bb1I started Bright.Bazaar in 2009 when I was 22 years old and across those five years almost everything in my life has changed. Apart from one thing: my dear fiancé. Having been together since our first year of university we’ve stood alongside one another through the myriad of opportunities and obstacles that life has presented to each of us. I wish I could articulate just how much he means to me but excitable superlatives wouldn’t do my feelings justice: he is the first and only man in my life I’ve ever admired; the warmth and joy of my life – my heartmate.bb2bb3Bright.Bazaar has grown to a scale beyond anything I could have ever imagined when I clicked Publish on my first Blogger post all those years ago. At the time I was full of mixed emotions: recently out of university and trying to adjust to a new way of life, I felt lost working in an office job that stifled my creativity, but also excited as we embarked on the next chapter of our life together post-graduation. With all the wonderful experiences Bright.Bazaar has afforded me there have been times when I have felt young and impressionable; exposed and awash with fear; raw with hurt at being let down by those I thought I could trust.bb4bb5I’ve always been acutely aware how important it was for me to keep an element of humanity and personality at the blog’s core. In fact, this was the exact reason I started my 10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend series four years ago; it was the antithesis to the professional, magazine-style design reports I shared across the rest of the week. I wanted my readers to know that ‘Mr. Bazaar’ was in fact just a young guy, in his twenties, sharing his love for design and colour and navigating a new digital and physical world as he did.bb6bb7The lessons of life and business that one might learn in the relative comfort of an office with colleagues and co-workers during the early years of a career have often had to be learned on-the-go – I’ve dived in full of enthusiasm only to have my fingers burnt when it transpired the other party had an ulterior motive. I was on a conference call with someone recently and they said that I needed to become more ‘hard-nosed’ and ‘less concerned about how my actions might impact on others in business’. After the call I felt empty and kept asking myself: ‘Do I really I have to change my values and motives to be ‘successful’ in life?’ I remained resilient in my thinking; no, I don’t. OK, so I might not get the first exclusive or the highest rate of payment on a contract but you can be damn sure that I will have my integrity. I know that this means I will be susceptive to more let-downs and hurt, but I figure that I have also managed to achieve so many fantastic things by being who I am. And the main thing that gives me the confidence to know that I am on the right path and leading my life and business in a positive way is my fiancé. His wisdom, kindness and pure, genuine soul are of boundless guidance for me.bb8bb9As Bright.Bazaar grows I am being pulled in lots of directions and, while I am grateful for such opportunities, I’m finding it really hard to know who genuinely wants to work or collaborate because they admire my work vs. those who don’t. Right now I feel like I still have so much to learn and experience, so I’m just trying to absorb all of life’s experiences – good and bad. I hope that in doing so I will continue to build my confidence and broaden my horizons. And along the way, it’s of great comfort for me to be able to just hang out at home with my man.bb10bb11It’s for this reason that I felt compelled to share these intimate and personal photographs with you today. It’s such an honour that our living room made the UK cover of my first book, but with all of my tweets, Instagrams, blog posts etc. full of excitement about the book, it could be easy to forget that this is, at the core, the place we call home. The glossy image that graces my book cover is really just where we hang out together; bicker together; and hug one another through good times and bad. So it’s refreshing to share these snaps of our home today that aren’t styled or tidied – just natural pictures of what life looks like in our apartment day to day.bb12bb13Those who have read the Introduction to my book will know not only of the importance of Home to me, but also those I share it with. Book tours, photo shoots, travel – none of these things are a patch on the everyday life we share together inside these four walls. Hanging out in the kitchen chatting, baking (and sometimes bickering!) is what makes us happy – it’s those everyday moments that seem insignificant but are, really, what’s so important. I think that’s why I felt so emotional when I saw the picture of our slippers side by side; we both felt it was the pictorial description of the warm and welcoming feel of our life together at home.bb14bb15I’ve not written such a personal post, nor shared such intimate pictures, of our life before – to be honest, it’s just not ever been something I’ve ever even considered blogging about. Yet the conference call I had a few weeks ago really made me think – I’m proud of the life I’m living and have accepted that, in life, others will always have both positive and negative perceptions of you are. It doesn’t matter whether someone cures a disease, writes a book, works as a vet, is gay, straight, religious or not and so on; there will always be those who bring light and joy to one’s life, and those who bring darkness. I know that life ahead will no doubt hold great disappointments, alongside exciting adventures. However, throughout the ups and downs I feel blessed to be able to share my life with a man whose warm hug and soothing voice makes everything from a worldwide book deal to nasty backstabbing pale into insignificance. Toby, I love you.bb16bb17bb18bb19bb20bb20abb21

// Photography by Jean-Laurent Gaudy


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. Amazing post my friend!! Love seeing you and Toby so relaxed, in love and in your beautiful and bright home. XOXO

  2. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing one more thing that makes Bright Bazaar as bright and wonderful as it is!

  3. Will… I have been following your blog for some time now and have enjoyed each and every post… and today was no exception… Toby is a lucky may and the two of you are lucky to have found each other… thanks for sharing such a personal post and congratutaltions for being true to your authentic self!… may many more doors open for you both in the future… Brian

  4. What a lovely post Will. Thank you for sharing. The pictures are amazing. You both look so very happy. It’s so easy to take day to day things, and the people around you for granted and your post is a lovely reminder to stop, check in and be thankful. I hope you both continue to have a happy life together – being married is so special. And being true to you is far more important then getting every deal. After all there’s no point being at the top if there’s no one left to share it with you. X

  5. Loved your post today. I’m a 61 year old grandmother in the US and I can’t wait for your book! You bring color and joy to my life! Thank you!

  6. Brilliant piece Will. Always stay true to yourself and do what you think is right and suits you both. Good wishes for your future together x

  7. What a lovely, beautiful picture of a meaningful life you have drawn. Your integrity always shines through your writing and your images. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself.

  8. this is such an inspiring post, will and why i always trust and admire you. your warmth always comes through. you and both very lucky to have each other. it must be so nice to share that at the end of the day.

    just go on being you. xx

    • @Victoria – I feel so grateful to have such an amazing man by my side but also take comfort in knowing that there are great souls, just like you, in the blog world, too. x

  9. I ‘m glad I happened to read this lovely blog first thing this morning – it was the perfect way to start the day! Thank you for sharing it with us, and provoking an early morning ‘awww’ in this household 😉

    You’re so right about the integrity thing – just keep doing what feels right and the success – as you’ve found – will keep following! The warmth, personality and passion for design that comes through in your blogs and tweets is what makes you you, and is what people so love about Bright (and Mr) Bazaar 🙂 Among our Twitter feed at the Home Interiors Directory, what you write always stands out as fun, engaging and authentic, and that’s really refreshing.

    Keep up the fantastic work, Will, and big hugs to you both. I’ll be buying the book!

  10. I hope your awareness of your vulnerability will keep you safe but please don’t change.Integrity is invaluable you have the joy of holding your head up high knowing you can take true pride in your achievements.

  11. What a beautiful post! You made me well up and almost choke on my fruit and fibre! You’ve done amazingly without needing to be hard-nosed or harsh, ignore those who say it’s necessary. Thank you for letting us see a glimpse of your real life and love. Please don’t ever change. 🙂

  12. Aw, Will, what a wonderful and heartwarming post! Toby is a lucky man but, no doubt, so are you. The pictures are a treasure for certain and I know many will have deep appreciation for sharing them and your story with all of us. Thanks so much, mister. Cheers!

  13. What a beautiful post Will. I think us bloggers should be more open and personal but it sometimes backfires and that’s so painful. We are naked all the time but people don’t realise that.

    I love you and your Tobes, I feel privileged to know you both.

    xox Yvonne

  14. Beautiful text, beautiful photos and a beautiful couple – that brought tears to my eyes. Take care of each other! I’m so happy for you two and for your incredible success with Bright Bazaar!
    xx Emelie

  15. You two are the cutest! What a warm and beautiful post filled with adorable photos.

    Wish you guys all the happiness and love in the world.


  16. Will & Toby,
    What a beautiful post this is, so ouching and truly!
    Beautiful pictures of you and your home, the slippers tell everything…Stay as you are. X
    x see you tomorrow

  17. Will & Toby,
    What a beautiful post this is, so touching and truly!
    Beautiful pictures of you and your home, the slippers tell everything…Stay as you are. X
    x see you tomorrow

  18. Lovely post, wishing you all the success in the world together…..

  19. Such a beautiful post Will, Toby is a lucky man as are you it seems. It’s funny that you mention this and while I really admire your take on interiors, it’s the 10 Things I learned and Loved this wknd that are always my favourite posts, as you’ve probably noticed:) Don’t ever change Will, you are a breath of fresh air out there and as Tina said, “your social media etiquette should be cloned” or something along those lines. The loveliest photos of you too. Mel x

  20. You’re a bright star in my life, because of your love for what you do, it shines out so strongly, so keeping on keeping on being you!

    Much love to you and your fine man. X

  21. Stay true to the path you know is right for you. you will continue to create your own success no matter what. Love you two!!!

  22. Oh Will, this was just so very lovely to read 🙂 I have watched your blog grow from the early days and your journey is one I often think of as I try to build my own. You have done brilliantly. I too struggle to measure the genuine from the not-so, in fact it’s one of the many reasons I left wedding planning, the hurt can really knock you for six. But then, like you I had (and have) someone in my life who is my rock and it makes all the difference to the choices you make and the experiences you have. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life, it’s go with your gut and your heart.
    Sad that I can’t be there at West Elm tomorrow, but I know it’ll be a night to remember. Enjoy yourselves! xx

    • @Tiffany – Thank you for your loyal readership and support. Pleased you too have someone special by your side as you navigate life’s ups and downs. Thanks for well wishes re: tomorrow night! xx

  23. Will I remember the early days when you first started blogging. Your pops of colour would brighten an otherwise dul day. Your sweet honest nature has always shone through your words and photos. So pleased with the success you are having. May it long continue. X

  24. Love the post Will. You are a lovely person and I like your way of thinking. Be yourself no matter what, there is a LOT people out there that admire and respect your work and who you are.

  25. What a moving and post, in words as well as in photos! You guys are just gorgeous! And some of the most genuine people I have come across for a very long time! Please don’t ever change. Toni xxx

  26. This is the loveliest blog post I have read in a long time. THIS is what drives me to be me when I blog.

    I am so happy for you – your blog is a wonderful colour burst of inspiration and your book (yep, got me a copy!) is wonderful.

    I know first hand how tricky it can be and mistakes can be made as part of an intention to be honest, helpful and supportive. Having my husband to support, love and not judge me has kept me on track thus far a self employed full time blogger, I simply could not do it without him. And these wonderful photographs have reminded me I need something similar for my husband and I.

    Beautiful honest post Will,

    Annabel xx

  27. This is pure “make you smile style”, Will! Such a warm & honest post about what really matters in life. Much love and happiness to you and Toby!

  28. I rarely comment here (read more often), but just had to tell you that I love this post. The honesty, integrity (so important, yet so undervalued nowadays), beautiful images and your description why everyday life can be more fulfilling than fame and fortune really struck a chord for me. Wishing both of you all the happiness in the world for your future together. xo

  29. Integrity and love: the world needs more of both and you are absolutely right to choose them over business expediency. Thank you for sharing such an intimate portrait of your life. Wishing you both the best.

  30. I’ve not yet felt compelled to leave a comment on your blog before, despite loving all of the posts – but the pictures on today’s blog were beautiful and touching, thank you for sharing. x

  31. Such a lovely post Will and wonderful to see two people who are so obviously in love. Keep up the fabulous work, stick to your principles and keep your family close. Much love, Heidi xx (can’t wait to get your book!)

  32. Loved the tribute to your mate, loved your apartment and loved the shot of the slippers!

  33. Like other comment leavers, this is my first comment on your blog. I just wanted to say thanks for posting such a heart-warming and honest post with brilliant photos too! xx

    • @Dave – Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a lovely comment. I can’t take credit for the pictures – they were all the doing of talented Jean-Laurent! 🙂

  34. Oh god, now I’m all teary at work. LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE! 😉 Loved this post, so touching – you are obviously perfect together and very lucky, the both of you, to have found each other. Will, honestly, if people start asking you to change the fabric of the person you are, tell them to get stuffed. Nothing is worth your integrity. You’re doing the right thing clearly and you haven’t needed to sell your soul to do it. Keep on keeping on man 😉 xxx

  35. Bradley Odom Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Will, as you know, your integrity and passion will always win out over money, pride or anything else that could hold you back. Congratulations on all of your success. So proud for you!!

  36. Wishing you all the best, Will. I’ve loved watching your blog grow. Thank you for your continued support.

  37. a beautiful post, thanks for sharing. Brought a tear to my eye. Stay just as you are, never change for anyone else.

  38. It’s hard out there and we live in a world where fame often equals ‘selling out’!

    Hone your instinct and remember your roots and what’s important in life. In my humble opinion, at the nearly ripe age of 50:-) it’s the simple things, that’s it!!

    You clearly already know that, so stick with it and you’ll make wise choices. The ‘inevitable’ bruises of life will heal quicker.

    Much love to the both of you. x

  39. Hi again 🙂

    Love everything about this post, I bet this is the ultimate roller coaster emotion week for you, so it’s great that you get to share it with someone you truly love. Take care and have the best evening tomorrow x

  40. What a beautiful blog post. The images are gorgeous as always, and again, have a fabulous book launch this week! x

  41. This is one very personal and beautiful blogpost. You can really feel the love through those photographs. I wish you all the best for your wedding. xoxo

    • @Elodie – Thank you for the kind well wishes. Jean-Laurent did such an outstanding job with the pictures, we are both so grateful for them. x

    • @Helena – Means a lot to hear that from you, H, especially as we have been blogging alongside one another from day one. Hugs to Barcelona! xx

  42. I usually feel pretty awkward when I read personal posts on blogs I follow. But, maybe the pictures I saw yesterday or the fact that I met you both in Stockholm or simply the fact that you are so “true” through these lines, I felt like this was not even a post. Just a love letter we came across. And I’m thankful we did. Your pictures are wonderful, with no artifices, just the two of you as if the photograph was simply NOT there. The picture of your colourful slippers could be the image of a love lasting a life. And I wish both of you it will. xx Ilaria PS and don’t believe the people of the conference call. Integrity is going to pay you much more than any other tricky thing!

    • @Ilaria – I agree, Jean Laurent’s photography skills are just astounding – we felt as though he wasn’t even there. Almost tempted to frame the shot of the slippers – its such a special shot. Thanks for your lovely comment. x

  43. Thanks for sharing this post. It is a beautiful behind the scene shot of what really makes you Bright! Keep on being your colorful self and sharing it with the world.

  44. Your words are so touching, Will 🙂 A old mentor once said to me that true happiness comes from within the family; the closest people that are there to share your goods and bads and make you feel that life is worth living. Wish you and Toby a beautiful shiny life together and lots of success, always with integrity and pure heart!

  45. Been following your blog for ages, but have never ever commented before (I actually never do on any blogs, I’m a bit shy that way 🙂 This time I simply must. One of the loveliest blog posts by anyone ever!! I’ll sure be buying your book. You two look adorable. I wish you a lifetime of happiness! xo

  46. Oh Will! This is just the most beautifully worded and artfully composed blog post I have ever read. You have been such a welcome smile with your posts popping into my email inbox for years and as a newbie blogger I am so glad you shared this. Your words are so relate-able. I am so happy that your stuck to your guns and didn’t change – after all this business is what you created and its on your terms. I have struggled with some aspects of blogging and I am learning so much along my journey and one of the biggest things is how my Fiancé and I are a fabulous team! I think you and your fiancé are so lucky to have what you have, as I feel I am with mine. Thank you so much for your honesty, keeping your integrity and being such a happy inspiration to me 🙂

    • @Rachel – It’s so nice to hear that you have been reading for years, thank you! Pleased you also have a loving man by your side. 🙂

  47. Beautiful, pure and simple beautiful! Your bond with Toby is strong and together you are so complete. I am so happy for you two! Ok! I don’t normally say things like this but really love you guys! There said! xx

  48. Marilyn G russell Reply

    Will, you are a wonderful human being; both inside and out. Thanks for sharing such an intimate part of your life. I wish nothing but the very best for you and Toby.


    • @Marilyn – Thank you so much. Your warmth has always shone through on the occasions we have been lucky enough to meet, you are a good egg. Hugs xo

  49. Yes, I, too, love love LOVE the photo of those two pairs of slippers together — it just drew me in and kept me there, for several long seconds.

    Love is what makes one’s home, whether the love is shared with someone or just for yourself. I think that loves shows and shines through your writing, and that’s why people, myself included, are drawn to your blog. It’s genuine and there’s no faking it.

    Thank you for sharing a really beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes and just made my day.

    • @Cocopuff1212 – It’s such a captivating picture, isn’t it? Just proves that the ‘everyday’ is what we all really love. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment.

  50. Thank you for sharing your love with us. It warmed my heart so much to see someone have that love, bond and just all in all friendship and companionship that I am lucky enough to have found. It seems to be such a rare thing these days.
    I wish you two a long and happy life, and keep up the wonderful blog:)

  51. mark Fletcher Reply

    Thanks for your open and inspiring post. Honesty, integrity and visibility have and will continue to slowly and assuredly change the world. You may have found it a challenge to write such a personal post but others will find in it a role model, assurance and affirmation and for young people in particular, that is a great gift indeed. Thank you.

  52. I love the example you set for our world, Will. The integrity of your work with design flows through the design of you personal life. Thank you for sharing these heart-warming images of you and Toby, I can feel the deep love in every single one. Thank you both for being who you are. With love, Jocelyn xx

  53. Dear Will,
    I haven’t read a blog post like this is a looong time! I loved the genuine way you put your feelings out and mostly the way you state that you won’t be changing your personality just to be the first. Just like me, I also rely a lot in my home and my family and it’s just like a sacred place where good and bad things happen and are talked about, where we reunite at the end of each day, like our safe haven. I’m happy to know that, above all, you are happy with what you have become and achieved and also having a great guy like Toby at your side supporting you when needed. Congartulations on living such a simple but very complete life!!
    Hugs from Portugal,

  54. What a lovely post. I’ve been reading your blog from quite early on, though I’ve rarely commented. I think you’re definitely right, there will always be people telling you you’re doing it wrong. It’s hard not to let them sway you a little bit, they’re often quite convincing people! But well done for sorting through it to find what is important to you.

    Those photos are so beautiful, what a lovely record of your love right now. It’s always amazing to look back at photos like these years on, isn’t it? I like thinking about someone finding one of them, 150 years in the future, not knowing you or your history, but recognizing the genuine emotion there.

  55. What an incredibly touching, personal post to share with the `world Will and I know your fans will love you all the more for it. Your obvious adoration for each other really shines through in the photos and amazing that you’ve shared them with everyone. Really wonderful both of you xx

  56. Thank you for letting us in with this very personal post and introducing us to Toby (I think everyone needs a Toby in their life!).

    It’s been a joy following your blog all these years and seeing what you have created around it. We all blog for various reasons and the main point is being yourself and being authentic, which you are.

    Just keep on being you and leave the hard-nosing to others!

  57. Oh Will this post should have come with a Government tissue warning. It was so lovely to read you intensely personal words and share in your intimacy s a couple. Your home certainly encapsules home and love of home every time I see it.
    I am so thankful I came to your blog and am so pleased for your successes even though the road is tougher than perhaps we as your readers have imagined. I hope all your life together your hearts entwined will be your home together. Jo x

  58. What a beautiful post, both the photos and the heartfelt words. And what a handsome couple! You are lucky to have each other, and to have a rock to keep you grounded when other people try to get you down. As a long time reader, I appreciate you sharing such an intimate part of your life.

  59. Damn you sweet Will! a bit off a wet eye here because of your beautiful post.Your love for Toby is all over it and I am happy for you and Toby that you found this love together 😉
    Un abbraccio forte X

  60. Monika@secretgardenhome Reply

    What a beautiful post Will! Your message totally resonates with me. I’m glad you stayed true to what you believe, and please never change! Let’s hope there won’t be more darkness, and your work and life will bring you only happy moments.
    You sound like a genuinely lovely guy, and I wish your intuition will always warn you if someone is fake and just wants to use you. Bests Monika
    p.s. The book is amazing! I can’t stop reading it)) I share your love for colour!

  61. What a beautiful read! Life is always filled with ups and downs and it is the dark moments that make us cherish our happiness with those we love. You are incredibly talented with values and integrity we need more in this world.

    Success comes in many different ways. What one person defines as success maybe rather different than another. I am with you that you need to follow your heart and do what makes you happy. That’s what I have been telling myself everyday.

    You and Toby are such sweet couple. always had a great time hanging out with you two. Can’t wait for our next meet-up! Nuremberg for Christmas Markets?

  62. I’ve read (and hugely enjoyed) your blog for quite some time but have never commented before, however this was such a beautiful post I felt compelled to write. I really feel you are a breath of fresh air and wish you and Toby the very best happiness- you seem such a lovely couple!

  63. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post and pictures today. You clearly are very happy together, and I wish you all the best for the future.

    Your comment regarding your integrity was spot on, you are so right to never change, just be you.


    P.s your book is wonderful and fast becoming my guide as I decorate my first home – it is now going to have much more colour!

  64. Dear Will, this is such a beautiful post. I got a little teary I have to admit – the photos are such beautiful shots to accompany your very heartfelt post. You and Toby are very lucky to have each other. I wish you both all the best.

    I follow a small number of blogs and yours has always stood out (in fact, I’m pretty certain I’ve commented on your blog more times than any other blogs I go to!) for the wonderful content and also how genuine you come across in your posts. I’m so glad to read your comments about your integrity always coming first before all the glory and fame 🙂

    BTW, I pre-ordered your book which just arrived today so that’s my evening read! Looking forward to meet you again tomorrow at West Elm (met you at Emily’s photography workshop there earlier this year).

    Sorry for how long this comment has turned out to be – your post was rather moving! And again, I love the photos. The picture with both our patterned socks made me smile 🙂

  65. Thank you for writing this, Will. It must have been very different to write to your usual posts, but I’m so glad you did!

    It’s very reassuring to see how well you’re doing and how you’ve got through things. I feel like I’m just starting out (in life, generally! Does that feeling ever stop?!) but this gave me some hope 🙂

    Thanks for sharing it, and I think you’re right – home IS important and you CAN do anything with the right person by your side 🙂

    • @Amy – It’s not been a bump free road, and no doubt the road ahead won’t be either, but I’m happy with how the journey is going! All the best to you!

  66. Hi Will Hope the book launch goes well and have a fabulous book tour. Well done. Not bad for a west country boy.
    John (Rachael’s Dad)

  67. Oh my gosh Will, that really was from the heart and I just wanted to say Amen to all that!
    I work in the creative industries and there will always be people who support you and are proud of you but unfortunately you will also always experience backstabbers, jealousy and snipers.You will learn as you grow with confidence, age & wisdom to rise above it and I dont say this patronisingly but with honesty. I will be 50 in a few weeks and I am only just learning! There are days when it still hurts when people aren’t kind or share your enthusiasm but they will get less and easier & you are so lucky that you have your lovely Toby to lean on and chew the fat with. My husband and family mean the world to me and have always supported me throughout everything & you too have that & some people are so bitter they never will?
    Keep your enthusiasm, love & purity of soul intact, don’t let the B……. get you down and remember to stay true to who you are and you will always shine brighter in the end x

  68. I LOVED the personal post. 🙂 And regarding the comment about “toughening up,” I think you do a great job of balancing personal and work. You draw a solid line and keep things professional in respect to your brand, but still keep a great human element to your work.

    I mean, obviously, I’m a big B.B. fan. 🙂 So happy to have the chance to watch it grow! xo

  69. Dearest Will & Toby, this is just amazing to read and to see how much you love one another. Good things happen to good people, and the 2 of you are a prime example of that. Stay like you are – absolutely fab and lovely. Many hugs and I can’t wait to see and hear more. A xx

  70. OMG! So cute! You guys are completely one of the cutest couple ever! I wish you and Toby many wonderful years together of happines and much love! And also does Toby have any socialmedia or something? Havent seen any of him

  71. Such a beautiful post! The photos are so lovely and I love how honest you are. Keep up the good work and being exactly who you are! x

  72. This post and pictures are just beyond beautiful, Will! Got totally teary eyes reading it… and this is embarrassing because I’m at a Starbucks! Truly happy for you and all the recent successes – professionally and personally. Hugs to you both! xo Jeanne

    • @Jeanne – Sorry for making you tear up in Starbucks; blame it on the coffee (sang like blame it on the boogie!). Thank you for your kind words and support. x

  73. Pam Gardner Reply

    You are very lucky to have found your soul mate.
    Bless you both.
    And continue to refuse to compromise your integrity.

  74. Such a well-put post. I’m super happy for your successes and can’t wait to get my copy of your book. These days don’t leave much time for blogging or catching up on others’ posts, but I’m so glad I popped by today. 🙂 Hi Tobes!! Excellent pictures together.

  75. Best. Post. Ever. This made me go all teary eyed, in the best possible way! I wish both of you all the best <3

  76. Words fail me…beautiful post, beautiful images, beautiful couple…and beautiful soul! Be true to who you are 🙂 xx

  77. Fantastic post! Love, love the cycling ladies above your yellow sofa, can you tell me where they are from?

  78. Gosh, what a truly lovely post. Always stay true to who you are, Will. Your career has taken off like it has because of exactly that… you! You’ve actually made me realise the importance of sharing personal things now and then on the blog, it’s so important for your readers to be able to connect with you. So thank you for reminding me of that. Gutted I can’t make the launch tonight, you must be so excited! Good luck 🙂 x

  79. I loved hearing about your relationship and what makes your home so special. You’re lucky to have such a supportive person in you life! And as far as those that are trying to change you, or have turned on you, you’re right not to listen to them. At the end of the day, you have to be happy with yourself and being a different (mean) person to get ahead will fill you with regrets in the future. Looking forward to your book and meeting you in NYC!

  80. Will — your blog has been starting my day with a ray of light for 5 years! I feel like we’ve ‘been together’ since the beginning…you were the first to find and comment on my blog, and I remember being one of the only comments here. It has been such a joy to watch this part of your world grow and succeed, and I’m so thrilled to know your personal life is equally successful. These pictures are beautiful…thank you for sharing them with us! And dang it…but I wish we were closer and I could come to your wedding…bc I know it will be one stylish and colorful event! Pardon, colourful 😉 xoxoxoxo

    • @Cassie – I remember those days so clearly as well. Thank you for being such a loyal and supportive reader, it really does mean a lot to me. I hope we get to meet in real life one day soon! Big hugs. xo

  81. Oh Will, this post is just beyond wonderful. I am moved by it for so many reasons, and am so glad that you decided to share such personal words and intimate photos. I could not be happier for you and Toby, and I wish you all the best with your marriage and your life together. Thank for for all of this. x

  82. I was supposed to be working and when I get a bit stuck with whatever I am working on, I always pop over to your blog to cheer myself up! Well now I am in floods of tears! What an amazing post Will. I have followed your blog for some time now and what I love most about Bright.Bazaar is how you are so ‘honest’ in everything you do. It shines through in the way that you write and is obviously karma that things are working out so well for you! Your photos of you and Toby are just beautiful and I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and where you are heading in your career and personal life…(which is a little odd in a way as you are obviously a total stranger, but you know what I mean)! 🙂 I wish you and Toby all the happiness and success in the world Will. Long may it continue.

  83. Ha! I did laugh at your neighbourhood watch sign – and then even more because the two of you are laughing in the next photo.

    Great timing!

    Hope you had a brilliant night tonight. Thinking of you.

    As a friend of mine says: #NOBEAUTYWITHOUTTRUTH


  84. Had to wipe a tear…love that you are celebrating your love that what makes a house a home after all

  85. What a sweet post – it really warmed my heart. Part of why I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for such a long time is because you let your kind, open personality shine and you seem like such a genuinely nice guy. I’m glad you have someone to keep you focused on what’s important, too – in the end, I think we know the backstabby, cutthroat business-world types are going to wish they took more time to enjoy life and treat others with warmth and respect.

  86. Lovely, heartfelt, honest, loved it! All should be so lucky to find their soulmate right off the bat. Best wishes and cheers!

  87. Phew, such a refreshingly honest post. I can relate so much to this as I have a man who is my backbone who despises all that is cut throat in business. He keeps it real and doesn’t think I should change to fit this world, nor should you 🙂

  88. Will (if feels strange calling you by your 1st name – because in my head you are Mr. Bright Bazaar) This post has completely touched my heart and this is what blogging is in many ways. This connection that feels real. Even if someone is continents apart. Thank you for sharing with such honesty about how you feel and what really holds you.
    I came here as normally I do when I need to see a nice smart way of doing things – the way you do it. And then suddenly this post. Wham! It is all heart and all real. And as I blogger I know it takes courage to write posts like this one. And yet it is simple because it is your truth.
    I’m sending a big warm Hug from India, it just fills my heart to see the full heart behind all that talent. I’m so pleased and grateful to meet you Will 🙂
    May you only go from strength to strength. And may the 2 of you live a happy, blessed, blissed out life.

    • @Vineeta – Thank you for taking the time to leave such a warm-hearted, kind and genuine comment, and for your well wishes for our life together. Hugs to you!

  89. Hi Will! I’ve been visiting your blog for some months and I like their pictures and the graphic design so much. Lovely and inspiring post! I also believe in the way of integrity and honesty. Best wishes and greetings from Peru 🙂

  90. Thank you for sharing such a raw and personal post! Love this and the images 🙂 It is hard to maintain a true sense of self and value in the world these days, but I firmly believe great things will come to you in doing so! Good luck in the future and cannot wait until your book comes out in the US 🙂

  91. I have to confess that this is the first time I have had a proper look at your blog, despite seeing your name popping up regularly on my social media feeds! Firstly, I am kicking myself for not having a peek earlier, and secondly, what a lovely post, it brought a happy tear to my eye, beautiful photos and beautiful wording. It takes courage to stay true to who you are, an inspirational read, thank you.

  92. Hi!
    1) You’re amazing and I’ve been so jazzed since I found your blog.
    2) Where are the bicycle pictures/artwork from in your first pic?

  93. Thank you for this post! It made me smile as I read through it.

    It’s hard to be true to oneself especially when there is always an easier path but I’m sure it must feel good to be stick to what you believe in. Cheers to your success!

    Looking forward to your book launch in NYC…

  94. Gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to read this post for days and days, and finally sat down in a quiet house with a glass of red wine. Honest and heart felt. And really a perfect example of why the debate here in Australia about marriage is ridiculous. Love the photos and the insight into your success. I hope the upcoming book tour goes well!

    Annie x

    • @Annie – Thank you for taking the time to read the post and for your kind words. Keeping my fingers crossed for marriage equality in AUS, too. x

  95. This post warms my heart and confirms why I believe in love. Just wonderful. Best wishes!

  96. This post warms my heart. Congratulation for your achievement Will. And you both look so adorable together 🙂

  97. Hi, I just came to your site from Domino and love it! I just had to comment though (which I almost never do) that this is one of the most beautiful, heartfelt, honest, insightful posts I have ever read.

    Thank you for sharing it will us!

  98. This is a truly lovely post. Thank you for your honesty and openness. You are an inspiration!

  99. Will – I began following your feed what feels like ages ago, and somewhere in there lost the feed URL. Just coming back, and am teary eyed at how beautiful these photos are, at how spectacular (if perhaps a bit fraught) things seem to have gotten for you. So very happy to see you & your Toby basking in the joys of one another, and even more so to hear that you will remain true to yourself despite the pressure to be something else. Glorious to have re-discovered your blog, and I’m sure I’ll be spending many more happy hours catching up with you & your work again. Thank you so much for sharing such personal photos and words, and for all that you do.

  100. You are lucky to have found such a great person to share your life with, ( and so is he ! ) and remember, it’s your sensitivity that makes you valuable to this world so forget comments that may hurt you.You are a real inspiration .I learn from you every day ! Have e a great week and well done on this true and raw and lovely personal post.Bea

  101. Francoise Murat Reply

    Will – I so enjoyed this post. Just keep being yourself, doing your thing and living your life – it’s a rare thing to be happy, to keep being curious about life and move on and enjoy it, especially with a special person. I wish you the moon, the stars, the sun and twinkly gold dust to spread your good Karma.

  102. Hi Will and Toby.
    Just to wish you all the best for your wedding. We hope that it is everything that you want. Loved your ” Life at Home” Blog. We could flower this out with lots of fancy words, but what we really want to say is we hope and trust that you will be happy together (PS Hope Rachael has a good speech planned.)
    Love John and Carissa

  103. Will, I found your blog several years ago and love following on your colorful adventures…I wish you the best in both your interpersonal life and your professional one as you hold close the values and principles that have brought you success this far! Cheers to sharing your heart so publicly and Cheers to you and your future mate! xo

  104. Anita de Jonge Reply

    Dear Will, such a wonderful, heartwarming and loving full story!
    I wish you both all the luck and a long and happy life together!!

  105. I’ve become aware of your blogs through your Boden post on Twitter and have since then been reading your wedding blogs. They are beautiful. For some reason I just wanted to say how much I love the ‘socks’ photo on this particular post. It’s so cute yet intimate at the same time – it also reminds me of my lovely man and I – I wish you all the love and success in the world.

  106. I’ve just come across you site, and then across this post… So much beauty – in and out! Best of luck!

  107. I just found your blog and love your style!!! The site is beautiful and makes me want to pin every picture 🙂 This particular post was very touching and made me wanna wish you both all the best!

  108. Hi WIll

    First of all I love the phrase ‘heartmate’ it made me tear up, the photographs are so nice, thank you for sharing.

    Second of all I really applaud your integrity to stay true to yourself. For 10 years I worked for charities and was constantly being told by colleagues that I cared too much. When I changed career and worked in textile design I had my fingers burned many times by people and again was told to toughen up. Then I changed again for five years I have worked as a freelance journalist and blogger and I am so happy that I did not toughen up as I have met wonderful people in the online community, (some not so wonderful too but that is the world).

    I have friends that I now skype with in Canada & Austrailia that I met through blogging and they have offered support through all sorts of ill health. I suppose what I am saying in the least succinct way ever is that if you become hard and close yourself off to become ‘that kind of business person you could also end up missing out on awsome experiences too.

    Take Care and stay as you are

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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.