A Name in Neon Lights

By | December 4, 2013

A few weeks ago I was having a mooch around Selfridges, supposedly doing a bit of Christmas shopping. I found myself amongst the most fabulous selection of Neon installations created by God’s Own Junkyard. God's Own Junkyard Neon Vintage Signs

Sadly these vintage unique pieces are a little out of my price range but I am still keen to own my own bit of neon and today I share a few of my finds.

At £275, Rockett St George modestly priced ‘kiss’ sign is created from four individual letters clipped together. A cheaper alternative is just taking one letter, number or character from a selection at Heals. For £35 you can have a stylish neon love heart in your home.  neon light letters

Alternatively you could bypass the light and the transformers all together and go for an Ink and Son’s personalised print for £29.99

I also love the retro style of this eBay Cocktail Lounge sign. I think I can just about justify the £119.99 price tag as it would make the finishing touch to my Office, despite the fact I’m unlikely to sip any mojitos in there!  neon cocktail lounge sign & personalised sign

How about you? Have you tracked down any fluro gems recently?

Lauren x

A Rose Tinted Christmas

By | November 27, 2013

I have spent a good three or four years building up my stash of Christmas decorations in a rather tasteful palette of grey and white. On the first day in December I take great pleasure in dragging down box after box to deck the halls.
However over the past year I have fallen in love with rose hues and warm golden tones and so today I present to you, a rose tinted Christmas.

Rose Gold Christmas Decorations

Image sources:: Snowflake Garland | Fairy Lights | Vintage Baubles | Fringe Garland

In real life I am unlikely to stray from my neutral collection (and it would cost a fortune to replace my hoard) but for the creative purposes of the post I’m going to let my mind wander to a world of sparkle and shimmer.

Starting off with the decorations, I’m imagining I’d unpack a heap of delicate glass vintage baubles and pair them with garlands in subtle blush shades. The unmistakable glow of fairly lights would also feature massively, with strings hung all about the house. Rose Gold Christmas - Champagne, Glitter, Vintag dresses and wrapping paper

Image sources:: Wrapping Paper | Beaded Dresses (source unknown) | Champagne

Christmas morning would begin with lashings of pink champagne, slipping into a Dowtownesque frock to pass out gifts wrapped in sumptuous, luxurious paper finished with feathers. A decadent tablescape would be set with gold flatware and coloured glass and to finish off, an elegant dessert bar. Rose Gold Christmas Tablescape

Image sources:: Blush Glassware (source unknown) | Gold Cutlery | Pink & Gold Tablescape | Pink & Gold Dessert Bar | Pink Cracker

However beautiful this stylised version of Christmas may appear, I would be hard pushed to swap with my usual festive gatherings. No matter how stylish our intentions are, it will no doubt feature a flurry of Christmas jumpers, bumper rolls of wrapping paper and mismatched cutlery…and I wouldn’t change a thing.

How about you? Any plans to change your colour scheme this Christmas? x

The Cheap Seats

By | November 21, 2013

I am a self proclaimed bargain hunter. In the last few years I have to admit to splashing out on a few investment pieces but when it comes down to it, I absolutely love a good deal. VintageTolixStools Image source:: Johanna Flyckt

You may remember from my spare room moodboard that I wanted to track down a Tolix stool to use as an industrial style bedside table. I’ve trawled antique fairs and high street stores but when it came down to it I didn’t feel like I could justify the price tag, especially as the room is unlikely to be used by guests more than a few times a year.

Last week I happened to be in Home Bargains checking out the shelves for any low price gems. There at the end of an aisle, stacked rather nonchalantly was a whole heap of Tolix style stools in various colours with a rather attractive £14.99 price tag. Tolix_compare

Let’s be honest this is a cheapie reproduction of the Xavier Pauchard design, but the quality is absolutely fine. There’s even a taller £19.99 version which comes in at a tenth of the price of John Lewis’ finest.

Before you run off to get your hands on one, please feel free to drop me a comment with your best budget buy.

Lauren x

Step by Step

By | November 13, 2013

A year or so ago I picked up a vintage ladder from an antique shop. It currently resides in our lounge, propped against the wall making a very useful shelf for a collection of books, photos and candles. ladder_lounge_shelves

Image source: Adam Crohill

The same ladder has also been known to take a little trip out of the house for use on Rock My Wedding editorial shoots. Outdoor ladder wedding Image source::  M&J Photos

Whilst I probably opted for the simplest of uses, ladders can be re-purposed in a whole load of different ways. Here’s a few ideas for you if you happen to have one in your garage or hunt one down on eBay. bathroom_bedroom ladder

Left:: Casa Sugar | Right Desire to Inspire

Stuck for space to store your shoes? How about creating your own shoe rack, slipping your favourite heels over the rungs? Alternatively why not grab yourself a stunning fringed style towel and nonchalantly hang it over your new bathroom towel rail? industrial_ladder Left:: Annalilja Creative | Right Vosgesparis

Not just for the girls, how cool is this man stand? I reckon Mr C would really appreciate this in his Man Cave (which still resembles a bomb site). Perhaps you could use a ladder to stash your magazines. I’m not sure this would look quite so good with your Sunday supplement mags so leave this one for your cooler mags.
ladder shelves

Left:: Found in the Fifty | Right Emily Steffen via Apartment Therapy

If vertical isn’t your thing then there’s nothing to stop you hanging horizontally across the wall or even across the ceiling for a really unique display.

Are any of these suggestions taking your fancy? Have you been recycling anything recently to give it a new lease of life?

Lauren x

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