Upcycled lamps using vintage coffee pots from the 1940s and 1950s.

 

When my friend Pam from retrorenovation.com got together to make a video a couple of months ago, we came up with so many ideas.

Here is the result, we had another day of making videos, these lamps were the outcome of a fabulous day together.

Make an Upcycled Vintage Percolator Lamp from RetroRenovation.com on Vimeo.

 

Vintage percolators, every house hold had one, but they are no longer being used.  What to do with all of these fabulously designed vessels?  Make lamps!!!!!

Hope they make you smile.

Spring Cleaning.

After the winter we have had here in the Hudson Valley, spring cleaning is on everyone’s mind.  A customer come in last week with a car full of lamps.  As she hauled them all in from her car, she said “Spring Cleaning, new shades and repairs.” Rearranging her house and cleaning away,  thought she would update some of her treasured family lamps.

She was not the only one, I made a house call and filled my car with a customers treasures, all to be reworked.

New sockets, fabulous colored cloth cords and new bases. Even a new finial can make a wonderful change.

This time of year we are all itching for a change, what fun way to make a change in a room, than with a lamp and shade.  Yard sales have started, people are going through their attics and garages find heirlooms to bring into their home.
For the next two weeks (May 12~21), I will be offering 10% off of rewiring lamps. Bring in your treasures or I can come to you. Happy Spring.

Susan

Hudson Valley, The Home Issue

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.

Susan

 

 

Put a bulb in it!!!

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.

Susan

A wonderful call from Hudson Magazine.

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.

Winter lamp projects, what are yours?

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.

Susan

Hand made papers lighting up vintage lamps.

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Recently I had an artist, Dana Curtis approach me with her hand made papers. They are reminiscent to the style of Jackson Pollock with her own twist of color and texture.

I fell in love with these and put them together with some of my vintage lamp collection.

We spent some time picking out lamps and talking about colors.  The results are pictured above.

Thrilled how they came out, hope you enjoy them just as much as I do. To see them all visit my online shop.

I will be added more of Dana’s work to my lamps, so check back often.

Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 3

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The scrap yard, as you know is one of my favorite destinations when I travel. This pair of lamps I have pictured are from a wonderful piece of 19th century fencing with a great silver paint. So, off to the welders they went.

When I got them back from him, I was searching for a great paper to pair them with.  As I was looking through my vintage papers, I came across a stack of Topography Maps, dating 1905 that I had purchased years ago.  To make it even better, I had some from areas near to where I am located.  Saugerties, Ulster and Catskill are some of the towns that are on these maps.

I wonder, these fence pieces came from upstate New York, could they have come from one of the towns that I have pictured.

Check out Good Scrap Yard Part 1 & Part 2 to see what other fabulous finds I created into to lamps.  I seem to be drawn to orange as a color to include for the shade making, the rust pairs so nicely with that color.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Susan

A project with Eddie Ross

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I am very fortunate to live in a small town, Millerton, NY 100 miles north of New York City,  also to have a great neighbor and friend, Eddie Ross and his partner Jaithan Kochar.  Eddie called one day saying he had found an amazing 19th century apothecary jar and would like to have it made into a lamp.  I so love to get interesting pieces to make into lamps.  Most days I look at just about anything for a lamp, a bottle, carved table leg. old pieces of metal in any form.  I get so excited when I get these type of projects, Eddie had the same enthusiasm about it.

Once the lamp is done, we were only half way there.  The next part is the shade, picking the right shape and material to accent the lamp.  Eddie wanted a barrel shaped shade, I suggested we use a wonderful seagrass paper to offset the sleek glass. Visit Eddie’s blog to read all about this great project.

I hope this inspires you to look at every day objects, treasures you find and family heirlooms  in a whole new way.  The simple gracefulness of this bottle will be enjoyed for years and surely make Eddie and Jaithan smile.

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year

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The potters of the Mid 19th century experimented in the most amazing shapes and glazes.

Lucky for us so many examples survived the changing times.

I wonder what the artist’s of that time would think of how I transform them.

I could not resist this pair,  perfect for this time of year. There shape, chunky and round,

just like the pumpkins we have been decorating our homes with.

I paired them with a great paper made with leaves running throughout.

Bring a bit of nature indoors to make you smile.