Linen lampshades have become oh-so popular, but did you know there are more linen lampshade fabrics than meets the eye? From rough, open weaves to finer, more elegant weaves, there is a linen lampshade for any room or function. Linen lampshade fabrics range in thickness and transparency, and we can recommend a fabric based on your illumination needs.
Below is an example of a finer linen lampshade weave, paired with a thick white trim. This is perfect for a modern and fresh living space or bedroom!
Below is a thicker linen lampshade weave with a thinner lampshade trim.
Below is an example of a coarser linen weave in a natural finish. This type of linen lampshade is ideal for a rustic or farmhouse living space.
You can also opt for a coarser linen lampshade in white. This shade allows more light through, and when illuminated, the texture is a beautiful sight!
For estimates on the cost of our lampshade services, we suggest that you send a picture of your lampshade, including the measurements (top diameter, bottom diameter and side length – both slant height and vertical height), to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond quickly with a price quote and timing.
We just love our customers, and the truly unique ideas they have for lamps! To commemorate the more than 30 years spent in the electric industry, one of our beloved customers brought in a General Electric meter to serve as the focal point for a custom lamp creation. We added the electric meter to a wooden base, wired it, and added a white linen square drum lampshade. This finished custom lampshade creation now sits in their home, and serves as a conversation starter for those who enter. Hats off to this memorable lamp!
We love creating custom designed lampshades for any project. From silks, linens, cottons, and handmade paper finishes in your choice of colors, we have quite the selection! But one thing we wanted to talk specifically about is lampshade trim. A custom-selected lampshade trim can help integrate your lamp into a specific room design, and also give your lamp a bit more personality. We have hundreds of options to choose from to really make a lamp that’s perfect for your room.
The lampshade below features a lovely blue ribbon trim.
Below is a beautiful multi-color cord trim.
We have many different cord, ribbon and beaded options – as well as many other very unique lampshade trims. The options are truly endless, and we can find a trim that works for the aesthetic and mood your room requires. Stop by our store to browse through our selection! Below are a few of our favorite trims we’re loving.
I’ve talked about my love affair with the ocean many times on this blog, but every summer my love seems to grow deeper. There isn’t an ocean or body of water that I wouldn’t explore! Now, if you’ve been in the shop, or found us online, you have likely seen the many different nautical lampshades that we offer. We have a number of shades made of nautical maps from popular New England destinations, and we are also happy to create a custom lampshade for you with your desired body of water! We use NOAA charts to create our nautical lampshades.
You can choose one of our designs, or can select your shade style (squares, hexes, pyramids, drums and empires), and show us the specific area of the chart to include on your shade.
The below was a custom design for a client who adores Chesapeake Bay. We found the perfect gold-plated lamp base for this creation, and can see this beauty fitting into a bright and airy summer living space.
If you want something turned into a lamp, it can be done! That’s my mantra. The latest custom-made lamp creation is a pair of antique buoys. Our customer, Steve, who runs the delightful blog, An Urban Cottage, brought these into the store and we were eager to get started on them! He faux painted the bases, and we transformed them into lamps and created the custom lampshade. How beautiful is this lamp? No one else in the world has THIS lamp, and that’s the beauty of creating a custom-made lamp.
This lamp is now a piece of art that blends masterfully into this living space, and you can bet people will want to know the story behind it!
The next time you’re at a flea market or antique store and see something you like, ask yourself if it can be crafted into a lamp. Beauty and function – what can get better than that?
Think about a Box Pleat. Featured above is a lampshade with a box pleat. This is created when you manipulate a piece of fabric such that a pleat or fold is formed on both sides of the fabric. Then the ends brought together underneath the flat piece of fabric where another fold or pleat is created at the point where the fabric meets; the remaining fabric on both sides then points outward – and so it goes around the perimeter of the lampshade frame.
There are several types of box pleats, and “over box pleats.” The most basic type of box pleat is one where you see a continuous flow of ½” to ¾” pleats. You can chose from a wide variety of fabrics to create your box pleat, but one of the more preferred fabrics is a soft linen. We added a beautiful soft blue textured trim to the lampshade on the Ralph Lauren Pierced Celadon lamp, and we think this creation is stunning!
Alternate Side Pleats and Stretched Fabric. Side pleats can also be applied to lampshades in very creative and wonderful ways. In this silk lampshade, the result is alternating sides of side pleats, and then stretched fabric. We’ve also added a black, gold and white trim to accent the character of the lamp.
Alternate Fabric Color. The drum lampshade is one of the most traditional types of lampshades, extremely popular from the early twentieth century through the 1980s when the fell out of favor. Today, however, the drum lampshade is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and the category has expanded to include some current and fun additions. Instead of using a plain colored lampshade, we alternated colors. When the light is on, the light casts to different hues, creating a unique look for any space.
As you can see, we added color and texture to what would have been standard lampshades to create a truly custom piece. Do you have a lampshade idea? If so, swing on by, or give us a call. We’d love to bring your vision to life!
Let’s talk about a lamp that has been a fan favorite here at the store. As soon as we get one in, it heads back out the door, in the hands of another happy customer. The Visual Comfort Dorchester Adjustable Club Table Lamp is a lamp you can place in your office, or living space, and it is both striking and functional.
The beauty of this lamp is that it is adjustable, and can fit the lighting needs in a targeted space. It has two lights to provide adequate light, and can adjust to a height of 35 inches. Pictured above is the lamp in Antique-Burnished Brass with a black shade. You can also sub it out for a natural shade, or visit us to select a lampshade for your needs!
Lantern pendants are oh-so popular, and we can’t seem to keep these in our stores! They are versatile, and can make magic in any room. Visual Comfort is known for their lanterns, and below you can find our five favorite visual comfort lanterns.
Visual Comfort Osborne Lantern
This 4-light lantern from the E.F. Chapman Darlana collection is great in the foyer, or in a series down a hallway. It comes in a number of finishes including polished nickel.
Visual comfort Morris Lantern
This 3 light pendant is a showstopper! It’s in Visual Comfort’s Suzanne Kasler Morris collection, and we can liken this pendant to a statement necklace. It’s gorgeous.
Visual Comfort Darlana Lantern This 4-light lantern is one of the most popular Visual Comfort pendants because of its versatility. It can be added to any space, and brings a certain level of sophistication to any room.
Visual Comfort Desmond 4-Light Cage Lantern
This 4-light pendant is a part of the E.F. Chapman Desmond collection, and reminds me of a lighting fixture that should be featured in a Tuscan villa, or Sonoma winery. It’s simple yet charming, and has an element of historic class.
Visual Comfort Cornice Hanging Lantern
This is yet another versatile Visual Comfort lantern. This 3-light hanging lantern comes in a number of finishes including Bronze, and can truly fit into any space. It would bring to life a quaint breakfast nook, blend flawlessly into a modern living room, or sit beautifully above a three-season porch
I’m a big fan of ethnic designs and global crafts. If you recall, I recently shared a collection of Portuguese Pottery Lamps I sourced from a trip to Portugal. You can learn a lot from viewing a country’s art and design, and I’m excited to continue to bring new and different ethnic items to the store. The latest group of ethnic designs are from Nicaragua. These Nicaraguan Wood Lamps are hand-carved and come in an array of bold colors. These hand-carved designs feature a nod to the Nicaraguan rain forest and natural wonders.
Globally influenced color, patterns and shapes is a prominent interior design trend in 2016. Pantone’s PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2016 color forecast notes the ethnic colors as one of its four main color themes of 2016. It’s quite amazing to see how an ethnic home accessory can bring any space to life!
A couple of months ago I shipped off to Portugal for a much needed vacation. Portugal is a beautiful country filled with incredible history, delicious food and a culture that’s unlike any other. Now, I did get a lot of relaxation in, but I also did “some” work. I was able to visit a Portuguese pottery factory and see first-hand how these gorgeous pieces of pottery are made. The process is intricate, and each piece is hand painted. The hand painting alone was a sight to see! I’m excited to share that I have curated a collection of these hand-painted Portuguese pottery pieces and transformed them into beautiful Portuguese pottery lamps. I have a small collection of these in the store. Check out the photos, or even better, stop by and check them out!
We recently added kitchen island lighting fixtures to our online shop! It’s always challenging to hunt for the perfect kitchen island lighting solution. With more than 20 different lights to choose from, these grand kitchen island lighting fixtures will add the perfect aesthetic and lighting to your kitchen space. One of our favorites is from Currey and Company – the Broxton Rectangular Chandelier. This large kitchen lighting fixture features orb shaped lighting elements and harken back to the era of Edison and Tesla. This vintage modern styling and a steely Pyrite Bronze finish make the Broxton an intensely appealing piece.
We’ve been featuring several whimsical, organic lighting fixtures as of late, but today we’re mixing things up. Hubbardton Forge is a local New England lighting manufacturer who crafts the upmost chic and sturdy lighting fixtures. A recent favorite is the Cityscape Pendant, featured above (with the skyline of Boston!).
Metallic-adorned lighting is a hot trend right now, and this fixture features polished aluminum rods with a glowing edge-lit LED guide plate. The mix of light and shadow is so majestic, and we think the Cityscape Pendant is perfect for an urban space.