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Monday, May 14, 2012

DIY~ A Little Lampshade Bling

I promise this will be the last post that has the words “lamp, lampshade, or lighting fixture” for quite awhile.

A while back my friend Deborah sent me a lovely vintage frame with an image of Madame Pompadour because she is wonderful and probably thought I would like it.  She was right. I have a….thing, love, adoration… for tiny bits of artwork. French themed artwork~ well that creates an almost effervescent frenzy.

The tiny frame presented a tiny quandary in that it could only be hung. After a few weeks it came to me.

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Our guest room has a primarily French theme with one lone modern crystal bedside lamp. I used a bit of silver Rub and Buf to tone down the brass finish of the frame and simply threaded a piece of seam binding through the scrollwork and hung it from the top of the lampshade.


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Then while I was in Minnesota visiting Grandma Jingles she forced me to drive her to places like Goodwill and Salvation Army. :) On one such jaunt I discovered a motherload of vintage French and Italian metal frames. If you go on Ebay and type in “vintage metal oval frames” you can find single frames in the $9 to $60 range. I left the price tags on in this shot so that you could share my glee. 

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Did you spot these two tiny ladies at the top?  They were 49 cents each.

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Well, I strung them up too.

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They are a bit different in that the design image is printed on satin fabric and it’s a bit puffy. Here’s a bad side view. You can see that I hid the knot behind the frame.

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So where did they end up? One is on my nightstand lamp. I recently moved the Dovecote Décor tortoiseshell dresser into my bedroom to use it as my bedside table.  

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Here’s a close up of the other treasures on top of the table for all the Nosy Nellie’s. :)

The vintage angel belonged to my mother Karen. It is actually intended to be a Christmas decoration as it plays “Silent Night” but I have so few things of my mom’s that the angel lives somewhere in the house all the time. It’s joined by a beautiful antique Bavarian teacup that my dear friend Marydon gave me the last time we had lunch together. I keep a small votive inside for when I want a bit of candlelight.

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Again with the wee artwork. I found this tiny treasure in the French Quarter of New Orleans while visiting my dear cousin L. We had just eaten our fill of beignets and were in front of the St. Louis Cathedral where many artists congregate.

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Every time I look at this little painting I am reminded of that special time we spent together. You just can’t buy that at TJ Maxx or Homegoods. :)

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Would you like to see Mr. Décor’s side? His nightstand is decidedly plainer. Although he did add a bit of bling when he stole Rudi from this space to hold his nightly change.

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I’m not even sure if he noticed the lady I hung on his lamp. But I guess he knows now as he reads DTA every day.

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Rounding out his nightstand vignette is our lone landline phone. For safely reasons you should always have one. The modern princess style is topped by a vintage silver handle cover I found at a flea market in Georgia years ago for a few dollars. It has a space to engrave a name. Whoever owned this in the 50’s didn’t do it and neither have I.

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What’s on your nightstand?


Thank you to all those who have voted every single day. Décor To Adore is still hanging in at #10. Voting ends on May 15th.

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Susan said...

Your bling on the lampshade looks gorgeous. I just love those ornate frames!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How pretty, Laura! What a great idea, too. You definitely hit it when you found that collection of frames. What a score!

Auntie Em said...

Your little frames hung on ribbons are so pretty. I like how you touched them up with the silver finish. Goes great with your phone cover and other shiny accessories. Every room needs a little bling! :)

Perfectly Printed said...

Love the lampshade jewelery! And you can talk about lampshades all you want as far as I'm concerned!!
Happy Monday!!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loving those frames -- and the prices you got them for!! LOVE that!!!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Loving your bling there! Such a good pic of you and your friend but you look like sisters! How pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Oliwia-Zofia said...

Nice. :)

Michelle said...

Very Pretty! Life's about little touches! :) I LOVE that phone, that was a great find!

openid said...

I'm having a head slapping,"why didn't I think of that" moment. The lamp jewelry is beautiful. I'm glad you put Madame Pompadour to good use -- even if she is just hanging around in your guest room! :)
Cannot believe the treasure trove of miniature framed art you discovered at the Salvation Army. That was a great find.
I've never seen silver receiver covers for phones. Such a unique touch of elegance.
Your Friend,

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the phone cover! I agree that you should always keep a land line.
How sweet that your Grandmother had you driving her to GW, I love that!
Your ladies are gorgeous and perfect with the ribbon.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Love it all (oh that dresser is so swoon worthy). That phone cover just great, have never soon one, or if I did, I didn't know what it was. Love finding out things like this. Great job on the frame finds. Wouldn't they be fun as name tags for gifts of place settings as well?
I don't have a "nightstand". We have a modern platform bed and a little section of the wood extends out for a sort of nightstand I suppose. Mine is completely covered with magazines, under which a clock is buried :)

It's All Connected said...

Great accessories on your lamps. That's the first time I've seen receiver covers. Off to vote again and see if we can move you up from 10! ~ Maureen

Priscilla said...

Don't you just love it when people make you do something like go to Goodwill or off to garage sales? Such a burden. I fight it, but I lose every time!
I think you've given me an idea. I have a little frame similar to the ones you have shown. I'm going to hang it on a lampshade in my bedroom.
Thanks for being so clever! You make me look good when I steal you ideas.

Stitchfork said...

Lots of books on my nightstand and so wanting one of those silver vintage phone hnadles!
xo Cathy

Jill Elaine said...

That looks so like you Laura!! Great job at adding bling:)
If you want to ditch that landline monthly phone bill MagicJack is a good option. we are trying to ditch the monthly bill!

Dovecote Decor said...

Hi Laura: You've been a busy one. Your finish work is beautiful, and our tortoise shell table was meant for you. I'm glad you are having fun with it.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

The ribbons look great on these, and I love them on the lampshades!
My nightstand, has a baby doll from my childhood.

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

pretty, pretty! :-) I have my wedding portrait, carafe, assorted books/mags, candle on an acrylic tray. I'll post it eventually on my blog.

martinealison said...

Adorable publication... où l'hommage unit la beauté...
Gros bisous à vous ma chère et à très bientôt,

martinealison said...

... J'oubliais, sur mon chevet en ce moment j'ai une adorable soucoupe carré, une petite bougie et une autre un peu plu volumineuse et un adorable chat en céramique... Je vous en envoie une photo...
Gros bisous

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your ladies, they are gorgeous. What a great idea to hang them off the lampshades. So pretty. Love that cute little phone too. How fun. Thank for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Danielle said...

Love your lampshades! What a great idea! Now you've got me thinking about how I can "bling" up mine!
By the way, I LOVE the handlecover on the phone! I've never seen those before. Now I have something else to search for at flea markets this summer : )

Danielle xo

GSGreatEscaper said...

oh oh oh oh oh the Silent Night Angel music box - I gave that to my mother one Christmas in 68-69-70 (I was in HS) bought it at Parke Snow in Roslindale MA - she died young but not as young as yours - she collected music boxes and I have some of them = but - wonder who has it now? Am reading all of your blog because I just found you and love love love it.