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Ten Gold Wall Light Ideas for the Home

Palm Tree Wall Light

I have written this post because on my  hunt for some gold wall lights, I came to a realisation – it’s not that easy even with all the choice out there. Sure, I found some corkers that I’d bite my own hand off to have in my home but could I find exactly what was I wanted – not for a while anyway.

But it all worked out in the end and I thought to save someone else’s eyes going square in such a quest, I’d show some finds that are pretty gorgeous. Here’s my top 10 including the sconce chosen that we have just put up that you will see soon in our finished living room.

The first one above is from Graham & Green. Who needs tropical islands when you can have a metallic palm tree in your own living room ? A real feature to enhance a wall. I have also noted it’s currently in the sale. Just saying.

Wall Light Sconce Gold

I love a bit of Anthropologie. They always come up with something a little bit different. This hardwired light has a brushed brass finish. It’s an updated single candelabra  – worth bearing in mind that a certain shape of bulb will be needed each time.

Gold Wall Lights Living Bed Room1. Maison Du Monde 2. David Hunt 3. Habitat 4. Heals 5. Made 6. Em – Home 7. Houseology 8. Nest

Here are eight wall lights that will give out light in different ways and create a different look in your home.

I really love the large globe lamps. They’ve always been around in one form or another. This style will throw out a warm light ( with the right bulb ) mixed with gold will give a cosy but luxurious feel.

Task lamps like the one here from David Hunt look really sleek on a bedroom wall. I have this one on my wishlist. Really like it’s shape.

Habitat offer this Tesselate LED decorative wall light. They look pretty cool above a bed, sofa or a very nice welcoming piece in the hallway ?

Ever a fan of Houseology  – their Matt Brass exquisite sconce by Eicholtz Boivin ( 7 ) really appeals to me. A real talking point and so bold and rich in colour.

Nowadays, with many designs on offer and room designs being so fluid, you can mix and match many looks so many of these lamps would work in different eras and styles of homes.

Our new lights are one of the above and I am looking forward to sharing it with you soon. Keep a look out.

Lucy x

For more home inspiration have a look at my Pinterest boards here.

How I set up an interior scene for a film shoot

Tv Set Filming Bedroom Bluebellgray colourful bedroom

Last week was a really busy one in terms of here at home and today I’m writing about how I set up an interior scene for a film shoot – not only have I been coming up with some ideas and plans for a new living room, there was also some film location work going on.

Now, if you read the last post of mine, you’ll know that we just had a new carpet put in which I love so as you would imagine I had my beady on it all day when the crew were here. They were very good and respectful though. I think they wouldn’t have dared stand on or put their cameras and lights on it. I was hovering …

Grey Walls Cosy Bedroom Colourful duvet pillow Picture Ledge over bed

Anyway, I digress and will tell you more about what this filming was all about a little later, I recreated it here for you as there was literally no time on the day to take any photos.

Having interviewed the very established tv production designer Richard Drew not so long ago, it gave me some inspiration on how to go about setting it all up.

I needed to make sure it looked right for the character’s involved so here is what I came up with:

Colourful Bedroom Retro phone Grey Walls Bluebellgray

Painted the wall behind the bed a light grey. It is a naturally light space so it can take it. I maybe won’t be keeping this colour for long but as I am soon doing up the room ( again ) so felt this colour would be suitable for the two people

Added contrasting colours because the grey backdrop allowed it. The lovely people at Bluebellgray provided us with a Seafield duvet set and a couple their Fringe and Paintbox cushions. If there had been too much going on with strong patterns etc, it would take away from the actual story. I was always taught when I worked in television that too much black is not good on film because it soaks up the light and lots of red isn’t too popular either. Stripes can strobe on film also which would make the viewer feel ill after a while so that’s always a no no.

Setting TV Scene Bedroom Grey Colour Cosy Bright Pops Colour

Made the space feel cosy as it was a sleepy night scene, by adding pictures, books, drinks of water, plants and soft lighting. Of course there is the professional lighting but they can tweak everything to make it look like the right time of day. It’s pretty clever really.

I asked about the characters before hand and had a look at the script to get an idea of what they might be like and how they would dress their room. It’s also important to check what they will be wearing to make sure it all coordinates.

Grey Bedroom Colourful TV Scene Filming Blluebellgray Cosy home

What made me laugh was actors sleeping and chatting in my own bed. Luckily they are both lovely folk so it wasn’t too weird.

My kitchen was also used on the day and our upstairs hallway. If you are new to reading my blog, you may not know that I originally used to act and still do sometimes … so guess who was in one of the scenes ? I loved it and we had a really good laugh. I played a snooty lady at a dinner party. A great opportunity to ham it up a little.

This was all filmed for a trailer called  ‘ Bus Pass to Peterborough ‘ to showcase my Dad’s script. he has been a writer for a long time and has worked lots of different types of programmes over the years. I really admire his tenacity in such a tough business. It took a whole week of locations. Pre – production planning too and of course then it will be edited now. Amazing the amount of team work that goes in to these things, booking the actors, location hunting, scene setting and working out timetables – and of course relying on the weather which was luckily really good. I can’t wait to see the completed work and then see where it is taken from there ? The long term focus is a television film set here in Suffolk. There are some beautiful Autumnal outdoor scenic shots as you might imagine and a really great cast so fingers crossed.

Lucy x

Thank you Bluebellgray for your gifting !

Five reasons why we chose Padstow Carpet from Brintons

Brintons Stair Runner Spotty Carpet Dotty Grey Colour HallwayIsn’t a relief when you’ve completed a home project ? Especially when you’ve wanted to for such a long time. To get straight to the point there are five reasons why we chose Padstow Carpet from Brintons.

We are so happy to now have the stairs and landing carpeted in something I feel very proud to show you. Yes, I am absolutely guilty of staring lovingly at the landing when I get up in the mornings and maybe loitering on the stairs more than I used to.

There’s been a definite shift in the last few years over to using carpet as a feature in your home – although Brintons who made ours have been doing so for many years.

Spotty Stair Runner Grey Wool Carpet Hallway

I’m going to break down the five main reasons why I chose this particular wool rug for our home :

Grey Pebble Cosy Carpet Wool Hallway

This is the first view you have of my home when you enter the door. It’s pattern makes me very happy every time I open the door. We all love it. It’s a feature for the room – really

The quality. Oh, let me tell you. It’s the softest carpet I have walked on but also very hardwearing. 80 % wool and 20 % nylon   – so it’s extremely tactile and comfortable for the feet yet made to last. It was really important to have a carpet that will last and stay looking good.

I have noticed a really detailed list of detailed advice on how to care long term for your carpet on the Brintons website.

Spot Pebble Grey Spotty Carpet Runner Soft Cosy

The colour. Having two still relatively young girls whose friends visit often and a labrador who loves to sneak a cheeky sit down on the stairs whenever possible so it needs to be practical and cover all those bases.

Although it’s a firm shoes off policy nowadays to head upstairs – it still will take quite a bit of trampling over the years. Although it comes in many other gorgeous colours and patterns, we opted for Pebble Spot which as you can see is a grey shade. It works with the white walls but even if we decide to add some other colour there – grey works so well with many. It also frames the hues in the rooms when you look in to them.

Spotty Carpet Stair Runner Grey Hallway Cosy Pebble Padstow Brintons Carpet Runner Stairs Grey Polka Dot

Hallways can be vastly overlooked as somewhere you just pass through. Which I always feel is a shame. They deserve so much more !

After all you probably spend quite a bit of time walking on it so make the floor fabulous to look at ? Our Padstows Pebble Spot has really livened up the stretches between the rooms and made it look and feel a lot more expansive.

Stair Runner Carpet Spotty Polka Dot Grey Silver Brogues Carpet Spotty Grey

Okay, this might sound like a funny reason but I think names are very important and can pull you one way or the other when making decisions. Padstow evokes very lovely, happy memories for me. Cornwall is nne of our favourite places to visit in the world and we have seen the girls at different stages enjoy the beach and delicious fish and chips there. So, I was immediately drawn to it.

Brintons Carpets Pebble Soft Cosy Carpet Runner Stair Hall

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour and like our new carpet too ? Brintons do a fantastic selection of pure colours, patterns such as plaids, stripes and florals. I love their collaboration with Laura Ashley. Do check them out if you’d like a little inspiration. They have been in business since 1783 which speaks volumes.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Brintons. They very kindly supplied me with carpet for my home.

Also – a quick mention about my silver platform brogues and Broadgate bag as I have been asked many times on instagram where they are from. Gifted from the current Boden range. :)

50 new Sanderson paints and Colour Psychology with Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson TV Presenter Colour

When Sanderson invited me to the launch of their 50 new paint colours at the  renowned Sanderson Hotel in London, I jumped at the opportunity – not only because of the lure of new hues, but also because the very lovely colour expert and tv presenter Sophie Robinson ( remember my interview with her ? ) was on hand as host to talk us through colour psychology with a fascinating workshop. Can you see me sitting there at the front looking all pensive with pen to mouth ?

Making the move in to interior design has been once of the best decision I’ve made. It feels like the skills I have learnt over the years such as dressmaking, tv and theatre work, owning a shop – have all helped make the transition more seamless and understand the aspects involved. The one thing that hasn’t changed over the whole process is just how much I adore textiles. The colours, prints and textures.

Sanderson Paint Cards

Before I talk about the paints, let me tell you a little about the workshop. We were asked to instinctively choose some colours and prints with just five minutes to put together a quick collage. I opted for predominently pinks with some similar shades that formed a harmonious palette for a room. But it was very interesting to see that my fellow bloggers and journalists came up with all completely different ideas.

Sophie Robinson TV Presenter

After an invaluable interior design talk from Sophie about how and why this theory was founded by scientist Angela Wright back in the 70s. how we can use it now to determine which season our home style reflects. We then spent time making up a larger mood board to nail down our own defining season. Well, I know this won’t come as a huge surprise to you if you follow me on social media, but I am about 95 % Spring with a sprinkling of Autumn.

Sanderson Paints Colour Rainbow

To give you an idea of how this is all worked out:

Spring colours are softer, hopeful shades – think pinks, blues, yellow – cheery. Often Scandi and light woods. Maybe someone who is constantly making over their home and changing flooring or walls. Hmmm.. that is definitely me, right ?

Summer was quite surprising really as you might assume that it would be just similar to Spring with strong primary colours but not the case. Much lighter and subtle. Greys, pastel blues. Muted for a calm and relaxed environment.

Autumn – I naturally think of earthy oranges, reds, browns – that kind of thing for this season which yes it is, but more than that. Also there are stronger blues, yellows. Rich and cosy is how I would describe it. Happy shades with a deeper intensity. A nostalgic type who might invest in pieces for the home or own many heirlooms.

Winter is a much more monochrome and contrasting look. Blacks, whites, definite, dramatic patterns such as large strong stripes. To give you an example of a designer, maybe some like Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen. Flamboyant designs with maybe some little pops of colour in a home. A really pure palette – excellent also for businesses as it’s straightforward and clear. Liking statement furniture that is functional.

Colour Flowers Paint

Now on to the new 50 Sanderson paint colours and a little background about their company. For starters, I had on idea that they have been developing their paints since 1900. These were introduced by Arthur Sanderson to complement his wallpaper prints and fabric collections. Going strong all this time later with now 151 shades in every finish needed to use throughout any home.

They tint all of the paints in house at the same facility where the wallpaper is manufactured.

Sanderson Paints Colours Moods

I always see Sanderson as a beautiful classic and timeless ‘Autumn ‘ brand and still do but having spent a bit more time with them and viewing these new colours, it’s very easy to see them being used widely in contemporary homes too. There are so many different ones … vivid brights right through to more minerals.

Sanderson Paint Blue Colours Living Room Calm Sanderson Paint Blues hallway

Being a huge fan of all blues, I am really keen to try out some of these paints now because they’ve come up trumps. They have developed some gorgeous new teals as well as coastal blues and let me tell you – I  am desperate to find an area that I can makeover soon. Particularly keen on the Sea Pink as well Grey Mist. I have it on very good authority that it’s beautiful to paint with.

Which season is your home or are you a mix of a few ? Hope you’ve enjoyed the post – big thumbs up for the new Sanderson colours from me. You can check out them all here.

A great day, full of chat and information. I forgot about my cold completely. Also, I’d just like to say that the lunch at the Sanderson Hotel was incredible. Must try and go again sometime.

Lucy x

Image copyright: 1 – 6, @joshtuckerweddings.

The right colour palette for your zodiac sign


Red Yellow Room Bright Cheery This post might not be to everyone’s taste. Some people love learning about the zodiac and how our personality traits are determined by it. But for others it’s a load of old bunkum. I respect both opinions  – today though the post is all about finding the right colour palette to suit your zodiac sign.

I am fascinated by astrology and always have been. So much so, that when my girls were babies I decorated their bedrooms to ensure it worked for them. I don’t read horoscopes or anything like that but I have quite often been able to guess what sign someone is so for me there is truth in it.

Aries.

If you don’t already know, the first of the chart is Aries the ram. which starts on approximately April 20th.  Let’s start with a passionate hue. Aries are a fire sign and respond well to strong colours, more on the warm side of the colour wheel. Like reds, scarlets and oranges ( above ). Often being quite sporty, impulsive and adventurous types, they could benefit from a home with elements of these shades to inspire their desire to keep  busy and their minds active.

Farrow & Ball Pink Ground Gentle palette dining room

Taurus.

I have a Taurean daughter so feel I have got to know this one pretty well. As a rule, they are a laid back sign ruled by earth –  who don’t anger easily and are pretty laid back, though sometimes stubborn. Steady characters and quite often drawn to artistic careers. They enjoy beauty and the finer things in life. To enhance their nature – pinks and greens are good. These two colours are very gentle – and maybe a dash of gold as it would compliment this. But remember it’s the sign of the bull so reds not such a great idea, especially in the bedroom where they need to feel restful.

White hallways peaceful room space tranquil

Gemini.

A really fun sign. Always stimulating and bright to chat with and the sign of twins. So according to astrologers they can be like two different people. If you’re wanting to create space to give a gemini time to rest their ever active creative mind, then white is a worth thinking about. Being an Air sign they the white is nice and light and might suit them down to the ground.

That said, some pops of colour will work a treat as we don’t want them feeling unstimulated. That wouldn’t be fair :)

Pastels bedroom Colour Palette

Cancer.

Totally home loving are these guys. Great home makers too. Very sensitive as they are the sign of the crab ( soft on the inside even if they seem tough on the out ) and also ruled by water. To keep their homes feeling like a safe and happy retreat, pastels are an excellent choice and also silver as they can be quite controlled by the moon and it’s cycle. I have noticed that cancerians quite often have a unique giggle and apparently it’s called the ‘ lunar laugh ‘. So I think these shades together would work well and make a lovely palette for any cancerians out there.

Leo.

Well, the lion is not someone to mess with. They are strong and loving and very protective of their loved ones at home. They may well demand colour ! I tend to get on well with this sign – I appreciate their fire sign straight forwardness. So lets not mess around here – stand out paints like purple or orange will look splendid in their den. Proud colours that showcase them and their strength of character but doesn’t outshine them totally. They will respond well to warmth and love a beautiful, proud home.

Brown Living Room Earthy

Virgo.

If you ever need someone reliable in your life, hang out with a virgo. The same goes for their home  – they have exquisite taste often and it will possibly be meticulous as their attention to detail is so on point. They are an earth sign and generally do have their feet well on the ground. So shades such as chestnut brown and actually the new Deluxe colour of the year which is Spiced Honey would be fantastic. They might spend some time choosing though, as someone else might just go for a tone of ‘ brown’  – they will study colour charts to find the exact right one for their home.

Pink Bedroom Neon Light

Libra.

Librans are the sign of the scales. So this means they are often balancing and weighing up ideas and usually come up with beautiful palattes themselves, once decided as they are very creative. They love beauty and any colours that evoke this. Air signs tend to live a lot in their mind and are good at coming up with quirky combinations. It would be difficult to pick just one or two colours for a Libran as they are open to so many but I would definitely say that pinks are good for their homes as it’s a balancing hue and would be a good starting point at least.

Black Bedroom Dark Moody Cosy Calm

Scorpio.

Okay, the depth of Scorpios deserves a really deep colour.  I think I’d opt for black if I had to choose one. Red is good too. They like privacy and are instinctive people. Being loyal  – black is one of those shades that offers the same kind of thing. You know where you are with it and it looks so good as a back drop for other deep shades. It’s a brave move to paint this in a room but it suits their personality. They are strong and not afraid to stand out.

Plum Colour Room Living Bright Happy Colour

Sagitarius.

You have a very positive, adventurous and forward thinking friend in a Sagittarian. They love having fun and living in the moment and therefore deserve a cheery space to hang out with their many friends and family. They are optimistic and will try colours that maybe someone else might be apprehensive about. I think Plum would be well worth a try. Or anything that is not just your average shade. My Mum is a Sagittarian, so I grew up with some really out there palettes on our walls and still remember them clearly as well as her beautiful vivid artwork.

Grey bedroom

Capricorn.

Of course, it’s not the same for every single Capricorn in the Zodiac but they are portrayed as a sign that likes to play it safe and aim for a more traditional look. Maybe greys or grey / browns  – and something smart as they tend to like things in order and are practical. I’d love to hear from any Capricorns who are the total opposite and love bright colours instead ?

Blue Bedroom

Aquarius.

Well this is my sign and my other daughters’ too. We can be pretty eccentric in our choices but I think it’s important to have colours in our homes that calm our very active minds. I never forget anything and have a brain like a computer. As much as they like to spend lots of time with friends, chatting about anything and everything  – they also at times like to just be at home with their family.

Being cerebral  – blues are a great way to offer serenity and it’s wonderful for the mind. Personally I do love blues and bluey greys these days.

Teal room home peaceful

Pisces.

The fish. A water sign if ever there was one. They have amazing imaginations and can be very poetical. Very sensitive by nature – something like turquoise is a possibility for them. It’s watery and easy on the eye. They can be indecisive so it’s a lovely gently but definite way to bring to surround them with a natural and deep, peaceful home.

Hoper you’ve enjoyed my Zodiac post. If you’ve found anything I’ve written useful or interesting then do stop by and leave me a comment. Always love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Image credits and copyright:

1,3 & 12 Karen Knox – Making Spaces. 2 & 6, Farrow & Ball. 4,7 & 10 Lucy Gleeson – Lucy Loves Ya. 5. Kate Lovejoy.  8 & 9 Kimberly Duran – Swoon worthy. 11, Mel Yates.