A lifetime collector and former decorative-arts store owner, I just cannot resist: decorative papers, vintage wallpapers, and all manner of baubles, trims and finials to finish off the lamps and shades I create. In the beginning, 15 years ago, my studio space was just an eight-by-ten bedroom, where I crafted in a frenzy. Now I have more room…and also more collections!
Shandell’s is the creative home of me, Susan Schneider, a longtime collector of things vintage with a passion for recycling them into things that make you smile. I have been a mad collector of vintage goods in many mediums for the last 20 years, and I’ve since amassed quite the collection of wallpaper, old prints, books, and lamps of all types, which I transform into lampshades, night lights, unique tissue box covers, delightful matchboxes, and holiday ornaments.
For anyone who knows me, they know that purple is my favorite color. I do not wear it, but I use it as much as I can. My second, is Peacock Blue. Not Navy or Turquoise, but the deep stunning Peacock Blue that Maxfield Parrish could paint and that came from the Orient.
This color in vintage goods seems to have a depth that is not around today. I have been working on my studio and have come across a group of Peacock Blue lamps. I was very surprised that I had so many. So I started rewiring and making shades. This lamp is stunning, the glaze is beautifully crackled a great piece to bring color into any room. I have paired it with a shade made from Japanese paper that compliments the lamp, added a wonderful finial and now this vintage treasure is ready to make some one smile.
As one of my winter chores has been to organize my new studio space, I have been going through all of my inventory of fabulous finds. I came across a wonderful pair of architectural pieces, these came from a 19th c main gate of a formal garden. I made them into lamps and paired them with lampshades made of sea grass, giving a wonderful texture and glow.
Thistles are a favorite of mine and these seem to show that off.
Enjoy looking, spring will be here soon. Come and explore Shandell’s studio in person or visit my shop online. New items will be added weekly.
One would not think that you could
make a lampshade from real wood that is durable and pretty. I have found a great source here in the USA that makes sheets of different wood veneers coated in a patented process, allowing me to make lampshades from them. The one pictured here is a cherry wood lampshade that I trim in real copper. The wood and the copper, like wine will color with age and use. The shade gives off a wonderful glow adding a warmth to any style.