travel-11. Watching the glittering lights of the NYC skyline from my hotel Exploring a deserted downtown NYC on Thanksgiving: No cars! No people!travel-33. Seeing Central Park in autumn for the first time felt majestic – it was so Wearing a jumper with axes on it instantly makes people refer to you as a lumberjack!travel-55. Walking The High Line can be fun (and lead to gorgeous photographs!) even when it’s snowing and FREEZING The best time to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is at golden hour – wow!travel-77. This street in Brooklyn charmed me something silly – it’s quintessential #makeyousmilestyle, isn’t it?travel-88. Shopping at the Brooklyn Flea for the first time was an exciting I’ve always been keen to see NYC dressed up for Christmas, so I couldn’t resist a snap of this tree stand on the sidewalk. Just needed snow and twinkling fairy lights to complete the scene! Oh, and mulled wine, Oh deer! Arriving back into London from Los Angeles in December leads to serious sunshine withdrawal!travel-1111. A red door with a green wreath? The best way to decorate for Christmas!travel-1212. Cold, crisp and clear days make for the best days to buy a Christmas I think I need to move to California because there’s so.much.colour!travel-1414. How gorgeous is this cactus? SoCal has given me a renewed love for Blue skies and 28 degree temperatures in December are a total novelty (or anytime of year!) for this Brit This setting made me want to sing: “my head is a jungle, jungle”.travel-1818. I loved the linear stripes and colour on this wall in West I made a new doggy pal while in LA and it turns out he has the *best* taste in books…!travel-20

20. Homemade mince pies make for a well spent festive Sunday.


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. Great post, Mr. B! The houses in Brooklyn made me smile a lot. 🙂 x

  2. NY is my dream since I was a little girl… one of my dearest frind lives there… maybe one day I could catch up with him 🙂
    Your photos are absolutely amazing… some reasons more to travel to that dream city!

    • @Serena – Thanks for the kind words about my photos! You must get there one day if you can – it’s my favourite city in the world! 🙂

  3. Wow..sunshine + colour = happiness! Looks like you had a fabulous time in America. Pics look great too and haven’t been to NYC, which is pretty high on my list of places to visit 🙂

    Emma Jayne

  4. What a fabulous year you’ve had Will! See you very soon in 2015for a very overdue local catch up and a very late litle prezzie still here for you and T. Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas in your cottage. xxx

  5. Originalsteve Reply

    Those pictures of NYC are beautiful! I would love to visit at this time of year.

  6. Hi Will, just want to drop you a line and let you know a local library has agreed to have me present a Color Workshop in the spring with up to 20 people. Small potatoes, I know, but this is big for me and I’m excited. Never spoke in front of people ever, so this should be interesting. Making notes and of course using my Bright Bazaar book for inspiration on fun color palettes to put together so it won’t be a big snooze. Looks like even that cute pup is inspired by your book. Wish me luck, dear mentor! Happy New Year to you and your husband 🙂

  7. I would love to get that ax sweater for my husband – love it! Where did you get it?

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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.