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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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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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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.
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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

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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.

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We’re Loving: Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

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This is the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, of course it’s the holiday season, but it’s also the time when Pantone announces their annual color of the year! Well. the news is in, and this year they have selected not one, but TWO colors – Rose Quartz and Serenity! How beautiful are these two shades?

Here’s the rationale for the color selection as explained by Pantone: “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

The colors are not only visually appealing, but also emotionally fulfilling, and we’re excited to see all the ways these colors come to life in the new year!

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We’re Loving: Currey & Company Rainforest Chandelier

 

We love flipping through interior design magazines, or clicking through websites, and seeing some of our favorite lamp and lighting brands featured in real homes! On House Beautiful, we found the majestic Currey & Company Rainforest Chandelier in a fun, fresh California cottage. There are bright pops of neon fabrics and colors throughout the home mixed with a lovely neutral palette. If you love this look, the Currey & Company Rainforest Chandelier is for sale on our website – click through to check it out!

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NY Now Gift and Home Show Recap

Fall is almost here, and with every new season, there are new design trends to celebrate. Earlier this week I headed to the NY NOW Gift and Home Show in New York City, and scoped out all of the new home trends. The goal of my visit is to come back with new products to showcase in the store and online! Now, there are many, many vendors that exhibit at the event, and as you can imagine, a lot of new products to sift through. Here’s a quick breakdown of the lighting trends:

1. Metallics aren’t going away. We’ve seen metallics take center stage in the lighting world, and this will continue as a trend. What I did see is that lighting manufacturers are becoming increasingly more adventurous with these metallic designs. Eye-catching orbs, geometric shapes and throw-back chandeliers.

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2. Eco-chic takes flight. We’ve seen eco-friendly materials become popular in lighting design. Reclaimed wood lamp bases was the trend last year, and this year? Feathers, and a lot of them. I spotted these white goosedown feather chandeliers from Vita Lighting made with feathers reclaimed from the food industry.

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3. Classics are still in. For those who shop at our lighting store in Concord, you have seen are collection of beautiful Simon Pearce lamps. We just love their elegant lamp designs, and these pieces can blend into any part of the home. We loved seeing their booth full of their new holiday products, and also those gorgeous glass pendants. Simon Pearce and other traditional lighting manufacturers are here to stay!

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4. Ethnic elements are hot. I adore hand-painted pottery, and have carried several Chinese pieces that I have converted into lamps. I discovered a new line of pottery from Latin America and the pieces are hand-painted and hand-carved. I cannot wait for these to arrive in the next couple of weeks! I don’t have photos yet, but I will surely share photos as soon as I can.

Photos from Instagram: @renaecoheninteriors@jamieoandco, @yvonnejacobs

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Next Stop, Portugal!

It’s been crazy at the store, and I’m beyond grateful for all of the new customers I’m seeing each week! As much as I would love to keep working (and believe me, there is a lot to do!), it’s time to take a much needed vacation with my family…in Portugal! I’m very much looking forward to experiencing the culture, food and architecture, and can’t wait to tell you about my trip when I return. Until then, I’m leaving you with this Portuguese home, ever-so chicly designed. This summer home located is located in Martinho do Porto in Portugal and decorated by Vera Iachi. The use of a neutral palette and wood texture creates a natural and serene environment, and I love the pops of Mediterranean color.

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We’re Loving: Currey & Company’s Broxton Rectangular Chandelier

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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.