I’ve expressed before how much I love reading the special Holiday issues published by magazine brands, so I was delighted when the folks over at Holiday with Matthew Mead offered to share a peek inside their 2011 Holiday issue. Packed full of craft ideas and cookie recipes from foodie bloggers, the magazine also provides inspiration for a variety of Christmas decorating schemes. With colour palettes from pinks and whites through to traditional red and green, I was impressed at the breadth of the styles and taste points covered in the issue’s 144 pages. (Pssst! You can see even more from the magazine this video preview!) I really like the all-white space that has used paper stars and layered textiles to add interest but the moss wreath-cum-candle surround was my top tear from the issue. What’s inspiring you from this peek inside Holiday with Matthew Mead?

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. I like using the white textures instead of red+green too. Also the oriental influenced christmas tree looks like a good match for our Summer Christmases down under 🙂 SO EXCITED

  2. The white tree is like going back in time to my parents house in the 70's! Such a vintage style about it.

    I still LOVE red as a Christmas colour! Everything looks so festive.

  3. Ooh I love the apple wreath, so different and fresh! And the tree thats all red and white is just stunning…im loving red and white with a splash of aqua for this years xmas palette!x

  4. @Jeanne, Anna – Likin' your style! 😉 xx

    @Amy – Your Christmas decor plans sound fab!

    @Jamie – Yay!

    @Heather – The presents are beautifully wrapped under the traditional red and green tree, aren't they!

    @Hannah – Isn't it SO 70s! Kinda fabulous!

    @littletree – Love the sound of your aqua accented decor scheme!

    @Abbey – I love the pine cones that have been worked into the mantle. Have a good weekend, too! x

  5. ooh, the candle basket is a brilliant idea, we've been rolling and dipping our own beeswax and i'd be wondering where to put them. sweet to be able to see them.
    we're planning all sort of white paper crafts to decorate for winter. i love them because they are very wintry and less christmassy, so i'm happy to live with them through december and january. x!

  6. One day I will have perfectly co-ordinated christmas decorations, one day… 🙂
    My favourite is the white with shots of bright colours and pink roses, so pretty!

  7. I love white xmas, it's just a mania… but this year I'll choose white and blue, like the beautiful inspirations by Paul Lowe, seen here in your blog! Thanks Will


  8. I love the idea of white decor … I think it's the whole white Christmas notion. Just beautiful.

  9. So funny because this morning as I was driving to work, I was noticing some moss growing on some trees near a lake and I thought, “Hmmm…I want to do something with moss.” You must have read my mind;it looks great with those candles;)

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Hey, I'm Will

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.