colorful-entryway-console-unitI 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. multi-colored-picture-frameI 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. kenya-photo-albumkenya-photo-album-1When 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. kenya-photo-album-2kenya-photo-album-3

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

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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.

32 Comments

  1. Oh, what a fab post!
    I’m not quite sure what I love best here. The fabulous DIY console, the special memories of your trip to NYC with T (lovely colourful frame) or your album of Kenya and accompanying story which touches me…
    All of it really!

    I’m very attached to all my books & magazines (library) and my entire flat that I designed from scratch. Nine years on and I’m still madly in love with it every day.

  2. I am a firm believer that a real home with ‘soul’ is one that is built around memories and pieces that have meaning. You’ve just illustrated that beautifully, Will. Your Kenya photo album is so cool.

    There’s so much in our home that I love and cherish. I especially love all my art – from pieces by amazing artists to the ones by my kids 🙂 x

  3. The multi-colored frame is a real winner and the story attached to the Kenya photo album you and your gran made is very touching.

  4. Oh I love your table! I salvaged the console table in our hall, but I sanded it down and gave it a grey wash to give it a rustic feel. Oh, and I have the sweet tooth book – I love it!

  5. Jocelyn Casey Reply

    Your home is beautiful and a true reflection of who you are, bright and kind. Thank you for inviting us in! Have a great day! Jocelyn xx

  6. Personal mermories they are the best and make your home your HOME, right?! Love the frame and your Kenya photo album. My sister is living in Nairobi. If you ever want to return, i’m sure you can stay for some time at her place… xx

  7. Thanks for sharing Mr! The photo of you and Mr. T is so sweet and LOVE your trip to Kenya! in 2002 and you were 15! Now I am feeling old!

    three things I cherish the most in my home: a picture of mom holding my hand when I was 4, the photo albums of my family trips, and the box of cards/ postcards Chris sent me (yes I have kept them all!).

    • @Tim – Thank you for sharing the things you cherish from your home – so sweet that you kept all the cards Chris sent you. Love that! 🙂

  8. Hi Will, I love personal treasures too – and your Africa pics are fabulous. I went to Kruger National park once for wedding, and made an album of it – one for me and one for the couple. Amazing and they adored it. Happy day to you – much love,
    Axx
    Ps: Also adore the picture of you and T x

    • @Anya – Such a lovely idea to make an album for the wedding couple. Stay tuned on Friday as I’m blogging about a special something I made for my friend who married recently! x

  9. Such a beautiful and personal post Will, love everything about it. That table is so unique and so you, love the photo – you both look so happy 🙂 ( congratulations on the impending wedding) and that book is just so special, not only the memories of your trip but your grandmother spending time with you to compile it. xx

  10. I have so many things I love in my flat, perhaps too many but I love having things around me which bring back memroeis of my life so far, especially when I’m having a bad day. Photographs are vital to me, they are like having those people there with you, they bring back memories of fun times and sometimes sad times but in the end they are the most important thing I have. I am a crafter so I have alot of things I’ve crocheted or knitted and also some altered art pieces which are part art part scrapbooking. I am so with you on the trip to Kenya. I am currently scrapbooking all my old USA trip photos from 20 years ago. Luckily I kept a diary of all my adventures so the pages are beautiful and have the stories documented accurately. Thanx for sharing your home with us Will,
    Jo xxxx

  11. Will, firstly Thank You for such a lovely personal and inspiring post. My home is full of objects that remind me of our travels, photo’s of people I love and most importantly momento’s of happy times. I love that you documented everything from your trip to Kenya and the special story behind it. It reminded me of when my father took me back to a little village in China to see where our ancestors came from. I learned about the history of my heritage and still have a photo of us at the beach where my ancestors fled during a civil war to get to Singapore. Thank you for sharing your home and memories with us. xD

  12. Awwww… Will! I loved reading every single bit of your post here!! And I can’t really say what I loved most about it – the frame with all the colours really expresses your love for colours! It really feels like “you”.
    I love your photos of Kenya too. The way you organised the album is the same way I used to create my pictures of our trip to NYC (a city my husband and I love both so much too).
    And your funky coloured sidetable is so beautifully done! It totally reminds me I should try out some colours in our room that I haven’t used before yet. Maybe I’ll start painting the guest room again… 😉 If my husband lets me. LOL!
    I loved reading this Will, thank you so much for your heartwarming thoughts and sharing a bit more of you! Love it.
    Inge x

  13. What a lovely post Will! I really enjoyed reading about those three special things, especially the story of you putting your book together with your gran… I love to walk into a home and feel like I know people a little more. Mel x

  14. Your Kenya album looks like something I would like to browse through. Kenya has been on my to-visit list for so long. The more I see and read about it the more I’m dying to visit.

    Here is hoping you win the competition!

  15. That’s what I think of when you talk about a travel photo album. Albums were you paste and cut in.. Not the ones that are produced and designed in a computer program and ordered online. Albums like this are so much more personal and leave the real feeling of the trip in there.

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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.