A few weeks ago the gang over at HomeSense invited me down to their flagship London store to film a festive video for my Store Tour series. Arriving in store I was set my challenge: to style a Christmas tabletop and tree before sharing my tips for recreating the look at home. I quickly headed off to explore the isles, scouring them to find the perfect pieces from their Traditional Christmas range to pull together a festive tabletop and style a tree. That’s what I love about going to HomeSense – you never quite know what you’re going to find!

I was a little apprehensive about being able to pull together a cohesive look, style it up in a busy store environment and talk about it on camera in such a short space of time, but I’m really pleased with the final result. I always try to keep three main elements in mind when creating a tabletop: colour, pattern and texture. To create a cohesive look I used organic burlap to bring texture and combined it with Scandi patterns paired with a polka dot print for a modern twist; all within a red, white and green palette. I managed to find a super table-runner that had a pretty Scandi-inspired pattern running along it, which I paired with similar napkins tied together with faux-foliage as a nod to the foliage-adorned centerpiece wreath. The centerpiece consisted of a bell wreath around a cake stand, upon which stood a tree ornament. I like to bring pieces that are meant for decorating elsewhere to the table because it creates a quirky, unusual look. Finally, to keep with the traditional theme, I decided to place a Nutcracker in front of each place setting. I don’t know about you but for me this season was always at its most magical when I was a child, so I thought it would be fun to add something for the little ones at the table. With the tabletop set and the tree decorated I headed off to show you guys two other great trends they had in store: Woodland Creatures and Peacock Fashion. I’d love to know which of the three you would like to decorate with?


  • Reply Joy December 12, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I LOVE the woodland creatures trend! Definitely my favorite. Love the video! You’re a tv natural.

  • Reply Chantelle December 12, 2012 at 12:47 am

    You did such a wonderful job, darling! I love the traditional look with a spritz of quirkiness.

  • Reply Stacey December 12, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I was grinning from ear to ear when I was watching the video. You sound wonderful! You know there’s nothing traditional about me, but, I did incorporate some traditional elements in my own table setting for the shoot. However, I’m besotted with the amethysts and woodland creatures. I had a bit of both on my own tree. I can’t wait to see more videos from you! Superb job!

  • Reply Tonia December 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I love all three but since I have to pick one it would be the traditional look. Great video too.

  • Reply Uncle Beefy December 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

    BRAVO, Will!!! Well done, you!!! I smell a career on the telly! A total natural! I love all of the looks, frankly… call me indecisive.

  • Reply Tracey December 12, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Okay so first off, your new design makes my heart melt. Nice job!!! Then I must say that you look very dapper in your lovely red, festive jumper 😉 I think I like the woodland creatures …. could go with a beachy feel with it. How was the mince pie? Yum ….. I’m looking forward to having some during the holidays!!!

  • Reply Maria December 12, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Great video Will! Now when are you starting your own TV show?! xo

  • Reply machen und tun December 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

    what an awesome video, you are really great on camera!! thanks for the inspiration, you showed some lovely stuff there, i really loved the grey ornaments

  • Reply Lindsey December 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

    You are a NATURAL! So when do you sign for the Bright Bazaar show? 🙂

    Fantastic tips – I’m more of a traditionalist so I’d opt for the first set up but all 3 are fantastic.

  • Reply anya December 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Ahh Love it Will, so cool and I am a huge fan of the woodland creatures section – now all I have to do is find me a shop that sells these items. You are great on camera 😉

  • Reply ELENI December 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Oh, Will such a pleasure to watch you on this video!!! You’re a so cool and chic and all the things you’ve shown us such a temptation!
    Btw, I love the rustic look for this year! xoxo

  • Reply Judith December 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Can’t wait to see the “next episodes”, Will! Excellent job!

  • Reply WeHeartHome December 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Oh the camera loves you Will! You’re a natural 🙂

    I like the traditional look best, followed by the Woodland Creatures theme. My heart likes the idea of the Peacock Fashion, but my head knows it’s just too out there for my tastes 🙂

    Xx. Holly

  • Reply Yvonne @ Yvestown December 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I love it Will, I want a weekly “Will Show” now!!

    And you know what my Christmas looks like.

  • Reply kARL December 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Great video, liked it all but if you want me to choose then it would have to be the Peacock Fashion. You can’t have too much rich colour at Christmas now can you!

  • Reply Arianna December 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Oh this made me smile, it was nice hearing your voice and seeing you. You’re such a natural in front of the camera – but no surprise there.

    My favourite look?! Peacock baby all the way 😉

  • Reply Susan December 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Love the Woodland Creatures!

  • Reply Jee | Oh, How Civilized December 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    My favorite? Woodland Creatures. Thanks for the excellent tips!

  • Reply tina @colourliving December 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I keep saying you need to be on TV:)

    Folks, anyone with contacts in the TV industry, send them this link.

    You look and sound great!

  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking December 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Will, you are a total natural! I really loved the Traditional Christmas look! I had never heard of Home Sense before so thanks for the introduction!

  • Reply Lo December 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    You have such a beautiful blog here! I love the new design 🙂

  • Reply janis-pinecone camp December 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hello from Melbourne! LOVE your new look! I laughed when I read about you and your love of hens, right after I mentioned, I couldn’t quite get into “cuddle mode” with them 😉

  • Reply Jeanette December 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Congratulations on your new design Will!! It looks and feel wonderful! Wish you some lovely X-mas days and are looking forward to meet you in Stockholm. Jeanette xox

  • Reply Helene @ Homebound December 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Will, i just love that video. you did a great job. and i agree with Yvonne: we need to have a Will-video every week now! Please… i would go for the classic look though i love the woodland creatures look as well. xx

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily December 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Oh Will-Your first mini TV show-how fantastic sweetie!! I can see the series now. FABULOUS! xxx

  • Reply kayla @ exquisite banana December 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

    OMG. I am obsessed with you and your perfect accent and I just want to hug you.

  • Reply tim@designmaze December 13, 2012 at 3:32 am

    That’s fabulous Will!! You did such a good job with the tablescape for a traditional look, great tip on how to decorate the tree, and my personal fav has got to be the woodland creation… that little lion just stole my heart!

  • Reply Kris Robitzsch December 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Please do more tours for us 🙂

  • Reply Rachel {little bits of lovely} December 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I loved seeing you in this video Will + your accent is super cool! You did such a fab job creating 3 very different looks, but I’d go with the peacock. PS when are you getting your own tv show? xxx

  • Reply LatteLisa December 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Will, you’re a natural, it looks as if you have been on TV all your life!

    I would head straight to that woodland-rustic corner to get me some things. That’s the theme I’m going for this year for my table.

    This made me realise how much I miss HomeSense. It was my favourite store in Canada, where we lived for awhile a few years back. Any chance you can persuade them to open a store in Luxembourg before Christmas?!!

  • Reply FunkySteph December 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Great Video Will! I love both the traditional Xmas and Woodland creatures… I think I tend to mix both of them as I just have in mind a little spot at home where I have traditional shinny Xmas baubles with natural pine branches and a Wooden mushroom… I don’t know Home Sense but I would agree with Lattelisa, they certainly would be welcome in Luxembourg!!!

  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    aaw Will such a FAB video, I loved all our tips, and this weekend when I put my tree up I will take into account your advice, big bubbles down, small bubbles up 🙂

  • Reply simple domesticity December 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I really enjoyed watching the video! I love Home Sense, which is Home Goods here in the USA.

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