Illuminate the season with these wonderful websites.

A fire may be crackling in the grate. Any number of scented candles might be flickering about your home. But if you haven’t got your lighting right, you won’t achieve the mood you’re after this winter.

The brilliant journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth, who writes the multi-award-winning blog Mad About the House, says: ‘I feel like the focus on interior design has led us to a place where we have begun to think about lighting as an extra decorative element in a room – the earrings on the outfit if you like.

‘We fuss over the shape of the base and the colour of the shade and whether it shows off that picture on the wall or highlights the curve of that vase.

‘All that seems to come before its primary function, which is, of course, to help us see properly. And at this time of year we need more of it. And we need to make sure we have the right lamps for the right job.’

At the Good Web Guide, we’ve taken the hard work out of this task and found eight excellent websites to help light up your life this winter.

CONRAN SHOP


Conran’s lighting section is a sight for sore eyes. Indoor lighting, outdoor lighting, kids’ lighting, bathroom lighting, wall lights, pendant lights, table lamps – you name it, it’s covered in excruciatingly good taste. The thing about this brand, with its 50-year heritage, is that it is reliably stylish at all times. They say: ‘The Conran Shop is the home of considered design and curated living. Offering a unique and distinctive blend of design classics and future collectables, its innovative edit has inspired and excited visitors for generations.’ Our pick this season would have to be the stunningly simple Material Pendant Light.

FERM LIVING


This website typifies all that we love about Scandinavian design. Even Ferm Living’s mission statement is soothing: ‘From our base in Copenhagen, we work with artisans around the world, fusing our Scandinavian mind-set with global skills and traditions. We take our responsibility to people and the planet seriously, and expect the same of our partners. We create collections of furniture, accessories and lighting, so you can create space to feel comfortably you.’ You will find yourself spoiled for choice but the winner, for us, is the Braided Lampshade. They list it as ideal for children’s rooms but we think it would sit proudly anywhere.

CHRISTOPHER WRAY


Established in 1964, Christopher Wray began as a supplier of antique oil lamps. Now it is a global leader of innovative interior and exterior lighting. Its Kings Road store is a happy place to be; the selection of picture lights is very impressive; and the Asterisk lantern is absolutely the nicest of its kind.

POOKY


Pooky founder Rohan Blacker (who used to run Sofa.com) says: ‘I have always loved lights and good lighting. Lighting is everything in a home – all else plays second fiddle to it.’ One look at this site, and you can see his passion in its veins. Chances are, these days, that if you spot a lamp or shade you love in a glossy magazine, it will have come from Pooky. It does one thing – beautiful decorative lighting of all types – and it does it with serious finesse. Put a couple of Chukka Wall Fittings in your fantasy bedroom immediately.

SOANE


Back in 1997, Lulu Lytle and Christopher Hodsoll founded Soane to create a well-considered collection of furniture and lighting that would be made in the UK to the highest standards. Passionate about local craftsmanship, Lytle says: ‘Once a particular craft has gone, it will never come back. It needs protecting the same way the rhino does.’ True to her word, Soane purchased the last surviving rattan-weaving workshop in England in 2011. The company values elegant proportions, bespoke materials and the integrity of the manufacturing process. Yet they’ve also managed to create a website that is gorgeous from start to finish. It showcases how shopping for interiors can be as evocative and glorious online as it is in real life. We totally adore the Parrett Wall Light – especially when it’s accompanied by the Rattan Shade.

MATILDA GOAD


We are big fans of this stylist, and we are not alone – it is as if everything she touches turns to gold. While her website is a treasure trove of pretty things, her scallop-edged, raffia shades have pretty much become cult items. New to the site this winter are her stunning woven ceramic lamp bases. With its burgundy twisted silk flex cable, we’d like one in Jade Green, please.

VAUGHAN


Every one of Vaughan’s products is designed exclusively at its in-house studio. Founders Michael and Lucy Vaughan – who set up the globally renowned company 35 years ago – are united by their passion for art, top-notch design and meticulous attention to detail. Which is why they are the go-to lighting specialists for interior designers across the world. We get it. What could be more enchanting than the Arden Wall Light, after all?

HILL & MAY


Emily Stewart and Sarah Serocold set out to make their own lampshades after finding there was little on the market that they liked and could afford. The result, launched in 2017, was Hill & May, an elegant website selling the prettiest limited-edition shades and bases. They have sourced delicate silks, rare saris and block-printed cottons and linens from Rajasthan and are starting to make marbled paper shades, too. They say: ‘We hope your Hill & May lampshade brings some warmth and mirth into your home while supporting artisans and makers in various corners of the world.’ We say: the Mid Bobbin Clover Green Lamp would be a deliciously chic addition to any sitting room this winter.

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Lulu Lytle
Scandinavian Winter Warmers For The Home
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By Becky Ladenburg
November 2019