Feeling Blue

Whilst scrolling through Pinterest recently, I noticed that there was a whole lot of dramatic inky blue showing up in my feed. inky blue stylingImage sources:: Top Left Top with Cinnamon |Top Right Image source unknown |  Bottom Left The Setting Takes Time | Bottom Right Etsy

I love the darkness and depth that you get from deep blue. Not to be confused with the vivid blue that once adorned my bathroom, the darkest hues are elegant, mysterious and calming.Inky Blue_Kitchen_Dining

Images sources:: Top Left Atelier Rue Verte | Top Right Swedish Maklarhuset | Middle House and Garden | Bottom Left Flickr | Bottom Right Original source unknown via Color Sepia 

It can be used in all rooms; combined with natural woods in the kitchen or reflecting against copper in the dining room. The versatile colour adds richness to living rooms and depth to bathrooms and would suit both a period and modern setting.

Inky_Blue_LoungingImage sources:: Mediacache via Moody’s Home | Top Right Shoot Factory | Middle Hans Blomquist | Bottom Left Fritz Hansen | Bottom Right Top Wedding Gear

Whilst grey is one of my all time colours to decorate with, I appreciate that it can lack the depth and character of an inky blue. I’m currently exploring how I can add a splash of indigo to my house and if I was to go dark and moody I’m pretty sure I’d be picking one from this sultry palette.
Indigo paints

Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue | Little Greene Paint Company Baslalt | Ballgown Crown Paint

How about you? Do you have any dark and mysterious rooms in your home?

Lauren x


Decor Dilemma: Katie’s Hall

Morning all, I’m shaking things up a bit this week with what I hope might be a regular series on Fairly Light. Recently I was contacted by Katie, a Twitter follower, to see if I would be happy to offer a few recommendations on a decor dilemma. Though Katie isn’t a stranger (we met virtually through Rock My Wedding), I was very flattered to be asked by someone other than my Mum or best friend for a spot of interiors advice.

Over to Katie…..

“Basically, I’m having a bit of an issue with my hallway as it’s quite an awkward space. 
We’re about to have the awful magnolia walls decorated (pale grey walls with a feature wall of Cole & Son’s Cow Parsley wallpaper in yellow). You’ll see on the pictures the space under the stairs where the side table is. That’s where the paper will be going – you may spot the wallpaper sample on the wall too!decor_dilemma_2In addition, the carpet will also be replaced with a wood floor – however that’s a more long term project!
My issue is with the space opposite the side table. We have a couple of sockets there which are an eye sore and it just looks bare. I’m really unsure what type of thing would work in that space, furniture-wise. I’d like to put a bit of a gallery wall with pictures on some of the space – we have some lovely photography of places we’ve been on our travels.
If you can offer me any top line thoughts or advice for what you think may work I’d be so grateful, as everything I’m looking at really isn’t right.
hanks so much! xx”

I’m in love with Katie’s wallpaper and paint choices and am a sucker for a wooden floor. Also how much space is in this hall?!

From a furniture perspective I quickly disregarded a tall bookcase or perhaps a tall skinny chest of drawers as I thought that it would be too domineering in what is a really lovely open, sweeping space. I did think about a nice upholstered chair but again thought this might be awkward in the space as it’s a shame to disrupt the wide expanse.

My next thought was to include a side table, however rather than a low one I would suggest a tall table, perhaps with thin legs such as this one in Danielle Moss’ apartment to make the most of the space. I suggest topping this off with a lamp and a mirror hung portrait ways so that you get maximum use of the wall and a soft glow on what will be grey walls. Option1_Side Table

Another thought was to make the most of the L shape by adding a mini storage space (rather like a mud room, but without the mud) potentially adding an upholstered bench, adding hooks (for glam accessories rather than the wet suits that adorn this sweet Meg Braff designed space) and a picture ledge to rest the travelling photos against. Obviously the New England style shown here wouldn’t suit the style of Katie’s home, but you get the idea!Option2_MiniMudRoom

However, I think my most favourite suggestion would be a corner floor to ceiling gallery wall. Perhaps not quite so cluttered as this one (found via Danish site Bolig), but with a decent, even spacing between all the frames. Wrapping around the two walls would create a real focal point and a place for guests to gather to have a good look through all the pictures. I know Katie is conscious that the entryway sets the whole tone of the house and so I think this would make a really welcoming addition. Adding a nice leafy bit of foliage in the form of a tall, lean plant might also break up the space and add an extra dimension to a wall of pictures. Option3_Corner Gallery Wall

Now, I open up the floor to you lovely lot. Please drop me (and Katie) a comment if you have any thoughts on how to add some va-va-voom to a hallway.

Lastly, thanks to Katie for sharing her hall. I can’t wait to see how you finally decorate the space!

Lauren x

An air of Autumn

Adding ambience and warmth to my cottage is one of my most favourite things about Autumn – out come the blankets and on come the lamps. I burn candles all year round but the shift in seasons does mean that the candles are lit for a lot longer in our house a the moment.

Baies_Jo_MaloneLighting a scented candle adds an elegant aroma and soft glow to any room. As the nights become longer than the days, I’m stocking up on tea lights and tapers and considering treating myself to something a little more luxurious than a Sainsbury’s twelve pack of dinner candles.

I received my very first Diptyque candle  recently as for years I couldn’t understand why anyone would spend more than a fiver on a candle. However I am now converted and am a little bit in love with the Baies creation. My bedroom smells of roses and blackcurrant leaves all week long even though I only ration to myself to an hour or so of burning time a week.

If you’re after something a little more zingy, then why not try Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil & Mandarin. Apparently this is one of Kate Middleton’s fragrances and therefore it’s good enough for your average commoner.

Anthropologie & LilyFlame Candles

You will regularly find me in Anthrolopogie having a good old sniff of their Illume Boulangerie Jar. I’ve had it on my Christmas list for a couple of years but no-one seems to have taken the hint! The packaging reminds me of a vintage Dundee Marmalade Jar and the scent combinations are heavenly.

If all of the above seem a little pricey, the Lily-Flame range are highly scented without being too overpowering. Though I’m not usually into sweet smells I do like a good dose of their Fairy Dust candle.

How about you? How are you lighting up your home this Autumn?

Lauren x

Utility Chic

I Gigi in Hove provided the inspiration for the downstairs loo/utility room. Think earthy tones, piled linens, natural materials, wicker and bleached wood and novel ways to display the most mundane of household essentials. Door to Utility Room

Images by Adam Crohill

This room started life with some rather vibrant green tiles so first job was to replace them with my favourite classic metro tiles. Ideally we would have replaced the work top with a real wood version but for the time being the imitation wood one does the job. The walls are painted with Little Greene Paint Company’s Slaked Lime which is a very soft sludgy neutral.

We found Sugden and Daughters at a recent vintage fair and quickly snapped up a mirror made from antique tennis racquets! Just in case of a severe power cut I took a large bundle of candles and stuffed them under a TK Maxx bell jar. I finished off the little collection with  an H&M candle (am in love with the utilitarian label).
Shelves from ikea were brought over from our first house and then stacked with storage. The wicker baskets hold all the essentials such as washing powder and the like.
The main mirror was an old one that has seen better days but I quite like its distressed nature and how it’s size is a little large to the space. We don’t currently have a tumble dryer so my mum made us a little old school curtain to hide some of the clutter.Neutral Utility Room with Natural ElementsWe spent one afternoon creating the roman blind in this room from the left over John Lewis fabric. The idea was to create an easy no-sew blind from a tutorial. My advice would be to just go and buy one! It took forever and tempers may have frayed as well as the fabric!
I like to make sure that there’s fresh flowers all over the house, even in the loo and the ginger beer bottle (picked up inexpensively from another vintage market) is perfect for adding a stem or two. For a larger arrangement I love to use the large bottle vase that was a bargain purchase from Kempton Market.
To finish off the room I adapted a strip of photo frames given to me by my sister in law and painted them the same neutral colour as the walls. I bought a book of old maps from eBay and framed the locations that Mr C had met, married and mini-mooned.Met Married Mooned
 The cluster of brushes in a porcelain beaker is a final reminder of just how much work we’ve done recently to get the house in tip-top condition!
Before and After Natural Utility Room
 How have you decorated the smallest room in your house?
L x