Paris is a city that cries out to be photographed; the beautiful buildings and oh-so-Parisian scenes are continually flirting with the lens of my camera whenever I’m in the French capital. My favourite set of Paris photographs has to be when I photographed the City of Lights in the snow last year because it felt like such a rare opportunity to see such a heavily photographed city in a unique light.

Just a few weeks after heading to Paris to celebrate NYE I jumped on a flight back to France again for the famous Maison et Objet trade show. As well as exploring the show, my dear friend Arianna and I took some time to catch up over a couple of tasty lunches. Of course, as I walked between the show and our apartment I stopped to take some snapshots – here are six favourites:

1. Parisan architecture never fails to stop me in my tracks – stunning, isn’t it?
2. Mariska Meijers‘ colourful booth was my personal highlight of Maison et Objet.
3. Despite the grey skies, the Louvre still managed to look resplendent. I love that this building is instantly recognisable despite only showing the tiniest fraction of it. And when it rained (which was a lot!) it helped to jump into a Blacklane car to get around.
4. I’m not often a fan of traditional French food (I find it a bit too rich) but I discovered some lovely light salads in the two lunches I had while in town. Thanks to recommendations from my foodie friend Lindsey, I enjoyed excellent meals at Buvette and Cafe Charlot.
5. Drinking an cup of tea while watching the world go by felt very relaxing.
6. After taking a picture of the Louvre and thinking how it was instantly recognisable from the tip alone, I felt inspired to try this with another of Paris’ famous landmarks – the Eiffel Tower. I took this shot from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and purposed blurred it out to create a magical flare from all the lights in, well, the City of Lights. It’s such a beautiful sight, don’t you think?

Have you been to Paris? What inspires you about the city?

// 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. Wow! I’m impressed you got to see Paris during the daytime at all! The drive from our central hotel out to Maison took 45 minutes and buildings just flashed past! Our lunches consisted of baguettes eaten whilst sat on the exhibition floor tucked in a grubby corner cos the seats were all taken. I walked a couple of marathons each day from 10 til 6. But Paris is still amazing at night, the Louvre is magical, hough I felt like a vampire…destined to wander in the dark…great show eh?!!!

  2. Lovely pics Will! What, you are not a fan of traditional French food 😉 I think we need to make you change your mind about that! I hope you like French patisserie at least.

  3. Ahh. your snapshots are always so beautiful! Makes me want to go back to Paris.. especially for all the food and pastries!! x

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    I have carried Mariska Meijers pcs in my shop. I love her work.

  5. Love them–and gets me so amped up for my trip!! 38 days and counting, eeeek! I wonder if you might be in town when I’m there?

  6. @Busymaker – I think that’s a problem in every big city around the world. City environment kind of contradicts having green places and nature all that much.
    Anyway great photos you have there Will, hope you had a pleasant time.
    As far as being in Paris, my travelling hasn’t reached there yet, but I hope it does soon. 🙂

  7. Really great shots, Will, I love how you play with the iconic buildings, and now I really want to go to Paris!

  8. Hi Will, glad you had a fab time in Paris. I love going to the Louvre and the Musee Dorsey, I think I’ve spelt it wrong. I love seeing all the incredible paintings. One of the best places I went to was the cemetery where Oscar Wilde is buried, it was such an interesting place and the gravestones for many of the dead are simply incredible. So much detail. I also loved walking around near the Sacre Couer which has so many tiny little streets to visit and is like a hidden labrynth. Glad you had such a good time,
    Jo xxx

  9. Lovely photos Will and boy do you travel! The photo of the Louvre is superb and of course, a cute one of you in the cafe drinking tea. xx Mel

  10. Loved your shots and the striped top! Where did you get it if I may ask?

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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.