Antiques & Collectibles – Light relief

Peter Hames welcomes customers to Oakwood Restorations.

Home owners have seen the light at Peter Hames’ Oakwood Restorations.

Or perhaps that should be they are seeing the right lights for their period-home projects thanks to the business’s in-store offshoot, P.J. Hames Lighting.

With more than 18 years supplying period fixtures and fittings, and with a background in textiles and designs, Peter says the lighting aspect of his business is his “passion project.”

P.J. Hames Lighting involves Peter consulting with clients at their homes or businesses, arriving with brochures and fittings to show how the right lighting can transform any room.

“Whether it’s a standout piece that demands attention or a subtle reflection of the decor, lighting is at the heart of interior design,“ he says, “but the wrong lighting choice can ruin the harmony of a room.

“I source antique, vintage, modern and reproduction lighting from Australia and overseas and authentically restore it. I also create bespoke lighting that can look antique, decorative, industrial or understated.”

Peter has access to specialist suppliers so he can deliver modifications such as adjusting the length, finish or shading of lights to suit individual decor requirements.

His lighting expertise is an extension of his flair for interiors, particularly blending contemporary and period decor.

“The mistake people often make is thinking I’m limited to styling period homes and spaces only. In fact, I also consult on a variety of modern architectural homes, offices, cafes and hairdressers.”

Renovators looking for supplies will find lighting from the 1850s to 1950s at Oakwood Restorations, along with other inspiring items ranging from fireplaces and tiles through to pressed metal and hardware in a variety of finishes.

Oakwood Restorations is at 331 Pakington St, Newtown. Phone 5229 9547 or visit P.J. Hames’ Facebook page for more information.