Monday, January 7, 2013

all the lampshades must be covered

Among my Christmas presents was Romantic Prairie Style, a timely wake-up call that I make insufficient use of garden furniture indoors and fail to display flowers in my wellington boots. All that is going to change. The first major sweep of prairie-channeling round here will be the lamps. They need covering. 

a charming little cover by Sandra Black
You may not have heard of lampshade covers before, but the above is a beguiling example from etsy. I like it a lot. As I pursued more of them, my credit card hopping about excitedly on its little credit legs beside me, I found that almost every online retailer who sold such covers has closed catastrophically down. What does this say about society, people? Is it time to look into our hearts and support lampshade covers?


a tennis skirt repurposed as a prairie chic lampshade cover

For a self-deluding instant, I was all set to make one myself. I even watched a How To and opened my fabric drawer. Then it struck me that a daughter's outgrown tennis skirt would be just the thing.  You merely fling it over the existing lampshade and tweak it just so for instant prairie chic. No tradesmen, no mess, no wiring. Nifty, no?

28 comments:

  1. I fear I fail very badly at home decor and none of my daughter's outgrown clothes are fit for reuse. You are, as ever, an inspiration Mise.

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  2. ..... and, pretty cheap to boot Mise. Are lampshade covers the new cushions ? XXXX

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  3. Truly horrid. You were kidding, right? If not, apologies for my bad manners and lack of subtle humor picking up;).

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    1. I truly like the lampshade covers, Lisa! Perhaps I've been reading too many vintage chic books lately, and indeed I've just ordered this one, so am doomed:
      http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Pretty-Pastel-Style-Selina-Lake/9781849753593

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  4. h tres bien, and was it already conveniently edged in broderie anglaise? I would have suspected nothing less from la Petite Weste. I now have a very loevly Roman bling on the landing, made from your stash. Must blog that sometime. Maybe you'll be on a VIP trip North some time and might call in for viewing and tea in a china cup! (Obviously no-one will be travelling North in the foreseeable future though!)

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    1. Look at the above spelling: oh my! Delete immediately!

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    2. I'm glad to hear it, Mags, and will be up in the unforeseeable future to have that tea and see the beautiful blind, thank you!

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  5. I'm SO cross with you! - my keyboard is covered with cheese and cracker crumbs now as I spluttered helplessly at this post! "almost every online retailer who sold such covers has closed catastrophically down" - no!, I can't think why - splutters again......!

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    1. Oh no, am I alone in genuinely admiring these lampshade covers? And the etsy seller I linked to will think I was unkindly mocking them, and I wasn't. I like them. Who is with me here? Anne of Green Gables? Rose Red? Anyone?

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  6. Wow! Your talents know no end.Very impressed that you managed that without having to sew a stitch. (Sewing is over-rated at times).
    Just imagine what you could achieve with a wedding dress!!

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  7. Tennis skirt--such clever upcycling! This makes me think of movies where to set an amorous tone a scarf is draped over the lampshade. Perhaps someone will start a line of lampshade covers to fit ones mood or style. I would like a gypsy/bohemian one please.

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  8. Hello Mise
    I had this image of you flinging the tennis dress over the lamp and yelling "love".Good work

    Helen xx

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  9. p.s. You neglected to mention that the Etsy seller's shop name is Be Odd, which instantly makes me think we are kindred spirits. Her French Provincial lampshade cover is cute, and I love that she has a line of Welsh items, and the Welsh are underrepresented on Etsy and in life in general.

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    1. I meant "as the Welsh" not "and the Welsh". But you know that.

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    2. All this lampshade opprobrium has been nothing to me as I airily said to myself, "No matter! Jen will surely say an kind thing." And she did. Wales and I salute her.

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  10. Happy New Year Mise! I have to say that while I admire your upcycling prowess, I don't think that lampshade covers are quite my thing either. Though I feel sorry for the etsy sellers who have catastrophically closed down, I think perhaps they needed to expand their product lines. If only they had your tennis skirt.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thank goodness I have that peony Designer's Guild cushion you ably identified for me long ago, Amanda, or I would be utterly ostracised by Blogtopia.

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  11. Have you done your tax return yet? I only ask.

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    1. I have till October, Lucille, a lovely long stretch of displacing with frou frou touches that people don't like.

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  12. Thankyou for including my lampshade cover in your post Mise ... And thankyou Jen for your kind comments

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  13. Don't the top ruffles of the fabric get singed by the heat?

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  14. A lampshade shade?
    If I throw clothes over lamps it will just look scruffy/ slutty, & there will be no chic. And so another lifestyle moment passes me by...

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  15. I've been growing tired of the lampshade on my lamp beside the sofa and was considering a new lamp or shade. Who knew all I needed was a small tennis skirt...

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  16. Hello Mise and happy 2013!
    Tis is all new to me and such great fun!(: instant is always good... Instant coffee for me be Tchibo (: instant coffee for my son (kids version) and instant kisses from hubby(: it's alll good... Just need the tennis skirt!
    Can't wait to see your Wellington vase...
    Xo

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  17. And what do you if you have no lampshades suitable for such adornments, I am so not keeping up with the times.

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  18. Mise, you are unique!
    Flowers in the gum boots so not possible here...We need them bad with all the rain we have seen lately (and that's something when you are on the Pacific nW coast!). The idea of interchanging lamp shades very interesting. No tennis skirt available however (ex-RAF hubby says there are none in his closet). Ah!
    All the best to you and yours for 2013,

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  19. "my credit card hopping about excitedly on its little credit legs beside me"

    Mise, you never fail to crack me up.

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You're looking particularly well.

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