Spring Cleaning.

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.”...
Hudson Valley, The Home Issue

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...

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...
A wonderful call from Hudson Magazine.

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...
Winter lamp projects, what are yours?

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...
Hand made papers lighting up vintage lamps.

Hand made papers lighting up vintage lamps.

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...
Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 3

Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 3

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...
A project with Eddie Ross

A project with Eddie Ross

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...
Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year

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...
Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

Dorothy Draper would have loved these.

These fabulous ginger jar shaped lamps, with gesso flowers came right from the Dorothy Draper era. They are classical and funky wrapped into one. The tone on tone feeling is soothing.  I have found quite a few examples of gesso decorated lamp bases lately.  This is...
Mid Century Pink & Green

Mid Century Pink & Green

Lately I have been a daily reader of Retro Renovation, a great blog dedicated to mid century home life. Recently I was looking through my drawers of vintage wallpaper that is prepped for lampshades and found this wonderful sea foam green paper, with leaves and Greek...
My shopping trip with Eddie & Jaithan

My shopping trip with Eddie & Jaithan

A couple of weeks ago I took a Sunday to go shopping with Eddie & Jaithan (my blogger pals).  We went to Stormville Flea Market, I had not been in a couple of years.  Luck was on our side that day, the sun came out and lots of treasures were found. The first find...
How much is that doggie in the window?

How much is that doggie in the window?

In December 1952 Patti Page first recorded “How much is that doggie in the window”. It became number one on the Billboard charts in 1953. My dog Pansy has taken up her summer residence in this window of my studio.  Enjoying every moment either sleeping in...
Spring Flowers Blooming Indoors

Spring Flowers Blooming Indoors

On a bright sunny day a couple of weeks ago, I stumble on a fabulous bolt of floral English printed linen in my basement.  I remember when I bought this a couple of years ago falling in love with the pattern, spring time flowers on a beautiful linen from England.  I...
SassySleeves a Must Have

SassySleeves a Must Have

SassySleeves are decorative replacement candles sleeves for sconces or chandeliers, crafted at Shandell’s using a wonderful array of handmade papers from around the world. SassySleeves are a must-have for sprucing up an ordinary sconce or a chandelier. Bring an...
Peacock Blue

Peacock Blue

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....
Spring is right around the corner

Spring is right around the corner

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...
Blue and White

Blue and White

Organizing my new studio and going through all of my lamps I have collected, has been a January job. I seem to have a style for just about everyone. This has spurred me into making lampshades to go with them. The new year always seems to inspire creativity. I have...