Soft Glow


One week into our renovation and I can honestly say, “I hate DIY”. I have never been more exhausted, frustrated or close to tears on a daily basis as I have been this past week. Maybe its the miserable weather – cold morning trips to the dump and trekking the cavernous freezing halls of overpriced B&Q, the sanding that feels like you are getting no-where, constant budget watching and the frenetic knowledge that we only have 3 weeks left till our move in date and only weekends to work on the project. Waaah! Everyone say’s “it’ll all be worth it, knowing you’ve done it yourselves” – really???

So to take my mind off the chaos that is our lives I have been taking the odd half hour to calm myself down by thinking of what will undoubtedly be the part that “was worth it” – the shopping!

Since we began the process of buying the flat – I have been fixated on one thing that I think is hugely important to the feel of a home – the lighting. Not just the design but more importantly trying to capture the right brightness and glow of light that we will be living with every day. I’m not sure how much thought people usually give towards the light source but it’s something that I am bordering on obsessive with at the moment.

Traditional incandescent or filament light-bulbs have been hugely popular in restaurant and hotel interiors over the past few years – rendering environments cosy and intimate with the soft light they cast. The quality of the light emitted from incandescent lights as opposed to other harsh unnatural lights are the closest you can get to the warmth of sunlight – doesn’t that sound like something you want to live with?






Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

4 Comments on Soft Glow

  1. Becky - Pretty Dandy
    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 23:20 at 11:20 pm (8 years ago)

    I truly understand both the horror of those B&Q trips and the obsession with lighting… it’s something I still tweak and we’ve been living here a couple of years now! It’s an endless quest for me, but it’s fun trying to get it right!

  2. Rohini
    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 17:46 at 5:46 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks Becky – trying to get sympathy any way I can haha! The shock of DIY has worn off a little now…

  3. Kenneth
    Saturday, February 9th, 2013 10:05 at 10:05 am (7 years ago)

    I was in a restaurant recently which had these filament bulbs and they looked great. Any idea where to buy them?

  4. Rohini:TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped
    Saturday, February 9th, 2013 21:46 at 9:46 pm (7 years ago)

    Kenneth – you can buy them quite widely at the moment from department stores like John Lewis or specialty brand like Historic Lighting.

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