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.
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
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.
Making a great first impression is key, which is why it’s oh-so important for your foyer design to really rock! One of the most effective way to do this is choosing an eye-catching foyer lighting fixture. There are a range of foyer lights and foyer chandeliers in many shapes and finishes – from glass to a range of different metallics! We’ve collected some of our favorites to spotlight below.
When a customer goes to purchase a lamp at our store, they’re greeted with a selection of finials. A HUGE selection I might add. There are so many different shapes and themes of finials…I could go on for days! A lamp finial is important as it finishes off your new lamp and can add a pop of color or texture that connects a room together. One of our favorite finial designers is Hillary Thomas. Each piece is handcrafted and a brilliant piece of lamp art! We’re especially loving the stone and gem finials.
With summer on the horizon, many folks are starting to reinvigorate their summer homes. These shell lamp finals are perfect for those beach cottages!
Sometimes when I’m out with friends, I end of talking some shop. Hey, I love what I do, so it comes through in my personal conversations! I made the comment that brass was on it’s way back. Gasp! Yes, this seemed to be the common reaction from those listening, because after all, weren’t we all still trying to swap out those pesky brass door knobs and find ways to upcycle that old brass lamp? Sure, brass had its heyday in the 70s, but big-name interior designers are bringing it back, in a modern, chic way of course. Currey & Company is one of the lighting manufacturers making a case for the brass resurgence, and we’re absolutely in love with their new brass light fixtures and brass lamps. Below are a few Currey & Company brass finds, which can all be found in our online shop! Happy shopping!
“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
These words came from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, when Pantone announced their 2015 color of the year. We couldn’t be more excited for this color. There is such a beautiful richness to this hue and it’s incredibly inviting. Now, we also loved last year’s color – Radiant Orchid – but Marsala is so much more versatile. And we love versatility!
I had an opportunity to travel to Italy – Rome and Florence – on a “Wellness Trip” with 6 other wonderful women. With the exception of our transportation to and from the airports – we walked Rome and Florence. What a fabulous experience – from the Roman ruins to the Vatican to the food markets in Rome, we walked and walked and walked!!! And, then onto Florence – but more about that later next week.
Not surprisingly, I was very interested in seeing how the “lights of Rome” might be different from what we see here in Boston and the US. So, on power walks through the city, I had time to peek into a number of small shops, and while we wined and dined on the most awesome Italian food, my eyes traveled to the lighting used to create the ambiance …which of course, made the food taste even better!
One of the things I observed was the large number of lamps and lighting fixtures made with glass – often Venetian glass….and frequently designed with vivid colors. This chandelier graced the little restaurant in our hotel.
Some of those vividly designed blown glass table lamps were dressed with perfectly sized and colored lampshades……
And, speaking of lampshades, we found a little shop that created a number of whimsical lampshades such as this one for a table lamp,
And these lampshades used as pendants……
Pendants are one of the most popular types of lighting we found in Rome. These pendants hung in a fabulous little restaurant near the Vatican that served the best pizza!!!
After three days in Rome, we headed to the train station and onto Florence, or Firenze…. More about that next week!