I found you.
    Michelle – http://www.colourblogging.blogspot.com

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar November 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thank you so much for your kind and generous comments about my latest Rue shoot; your support means so much to me.

    For those of you that have asked, the brightly coloured bauble wreath is from Paperchase!

  • Reply cassandra @ coco+kelley November 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    i know i'm totally late to this party, but will you absolutely outdid yourself on this shoot! i was so impressed… and all in one day!?? amazing. my dear you are a talent to reckon with! 🙂 i can't even pick a favorite, they're all so fab.

  • Reply Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} November 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    these are all fabulous!! you are so incredibly talented! keep up the awesome work!

  • Reply Riell November 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Amazing! Especially the technicolour one and black and white!
    Thank you!

  • Reply Ashley November 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    this part of the magazine was so fun and made the issue special.

    Thanks for your added creativity!
    Enjoy the holidays.

    the Rue Girls

  • Reply Michelle from Holley and Gill December 7, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Que c'est beau Will! You can teach me a thing or two about vignettes that's for sure! You're dedication to design is palpable, wow. You do nothing but inspire.

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar December 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Michelle – Thank you for your kind and generous words – I'm so touched.

  • Reply Naomi Shiek November 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Wow, where can I get that stag silhouette?
    Very beautiful – my favorite actually is the Noir Christmas. Can't resist those fairy lights!

  • Reply Haus and Home November 30, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Wow the same space and yet they all look so different! I love the folksy Christmas!

  • Reply abby November 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I love the tree so much — can anyone help me locate an artificial or real tree like that? Or does the photographer have details??

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar December 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      @Abby – This is an artificial tree I bought from John Lewis about five years ago.

  • Reply Abby December 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks, Will! It’s just beautiful! Of course I’m trying to recreate the technicolor look for this year — any chance you remember where the ball ornaments came from? I’m finding some that just aren’t as vibrant and too shiny. Thanks so much!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar December 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      @Abby – This shoot is about three years old so most lines are discontinued, sorry!

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