Thank you all so much for the warm hearted and generous words of congratulations about the Bright.Bazaar book – your support and encouraging comments were much appreciated as I head into this daunting (but ever so exciting) new chapter. Having been lucky enough to travel to Cologne/Dusseldorf, Paris and Stockholm during January, I’m relishing the opportunity to spend this weekend at home; my fiancé and I will be attempting to make croissants and pain au chocolat from scratch for the very first time (we’re gonna need all the luck we can get!). Before I head off to kick up my feet I wanted to share these snaps of the Scandic Grand Central Hotel in Stockholm where I stayed on my recent visit. The hotel is located in a building that dates back to 1885 and while the lobby offers an indulgent mix of rich colour, the corridors remain monochromatic with typographical quotes adorning occasional walls – a feature that runs through to the artwork in the rooms themselves. As well a the lobby, I loved the cosy, industrial meets Moroccan chic bar area; those floor tiles are heavenly and I couldn’t resist a cheeky Instagram shot of them during my stay! Talking of Instagram shots, it was so fun to hang out with both new and old blogging friends after my keynote speech, like Jeanette, Arianna and Ilaria, amongst many others. The Scandic Grand Central Hotel Stockholm was one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in for a long time; do you have any great hotels to recommend, friends?

// Photography by Bright.Bazaar Instagram, Scandic Grand Central Hotel, Idalifestyle & Arianna Interiors


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. The Scandic Grand Central was very nice indeed! I stayed at a 20-minute walk from there at Hotel Skeppsholmen. An old building from the 17th century completely renovated & decorated by Swedish designers Claesson Koivisto Rune. It’s on an island and I loved it there! Calm, designy, great staff (dressed in Acne) and delicious Swedish breakfast 🙂

    • @Maike – I loved the lobby, especially how the mood changed at different time of day and night; sometimes chilled and sometimes more lively and bar-like. Variety in opinion is the spice of life, hey! 😉

  2. Really enjoyed the Scandic grand central too. Beautiful hotel with extremely friendly staff and the food was amazing. My room was a more muted olive brown with orange pillows which were lovely. They must have specially picked that bright colourful room for you 🙂 x

  3. Wow, that hotel looks amazing! Love the charcoal, plum and yellow scheme! Unusual, but so inviting :).

  4. tim@designmaze Reply

    Love the hotel too! A good mix of mid century modern in the lobby with velvet luxury. The palette in the bedroom is just so inviting (of course I love the moulding on the walls), and that bold hallway … a departure from classics and transition into modern art.

    that bar … I am saving the image as inspiration for my ultimate store front bakery at my B&B in the future!

    Fab outfit MR! Have a fantastic weekend with MR. T!

  5. I love great hotels, especially the smaller boutique variety. Scandic Grand looks very cool… love the cafe area & monochrome features. A couple of nice hotels I’ve stayed in (I have loads):

    Ca Na Xini in Menorca is beautifully tranquil – very white and little colour though. If you wear your yellow trousers you’ll be fine 😉

    Neri Hotel & Restaurant in Barcelona’s is a great spot – cathedral/gothic area –

  6. My favourite at the scandic was definitely the bar (I’m talking about the bar’s DESIGN and INTERIOR, of course!) The white tiles, the floor, the light bulbs wall, the b/w menu on the wall… stylish and yet so classic. I think it qualifies to be put on the wikipedia page for “bar”, as a perfect example!

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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.