At Agapanthus Interiors we love creating unique lighting designs for each individual customer. Our most popular and customisable lights are our Waterfall Chandeliers. Each chandelier is made from an antique brass frame and adorned with glass teardrops. The glass drops are a mix of old and new; we have some handmade so we can offer a wider range of colours. These chandeliers are impactful even when unlit. They can be perfectly tie in all the accent colours in a room and work well to mirror stained glass in feature windows. We have also provided these bespoke chandeliers for restaurants, shops and hotels. Here is a stunning example of one of our chandeliers in Seaham Hall, County Durham. Here are a couple of examples of possible colour combinations on a simple sleek brass frame and an decorative ornate one. The glass drops are available in different shades of blue, yellow, amber, green,… Read more »
Raku pottery dates back to 16th century Japan where it was traditionally used in tea ceremonies. The creation process involves lots of different stages, all of which influence the textured irregular finish. This makes each piece completely unique, tactile and organic in feel. Agapanthus Interiors has long been an appreciator of raku ware and on a recent adventure to the village of Dagbellen near to Yalikavak in Turkey, we came across the stunning work of Tevfik Türen Karagözoğlu. Up in the Mountains amongst lemon groves and aloe trees is Tevfik’s workshop. Against a scenic backdrop bathed in sunlight, he creates a range of work from understated elegant works of art to more playful pieces, all of which sit well in the modern stylish home. Luckily we had some suitcase space… here is a small selection from the Agapanthus range of our favourite pieces. Go to our Homewares page for our full… Read more »
Here at Agapanthus we’ve been collecting and displaying some lovely vintage pieces – it’s a brilliant way to give your home a strong sense of personality. By hanging an eclectic selection of art and mirrors, you can soften up an overly coordinated interior by adding interest with a layered arrangement of wall art. We’ve pinned a whole array of ideas for gallery wall design for your home over at Pinterest and we’ve got lots of great art, vintage signage and mirrors available for purchase in our shop, should you fancy beginning a collection of your own. But as finding that perfect balance between mismatch and coordination can be hard, we have created some beautifully curated collections of found objects and antiques to save you the time and trouble of endless hunting. Created from various treasures and findings that we have sourced upon our travels, these enormously characterful pieces coordinate perfectly to make an… Read more »
We frequently come across beautiful old objects and face the same question again and again. What will I do with them? Modern living often isn’t compatible with hoarding so instead of abandoning items to landfill, we try to think of ways to repurpose them. In this post we’ve turned our attention to vintage suitcases and drawers. Both are evocative of previous lives, travels and tales of treasured items now consigned to history. What better things to repurpose. Incorporate cases into purpose built shelving for the ultimate feature wall or use them more simply as individual items, hiding all manner of paraphernalia. Drawers lend themselves to the same treatment when it comes to repurposing. Simply mounting them on the wall creates a whole new perspective, or alternatively, creating a shell around your favourite eclectic mix of drawers transforms their appearance. Take a peek at our Pinterest board to see what other… Read more »
The trend of clustered lighting was formerly the preserve of commercial interiors, with high end hotels, bars and restaurants using the bold effect of grouping multiples of pendants as a focal feature. With home owners now becoming more confident at experimenting with statement looks, it is something we see cropping up a lot more often in domestic settings. An easy way to get the look is to invest in a set of matching shades in a multiple of odd numbers (three or five tends to work best). Although it is quite rare to come across matching sets of antique or vintage lighting, we have one of the largest collections of lighting in the North West and have a wide range of pendant shades in stock and several available in multiples. From vintage Murano spherical opaque glass shades with varying decorative details that would look incredible in a staggered grouping… Read more »
One trend that shows no sign of disappearing is the use of vintage desks in children’s bedrooms and playrooms. As a both charming looking and incredibly useful piece of furniture, it is easy to understand why and we have a whole Pinterest board full of ideas of how to style them in your home. Accompanying them with educational posters, globes or lettering salvaged from shop signage is one great way to expand upon the vintage theme. We have a huge supply of letters in stock and a wide variety of styles which look fantastic when used to spell out a name or motto, creating a playful personalised wall display. We have a large collection of vintage school desks available for purchase, including the quirky industrial desk with attached chair pictured above – a fantastically unusual piece that would add a contemporary touch to any interior. We also have several of the traditional wooden hinged lid in stock… Read more »
In retail the shop window should be a feast for the eyes, enticing the passerby to venture in and be inspired. And who better to put the finishing touches to our wintry display than design duo Memo. Specialising in graphic design and illustration, Charlotte and Vickie at Memo shared our vision of a more permanent window feature for Agapanthus Interiors. Using Agapanthus product photos as inspiration, Charlotte produced delicate illustrations of a variety of vintage pendant lighting which were then hand-painted onto the shop front. Now a permanent feature the illustrations provide a subtle frame for their continuously evolving backdrop of antique lighting and vintage furniture.
This year, Pantone have selected not one, but two, colours of the year. For 2016, we’re looking at rose quartz and serenity (aka dusky pink and pale blue) as the colours to watch. Blending two shades together for the first time is a big change for Pantone and is a very contemporary spin on pastels. Apparently chosen in response to consumers seeking mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stresses of modern day life, Pantone said this “harmonious pairing of inviting shades embody a mind-set of tranquility and inner peace”.
Our beautiful shop in Stockport’s historic Old Town quarter is the perfect backdrop for Christmas – this year’s decorative touches included a delicate dried hydrangea wreath to welcome visitors at the front door and a selection of hand-picked ivy from our gardens amongst a range of our opaline spherical glass shades in various sizes; cleverly creating the effect of an indoor winter garden of oversized mistletoe for our Christmas window display. We also created strings of amber, green and clear antique glass balls strung along wire to act as garlands of winter berries. The stars of the show were our bud shaped opaline shades, wired with bold yellow braid. We had lots of interest in these gorgeous lights and quickly sold them as a complete set of ten to a customer who loved the abstract look created by grouping in multiples. We always have the stove plus a candle or two ablaze on… Read more »