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December is one of my favourite times of year because I love the festive buzz that’s in the air; London is alive with twinkling lights and beautiful store windows. Even when I was a child I remember the excitement I felt in the lead up to decorating our tree. We would head down to the local tree farm and then spend the afternoon decorating the tree together – I loved it. So I was delighted when Sofa.com invited me to their Chelsea showroom in London to bring some Bright.Bazaar festivities to their HQ – all to be filmed in a super fun stop motion video.

I decided to decorate the tree with a traditional red and white theme but with a bow tie brights twist as a nod to my love of the bow tie. My talented friend Perri made the super-sized bow tie topper (if you love craft you should check out Perri’s book), which was the perfect finishing touch that completed the bow tie theme. Amongst the smattering of candy cane bow ties I worked in several handmade paper star garlands which were ethically produced using block print techniques by communities of women in the Kathmandu Valleys of Nepal; I love their understated yet ever so festive style. The hand painted detailing on these papier mache baubles gave the tree a unique and cosy charm. With the core decorations on the tree I was able to stand back and then fill any gaps with hanging bells for a final festive touch. And don’t get me started on the candy cane and bow tie stripe gift boxes – it was love at first sight! What do you think of my bow tie brights theme, folks? I’d love to hear what festive decorating themes you have chosen this year?

// Photography by Will Taylor | Video by NutFilms

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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.

34 Comments

  1. This is so perfectly preppy! Yes, I love it! I love bow ties and I love large check gingham. I’m getting ready to use the same pattern on some fabric for my dining room makeover. Gorgeous!

    Off topic, I read that when Matt Smith said bow ties are cool on Dr. Who, sales for bow ties went through the roof. I’ve always loved them.

    • @Nicki – Thank you so much! I was thrilled with how it came together and I think the gang at sofa.com loved it, too! Those star garlands are even more beautiful in real life!

  2. how fun is that!! Love the candy cane palette for a classic look + of course your signature bow tie twist for a whole lot of fun! Love that organic look of the star garlands (are they made out of felt?) and the bow ties look just so much fun along with the handcrafted ornaments!

    Fab job Mr!

  3. Hi Will, love the video – it makes me feel like rushing around and getting loads of stuff done! Loving the bow ties, definitely need to get one for the little pug – you’ve inspired me! See you soon lovely, xx

  4. Super cute!! Love the traditional red and white, and how simple yet eye-catching it turned out. The bow-ties are adorable. Lovely!

  5. Will that is a super duper tree. So gorgeous with the Bright Bazaar bow tie touch. We’ll be decorating our tree this weekend, the kids will be beside themselves… Have a great weekend. M x

  6. I am currently looking at Christmas gift ideas and decorations for this year and the look and feel from this post is making me want Christmas to come quicker!

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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.