Case Studies

There is nothing we like better than to see our lights, curtain poles and homewares in place in our customers’ homes and hear about how they have fitted in to their new-build, renovation or decoration projects.

We hope the following case studies will inspire you with your own interior design plans.

And, we’d like to thank all those who have shared their experiences with us at Nigel Tyas Ironwork.

Recent Case Studies - Nigel Tyas Ironwork

A Portuguese villa with traditional brick ceilings

It’s so lovely to see our chandeliers hanging in customers’ homes and we were particularly thrilled to see these two hanging from distinctive brick ceilings in a light and spacious Portuguese villa.

Francesca Aykroyd and her husband wanted to buy a villa in the Algarve to be a holiday home - and they wanted this particular villa because it ‘needed a lot of work’. Francesca was keen to put her years’ of experience in interior renovations to good use - she wanted to introduce two brick Portuguese ceiling to the villa as they are a traditional feature found in many old houses in the country.

Francesca says: “Nigel Tyas have been more than helpful, from my very first meeting to crating up and delivering the order. They have a fantastic team and I thoroughly enjoyed working with them all and looking around the workshop.

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Case Study - A Portuguese villa with traditional brick ceilings

Ancient and Modern - Monyash parish church, Derbyshire

When Sheenagh Mudford wanted to give something to her village church in memory of her late husband, Richard, we were honoured that she chose a Nigel Tyas chandelier.

Monyash parish church in the Derbyshire Peak District dates back to 12th century and is a grade II* listed building.

Sheenagh says: “I wanted to introduce something in memory of my husband of a permanent nature into the village of Monyash. I found Nigel Tyas on the internet and thought how wonderful it would be to have one of the chandeliers he produces in his workshop in the church. I especially liked the fact that it was made in Sheffield. It was perfect.”

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Case Study - Ancient and Modern - Monyash parish church, Derbyshire

St Briocq - A Guernsey Retreat

When Alison Cook and her partner John moved into their listed farmhouse in the beautiful countryside setting of St Pierre du Bois on Guernsey in 2013, they knew exactly where to come for wrought iron lights and fittings for their new home. Parts of the property date back to the 14th century and the couple camped out in one end of it for about two years while they lovingly restored the building, which had been gently falling apart over many years.

Alison says: “Many years ago I used to live in Upper Midhope, a tiny hamlet in South Yorkshire, and had Nigel Tyas Ironwork right on my doorstep. I’ve been buying stuff off Nigel since then; and I’ve moved house quite a bit, so have kept going back for more. Once you’ve found something good you stick with it don’t you. ”

”The quality; the weight, what I call the heft, and the finish are just excellent. We wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

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Case Study St Briocq - A Guernsey Retreat

A country cottage extension

When Jonathan and Nicola Cope decided to extend their cottage in rural Monmouthshire they were looking for lighting and homewares which felt at home in their 19th century property.

Jonathan said: “The original part of our cottage dates back to 1843 and it stands in a beautiful location high above the Wye Valley, and the historic ruins of Tintern Abbey.

The Cope’s home improvements have taken three years in all to complete and they have taken great care to ensure every detail is in keeping with the style and ambience of their original home.

“It was natural for us to keep returning for more items. Nigel Tyas’ products are an essential and integral part of our home furnishings. We consider these purchases as investments in our own enjoyment and fulfilment . . .”

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Case Study A Country Cottage Extension

Storey House Farm on the Yorkshire Moors

A chandelier which would be the perfect partner for a beautiful modern staircase wasn’t a tall order for Nigel Tyas Ironwork. Find out how a Yorkshire couple chose our lights to finish off their handsome farmhouse extension.

Ian and Catherine Brookes had a bright idea when they decided to build an extension which connected their 19th century farmhouse with the holiday cottage which stands beside it.

They wanted to be able to use and enjoy the two properties as one, when they have their own family and guests to stay – so they don’t have to run outside in all weathers! And, have the option of locking off the two buildings to provide private accommodation for themselves and their paying guests when the cottage is rented out.

The couple then sought impressive light fittings which would match this handsome masterpiece and hold their own in the expansive, new, triple-height room space.

“Nigel Tyas Ironwork kept popping up as we began to search online and we were immediately drawn to their large Hartcliff chandelier as it seemed to us to be both classic and yet modern too. Not fussy but elegant and attractive. We thought it would be perfect fit to hang above our staircase . . .”

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Case Study Storey House Farm

Eagle Brae log cabins – Mike Spencer-Nairn

Eagle Brae log cabins are set in the spectacular Highlands countryside and offer a beautiful get-away for holidaymakers seeking a retreat from busy modern life.

When Mike Spencer-Nairn and his family decided to build the cabins, they were determined to create beautiful and characterful interiors to match the splendour of the surrounding countryside - and they didn’t want to compromise on quality and style.

All the cabins were hand-built by master craftsmen using the finest Western Red Cedar logs, sourced from a sustainably-managed forest in British Columbia, Canada. Each log is a different size and shape and they were all carved, worked and fitted together by hand, not one of them going through a sawmill. This ensured they retained their natural beauty and rugged surface – complete with irregular bumps and grooves and knotty sticky out bits! It all went to create a gorgeous, authentic, chunky log cabin look for Eagle’s Brae’s guests. BUT it certainly presented quite a challenge when it came to fitting curtain poles and wall lights.

That’s where Nigel Tyas Ironwork came in . . .

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Case Study - Eagle Brae log cabins Case Study - Eagle Brae log cabins

A Kentish Manor House

Bilting Court, parts of which date back to the fifteenth century, has been variously described as a manor house, a farmhouse and as a cottage during its long history.

At the beginning of this century, this impressive Grade II Listed property was in poor condition and the present owners, Mr and Mrs Emberson, have recently finished an ambitious project of sympathetic renovation and refurbishment.

Nigel Tyas Ironwork was asked to design and supply most of the light fittings for this labour of love.

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Case Study - A Kentish Manor House

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