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Morning all, hope the weekend is going well.
follow_gliiter feetJust 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


Found: Petersham Nurseries

If you find yourself in Surrey this Summer, then take an hour or two to relax at Petersham Nurseries.
It would be easy to miss the entrance to the chicest garden centre in Richmond, so keep your eyes peeled for the turning down a narrow road off Petersham Road.petersham_entry

Behind the brick walls are a series of potting sheds. Once inside you’re greeted with rustic elegance with a boho edge; herbs crammed into wooden crates, galvanised chandeliers, distressed bistro chairs and weathered terracotta pots flanked by antique aged shutters and other beautiful vintage finds. inside_petersham

There’s a wide range of plants available and a huge selection of herbs. Its by no mean cheap but it would be very easy to get swept away!petersham_plants

We stopped by the Teahouse to indulge in one of the homemade cakes (around £4.50 per slice). Thanks to the sunny spring weather we were able to enjoy outside amongst the last of the tulips perched on rickety, mismatched chairs. Tearoom_petersham

Glancing through to The Petersham Nurseries Cafe, the sophisticated yet quirky bohemian theme continues with huge palm trees, coloured glass and masses of potted plants. The menu looks fab too offering simple, locally sourced food topped with edible flowers. inside__petersham

A little gem that’s definitely worth exploring.

Lauren x

A Dream Come True

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

Show and Tell: Bathroom

Last year I shared the ‘befores’ from our very bold bathroom. I’m very happy that this room is now all done and without further ado, here’s the ‘afters’. Clawfoot tub

We kept the claw foot tub and rest of the suite but everything else in the room had a big make-over.

The walls were accidentally painted in Crown’s Milk White. (I had meant to pick up Sail White but must have got distracted). It has a very slight green tinge that complements the Laura Ashley Eau de Nil that we used to paint the bath.

The floor was sanded back and then painted with several coats of Ronseal Diamond Floor Paint in Brilliant White. So far, it’s holding up fairly well but I’m not sure how it would fare if it was used in a high traffic room and it was to be walked on in anything other than bare feet or slippers.

With all the white, the room did feel a bit stark to start with and so I added a faux sheepskin rug instead of a bath mat. (We hardly use the bath as we have a power shower).

shelf and floorI would have loved an old school train luggage rack to use as a shelf at the end of the bath, but couldn’t find one that was anywhere near my budget. In the end I went for an Ikea shelf that wobbles quite a lot but is fine for the moment! The hot bath sign is from one my all time favourite shops, The Nest at No 9.

I adore a bit of sparkle and so couldn’t resist hanging one of my glitter balls from the shelf. Depending on the time of the day, you get a lovely light effect across the wall.glitter ball_dressing gown

I would still like to add a few more prints to the wall but at the moment I just have a beautiful glass frame with a Washi taped polaroid postcard from my trip to Barcelona.side bath

Other additions are two mirrors; one from eBay and one I picked up from the local tip. They were both spray painted grey to complement the bathroom palette. The lanterns were bought originally as wedding decor (suspended from the ceiling in our barn venue) but now have a home on the bathroom floor. Also making its way from our wedding is the three arm candelabra that sits proudly on the top of the loo!mirror

I have always wanted a chandelier in the bathroom, but electrically speaking they can be a bit of a safety nightmare. I found the Grace Pendant on sale in Homebase for next to nothing. As it was a pendant, it didn’t need to be hard wired and thankfully the previous light fitting had been pendant style so there was minimal work required to get it in place.chandelier_heart_sink

With this glamorous feature, I then opted for a faceted curtain pole, shower pull and cupboard handle to add a little elegance to the room. To top it all off I wanted to add a little bit of lace to soften the room. The H&M lace panels fitted the bill perfectly.

On the shower front we ummed and ahhed about how to tackle the blue tiles that were in place. Even after a lot of research that suggested tiling over previous tiles wasn’t advisable, we still went ahead anyway! We chose subway tiles and applied directly to the previous ones rather than risk removing them and the whole shower enclosure fall to bits!

The final change to the room was made a few weeks ago when Mr C replaced the old rusty radiator with a column style version.

So to finish, here’s the before shots from the week we moved in.
Bath_beforeI hope you agree it looks a bit better now. It’s only now when I look back at befores that I realise quite how blue that back wall was!

Hope you like.

Lauren x

P.S. You can take a look at the bathroom progress and the moodboard in previous posts

A Whiter Shade of Pale

I am in need of a little advice today and am hoping you can help. I’m trying to pick a neutral shade for the spare bedroom and just can’t decide! In the moodboard for this room I opted for Farrow and Ball’s Shaded White but now I think it might be a tad too drab. wimborne whiteImage source:

And so enter Wimbourne White shown here on painted panelling, or perhaps a few layers of Pointing as seen on these gorgeous kitchen cupboards.POINTINGImage source::

Now the room in question is east facing and is flooded with daylight from sunrise to around 11am, then the light is less easy to come by. I want the room to feel warm but want to avoid a yellowish neutral as I want it to be more white than cream. Ones with a green or blue base are also out as I don’t want the room to appear to stark either! Overall I want the result to be calming with a tiny hint of ‘sludginess’ more commonly found in a posh bistro pub.

Also on the list of possibilities, is the bright and clean Strong White which provides a stunning backdrop to the gorgeous store, Folklore. strong white2Image source:: Remodelista

And finally I am loving Slipper Satin which seems to be a suitable off-white in this beautiful image from Yvestownslipper satinI am open to using a paint outside of the Farrow and Ball range, but am hoping for a Homebase discount offer over the next bank holiday so I can save a few pence! Would love for you to share any neutrals that you think might be ideal for the space.

Lauren x