Monthly Archives: May 2013

Trend: Neon Brights

By | May 14, 2013

Quite some time ago (we’re talking years ago), the cover of Elle Decoration was graced with the bold yet beautiful home of Matthew Williamson.matthew_williamson_homeI remember thinking at the time that it was utterly glorious, but being drawn to a colour palette of a ‘fairly light’ variety there was no way I was ever going to be so zingy in my own home. Fast forward five years and neon is making a huge mark on the high street and recently I found myself purchasing a few things of the hot pink variety for my own lounge.

Whilst I don’t think I’ll ever be so daring as to get out the illuminous paintbrush, there are a few cheeky picks if you fancy a nestle with the neon:

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1. Neon Baroque Mug £29 – I love Retro | 2. Love is all you need Letterpress print – £16.50 – Print for love of wood | 3. Lime Water Bottle – £5.95 – Oliver Bonas | 4. Love Story Neon Pink Cushion (currently on my sofa!) £7.99 – H&M | 5. Orange Gel Dining Chair – £99 – John Lewis | 6. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Melamine lime green parrot patterned tray – £7.12 – Debenhams | 7. Eiffel Neon Edged Runner – La Cerise sur le Gateau (ships to UK) | 8. Neon Pink Lace Tea Towel – £16 – Rockett St George

How about you? Any neon going on in your own home? x

Etsy Pick: The Carbon Crusader

By | May 9, 2013

In my younger years, one of the highlights of the summer holidays was the annual trip to the stationery shop (yes, fun was hard to come by back then) Armed with just £1 pocket money, I would pour over the endless pencils, rulers and paper to make sure I got as many items as I could. One time my sister splashed out her full quota on ONE fountain pen. I was utterly horrified. pencilAnd so all this chat about stationery brings me nicely on to another Etsy Pick. The Carbon Crusader has a really fabulous range of pencils with a smashing selection of quotes, my favourite being ‘I carried a Watermelon’

For just £2.65 for the three you can afford to get a few sets to grace your desk such as these pretty cursive ‘Hello Darling’ versions. Why not treat a friend to the hot pink ‘You’re like, really pretty’ or count down to the weekend with the Days of the Week set.

They also create custom designs for you to order. Bearing in mind the spam filter, what would you like to see custom printed on your pencil?!

Lauren x

Inside Out

By | May 7, 2013

It’s well known that in the UK we are obsessed with having an outdoor space. Several years ago the idea of an ‘outdoor room’ exploded and you couldn’t move in B&Q for gas patio heaters, wooden garden furniture and plastic chip and dip bowls, all designed for outdoors.  These days, it seems much more popular to just bring out your whole dining room and have done with it.lace tableclothImage sources :: Left Snippet & Ink | Right A Country Farmhouse

I am a big fan of this idea and think the results can be stunning. Why leave your posh candlesticks and lace tablecloths indoors when you can stick them in your garden too?sheer tableclothImage sources:: Left Kelly Stremmel for The Sweetest Occasion | Right House and Home

I love the idea of adding cut flowers to your outdoor tablescape, not too mention using china crockery and real wine glasses. (Is it just me or does wine taste a little bit different from a plastic glass?).burlap_linentableclothImage sources:: Left House and Home | Right Dreamy Whites Online

It also feels very European to bring out your usual dining chairs and throw over a casual runner to add extra finesse to the garden. Whilst it may not be entirely practical to use your best china outside, I’m planning on getting a sheer tablecloth or two to grace my summer table top. I adore the idea of an outdoor chandelier and wouldn’t say no to finding a broken one that could be brought back to life!garden lightingImage sources:: Left Cory McCune Photography via Wedding Chicks | Right Studio Impressions Photography via Style Me Pretty.

How about you? Are you bringing the inside out? x

Found: i gigi General Store

By | May 2, 2013

I think I could quite happily live in i gigi General Store. Nestled on the bustling Western Road in Hove (…actually) in East Sussex, the shop is a haven of outrageously beautiful homeware and gifts all laid out in a serene and welcoming setting. igigiThese beautiful images are taken directly from the i gigi website and perfectly illustrate the store’s muted, earthy palette and the stunning wares on offer. Rather than be caught bedding down for the night by owners Alex and Zoe, I’ve decided to take a few elements from the store and introduce them into my own home as I perform a well needed makeover on our utility room.

igigi_moreHigh on my list of things to include in my own home are the floating shelves, rattan baskets, a bell jar or two and a propped mirror, not to mention piling on the texture with linen and burlap.

If you’re ever in the Brighton area do make sure you drop in for a browse (or to nip upstairs for a delicious cake or two). In the meantime, consider taking a look at A Life Less Ordinary, an interiors and inspirations book by owners, Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre.

Enjoy. Lauren x