Belonging to Suffolk’s prestigious group Stuart Inns, The Old Crown Girton is their first pub located away from the county. Situated in nearby Cambridge, this beautifully styled bar and restaurant stays in keeping with their well-known sophisticated design. With a little more quirk and a little more colour, we knew we had to explore this venue which features many of our lights.
Country homes by their nature are often rather unique and need a thoughtful approach to lighting in order to match their individual character. That’s just how we like them.
What do you do when there’s no space for that statement pendant, or when you can’t find a light slim enough for that awkward alcove? Read on to find out in our helpful guide to lighting older homes.
Some older country homes can feel quite gloomy if your ceilings are low and your windows small. If you have beams too, this trio of features can contribute to a darker room. Whilst a dimmed space is cosy and snug in the winter, sometimes you want to bring in the sunshine! Here are some tips for when a candle just won’t do.
The key is to find a healthy balance. You don’t want to ‘over light’ an area and make it feel artificial. Where it might be difficult to install overhead lighting, wall lights are a fool proof go-to. Otherwise, a mixture of table and floor lamps with dimmers are ideal for altering the atmosphere according to the setting, for example in a living or dining room. We suggest pendants in these spaces too, to bring another layer of light when necessary, and for adding a main point of interest to your home décor.
In bedrooms, to retain the warm atmosphere try using low level outlets such as picture lights like our Abercombie, reading lamps or wall sconces for a softer look.
Spotlights are ideal for boosting the darker corners of a room. Tracked Spotlights in a suitable ‘older’ finish for your home and work especially well in areas where extra direct light is needed – particularly in kitchens, for example.
For when your Dad’s side of the home needs a luxurious update. Gifts aren’t the only way to show you care, but a thought through present can really warm the heart and make someone feel special. We’ve curated a collection of homeware and gifts that are sure to make your old man smile this Father’s Day.
A hand cast, solid brass desk lamp with classic styling. Whether used for reading his favourite book or lighting up a desk space in a workshop, the Peterhouse Desk Lamp adds old timely style to an office or bedroom. Not quite your style? We cater to many preferences with spun shades, glass detailing and even clamped bases. Light up his Father’s Day with a practical but beautiful addition to your home.
We don’t know a Dad who doesn’t like a barbecue. These hand forged fire tongs, supplied in our hardwearing matt black finish, are perfect for stoking fires, coal, and even look great when not in use and on display.
Men’s grooming has taken a sophisticated turn in recent years, with quality beard oils and shaving accessories taking the forefront once more. Leather washbags and wooden shaving brushes are returning to the everyday bathroom cabinet and with this in mind, the man in your life needs a shaving socket to match. We offer a range of finishes to suit your bathroom and taste, so choose this hand forged plate and ensure that every part of the morning routine is up to scratch!
For the modern country gentleman! Cushions and curtains that everyone can enjoy. Tweed is a perfect match for your brass accessories, and exactly what you need when you want the home to look as smart as you. The predominantly soft green colourway of our new Talisker Lovat Wool evokes a feeling of beautiful Scottish skies, rivers and lochs – a perfect companion for a bottle of Talisker Whisky!
A must have garden accessory and perfect gift for your Dad’s, Grandad’s and Father figures alike. Our hand cast iron fire bowl creates a stylish focal point for outdoor entertaining, as well as a great source of warmth and light on chilly evenings. Something to make memories by.
The RHS Chelsea Flower show is a hub of horticultural inspiration and exploration. From garden trees to indoor blooms, brightly coloured orchids to the most practical weed pullers and greenhouses galore…there is a great deal to enjoy. We’re always on the look out for interior and exterior ideas (whether we realise it or not!) and Chelsea is THE go-to spot for flexing our creative muscles. Much like our fellow exhibitors, we were not only desperate to show off our own display, but very much ready to get nosy and inspect everyone else’s.
Here are our top spots we are sure everyone will be tapping into post-show…
Everywhere! This vibrant towering bloom definitely had its moment throughout the week. Stunning ambers and rich pinks were a highlight. We expect that many visitors have gone home to plant some seeds. Don’t you think they would look lovely on a curtain fabric, perhaps like our very own wheatfield?
Are you as in love with black framed windows as we are? Silver Gilt winners LG also used crittall-look frames, and you’ll have noticed we did too! We made ours from scratch in the warehouse and received many a compliment and request. This look is perfect for French doors and windows for an inside-outside feel, as well as indoors to break up rooms whilst maintaining light and the illusion of open space.
These floral thrones were jaw-droppingly pretty. Okay, maybe not the most practical… but utterly beautiful. Part of the RHS Young Florist of the Year exhibition, these creations were made by a range of talented young people with a plethora of whimsical arrangements. We love how this can be translated into functional uses, such as inspiration for vertical gardens to save space in urban areas, as well as fantastic wedding event inspiration for arches and arbours.
Inside the show and out we enjoyed several botanical murals, whether draped over nearby buildings or as a wallpaper backdrop within stands. We love the idea of these supersized prints on cushions and fabrics. We’ve seen a few homeware brands creating similar wallpapers already, so expect to see this a lot more.
To combine two looks, we also spotted lots of velvets. There were many velvet clad cocktail chairs, bar stools and cushions – we even used bespoke blue velvet poufs in our own stand. This isn’t a new look by any means but it is certainly here to stay.
We can’t wait to see how all these translate into interior (and exterior) trends throughout the year. To see even more of the beautiful gardens and exhibitors, you can follow the RHS Instagram for continued updates.
Whilst we take down the stand at Chelsea, we want to thank everyone who came to say hello and bought an item or two, as well as the dedicated bunch who took home one of our heavy brochures (we ran out very quickly and had to keep topping up!) What a wonderful week it was, made even better by receiving a 4 star trade stand award. Already looking forward to next time…
‘Natali in Norfolk’ is the Instagram account of Natali Pendleton, documenting her interior design and fashion choices from her luxury country lifestyle in Norfolk. We loved Natali’s dramatic bedroom design featuring Jim Lawrence lights and sockets, and needed to take a closer look at the rest of the beautiful building. In the process of a big renovation, Natali has given us an insider look into her gorgeous Georgian home.
Chelsea is not just about pretty flowers (though that is a perk!) For us it is about the effort everyone has put into their displays, the quality and quantity of artisan design and the atmosphere and bubbling excitement that brews as the event unfurls.
We’ve been working tooth and nail for the past few months to bring you our latest event stand creation. This stand beats anything we have showed at an event before, boasting four rooms to display the finest selection of Jim Lawrence lights and accessories. We opted for a slick black frame with burnt cladding to make an impact when it comes to first impressions. The glass doors give a glimpse of the bulbs glowing inside, aimed at enticing in the crowd! Naturally, an RHS stand would not be complete without luscious garden greens to liven up the metallic and wooden structure. We hope you love the design as much as we are proud of it.
As you might have seen, we took the stand to the Badminton Horse Trials earlier in the month and won their Highly Commended award for our display! What a wonderful way to kick off the season and a testament to the hard work of our team.
We are thrilled to be showing alongside a number of sculptors, furnishers and high profile brands such as Chesney’s, Parks London and our favourite Wallgarden.co. It’s always an adventure exploring the grounds and gardens, so I’m sure we’ll discover many new companies to enjoy. The first ‘Chelsea Late’ experience will also take place on Friday 25 May, with visitors invited into Ranelagh Gardens between 8pm and 10pm for an exclusive evening of music, entertainment, demonstrations and much more. There’s going to be a lot to see!
Let us not forget that RHS is a royal affair, with prestigious awards bestowed for design, display and photography. Last year our Bulkhead light was shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of The Year! We have had such an enjoyable and rewarding experience at Chelsea for the past four years and it was a true honour to be recognised in this way. With a few new products under our belt this time round we hope to create a similar buzz for customers old and new.
We’ll be at Pavillion 254 Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th May and can’t wait to see you all there. Tickets are almost all gone, so be sure to book yours (if you haven’t already) and don’t miss out! In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for regular updates and of course a lot of gorgeous photos.
Statement lighting is not a new notion, but lighting brands are taking the desire for unique lighting to new heights. With this in mind, we wanted to stay in keeping with our most popular designs whilst bringing our customers something brand new and beautiful. Our hallway pendants are high quality, show stopping lights that are made to wow you and your guests when you enter the room.
These striking, extra large pendant lights with their individually handmade spherical glass have good looks that may be familiar to you – they are the larger siblings to our eye-catching Fulbourn, Holborn and Ava range.
The fluted, tapered glass of our beautiful Ava Pendant Light shines sevenfold on this inspired light, which hangs from a single large ceiling fixture in antiqued brass. This individually hand made, seven light multi-pendant will look magnificent hanging down a stairwell in a grand hallway or landing.
Both made from natural brass, these new globe pendants are treated with a lightly antiqued finish and will add character as well as quality for those looking to make an impact with their lighting. Decide on a fluted Greenwich or plain hand crafted glass with the Richmond for whichever best compliments your interior. Which one will you choose?
To get inspired with lighting ideas for your home visit our exciting new pop-up store which will be appearing throughout the UK this summer at some of our favourite country events.
Badminton Horse Trials: 2nd-6th May
Stand 259 Beaufort Way (just opposite the members enclosure)
This spring we are delighted to be opening our new look pop-up store for the first time at Badminton Horse Trials. Internationally renowned as one of the world’s leading 3-day events it’s one of our absolute favourite shows. This stunning country event is jam packed with lovely shopping opportunities so it’s a great chance to don your wellies, grab the dog and come for a real country inspired shopping trip and day out. To find out more about the weekend visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 22nd-26th May
254 Pavilion Way
An event like no other, RHS Chelsea Flower Show is always the most colourful week in London. From show stopping garden designs, to delicious shopping for the home and garden, it’s the perfect place to get inspired this spring. We have been lucky enough to be awarded a 5 star gold award for our trade stand design for the last three years, and are keeping everything crossed the sun shines on our exciting new pop-up shop when the judges come round at Chelsea. To find out more about ticket information for this event and how you can see our new store in the heart of London this spring visithttps://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show
Hold the date !
We are also appearing at the following shows this autumn, details to follow shortly …
Burghley Horse Trials: 29th August- 2nd September
Goodwood Revival : 7-9th September
If you don’t manage to catch us at the shows don’t forget our beautiful Suffolk showroom and workshop, featuring over 5000 designs from our range, is open 6 days a week.
We came across the luxurious and refined Lympstone Manor Hotel through Meraki Design Studio, who have featured our lights throughout this beautiful contemporary country house hotel. Chef and hotel Patron Michael Caines holds two Michelin stars, and was keen for guests and diners at the Lympstone to experience the exceptional in every way.
“When creating and designing a hotel and restaurant, lighting is a key part of the ingredients.” says Michael. “Not only do you need to think about the practicality and its uses when it comes to the bedrooms, and the zoning of those rooms, but also how you set the ambiance of the restaurant too. At Lympstone Manor, we needed to create a cosy and comfortable environment for guests when dining, but also light appropriately so that they can read menus and also have the right atmosphere and mood.”
The beautiful hotel features 3 restaurants and 21 guestrooms boasting panoramic views of the Exe estuary and surrounding Devonshire hills. We spoke to Meraki’s designer Maria about transforming Michael’s vision into a reality, and ways in which you can bring a touch of hotel glamour into your own home.
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