If you follow Bright.Bazaar on Instagram then you may know that Mr. Bazaar headed to Provence in the South of France a few weeks ago to start writing my the Bright.Bazaar book. I spent my days writing furiously before slipping off to relax and read by the pool for an hour or so before dinner. One evening we were driving to dinner when we passed the most amazing lavender field – I literally slammed on the breaks of our rental and did a three-point (OK, maybe it was more like five-point) turn and turned in down the dirt track that led to it. The moment you stepped out of the car the lavender scent washed over you, so intense it felt intoxicating and invigorating. As for the light, well I hope the pictures and video above do it justice because the it was one of the most magical golden hours I’ve ever been lucky enough to experience. The way the honey-like light danced it’s way across the gently swaying buds was one of the most soothing sights I’ve seen in a long time. Needless to say, this was a cherished twenty minutes that I hope to never forget. Have you ever been to Provence? What’s the most magical golden hour you’ve ever experienced?
// Photography by Will Taylor using Olympus EPL5 & iPhone


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. Absolutely incredible Will! I headed to the Dordogne a few months ago and desperately wanted to drive to Provence but the lavender wouldn’t have been in full bloom yet so we swerved it. I am now kicking myself! And how exciting that you are writing a book! x

  2. Never been to the South of France but I hope to go in a few years. Your photos made me feel as if I were there with you.

  3. We spent time in Provence last year and I made my husband drive around for days exploring the lavender fields. It made me face my fear of bees! Your photos bring back wonderful memories! When we came back we planted like 8 lavender plants in our yard, which provides us with that wonderful smell and plenty of fresh lavender. I even used it to make cookies which I’m posting on my blog tomorrow!

  4. I love Lavender and if I have a garden, it will be filled with Lavender … well and peonies as well. They are just so fraqance and I have to jump in about the lavender cookies mentioned by Ashley. Chris and I made some a while back as well and OMG, they were good!

    Lavender shortbread cookies (deadly I know for moi now in my mid 30s) are definitely at the top of my cookie list!

  5. Pauline Kiwii Reply

    Hi ! I’m a French girl, and Provence is one of my favorite place in France just for this lavender. I feel so proud to see that so many foreigners love them 🙂

    And I also want to read about these cookies, never heard about lavender in cooking before !

  6. Wow this looks heavenly!! I’ve never been but one day I hope to. Washington state has some really lovely lavender farms too but, well, it’s not Provence!

  7. Oh Will, you described my own feelings with this beautiful post and stunning pictures! When I think of the Provence, I think of the same feeling, the same smell and views… When I was there about a month ago, I did the same thing and took pictures of a field full of golden grain where the sun was setting down… The gold-honey light that glowed over that field was just gorgeous. Takes me right back to our vacation! 🙂
    The Provence really stole my heart… Will go back next year!
    And I cannot wait to buy and read your book Will, I’m sure it will be superb!
    Hugs, Inge x

    • @Inge – Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement and support, Inge! Yes, Provence is just a truly beautiful place at golden hour – WOW! x

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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.