Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A tale of three lamps
For as long as I can remember, lampshades and I have not seen eye to eye. No matter where I look, online or in the flesh, I can never seem to find a lampshade I like. Either the shape is too pyramidal, or the covering is wrong, or the proportions don't work. Whatever happened to the good old fashioned cylinder shade? That is much more my style.
The lamp base and shade above are from the 1950s and it sits on the Other Side of my bed.
Pretty much impossible to match, but I have found this shade, from Vixen, which I think contrasts reasonably well. I know it is strange to have non matching lamps but Someone is very attached to his light, and it isn't going anywhere.
The third lampshade is for my daughter's room. I had foolishly bought her an Ikea lamp a few months ago which threw off very little light (the squinting gave it away). We had another 1950's base hanging around, so I bought a shade in a shape I liked and covered it with this butterfly fabric.
If you cut and measure carefully it is quite easy to recover shades using a spray fabric glue. I haven't quite mastered how to make it neat on the inside. In the end I just folded it around and kept it in place with white masking tape. It doesn't look so great in there, but my daughter doesn't mind.
If you look closely you can see a pile of 1970's Enid Blyton hardback books, which I found in March in a second hand bookstall. The Naughtiest Girl in the School, the Faraway Tree and so on. I was so excited to find the ones just like those I had.