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We’re Loving: Clean Linen Lampshades

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.

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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  and we will respond quickly with a price quote and timing.

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Featured Project: General Electric Meter Custom Lamp

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!

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Custom Lampshade Trims


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.

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Let’s Get Nautical – It’s Summer!

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.

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Featured Project: Custom-Made Buoy Lamps

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?

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Mood Board Monday: Spring Pastels

This week we celebrated the first day of spring, and that means warmer weather is around the corner! With spring comes the arrival of beautiful pastels. These colors are fresh and inviting, and usher in a sense of renewal. This season we’re seeing Pantone’s colors of the year – rose quartz and serenity – take a prominent seat at this season’s color table, but we’re also seeing the likes of mint green and lilac. We created a mood board surrounding the many spring pastels, and one of our lamps that fits into this trend is the Uttermost Rossa Light Blue Table Lamp.

We hope this mood board motivates you to freshen up your home with these airy pastels!


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This & That: Uttermost Flowing Fern Green Table Lamp


This week is a special week for the Irish. And since Boston has one of the largest communities in the country, it’s an especially happy week here. Welcome to the week of Saint Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we’re thinking green, and will be sharing some of our favorite green lamps and interiors. A green palette fits well into the current botanical trend sweeping the interior design space. Specifically, the fern has been the center for design inspiration. From botanical printed fabric to simply showcasing a number of plants in a home, flora, fern and all that falls in between is here to stay. Uttermost, one of our beloved lighting manufacturers, carries a number of table lamps that fit this theme, but one of our favorites is the Uttermost Flowing Fern Green Table Lamp. The crackled lime green glaze with brushed nickel details can be a beautiful addition to a bright sunroom, or in an earthy living room. Pair the Flowing Fern lamp with the Rope Lace Tiara Chair to create a bohemian and relaxed feel.

Below is another example of how you can incorporate botanicals into an interior space. This was designed by May Interiors. Green can also be tied with bright tropical colors, and blues, to create a bright, funky space.

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We’re Loving: Wire Furnishings and the Furlong Table Lamp

Scandinavian minimalism is another hot trend in the interior design space, especially when it comes to urban living spaces. We’ve seen a surge of white walls and simple uses of metals such as iron and copper. The Furlong Table Lamp by Currey & Company fits into this trend nicely. The Furlong Table Lamp has a textured Molé Black finish that canvases the wrought iron frame. Its cage-like frame comes with an off-white lampshade. Table lamps aren’t the only lighting type carrying the wire look. The Percy Chandelier by Currey & Company is another example.

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We’re also seeing many other wire furnishings. Wire chairs are all over Pinterest, and this is going to be the next mainstream trend. Below is a space designed by Studio Esinam. We created a new Pinterest board devoted to wire furnishings – follow along to see what we uncover! - 2

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3 Ways to Add Pizazz To Your Custom Lampshades

I can talk about lampshades for hours at a time. You betcha. When folks walk into our Concord store they are shocked to see so many options. But there’s even more than meets the eye! We also create custom lampshades for customers on a daily basis. Some customers are looking for their lampshade to blend with the trim of their curtains or pillows. Others are simply looking for a statement piece. Whatever the request, we have options and can create a stunning custom lampshade with oodles of pizzaz.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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New in Store: Visual Comfort Adjustable Console Table Lamp

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 Overseas Adjustable Console 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!


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Our 5 Favorite Visual Comfort Lanterns

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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This & That: Visual Comfort Moravian Star Pendant


If you want an eye-catching pendant, the Visual Comfort E.F. Chapman Moravian Star pendant is it. The star pendant’s shape and mirrored finish certainly aligns with the ongoing Moroccan interior design craze, but in fact, this Visual Comfort pendant can stand out in many different styled rooms. I can see this pendant hanging in a clean, white foyer, with pops of reds and oranges, and the Crate & Barrel Bessie Wool rug – pictured above – on the floor. I’ve also seen this lovely lighting fixture hanging in a rustic lodge and an oriental jungle oasis. It’s quite diverse, and a unique addition to any home.

The Visual Comfort Moravian Star pendant comes in several finishes including Aged Iron, Burnished Silver Leaf, and Gilded Iron, and there are three different sizes. Below is a foyer designed by May Interiors featuring the Moravian Star pendant in Aged Iron.

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Below is a closeup of the Moravian Star pendant hanging in our Concord location. This is finished in Gilded Iron. Beautiful, right? If you’re interested in ordering one of these beauties, be sure to get in touch here.