As I mentioned in this post, I’ve recently been helping by mum with some design updates to her home. She scored this handmade dresser top from a local artisan a month or so ago after she discovered that it fitted perfectly onto an existing sideboard in the kitchen. So, we blocked a day out to head to the shops and pick up some pieces to style it up. My mum’s style is quite feminine – she loves hearts, pinks, florals etc. – but doesn’t like things to feel too cluttered or overly quaint. To strike this balance I started by planning a palette of duck egg and pale pink to give a colour focus, then sought simple, white pieces to work into the mix. I used the polka dot pattern and heart elements to keep a consistent theme running through the dresser’s scheme, ensuring I stood back as I dressed it to get perspective. The glass condiment jar and thick butchers blocks helped to prevent the look feeling too quaint, and a handmade heart garland, ‘home sweet home’ sign and cookery book added personal touches. As well as being stylish, mum wanted the dresser to be practical, so I utilised the depth of the sideboard top by creating usable vignettes: ramekins for cooking, bowls for breakfast and linens for meals times are all easily accessible and still look great when the other items are in use. We’ve purposely left some spaces so as time passes Mum can add in other pieces she finds inspiring or useful. I love the butchers block with the coloured trim – what’s catching your eye?
// Styling and photography by Will Taylor

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. Will, I LOVE this whole thing! The dresser is perfect, and I love every single one of those pieces you used to style it! You really do know how to work magic! 🙂

  2. What a fun project, love all these images – your Mum is very lucky to have such a stylish son!

    I've been really missing English country chic recently, this is a much needed dose.

    Cheers back atcha from Hong Kong!

  3. Your Mum must love having you to help with the styling, it looks fab! I love the three layered hearts on the right and the little owl jug in front. x

  4. The styling is great. Love how you've balanced and contrasted the colour against the white pieces. And the vignettes make beautiful finishing touches.

  5. Love it. . . . My pantry is just finished so going to “borrow” some of your ideas. Where did you get the heart signs from, the black ones are the larger one

  6. I wish I had the space for a beautiful country dresser like this one. I love the styling and it’s wonderful that all that beautiful crockery is on display. My favourite element has to be the little black hearts that you tied to those pots!

  7. OMG it looks so good! Totally sweet and charming … who wouldn't want to have this in their home? Love all your styling tips .. will have to print out a copy for reference 🙂

    Happy Wednesday!

  8. This looks Fantastic! I love the groupings of three and the useful vignettes. It looks like a store display but totally livable and useful. I never thought my style was “country” but this might be convincing me otherwise! 🙂

  9. Absolutely beautiful styling! I love all the different little details and how well it blends together. Fabulous job!

  10. How beautiful 🙂 Could you please tell me where the owl jug/mug is from? I've fallen a little in love with it!

    I imagine your Mum was very excited to go shopping with you to pick out lots of nice things to fill her new dresser with 🙂

  11. I love the way you styled your mum’s kitchen dresser, and I really like all of the items too. Will you please tell me what you used to secure the salad plates and keep them up right? Since my china cabinets only have one groove, I haven’t been able to display salad plates in front of dinner plates without using purchased plate stands, and they don’t look very good (they also take up too much space and are costly). Thank you! 🙂

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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.