Styling by Marcus Hay

Let’s ease ourselves into the weekend with an inspiring peek inside the portfolio of Stylist, Marcus Hay. Born in Germany and raised in Australia, Hay has had over 16 years experience of styling for advertising, lifestyle and marketing/branding projects. Although now working out of Manhattan, Marcus originally found his love for creativity when hanging out on set with his Photographer father, John Hay. Meanwhile his mum, Janet, helped him discover a love for paint and fabric swatches, from which he would help visual merchandise his parent’s decorating stores. He moved to NYC in 2005 to join Real Simple as Style Director and now works for a range of clients across America, the UK, Europe and Australia. Phew! Pretty impressive, right? You can tell Marcus has been using colour since a young age because he works hues into his work with seemingly effortless simplicity – teals, aquamarines, golden yellow, coral; you name it, Marcus can work it! What’s inspiring you about his portfolio and home (the later half of the post shows snapshots from his apartment, which recently appeared in Elle Decoration UK)?

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 love his apartment! I have seen it on his blog before, and as you wrote – he really works well with colour. Also love the photo of the flowers in the white ceramic vases and the yellow ribbon!

  2. Yes, yes, and more yes! Love everything from the colours to the vintage touches to the simple yet oh-so-effective arrangements! Off to check out the rest of Marcus' portfolio…
    Have a great weekend Will 🙂 ~Lily

  3. wow, gorgeous styling. i love all the colors. they're so incredibly intense and lovely! absolutely stunning.

  4. I love the Tulip table with its rich styling yet looking so easy-going and “just the way it is everyday”. Plus I am a sucker for those metro style bathroom tiles. Yay!

  5. I love all the vignettes and collections dotted around, the way all the pictures are displayed, really nice relaxed feel x

  6. I love the vintage doors. I'm hard pressed to choose a favorite among all these gorgeous photos, but those doors really jumped out at me. Need to find some of my own!

  7. Looove this collage! The vignette with the monkey hanging from the picture frame is awesome! Great inspiration!

    PS: Stop by my blog whenever you can 🙂

  8. Thanks so much Will for the great feature and all your great comments! I love your blog and have followed it for a long time, Thanks also to everybody for such great feedback! Marcus.

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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.