Ah that time is coming round again – bonfire night. It used to be such a big thing in my childhood. I probably fel more attachment to it because my birthday falls within a short period of the big day and somehow any party activity […]
One of the fab things about getting to autumn is seeing the countryside in a new light. We have had a truly monumental summer period – amazing sunshine and blistering heat for weeks on end. I personally don’t remember anything like it ever before and […]
I help out as a steward and guide at a heritage property. It’s Grade I listed and of course, the owning trust has to comply absolutely with all the rigorous rules and regulations surrounding this hefty status. There are many lights in the house – once an owner in the early 1900s had been shown the light with electricity, quite literally, there was no stopping them from converting the chandeliers and wall sconces from candle to bulb. This was all before the house was evaluated and elevated to Grade I status. This does bring a certain cache of course, but at the same time the limitations on what you can do with your building are immense. Every upgrade, restoration or alteration has to be vetted and approved, or not. The house does have a spectacular selection of table and floor lamps though and these really do help give a warm friendly glow if the odd chandelier needs attention!
When you decide to install or change any lighting scheme there are so many factors to be taken in to account. Firstly in a new build scheme is where the power lines into and around the house are placed. Will there be electrical cables running […]
Some of the neighbouring houses here have changed hands and a new crop of busy familes have taken over. The gardens have matured over the years and trees, shrubs etc. have altered the landscape. This is now when it is a good idea to add lighting of various kinds – maybe some uplighting in the trees and shrubs. I was absolutely amazed when I visited the gardens of a country house near here one evening for a social gathering. The difference was incredible and I realised this was why so many concerts and outside events are such a success – on a good night when it’s not raining or blowing a gale of course. There are safety concerns of course, and this is where the advisory service of any supply company is absoutely essential and their words of wisdom should be adhered to at all costs. They can also help with efficient design factors too.
I have been fascinated by historic houses for many years. There is one thing though that never escapes me, whether I’m accompanied or not – the lighting in these heritage properties. I have been helping out at a local place that has reently opened up […]
We live in a small township, in fact our houses are the last of the big executive detached style from the early 2000s before the need to downsize became the bye word in house building. The town houses of today are generally much narrower and […]
I had the interesting opportunity of visiting a recently moved into school house conversion – right out in the sticks and the sort of place that would be jumped at on the escaping the rat race kind of tv lifestyle shows. It has huge space, airy high ceilings and beams. Having managed to negotiate my way around without knocking myself out, I noted the very pretty lighting sconces on the walls – there is a strangely medieval air about this building – it was built in around 1830 on the estate of a stately house. It seems to have a rather confused look – part castle and part school room. The lighting needs sorting though because the main lights are single light bulb in the middle of the room, so high that you can’t reach them on an ordinary ladder! An expert eye to quote for a useable lighting scheme seems to be the order of the day.
Gosh where did that last year go? It just doesn’t seem possible that only a few short weeks ago I was sat here regaling you all with my tales of the past month and the wonderful displays we had with the neighbourhood lighting themes. There […]