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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Rue Magazine: My Holiday Column

About three weeks ago, following days of prop hunting and shoot planning, I filled up my little car and made the trip to my Mum's house to get festive, Rue style. With my Mum out the country on a little winter sun break, I was able to take over the house for my latest Rue Magazine photo shoot. And take over the house I did. Picture the scene: hallways full of furniture and living rooms over flowing with props, lights and photographic equipment. We had just one day to capture three different Christmas looks in the same room. Crazy? A little. Fun? You betcha! I was really keen to show how holiday decorating can reflect your personality and style preferences, no matter what the existing space is like. You can read about the three looks in detail in my column (p.77-80) over on Rue's brand new site. I'm hugely proud of this shoot and feel honoured to work for such an inspiring, creative and engaging publication.
Styling by Will Taylor | Photography by Matt Cant | Rue Magazine

64 comments:

  1. I really really loved it Will! Great job. Did you have a favourite when you were done? I think mine is the Noir Christmas ... Great job all round, so pleased for you :)

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  2. Ooh so festive Will! I love, love what you have created - they are all gorgeous. I do think the first colourful one is my favourite though! Congrats on a FAB issue of Rue!! xx

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  3. Will, this is magical. Your talent shines through this spread, and there is not one look I'm not in love with. Well done.

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  4. Will I did not know you were a stylist!! OmG that first shot is amazing!!! I love your use of color!!! Perfection, Bravo to you Mr. Will you did a awesome job. I would be very proud also, Kudos to you,Kathysue

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  5. wow this is soo amazing will! i wish you could come over and decorate my place!! i am loving number 2!!

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  6. Noir and Folksy are incredible! You did an amazing job! "Imagine Narnia with dash of Hogwarts" for the holidays, genius!

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  7. LOVE all three looks...but that Christmas Wreath in the first image totally rocks! Great post Will x

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  8. Oh Will this is magical....love love love everything about it!!! They are all fab but Noir Christmas is definitely a fav of mine.......hope to see u this week! Mwah xxx

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  9. love this will...the folksy one is my absolute favorite!

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  10. wow! congrats on this amazing feature in rue :) i'm in love with all 3 looks, especially #1! i am so proud of you will! keep up the fabulous work. xoxo - julie

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  11. Always amazing Will. Congrats on another fab feature ..

    Vie

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  12. loved your feature, Will! Couldn't even choose a fave. Congrats!

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  13. Wow you did a killer job! I can't decide which one I love more!

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  14. Wonderful looks, Will, and each so different! You have got a dream job there, my friend! Enjoy! : )

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  15. Love, love, love the bright bauble wreath Will! STUNNING.

    Anna

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  16. Oh I have been needing Christmas decor inspiration!!! So many amazing ideas here!!!

    Luvs!

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  17. I'm lovin' the heaps of color in the first look! Mesmerizing......

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  18. Genius!! I love the folksy one the best--those binder clips?! Inspired!

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  19. will! It was your photos of Technicolor that decided for me on the spot to use more color this year and really decorate beyond the tiny tree and wreath I usually rely on!!!

    You've changed my Christmas this year!

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  20. Your column was sooo much fun to look through this morning Will! I love each of the looks, they are fabulous. Kinda wish I could have 1 house for each look cause I can't decide on favorite :) Congrats to you my friend!
    Nancy

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  21. I love things like this - such a great way to show what can be done with strong looks! And how lovely is your mum's house?!

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  22. this is stunning, Will! as I said 'thechnicolour' look is very me, but I can't avoid loving all three of them! very well done!

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  23. you did a beautiful job will, congrats! I loved the nod to Hogwarts :)

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  24. great job Will!!! you must be so proud... Noir Christmas it is for me!!!!

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  25. narnia with a dash of hogwarts? now that is a concept i can really get behind. :) great job, will!

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  26. I would be proud too as it looks AMAZING! Seriously just so good and the photography is also really great!

    Loving all the looks but especially like Folksy as i am loving the cut out animals - Genius!!

    Rachie xo

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  27. This is outstanding: very original and tasteful. I was always for conservative, classical trees and decoration, but these themes I could imagine!

    Loving it!

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  28. Will what a brilliant job you have doen! Love them all!

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  29. This was definitely my favourite feature in Rue! I love how you used a lot of non-traditional decorating elements, which I am all over! Nice work Will!

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  30. I really loved your article in Rue. My look this year is definitely a technicolor one. Congrats on your success!

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  31. loved your feature in Rue!!! :)

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  32. this is seriously amazing! i love all three looks. great, great job!

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  33. Folksy, with just a hint of noir for me please!

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  34. Will, your photos are brighter and clearer on your site than the Rue mag one! It took me an entire morning to enjoy the Rue magazine, it was so yummy! I love your technicolour xmas set. It reminds me of my childhood when everything was tinsel and fake metallic tree (70's baby)! Great great job!! Who did the photography because it's gorgeous. Now I feel like going out and decorating for xmas Will_Rue_technicolour style.

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  35. I found your blog after perusing Rue and I'm amazed at the looks you put together here... it's hard to believe they are all the same room! Each is so original and festive. What a lucky mum you have to have a stylish, hardworking elf at home when she goes out of town. congratulations!

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  36. Technicolour is so now- love it !! What a great shoot!!

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous, can't believe all that was done at your Mom's house!

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  38. ahhh, which to choose?! Amazing work!!!

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  39. If only my Christmas decorations looked like that!!! I love color...but the black and white is my favorite!

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  40. I flipped through the magz yesterday very quickly, when I came across the technicolour pages, I immediately thought of YOU!! Well what was I thinking, of course it was you all along!

    Well done, Will!!

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  41. If I lived anywhere near London I'd drive on over and be your 'propping slave'! :)
    I can only imagine how much fun you had doing these two marvelous looks for Rue! Well done.

    Needless to say, the 'Folksy' theme is me to a tee. It hits the witch, the Swede and the forest fiend in me, in a beautiful way. Love love!

    Big sunny hugs from a terribly warm and non-Xmasy Sydney!

    xx C

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  42. Such beautiful ideas! The holidays are all about personal style, sharing what you love, what's meaningful. Loved that you showed how one space could go so many different ways.

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  43. Awesome job Will! Love the coloured one! Congrats!

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  44. I love Rue and your work inside it - so much that I posted the cover and link on my side bar.

    Keep up the stellar work!
    ~ Elizabeth

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  45. Will!!! You should be proud! You did an amazing job! 5 stars!

    And yes, I can actually picture the hallway with 1000 props. But what did Mom say when she got home?!

    Love to you.

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

    P.S I am a mix between folksy and black! Now I know!

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  46. i heart noir christmas - well done!

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  47. Each of the images have such diverse aspects in them, I don't know which to love more!! They are just fabulous!! I feel pulled to the black and white concept because my home is black and white, but then for Christmas you sometimes feel you need more colour! And I love and adore the robots in the first image!! J'adore!!!

    :) Hazel
    Hazel Loves Design

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  48. I love them! Esp. the technicolour one... What's *wrong* with me these days? I should be loving the folksy one best but people like YOU are corrupting my taste! :)

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  49. Will, you are one talented dude. I'd be happy with any of the three looks you shared here...but if I HAD to choose, I'd be all over the folksy look!

    Great job, as always.

    Happy holidays!

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

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  50. Lovely work!!!! i saw it on POPPYTALK and i re-blogged it forward!!!! Take care, Foivi

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  51. Why have I never come across your blog before? It is stunning, so refreshing and stylish.

    I love the brightly coloured christmas best, and the bauble wreath is to die for!!! where is it from?

    So pleased I found you.
    Michelle - www.colourblogging.blogspot.com

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  52. Thank you so much for your kind and generous comments about my latest Rue shoot; your support means so much to me.

    For those of you that have asked, the brightly coloured bauble wreath is from Paperchase!

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  53. i know i'm totally late to this party, but will you absolutely outdid yourself on this shoot! i was so impressed... and all in one day!?? amazing. my dear you are a talent to reckon with! :) i can't even pick a favorite, they're all so fab.

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  54. these are all fabulous!! you are so incredibly talented! keep up the awesome work!

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  55. Amazing! Especially the technicolour one and black and white!
    Thank you!

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  56. Will,
    this part of the magazine was so fun and made the issue special.

    Thanks for your added creativity!
    Enjoy the holidays.

    xo
    the Rue Girls

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  57. Que c'est beau Will! You can teach me a thing or two about vignettes that's for sure! You're dedication to design is palpable, wow. You do nothing but inspire.

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  58. Michelle - Thank you for your kind and generous words - I'm so touched.

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  59. Wow, where can I get that stag silhouette?
    Very beautiful - my favorite actually is the Noir Christmas. Can't resist those fairy lights!

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  60. Wow the same space and yet they all look so different! I love the folksy Christmas!

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