Tying up April’s loose ends

To sum up April – it’s been MENTAL! I’ve had a crazy busy month but it’s been terrific. I apologise for being a bit linktastic in this post but there’s a lot to share.

On the to do list was the creating of an office space at the back of my lounge. Big tick there as this was all done earlier on in the month.Office

One thing I didn’t end up posting about what the DIY for the rather fabulous ampersand marquee style light. Mr C and lovely friend Matt took guidance from the Oh, Hello Friend Tutorial to create this super cute light using Hobbycraft paper mache characters and fairy lights.ampersand

I also posted about my blank wall dilemma and in the end have opted for a gallery wall using various sizes of the same frame. It’s going to take a while to collect all the pictures together for this one but as I have a pet hate of empty photo frames I got download happy on the Graphics Fairy site. I also used some beautiful Irene Suchocki prints (a gift from a friend) and even attempted by own stencil watercolour using a very quick tutorial from PS:Heart. Am not too convinced by the final result but it will definitely do until I hunt down another print.

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The third job was to find some industrial style stools from the kitchen that weren’t going to break the bank. Last week I finally ordered a couple from Interior Addict. They take 10-12 weeks to deliver (seems a little excessive to me) so it’ll be July before they make an appearance.

Half way through April I got a call that made me giddy with excitement. I can’t share too much right now but hope to be able to fill you in next month. A few things I can say is that it involved a whole heap of pretty, the largest wedding blog in the UK and spending the day with a smashing group of people.brighton_london

In between all that there’s been trips to Brighton and to London, visiting wedding venues with a very dear friend (and all the hen do planning that comes with it ūüėČ and the most recent project has been all the prep for the upcoming circus party.circus_partyprepI am so excited for May – this signals the start of the wedding season, birthdays galore and cold glasses of Pinot in the garden. Fingers crossed for a warm one!

How did your April shape up? Lauren x

P.S Excuse the odd timing of this post – it was meant to go live yesterday but wordpress had other plans!

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Eventful: Roll up for a Spectacular Spectacular!

After planning my Wedding back in 2010, I got the bug for adding a bit of panache to any event and no party has ever been the same since! With a family birthday party just around the corner, my Sister (one half of stationery supremo, Bonny & Clyde) and I have got to work planning a ‘Circus Spectacular’. Here’s the moodboard so you can get the gist…Circus Spectacular Moodboard

Image sources:: Striped Straws in Jars –¬†On to Baby¬†|Kissing Booth – Once Wed¬†| ¬†¬†Gold Animal Cocktail Stirrers via Pinterest¬†Chalkboard Invite – Custom Chalk via¬†Etsy¬†| Reel of Red Tickets – Birthday Express¬†| Marquee Lights –¬†Lime Leaf Weddings¬†|¬†Red & White Striped Fabric –¬†Ikea¬†|¬†Big Top Table –¬†Hostess with the Mostess¬†|¬†Festoon Lights via Daily Dose of Stuf¬†| Martini Candy Floss & Pin Wheel – Sara Lucero via The Knotty Bride¬†| ¬†Photobooth sign –¬†Confetti Day Dreams¬†|

With just eleven days to pull together this bash, we’re pooling the resources and getting our hands dirty to create an event to remember. On its way to my door are lengths of red and white fabric, glitzy gold spray paint and reels of circus tickets. This weekend will be spent crafting a kissing booth and blackboard menus to plant in the festoon lit garden whilst no doubt there’s a bit of signage being created at Bonny & Clyde HQ. Keep your fingers crossed that my photobooth props make an¬†appearance from an eBay seller and that we have enough helium to make a statement with balloons in the Big Top!

Watch out for updates on Instagram over the weekend!

Lauren x

Treasure Trover: The Graphics Fairy

As I’m a very keen treasure trover, I wanted to share The Graphics Fairy with you. (Is ‘trover’ even a real word? I think it is now…) Curated by Karen Watson, the website is a haven on vintage printables for you to use in your own DIYs and is my favourite resource for graphics. paris mapThere are literally thousands of stock images (all believed to be copyright free) to use in craft projects. From maps to labels, sheet music and various ephemera, I promise you that you will be overwhelmed with the choice!vintage ephemeraMy most recent download has been these beautiful botanical prints (all the rage at the moment) that I’m stock piling while I build my Living Room gallery wall. (Went for the gallery wall option in the end – just a few more prints to go and it’ll be ready for sharing.)Botanical
Have you discovered The Graphics Fairy yet? Would love to know what’s taking your fancy from Karen’s massive collection!

Lauren x

Getting in the Garden: Festoon Lighting

All this promise of warmer weather has made me want to whip out the garden furniture and plan a barbecue. I love a bit of ambient lighting and if there’s one thing that signals outdoor entertaining for me, ¬†it’s long lines of elegant festooned lights.

festoon lightsImage sources:: ¬†Undercover –¬†Robert & Kathlets Photography via Ffffound¬†| Gold chairs – ¬†Simply Bloom Photography via Willow Tree Creative¬†| Black outhouse –Cox and Cox¬†| Pool via Flickr¬†| Table with three candles –¬†Ken Kienow via Style Me Pretty¬†| Rows of darkwood tables – Sarah Yates via Once Wed | Table with orange flowers –¬†Nicole Polkk via Style Me Pretty¬†| On the beach – Source unknown via Southern Piphi

It’s no secret that I adore Pinterest, but sometimes it can be downright annoying when you’re constantly faced with images from across the globe of products that you’re not able to get hold of in the UK. Over the past couple of summers I have searched for festoon style lights on the tinterweb and have only managed to find¬†extortionately expensive ones available in England.¬†ikea_festoon

So imagine my delight when stocking up on tealights in Ikea the other week when ¬†I stumbled across the¬†Solvinden range. Priced at just ¬£12, these solar powered beauties have 16 bulbs so finally I can have my own little festoon in the garden. ¬†They’ve probably been around for years but I’ve never seen them before!

I haven’t managed to get out into the garden yet to put them up properly so here they are draped from a tree. I’m looking forward to stringing them over the pergola in the next few weeks.

How’s your garden going?

Lauren x

Revealed: The Office

Thanks for the love over the weekend when I shared some office sneeky-peeks on Instagram however I’m still very nervous about revealing the finished result of the office make-over. Here goes!office reveal

Revealing the sources!

The vintage bureau was an eBay find for about £20 (complete with key) and is painted in Light Rain from B&Q, finished with some eBay cup handles. The surprisingly comfortable Philippe Starck reproduction Ghost chair was a very special gift from my Parents. office_jpg

From the top shelf down; the colourful boxes were a gift from a friend and now contain a rather large selection of stamps and punches. The jars filled with raffia and pegs are bargain finds from the 99p shop!

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On the bottom shelf the pink bowl is from Ikea and I’ve collected the washi tape from all over the place . My vintage style bobbins arrived from eBay and were a lot smaller than I’d hoped but actually look really cute under the little bell jar (originally from HomeSense around 3 years ago).

On the top of the bureau, the super snazzy mini marquee light was made for me by Mr C and a lovely friend of mine.

The kraft clipboard was snapped up from RE last year. I don’t think they sell them anymore but I’ve seen similar on eBay. The monogram mug was from Anthropologie and the little box of pins was picked up from Merchant & Mills. All the other items were gifts from gorgeous friends.

As you can see from the before and after shot (taken just after we moved in back in May 2011) there’s been a few changes to this little area at the back of the lounge.

Before&After

Finally, I’m going to try my luck in the Home Love contest on the Fashion for Home website and submit one of the images from this post. The competition is all about sharing a little bit of home love by sending along a snap of the favourite space in your home and giving a mention on your blog. I have to say my most favourite part of this little office is the mini marquee light as I had wanted one for absolutely forever – I nearly parted with a significant sum of money for one recently! It wasn’t a quick DIY to create but the result is smashing. (I will share details in a post soon).

Hope you like and let me know if you’re going to enter too!

Lauren x