As many of you will know, that have read my blog before, I love filling our home with items that have been pre used and pre loved and many years ago I came across a beautiful shop called Agapanthus in Wilmslow, Cheshire. At the time this shop was co owned by a mother and son team but eventually Tom opened his own shop which has grown into a beautiful emporium in Stockport, specialising in vintage lighting.
On entering the shop, it feels as though you are stepping back in time into a Dickensian novel. Nothing has been renovated and everything remains in it’s original pre used condition, a gently peeling gilt frame here, a faded velvet chair there. There are piles of interesting objects scattered on table tops and in cabinets and a mass of crystal hangs from the ceiling in the form of the most divine chandeliers and coloured glass droplets I have ever seen.
Agapanthus can make bespoke lighting if there is nothing in stock that takes your fancy and they have made beautiful lights for many North West restaurants and more recently a boutique Hotel in Bath, for which the commission involved a chandelier made from vintage jewellery. They can also rewire any of their lights or repurpose objects, using a wide range of vintage style flex that they stock. We bought a french hand blown glass vase from them a few years ago which they wired and turned into a lamp base.
Similarly any of the french antique frames that they find can be fitted with glass to make a mirror. I saw a few beauties in there today which i have my eye on, all in their original gently faded condition or you can have them repainted using a selection of Annie Sloan paints, which they are a UK stockist for.
If you are interested in attending an Annie Sloan paint course, which are held in an upstairs room in the shop, keep your eye on their website for new 2017 dates coming soon.