My January

I know I’m not the only one who usually has a dislike for January, but on the whole this month hasn’t been a bad one. January_review– I started off the year with a walk around the gardens of Castle Ashby, a beautiful country house in Northamptonshire complete with topiary and a Miss Havishamesque orangery.

– Later on in the month it was time to celebrate a friend’s birthday with some very alcoholic Cosmos and a quick spin of the Glitter Ball.

– Then the snow came, and stayed for a long time.

– There was absolutely nothing on television for the whole of January apart from the amazing ‘Africa’ which featured some of the African Penguins we were lucky enough to see on last year’s Megamoon.

– The house seemed very bare after Christmas and so I’ve made sure there’s always some blooms in the lounge.

– On an interior design and DIY note, we’ve started the guest bedroom, decorated plates and been inspired by a late Christmas present – Making a House Your Home

All images above are edited through Instagram – I’m FairlyLight if you fancy keeping an eye on what I’m up to! I’m not sure what to make of Vine just yet but you can follow me there too – you can search for ‘Fairly Light’ to find me.

Hope you’ve managed to get through January safe and sound. Lauren x

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Jobs in January

In my first post I mentioned that the whole purpose of Fairly Light was to get more done.  So I’m feeling quite smug that I’ve made good progress with the list I made at the start of January.

SheepskinSheepskin_rugIn an effort to get a bit cosier in the bathroom (it was feeling a little bit sparse with all the white), I cashed in the Clubcard points and exchanged them for this Grey Faux Sheepskin Rug from Tesco. The reviews on this product aren’t amazing and I’ll admit it’s not particularly high quality however it does the job very well and feels lovely underfoot when stepping out of the bath. I promise to share a full reveal on the bathroom soon but we’ve got one final job to do that needs to wait till it’s less chilly outside. I do have a rather fancy column radiator just waiting to be installed!

Brass AccentsBrass_Accents

I’ve actually finished this mini project but I’m not too happy with the finished result. I rushed a gallery wall in the main bedroom and have realised I need to leave more of a gap between each of the frames.  Not strictly brass, the frames I’ve bought are cheap ones from Wilkinsons and Matalan – the champagne and pewter seem to complement each other well. The image on the right is one of the layouts I tried on the carpet ( Don’t worry, I didn’t have too many G&T’s before I got the tools out!).  I’m planning on tweaking the gallery wall this week so I hope to be able to tick this one off the list before the end of the month.

Industrial BedroomProgress_industrial

I’ve got to be realistic with this one, it’s going to take a fair few months to get this completed but we’ve made a start. It’ll be looking like an All Saints store in no time! For the moment we’re stuck with peeling wallpaper and crumbling plaster. More updates to follow soon!

I’ll share my jobs for February later this week. Would be great to hear what’s on your list?

Lauren x

I Love DIY – Valentine’s Do it Yourself

Morning all,
If you’re feeling a little bit creative this weekend, I’ve rounded up a few DIY’s to spoil the loved one in your life. Valentines DIY1. Spritz up a cocktail with Pomegranate Ice Cube DIY from Pin Lavie | 2. Have a valentine’s lunch with a printable lunch bag from Love, Life and Babies | 3. Light up someones day with Hearts and Kisses candles via the talented Hello Lucky ladies | 4. Make someone with smile with a video tutorial for a doily votive from Creature Comforts | 5. Get stamping with Amy Moss’ valentine post-its

Do drop me a comment if any of these DIY’s have left you inspired to make your own Valentine’s pressies this year x

Let there be light

Whilst there has been absolutely no progress in the spare room since I last shared an update, I’m already getting ahead of myself and have started thinking about lighting options. Industrial Lighting1. Rockett St George – £195 | 2. Idyll Home via Not on the High Street – £139 | 3. Next – £65 | 4. Rockett St George – £99 | 5. Interior Addict – £71.20

Rockett St George seem to have a smashing range of lights, as well as very trendy bulbs (yes, a bulb can be fashionable). However due to the low ceiling in the room and the positioning of the ceiling rose in front of the window, I have to rule out all the options above.

Bearing in mind the harshness of the brick walls and the strong paint colour, I want to add a dash of glamour to the guest room and so I’ve been looking for something resembling a chandelier. I’ll be going for a non-electrical style pendant as generally they seem to be more forgiving to taller types.

So far, the front runner is this little Bobby Dazzler from Laura Ashley.Laura Ashley Melrose

The bronze metal is ideal for the utilitarian style and the size seems perfect for the room. I have seen similar cheaper styles too on the internet but am not convinced by the quality. I haven’t had a chance to see it in the store yet so am hoping to track one down at the weekend.

Do let me know if you’ve seen anything else that you think would be suitable!

Lauren x