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.
T
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

Eventful: An Autumn Brunch

The mornings are chillier, the evenings are rolling in and chunky knits have hit the shops. Yep, that’s right we’re most definitely in Autumn. Autumn Leaves Heart Image via The Berry

I have a lot of love for Autumn, though sadly it all too quickly turns to Winter. To embrace the start of the season I’m planning a little brunch next week with the family. Brunch is just an excuse to have a lie in and have breakfast a bit later in the morning, but I’m all for it!Autumn Brunch Inspiration Board Image sources: Apples and Cutlery | Maple Pancakes | Granola in Champagne Flutes | Baked French Toast | Leaf with Heart | Autumn Tablescape | Eggs in Teacups

On the menu is a stack of pancakes, baked eggs and perhaps a mimosa or two…
I’ll be grabbing a load of apples too, garden foliage and maybe some pine cones to knock up a rustic tablescape with hints of burnished bronze and russet.

How are you celebrating the start of a new season?

Lauren x

Inspiration: A Nursery fit for a Princess

A very dear friend of mine recently announced that she’s expecting a beautiful baby girl in the Autumn. As it’s the year of the Royal birth, I’ve wasted no time whipping up a little inspiration board for Prince George’s future wife. Pink & Gold Baby Girl NurseryImage sources:: Gold Chair | Fawn Gold Foil Print| Pom-Poms White Wooden Crib | Disc garland | Gold Crown Hook | Gold Chevron Pillow | Gold Pouffe | Gold Spot Sheets | Pink Frill Curtains | Gold Tip Mary Janes

I was inspired by a whole lot of pinning that the mummy-to-be had been doing and picked up on a theme of glistening gold, cool white and a hint of blush pink. The result a soft and modern palette that is perfect for any little Princess.

On my search for suitable images across, I can came across this little stunner via Les Enfants du Marais.girls_room I couldn’t help but think that this would be a beautiful progression for a little girl moving from cot to bed and love that it echoes the colour scheme of the inspiration board with a more rustic feel.

It’s lovely to be back! Let me know if you’ve been chatting through decor with any of your friends recently too.

Lauren x

A Cocktailer’s Companion

I’ve got a little bit of an obsession with bar carts; not with the drinking bit but with the super slick styling that’s around at the moment. Here’s a few of my favourites: bar_cart_galleryImage sources:: Left Style Me Pretty Living | Top right Kelly Braman via Style Me Pretty Living | Bottom right Original source unknown via Pinterest

Our 1850’s cottage hasn’t got the space or the style for a large brass cart so I’ve taken inspiration in smaller form. A bar tray can offer all the pizazz of a cart but take up a whole lot less room (and much cheaper to keep well stocked!)
bar_tray_galleryImage sources:: Top Left Bikinis and Passports  | Bottom Left Glitter Guide | Right Style at Home

All you need to whip up a similar scene is a few of your favourite tipples, a couple of snazzy glasses, a stash of limes and somewhere to store your straws. Fairly Light Bar Cart

Here’s my effort own effort (taken from my Instagram feed a while ago) The glasses were a bargain from Home Sense about three years ago and the stripy straws are readily available all over the internet. Oliver Bonas provided  the gold forks and the industrial style tray was picked up from Burt’s Homestore in Brighton. Missing from this picture is a little bowl of limes that now have a home on the tray.

I’ve got a whole board on Pinterest just dedicated to alcohol on wheels. Shimmy on over to Pinterest to take a look….

Lauren x