Better Homes & Gardens Dec 2011 | Kelly Ryan Kegans | Photography Dana Gallagher | Styling Paul Lowe

Do you ever happen upon an editorial that you literally wish you could step into the page and live in it? Well, this happened for me when I read Paul Lowe’s recent feature in the December issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Beautifully shot by Dana Gallagher the story centred around a blue-hued woodland scheme created with crafty makes and natural, organic elements. Last year, my tree was decorated with ice blue and teal baubles, so I was really inspired to see how the colour scheme could translate to a tabletop. My favourite elements of Paul’s Christmas decor are the pine cones hung from the back of each chair, the DIY votives and the potted branch sideboard tree. What inspires you about this holiday scheme?

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. Totally loved this when I saw it in BHG. The colour scheme is fresh and the votives are adorable. He's so talented and I blogged about the recent Sweet Paul issue today.

  2. Great post! I too love the white pine cones with the velvet ribbons. Looking at your post makes me want to make a wreath out of blue and white pine cones and blue velvet ribbons. Thanks for the idea!


  3. I'm most inspired by the simple painted pinecone attached with the velvet ribbon. Such a pretty way to add more texture and interest to a tablescape! 🙂

  4. I love the fabric leaves, the bright blue pinecones and the fabric leaf wreath.
    I am so inspired!
    Oh, and I love your blog too!

  5. I was just looking at this magazine at my sister's house and YES wishing I could step into it. That pine cone detail on those chairs is just perfection. Love.

  6. I was browsing BH&G today….love all this! My mom has always decorated her tree in these blue hues.

  7. It is such a beautiful blue. I love the freshness of the colour mixed in with the mix of both rustic and contemporary. And how cute are those little acorns! I may have to 'borrow' that idea. X

  8. Loving this colour palette! And yes I often wish i could step into the pages of a magazine and live there! the little velvet acorns are too cute and so easy to make, may just have to pop out and buy this mag today…thanks for your comment to, was really lovely x

  9. @Vanessa – Yep, you said it, he is super duper talented!

    @mikky, Designwali, Greta – His blue scheme and craft ideas have me inspired to get making, too!

    @Heather, postcards and pretties, fox and fawn, Miss Rubio – Me too, love the ones that hang from the back of each chair.

    @Rachel – Defo, I'm all about new takes on festive decor! xx

    @Jenni – She has great taste then! 😉

    @Igor – Ditto. Blue is one of my fave hues!

    @Justina – You are right, there is a slighty beachy feel. Something I wouldn't normally associate with Christmas but now you mention it I can see it here slightly and it looks fab!

    @Amanda – I agree: it's contempoary but still festive. A good balance!

    @littletree – Great – I'll see you there for a little dinner party!

  10. I too have many blue Christmas ornaments Will. I'm not so keen on traditional Christmas decorating schemes 🙂 I adore the pinecones hanging from the chairs – divine!

    Abbey x

  11. I love this theme! I always think of blue as pretty non-Christmassy (I have an irrational hatred of blue Christmas lights) but this all looks fantastic.

  12. Blue and white! Très chic! Thank you for your comment, I started to work for Grazia Casa in Italy ten years ago and I loooove my work! I'm absolutely new in the world of blogs and it's a very interesting world!

  13. Oh Will! what a wonderful blue palette for Xmas!!!! I had already decided to use the blue and now I can take inspiration Thanks! I love so much blue Christmas lights!

  14. This entire feature is so pretty! I really love the blue pinecones in a bowl and hanging them from ribbons on the chairs is brilliant! Since I don't have my xmas tree with me in Dubai, I'll have to opt for some simple decor that will be easy to stash away somewhere. The twig tree is cute – no trees other than palms here, but I'm sure I can hunt down some branches in a store somewhere. The blues might actually go quite well with the beach-inspired decor I've got going on. Can seashells and pinecones work together? 🙂

  15. LOVELY! Wow, this gives me so many great ideas on how I can make my Christmas decorations… The styling is so beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing – I love your taste!

    Nina x

  16. I like the blue…at first I wasn't sure, but the more I look at it the more I like it for the season. Something different is always nice! Wishing you a happy day!

  17. I love “bringing the outdoors in” and the potted tree and spray painted pine cones are my favorite. Ofcourse the simplicity of the color palette is pretty incredible too…..I'd actually like to get my hands on some of that linen used in the cover shot!

  18. @Abbey, Lisa, Crissy, Rachie – The pinecones hanging from the back of the chairs were one of my fave elements, too! x

    @Hannah – Ditto, blue Christmas lights make me cringe! 😉

    @Deborah – Well you are very welcome and it's lovely to have you around! Hugs!

    @Appunti – Yay for a blue-hued Christmas!

    @Liz – Glad you found Paul's lovely story inspiring.

    @Sarah – The votives are beautiful and easy to DIY, too!

    @Nina – I love your taste, too! Thanks for stopping by! x

    @White Tapestry – It's refreshing to see a new take on Christmas decorating for sure!

    @Whitney – Thanks so much, pleased you are enjoying it!

  19. oh gosh so pretty! I do wish I could step into this spread. Can I be your plus1? the oine cone chair back are gor-jus!!
    happy thanksgiving weekend will.

  20. Paul really did a bang up job on this feature didn't he, Will? He's such a talented boy! Much like someone else we know. 😉

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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.