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Ashby Interiors – New Shop in Melbourne, South Derbyshire

We have some exciting news to announce!  In September Ashby Interiors will be opening the doors on our first shop!  An opportunity came along which we just couldn’t turn down.  The perfect shop became available in Melbourne, South Derbyshire.  This is where our business was born back in 2014 and where we have our workshop.  As you may know, we aren’t currently open to the public – only by appointment.  So, to be able to have a shop, gives us a fabulous opportunity to display the very best of our…

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Sign up to our Mailing List

If you are reading this blog then there’s a high chance that you have an interest in restored antique lighting, vintage interiors or aviation antiques!  Why not sign up to the Ashby Interiors mailing list? We would hate for you to miss out on buying a key piece that you have been scouting for.  Many of our customers have a specific item on their wish list.  It may be a vintage Holophane, a geometric Art Deco pendant light or even a WWII propeller.  Signing up will ensure that you don’t…

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Selling Antique Lighting

The third instalment in my series on our mission at Ashby Interiors - Buy, Restore, Sell. When Ashby Interiors was born, we had our heart set on an online shop selling our restored antique lighting and aviation antiques.  Some people advised that if we sold online, it may be difficult to show our lights to full effect.  Others expressed what an absolute nightmare it would be to post fragile lighting.  These were both valid points!  We ensure that each item we list in our online shop has photos showing the…

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Antique Lighting Restoration at Ashby Interiors

At Ashby Interiors, our mission is simple – Buy, Restore, Sell.  STEP 2 – RESTORATION RESTORATION (Noun) ‘the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition’ Everything that we sell has undergone some form of restoration. In its lightest form, it could just be a good old wash and a clean. White opaline glass obviously has to be sparkling clean!  We once collected some beautiful Art Deco Skyscraper lights from an old Coop store in the Lake District.  They had been stored for decades in a loft…

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Ashby Interiors – Our Mission is Simple – Buy, Restore, Sell.

PART ONE - BUY I’m writing this blog in the middle of Coronavirus Lockdown and one of the things I’m really missing already is that we can’t currently go out and buy stock.  Buying is more fun than selling – seriously!  PART ONE - BUY A question we are often asked is ‘Where on earth do you get all your stock from?’  The answer is everywhere!  It’s a continuous process of being a hunter. We have a large stock of restored antique lighting and as soon as we sell items,…

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Covid-19 – Business as Usual

Well we are living through some pretty shocking times right now and are all affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in many different ways. The changes being implemented are going to be tough on us all. As an online shop we will remain open and ‘business as usual’ and will be preparing and posting orders as far as possible. It is good to keep a sense of normality where possible and to keep busy. We are only a tiny business and for the last few years Martin and I have ‘self-isolated’…

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Jefferson Moonstone Pendant Lighting

Jefferson Moonstone Pendant Lighting is immediately recognisable by the thick opaque milk white glass shades. The glass is known to be robust and strong with a pressed pattern into the glass - yet it has a delicate appearance. When lit, the glass emits a beautiful glow. Edges are scalloped and can be found in a variety of patterns.  This style of glass is versatile and looks at home in many settings such as the kitchen, hallway or lounge. Jefferson Moonstone glass is often found in plafonnier styles sitting within a…

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Is it a Cherub or Putti…or Cupid?

We have quite a number of lights which feature cherubs and they have proved to be as popular this year in interior design as they have for centuries.  But what actually is a Cherub and why are they so popular? The winged forms represent innocence, peace and beauty. Ever-present in church architecture because they are believed to be attendants of God… Cherubs are also associated with romance – mainly due to the similarity with Cupid – the Roman God of Love… never without his little bow and arrow.. When we…

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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH

We have been extremely busy working away on a new website over the last few weeks and are excited to go live in the next day or so. Why have we decided to have a new website? Well, our old one was five years old and was in much need of a revamp. We have taken feedback from our lovely customers in assessing what was important and came away with the following points. Speed was the number one comment. Our new site will be fast to load images and items…

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Ashby Interiors own Lighting Designs

As you know, we love sourcing, restoring and selling lighting from the Art Deco period. This is where our heart is... However, it can be difficult to meet customer demands when it comes to volume. Martin has a manufacturing background and was keen to explore how we could design and manufacture lighting and thereby expand our range. Basing our designs on classic examples and customer favourites we have produced a small range of shades which we are excited to share with you. The emphasis as always is quality. Our powder-coated…

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When Drew Pritchard came to Visit Ashby Interiors

  I don’t know if I mentioned it...but we are on the TV later tonight (27 March 2019)  - 9pm Salvage Hunters with Drew Pritchard on Quest. It’s an exciting night for us because we have worked extremely hard, building our business over the last five years so the day that Drew, Tee and the Salvage Hunter’s crew came to visit Ashby Interiors last December really was a brilliant day for us. If you watch the show you will know that Drew really is at the top of his game…

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Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane Merlin Crank Shaft

This Hawker Hurrican Crank Shaft is a unique and rare item of aviation history. Originally from a genuine Battle of Britain Hurricane –  serial no. P3708 coded DT-E.  This Hawker Hurricane flew with 257 Sqn.   On 18th August 1940, after 4 successful missions, this plane was on its last flight of the day when it succumbed to enemy fire.  Luckily the pilot bailed out and escaped with minor injuries.  The aircraft crashed in the south of England taking heavy impact which is reflected in the buckled shape of the crank.…

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