Cotterell Lighting

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 opened its first lighting shop back in 1952 in Glasgow. From humble beginnings they have grown into one of the country’s leading suppliers of indoor and outdoor 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. 

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I love this Thalia round mirror, 50 am diameter, for £66 with the beautiful smoky grey and rose gold panels.

Lorraine grew up surrounded by lighting. Cotterell and Co was set up by her father and grandfather. Lighting and mirrors are in the Cotterell blood. In the 1800s, one of Lorraine’s ancestors left Como, a well-known glass-making area in Italy, for Glasgow. His descendants were glass bevellers and silverers, carvers and gilders, and set up a mirror-manufacturing company. Rocke, Lorraine’s 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, 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 117 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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