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?


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

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 😉

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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 😉

  13. 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 😉

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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?!!

  19. 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!!!

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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.