Twin­kle, twin­kle

The col­lec­tion of il­lu­mi­nated trees cre­ated by the de­signer Susie Reid Thomas lends fes­tive glam­our, both in­side and out. Giles Kime is daz­zled

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design Insight -

Pho­tog­ra­phy Alun Cal­len­der

Susie Reid Thomas is a vo­cal ad­vo­cate of the trans­for­ma­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties of light, not from lamps or can­dles, but gen­tly em­a­nat­ing from the branches of her ar­ti­fi­cial trees, which add a mag­i­cal glam­our to the out­sides of houses and their gar­dens.

her first en­counter with il­lu­mi­nated trees was in hong Kong, where she was hunt­ing for a sculp­tural piece for the court­yard of the house that she and her hus­band had re­cently bought in hamp­shire. ‘i was im­me­di­ately drawn to them, not just by the mes­meric glow of the light, but also by the fact that they have a pres­ence that com­pletely trans­forms their sur­round­ings,’ she says.

‘The trees of­fer huge op­por­tu­ni­ties to add fo­cus to a gar­den or out­door space’

Back in hamp­shire, the re­ac­tion from friends and fam­ily was so ef­fu­sive that she de­cided to de­sign a range of her own like liv­ing trees that would look nat­u­ral and unas­sum­ing, but mag­i­cally come to life at twi­light. They’re used in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ways, both in­side and out. one of the most pop­u­lar is to po­si­tion a pair on ei­ther side of a front door, adding drama and en­hanc­ing the sym­me­try of a build­ing.

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