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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!

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Below is a thicker linen lampshade weave with a thinner lampshade trim.

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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!

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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 support@concordlampandshade.com  and we will respond quickly with a price quote and timing.

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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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We are Still Boston Strong!

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since the catastrophic Boston Marathon events of 2013. Even though a bit of justice has been served in the sense that Tsarnaev was found guilty on all counts, family and friends will always feel the pain and loss from those tragic events. The strength, support and resilience of the Boston community continues to amaze me. We are just as strong and supportive of each other today as we were two years ago. We are still Boston strong!

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Whether you’re in the city watching the Boston Marathon live, viewing from your televisions or even just thinking about the runners, let’s continue to band together and be a city of strength and support. Good luck runners! Let’s see you cross that finish line!

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GIVEAWAY: Red Sox Baseball Lamp

We’ve been waiting patiently all winter for the official kickoff of spring and summer…opening day at Fenway Park! Today they take on the Washington Nationals in their first home game of the season, and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate, we’re giving our Facebook community the chance to win our very own Red Sox Baseball Lamp! Hop on over to our Facebook page for the chance to win.

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The lamp was designed and made at our store in Concord, MA using MLB baseballs with the Red Sox logo. The base of the lamp is made of ash (the same wood used to make many major league bats) and is milled locally into the shape of home plate (available in either painted white or clear ash).

Perhaps the most notable feature is the lampshade’s original artwork created by a local artist, Jack Skinner. The lampshade illustrates a game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the evil empire (aka the Yankees). In this game, the scoreboard in left field shows the Red Sox leading 9-0, and the empire has one error. Wally is in the left field stands, your favorite icons are in their proper places in and around the park, and the fans in the back of the stadium are wearing Red Sox team jerseys from the 2009-2011 teams.

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Prep Your Summer Cottage with Nautical Lampshades

Spring is here, and summer is around that corner (if you can believe it). Many New Englanders are thinking about getting their summer houses in order – spring cleaning, organizing and redesigning their summer spaces. One very popular way to add a new look to a room is with our collection of nautical lampshades. We can create a lampshade from any US and / or Caribbean coastal geography – Bermuda, Martha’s Vineyard and beyond! These also come in a number of different shapes and sizes. Below is a peek at a few different sizes, which can all be custom ordered online from our website!

Pyramid Nautical Lampshade

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Cut Corner Square Nautical Lampshade

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Hexagonal Nautical Lampshade

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Wall Sconce and Chandelier Nautical Lampshades

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Shield/Half Nautical Lampshade

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Drum Nautical Lampshade

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Think Spring: Red Sox Baseball Table Lamp

It might be brutally cold in New England this morning, but if you can believe it, our beloved Boston Red Sox are down in sunny Florida training for the 2015 MLB season. We’re slightly jealous and dreaming of those warmer days when they return to Fenway. Until then, the scene on the Red Sox Baseball Table Lamp shade is taking us away to a warm day at the park!

The Red Sox Baseball Table Lamp is designed and made at our shop in Concord and constructed with three stacked major league baseballs. The base of the lamp is milled in the shape of home plate and made using ash (available in either painted white or clear ash).  Ash is the wood used to make many of the major league bats. The lamp shade features original artwork, by a local artist, Jack Skinner of a game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the “evil empire” (aka the Yankees). In this game, the score board in left field shows the Red Sox leading 9-0, and the “empire” has one error!  Wally is in the left field stands, your favorite icons are in their proper places in and around the park, and the fans sitting in the back of the stadium are wearing Red Sox team jerseys from recent teams, including the series MVP, Big Papi, David Ortiz.

We hope this lamp helps warm your hearts and minds as we head into spring. Fourteen more days to go! We are over-the-moon excited!

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GIVEAWAY – New England Football Lamp

New England is buzzing with excitement for the Super Bowl, as our very own New England Patriots head to the big game on February 1. To celebrate, we’re giving away one of our New England Football Lamps! New England fans love this lamp, and it can really be a nice addition on game day (and every day after!).

To enter to win, head over to our Facebook page and comment with why you’re the biggest Patriots fan. Winners will be announced on January 30. Good luck!

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Felt: An alternative lampshade material

Felt. You wouldn’t instinctually think of it as a lampshade material, but the material is actually a perfectly moldable canvas that is affordable, natural and recyclable. The material can be transformed to any color or shape, and is now being used to make everything from lamps and pillows to floor coverings and place mats. The options are endless. Below are a few lamps we’re absolutely loving. Would you ever guess they were made of felt from afar? We could never tell.

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Introducing the Limited Edition “2013 World Series Champion Red Sox” Table Lamp

To help celebrate the victorious 2013 World Champion Red Sox, we introduce the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox Table Lamp!

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On October 30, the Boston Red Sox won their fourth and final game against the St. Louis Cardinals, champions of the National League.  What a game…. What a series!!  What better way to celebrate the victory and relish the memory day after day, than with the limited edition 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox Table Lamp.

This special edition of the Red Sox Baseball Table Lamp designed and made at our shop in Concord, is constructed with three stacked major league baseballs; the baseball on top features the Red Soxlogo; the middle baseball is the limited edition 2013 World Series Champion ball with the Red Sox logo, and the third baseball features the St. Louis Cardinals logo.

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The base of the lamp is milled in the shape of home plate and made using ash (available in either painted white or clear ash).  Ash is the wood used to make many of the major league bats.

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The lamp shade features original artwork, by a local artist, Jack Skinner of a game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the “evil empire” (aka the Yankees). In this game, the score board in left field shows the Red Sox leading 9-0, and the “empire” has one error!  Wally is in the left field stands, your favorite icons are in their proper places in and around the park, and the fans sitting in the back of the stadium are wearing Red Sox team jerseys from recent teams, including the series MVP, Big Papi, David Ortiz.

But, perhaps the most unique feature of the lamp is to watch the game change from a day game to a night game;  when the light is off, a day game is being played, but when the light is turned on…. you are watching a night game!  The moon and the stars come out, the stadium lights come on, Wally lights up as does the field, the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and you can see #1 Sox light up in the window of one of the Boston skyscrapers!

An extra and special finishing touch to the lamp is a baseball finial – either a single baseball, or a baseball safe inside a miniature catcher’s mitt.  The lamp is shipped with a small brass, non-decorative finial.  Many people chose, however, a finial at the top of the lamp to mimic the logo baseballs on the stem of the lamp.

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We have only a limited number of these special edition lamps. To purchase your lamp, call our store 978.369.3000, and we will slide one into your home – or the home(s) of one of your special RedSox fans.

 

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Light Up the 2013 Patriots Season with New Patriots Football Table Lamp

We New England football fans are spoiled – we have been able to watch one of the best NFL teams in the country for over 20 years.   The 2013 football season is already half way over and the Patriots are once again off to a strong start with a 7 and 2 record…with a promise of the best to come!   And now you can celebrate the team, the season and the success with the New Patriots Football Table Lamp.

The Patriots Football Table Lamp was designed with the Patriots players and fans in mind…. It is big, it is colorful, it has presence, and it is soooo special!!!  Designed and manufactured at our shop in Concord, it features a Patriots logo football and a unique lampshade of a game between the Pats and their NY rival!

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The base of the lamp is a rectangular piece of wood, cut to the same proportion as the playing football field.  The wood is covered with astro turf, and is completed with a white line marker, a kicking tee and a Patriots logo football.

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The lampshade is also rectangular and features original artwork, by our local artist, Jack Skinner, of a game at Gillette Stadium between the Pats and the Jets.  In this game, the score board shows the Pats leading 31-0.  Pat Patriot is in the corner of the stadium, your favorite icons are in their proper places around the stadium, and the fans sitting in the back of the stadium are wearing Patriots team jerseys from their most favorite Patriots players – past and present.

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But, the most unique feature of the lamp is to watch the game change from a day game to a night game; when the light is off, the Patriots are playing a day game.  But, when the light is turned on….. you are  watching the Pats play a night game!  The moon and the stars awaken, the stadium lights come on, the field and the goal posts light up, as does the light in the lighthouse, the scoreboard and the megatrons.

An extra and special touch to the lamp is a football finial.  The lamp is shipped with a small brass, non-decorative final.  However, many people chose a final at the top of the lamp to mimic the logo football.

Either way – it is a special lamp and one you and your Pats fans (of all ages) will enjoy for many years.   To get your lamp, go to our website, concordlampandshade.com to order, or call the store 978.369.3000, and we will slide one into your home!

 

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Silk Lampshades – Box Pleats, Part 1

There are as many styles of pleated lampshades as there are styles and sizes of lampshades…too many to count!  We are going to give you an overview of lampshade pleats – starting with silk lampshades and moving to the hardback shades.

The first general category of silk pleats is the Box Pleat, which seems to be growing in popularity in the last few years.  So, what is a Box Pleat?  A box pleat is created when you manipulate a piece of fabric such that a pleat or fold is formed on both sides of the fabric, and 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 have pared a custom designed (by M. Gabaree Lampshades) modified empire lampshade with a linen box pleat with one of our Ralph Lauren pierced celadon lamps; the effect is wonderful below:

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The same type of basic box pleat can also be applied to different shapes of lampshades, as you can see from this beautifully pleated and trimmed hexagon and this silk coolie lampshade and finally this silk drum lampshade.

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Another type of box pleat is the “Euro” or “English” style of box pleat wherein the a box pleat is followed by an open space of the same width, followed by another box pleat, open space, etc.

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Yet another style of box pleat is the “open” box pleat.  In this type of pleat, the pleats are adjacent to one another across the top of the lampshade, but they “open” up at the bottom.  This type of pleat is most easily seen when the bottom of the lampshade is larger than the top of the lampshade as with a coolie lampshade or a larger imperial empire lampshade.

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Ah – but the list of box pleats goes on – we will explore other box pleat styles next week!