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Thursday, December 31, 2009

"...we'll take a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne"

Happy New Year Everyone!

I was trying to think of a drapery-design inspired New Years theme for this blog entry. My first thought... New. New fabrics, new trims, new design ideas. Another idea was "out with the old and in with the new" but in the Interior Design industry everything old is new again so how could I choose?

The next obvious theme idea was "party" and the first thing that popped in my head was the old joke of a reveler having a bit too much champagne and dancing on the bar with a lampshade on their head (I have to admit I have never actually seen this phenomenon in person...the lampshade part

And what a great idea it turned out to be. I am fascinated by the styles, techniques and designs of lampshades from simple laminated chandelier shades to Victorian masterpieces and sleekly crafted, modern shades.

Lamp shades are truly an art and a study in form & function, design and craftsmanship.

Best Wishes to you and your loved ones for a joy filled, healthy and prosperous 2010.

The Art Nouveau, peacock feather design above is from Filigree Lamps, www.etsy.com

Bold printed shades from www.love-eco.co.uk

I saw the antique shade below in a fitting place, a stately turn-of-the century castle home. I was delighted to see the bow-tie banding that I have incorporated in many modern pillow and drapery designs.

A modern twist on a traditional chandelier is to wrap it in an organza shade. www.shadesoflight.com

Pleated pyramids from Shadez of Michelle www.etsy.com

There is true beauty in a tradtitional Shantung Silk lamp shade. www.brownslampshades.com

Needlepoint and redwork embroidery used for pretty vintage looking shades. www. lakeslampshades.com
A shade crafted from wood. www.woodshade.blogspot.com
A simple way to add a little detail to a plain shade.
Quaintrelle and Things www.etsy.com
I saw this pleated shade at a design center in St. Louis and was inspired to create a similar style drapery heading.

Pleated petticoat silk shade with bead trim. www.shadesoflight.com

Victorian Shades from www.hoylelamps.com
Striped ribbon creates a pretty effect.
Gingham with ruffle and little flowers.
Perfect for a teen's first dressing table

Woven Ribbon from Kam Lamp Company


Fun and bright small shades. Bird Wing Productions

Atomic fiberglass shade within a shade.
Bacon Lampshade. What can I say?

Eco-friendly wool felt lamp shade from www.love-eco.co.uk

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Linings and Interlinings

Lining and Interlining materials play an important role in the overall function and beauty of custom window coverings.
Some of the benefits of using lining materials:
Adding lining helps to control light, provide insulation, gives a consistent appearance from outside the home, protects face fabrics, adds fullness and adds body allowing face fabrics hang, drape and perform better.
Wow! That's a lot of benefit out of something so reasonably priced.

Adding a layer of flannel interlining increases the insulating qualities of your window treatments.

Bump interlining combined with sateen lining give this smocked panel a luxurious finish.

Blackout lining allows this drapery panel to keep a true color, matching the wall paper. It also lets you sleep late and blocks the sun's harmful UV rays protecting interior furnishings.

French Blackout is a lining method where a layer of black lining material is placed between the interlining and outer lining. This provides blackout with a very soft and high end finish.