Lighting

Anglepoise Collaborates with Paul Smith

Anglepoise + Paul Smith Lamps - Edition Two 2

Some time ago now I wrote a blog post about how the Anglepoise lamp was my 20th Century design icon. I decided this after having interviewed Simon Terry, Innovation Director at Anglepoise, for an article I wrote for World Interiors News. The story of the Anglepoise lamp and the traumatic struggle that Terry faced in trying to safeguard the future of the company in a tough economic climate is a real inspiration. His efforts to save his family’s business involved bringing in new design talent that would enable him to overhaul the product offering and expand into new markets developing higher-end products for higher-end customers. And this is extremely evident in Anglepoise’s recent collaboration with Paul Smith, one of Britain’s foremost designers.  Read More…

PREN Lighting by Louise Tucker

Hand woven PREN lighting by Louise Tucker suspended over dining table

As you all know I love discovering new designers to share with you guys. This particular designer came onto my radar back in March and I just know you are going to love her work as much as I do. Louise Tucker is a lighting designer and maker who is based in Cardiff. Her work is inspired by traditional weaving techniques, organic forms and time-honoured methods in textiles. She believes in combining tradition with innovation and enjoys the sensory nature of working with natural materials. Her PREN lighting range is a perfect depiction of how Louise likes to work.

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Giveaway : Win £50 to spend at First Choice Lighting

Chelsea townhouse

So, have you noticed that the evenings aren’t quite as light anymore? You know what that means don’t you? I know, I know, you don’t want me to say it but we can’t avoid it and it’s probably better if we just face up to it and start preparations. Summer is almost over and that means we need to start thinking about how to transition our homes from one season to the next.

One of the hardest things that I find about autumn and winter personally is not so much the cold, wet weather, although it does get a bit tiresome after a while, but actually the change in light, or should I say the lack thereof? It’s extremely difficult to go from bright sunny mornings and long, light evenings to waking in the pitch black (especially if you have kids that wake you up at the crack of dawn) and coming home from work in the dark too. And that is why it is really important to get the lighting in our homes right. Read More…

Interview : Mario Joakim of Mushroom Designs

Mushroom Designs Totnes Devon Lighting Showroom

I have been meaning to tell you guys about Mushroom Designs for so long, and now I have finally gotten around to it. I was first introduced to it by a friend who spotted the shop on Totnes highstreet. She told me all about it because she knew I would love it and she wasn’t wrong. When I went to visit the shop myself, I was not disappointed. It is bursting with beautiful, colourful, and elegant lighting designs and accessories, including metallic ceiling roses, hooks and colourful flexes. But it also stocks paint, audio devices and the odd bit of artwork. The shop is owned by Mario Joakim and it is a real treat to visit. So next time you’re in Devon I suggest you pop along and take a look. Or if you’re not venturing down south any time soon you can catch Mario at Top Drawer in London from 11-13th September 2016 on Stand SP120. Don’t forget to tell him I sent you! Now, let’s get on with the interview so you can find out a little bit more about Mario and his beautiful Devon-based business. Read More…

Visit : Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café

The Exterior of the Nkuku Lifestyle Store

I hadn’t heard of Nkuku until a friend of mine started working there. I was then invited to a special sale night where I was able to get a proper feel for the kind of products that Nkuku sells. I was really surprised to find that such an amazing company is based right here in Devon, not too far from where I live. At the time the headquarters was at Dartington, but in December 2015 the company opened the new Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café in Harbertonford, just outside Totnes. The team at Nkuku, headed up by founders Alex and Alistair Cooke, stumbled across a beautiful courtyard of stone barns that were originally used for farming and to house cattle. The buildings had actually been derelict for twenty years so needed some work, but it was evident that the barns had the potential to be the perfect space to house Nkuku’s collection of homewares, gifts and accessories. Nearly two years after finding the barns, the transformation of the Nkuku Lifestyle Store is complete and the result is an absolutely breath-taking 3000 square meter space that has been sympathetically restored retaining many of the original features. I apologise now that this post is very image heavy but I really wanted to share the beauty of this space with you as well as some of the products that can be seen in the lifestyle store.  Read More…

IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture

IKEA Wireless Charging Lighting Collection

I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am about this huge news! IKEA has launched a range of furniture that is designed with integrated wireless charging points in it. Granted this is not the newest technology around, but what makes this announcement so exciting is the fact that the majority of us will actually be able to afford it. I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate cable mess and I dream of the day when wireless electricity is something that is commonplace in our homes. All appliances should just work without the need to be plugged in at all times. It would look so much nicer in our homes if we didn’t have that cluttered mass of cables trailing all over the place and presenting dangerous trip hazards. And phone chargers are some of the most annoying I find because we use them so often. I have mine plugged in beside my bed so that I can recharge my phone overnight. But sometimes the battery runs low before I go to bed and it’s a bit of a hassle to start moving the charger round the house. That’s how things get misplaced, right? But now with this amazing new range from IKEA relocating chargers will be a thing of the past! Read More…

Tips & Tricks for Designing a Small Bathroom

As I have mentioned here many times before, I am a relatively new home owner having taken our first step onto the property ladder in October 2013. As first-time buyers, we obviously had to start off rather modestly and our little flat is far from the dream home that we long for. It needs a lot of work, mostly cosmetic, to bring it up to my exacting standards but I am pretty sure that in the next few years, as and when we have the budget, we will be able to transform it into a lovely little home for the next set of first-time buyers once we move on. The only problem is that we are very limited in what we can do as it is quite a small flat so there isn’t really any scope for drastic changes in layout. Nevertheless, working with what we have shouldn’t be too difficult, we just need to be particularly clever with the space that we do have.

One of the most challenging projects I will have to take on is the refurbishment of our bathroom. Now apparently the average size of a bathroom is the UK is 6ft by 8ft so whilst I thought I had a ridiculously small bathroom it would appear that it is in fact pretty average. However, we do have an unnecessarily large window on one wall which does restrict what we can do with the space, but I’m considering taking this out and replacing it with a smaller one. I ‘m also hoping to switch the position of the basin and the toilet as the basin is currently below the window meaning that we cannot have a mirror there, which is really quite annoying. Storage is also non existent in the bathroom as it is at the moment so I’m toying with the idea of replacing the bath with a much smaller one which will free up some much needed space that we can use to create some built-in storage. At the moment, I’m busy pinning all sorts of small bathroom ideas on Pinterest and I’ve created an Idea Book especially for this on Houzz. Both are great resources for keeping your inspiration all together in one handy place.

I’m not an interior designer myself and sadly I can’t afford to pay an interior designer to redesign my home. But thanks to my work I sure do have access to some of the best experts in the industry and luckily they are willing to share some of their knowledge with me. So whilst I’m busy trying to work out what to do with my own home I will be sure to pass on any advice and tips that I receive with you, as I am sure that many of you are in a similar situation. For my small bathroom dilemma I have enlisted the help of one of the UK’s leading bathroom retailers. Ripples has been creating award-winning, top-quality bathrooms for 25 years and employs over 20 highly talented bathroom designers each individually hand drawing their bathroom designs. David Smith is a Senior Designer at Ripples and he has agreed to offer his top tips and advice for designing a small bathroom and hopefully he will be able to will open our eyes to the hidden potential of small bathrooms. Read More…

Giveaway : Copper Plated Wall Lamp

copper exposed bulb wall light lifestyle

I’m pretty sure you have all noticed already but one of the biggest interior trends for Autumn/Winter 2014 is copper. I love this trend and copper is definitely my favourite metallic finish of all as it adds a real sense of warmth and elegance to interiors. I’ve been pinning all my favourite copper finds on my Metallics Trend Pinterest board and seeing all those beautiful copper products in one inspiring place just makes me fall in love with this look even more. I’ve decided that my mission for this winter is to incorporate some copper into my own home. I’m pretty sure that it would look just divine in my new indigo bedroom and I’m so excited to start hunting down the perfect products. I’m thinking that copper lighting would make a real statement and then maybe various smaller copper accessories to keep it within budget.  Read More…

Experiments in Styling with Next

Next rustic industrial styling

One of the things that I really feel holds me back as a blogger is my complete and utter lack of confidence when it comes to styling and photography. Whilst many of my favourite bloggers take all their own photographs and often style their own shoots, this is not really something I have been comfortable doing as I have never believed I have the skills needed. However, this is an area I would really like to progress into and I guess practice makes perfect right?

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Interview: Guy Chenevix-Trench of Antiques by Design

Collection of sporting lamps by Antiques by Design

Morning everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are well rested and prepared for the week ahead. Today, I am bringing you an interview with Guy Chenevix-Trench of Antiques by Design. Operating under the motto “Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse”, Antiques by Design is an innovative company that uses a combination of antiques, reclaimed items and old materials to create beautiful and unique interior and exterior pieces. From reclaimed and restored Victorian and Regency iron and traditional wooden windows, Guy is able to create strikingly distinctive decorative mirrors. He also hand crafts luxury lamps and chandeliers of all sizes from reclaimed sporting and musical memorabilia, antique farming implements, and other unusual and archaic items. I love the quirky designs in his portfolio so I wanted to find out a bit more about Guy and his work.

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