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Working as a designer and a stylist I’m always looking to #ReinventObsession in my design process. From my books to social content, I like to share the moments of inspiration that capture my eye, whether during my everyday experiences or while on one of my #MakeYouSmileStyle travel adventures. It helps me to catalog and share how I find ideas for design in the everyday. My favorite way that this can happen is when the unexpected inspires me. This happened recently when I saw HP’s new Spectre laptop for the first time. The exquisite design details, materials and finish were so unexpected and left me excited to translate those elements into an inspirational design direction moodboard. So, I partnered with HP to share how the design details of their laptop inspired one of my latest schemes and led me to feel obsessed with a new color palette: matte black, metallics and blush. I headed out into Manhattan to find a space (seen at the top of the post) that echoed the details of the design to help build on my own ideas for the new scheme.

The new HP Spectre laptop features a beautiful mix of ash-colored matte aluminum with a glossy copper trim and detailing. With a high-end feel and stunning simplicity, I love the architectural shape and form of the design. I let the palette be the lead influence over the fundamental design elements on my moodboard. For example, the architectural and slim profile of the black dining table is a nod to both the color and shape of the Spectre. Meanwhile, the rose gold statement pendant light hung above the dining table helps to capture the eye, echoing the sleek and shapely copper spine of Spectre. The undertones of pink in the copper details made me think of one the Pantone colors for 2016 – Rose Quartz – which is a subtle chalky pink shade that layers perfectly with metallics in darker schemes. As well as the palette, I layered in geometric and faceted design details to add visual interest, depth, pattern and texture to the scheme. I grounded everything with a serious of neutral elements: a cool grey hide rug, faceted matte white vases and oatmeal diamond patterned drapes. It’s these elements that help to make the black and metallic pieces in the scheme shine.

One of my favorite elements of this design moodboard is the gallery wall. I love how the tall, rectangular piece consisting of simple lines and copper detailing mirrors those original design features of the Spectre that had me so inspired in the first place – obsessed! Which are design details of Spectre and my moodboard are you obsessed with? If you love the look of HP’s Spectre keep and eye out for two limited edition versions of the laptop: Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah’s 18k gold plated designs, the former with encrusted diamond detailing and the latter with Swarovski crystal accents. Be sure to check out this video about the making of Spectre, too!

// Top photograph by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with HP; 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. That laptop is fancy!!! Love the idea of creating a room from how it looks…clever! xo

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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.