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John Cullen’s Essential Guide to Interior Lighting

For over 35 years, John Cullen have been known for planning and executing lighting schemes for residential, superyacht and the hospitality sector worldwide. Sally Storey is the creative director and her name is legendary in the lighting industry. Apart from...

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GARDEN ORNAMENTS: CLEVER WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE.

Whether you have a small courtyard, a patio or a sprawling country garden here’s TheHouseDirectory.com‘s guide to how garden ornaments create impact in your outdoor space. Planters magically soften hard landscaping. Garden structures – obelisks, rose arches and trellis –...

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HOW WE BUILT THE FRENCH HOUSE

Hand-crafted lighting, earthenware pots, carbon steel pans, raw brass and copper taps and sinks, marble basins: suppliers are artisans or small family-run firms producing timeless designs for The French House.  In this post, the founders Mark and Elke share with...

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Leather lighting by Villaverde

Villaverde designs and manufactures exclusive lighting in unique colours and finishes, handmade in Italy. Combining traditional techniques with materials such as Murano glass, metal, crystal and wood, expert craftsmen create an impressive range of customised lighting. They recently launched this...

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Clare Mosley’s eglomisé glass

Gilder Clare Mosley makes eglomisé mirrors and panels, decorated crystal lampbases and a range of water gilded and toned curtain finials. Everything is handmade in her London workshop using traditional methods and authentic materials.  Her eglomisé glass panels have been...

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Jamb’s new Hanbury lighting

Hanbury is a new collection of smaller versatile wall lights and hanging lanterns devised by Will Fisher and named after his East London house where the lights feature throughout. These designs also have a lower price tag whilst retaining the...

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Choosing LED lighting – 6 top tips from John Cullen Lighting

Sally Storey, Design Director at John Cullen Lighting, gives us her top six tips to look out for when selecting LEDS… LED lighting has improved dramatically over the last few years – both in terms of efficiency and the quality...

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Leather lighting by Jane Knapp

Artist, designer, and horse-rider Jane Knapp has launched two new leather lighting designs inspired by equestrian equipment. The Somerset Leather Collection uses high-quality real leather that is cut and hand-stitched locally in Somerset where the traditions of a leather working...

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Victoria Stainow’s shell mirror & sconces

Bespoke furniture and lighting designer Victoria Stainow works with carefully selected craftsmen, mainly in France, using modern as well as traditional techniques and a variety of rich, materials including polished brass, glass, wood and parchment. Her latest products are the...

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Skinflint’s vintage asylum lights

Among Skinflint Design‘s latest reclaimed and salvaged lighting are some intriguingly named ‘Asylum lights’. It turns out that they actually were used in a Victorian lunatic asylum in the Midlands, c1950… If you had walked into a hospital ward sixty...

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