I started making lampshade over 15 years ago and making them with vintage wallpaper. Recently as I have been going through my paper draws, kind of a spring cleaning, all of these vintage wallpapers were screaming at me. It has been a long winter and I needed some flowers to make me smile.
So I pulled out papers and lampshade frames. Started cutting and gluing. Above is a picture of some of what came out of a good shade making session.
What room doesn’t need a floral lampshade to brighten up it space. Lets all rejoice in Spring.
Happy Spring holidays to all.
Thank you to Hudson Valley Magazine for the current mentions. Shandell’s is thrilled that you picked our Honeysuckle vintage image wastebasket for your “the hot hue of the home”. I have fallen head over heals in love with pink this year, I have used it when ever I have gotten the chance to.
“Lamps Lost and Found” a perfect description of my studio. Click here to read all about what Hudson Valley Magazine has to say.
If you are traveling through the Hudson Valley, please stop by and say hello. My studio is in a wonderful country town, Millerton, NY, come for the day and visit.
Make Pendant Lights Out of Thrifty Vintage Finds — Put A Bulb In It! from RetroRenovation.com on Vimeo.
I got a call from my friend Pam at Retro Renovation a couple of weeks ago. She talked to me about making a video for her readers. “Put a bulb in it” was the theme. Taking thrifty finds, treasures or what ever you have in mind and making a hanging pendant out of it. What a great idea. So here is my first video. We had such fun making this one, there are more to come. Enjoy, and get creative.
I came into the studio on Monday morning and had a message from Lynn Hazelwood from the Hudson Magazine blog. Her message said that she was so thrilled to find me can I give her a call.
So I did and we had a great talk. She is from England and I love the intro line to the story “How to brighten up a dowdy room with one- (or maybe two-) of-a-kind lamps and shades”. My grams is from England and the word “dowdy” brought back wonderful memories.
What lamps do you have that could use a brightening up? Table lamp, floor lamp, wall sconce or chandelier? Bring a bit of sunshine indoors.
Last winter customers, Frank Delaney and Diane Meier came into the studio and spotted a pair of 19th century cream separators that I had just found. They have been looking for a pair of lamps for their barn. They fell in love with them and we proceeded to create a fabulous pair of lamps. I had a old pair of brake disks that we used for a base, and part of the disk to cap the lamps.
Diane’s vision was for a tall slender shade, making the footprint for the lamp to stay narrow and be tall as the lamps home will be a high ceiling barn. Next came the decision, what to make the shade out of. I suggested a paper handmade from tree bark, pulling all the colors of the lamps and barn together.
Above is a picture of the before and after. What do you have in store for your winter project? Whats lamps do you have that need an update? A new shade, change an out dated base and make it more current. Get your creative juices going and see what you have to be made into a lamp. The possibilities are endless.