It has taken me 10 years and several attempts to get the lighting right in my hallway in London. Strangely, in Italy, it just fell in to place. I had quite a while to plan and save up, but mostly I think it’s because I went for lighting that I love and mixed it up a bit with new and vintage.
This is one of a pair of vintage wall lights we bought in the monthly antiques market in Otranto, southern Italy. We were so excited when we saw them and only bartered a little before agreeing to pay Eur5o for the pair! What a good buy! They were actually one of the first items we bought for the house.
I had already decided that we were going to have classic Anglepoise 1227 brass maxi pendants over the kitchen table, in the dusty blue colour. The ceiling height is about 4m so we wanted something bold to occupy the space. The worrying part of this was whether the builder had wired them in the right place. But, it was perfect when we moved in and placed the kitchen table beneath. I also have to say that Anglepoise were brilliant and shipped them to Italy for me. Great service from a great British brand!
Beside the beds in the guest rooms we went for hanging bare bulb Edison-style lighting. Mainly because I wanted to keep the bedside tables clear of lamps but also because I had seen so many of these hanging lights and they’re simple, cost effective and elegant. We bought these in a shop in Lecce, called Emporio Lecce, which unfortunately closed not long after. I will probably replace the bulbs with the Buster & Punch smoked ones… in time!
We also bought three lights for the hallway from Emporio Lecce and stored them at our friends house until installation. They are so beautiful on and off, a little Moroccan themed. When they are off they look quite golden but switched on cast beautiful shadows. I should also say that I made our builder install dimmers on every light – the Italians were quite surprised by this and kept asking us if we were sure! My biggest tip – install dimmers – everywhere.
In the master bathroom I used these beautiful Gem bulbs from Buster and Punch surrounding the mirrors. As I said in my bathroom design post, this was inspired by Soho House in Miami – well, inspiration often comes from hotels!
My architect didn’t think that the light was strong enough for a bathroom but I wanted soft lighting – so much kinder!
For the two guest bathrooms I recycled two antique sheeps head wall lights that my parents bought my husband and I for our first house. It was a Victorian cottage and looked lovely in the living room, but when we moved to our current house, we had no wall lights, so they were in storage in the loft. Now, I’m not sure that I could do this in England, given all our rules on water resistance IP ratings, so don’t do this at home! They are high up on the wall and the shower rooms are very well ventilated and not used everyday. Plus, the Italians don’t seem to share our strict electrical rules!
The other end of the living room we thought we’d keep it a bit rustic and found this large bamboo light in a local village shop. The shop is Casamata and we’ve purchased quite a few items there since. It’s never on as I don’t particularly like overhead lighting, but it performs its duty as an architectural piece well.
The biggest purchases were from Tigermoth lighting. You may have already seen that I adore this brand and have quite a few of their lights in my home in London. Love love love them! In Italy, I used their crystal maxi pendant wall lights in the living room, guest bedrooms and the silver chain mini crescent wall lights in our dressing room. They were also shipped directly to Italy, again, fantastic service. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Photography of lighting is definitely best left to the professionals, but I’ve tried to capture their beauty here.
Finally, here’s some photos of more of Tigermoth’s lighting at my home in London. Beautiful!