A Cosy Cacoon

By | June 25, 2013

For those of you who are regular readers, you’ll remember that both of our spare rooms are currently undergoing a bit of redecoration. With a spare weekend under our belts you’d be forgiven for thinking that we’d spend it clearing up the chaos that we’d created. Well it would appear not. You see I had the bright idea that perhaps we should start on the Master Bedroom too. Master Bedroom inspiration Image source:: The White Company

There was some method to my madness; A few months ago I found myself in an Antique Shop after a celebratory lunch with  a gorgeous bride-to-be and one of my dearest friends. It’s fair to say I got a bit carried away and left the shop with two vintage sconces that I had absolutely no need for. Since then they’ve sat bundled in a corner waiting for the perfect home.

Also, in my bid to make the room cosy yet chic, I have been on the hunt for a decent priced Upholstered Linen Headboard for a little while now. Last week I found a ridiculously cheap eBay seller and the rather large box was cluttering up the Dining Room. The greyish brown material looked pretty drab against the old ‘greige’ walls, so out came some of Dulux’s finest and down came the curtains and by Sunday evening the room looked a bit like this:

Progress_Master Bedroom

I’m hoping that you’re seeing a bit of The White Company inspiration coming through here; crisp (though still to be ironed) white bed linen, white walls and linen cushions as well as the squidgy headboard. Their stores always have some form of smashing chandelier in there too so the little sconces hopefully don’t look too out of place.

Full reveal coming soon once I’ve tracked down a few more little gems.

Did you do any decorating over the weekend?

Lauren x

P.S. Hello if you’ve found Fairly Light from today’s post on my Rock my Wedding! It’s lovely to have you here xxx

Show and Tell: DIY Photo Bunting

By | June 18, 2013

Today marks the birthday of one of my closest friends (Happy Birthday Lindsay!) It’s a special one this year and to celebrate the occasion her other half planned a fabulous surprise bash last weekend. Photo Bunting As you know, I’m always keen to add a dash of DIY to a celebration and so rather than arranging a photo slide show or hang up a few dog-eared posters, I asked Lindsay’s Parents if they’d mind going through the archives so that I could create some DIY photo bunting. Thankfully there were only too willing to oblige and sent across a series of scanned images that had me giggling to myself for days.

If you fancy creating something similar, here’s the steps to take:

- First of all choose your images and be prepared for this to take longer than you think! It can be a real trip down memory lane and difficult to get down to your final shortlist

-  Use Photoshop or any other imaging software to crop all the images down to a consistent size. I chose to do portrait 4X6 for all of mine, and then desaturated them all so there was some consistency

- Print the photos either using your own printer or go through a photo printer website. I used Truprint because as a first time user I got 50 free prints and also had the option to print on matt paper – a must if you’re likely to get sticky mitts on your photos.

- When the photos arrive, grab a punch and ribbon and construct your masterpiece! I used black and white striped ribbon to fit in as we’d gone for Kate Spade style decorations.

- Use a punch to make a hole in each side of your image. I had one from a set that was ideal for the job but a hole punch would work just as well. STEP2

- Take your length of ribbon (if you work with portrait orientation photos you probably need about 5-6 photos per metre depending on how much gap you want to leave between each photo

- Thread through each of the photos. Depending on the width of your ribbon you may need to secure with sellotape on the back. Luckily mine was near enough a perfect fit. Decide if you want to leave a large or small gap between your images. STEP 3 - Remember to leave enough length at the start and end of your bunting so that you have something to attach to the wall, table etc. STEP 4

When you’re done, secure in place and enjoy! Thanks so much to the lovely birthday girl for letting me share these pictures with you all.

Have you made any birthday decorations recently? x

A Whiter Shade of Pale

By | May 16, 2013

I am in need of a little advice today and am hoping you can help. I’m trying to pick a neutral shade for the spare bedroom and just can’t decide! In the moodboard for this room I opted for Farrow and Ball’s Shaded White but now I think it might be a tad too drab. wimborne white Image source: Houzz.com

And so enter Wimbourne White shown here on painted panelling, or perhaps a few layers of Pointing as seen on these gorgeous kitchen cupboards. POINTING Image source:: Houzz.com

Now the room in question is east facing and is flooded with daylight from sunrise to around 11am, then the light is less easy to come by. I want the room to feel warm but want to avoid a yellowish neutral as I want it to be more white than cream. Ones with a green or blue base are also out as I don’t want the room to appear to stark either! Overall I want the result to be calming with a tiny hint of ‘sludginess’ more commonly found in a posh bistro pub.

Also on the list of possibilities, is the bright and clean Strong White which provides a stunning backdrop to the gorgeous store, Folklore. strong white2 Image source:: Remodelista

And finally I am loving Slipper Satin which seems to be a suitable off-white in this beautiful image from Yvestown slipper satin I am open to using a paint outside of the Farrow and Ball range, but am hoping for a Homebase discount offer over the next bank holiday so I can save a few pence! Would love for you to share any neutrals that you think might be ideal for the space.

Lauren x

Tying up April’s loose ends

By | April 30, 2013

To sum up April – it’s been MENTAL! I’ve had a crazy busy month but it’s been terrific. I apologise for being a bit linktastic in this post but there’s a lot to share.

On the to do list was the creating of an office space at the back of my lounge. Big tick there as this was all done earlier on in the month. Office

One thing I didn’t end up posting about what the DIY for the rather fabulous ampersand marquee style light. Mr C and lovely friend Matt took guidance from the Oh, Hello Friend Tutorial to create this super cute light using Hobbycraft paper mache characters and fairy lights. ampersand

I also posted about my blank wall dilemma and in the end have opted for a gallery wall using various sizes of the same frame. It’s going to take a while to collect all the pictures together for this one but as I have a pet hate of empty photo frames I got download happy on the Graphics Fairy site. I also used some beautiful Irene Suchocki prints (a gift from a friend) and even attempted by own stencil watercolour using a very quick tutorial from PS:Heart. Am not too convinced by the final result but it will definitely do until I hunt down another print.

gallery wall

The third job was to find some industrial style stools from the kitchen that weren’t going to break the bank. Last week I finally ordered a couple from Interior Addict. They take 10-12 weeks to deliver (seems a little excessive to me) so it’ll be July before they make an appearance.

Half way through April I got a call that made me giddy with excitement. I can’t share too much right now but hope to be able to fill you in next month. A few things I can say is that it involved a whole heap of pretty, the largest wedding blog in the UK and spending the day with a smashing group of people. brighton_london

In between all that there’s been trips to Brighton and to London, visiting wedding venues with a very dear friend (and all the hen do planning that comes with it ;) and the most recent project has been all the prep for the upcoming circus party. circus_partyprep I am so excited for May – this signals the start of the wedding season, birthdays galore and cold glasses of Pinot in the garden. Fingers crossed for a warm one!

How did your April shape up? Lauren x

P.S Excuse the odd timing of this post – it was meant to go live yesterday but wordpress had other plans!

Eventful: Roll up for a Spectacular Spectacular!

By | April 25, 2013

After planning my Wedding back in 2010, I got the bug for adding a bit of panache to any event and no party has ever been the same since! With a family birthday party just around the corner, my Sister (one half of stationery supremo, Bonny & Clyde) and I have got to work planning a ‘Circus Spectacular’. Here’s the moodboard so you can get the gist… Circus Spectacular Moodboard

Image sources:: Striped Straws in Jars - On to Baby |Kissing Booth – Once Wed |   Gold Animal Cocktail Stirrers via Pinterest Chalkboard Invite – Custom Chalk via Etsy | Reel of Red Tickets – Birthday Express | Marquee Lights - Lime Leaf Weddings | Red & White Striped Fabric - Ikea | Big Top Table - Hostess with the Mostess | Festoon Lights via Daily Dose of Stuf | Martini Candy Floss & Pin Wheel – Sara Lucero via The Knotty Bride |  Photobooth sign - Confetti Day Dreams |

With just eleven days to pull together this bash, we’re pooling the resources and getting our hands dirty to create an event to remember. On its way to my door are lengths of red and white fabric, glitzy gold spray paint and reels of circus tickets. This weekend will be spent crafting a kissing booth and blackboard menus to plant in the festoon lit garden whilst no doubt there’s a bit of signage being created at Bonny & Clyde HQ. Keep your fingers crossed that my photobooth props make an appearance from an eBay seller and that we have enough helium to make a statement with balloons in the Big Top!

Watch out for updates on Instagram over the weekend!

Lauren x