Making Beauty Anywhere

Making Beauty Anywhere
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Sunday, April 10, 2011


Last year I found a brass lamp outside in the rain on the porch of an antique shop, I asked for it and the owner thought I was crazy.  She charged me $10.00 and I painted it pink.

I woke up the other morning, looked at it and thought, "Why the hell did I paint it pink??!!"  Inspiration come at weird times, and yes those are gray crystals hanging from it.

I decided it needed gray.

Stonington Gray.  From when we were trying to pick a paint colour last year.  It is a beautiful pale french gray but on our walls it just looked purple.  It  does not look purple on my lamp. It looks more greige.

This lamp is large, heavy & it dominates the room. From base to tip it's 33 1/2 inches   Suddenly I knew I needed a new shade for this look so off to Homesense I went.  I couldn't find a shade, walked out with nothing... but inspiration.  I got another moment of inspiration while looking at proper, common lampshades which I realized was the last thing this lamp needed.

I was looking at (if you have ever been a mother to a little girl, go look at this beautiful blog, it will remind you of your little girl when you dressed her up), and she was demonstrating how to do a ruffled lampshade:  so I tried it and it was an epic fail.  I don't know why, maybe the fabric was too wide, too thick (it was linen), it just was awful.  But I realized I was trying too hard to make ruffles and instead I took a long piece of linen and folded and sewed until I created a soft lampshade cover. It's not stunning, it's not perfect but the effect is exactly what I needed.

I am thrilled with it's new look. It's softness is inspiring.

I live in Northern Alberta and the snow is melting at top speed.  The sun is out at full blaze and the light is inspiring me all the time. (we get really long hours of sun here and by June 21 we only get about 5 hours of dark. All this light is addictive) Who knows what I'm going to wake up thinking next week. 

Until next time,


  1. Your house looks so beautiful and white (also my favorite colour) Your lamp is amazing. Everything I would love my home to look like.

  2. Your lamp turned out beautifully!

  3. I actually do think your lamp turned out stunning! I love the shade you created!!! It's very 'shabby' and chic:) I have a blah shade that I need to do something with but I'm so hopeless at sewing:(

    Your room looks amazing, so crisp and fresh and comfy!

  4. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Faded Charm. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Take care

  5. What a wonderful lamp!!!! It's turned out beautifully (the room surrounding the lamp looks pretty great too)!!!

  6. Your lamp looks great, and I'm like you, one day I want black, the next day white and to change all that is exhausting.
    Have a lovely day. I'm your newest follower.
    XXX Ido

  7. The lamp turned out beautifully & your room is delicious! So pretty! xoxo, tracie