Redecorating is a slow process with a toddler. We’ve decided to re do the whole house … slowly. The kitchen and living room are almost finished now so I’ve been looking round for some accessories and finishing touches.

I was recently approached by the lovely people at Iconic Lights who offered to send me something from one of their gorgeous light ranges to help finish off my living room.

Iconic Lights offer a huge range of stylish lighting at very affordable prices. I’m confident you’d find something for every budget and every decor. As well as interior lighting suitable for every room, they have a great range of outdoor lights and even alternative lights, such as SAD and sensory lightsIconic-Lights-green-stockAfter much deliberation I chose the nautical style wooden tripod lamp with a bright green drum shade. Our living room is now a pale yellow and I’m trying to inject some more colour into it, moving away from colour coordinated accessories and going for more of a mis-matched look.Iconic-Lights-tripod-lampThe tripod lamp is part of Iconic Lights Industrial Collection and has a minamilistic, Nordic look. It looks much more expensive than it’s £50 price tag and sits perfectly in my living room. The design is simple and modern and would easily make a statement within any kind of decor.Iconic-Lights-metal

Iconic-Lights-boltThe lamp has a vintage wood finish with black chrome fittings. The stand is adjustable, so you can increase or reduce the height of the lamp to suit your needs. The shades for the lamp are in a variety of different colour. I chose green but it’s also available in cream, black, red, blue, duck egg blue, teal, purple and beige.Iconic-Lights-bulbThe lamp is sturdy and at 152.5cm tall (full height) it’s ideal for use as a reading light. Iconic Lights recommend using a Mini Sun Branded LED Bulb but we’re currently using a standard push and twist Bayonet bulb without any issue.

The lamp has an easy flick switch to illuminate the light, it’s midway down the cord so is easy reach, even if your light is to the side of a sofa (as it is in our house).Iconic-Lights-greenI love our new tripod lamp from Iconic Lights. It looks great against the yellow background and is something totally different to what I’d usually go for. I need I need a table lamp to go with it next!

*I was sent the lamp for review purposes. Opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Enchanted Parks – Saltwell Park 2014

On Thursday evening the three of us visited Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park in Gateshead, a series of art installations using light, sound and fire against the back drop of the cold North East darkness.

This is Enchanted Parks 9th year which was developed and commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council. The theme for this years event is the story of Estella,  who lived inside Saltwell Towers and dreamt of a life amongst the stars.

The paths are dimly lit but the event is very well staffed, with volunteers at every step along the way who are polite and keen to chat. The route is fixed with signs warning you not to stray from the path.

The woodland around Saltwell Park looked beautiful. Everything was eerily lit with the pale lighting.

The little man was absolute transfixed with the lights and surprisingly, stayed awake for the entire walk round the park grounds.

The External combustion installation pictured above was quite spectacular, both in site and sound! The sequence of the flames mimic the pattern of the solar flares on the surface of the sun.

The light installations were very impressive and looks amazing against the dark night sky. You can read about the artists who created them here.

We had a great time at Saltwell Park and I’d thoroughly recommend it, my only advice – wrap up warm! It was freezing!

Tickets cost £7 each for Hubby and I and then little man was free. Parking at the park itself was £3 which was pretty reasonable. There was no issues getting or out and the event itself was very well organised with plenty of staff and volunteers to provide help if necessary. We’re looking forward to next year already!

 

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Christmas lighting from LED Hut
Last Christmas I reviewed some fab LED lights from LED Hut. This year they kindly gave me the opportunity to try one of their indoor window comet lights*
I’m so excited for Christmas this year, it’s the little mans first one, and our first as a proper family. I can’t wait to put the decorations and tree up and I intend to make the house as cosy and festive as possible, so I was looking forward to the arrival of the light, and the expansion of my decoration stash!
The light is shaped like a shooting star and is filled with tiny little lights which work together to give off a great effect. 
The light is battery powered so can be moved around to where ever you wish to put it. There’s no need to display it near a plug socket. The light is delivered with it’s necessary batteries, which is even better!
It’s double sided so if you put it up in your window, you can still see the light in your house. The light has a hoop on the top so you can hand it on a wall, it’s super light weight so it can easily be attached to a wall or window without worrying that it’ll fall off. The light is bright with a warm glow. I think it looks great in our living room which is mainly cream in colour. It’s not an over the top light, nor does it look tacky as some Christmas lights can. The only gripe I have with the comet light is the power cable running down from the centre. It’s really short so is very hard to disguise if you’re hanging the light and as it hangs down from the centre it’s extremely noticeable, I’d have preferred it to hang down from one of the ends so I could at least try and hide it a little.
Other than the cable in the centre I like the light, it’s a bargain at £9.99 and the brightness is great. I think a couple of these in a window would look great over the festive period.
LED Hut have a fantastic Christmas collection this year with a wide range of lights including window lights, outside lights and tree lights, all of which are reasonably priced.
If you’re on the look out for new decorations for the festive period, I’d definitely recommend LED Hut, and if you spend over £50 your delivery is free. 
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Cable and Cotton giveaway
Cable and Cotton offer a novelty pick and mix lighting solution, allowing you to choose your very own colour combination of string lights and create stunning displays.

 

Their decorative thread lights are ideal for a baby’s nursery, a stylish living room display and even as a modern twist on traditional Christmas lights. They’re also great for weddings, parties and many other special occasions.

The string lights are hand-made by skilled Thai workers, and in buying their decorative lights, you are helping to support an entire community of women in a remote southern region of Thailand.

The lovely people at Cable and Cotton are offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win either a 20 set of lights, or a 12″ lampshade from www.cableandcotton.co.uk

You just need to complete the rafflecopter form to enter.

 

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