DFS-global-traveller-inspired-room-design-1I was recently hired by DFS to style a living room around their Pompeii two-seat sofa and armchair, and work in inspirations from the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. The sofa and armchair inspired the overall look of the scheme as I took my lead from the characterful luxury leather of each piece. My aim was to juxtapose the elegant silhouette created by the scrolled arms of both the couch and the armchair with a fusion of vintage pieces, industrial notes and eclectic, curated pieces. Click through after the jump to see more of the space, and how I took inspiration from 007’s global travels to inspire the scheme.

DFS-global-traveller-inspired-room-design-2For this space I had the vision of creating a room that had a layered, organic feel to it. The aim was to make it the space look casually lived in and as if it had been curated over a period of time. The palette is warm and inviting thanks to the rich leather and dark wooden furniture. I was keen to add in a conversational piece to the scheme, which I did via the vintage travel trunk used as a coffee table in the space. The trunk has so much character and from the faded labels and markings it belonged to a British solider during World War II; I love how it’s weathered patina reflects that of the buttoned leather of the seats. DFS hand make over half their furniture in their own factories in the UK and all their products come with a 10 year guarantee, so the luxury leather of the seating lent a subtly indulgent feel to the space.DFS-global-traveller-inspired-room-design-3Inspired by a world-traveller such as James Bond, the look pairs the buttoned leathered sofa and armchair with industrially-inspired metal and wood furniture; classic Jieldé floor and table lamps; an array of vintage pieces and flea market find accessories, such as old cameras and glass bottles, all layered with sophisticated, timeless neutral shades. The worn leather, statement map artwork and strong patterns in the fabrics lent a sense of heritage and masculinity to the overall final look.DFS-global-traveller-inspired-room-design-4How do you like to add personality to your space? How do your rooms evolve over the years?DFS-global-traveller-inspired-room-design-5 // Styling by Will Taylor; Photography by Andrew Boyd | Shop the look: Sofa, DFS | Armchair, DFS | Mugs, Anthropologie | Trunk, Etsy | Toy planes, horse, telephone, cars, stool, candle holder, floor lamp, number plates, glass jar, table lamps, cushions – all Home Barn | Vase, Dwell | Map artwork, Not On The High Street | Shelving unit, Wayfair | Rug, side table – both West Elm | Flowers, Stems Floral Design | Typewriter, glasses, newspapers, hat, vintage camera – all stylist’s 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. Is there any end to your talents?! Beautifully put together Will x

  2. Jennifer @ GH Reply

    I had no idea they made so much in the UK; good to know. Beautiful post as always.

  3. Hi Will. I’ve always wanted a battered leather sofa and this post has confirmed I need to just do it. Thank you! xx

  4. beautifully put together – love it.
    are those lamps the Jielde Lamp ? have been considering these classic lights for a while and wondered what you thought?


  5. andrew brad Reply

    Looooove the leather pieces! What about the lighting pieces, are they vintage?

    You should check Delightfull lamps, they have some similar pieces

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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.