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Cool Lights from Bright Sparks

I still can't quite believe how quickly this year went and how we are now into the depths of winter. It felt like only a few weeks ago we were enjoying quite a balmy late September and Mr T was determined to keep barbecuing for as long as he could (defeat was only given into after one torrential downpour led to rushing indoors with soggy buns and half-cooked burgers).

 But the shorter, darker days are now firmly in place. Though this interiors geek is not without seeing the bright side. Quite literally.

Said driftwood table lamp I got in TK Maxx

When it starts to get dark, I love turning on the lights lighting the fire and getting the house all cosy. I'm moth-like in my attraction to lush table lamps, nice neon numbers or showstopper shades and my husband's practicality can't quite fathom it. "But do we really need another lamp?" he asks as I stop dead in my tracks in TK Maxx drawn to some magical illumination I have just spied.

Star wall light Mr T made for me last Christmas

But at home in the winter with ambient lights dotted around the home he does like that hygge vibe they create and even made me a gorgeous wooden star wall light (he just so happens to be a genius-like joiner) for Christmas last year, and it has remained pride of place in our living room ever since.

So, I thought I'd share with you a couple of unique Irish lighting designers whose products I think will brighten up these dark days perfectly.

Trentanove Lighting

I first spied Trentanove Lighting's uber cool cage lights in House and Home, an Irish interiors magazine that my sister used to send to me over when I was living in Edinburgh. I instantly fell in love with their unique pieces. Little did I know at the time, that it was in fact a neighbour of mine and her husband from my hometown in Tipperary who were behind this urban cottage business.

Aisling and Keith O'Regan who are now based in Dublin, both share a passion for interiors, specifically lighting. They were both looking for something outside their day jobs that they could work on together, when they literally had a 'lightbulb' moment. They saw a trend starting to emerge for industrial chic home wares and were ahead of the curve on the desire for original industrial light fittings. They began sourcing vintage trouble cages and vintage shades which they then restore to create unique one-off light fixtures with ornate filament bulbs.

Cage light by Trentanove Lighting I bought last year

Over the last few years the popularity of their lights has grown among interior fans in the city and beyond, and they've been commissioned by some of Dublin's coolest spots including Ebow Gallery & Studio on Lord Edward Street, Wuff on Benburb Street, Cross Gallery & Cafe on Francis Street, and Platform Pizza and Box Burger in Bray, to create unique lighting installations.

If  you're an avid Pinterest user you may well have come across these very popular pins of this beautiful bedroom in a Belfast home, which features their cage lights.

Check out Trentanove Lighting on Instagram  and on Facebook for details of their current products and up-coming pop-up shops around the city.

Bag and Bones

Bag and Bones are the new queens of neon. I came across their fun neon style lights on Instagram and have been lusting after one ever since for our home. Set up earlier this summer by two Irish sisters Gigi and Cavanagh (how cool are their names!) Bag and Bones create neon style LED art lights that are more environmentally sustainable, and just as eye-catching as traditional glass neon. 

They quickly caught the attention of interior editors with features on their jaw droppingly cool neon lights in Grazia, The Irish Times, The Telegraph and Living Etc and they have worked with brands like Alexander McQueen, Stylist, Evening Standard, Habitat & Wilderness Festival incorporating their creations into their events and shoots.

Their pink neon flamingo light is the stuff of dream kitsch homes (I'm begging Santa for one!), and I love their lush lip lights as well as their striking lightning bolts, and their pink neon arrow light would be pretty cool for our kitchen revamp.

They also create bespoke lights so whether you have a favourite lyric or quote or want to capture your trademark catchphrase everyone knows you for they can put your words or indeed your name in lights (their "to the moon and back" creation is the light of my dreams and would be perfect above our bed) and can create designs for kid's bedrooms, playrooms or nurseries - they make cool nightlights for your little ones who don't like the dark. 

Gigi and Cavanagh currently live between Dublin and London but their dream would be to open up a store in Dublin, so to test the waters they are running a pop-up at The Library Project in Temple Bar on 2 and 3 December. If you get a chance, pop along to see this dynamic duo's amazing creations. No home should be without a neon pink flamingo this Christmas I say!


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