west-elm-styling-tips-1Last December I headed to Palm Springs, California to work on an exciting collaboration with West Elm for the 2015 spring/summer season. While we were out in the desert we filmed five style advice videos – four on how to style with trays, and a fifth on outdoor entertaining. It was a real treat to head back to Palm Springs as I had fallen in love with it when I visited for the first time before my American book tour last year.west-elm-styling-tips-2

For the videos we filmed on location in an incredible mid century home, taking each room and explaining how best to maximise your tray for each space. The bedroom video is a great example of how to let the colours and textures of your bedroom be the lead for your tray style.west-elm-styling-tips-3The bar styling video is set to launch later this month, so check back to my mini series on West Elm’s You Tube channel to watch it!west-elm-styling-tips-4

In the home office I wanted to help bring back the pretty by showing how you can use trays to both organise and personalise your work space. Oh, and the film crew caught me dancing at the start…!west-elm-styling-tips-5

The coffee table is one of the most obvious places to use a tray as the living room is full of so many odds and ends, right? In this video I aimed to share my styling secrets so that you hide your remote like a stylist, plus I share one amazing style rule that I think you’ll want to use in every room!west-elm-styling-tips-6

The outdoor entertaining video is one of my favourites (isn’t that poolside area divine?!) because for me it captures the essence of what makes summer so great. Those long, barmy summer evenings spent with good friends in the backyard with tasty food, soft lighting and great company – bliss! Keen to upgrade your home or outdoor style for summer? Be sure to enter my #winwithwill sweeps where you have the chance to win either $2,000 or £1,000 of West Elm vouchers. Amazing! American pals enter here; UK friends click on over here. Good luck! Which video is your favourite? Do you have any top style tips for trays or outdoor entertaining?west-elm-styling-tips-7

// Photography by West Elm, used with permission


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. These videos are fantastic! I came across the office desk tray video while looking for tips on how to organize my home office corner in a way that was practical but also visually appealing, and it was incredibly helpful, thank you!

  2. Great examples, already have some ideas on how to improve my home based on your videos. The living room will “suffer” the most. For the good.

  3. Excellent tips for indoors and outdoors decorations. Makes me want to throw a dinner party already. Great (and funny) videos!

  4. Hahaha loved seeing these videos! Great tips thanks 🙂
    The out takes.. Soo funny!!


    Xoxo Jessy

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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.