For some folks it takes a hit of something strong (and illegal!) to get them high. For me? Holiday decorating. No joke, to say I totally love it would be an understatement. That’s not to say I’m one of the kooky types who keeps their decorations up all year long or turns their house into the Blackpool illuminations come September! Far from it: my first decorations go up on the first of December and come down after New Years Eve. That said, as soon as Halloween has past, I like to spend November sourcing the market for festive ideas and great value buys to add to my collection. I find it so exciting to wonder my favourite high street stores, independent market sellers and festive stalls to see their collections – and the imaginative ways they choose to display them. When I was younger we decorated the family cottage with decorations handed down from generations well before my time, but each year we added a few new ornaments to the ensemble. This year, I know I’ll be adding something to my holiday arsenal from West Elm. The problem is, what to choose? Perhaps I’ll go for the Hearts for Haiti Ornaments to hang on my tree, or maybe a dash of modern festivity with a Lacquered Elf, or even a graceful Papier-Mache Reindeer? It’s decision time: what would you pick from West Elm to add to your holiday decorating collection?


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 was just pinning some of their holiday stuff today! I am in love because it screams holidays in a way that doesn't feel overpoweringly Christmas, which I love! I am always looking for a way to expand upon the red and green. Great post!

  2. @Megan – So with you on this. I sometimes feel guilty spending on expensive holiday decor, but the great thing with their range is that a) it's already good value and b) lots of pieces would work all year round, like the owls!

    @MichaelaRae – Isn't it darling?! for sure!

    @Blog About Design – Yep, another plus for sure!

    @Hannah – I often use visual merchandising ideas I see in stores to inspire my decorating at home for the holidays. The star made of ornaments is really fun.

    @Rachel – The colourful Christmas decoratings are great – so much more interesting than the standard red and gold that comes out year after year!

  3. I LOVE the snow globes!!!
    They´re absolutely gorgeous.
    Heavenly for someone who adores
    reindeers and owls.. : )

  4. @Banebakken – The snow globes are all kinds of awesome. I'd pair them with the laqcuered elf, I think. P.S. I'm addicted to buying owls!

    @Hoola Tallulah – The first space is a great take on holiday; super colourful but not ott Christmas.

  5. Oh this just isn't fair! There is no way I can choose! Love all the baubles, the cute plates, the natural wooden trees…colour and christmas overload! x
    ps- thanks for your comment! Do definitly dig out the prima mag, just be prepared not to move for an hour at least!

  6. This post nearly made me cry…

    In my humble opinion, you of anyone I have ever met have the absolutely best eye for little decorative things. And I'm happy I've found you.
    Thank you.

  7. @littletree – Their dinnerware and serveware offering has this colour addict as high as a kite!

    @Igor – Sorry! Maybe I should add a Seriously Tempting warning before these posts?! 😉

    @Rachie – Those reindeer are stylish and ethical as they are part of the Handmade in Haiti collection.

    @Tiia – Thank you for your generous words, so pleased you enjoy reading!

  8. I do not know how I've overlooked those monogrammed felt bins but thank you so much for pointing them out. They will be perfect to add to our coat closet for scarves, gloves and such. One for the hubs + one for me. Woot!

  9. Omg. Obsessed with this stuff. ALL OF IT! I need a party now. I think I need the chalk candles, the santa tea set, the reindeers….aw what the hell, I want them all!

  10. I love it when these gorgeous American shops ship to the uk. Today's clearly going to be an expensive shopping day… I blame you entirely! X

  11. OMG! Beautiful, so colorful and fun.
    Love to decorate my home for Christmas with all those beautiful colors, it's pure joy.

  12. Now, this is my kind of Christmas!!! Fresh, modern and with shots of vibrant colour. The white Santa stoneware is so gosh-darn-cute! If only I didn't have to have it shipped from the U.S. 🙁

  13. You and me both Will! I am sto stoked for this Christmas season! I cannot wait to open up my white Christmas tree that I got LAST year for a Christmas present! lol


  14. Oohhh, these are the most beautiful christmas things i´ve seen for a loooong time.

    Fantastic blog, by the way.

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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.