“Let there be light”
AS the nights draw in and there’s a definite chill in the air, it is time to think about creating a cosy yet stylish ambiance in the home with soft lighting and plush fabrics.
Interiors specialist Lucy Wagtail, Canal Road, Inverness is your must-visit destination for all your autumn inspiration with its beautiful collection of handmade bespoke lampshades, soft furnishings and unique pieces crafted by local artisans.
Run by Irene Massey and Ashleigh Gibson, Lucy Wagtail creates custom and unique lampshades and soft furnishings using the finest fabrics and linens sourced from prestigious suppliers including Harris Tweed, Skye Weavers, Liberty of London, Abraham Moon, Linwood, Warner House, and just added to its portfolio, Blendworth.
The emphasis is on the unique, bespoke and personal.
Specialising in handmade lampshades, Irene and Ashleigh will discuss different sizes, shapes, colours, fabrics and textures, provide swatches and can create mood boards to help customers make the right choices for their personal space. Customers can choose from a huge range of beautiful fabrics, or bring their own for a custom piece that will be completely unique to them.
“With the lights having to be put on more in the autumn and winter, the lampshades really come to the fore,” said Irene. “It’s a good time for the replacement of lampshades and coordinating pieces such as cushions and throws so everything is brought together in a cohesive interior design.”
As well as creating brand new pieces, the pair specialise in refurbishing and repairing much-loved lampshades to give them ‒ and your home ‒ a whole new lease of life.
Sustainability is important to the business. It is reducing the amount of plastic used in its hard-body lampshades, replacing it with sustainable, eco-friendly board lining ‒ and absorbing the additional cost of the material ‒ as well as creating a range of soft-bodied lampshades.
“Our ethos is slow living,” said Irene. “Buying items that will last, investing in good quality pieces that are going to last and stand the test of time.”
Lucy Wagtail was established in 2014 online and the Inverness shop, located by the picturesque Caledonian Canal, opened last year and has just celebrated its first anniversary.
The business has been a huge success with hundreds of five star reviews across various online platforms, and a customer base across the Highlands and beyond with international shipping offered.
Lucy Wagtail also has a number of commercial clients including interior designers, B&Bs, Airbnbs, small hotels, restaurants and spirits company, Glaswegin.
“We are currently working with Bad Girl Bakery on their new restaurant in the Victorian Market. We’re installing four lampshades, and we’ve been working with them to get just the right lampshade to fit in with their branding. That’s a showcase for us. That’s something we’re really excited about,” added Irene.
As we move into the autumn there are lots of beautiful pieces in-store including a range of cushions and throws, made just perfect for keeping snug. Customers can enjoy a sneak peek of the new season offerings in the re-designed autumn window.
“Many pieces in the shop are unique, unusual and hard to find,” added Irene.
“Customers can get exactly what they want rather than having to settle for something that’s off the shelf.” “…and we’re looking forward to some exciting new developments with the shop in the coming months.”
To discover more, visit lucywagtail.com or call into the shop at Unit 3, 7A Canal Road, Inverness.”