It’s All In The Details: Pleated Lampshades

Hi everyone!  I have been in the market for a new lampshade for a lamp in my daughter’s room. While on my search, I was inspired by lamp shades with pleates and patterns.  Done right, I think they add such a chic element to a room.  If done poorly, they look boring and dated.  I think they key is picking a fun pattern with lots of color.

This Ikat pattern in blue and green foots the bill!

This one in white works because of the blue and white pattern on the bedding and walls.  It makes this lamp stand out like a bride in this photo.

How dainty is this red shade on the swing arm sconce?

The pleates on this red shade give an element of texture to this vignette.

This pleated shade has a metallic sheen that I am loving!

I could curl up in bed and read all day with this beauty by my side.

I love these shades in particular on sconces.  It adds such an element of whimsy.

This one had me at hello.  Many of you know my love of navy and blush!

And for the grand finale.  This entire kitchen is swoon-worthy, but the simple pleated black shade combined with brass add such simple touch to this Parisian-inspired kitchen.

What do you think?  Gorgeous or granny?

I hope everyone is doing well.  I am already starting to gear up for the holidays here in blogland. Everything happends a little earlier around here.

Until next time  . . .

Visual Comfort Basil Flush Mount

Hi friends!!  I have a new decor crush and I am so excited to share it.  I have been on the look out for new flush mount lights for our entry hallway.  Since we bought our house a year ago, I have painted our entry, rid the walls of clutter and added sconces.  The final change was getting rid of the outdated flush mount lights.

Flush mount lighting, or what I call “boob” lighting is not my favorite.  See what I mean?

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Visual Comfort’s flush mounts are like the Rolls Royce of flush mounts (is there such a thing??)

The Basil flush mount reminds me of a four leaf clover!!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.  For me, these are on the pricey side, but once I saw it in person, it was so worth it.  Here is how it looks in some different spaces.

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Gorgeous, right?  I am hoping to decorate my entry hall for my Christmas Home Tour, so stay posted!!

Hope you are having a great week and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

xoxo,

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Home Decorating Goals for 2016

Hi everyone!  Since it is the start of a new year, I thought I would share some of my decorating goals for 2016 with you.  Yes, some may set personal or career goals, but me, I set decorating goals.

This year in particular I do this because we just purchased our dream home, and while it has excellent “bones” as they say, it needs a little TLC.  We have already remodeled a bathroom mostly in part because the former owners paid for that as part of the sale  Long story.  You can read about it here and I plan to have a post with beautiful photos as soon as the custom art and window treatments I have ordered arrive.

First off, the entire interior is going to be painted.  The exterior will be next, but is a lesser priority.  I have thought long and hard over what palette I want and I can’t believe how indecisive I am being!!  I am pretty sure, however, that the colors will include some bold color choices.  However, every time I think I am sold on a bold color, I see images of a beautiful neutral room and I second guess myself.  I think I am going to trust my gut and go bold.  After all, it is just paint, right?

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Next up is the hardwood floors.  Our 1920’s home is blessed with an entire home of hardwood floors. However, they desperately need to be refinished.  They are a light-toned honey colored wood and I think they will stay that way.  I want the entire space to feel light and airy.

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Third, we are going to have a larger opening cut out for a new refrigerator.  I wrote all about it before, but basically our home currently has the smallest fridge EVER!  It is seriously a small step above a college mini fridge.  It is ugly and not functional at all for our family of four.  You can read about how I attempted to glam it up with gold duct tape here.  It upgraded it a bit, but I am ready for a real upgrade!! I think this is one home improvement that will definitely improve the quality and efficiency of our lives.

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Finally, like many older homes, many rooms in our home do not have  lighting wired.  Many of the bedrooms rely solely on table and floor lamps and they simply do not provide enough light.  We have a bid from our contractor to wire the rooms and it will be one of our first projects.  The fun part is going to be picking out new lighting!!  It can get really expensive, so it will probably happen space by space as our budget allows.  I hate those things- budgets!!

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Do you set “home” goals as well?  Please tell me I am not the only one!!!  Keep checking back as I will update and show you how each goal is coming along (project “money pit.”)

Contractor is set to come out on Monday to remove the “mini fridge” and create a new opening.  Happy Dance!!!

Until next time . . .

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DIY Dyed Lampshade

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Hi everyone!  I thought I would pop in this weekend since I actually had time to get to one of the DIY’s on my to-do list!

A ways back I found this steal of a lamp at Marshall’s.  It was only $26 and is a 30 pound crystal Drexel Heritage lamp.  Yes, you read that right $26 and it was originally $130!

I fell in love with it and knew I would find a place for it.  I have plans brewing in the back of my mind for Audrey’s (my youngest) big-girl room.  I plan on doing it in palette of grey and pale pink and I have been picking up things for it here and there.

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The only problem was that the shade the lamp came with was this cream (almost yellow) color, and it did not go with my envisioned palette.  So I decided to try to dye the lampshade.  I figured I could always buy a new one if the project went terribly wrong, so I really had nothing to lose.

Here is what you will need:

  • Rit Dye- $2.79 (can be found at most craft stores).  I used a soft color called Pearl Grey.
  • Salt
  • Hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ribbon or trim (optional)

 

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Here is what you do.  I don’t have photos because you want to move fast when you do this and I didn’t want to end up with stained clothes or a stained kitchen!

  • Using gloves, add the Rit Dye and 1 cup of salt to very hot water.  I used the hottest tap water I could get, but if you need it hotter, you could always boil water and add it. I did this project in a stainless steel kitchen sink because it was the only place that would fit my large drum shade.  It is also important to note that you should not do a project like this in a bathtub.   It can stain the porcelain.  You can use it in a washing machine or a large bucket  if you are dying clothes or larger items of fabric.
  • Use a spoon to ensure the dye is completely mix in.
  • Test the dye with a scrap piece of fabric or a paper towel to make sure it is the right color.
  • Let the object sit in the dye for 10-30 minutes depending on how dark you want the color to be.  I had to rotate mine in the dye several times to ensure even coverage.
  • Rinse or wash the item in cool water.  I just rinsed mine with cold water a few times to make sure the die was gone.

I also recommend making sure then entire work surface you are working near is covered with trash bags or some plastic lining because the dye can stain.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Rit Dye.  My biggest concern was that it was going to add too much color, but it ended up being very subtle.  Here is a before and after.

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I then simply glued on some Greek key trim and I feel like I have a really elegant lamp for my little lady’s room for only about $30.

 

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Have you ever used Rit Dye?  I think it would be great to use to dye inexpensive white curtains or even an old duvet cover.  It comes in a variety of colors so the options are endless!

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick and Thrifty Thursday Head on over to see all of the inspiration!