A Cocktailer’s Companion

By | July 17, 2013

I’ve got a little bit of an obsession with bar carts; not with the drinking bit but with the super slick styling that’s around at the moment. Here’s a few of my favourites: bar_cart_gallery Image sources:: Left Style Me Pretty Living | Top right Kelly Braman via Style Me Pretty Living | Bottom right Original source unknown via Pinterest

Our 1850′s cottage hasn’t got the space or the style for a large brass cart so I’ve taken inspiration in smaller form. A bar tray can offer all the pizazz of a cart but take up a whole lot less room (and much cheaper to keep well stocked!)
bar_tray_gallery Image sources:: Top Left Bikinis and Passports  | Bottom Left Glitter Guide | Right Style at Home

All you need to whip up a similar scene is a few of your favourite tipples, a couple of snazzy glasses, a stash of limes and somewhere to store your straws. Fairly Light Bar Cart

Here’s my effort own effort (taken from my Instagram feed a while ago) The glasses were a bargain from Home Sense about three years ago and the stripy straws are readily available all over the internet. Oliver Bonas provided  the gold forks and the industrial style tray was picked up from Burt’s Homestore in Brighton. Missing from this picture is a little bowl of limes that now have a home on the tray.

I’ve got a whole board on Pinterest just dedicated to alcohol on wheels. Shimmy on over to Pinterest to take a look….

Lauren x

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

Wild about Flowers

By | June 6, 2013

The other day, my friend mentioned that her Instagram feed was filled to the brim with images of cow parsley.
cow_parsley Image: Plumo

Not too long ago, I’m not sure many of us would have been happy to plonk such a weed on our table, but at the moment it seems we can’t get enough of the stuff. We’ve been foraging hedgerows left, right and centre for fashionable flora and fauna. wild flowers_bottles_jug Image: Left La Maison Charmante | Right: Pratos & Travessas

My recent trip to Kempton had resulted in the purchasing of a large glass jar (a bargain at £13, considering I have seen them for over £50 elsewhere) and so I opted to go wild to as it was such a large vessel to fill. Fairly Light | Wild Flowers My own effort (edited using Instagram)

I’m not going to lie, it made me feel very awkward taking the secateurs out of the garden and down to a little patch of wild flower heaven at the end of my road. Ever the dutiful citizen, I had read up on what you can and can’t do where wild flowers are concerned and thought it would be handy to share:

- Flowers growing in council parks are legally off-limits,the same goes for council-maintained displays on roundabouts or verges, any gardens planted by a particular organisation (ie community gardens), and nature reserves or protected land
- It is not normally an offence to pick the ‘Four Fs’ – fruit, foliage, fungi or flowers – if the plants are growing wild and it is for your personal use and not for sale
- Dozens of rare or endangered plants – from the lady’s slipper orchid and adder’s tongue, to threadmoss and sandwort – are, however, protected under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, so pick those and you could face arrest (though you’re unlikely to stumble across too many of them)
- Whatever you do, don’t drag up the whole plant to resettle it in your own garden – the law firmly forbids the uprooting of any wild plant. (Source: The Guardian)

mason jar_large jar_wild flowers Image source: Left Home Biba | Right Little Mountain Wanderer

I know I would be mortified if I was ever arrested for theft of daffodils! Have you been hunting down any wild flowers recently?

Lauren x

Come Follow Me

By | May 30, 2013

Morning all, hope the weekend is going well.
follow_gliiter feet Just a short post from me this morning to let you know that Fairly Light is finally on Facebook! With a few new projects under my wing I’m finding less and less time to blog and so from now on I’ll be moving to one post a week. I intend to update the Facebook page often so you can still keep an eye on me!

I’ll still regularly post on Instagram and I’ll continue to be a serial pinner on Pinterest too.

Thank you to all those who follow Fairly Light in some way. Keep in touch
Lauren x

Image via Wings Hawaii

A Dream Come True

By | May 23, 2013

You know when you’re reading your snazzy interiors magazine and something pretty catches your eye? You scan to the side of the page to find out where the beautiful chair, or mirror, or teacup is from and it says ‘Stylist’s Own’. Wooden table and vases

Well I had always dreamed of being one of those ‘Stylist’ types, and luckily a Fairy Godmother in the image of uber wedding goddess Charlotte O’Shea, decided to grant me my wish. You see this gorgeous cutlery in the very beautiful Rock my Boutique Coco Photo Shoot? Well, that’s mine! And if it was to be credited it would say ‘Assistant Stylist’s Own’. desir

I was absolutely over the moon to be asked by the Rock my Wedding team if I would help out with the styling on their recent French inspired shoot. In Charlotte’s words, “think super super polished. Think sophisticated and clean and timeless. Think mercuried glass, sequins, feathers and an abundance of beautiful blooms. Think Provence in July with a generous dose of Parisian chic thrown in for good measure.” pink tablescape

Well I very much liked the sound of such gorgeousness and was only too happy to send off my beloved lovetub, pack up my china and bundle up my ribbon to join the team at the Old Chemistry Lab in Nottingham. Love tub

Team RMW had a real clear vision of exactly how they wanted the shoot to look and so I spent much of the day assisting the lovely Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw bring this vision to life. It was also really great that Charlotte also asked my sister and her husband (also know as Bonny & Clyde) to create some really gorgeous French inspired table numbers. bonny and clyde

In the run up to our wedding, I was a daily reader of the Rock my Wedding blog and I still like to take a look at the site on a regular basis. Last year RMW took the plunge to launch an online boutique. With this, their second collection, they still feature a beautiful selection of wedding accessories and bridesmaid dresses, but have also introduced a lovely range to grace your tables and walls! From candlesticks to lanterns and prints to vases, everything can be used in your home after the big day. The full list of suppliers can be found over on the RMB site. All the florals were supplied by the fabulous Leafy Couture.

All images by the very talented Anna Clarke Photography. There’s also a gorgeous film too by Simon Clarke which is guaranteed to leave you swooning.

I think my favourite piece is the Desir print. Why don’t you nip over to their site to take a peek and let me know your favourite?

Lauren x