When I hear the words “fairy lights” the first thing that springs to mind are frustrating bundles of tangled green wires, blinking rainbow coloured glass bulbs that blow and take out the entire circuit, and a Christmas tree decorated on only two sides because the wire wasn’t long enough to reach around the back. But that all changed when I discovered the Natural Cream Cabbage Rose fairy lights from Blaze On.
White roses are my favourite flower, they ooze elegance and sophistication and are timelessly beautiful, with many varieties growing proudly in my garden. When the postman came today with my parcel from Blaze On I had a complete “wow” moment. I peeled back the bright orange tissue paper wrapping to reveal the stunning cream cabbage roses which come presented in a natural card display box, much as you would give a box of chocolates and flowers to a loved one as a gift. I felt like a very lucky girlfriend on Valentine’s Day; they look and feel organic, honest, earthy and effortlessly elegant and it almost seems a shame to remove them from their presentation box.
Supple leaves of the rubber tree are used to create these incredible cabbage roses, dried first in sunlight and then folded by hand to form the traditional swirling shape of the petals. When the light passes through the fine netting it diffuses into a beautiful soft glow, warming, loving and awe inspiring. These are certainly a very grown up and luxurious twist on the humble fairy light and have changed my perception of string lighting forever.
If I needed any more reason to fall head over heels for my new roses, the fact that they are eco-friendly, produce no heat, have no bulbs to change, are safe and reliable and extremely energy efficient with a life expectancy of up to 10yrs or around 100,000hrs is just the cherry on the top. I have 30 LED cabbage rose lights in natural cream on an 8 metre clear string costing £39.90. There is a spacing of 20cms between each light which is ideal as they’re far enough apart to span a good distance, yet close enough together to cluster, creating a continuous soft glow across their entire length.
Each rose is approximately 7-8cm in diameter, about the size of an apple, making them much larger than the tiny twinkling Christmas lights that we’re all accustomed to. The roses themselves are for indoor use only, although the light string can be used outdoors as there are many other colours, varieties and designs available at Blaze On.
I am a lover of interior design, having studied a diploma in my teens, and living in a new build home I found it a wonderful challenge to turn a concrete and plasterboard shell into a warm and welcoming family space. With room sizes being bijoux and the middle of the house receiving no natural light, I turned to clever colour pallets and lighting techniques to create each space, with plenty of mirrors to bounce light around and a natural colour scheme balanced with bold accents. Todays energy saving bulbs leave a lot to be desired, taking a while to turn on and then hardly turning out enough light to take away the squint on a dull evening, with their former energy-sapping predecessors blasting out a harsh hot white light similar to that of a supermarket warehouse.
So there is certainly something to be said for these eco-friendly cabbage rose lights which seem to personify warmth and love with their delicate glow. They wouldn’t look amiss draped across the head table of a crisp white wedding or equally along a raw brick wall in an industrial loft apartment, as they have the ability to simply turn any old space into a creation of beauty without the need of a paintbrush or furnishings. I plan to drape the roses down my staircase and banisters to light the centre of my home but couldn’t resist trying them out in a few other places first, where would you place yours? In the words of Blaze On, “Light and Laughter!”
Here are a few additional special snaps that I took of my beautiful new Blaze On lights with my camera: