Hi, sweet friends! I have been itching to blog from the moment I touched down here in Oslo on Friday night: in short, Mr. Bazaar has been totally charmed by the breathtaking nature, striking views and charming colours of this magnificent city. I’m here to speak at Fargerike’s Colour of the Year 2014 conference tomorrow so I’m going to keep this quick in order to get back to practising my presentation! Here are all things I learned and loved about this past weekend in Norway along with some helpful Oslo travel trips:

– Exploring the frozen beach at the edge of the fjords and the cross country skiing forest with my dear and talented friend Dagny before enjoying a cosy home cooked meal at her house.
– Borrowing Dagny’s husband’s super warm coat to keep off the minus eight degree chill!
– The sparkle of the frost in the early morning sunshine.
– Seeing the colours of nature wrapped in their frozen coats.
– Walking through Narnia-like woods where all the trees were encrusted in sparklingly ice blue frost. I loved how the freezing mist rolled in over the top of the trees – so atmospheric.
– Shopping all of the incredible interiors stores in House of Oslo and sharing brunch with Mariska at Villa Paradiso (fyi, totally the best pizza in Oslo!).
– More great pizza can be found at Pizza da Mimmo. (I know, I know, pizza twice in one weekend; I crave carbs at the best of times but even more so when it’s as cold as it is here!)
– If you are in the mood to celebrate in Norway then a glass of bubbles at Champagneria is lovely.
– Enjoyed a tasty coffee at BIT.
– Walking along the roof of the Oslo Opera House as the sun rises offers fantastic views over the city and beautiful golden light.
– Having the opportunity to stay in The Mikado Suite at The Grand Hotel Oslo. The whole suite was decorated using the purple palette from Fargerike’s Colour of the Year 2013 and you can see the whole suite in this post from March.
– Enjoyed photographing all of the traditional and colourful Norwegian buildings, especially the charming little homes in an old village called Kampen, which was engulfed by the city due to urbanisation.
– Watching the amazing colours intensify in the sky during the sunset on Sunday night.

// 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. How absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing these photographs, like a cold, sweet drink on this hot Australian day. Am overwhelmed with travel envy!

  2. This is a winter wonderland dream! Love the picture of you jumping!

  3. Your photos show off the true beauty of winter. I like the light in the into the blue picture.

  4. I love your photos of Oslo Will!!! I have some really exciting news with you to share about Oslo but I’ll tell you in person on “our day” in London next month.

  5. Wonderful photos, Will, the sunset one in particular is amazing! Looks like you’re having a fab, if chilly time 🙂

  6. There’s the inevitable jump. Maybe we should do a jump around the globe sort of blog:-) Just sayin… 🙂

  7. It’s so funny to see you in a puffy coat like that with spring-colored pants! I love that you rock those colors no matter the temperature. I’m dying to get to Oslo – will be bookmarking these tips! Good luck at the conference!

  8. Oohhhh *squeal* it looks amazing!!! I’ve never been to Norway but really, really, really want to visit!!! These photos make me so jealous!!!

  9. Oslo … what a beautiful place! Chris and I will have to map Norway into our next trip to Europe! Love your shots of the colour lineup and you will be fab at the presentation! So proud of you!

    see you in a 3 short weeks!

  10. Hi Will, stunning photos as always, another country on my very long to go list. And to think that Hollywood leap was the highest you could do! 😉 Looking forward to seeing you soon. x

  11. Oh my goodness Will! These are beautiful pictures and I would love to visit and explore Norway! I was in Copenhagen this NYE and fell in love with Scandinavia! We even took a small trip to Malmo, Sweden just for the taste of another northern country, all in the same trip! I’ll make sure to check your tips when I book my flight to Oslo!

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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.