It feels as though we’ve only dipped our toes into 2011, so you’ll be forgiven for finding it hard to believe we’re already onto the second issues of the year. February’s offering from the stylish folks at Livingetc won’t disappoint – in fact, I think it’s one of their strongest issues in some time. Inside you’ll find: a fine example of what the team charmingly describe as ‘hunting-lodge chic’; twelve ideas for weekend updates; a knock out Manhattan apartment and one of my favourite features by the mag for some time: TV Presenter Ben Fogle and the eclectic, colourful home he shares with his wife. Their space details striking modern pieces that pop thanks to their bright hues, whilst vintage additions and worldly finds make for a cosy atmosphere – a grand home indeed! Be sure to pick up an issue to see their Classical Studies feature, tips on displaying books and a round up of the best metro tiles on the market. Oh, and in the meantime, why not pop over to their smashing blog?


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Oh the tiled chimney breast! And the exposed brick kitchen. Will, stop making me YEARN for things I can't have.

  2. I love when you give us a sneak peek at Living Etc. I need to find the “Tea Revives You” poster.

  3. Hi Will, I've got the mag and it's one of my fave issues for a long time. I adore the coldswolds cottage – she's achieved chic and cosy amazingly well, and Ben Fogle's place is knock out too, so bright and fun!

  4. Per your spot on advice, I popped on over to Life.Style.etc and what did I see before my very pleasantly pleased eyes? Why a “tres jolie” glass teapot that I would certainly fill with champagne over afternoon tea ;)p.s. Dinner party? Excellent! It's always more fun to have fabulously dressed guests! The teapot will be waiting…

  5. I am loving all of these rooms, and the concept of hunting lodge chic. I especially love the tall stacks of books in some of those rooms, I did that in my guest room and love the look.

  6. that sofa with all the different patterns is crazy cool~~ and i am loving all the brights, so fitting for your blog i might add!! 😉

  7. Those coloured glasses on the open shelving in the kitchen caught my eye – I love them.
    Too bad Christmas is over…

    *Tania @

  8. Yes 'Living Etc' is a brilliant magazine. A staple in my piles of glossies!

    Hunting lodge chic is so me. I love a dash of rustic with some preppy layering!
    Those grey velvet chairs are fantastic, as are the floors and ottoman. I'd love to curl up there and read that over-sized book!
    I also must get my Swedish paws on some good old horns, antlers and craniums (never thought I'd ever say that!!) when I get back to the motherland later this year. Have refrained from buying some due to predicted customs issues when we ship our stuff. Once we're on site there will be no stopping me..! 🙂

    The bath is adorable! That slanted ceiling and distressed wood. And how clever to use the corner for an inbuilt shelf! For a glass of wine and some candles..! 🙂

    Loving all of your pictures and I could go on and on.. but I am hopping across to your next post now. So much to catch up on.

    xx C

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.