My March

As we move into April it’s still absolutely baltic in the UK with no sign of the bitterly cold weather leaving us. As you’d expect, my March review will make a few references to the weather!March

– It all started off well with a sunny trip to Oxford at the start of the month, but by mid month the snow had started to fall and I was left in the cold snapping this picture of Liberty.

– I spent a fabulous weekend in Bath where we experienced gorgeous sunshine and pelting hail all in the comfort of a stunning farm house.

– I got back in the classroom with my Foxy Exercise Book and learnt a whole lot of blog type stuff as a student on the Decor8 Blog Boss course

– I bought a few vintage bits, including a Colman’s Mustard Tin and a really sweet Bird Saucer. On a trip to London I also treated myself to a set of Gold Pinapple Forks. (The cake wasn’t all for me!)

– I put in a bit of prep for Easter, decorating with daffodils and  little eggs under a mini cake dome

– Finally there was just a dash of DIY when my friend let me loose on her dining table. I also joined the apple crate revolution with my Rustic Shelving Unit and created a Memories Jar.

I’ve already got lots planned for April but first a smashing weekend lies ahead. Happy Easter! x

P.S. All photos edited using Instagram. I’ve updated my profile and now you can follow me at FairlyLight x

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DIY: Making Memories

I am a big fan of inspiration/mood/notice boards, so much so I have a lovely chicken wire frame that hangs above a vintage bureau at the back of my lounge. However, when you combine this with my tendancy to hoard, the finished result is anything but the beautiful sight you see below, and more of a jumble sale. inspiration boardImage source:: Fleaing France

So last week I decided to take down all the wedding favours, pretty business cards and handwritten letters to try to create something a little less chaotic. I still wanted to be able to see the little treasures I had collected over the years so your average box wouldn’t do.DIY Memories JarI took a simple Ikea storage jar, a chalkpen, some washi tape and my newly purchased Bombshell Pro font and in five minutes created a Memory Jar.

For the purpose of this post I’ve been a little stingy on the contents of the jar, but plan to cram them full of all sorts of trinkets. I’m not convinced that the chalkpen with withstand a good wash so it’s not an ideal technique for jars in your kitchen, but for areas that just need a quick dust it should be fine.

Yet another post including an Ikea storage jar! What do you use yours for? x

Add a Bunny to your Basket

I nipped into one of the many H&M’s on Oxford Street last week to have a quick look round their home department eager to pick up a bargain or two. H&M Jack Rabbit RangeI was very pleased to see this adorable Jack Rabbit Range on show and treated myself to a plate and the matching napkins for next week’s Easter feast.

Starting from as little as £1.99 for the Egg Cup, there’s also a Tea Towel (£2.99), Mug (£3.99) & Plate (£4.99).

Will you be adding anything from the H&M range to your basket?

Lx

Show and Tell: Apple Crates

Despite including wine crates in our wedding decor, and upcycling a palette for a table in our lounge, I’m very late to the apple crate party.Apple Crate ShelvesImage source:: House to Home

A few weeks ago I decided to clear up the clutter that had accumulated behind the door in our Dining Room. I ordered three crates from eBay for just over £10 each (when you take into account the delivery charge) to make a shelving unit. Before_crate

Originally I had planned to ask Mr C to mount on the wall but in the end I opted for a more sturdy stack and then started to load up the crates with a whole load of paraphernalia.Crate After

On the very top I’ve used another crate I had hanging about and filled it with votives that were cluttering up the windowsill. The top crate has tea lights, candles and raffia stuffed into a few Ikea jars. The middle shelf is home to a H&M Jute Storage Basket filled to the brim with napkins and placemats. Finally on the bottom, I’ve found a place to store my cutlery.

Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to jump on the crate bandwagon and to clear up the chaos behind the door! How are you using crates and palettes in your home?

Lauren x

Blogs that Rock

Am loving being back in the classroom as part of the Decor8 Blog Boss course. Every week we get a little bit of homework and this week it’s to share eight of our favourite blogs. Blogs that RockImage source:: All things bright and beyootiful

This is no mean feat for me as I am prone to wasting away the hours spend pouring over blog pages. It’s very tricky for me to pick my favourites but here’s a few:

Written by Emily Schuman, Cupcakes and Cashmere is a truly stunning blog. Emily shares fabulous outfit inspiration and regular recipes all with same great consistent styling.

In the Fun Lane follows Holly Baker and her little family as she paints the world white. Her beautiful home showcases her many thrifted treasures and gorgeous DIY’s. I love how Holly has taken the opportunity to perfect her photography and styling skills as a result of the blog.

When I was planning my wedding, I probably stumbled across hundreds of blogs. Rock my Wedding is the only one that I still frequent. The blog is easy to navigate, and although it’s  all about weddings (surprisingly!) the content is varied.

After discovering the gorgeous 91 Magazine, I found editor Caroline Taylor’s blog Patchwork Harmony. Here Caroline combines vintage and contemporary to share her favourite books, shops and interior finds. The blog is well laid out and its easy to find your way to all their social sites.

Back to my passion of Interior Decoration, Young House Love is an amazing example of how you can turn your blog into a business.  Sherry and John Petersik are now published authors sharing their DIY as they repurpose their Virginia home.

This course has introduced me to so many bloggers and so I have to mention some of my classmates. Whilst the eCourse is ideal for meeting people all over the world, I have had a tendency to follow bloggers outside of the UK. It’s great to find more Interior bloggers in my own neck of the woods.

North Leads Home shows how inspiration can be found all over, from Pinterest to wildlife programmes!

Bear vs Bee  features two interior lovers as they embark on the adventure that is their first home. The overall look is clean and uncluttered.

A Jones Home has had me laughing out loud as Nicky shares her house renovations laden with lots of personality.

What are you favourite blogs? Would love for you share any treasures you’ve been reading recently.

Lauren x

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