Cotterell & Co lighting and interiors

Lighting should be one of your first considerations when you are renovating. The golden rule is to light the edge of the room, not the centre.

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I believe that centre lights should be statement: decorative and on a dimmer. You only need the lights on in the evening and that is when you want to relax, so it is really important to get the mood you are after exactly right.

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Cotterell & Co started business back in 1952 in Glasgow. From humble beginnings they have grown into one of the country’s leading suppliers of lighting both online and with stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle

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Their range of design-led furniture, mirrors and home accessories has expanded year on year. Their stock includes a wide variety of trends, there is definitely something for everyone, they even stock the Interior Design Toolkit to help their customers decide!. Their collections include: Bazaar, Nordiska, Luxe, Pop and Lomond, all styles included in the Toolkit in some form, so we are delighted to partner with them, we are definitely speaking the same language!

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Cotterell and Co is still very much a family business, and entered its third generation when Lorraine Cotterell took over the reins. After studying at art college and spending a number of years travelling and working in Eastern Europe and Russia, Lorraine headed home to Glasgow to join the family business – the pull was irresistible! Lorraine drives the creative direction of Cotterell and Co. 

Lorraine grew up surrounded by lighting. Cotterell and Co was set up by her father and grandparents. Lighting and mirrors are in the Cotterell blood. In the 1800s, one of Lorraine’s ancestors left Como, an area of Italy well known for craftsmanship, for London. His descendants were glass bevellers and silverers, carvers and gilders, and set up a mirror-manufacturing company in Glasgow. Rocke, Lorraine’s great grand father, who had been at the Glasgow Art School at the time of the first Glasgow Boys, designed over-mantel mirrors and furniture. She has recently set up Rocke Bespoke, named after her inspirational father and great grandfather, a specialist service making unique lampshades to order in any style, fabric and shape the client wishes.

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How beautiful is this Azure, Carrara marble effect pendant £183 for an enormous 70 cm diameter. Available in every style for toolkit lovers - they are currently working on a Coastal collection - so exciting and delighted to be working with them.

Subscribers to the Interior Design Toolkit will receive regular discount codes.

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There are lots of beautiful, affordable pieces of art available as well. I love this large, one meter diameter antique silver filigree, decorative wall disc, above and the blue and gold abstract iron wall disc below.

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