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This & That: Green and Gold Glenda Table Lamp

“We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” – Winston Churchill

With my heritage rooted in England, I’ve always thought this quote was funny, especially when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around. Well, folks, St. Patrick’s Day is here again (tomorrow), and as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we put together a green-themed “This or That” blog post, centered around the beautifully ornate Glenda Table Lamp made by Currey & Company. There is something about the green and gold combination that is so timeless! For example, Cameron Diaz’s home has this beautiful green and gold kitchen that we absolutely adore.

The Currey & Company Glenda Table Lamp can go with a number of different neutral-toned interiors, and will add a pop of color to any room. Pair this lamp with this Gold Beaded Tile Pillow from Pier 1 to add even more gilded goodness to your space.


This or That Glenda Table Lamp

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year- Radiant Orchid

Radiant OrchidYou have likely heard that Pantone chose Radiant Orchid as its 2014 color of the year … what a fun color! This hue is considered a very high vibrational color, can represent magic and mystery, and can be inspirational.

It can serve many emotional uses, but when it comes to what it goes well with, it can be quite complex. It plays well with some colors, but can really clash with others. We’ve pulled some case of where this color works well in the interior space.

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Spring 2014 Interior Design Trend: Pastels

The last time pastel colors were popular in interior design was during the early 90s. After journeying through neutral tones and then bold colors, we’re once again seeing pastels for spring 2014. From pale lilac to buttercup yellow, pastels are here and simply welcoming, calming and peaceful in any room. I like to think that pastels in the home can really balance the craziness of life. While you can choose to update a room’s paint color, you can also add a calming effect to a room with lamps, accent pillows, blankets, artwork, smaller furniture, and décor.

Pastel pendant

This kitchen is serene, constructed of neutral colors mixed with mint pastel pendant lights from Visual Comfort.

Colorado homes pastel

I’m loving this living space filled with raspberry, stark patterns and perfectly peach hues. The peach really pops against the darker colors, but complement the raspberry and coffee tones – this just works so well!

Flamingo Chandelier

Also, I’ve discovered this new Currey & Company Flamingo Chandelier that combines pastel rose hues with deeper pinks to create a lighting fixture that is a sight to see in any room. Cheers to pastels, and look for more spring 2014 trends in a post next week.

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Trend Alert: Pantone Names Spring 2014 Colors

It’s fashion week again in New York, and that means we’ve heard from Pantone about the new colors for Spring 2014!

Pantone just released their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014 which contains an overview of the top colors most prevalent in designers’ current collections. This time around we’re seeing a balance of pastels, neutrals and vibrant hues, and we can be certain that accessories and furniture on the horizon will be brushed with these colors.

Women’s Wear Daily put together a comprehensive look at the new colors and we’ve included their graphic below which beautifully illustrates all of them.

2014 Pantone Colors - WWD

Image: WWD

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Octagonal Lampshades

Octagonal lampshades form an often useful “bridge” between your round empire or bell lampshade to a “shape”.  With eight unique sides – sometimes of equal size, sometimes 2 sets of 4 sides the same – the octagonal lampshade offers “softer” edges or corners than the hexagonal or square / rectangular lampshades.

We will most often suggest an octagonal lampshade in one of two situations.  The first is when presented with a lamp that has been dressed with a cylindrical lampshade for the last 40-50 years, and our customer wants to make a change, or “update” the look ….. sort of – but is so used to looking at the long cylinder they might not want to make a dramatic change!  In that instance, I will often offer as an option the “Fancy Octagon” lampshade.

Image 1 Fancy Octagon - Silk-1

The Fancy Octagon is available only as a silk lampshade and only in the larger sizes – 14” and above.  This lampshade is relatively long for its size (eg, an 18” shade is 15.5” long, whereas you standard 18” empire lampshade is 13” tall), and also offers a slightly belled shape.  It can look very nice on some of the old and wonderful brass Stiffel lamps we see in the store looking for a new lampshade.

A close rendition of the Fancy Octagon is the Modified Fancy Octagon.  The dimensions of the modified FO are much closer to the standard dimensions of the empires or bells in a similar size.  Further, the bell shape of the modified FO is more exaggerated than is the case with the Fancy Octagon.

Image 2 Modified Fancy Octagon - Silk1

Another octagonal lampshade we keep in stock – particularly in the larger sizes – is the Octagonal Coolie lampshade.  The Octagonal Coolie is a wonderful lampshade to use on a large round oriental style ceramic.  It is often a more interesting choice than the coolie lampshade – but still offers the general short and wide shape characteristic of the coolie style.

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Yet another style of the octagonal lampshade is the straight sided octagon.  Pictured below on a tall blue and white oriental lamp, this custom made and trimmed deep octagon lampshade is a perfect complement to this very interesting lamp!

Image 4 Tall Octagon with Straight Sides

Some of our customers enjoy silk lampshades that offer a “gallery” feature – the straight banding or detail at the bottom of a lampshade, following the shape of the lamp, but set off by a wire and piping or other special trim treatments.  Pictured below is a round top outscallop octagonal bottom lampshade with a gallery.

Image 5 Silk Round Top Outscallop Octagon Bottom w Gallery1


The octagon lampshades provide just another opportunity to set off your lamp in a special way!

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Before and After: Antique Milk Jugs Made into Lamps

Our customers are always walking their precious antique finds through our doors. After all, there is something so nostalgic about these relics of the past, and that aged and weathered look can complement a modern decor setting.

A few weeks ago we saw these unique milk jugs come through with Asian artwork. The customer wanted us to transform them into table lamps – from the electrical to the final shade – while maintaining the integrity of the antique.






Miljugs3 Milkjuglamps

These turned out lovely and think these are going to be quite the conversation starter in this home. While these milk jugs are free of milk, they will provide function once again by casting great light.

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Our Sizzlin’ Saturday in Concord

On Saturday Concord’s Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Sizzlin’ Summer Sidewalk Sale where Concord-based businesses flaunted their discounted wares and event-goers enjoyed an array of activities including scavenger hunts, balloon animals, musical performances, juggling acts and wine tastings.


The Red Lady was representing Concord Lamp and Shade and welcomed people to our tables where we featured our custom-made Casafina lamps, and other sale items. It was so much fun to chat with Concord residents as well as visitors who came into town to enjoy the beautiful day in Concord.



Even though we were working throughout the day, we loved hearing the live music fill the street – some great throwback tunes! – and we couldn’t keep our hands off the delicious Trail’s End Cafe cookies. What a treat!


Thanks to everyone for making this day a huge success – we’ll see you next year!


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This & That: Tangerine edition

Tangerine was named Pantone’s color of the year in 2012, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be resilient for years to come. This color is still highly desired by both homeowners and interior designers because it can bring a powerful pop of color to those looking to add personality and sizzle to a room. The Bungalow 5 Angelica Orange Lamp precisely embodies that Tangerine personality, and the retro, curvy silhouette makes it the perfect fit for a bedroom or living room. Pair this lamp with the Tangerine Tub Chair from Horchow to heighten the style of an Asian-inspired room.

Remember, you can have a lot of fun with this hue but too much can be overwhelming, so use it sparingly and add in subdued patterns like the one featured on the chair to add balance.