Swathed in a coat of technicolour opulence, laid-back living is orchestrated to jaw-dropping perfection in the spectacular renovation of Grade I-listed 7 Lansdown Crescent.
As veteran hoteliers and authorities on immersive décor, owners Ian and Christa Taylor have unleashed their creative zeal and design know-how to transform their history-steeped residence, located in what is arguably Bath’s most sought after street.
Direct from refurbishing 10 bedrooms at their country house hotel, Bath’s Homewood, as well as the completion of two onsite self-catering garden lodges, the Taylors have a knack for designing enchanting spaces. 7 Lansdown Crescent is a translation and an amplification of boutique hotel-inspired style – utterly original, artful and often whimsical.
The Light Yard has been proud to supply a number of handcrafted interior pendant lights and exterior luminaires to projects helmed by Ian and Christa, in both hospitality and residential settings.
When we recently caught up with Ian to discuss his impressive new property, he shared with us why The Light Yard’s luminaires have been a top choice time and again…
Collaborating with John Cullen creative director Sally Storey, the Taylors devised an elaborate lighting scheme for the home, which would incorporate an eclectic mix of luminaires including Ian’s own collection of chandeliers.
Accentuating the elevated ceilings and structural elements within the Grade I-listed residence was a priority. This called for careful consideration of furniture arrangements, artwork and objets, so that the positioning and type of lighting would deliver the desired aesthetic.
“It’s about incorporating different layers of light – some low, some higher, some directional – a combination of different types of light for that lovely effect,” explains Ian. “Once you know the layout of the room and how you’re going to furnish it, you can work out the lighting.”
From chandelier to pendant to shelf lighting to wall lights, factors such as the height, the warmth, the balance of light and dark and the spread of light were taken into account. The type of fitting was also a key consideration.
Handcrafted pendant luminaires from The Light Yard were incorporated into the Oriental suite bathroom at Lansdown Crescent, with more IP44-rated selections from our Calex Bathroom Collection installed in the ground floor loo. Individuality of space and effortless elegance were central aims, as Ian explains. “Each room in the home has been given its own identity, and that’s more my personality – I never like to do the same thing twice.
“[At The Light Yard] you’re very creative and you come up with fittings that are unusual. We had previously used your pendants at Homewood in the bathroom, and installed pieces from the outdoor collections in our hot tub areas. The lights are individual, with a nice, relaxed look about them, which fits into what I like.”
Ian prefers pendant lighting in bathrooms, as opposed to wall lighting, whenever ceiling height permits. “I quite like the elegance of something hanging from a ceiling, and pendant lights give a very good light around the [bathroom] mirror. Wall fittings are appropriate at times, but with the high ceilings in Lansdown pendants emphasise this for a better effect.” We’re delighted Ian and Christa have chosen our pendants to bring a sophisticated feel to the captivating bathrooms of Homewood Hotel and Lansdown Crescent, complementing the sumptuous décor which meets the eye at every turn.
Lighting has been an essential element in this project, yet it’s commonly overlooked by homeowners in planning stages – regrettably so, says Ian. “Lighting to me is the one thing that people often don’t invest enough in to get the desired effect,” he explains. “It’s the one thing that really makes the difference.”
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