When skinflint founders Chris and Sophie Miller bought their Cornish cottage in 2012 they embarked on a renovation project to bring their home up to 21st-Century environmental and sustainable standards, simultaneously retaining its character whilst making it their own.
As expected, Chris and Sophie's family home is a treasure trove of vintage and reclaimed finds, with plenty of vintage and industrial lights to be found despite the cottage's traditional low ceilings. A pair of 1920s antique copper GECoRAY wall lights, which were salvaged from a church in Surrey, help to illuminate the kitchen counter whilst complimenting the colours and tones of the zinc, copper, oak and concrete of the wider space. Meanwhile a space-saving, wall-mounted vintage fluorescent light, left in its authentic raw state while converted for eco-friendly LED technologies, provides feature lighting behind the dining table. Elsewhere, old factory isolation switches make a fun and interactive feature lighting by the adjoining living room area and sofas.
Moving upstairs to the living areas a variety of vintage lights can be found - bulkheads salvaged from old naval ships, opaline surface mounted ceiling lights and feature lights including a converted medical heat lamp providing task desk lighting. An early machinist’s work light in the hallway also provide functional task lighting.
Explore the house in more detail in our interview with Sophie here.
With thanks to Arnold's Kitchens for some of the imagery used.