Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lampshade update (diagonal stripes!)

Yesterday I shared a loooooong list of things to do.
Afterwards, it occurred to me that I have also actually accomplished a number of things over the past few weeks that you haven't seen yet.

Like a little lamp update in the girls' room, taking this turquoise lamp from this

To this

Much better.

It is subtle, though a leetle less subtle than it appears in this photo (the combo of pale and bold colors in this room is turning out to be very difficult to photograph).

With all the bold patterns in there, I wanted something soft and quiet, and with floral and ethnic already employed, stripes was the way to go.  This is a lovely Ralph Lauren silk that I got for only $12/ yard at S.R. Harris.

Applying it was simple.  There are lots of tutorials out there, but I basically followed the two on Isabella and Max, here and here.  I did not remove the tape trim at either end of the shade, simply covered it up with the fabic because I wanted a very simple clean edge.   I used a tacky spray to attach the fabric all along the shade, then I cut the fabric to about 1/4 inch past the shade, tucked it under and glued it with some dritz liquid stitch.

I love how the stripes are off kilter (because the shade has a slight cone shape, a patterned fabric is not going to stay straight, and a stripe only exaggerates it).  Much of this room is symmetrical and very finished; the wonky stripe feels a little more bohemian.

What do you think?


Let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!


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