Much as I love a matt taupe or a modest enamel cup sometimes - when it comes to my home - I want to make a bigger splash than that. Rather than looking towards a minimal Scandinavian log cabin for interior inspiration, today I'm feeling pulled towards the fairground and all the fun of the fair: flashy, a little bit trashy, but a lot of fun. Come ride with me?
This light up arrow can point us the way! For a fairground is nothing without some full-on lighting. Goodwin + Goodwin cater to this need marvellously. As well as arrows, they sell individual letters and even bone lamps.
At £225 each for the letters and the arrow, while they're no-one's idea of budget, they are cheaper than other similar designs. Also, it's definitely worth checking out their vintage section for some second-hand wonders.
Their fairground star lights fulfil my need for colour and kitsch perfectly: these are £74.95 each.
Something that won't make me throw up after too much candyfloss is Seletti's neon heart. It's available for £38.70 from Made In Design and will probably be mine once I've won big on the slotties (Seletti make individual letters too).
Moving away from the lighting (it's hard, I know), Pedlars's range of vintage goods includes some fairground attractions. I bet you could have had a brilliant time at Elmira's Nite & Day Fair. You can pretend you actually did with this vintage sign for £69.
A more practical way to get the look in your home - Rose & Grey's fairground arrow hanger is marvellous and will stick around long after the fair has left town. It's £59.
One of the most magical elements of any fairground is the carousel. Mini Moderns's Fayre's Fair wallpaper is an oldie but favourite, especially in this heather and gold colourway. It's £45 a roll. For an more fantastical kind of carousel, take a look at the imaginative world of Tres Tintas's Carousel of Dreams. Yep, a carousel of dreams.
More things to entice you to spend your money: how about one of those fortune telling machines? You can - literally - chose your own fortune with these vintage fortune cards from Pedlars, £14.95 for a set of twelve. I'm crossing my fingers that they'll tell me I'm going to come into a load of money I can spend on ridiculous fairground-style lights.
Or, to truly experience the delights of the fair without having to leave your house, try out this mini fairground candy grabber, £24.95 from Prezzybox. It comes with the fake coins; you bring the sweets and no cuddly toys need to be harmed in the process. Everyone's a winner!