I am headed out tomorrow for some great retail therapy. Armed with these inspirational pics, I am bound to come back with some amazing outfits. Can’t wait! Have a great weekend and go seek some retail therapy of your own.
I amazes me how something as simple as a lamp shade can date a room back several decades. Changing a lamp shade can also update an old lamp and change the look of a room in an instant. Lamp shade trends have changed so much over the years. In the 1960′s and 70′s drum shades were big. However, these weren’t the drum shades we are digging on today. Nope the style way back when was for the shade to actually be just as tall or taller than the lamp itself. I have clients come in with beautiful vintage lamps all the time, and the height of the original harps on these things scare me. Some customers even insist on getting the same size shade as was on the lamp before, not to maintain the original design of the lamp (because lets face it, this lamp has probably already been through several decades of shade changes before the latest one was left on it way to long), but because their eye is used to seeing this size shade on this lamp they want this size again (tip: a great way to adjust your eye to updated looks is to always pour over the latest design magazines).
So let me start off my saying, your lamp shade should no longer be taller than your lamp (this just ain’t cool anymore) and there is not a particular size lamp shade for your lamp. You can put several different sizes and shapes on the same lamp and they look equally as good (key: change your harp to fit lamp shades of different heights and always bring your lamp to the store when buying a new shade).
This shade is way to tall for this lamp (what used to be stylish just isn’t anymore). If your lamp shade resembles this, it is time for a change! The lamp itself can look really great with the right shade.
Again, this room has not been updated in several decades and the first tip off that it hasn’t is the lampshade!
Now on to the 80′s. Oh boy, here we go. Of course the pendulum always swings the other direction for the next generation. In the 80′s people hated drum shades because that is what their parents had. They revolted with the “not to cool anymore” coolie shades. Coolie shades have a very large opening at the bottom and a very small opening at the top. They are extremely tapered, and to a fault I might add. These wide mouth shades require a huge table space and a very short harp. I have seen so many coolie shades with the lining busting out due to high heat from the lightbulb being too close to the shade. A very poor design I think. To put it gently, they remind me of a cheap beach hotel room in desperate need for renovation.
In the 90′s/ 2000′s we started to develop of love for a more classic lamp shade. The traditional bell shade resurfaced and with embellishments. There was fringe, beads, feathers, you name it. There was a flair for the overdone.
Of course, you can’t forget the dreaded “gathered pleated shades”, or should I call them dust collectors. They gather more dust and dirt than my swiffer and ignite allergies everywhere they go. Oh, and that golden glow you’ve grown so accustom to (you just can’t figure out why none of the new shades of that glow), thats not what the shade is supposed to look like. that is the vinyl lining yellowing from heat and age. Not a pretty look.
I am not naive enough to think we have overcome all bad trends and are never doomed to repeat them, but I feel like the lamp shades of today have a certain classic appeal that I love. They aren’t extremely long, or extremely tapered, or extremely anything but beautiful.
Pleats have grown! I love pleated lamp shades, box pleated lamp shades that is. Boxpleat lamp shades are so classic and a perfect marriage of masculine and feminine. They seem to fit in any design style. It kills me to see a nose wrinkle at the word pleated. Pleats are good people, just not gathered pleats on lamp shades and pleat front slacks.
The new drum shade is much more in scale with the lamp. It is slightly shorter than the lamp yet has a wider girth.
The new taper on lamp shades is very slight. They are almost a drum shape. They feel much softer and more elegant than “coolies”.
Then there are the odd balls. They aren’t to odd anymore though. You are seeing a lot of square, rectangle, and oval shades. I love, love, love an oval shade!
Finally, one of my favorite shade shapes, resurfacing from centuries back. The shield shape is oh so French. I love my chicken wire shield lamp shade!
Generally I only like to show pretty rooms on my blog, but I thought this was a lesson worth teaching. I found a great site during my search called “Ugly House Photos”. If you are still digging your “coolies” you may want to check this site out. If your house in any way resembles the ones on this site, seek immediate help. I always like to end on a high note, so here goes. There are not really any set rules one must follow in design. Designers break the rules all the time. So if you just can’t break your “coolie” habit, don’t sweat it. Trends always come back around.
I’ll be off to work in a bit, but I had time this morning and thought I’d send everyone off with a Good Morning wish. I was flipping through by dailies this morning and found this amazing picture on “Beautiful Things to Share”. I posted it simply to say, I wish I were wearing this to work today. I can picture heading off to a glamorous photoshoot. Haha, life in Design ain’t quite that picture perfect! Interior Design takes getting down and dirty sometimes, while opening boxes and boxes of merchandise that are covered in dust from sitting in a warehouse. So, instead I am off to work in the prettiest outfit I have, that hides dirt really well. I love it, and to me there is nothing more fabulous!
Printed Lamp Shades (pic via Washington Spaces)
Statement Jewelry (pic via BejeweledBespoke)
Antique Rugs (pic via Samir Oriental Rugs)
Painted furniture (pic via Beautiful Things to Share)
Unique chandeliers (pic via Cotedetexas)
Skinny Jeans with boots
Antique French Mirrors (pic via Interiors by Moyanne)
French Benches (pic via Interiors by Moyanne)
Booties (pic via Decor8)
Feminine Details (pic via The Paris Apartment)
Hydrangeas (pic via Phoebe Howard)
Canopy Beds (pic via Phoebe Howard)
Linen upholstery (pic via Cotedetexas)
Kittens (pic via Desire to Inspire)
and of course my Hubby (pic via me)
So, I know that there are no “original color schemes”. All the good ones have been around the block at least once, but this color scheme is new to me so I am digging it. I dig anything involving pink! I have seen the pink with grey (still loving it), pink with blue, pink with white (of course), pink with just about every color. Maybe we should start considering pink a universal neutral. I’m down for that. I have noticed a new companion with pink recently, navy. I love these two colors together, and hope to see a lot more of it in the coming seasons. So what do you think? Are you digging it? Do you think “pink and navy” will be the new “pink and grey” in 2010?
I am finally finished with my “$200 or less makeover challenge”, Yippee!!! It took a lot longer than I thought, but I am pleased with the results. You’ll be happy to know that the $200 I gave myself to spend was quite more than enough. See below for my breakdown of cost, but for now check out my “before and afters”.
The first thing I wanted to do was make a plan for the wall decor. I took a mirror I have had since college (it was gold with crackle paint) and painted it white. Then I took sandpaper and lightly distressed it. I did the same with some Ikea candle sconces I had lying around.
Then I just had to try out this new “studio style” trend. This means to hang your art at different levels (kind of a collage of art that has grown as you hang your masterpieces, as you would do in an art studio). I took wallpaper samples I had from discontinued wallpaper books and framed them with frames I already had. I especially love the fruit topiary wallpaper. It looks so french! I cut out a metallic damask pattern and pasted it to the corners of the small square frame and placed stripes of fabric inside. The mirrors I found at a yard sale for $1.00 for all three. I drew a sketch of the hanging plan before I went hammering holes in the wall. However, this was still the easiest hanging job I have ever done, because nothing had to be level. I love “studio style”. I posted previously about my lovely “french chicken wire lampshade”. I bought it at work for $29.00.
Then came the all important window treatments. As you can see above, the old silk panels were fading and to dark. This room has a full sliding glass door, so the window treatments needed to be light and blend. Changing the window treatments from a dark, bold color, to a soft, subtle linen made all the difference!!
This orange wall was the bane of my existence! I hated it sooo much. I matched the soft linen color of the other wall and just painted the one wall. I spent $24.00 on paint and supplies. The walls being all one color and light made the room feel twice as big.
Then it was on to the clean up of this mess I called a desk. How I was ever inspired, I will never know. First I dealt with the UGLY table. I bought 4 legs at Ikea at $10.00 each. Then I wallpapered the top with a lovely “tone on tone” art nouveau pattern wallpaper I had leftover from a display at work. I made a skirt (to cover the unsightly cords) with a luxurious silk. I pleated it with a staple gun underneath the table and then attached a pretty blue polka-dot ribbon in each pleat with Velcro for contrast. Now I actually like sitting at my desk!
As you see, I covered the entire door with white grommet panels I had previously. I moved the rod as close as I could to the ceiling to add height to the room. I love the window treatments, and they are all from Ikea!! The white lets so much light in the room. It no longer feels like a cave.
I bought the rod at “Ross dress for less”. Yup, and for only $15.oo!
Here is a better picture of the desk skirt.
I picked up a couple of urns for $10.00 each.
See the cute blue polka-dot ribbon, isn’t it cute. I love the wallpaper on the desk top. It blends to nicely.
I know the carpet is an issue. I am working on it though. I have one philosophy I have learned to follow. Never buy just because it is a deal, only buy if you love it. I haven’t found a rug I love yet, so I haven’t bought one.
So here is the cost breakdown.
Paint and supplies $24.00
Table legs $40.00
Curtain rod $15.00
Desk accessories $20.00
Wow, I have money leftover!! I think I will spend the remainder on some perfectly soft robin’s egg blue candles for my sconces (I don’t have any because I am being picky about the color), and some lovely flowers for my desk. Oh, and some Starbucks to give me energy after this project. So I hope this inspires you to do a little brainstorming to figure out how you can transform a room by moving things around in your home and finding great deals that really are out there. It does take time, but it is so worth it.
A few weeks ago I challenged myself to makeover a room in my home for $200 or less. I could pull anything from my home I already owned (as long as I am not making the room I pulled from ugly!!) and spend a total of $200 or less for the entire room. I decided to challenge my readers to do the same. I called it the “$200 or less room makeover challenge”. I got a couple responses from my readers saying they would accept my challenge. Yesterday, I received my first “before and after’s” of an amazing makeover from Britt over at A Penny Saved, and I was truly blown away. She spent almost half the allotted amount and the transformation is truly fabulous. Above is the before of Britt’s dining room. Not to bad huh? Simple, yet lacking a little interest. Well, obviously Britt was thinking on the same wavelength because look at the after.
Wow, wow, um wow! Are you saying this with me? You may be wandering how she could afford a beautiful damask wallpaper on such a little budget. Well, that ain’t wallpaper my friend. She hand sketched and painted the entire room following an extremely expensive damask wallpaper she fell in love with from Farrow and Ball. I love it. I think she is so brave to attempt it, because I would be terrified I would get it crooked! She made the curtains herself, lining them with queen sheets, added a lamp on the buffet and a few ceramic apples (so well placed). She used a buffet, rug, table and chairs, and mirror she already had, but did you notice the chair makeover. A pleated skirt was added to the seats using a staple gun, not a sewing machine (click here to see how she did it). That’s right a staple gun!! So her grand total…$109.00. Well done Britt, you are so creative and inspiring!! Go check out her blog! It is full of creative ideas such as these! I am so glad I did this makeover challenge so I could have the privilege to share with you Britt’s creative ideas and fabulous blog.
If anyone else is working on their makeover room and wants to send me the pics send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t wait to show you my makeover next!
Items bought before moving:
Items bought/made for this room:
Drapes and hardware – $30 for the homemade drapes and $15 for the hardware
Lamp – $20 from craigslist
Chair makeover – $8
Ceramic apples – $6
Mural – $30
Total = $109
Ok, I am down to the last project in my “$200 or less room makeover challenge”. I am making-over my desk table. The table is a ridiculously old/ugly table I bought at Goodwill in college. I have painted it, and painted again, and again. Now I have another great plan to make this table beautiful again. I am going to wallpaper the wooden table top with one of these two leftover wallpaper scraps I have. I am then going to give it new table legs from Ikea. You can see a picture of the legs below (I am hoping they still have these at my local Ikea, because they have been recently discontinued but I really love them). So here is where you come in. I want to let my readers pick the wallpaper for the table top. Not that I can’t pick the one I like more. I am always very decisive, but I think it would be fun to see what you guys think (since I kinda really do like both of them). So which wallpaper should I choose? The first one is a lovely Art Nouveau pattern with yummy creams and silvers. It would be great in any room. The second one is a cute mod flower pattern with pink and cream flowers in a tone on tone polka dot print. It would be so fun and cute. So, will you help me pick?
pic via Ikea Hacker
Don’t forget to get your pictures of your “$200 or less makeover challenge” room in. Click here for info on this fun challenge. Can’t wait to see what you guys have come up with.
Just a reminder, once again, that the deadline for the “$200 or less room makeover” is coming up Aug. 24th. Have your pictures sent in and explain your makeover process with your total expenditure calculated by Aug. 24th, then we will cast a vote to see who wins the “$200 or less room makeover challenge”. It can be any room, even a bathroom or closet. We need creative, economic ideas for every space in our house, these days. Click here for the full explanation of rules and details.
image via Anne Coyle