Lighting up the Night…

Since we decorated out master bedroom, finishing the decor has kind of fallen by the wayside in favour of, you know… the rest of the house and having a baby. After all it’s nice, but the lack of detail has been bugging me. I already have a new dressing table on order – mirrored again to match the chest of drawers and with several more drawers so hopefully it will hide way more of my stuff that currently resides in baskets under the existing dressing table. That should take care of some of the clutter.


(Bedding: Secret Linen Store // Pink velvet cushions & Gold sequin cushion: H&M Home // Geo cushion: Conran for M&S // Wall colour: Cornforth White – F&B)

However a more pressing practical consideration has been bed side lights. We had a small lamp on my dressing table but it was really awkward to reach round (as the bed was slightly forward of the dressing table as it is against the chimney breast,) and turn off, and meant the only light was on my side. It’s a small thing to turn it off but it drove me crazy that it had to be me to do it every. single. night! The other issue was that the wall above the bed was really a blank canvas waiting to be used. I didn’t want a simple print or canvas up there and started to think some wall lights would be great. One big ‘but’ stood in the way and that was the fact that our bedroom walls have been lined as well as painted, so having something wired in would have been a massive cosmetic issue and hard to patch up, so whatever I chose had to be plug in.

After looking at lots of different options we chose these Ogilvy swing arm wall lamps from Made.com. They were a budget friendly £50 each and despite my dislike for black, actually work really well in here because of the black accents on the mirrored furniture and of course the black iron bed frame. I had considered the white but think it would have looked very wrong in retrospect. Initially we were looking for more industrial bare bulbs but it didn’t fit with the room at all and I’m glad we didn’t force it.

Look out for a post later in the week on some other options I found for plug in wall lamps. I hope you like the result here!

Rebecca xo

Triple Temptation: Festoon lights


Seletti Bella Vista Outdoor light, £85 Heals // Auva string lights (50 lights) £29.98 B&Q // Pink festoon lights, £85 Out there interiors

Last year I wrote a post about festoon lighting and listed some sources available at the time. You can still read that post here and see for yourself if they are still available, but the trend is going nowhere and thankfully the strings of globe lights with a soft glow perfect for pretty outdoor illumination are getting more widely available. I’ve spotted 3 in the last couple of weeks and thought I’d share them in case anyone is still looking for them. Do let me know if you have spotted any too! (The B&Q set looks like great value.)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Light the Way…

Yesterday I spent the morning marking out the ‘first fit’ of our kitchen electrics with our builder and as part of that, although I hadn’t really decided what we wanted exactly, we had to mark out the lights for over our peninsula island. We went for 2 hanging pendants evenly spaced, which is about right for the size of the island and space, but now I need to decide what lights they will be.


Image via (BTC Stanley Copper pendant)

Lighting is kind of an obsession of mine (along with chairs,) and as a result I have a dedicated Pinterest board, which has expanded rapidly over the last couple if days. If you are interested have a look here.


Image via

I’m thinking of three key styles. Metallic (most likely copper,) to warm up the cold marble and cool tones kitchen units; Bare bulbs in vintage or decorative styles; Or Delicate glass shades.


Courtney Adamo’s kitchen

What do you think readers, I think I have decided but could be swayed…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: OUT THERE INTERIORS

A new home interiors brand was recently brought to my attention that I thought I would share today, OutThereInteriors.com. At the moment particularly I’m always looking for new sources of furniture and decorative items for my home, but even the old faithfuls can get samey and of course I’m on the look out for a budget bargain, so I was pleased to see an eclectic mix of pieces there with some at very good prices. There are also several ‘in the style of’ items that you may have seen elsewhere, that are at much lower prices. (As with all designer reproductions, make sure you check the dimensions thoroughly if you’re looking for a good ‘copy’.)

Here’s my pick of the best items – the range is diverse with everything from mirrored furniture to shabby chic armoires and retro sign lighting.


Copper hammered light £49 // Vegas Alphabet lights £295 // Arrow wall light £35 // American Flag wall hanging £55 // Turquoise jewellery cabinet £35 // White dressing mirror £195 // Embossed silver Chest of Drawers £255 // Tall factory stool £110 // White Chair with wooden legs £79 // Fifties style bedside £220 // Glass topped driftwood table £754

I’ve tried to show a broad selection of items here to illustrate the breadth of styles available. Out There Interiors is well worth a browse if you have an item in mind or if you are just browsing for something different.

Let me know if you see something you like readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Statement Standards

Of course since I knew where we were moving, my mind has been all about interiors. In our old house we had pretty much filled everywhere we could and couldn’t justify a single extra item, but now we have several extra rooms to fill and I’m in my element.


Navy Tripod lamp £99 Alfred tripod lamp £149 // Chicago floor lamp £179

One of the pieces I love most that we brought with us (and that gets a lot of comments) is the film light that we had in the dining room – it’s gone into the new dining room too. It was bought from Home Sense, one of my favourite shops, but their online presence is terrible so when I found these statement standard lamps at Made.com, I had to share them.

Each of these has a different style and feel, and they are all well priced considering the impact they will have in a room.

I’ll write more about Made.com soon, but in the mean time, have you purchased anything from there?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Apologies for the late post – truth is, I intended to write about the house, but I can’t find my camera cable to download the photo’s! Bear with me!

Saturday Survey…

Happy weekend folks!

I’ve decided I need to get to know you guys a little better and as a result I’m going to run a little series of mini surveys here on the blog over each weekend until…. well until I found out enough I guess!

In return, I’ll post a selection of things I’m loving around the web this weekend, like a little treat for completing the Survey. :) All you have to do is copy and paste the text of my five questions into the comments box and fill in your reply.

I can’t tell you how grateful I will be and hopefully you will all reap the benefits by me learning how I can improve the blog for you in the coming months.

Five Things…

Dashing Magazine is out now – put your feet up and have a read this weekend, it is only their second edition but you wouldn’t know it – it’s a joy to browse.

Want more pretty? Have you seen the new Mulberry SS12 ad campaign? Giant ice creams, Brighton Beach and pastel shades. Super sweet.

I’ve been focusing on interiors after last weeks Kitchen renovation and fell in love with this image by Elise Blaha from flickr.com. Look out for the post that it inspired next week.

A little behind the scenes styling video, sneak previewing the H&M spring summer collections – If you like your fashion affordable you can’t do much better…

Bangles seem to be everywhere this year and I’m loving the shades from Banana Republic.

Now it’s your turn…

Five Questions
1.How did you find Florence Finds?
2.How often do you visit Florence Finds?
3.What is the most common time of day for you to visit?
4.If you had to choose one area of the blog (i.e. menu bar categories… home, fashion etc,) which is your favourite?
5.(The hard one) – How would you describe Florence Finds in one sentence?

Just copy and paste these five questions into the comments box and add your responses. Thanks so much in advance!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Win a Lee Broom decanter light with Heals

Just a short interlude to let you all know about a competition that I think is well worth entering.

Lee Broom won Designer of the Year at the 2011 British Design Awards. Already a favourite at Heals (who have previously worked with him in their Heals ReDiscovers collection, on the exclusive to Heals Architrave series) they’ve teamed up with Lee in celebration to offer one person the opportunity to win a Lee Broom decanter light from his collection.


Each light is sourced from vintage suppliers and antiques markets and transformed from the original lead crystal decanter into a repurposed light.

I think they’re gorgeous and the competition is only open for another 3 days so head on over to the Heals blog for more information and sign up to the Heals newsletter (at the bottom of the page on the left side) to be in with a chance to win!

Good Luck!
Rebecca
xo

Shed some Light on it…

Well good afternoon! After all the excitement of this morning’s launch, lets settle down to some of the fabulous finds you can expect on a regular basis. We’re getting straight to the good stuff (or some of my favourites at least!) …Interiors.

I enjoy lighting so much that instead of over indulging and having rather too many lamps and statement lights, I am caught in a quandry of indecisiveness. Our dining room has been the subject of much ‘lighting’ discussion, many a walk around a lighting department and 5 years on, we are still with the same pendant shade. ( – a tin punched lantern bought in the souks of Marrakesh but now slightly rusty. Nice.)

Today, I thought I’d do a round up of task lighting, inspired by this stunning salvage look creation (Teak and Brushed Aluminium desk lamp) from Cox and Cox. You might have seen it adorning the front of their Autumn catalogue. As I searched I found quite a few, including a bargain from Laura Ashley with a similar look and some very utilitarian clamping lights from Plumo


*Teak and Brushed Aluminium desk lampCox and Cox, Cream enamel and wood lamp – Laura Ashley, Utilitarian Clamp light – Plumo.

Of course, no round up of task lighting is complete without the design classic that is the Anglepoise. The 1227 is the one I’m referring to, but I love equally the slightly retro, jewel bright glass shaded 1228. It’s inspired many a reproduction and you can even get a similar look from stores like Ikea.


*Blue Work Lamp – Ikea, Anglepoise 1227 in Cream – John Lewis, Anglepoise 1228 (with blue shade) – John Lewis.

I do rather like a bit of a retro feel to a desk lamp, and the blue one below has an air of late fifties design about it. Traditional lamps don’t look out of place even on a modern desk (Ikea coming up trumps here again) and this white lamp would be just as at home in a sleek all-white scheme as a rustic home office in the garden shed.


*Penelope Task Lamp in Slate – John Lewis, Hector Table lamp – Baileys, Nickel work Lamp – Ikea.

King of Quirk, Graham and Green make a couple of bobby dazzlers if you want something really different.


*Teacup desk lamp and Reclaimed Tap lamp

Not given your desk lamp a second thought? Or have you got a special piece to share? Drop a comment in the box and do let us know!

Love,
Rebecca.
xo