One Year

By | November 5, 2013

Today marks one year of Fairly Light. I really can’t believe it’s been a whole twelve months since my first post. glitter cupcakes Image source:: Joielala Photographie

I had toyed with the idea of starting a blog for some time, buying the Fairly Light domain nearly a year before. As an avid blog reader I felt it was a bit cheeky to absorb so much content and inspiration and not attempt to give anything back. I realised that if I ever wanted to be pursue my passion for all things decor, I needed to make the move to be a blogger, rather than just a reader.

Within six months of starting Fairly Light, I was offered an incredible opportunity to become a Styling Assistant for the Rock My Wedding team as well as helping out with their social media.
sequin champagne Image source:: Wedding Chicks

One year on and there’s been nearly one hundred posts, one Decor8 blog course, five RMW styled editorials and a home tour.
At times I feel that I’ve bitten off more than I chew as juggling my part time interests with a full time career can be very demanding!

My family and friends have been incredibly supportive and I am so grateful to you – the small yet loyal readership that I have been able to build.

Without a doubt there is no way that I would have been able to do it all without the endless encouragement, hot dinners and support of my husband. (Thanks Mr C!)
sparkle Image source:: Glitter Guide

The next twelve months are to be filled with top secret, exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you but for now I leave you with a completely new blog design. I am now the very proud owner of a header and footer! I am very lucky to have a very talented graphic designer brother-in-law and a very skilled web developer for a husband who have put in so much effort to get the site up and running.

Thanks so much for reading. Cheers to the next year….

Lauren xxx

Found: Holly’s House

By | November 1, 2013

Recently I found myself amongst the Sloane Rangers of Chelsea, spending a Saturday morning perusing the gorgeous wares at Holly’s House.

Founded by Interior Designer, Holly Wick, this beautiful shop sells and eclectic mix of homewares and furniture. Alongide modern pieces, you can find vintage one-offs and so it’s a perfect spot to find a Christmas pressie. Here’s a few of the pieces that caught my eye from Holly’s collection of ‘new pieces.’ Holly's House_New

ABC Mugs – £30 | Le Mond Print – £32 | Crystal Bulbs – £189 | Copper Jar – £6.50 | Rusted Antlers – £129

I am seriously in love with the Le Mond print; the black and copper combination would make a strong statement, although I’m not sure I’d agree that the world is too small for me!

On to the vintage selection, the cinema style chairs would look fabulous in the right setting.

Holly's House_Vintage

If you’re in the New King’s Road area do pop in for unique and design led pieces.
Holly’s House
283 New Kings Road,
London SW6 4RD
020 7736 2222

Happy Weekend
Lauren x

Feeling Blue

By | October 25, 2013

Whilst scrolling through Pinterest recently, I noticed that there was a whole lot of dramatic inky blue showing up in my feed. inky blue styling Image sources:: Top Left Top with Cinnamon |Top Right Image source unknown |  Bottom Left The Setting Takes Time | Bottom Right Etsy

I love the darkness and depth that you get from deep blue. Not to be confused with the vivid blue that once adorned my bathroom, the darkest hues are elegant, mysterious and calming. Inky Blue_Kitchen_Dining

Images sources:: Top Left Atelier Rue Verte | Top Right Swedish Maklarhuset | Middle House and Garden | Bottom Left Flickr | Bottom Right Original source unknown via Color Sepia 

It can be used in all rooms; combined with natural woods in the kitchen or reflecting against copper in the dining room. The versatile colour adds richness to living rooms and depth to bathrooms and would suit both a period and modern setting.

Inky_Blue_Lounging Image sources:: Mediacache via Moody’s Home | Top Right Shoot Factory | Middle Hans Blomquist | Bottom Left Fritz Hansen | Bottom Right Top Wedding Gear

Whilst grey is one of my all time colours to decorate with, I appreciate that it can lack the depth and character of an inky blue. I’m currently exploring how I can add a splash of indigo to my house and if I was to go dark and moody I’m pretty sure I’d be picking one from this sultry palette.
Indigo paints

Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue | Little Greene Paint Company Basalt | Ballgown Crown Paint

How about you? Do you have any dark and mysterious rooms in your home?

Lauren x

Decor Dilemma: Katie’s Hall

By | October 17, 2013

Morning all, I’m shaking things up a bit this week with what I hope might be a regular series on Fairly Light. Recently I was contacted by Katie, a Twitter follower, to see if I would be happy to offer a few recommendations on a decor dilemma. Though Katie isn’t a stranger (we met virtually through Rock My Wedding), I was very flattered to be asked by someone other than my Mum or best friend for a spot of interiors advice.

Over to Katie…..

“Basically, I’m having a bit of an issue with my hallway as it’s quite an awkward space. 
We’re about to have the awful magnolia walls decorated (pale grey walls with a feature wall of Cole & Son’s Cow Parsley wallpaper in yellow). You’ll see on the pictures the space under the stairs where the side table is. That’s where the paper will be going – you may spot the wallpaper sample on the wall too! decor_dilemma_2 In addition, the carpet will also be replaced with a wood floor – however that’s a more long term project!
My issue is with the space opposite the side table. We have a couple of sockets there which are an eye sore and it just looks bare. I’m really unsure what type of thing would work in that space, furniture-wise. I’d like to put a bit of a gallery wall with pictures on some of the space – we have some lovely photography of places we’ve been on our travels.
If you can offer me any top line thoughts or advice for what you think may work I’d be so grateful, as everything I’m looking at really isn’t right.
T
hanks so much! xx”

I’m in love with Katie’s wallpaper and paint choices and am a sucker for a wooden floor. Also how much space is in this hall?!

From a furniture perspective I quickly disregarded a tall bookcase or perhaps a tall skinny chest of drawers as I thought that it would be too domineering in what is a really lovely open, sweeping space. I did think about a nice upholstered chair but again thought this might be awkward in the space as it’s a shame to disrupt the wide expanse.

My next thought was to include a side table, however rather than a low one I would suggest a tall table, perhaps with thin legs such as this one in Danielle Moss’ apartment to make the most of the space. I suggest topping this off with a lamp and a mirror hung portrait ways so that you get maximum use of the wall and a soft glow on what will be grey walls. Option1_Side Table

Another thought was to make the most of the L shape by adding a mini storage space (rather like a mud room, but without the mud) potentially adding an upholstered bench, adding hooks (for glam accessories rather than the wet suits that adorn this sweet Meg Braff designed space) and a picture ledge to rest the travelling photos against. Obviously the New England style shown here wouldn’t suit the style of Katie’s home, but you get the idea! Option2_MiniMudRoom

However, I think my most favourite suggestion would be a corner floor to ceiling gallery wall. Perhaps not quite so cluttered as this one (found via Danish site Bolig), but with a decent, even spacing between all the frames. Wrapping around the two walls would create a real focal point and a place for guests to gather to have a good look through all the pictures. I know Katie is conscious that the entryway sets the whole tone of the house and so I think this would make a really welcoming addition. Adding a nice leafy bit of foliage in the form of a tall, lean plant might also break up the space and add an extra dimension to a wall of pictures. Option3_Corner Gallery Wall

Now, I open up the floor to you lovely lot. Please drop me (and Katie) a comment if you have any thoughts on how to add some va-va-voom to a hallway.

Lastly, thanks to Katie for sharing her hall. I can’t wait to see how you finally decorate the space!

Lauren x

An air of Autumn

By | October 10, 2013

Adding ambience and warmth to my cottage is one of my most favourite things about Autumn - out come the blankets and on come the lamps. I burn candles all year round but the shift in seasons does mean that the candles are lit for a lot longer in our house a the moment.

Baies_Jo_Malone Lighting a scented candle adds an elegant aroma and soft glow to any room. As the nights become longer than the days, I’m stocking up on tea lights and tapers and considering treating myself to something a little more luxurious than a Sainsbury’s twelve pack of dinner candles.

I received my very first Diptyque candle  recently as for years I couldn’t understand why anyone would spend more than a fiver on a candle. However I am now converted and am a little bit in love with the Baies creation. My bedroom smells of roses and blackcurrant leaves all week long even though I only ration to myself to an hour or so of burning time a week.

If you’re after something a little more zingy, then why not try Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil & Mandarin. Apparently this is one of Kate Middleton’s fragrances and therefore it’s good enough for your average commoner.

Anthropologie & LilyFlame Candles

You will regularly find me in Anthrolopogie having a good old sniff of their Illume Boulangerie Jar. I’ve had it on my Christmas list for a couple of years but no-one seems to have taken the hint! The packaging reminds me of a vintage Dundee Marmalade Jar and the scent combinations are heavenly.

If all of the above seem a little pricey, the Lily-Flame range are highly scented without being too overpowering. Though I’m not usually into sweet smells I do like a good dose of their Fairy Dust candle.

How about you? How are you lighting up your home this Autumn?

Lauren x