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When & why did you start Sparkle Lighting?
My husband and I were developing our house 5 years ago and found it really difficult to find affordable beautiful lighting. We had to source it from lots of different places and spent hours trawling through lighting websites with a real mix of design and quality of lights!
Lighting makes such a difference to a room, we want to make more homes sparkle through lighting.
So in the summer last year, I launched Sparkle Lighting to bring collections of beautiful affordable lighting to interior lovers. We currently have Boho, Scandi, Modern & Industrial collections and we have a highly successful range of decorative lights including a recently launched Children’s lighting range.
What were you doing before?
I was working in a full time job heading up the international sales of a retail brand and was travelling a lot internationally. I always wanted to build my own business and to do something that was more flexible around my two sons.
What are the lighting trends for 2020?
The big interior trend for 2020 is creating spaces to relax and unwind, lighting plays a crucial role to help set the mood and a comfortable atmosphere. Everyone has busy lives and it is about creating a space where you feel you can be happy and calm.
It is not just about creating a mood and atmosphere indoors, lighting is expanding to the outdoors too with people investing in their gardens to create outside living spaces.
Statement pieces are also another big trend, this doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. You can create this with small budget pieces like the sparkle lighting metal stars or any of our decorative lighting.
We have two:
The Sparkle Lighting white pom pom lights have been a real hit as they work all year round and look so pretty when lit. They are great above bifolds, sliding doors but can be put anywhere around the house.
Our dandelion clock outdoor lights are great for Christmas but are also perfect for gardens, parties and weddings over the summer. They are solar powered, have a timer and give off a beautiful warm white light.
What’s your interior style?
Scandi/boho and I absolutely love how lighting can change the feel and mood of a room. The downstairs of our house is also completely open plan and we have used lighting to help section each of the different areas.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I get up and do some work before my boys get up. I get them ready and always try to walk down to school as it is in the village. Then I work right through to pick up. After school pick up there is lots of juggling of work, clubs, dinner, homework…
How do you spend your time when you’re not running Sparkle Lighting?
It is mainly with my family but I do love shopping for both clothes and interior products. I love Zara especially their home range but also their clothes too. Westfield is great for a wander around the new home section and there are also so many great options for lunch. More locally Amersham old town is great for a shop, I love the mixture of interior and clothes shops. Su Chases Interiors is a beautiful shop and there is always so much to look at.
I also enjoy a social evening out with friends.
How do you juggle family life and running your own business?
This is a good question. It gives me so much more flexibility but every opportunity that I get to work, I do.
What does the future hold for Sparkle Lighting?
We have just launched a Children’s lighting collection which is full of lovely fairy lights to decorate kids rooms. It has had great feedback and we have had lots of orders already. We also have two new collections coming soon including garden lighting and some really fun neon lights. We will keep expanding our offering and continue our purpose of bringing beautiful unique lights to interior lovers.
AND JUST FOR FUN?
Which part of the Chilterns do you live?
We live in Seer Green and have lived here for over 13 years.
What do you love most about where you live?
I love that it is a village environment but within easy access of London and the airports. I also love the community feel. There is so much love and support for each other in our little village. I don’t think you find that everywhere.
Favourite Buckinghamshire haunt?
I love a trip to Cliveden as a family or with friends too. I have so many happy memories of the boys at different ages playing in the grounds and it always makes me feel calm.
Favourite thing to do at the weekend?
Meeting up with friends for lunch or dinner with all the children and a couple of drinks for the adults. We love to do entertain at home but if we cant be bothered to cook we love a pizza from Home in GX.
We also enjoy a walk from Seer Green to Chalfont St Peter or Beaconsfield for lunch at The Jolly Farmer or Brasserie Blanc. We are also spoilt in Seer Green with the Jolly Cricketers – it’s great for a catch up with friends on a Saturday afternoon and the food is always delicious.
If you were on a Desert Island and could only bring 3 things what would you bring?
My family, a few drinks and a good book.
Keep in touch with Thalia
If you would like to find out more about Sparkle Lighting please contact Thalia
I am always here for help and advice so do get in touch (01494) 671602