A few weekends ago I headed to a Christmas Tree Farm to begin The Great Tree Hunt 2012. It was a beautiful morning: mist was gently rolling in over the surrounding hills and the early light danced gently upon the dew-laden branches, which make them twinkle as if they were already bedecked with fairy lights. With the same enthusiasm I had as a child, I hurried up and down between the rows of trees, touching, twirling and smelling the ones that caught my eye. Eventually I found a little area of cut trees grouped together because they didn’t make the Farm’s standard of a fully-shaped tree. I soon fell for two adorable trees, which were crying out for a loving home! I liked how they weren’t uniform in shape; their spindly and sparse appearance gave them a quirky, Scandi-like feel like that I instantly liked. Back home, I placed the smaller tree on my balcony and dressed the larger one indoors with a traditional scheme of red and white decorations. If you’ve decorated for the festive season, what look have you gone for?

// Photography by Will Taylor


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. Caroline @trend-daily Reply

    They have to be the cutest trees! I hope being the first to comment makes up for me being the last on your wonderful news in the previous little post ;-)) hugs cx

  2. How fun! You chose the absolute cutest & unique looking trees, too… I love how different one person’s tree is from the next. Yours looks amazing!

    And a big congratulations on your recent engagement! Such sweet news. 😀 You two look wonderful together.

  3. i love your take on the traditional colors; very fun with a touch of whimsy. great photography too btw:-). xx

  4. I love the trees you chose Will + how you have decorated them is beautiful. I love the idea of using ribbon for your tree and the red + white theme is lovely. Those baubles with stripes + polka dots are super cool too xx

  5. aww… that’s so much fun to go to a tree farm to pick your own tree! You have 2 trees this year!!

    loving your color scheme for the holidays with the oh-so-festive red and white cheerful combo … consistent with the kitchen decor too!

    love to see more!

  6. What a perfectly Christmas-y tale. Your beautiful images combined with your lovely words tells the story wonderfully. I love your tree, and I love that first image on top. So romantic somehow 🙂

    My little tree will be dressed in white and gold this year. Pics to come soon…

    Xx. Holly.

  7. I love your trees and your white and red decorations… We have gone this year for silver, light blue and white… I gave up real trees two years ago because we have it already for Saint Nicolas which is on December 6th and it is a “big” celebration here, in Luxembourg, so my tree hardly made it up to January every year. Actually lots of family have presents exchanged on Saint Nicolas rather than at Christmas and local schools are closed this day.
    I love your pics….
    Take care.

  8. I think we were tree hunting on the same day…mine is up on the blog today too! We’re in sync 😉

  9. I love the fact that you got the unwanted trees, they look beautiful! I love the scandi style, there was a great selection of red and white in ikea this year 🙂

    I have gone with a colour pop tree this year, I’m normally a silver allover kind of girl but I spray painted some old baubles bright yellow for a bit of festive fun.. Yellow is good right? 😉


  10. Hi Will,

    Your tree looks great! The where’s Mr.Bazaar cracked me up. Can’t believe you already wrapped the presents too! Our tree is sitting outside on the balcony waiting to be taken in. For our tree I like it colourful. We get a real tree every year, but I’m tempted to also get a fake fun pink one.


  11. Your tree looks wonderful! I just love the red and white. And the farm that you found it at is just ideal! Merry Christmas! xo

  12. Love it – such a cute tree and your pictures are beautiful! Looks like such an adventure! PS Do I spy my pressie??! xxx

  13. Very cute that you choose exactly those two underdogs ehmmm trees ;). We have a pine tree in our garden outside and I decorated it with a simple light string (on my blog today). It looks so festive, yet simple. I also took some branches inside with me, because they smell SO nice!

  14. I loved how you picked your trees, and even more how beautifully they are decorated! A merry Christmas to you and yours!

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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.