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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: 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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This & That: Woodbury Picture Lights from Hudson Valley

If you haven’t been able to tell, we are BIG fans of the ocean and sailing. Heck, we are fans of everything nautical, including coastal cuisine! Perhaps you first connected our love for the sea through our incessant chatter about our nautical lampshades. Today we will hold off from raving about our nautical lampshades, so we can take time to discuss something that I think is missing from many homes – picture lights. If you’re like me, I often fall in love with artwork from my various travels, including artwork of the ocean. These masterfully painted pieces of art can take me away, even when I’m in the confines of my office. A beautiful piece of art can certainly transcend the mind and soul, which is why it’s important to give your artwork the spotlight it deserves! We carry a selection of picture lights, but our favorite as of late is the Woodbury picture light from Hudson Valley. It comes is aged brass, historic bronze and distressed bronze, and can brilliantly cast light on your artwork. The piece featured below is called “Weekend Sailing,” an oil painting Sandy Nelson.

Woodbury Picture Light - This & That


Take a look around your home, and see if there is a standout piece of artwork that deserves some more attention. Then, make your way over to our gallery of picture lights to see if there is a perfect fit for your masterpiece.

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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


Cut Corner Square Nautical Lampshade


Hexagonal Nautical Lampshade


Wall Sconce and Chandelier Nautical Lampshades


Shield/Half Nautical Lampshade


Drum Nautical Lampshade


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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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We’re Loving: New from Currey & Company

Every few months we have the delight of seeing some of the latest beautiful lamp creations from one of our beloved manufacturers, Currey & Company. We can’t take our eyes off of these gems below – here are our favorites!

 Aquaterra – This lighting fixture is made from recycled glass and the iron contrasts beautifully to give this piece rustic charm.


Buckminster – The Buckminster Chandelier is stunning to look at in a room and is composed of triangles made from hand-finished wrought iron in Pyrite Bronze.


Firefly Rectangular Chandelier -This was inspired from the evenings you might have spent as a child running around and capturing these luminous creatures inside glass jars. How cool is that?

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Forum – Wow, this just brings glitz and glam to any room. It’s finished in stunning Annatto Gold Leaf and it’s elegance and intricate design will draw any eye.


Kata – This brings a subtle glow into any room while wrapped in Black Iron. This beauty has a hint of tradition with a bit of modernity.


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A Paris Apartment Frozen in Time

The history of interiors is always fascinating to me. Looks change over time. Some trends come back to life and some stay dormant (as they should). Recently a time capsule of sorts was found in a Parisian apartment, left unoccupied since 1942.  It was owned by Madame de Florian – a socialite and an actress – who fled to the South of France during the second world war, leaving everything behind. She never came back to Paris but kept on paying her rent until the day she died when she was 91. The photos below represent the beautiful chaos that was her apartment.

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Look at the mirror lighting! I can image her using this to get ready for her evening affairs.

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I spy an old small empire lampshade in the corner!

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Photos: Bello Blog

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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.

Felt Lamps


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Photo: West Elm

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Trending: Wire Pendant Lamps

A lampshade without the shade? Yes, that’s right. This trend is becoming very popular, and that is likely due to this popular lamp found at Anthropologie. This look is perfect for adding a hint of industrial charm to a room, or if you love a super modern interior. With this style, you have to place in a space where the harsh direct light is acceptable, and most of the time this look can work well as a pendant. Take a look at some examples below. What do you think?


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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!


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.


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.

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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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!