Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Close Up Detail

After my last post, a couple of you asked me to show more shots of the lamp in the vignette.
Soooooo.....
if a couple of you asked, I figure a much larger number must want to see it also.....
LIKE 10!!!!!
So, today I am doing a special request blog post on.......
MY LAMP!!!!!!
I had been writing about how I used green repeatedly in my family room.
I noticed this as I was scarfing down sipping my wine the other night.
I had this lamp made out of a vase I found while junking high end antiquing.
I loved the shape and the chrysanthemums hand painted on it.
I have no idea how old it is.
None.
Nada.
Zip.
Soooooo.....
I will authoritatively state that it is from the 1930's!!!!
Or 40's....
or 20's.....
or maybe turn of the century.
BUT.....
I CAN DEFINITELY SAY IT'S NOT FROM HOME GOODS!
Anyway....
I loved it and bought it and decided to transform a reasonably priced vase into an expensive lamp!!!!!
Sooooo.....
I took it to Blanche P Field in the Boston Design Center, and had them drill it and wire it and add the top cap with sockets and make a wooden base and paint it the color I specified and then make a custom lamp shade.......

Here's a close up of the vase.....
I decided to try to get rid of that shiny glaring spot in the middle of the vase, so I used PicMonkey to try and fix it.....
I used their cloning tool, and I was having a rough time.....
Below is my first attempt.
As you can see, it was not a screaming success.
I tried again, this time a leetle better.
Side by side.
I probably should have just left it alone and saved myself a half hour of dicking around.
anyway.....
forget about the wasted minutes of my life, and let's get to the lampshade details.

The trim was comprised of a twisted, braided cord overlaying a folded green and gold ruffled ribbon.
These are trims that are in stock at Blanche P. Field.
Their supplies change over time, and you never know what they'll come up with when you go in to design your custom shade.
This twisted cord was really cool.
It sorta dives into its middle and comes out the other side.
The ruffled ribbon had a gold metallic edge which added just a touch of glimmer and reflective light to the shade. 
The base was custom made to fit the bottom of the vase, then painted to what my tiny brain thought would work in my family room.
You may have noticed that the trim and the base are two different tones of green.
There are lots of different greens in my family room, and we decided that the lamp could have different hues.
This is not something I normally would do.
Especially not for a client, as they would complain that it was off,
but that's the joy of decorating for myself.
I can paint outside the box.....no wait.....outside the lamp!!!!!



On that note.
Latah, Gatah
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9 comments:

sjr said...

You are such a hoot, I learn so much in your posts and have such a good time doing so. I love meeting the woman behind the articles/features in the magazines! Have a lovely Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Me too, I love a blog with a sense of humor!

Alison Perkins said...

Thank you for taking the time from your busy life to show us your beautiful lamp. I for one appreciated it. I bet it looks stunning with all your cabbage rose prints.

fixitfaerie said...

Hi there- This lamp looks like someone made it by using china painting techniques. It looks like it started with a vase, then painted/fired/ and them turned into a lamp. I used to have a vase I turned into a lamp, until, my hubby knocked it off the table and broke it. I really had to show a LOT of restraint and not have a stroke! So anyways, maybe this helped.

Anonymous said...

Off topic - the way my brain works, I guess. I love your book. In fact, a few years ago I was struggling with how to do a yellow living room. And then I saw your comment about "Chocolate and Butter", and it all came together for me. We love our living room.

So when we decided to repaint the family room, I wanted red, but could not figure out how to do it. And there was your "Candy cane, red and white for a cool look" comment. I went with red and lightest cream. I am half way there, and we are loving it. It is pretty now and will be wonderful in the winter.

So the wine glass, the different greens together, all made so much sense. I guess without realizing it, colors and food all make my world go round. Gail

Jennifer McCracken said...

Loving everything about the lamp; especially all the different greens! Lovely!

Beth C. said...

You sure do know how to make hay out of one simple lamp! This is a great lesson in attention to detail, and I always learn so much from you. Thanks for your very informative, and always entertaining posts! Best, Beth C.

Lisa B. said...

I think your photo re-touching skills GREAT! Love the trim on shade and the close-ups you provided. Thanks!

Mary said...

I'm so glad you posted about the lamp. I was curious too.

Great pictures of the detail!

Mary from Virginia

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