home decorators collectionYesterday, I shared my moodboard inspiration for our winter dining room makeover sponsored by Home Depot. Today, it’s the reveal! I wanted to create a clean and cozy winter space without it feeling stuffy or overly traditional. Equally, I didn’t want it to feel super modern as too many clean modern lines can make for a dining space that feels cold and unwelcoming. So, my aim was to create a space that balanced those two design directions.

The centerpiece of the dining room makeover is the Home Decorators Collection Aldridge Washed Black Round Dining Table. I choose this dark wood so that it would contrast with the white chairs (Natural Woodstring Dining Chair) and also the white shiplap in the space. It acts as an anchor to all the fresh winter whites, greys, greens and metallics I layered across the room.

What do you think of the final space? Let me talk you through some of the key elements in the space and why I choose them.home decorators collectionLet’s start with the tabletop. If you’re anything like me, you likely have lots of different plates and dishes. I have so many options but sometimes I only have a set for four and not six. I don’t let this deter me from using them but rather I just embrace it and go for a mix and match approach; it creates a layered and homely look. For this tabletop I paired the Sango 16-Piece Ruvo Gray Dinnerware Set with the Certified International Radiance 12-Piece Multicolor Dinnerware Set. I was really happy how it turned out – even though the two sets are really different, when mixed together they work thanks to their shared color palette which serves as a red thread between them.home decorators collectionI would always advise sticking in the same color palette when you have mix and match dinnerware, so that the different designs don’t jar the eye. To add visual interest and a little luxe factor to the table I decided to add metallic gold as an accent. I used gold flatware and then did a very simple arrangement with them were I crossed the flatware over each other and wrapping them with a simple ornament I had. This gives the tabletop a subtle festive and seasonal feel – perfect for a NYE dinner, for example. The other gold accent I layered onto the table was in these wonderful Fitz and Floyd glassware; I’m obsessed with the honeycomb pattern on them. It makes the glassware much warmer and tactile rather than just a solid metal; plus, it introduces pattern to the table without overpowering the overall look.home decorators collectionLastly, to help give some added warmth to the table, I placed linen napkins under each of the bowls – linen is my favorite textile for place settings because it’s so tactile.home decorators collectionI love the banquet seating area of our dining room happens to be one of my favorite places in the house to go and read. Something about cozying up in a corner is extra comforting, don’t you think?! The other thing I love about this nook? It’s the perfect spot to layer on alllllll the throw pillows and makes it super easy to switch up the look of the space with each new season. Do you remember in the Summer how I had the cute lemon throw pillows? Well, for my cozy winter dining room look I swapped those out and layered on bunch of different textures and sizes. For consistency, I kept the color theme broadly the same; The Home Depot have such a great selection of throw pillows online making it easy to browse and find the perfect ones for your space! Even better is that most of them are available on two-day shipping so there’s no waiting weeks for your new pillow crush! In the end I choose those ones:

Home Dynamix Gray Striped Faux Fur Pillow
Safavieh Faux Dalmatian Tips Plush Fur Pillow
Rizzy Home Ivory Cotton Pillow
Kelsey Pillow in Light Gray
LR Gray Pillow
Silver Fox Faux Fur Pillowhome decorators collectionAcross from the dining table I added the Home Decorators Collection Anjou White Wash Open Bookcase. I LOVE this piece because it feels modern yet farmhouse-homely (aka my favorite!) thanks to the combination of black steel frame and white washed exposed wooden shelves. It’s perfect for displaying your favorite kitchen and dining pieces that you also need to have close to hand – casserole dishes, glassware, mugs, dinnerware, cutlery, condiments etc. Here are some of the pieces I display on our bookcase:

Caviar-Grey Dutch Oven
Lava Dutch Oven
La Cuisine White Oval Casserole
White Dinner Set
Stonebriar Collection Wire and Wood Baskets (Set of 2)
White Ceramic Cylinder Vase Set
OXO Muffin Pan
Cake Boss Decorating Tool Sethome decorators collectionLet me know what you think of the refreshed space? I hope it gives you some tabletop inspo. For any upcoming NYE dinner parties, or an overall of your own dining room for the winter season ahead.home decorators collection// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Home Depot; thanks for supporting the partners that make Bright.Bazaar’s content possible.


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. Brian Roche Reply

    Love the new blog post .. and I would have a really koala-ty Christmas if I one those gifts 😃

  2. House Goals!! I can’t begin to tell you how much inspiration I draw from you. Also the pics are stunning as always!

  3. Hi Will. I am Ajit from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am one of your new followers and I loved all your feeds! I would love to win that watch.

    First of all, it’s my birthday month (December baby) and I had a rough couple of weeks at work too. So it’ll be nice to get something from you 😂😅😍

    Thank you.

    Warmest regards,

  4. Such a gorgeous set up – especially love the mix and match approach to the dishes and plates. I’ve been collecting plates and bowls for a couple of years (taking up huge amounts of cupboard space in my tiny London flat but hey ho!) and I love setting a mismatched table. Never considered gold flatware but love it here! Great post – thanks! IG: @jared_fleming

    • @Jared – Right? There’s something personable and homely about a mix and match approach. Glad you liked the touch of gold, too. Cheers!

  5. Without a doubt love the open bookcase aesthetic – provided lots of visual inspiration for future DIY projects. Cheers for a great read @luke_ea

  6. Harshal Abhyankar Reply

    I love your style and this is a perfect example of it. Also I adore you and your heartmate. Happy Holidays ❤️ @marshalwithah

  7. John T. Rogers Reply

    Will! I love your blog and your kind heart. Thanks for being an awesome presence on Insta. @jt_rog

  8. Ray Lawrence Reply

    Love this! The color scheme is everything! Perfect for a quaint, little beach house!


  9. Will,
    I really love your work! So much inspiration!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Love this! The color scheme is everything. Perfect for quaint, cozy beach house!


  11. Hi Will,
    I really love your work, so much inspiration!
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Josef Perez Reply

    This is such an amazing post! I never knew you could do that to a table setting! Definitely going to use this as a reference in our next family get together 🙂

  13. Love how you decorated ir for Xmas! You’re my number one inspiration, especially now that I’m moving to a new apartment haha. Your kitchen and now this dinig room are for sure all over my mood board for my new home!! @flavioesmeraldo

  14. I came here to just participate in the contest, to be honest, but your post is really incredible! You got a fine sense of interior decoration! Keep it up! 🙂

  15. Steve House Reply

    Love this look, So cozy! Makes me want a mimosa!

  16. J’adore! It looks both wintery and beachy- I don’t know how you pulled that off but you did!

  17. Gahhhhh!!!! I’ve been waiting to see your Christmas table decor 😍😍 stunning as always. Don’t mind if I snag some of these ideas for Christmas dinner 😘😘


  18. Andrian Ternando Reply

    You did a great job will! You inspired to make my dining room like yours. It’s so cozy, clean and classic. I hope that i can make it like you made it. @andoando16

  19. Love the color palette of the whole holiday setup. It’s so calming, elegant and classy yet modern! Love your work, love your style! Can’t wait to see more from you! And wish you have a marvelous holiday season!

  20. Luis Facundo Reply

    The bookcase, the pillows and the crystal/gold cups are my favorite, I love how it turned out because is a small space and you make it beautiful and fancy as I want for my house to be. Here for the giveaway. @luisfacundoc

  21. In love with you designs! Hopefully one day I’ll have the space to do something like this! @mrjake805

  22. Hi Will

    I really like your blog so much, I always read your posts but I’ve never left a comment. So it’s time, I not a designer and maybe I’m don’t have the sense of style that you have, but your work is magical for me, I really enjoy reading the stories, the reasons that lead you to make the decision in every piece of furniture or crockery and it’s amazing because I learn something new every time,something new about your work and more important something new about you, because for me it’s important have a connection with you -because I’m your friend from other country ;)-

    I love your new space, is magical, really confortable and very relaxing, nice to having a time with your loved ones – and me in the future- and btw the wooden shelves it’s my favorite piece, the contrast between black and white is great every-time of the year. (At least for me)

    Happy Holidays my friend and kisses for you and your hubby.

    Merry Christmas. 🎄🎅

    Héctor – @ektorin1977

  23. Pedro Sanchez Reply

    Amazing post & tips for a dinner set up!
    My question is.. how do I get an invite to any dinner you host? Hehe
    Merry Christmas to you both 😘

  24. Your posts always look inspiring. I’v following you for almost two years. Merry Christmas!


  25. Merry Christmas across the pond Will! Loving this festive vibe x

  26. Greg McCaw Reply

    Will, please rescue our dining room table. It’s unopened mail, a ghastly looking candle and I definitely would touch the fruit in the centre piece. @Greg_McCaw

  27. This is so great and definitely some good design inspiration as we head into 2019!!


  28. Your tablescapes are always special and unique as you are! Love the pillows 😍✨


  29. Here I was thinking I knew how to design … teach me your ways master! 😍 @cottynschwab

  30. Will,

    You are one of my favorite home and style inspirations! I always look forward to your IG posts because they’re well curated and you have such an eye for design. Happy holidays! -Will @whardison

  31. Molly Jones Reply

    I LOVE the glow in the dark koala swimsuit! My fiancé and I are arguing over whether you are British or Australian. Your accent sounds Australian! I’m a new follower and love your content! So excited to see what is next! Happy Holidays!! 🙂

    P.S. my IG handle is @mej513!

  32. I love every detail of this space, the decoration is perfectly aligned with the lighting. Good choice with the dark wood. Really great post!
    IG: @gonzalo.artunduaga

  33. I’m always inspired your interior designs! I’m in love with everything!

    IG: @r.oliver_rf

  34. Gorgeous 😍 I really love the attention to detail and all the different elements on the dining table. Merry Christmas Will! – Marcus (Seasparkxfly)

  35. Absolutely loving the look! Very simple yet love the layering of different materials and natural colours! And that honeycomb pattern on the glasses 🙂 beautiful!

  36. I love this! So glad to know I can step up my game all at Home Depot!



  37. Joubaier Joubert Reply

    I’m absolutely loving the neutral colors you used throughout the space and the grays almost are seem navy blue witch is right in with your Nauctical aesthetic, such a classy set up make sure to show us your dinner lol


  38. Baylor Orlando Reply

    Fantastic!! Love the colour palette! Cozy and sophisticated at the same time! Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!


  39. Looks awesome, Will! Always love your work and love how you’re able to add fresh pops of geniusness into your designs. I especially love the glasses and the flatware, super cool idea and they look great on the table! Happy Holidays!!!

  40. Well this is stunning! Such a gorgeous room. I’m in love with the tablescape. The colors are so soothing. Beautiful as always, Will!! Happy Holidays!!

  41. Such great design inspiration as we head into 2019! The blog as a whole is really great and can’t wait to see what is in store for the new year!! @mpweiss921

  42. Happy holidays & happy new year to you Will , I’m a big fan of your work, being following your work religiously:)
    I’m in love with the winter Christmas setup! It’s fresh and just the right amount of white and not being to crisp.
    Just turn into my early 30 few weeks ago and a birthday surprise from you would be wonderful! And congratulations on your product line 🙂

    Keep us inspired !
    Happy Holidays!!!

    Warmest regards
    Ibrahim H @aim.hsn

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  43. Love the gold accents among the dinnerware. This cozy dining room feel is sleek, clean, and Scandinav-inspired. So beautiful.
    – Rob from Toronto, Canada

  44. Ruggeri reyes Reply

    I’m really inspired in the information that you wrote it’s very interesting and now i can have more knowledge about it 🤗!!

  45. @faradianaaa Reply

    Uuuggghhh love every single thing you design!!!! Each design is so perfect!!! Happy holidays! ✨💯

  46. Will Banks Reply

    Now you know those koala swim shorts were made for me Will! 😉

  47. Hey Will!
    Love your posts, I’d be happy to win any of these❤️ Happy holidays!!!
    my ig: @_balintkovari

  48. I’m always too scared to trip mix match plates etc, but maybe I’ll give it a whirl after this stunner of a table!!

  49. There is a lot of us who follow you for the amazing photography that you share. There was a couple of posts on the topic of it but would like to find out more! I always wondered how does the aesthetic play into photography and having an eye for things makes it maybe a less difficult process. Does it take you long to take and choose an image that you like?

    Sending greetings from UK. Have a lovely Christmas!


    • @Sandro – Sometimes! I often spend a lot of time framing and setting up my shots, especially in interior photography, so by the time it reaches the edit there’s just a few different options to choose from.

  50. Mitchell Price Reply

    I love the colours shown in the photos. The natural white and pastels incorporated with the Christmas winter feel is stunning. Makes me miss home!

  51. Hi Will ! thanks for sharing this post. i’m in love with your dinnerware mix and match! i feel like i gotta find something gold to make my table look good. anyway, i’ve been a fan with your fashion style and design, it’s always inspiring! happy christmas!

  52. Hi Will! Love this post and the look you’ve put together – such a nice balance of modern and cozy. I’m a big fan of your work! Happy holidays! @johngibson

  53. Vamsi Bulusu Reply

    Love the low key feel about the whole thing.

  54. Phil Carron Reply

    You’re so talented. Meanwhile in my monotonal bedroom, my succulent just died and a leg on my bed frame is broken. 😭

    Jk… but not really. @philc24

  55. Benjamin Chan Reply

    Looking very awesome and positively beyond creative! @benchan253

  56. Danny van der Wielen Reply

    Hi Will, I always like to see your work, and I love the giveaway watch. Specially because today its my birthday.

  57. I’m about to move in a new apartment, so I come and visit your blog and Instagram page every day! Thanks for the beautiful contents

  58. Awesome! I wish I was as stylish as you… ❤️


  59. Bruno barducco Reply

    Looks gorgeous! Everything you do is always so pretty. Love the colours! @barducco

  60. Anil Rawal Reply

    This is so beautiful I almost wouldn’t want to spoil the place setting. And also KOALA EVERYTHING!!!


  61. Rubén leal Reply

    Hi will, I’m a huge fan! Love your blog and your IG, hope I win this time!

  62. I love it Will! You’ve got a great eye for detail and always create a colour palette suited to the occasion or season. Merry Christmas and I look forward to keeping up with your blog and Inastagram in 2019 for inspiration. Best wishes Rob (Edinburgh, UK) @edinrob

  63. Love your creative eye. Going through iG feed is always a highlight of my day. Keep on being you, good sir!

  64. This Christmas I’m throwing a formal dinner on an ottoman in front of my sofa, because I accidentally invited people while forgetting I live in a studio. Love the post. @rakewellcharlie

    • @Charlie – Ha! Love that. Reminds me of the friends Christmases I used to throw when I lived in a tiny flat in London! Have a good time!

  65. Hi Will,
    I really love your work, so much inspiration!
    Merry Christmas!

    IG: zobeee91

  66. The dinning table has to be my favorite piece in the whole room 😍 @themikemorrow

  67. Will!! You’ve made it look so snug and cozy! Perfect for winter! Could see myself cozying up in the nook with a good book and some hot chocolate 😊

    Have a great Christmas!


  68. Amazing blog, brilliant insta! So inspiring and loving your enthusiasm for life! Much love to you and your family this Christmas. – @daniel_lawrence

  69. Does this comment Koalafy me to get those shorts? 😍


  70. Isaac Acosta Jr Reply

    I really like the colors and layout of the table setting, great color choices!
    IG: trailraider3010

  71. Andres Chourio Reply

    I really love all your posts. They’re so fresh and cool. Definitely something nice to share and read.

    Tons of love

  72. Your beach house is so swoon worthy!! Love your work.


  73. Will, I purchased your book a few years ago and I’ve been following you ever since. You’ve inspired me to begin my own adventure in lifestyle decor and blogging …. launching early in 2019. My best to you!

    IG: @jasonsbeach

  74. Christian Sioson Reply

    Always loved how you mix and match the colors whenever you design something! This winter makeover looks very immaculate! Clean, perfect contrasting colors that compliment everything from the main focus even up to the smallest detail. Merry Christmas, Will! @chadsioson

  75. I started following you few months back, not only a amazing source of inspiration! But also love everything you are doing. In a way or another I realate a lot to you as I’m in love with my bf, and I found how you mentioned your hubby “soul heart” one of the cutest thing ever. It makes me happy to see you both happy.
    When It comes to interiors I have the same passion you have, and I always follow your recommendations and find it very inspiring.

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Much love
    Homam @homamino

  76. Stunning use of shiplapping Will! Would love to learn more about your dos and don’ts for this interior craft and indeed what house types / rooms types it does/ does not suit. Would love to win those awesome goodies too 🤞🏻

  77. I recently discovered the importance of dinnerware to the beauty of cuisine, so I got plates from West elm yesterday for my Christmas dinner. Can’t wait to show it to my friends! Thanks for your inspiring posts as always. @jerii26

  78. Everything you do is amazing. I love watching you IG stories about life!


  79. Jason Rivera Reply

    This is gorgeous! 😍😍 I love the neutral colors with the pop of gold! I’m always so inspired by your work! xo


  80. Love your unique sense of style and all of your beautiful photographs. Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!! @mrowenaga

  81. I love the use of the bookshelf to store kitchenware in the open. It makes the room feel lived in, compared to some formal dining rooms which never get used. @kevintraintrac

    • @Kevin – I love that you said that because it’s the exact reason I decided to decorate it this way. I love my spaces to feel homely and welcoming 🙂 Thanks!

  82. Love the final look!! The tabletop is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tips as always Will! Have a wonderful Christmas! @fix.it.felix

  83. Roberto Jaen Reply

    The color scheme in this dining room is AMAZING! You’re great ay what you do!! Plus, you’re also very easy on the eye… 😉 Hahahaha!! Happy holidays! IG: @robertojaen

  84. Prayash @theprayash Reply

    This is why I love your work. Everything seems so perfect. You are an amazing sourse of inspiration. Happy holidays😊

  85. Your posts and blogs are amazing. Seriously love the imagery from your insta posts! And congrats for being featured by oprahmagazine for that insane arial shot!

  86. José M Barradas Reply

    I absolutely love how you centered the eating space with a dark table in between such a light and bright space. So clever! That beach house is so dreamy

  87. Love The style ! Such Great vibes !!
    In love with The white-gray contrast and Amazing supplies as always !!
    Ig: massi_1193

  88. Everything you post inspires me, you are truly an inspiration! Every time
    You like my Instagram post it makes me very verrrrrrry happy! I will be forever fab of #brightbazaar and #makeyousmilestyle. Happy holidays—— @perrypheral_visions

  89. Printed out and filed in my secret ‘how my future home should look like’ folder that I will hand over to my bf soon 😏✨


  90. John Carlo Vinoya Reply

    I always love your content. Can’t wait for more in 2019.


  91. Stephen Yong Luo Sheng Reply

    Hi alll the way from Malaysia. Your blog post is amazing as always! Thank you for always providing us new content and inspiration. Have a nice day ahead! From @steph.yls

  92. Love it !! so clean and simple but not a hint of boring. From @sumitmunjall

  93. hello, will!

    very inspired by your coastal pairing of grey and white. i may be compelled to move furniture and spray paint a fixture or two very soon!

    all best wishes for 2019!


  94. The new table/furniture looks gorgeous! I was OBSESSED with your previous pedestal kitchen table though, that turned base! Where was the old table from?

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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.