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Silk Lampshades – Box Pleats, Part 2

By Ann Eckert |

We introduced the most “basic” types of box pleats – the simple box pleat, the Euro or English style box pleat, and the open box pleat.  But there are more variations on the theme! The Rolled Box Pleat is characterized by “softer” folds, as compared to the more “crisper” folds of the standard box pleats […]

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Bell Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

One could divide the world of lampshades into two different camps – straight sided versus a “belled” shape.   Those lampshades that are characterized by a straight line extending the from the top of the lampshade to the bottom of the lampshade can come in a variety of flavors – round, square, rectangles, octagons, etc. The […]

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Lampshade Gallery

By Ann Eckert |

What is a lampshade gallery? A gallery is an aesthetic element added to the bottom of a lampshade that conforms to the shape of the lampshade bottom, is typically an inch in height, and is set off with a piped wire separating it visually from the body of the lampshade.  The gallery may be covered […]

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Octagonal Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

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 […]

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Hexagonal Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to look at our wide selection of hexagonal lampshades. Another general category of lampshade styles is the six sided, hexagon lampshade.  While lamps with an hexagonal element are not the most common in the store, nevertheless, when either the base or the lamp itself offers a hexagon, we like to work with it.  […]

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Rectangle Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to learn more about our rectangle lampshades. We don’t see as many lamps which feature a rectangular shape, but when one comes into the store, we are ready!  There are many variations on the rectangle – some traditional, and others more contemporary, clean lines.  The key feature of the rectangle is the greater […]

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Fillable Glass Lamps

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to look at our selection of handmade and affordable collectible lamps. Clear glass vases are used frequently in interior décor to add a personalized touch to a room. Adding whole oranges or lemons to a vase is a very common way to liven up a dining room or kitchen, and during the holidays […]

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Square Lampshades

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to look at our wide selection of square lampshades. As I share with our customers, most lamps are round, and to be “true” to the style and shape of the lamp, we are most often drawn to some form of a round lampshade.  I really enjoy the opportunity to work with customers wanting […]

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Before and After: Antique Milk Jugs Made into Lamps

By Ann Eckert |

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 […]

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Our Sizzlin’ Saturday in Concord

By Ann Eckert |

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 […]

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What is an Oval Lampshade?

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to learn more about our selection of oval lampshades. The oval lampshade has a closed ovular form where the width of the lampshade is greater than the depth (back to front) of the lampshade.   We use oval lampshades in two different situations.  The first is when the base of the lamp has an […]

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A Lamp Tale of Four Cities

By Ann Eckert |

Click here to learn more about our nautical and ski chart lampshades. One of the best parts of my job is creating custom lamps that illustrate a special moment in someone’s life or even a personal journey. Many of these types of requests have come through our doors. For example, there was a young man […]

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