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.
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.
Spring cleaning is not just about taking out a mop and duster. At a time of year where our outside spaces are changing and growing is also an opportunity for our interiors to blossom too. Rather fitting for the season, pink and green are two big colours that make an impact alone or paired. They can be used in their softer pastel forms, or pack a punch with darker tones.
When it comes to houses, first impressions do matter! A deep green shade like this one pops against white for a clean cut, sophisticated look that is still playful. Painting your front door for Spring will lift up the entrance to your home, and lets be honest, who doesn’t want to be proud of the space they’re stepping in and out of every day? Combining a new colour with matching quality door furniture like our Matt Black range will instantly transform the exterior of your home. Add some fresh foliage of your choosing and you’re set for the sunny season ahead.
Our Holborn’s are suspended effortlessly in this modern pastel kitchen. We love seeing what our classic designs bring to more contemporary spaces. Blush pink is a delicate update for a space that is normally reserved for black or white. House plants add a touch of green for a natural feel.
Black and distressed metals are hot on this years interiors agenda, but the Luxe Metallic trend doesn’t have to be reserved for contemporary or industrial spaces. We’ve collected some of our favourite interiors and exteriors that bring both matt black and tarnished metal to the fore in a way that can be effortlessly translated into your modern country home.
These trends aren’t always built to last, but we think this year’s big look of using a sophisticated metallic colour palette within your home is a timeless classic. Our antiqued brass, forged iron lights and matching accessories help to add a luxurious metallic finish to any room. When looking to the exterior, there’s no need to forsake style for function. Create graphic silhouettes for elegance outside as well as in with a hand finished matt black. Combined, bold black and tarnished gold tones create a touch of luxury to both contemporary and traditional interiors.
It’s easy to understand the enduring appeal of Matt Black door furniture. This hard wearing, durable finish is the perfect choice for creating a timeless and sophisticated look – all you need to make a lasting impression. Your front door is the first thing yourself, your guests and potential buyers might notice. A well lit porch is a good start. Statement outdoor lanterns are an inviting addition and define the entry to your castle. We love the use of a single Boathouse light to brighten up this bold black doorway belonging to @thisoldcottage.
The kitchen is not just a space for food preparation. It’s a meeting place where you and your family cross paths at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes it is where you share coffee with friends, pour a glass of wine after a long day and where the kids sneak into for a midnight snack when they have sleepovers… It’s a room where memories are made. Without a thoughtful approach to the lights these rooms can end up feeling the opposite of how they should – which is inviting, relaxed and looking delicious. It’s a multifunctional space that needs multifunctional lighting.
We love a statement pendant over the island. The Butler Rise and Fall is our go-to show stopper, styled above by Humphrey Munson (photographed by Paul Craig) and matched with brass details. Seemingly small details like door pulls and knobs make a real impact when chosen carefully. Chalky ‘off-blacks’ and grey blue tones also encourages the brass to pop, making the whole room design feel considered and cohesive.
We’ve teamed up with Fawn Interiors Studio to bring you some home decorating tips for the most romantic time of year: Valentines Day. They’ve picked out their top tips for creating a romantic scene in the home.
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and togetherness. Many people also use the occasion to add to their décor and create a romantic space. Whether you’re preparing a cosy dinner for two, spending time with friends, or it’s a night to pamper yourself, Fawn Interiors have come up with a few tips to dress your space that will add romance and cosiness, but in an individual way that won’t cost the earth.
Nothing says romance like fresh flowers and the more, the better. But we suggest not just rushing out and buying the first red roses you see…instead choose seasonal blossoms and wilder flowers so that your floral arrangements will seem more thoughtful and personal. (Image: A Quiet Style)
If you are preparing a romantic dinner at home, here’s where to spend the money and be creative. To accompany your delicious meal we always like to give a twist on the traditional and suggest using pink accents instead of red, for a softer look you can use again. Try using coloured napkins, glasses and/or crockery. If the overall look in this image is a bit too much for you, why not swap the graphic tablecloth for a dark grey linen? Pink and grey are on our radar at the moment, ideal for incorporating smooth shades of colour in otherwise neutral décor. (Image: Style Me Pretty)
Let’s be honest, Valentine’s is one day of the year. While we want to make an effort and make someone (and ourselves) feel special, we don’t want it to cost us the earth either. How about getting out those Christmas lights which are rapidly gathering dust, and artfully string them around for a romantic, sparkly effect? Soften your room even further with glimmering candlelight. Tall tapered dinner candles layered at different heights bring a decadence to the meal and will make you both glow.
Just by softening the textures around you, it can help create a romantic space. Adding cushions and blankets will create a cosy, layered environment for after-dinner and these colours are perfect to take you into spring. No need to hide them until next year… soft pinks and greys will gently update your décor for months to come.
HAPPY VALENTINES FROM JIM LAWRENCE
For more gifting inspiration pop over to our gift guide and inspiration for a magical, memorable valentines.
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