central-park-in-autumnFirst off, I’d like to send heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported Grace and I’s #wearefamily 2014 project to raise equality awareness. The positive and engaged response has been overwhelming; reading the family stories from people across the world just shows how beautifully diverse our planet is. I’ve had a super busy week with back-to-back meetings and events, so I’m excited that my friend Brooke is coming to visit from NYC this weekend. In honour of the visit I thought it would be fun to create a cosy little living room nook inspired by one of my favourite spots in her city – Central Park.living-room-blue-decor-1When I was in New York City for business a few weeks ago I made sure to take a trip into Central Park at least once a day. Whether it was for a quick stroll with my morning coffee or an evening run with my heart mate around the reservoir, it was so nice to take in the beautiful autumnal views at every turn.living-room-blue-decor-1aI knew that the gorgeous blue skies of this Central Park scene would be perfect for pairing with the new colour scheme in my living room, so I decided to pull together other shades from the blue colour family to complete the look. I was keen to invite both the colours and textures of that Central Park moment into the living room. Having laid Quick Step’s Bleached White Teak flooring when I first moved into the property, I already had a gorgeous white base onto which I could layer in my favourite colours! The Buxton table lamp was the perfect hero piece because it was not only a nod to the colours of the autumnal scene, but also the reflective finish was a nod to the mirror-like lake, too. I needed a classic, simple side table to anchor these new elements – the clean lines and stylish simplicity of the Miami occasional table were perfect for this.living-room-blue-decor-2The addition of these two Tesco pieces has really helped to pull the space together. Not only are the designs ideal in terms of shape, colour and size, but they reflect my personal colour inspirations from the natural environment. Anyone who has read the Bright.Bazaar book will now how much I’m a champion for discovering decor inspiration on your travels! What do you think of my living room updates? How would you use these pieces in your home?living-room-blue-decor-3

// Photography by Will Taylor-Willis | Posted in collab. with Tesco; all views my own.


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. Hi Will, I am a lamp nut! I have too many and I move them around the house to different rooms and I switch up the shades from lamp to lamp but I keep buying more lamps, It’s weird. I adore your blue lamp, I will have to get one. 😉

  2. The Buxton table lamp is gorgeous and sits so well with the paler blue sofa – adds depth to a kind of sugary shade of powder blue! I like the black& white cushion, plus the aqua coffee cup (altogether a lovely colour combo!)

    I’m big on cushions and have plenty in my lounge. I think the black & cushion would go with most colour schemes and it would look perfect, especially the geometric pattern, in my living room 🙂

  3. When I first saw your new blue sofa, my heart sighed!
    Blue is the accent colour in our living, dining room and kitchen. I just bought new blue fabric to recover our dining room chairs, a very similar hue to your sofa.

    That’s a lovely lamp; yes, the finish it mirrors the lake. I would never have thought that but I see it now!

    NY is amazing; glad your heart mate was able to accompany you.

    Your writing and pictures are a delight; thank you, Will!
    Best wishes and hugs from Vancouver.

  4. Love how light the living room feels with these colors. Central Park is a beauty. Lucky to have a park in my hometown designed by the same guy who did Central Park. Hope you had a stellar weekend!

  5. Being a lover of travel and interior design myself, I really appreciated finding this blog. I loved how you found inspiration from Central Park (one of my favorite spots in NYC too!) …and how you tied that into the tree pillow and blues in the room. The blues are the same as the sky in NYC on a clear day:)

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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.