I recently challenged myself to think about the items in my home that mattered to me the most. Aside from the obvious (my fiancé etc.) I concluded that as much as I adore my yellow couch, vintage vases and antique greek blue wardrobe, it’s the pieces that have lasting memories attached that mean the most. It was hard to pick just three items but I managed to get there in the end! First up is this simple console table in my entryway; I spent a weekend giving it a Bright.Bazaar makeover earlier this year. I see this piece of furniture each time I leave or arrive back at our apartment so it has become a comforting reminder of the four walls I call Home. It’s not a designer piece or anything of high value but I enjoyed putting my colourful spin on it and it perfectly sets the tone for my bright abode. I like to pepper special memories around the apartment, from a memento of a trip overseas or a book gifted to me by a friend, as timely reminders of happy times full of love and friendship. This shelf on a bookcase in my office holds what can only be described as the perfect Bright.Bazaar picture frame. But it’s the image inside that means the most – a photograph of my fiancé and I in New York City this past spring. We’ve visited the city many times together and each trip offers new adventures and memories that we can share with one another, so it’s lovely to have a reminder near me as I work. When I was fifteen I travelled to Kenya with school friends and on my return I was determined to document what had been an incredibly special adventure. My mum lived in Africa as a child and I had spent many hours wide-eyed in amazement as I listened to both her and my gran recall stories of their adventures living on the continent, so it had been wonderful to visit the country they so often spoke about. I went to stay with my gran for the weekend and we spent two full days going through the photos I had taken on a disposable(!) camera, my gran writing labeled captions to stick next to each photo series to help tell the stories. We spent hours trying out different shots together, stopping frequently while I told her the story behind each experience or to laugh about similarities between her time living there and my visit. Not only was the trip full of cherished memories but so was the making of this photo album, and so it has always been a very special part of my home.
What objects or pieces do you love in your home? John Lewis Insurance are running a competition to coincide with their debut TV advert which has been filmed in stop motion style. All you have to do to enter is create a Vine around something that matters to you and upload it to their website. There’s a Canon SLR to win each week and a grand prize of a £1000 John Lewis voucher. Don’t even get me started on what I would buy if I won the voucher, but I have a feeling the Mr. Bright chair would be a strong contender!
// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with John Lewis
Will is a self-confessed gentleman hooked-on-hue and his motto is: beige is boring! He works as a freelance author, creative consultant and lifestyle blogger. Will has been blogging about his love of colourful design, fashion and travel since 2009, engaging an army of colour lovers across the world with his quintessential make-you-smile style.