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DIY Wallpapered Lamp Shades

DIY lamp shadeWell, I found my first use for the gorgeous wallpaper samples I received from Farrow and Ball!  Enter plain jane yet totally functional (and affordable!) Arstid.lamp shades beforeI just couldn’t bring myself to pay almost $200 for the plug-in swing arm wall lamps I had been eying.  Ikea to the rescue!  There are some things that Ikea can just not be beat on (come on, $30 for a pair of wall lights, light bulb included!?) and their lighting selection is one of them.  I lived with the lights for a bit just to get a feel if they fit our needs (and they did!)free farrow and ballinspiration and color guide and wallpaper samples with arrowI picked out the lattice wallpaper from my samples.  Per Farrow and Ball, lattice is brassy and elegant, brave and modestly chic.  Sounds like the perfect choice!ikea lamp shadeA close up up this ho hum lampshade.  I care for white lamp shades very much it’s just that this accordion cover had me wincing. stripped lamp shade  First, I got to deconstructing the lamp shade.lamp shade templateThen I made a template of the lamp shade using some advertisements (no way I’m making a mistake on such beautiful paper!).taping wallpaper to lamp shadeAfter cutting out the shape, I simply used double sided tape to adhere the wallpaper to my lampshade.  I think I’ll probably recover these with cloth somewhere down the line so I wanted a less permanent decorating solution for the time being.painting lamp shade ribbonI saved the original ribbon from the lampshades and painted them grey.  They too got attached to the lampshades a la double sided tape.close up lamp shade redoI used white duct tape to hide the chord.  So many things to love about having white walls!pair of recovered wall lampsAnd lastly, I repositioned the lamps above our bed.  After snapping a few photos, I realized they looked better balanced above our bed compared to the side.

Linked to Alderberry Hill, City Farmhouse, The Gunny Sack, It’s Overflowing, Ginger Snap Crafts, The Shabby Creek Cottage, House of Hepworths.

Do you think the new position over the bed works better?  Have you used any interesting materials to cover a lamp shade?

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Fling: Fuzzies for Farrow and Ball

fling  (flng) noun: a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one’s wishes or desires.

A fling doesn’t last for years and years so I’m upgrading my feelings towards Farrow and Ball from fling to serious love interest ; ]  Back in ’04 (while still in my college years) I was flipping through the pages of some home design shelter magazine and came across rooms painted with Farrow and Ball paint.  farrow and ball tear bookI quickly tore out the sheets and taped them into my idea book.  I never knew I could feel this way about paint!  It was like discovering truffles after eating mushrooms for a lifetime—it was a whole new level of awesomeness!

Hands down my favorite Farrow and Ball paint colours (they’re a British company after all) are their blue greens.  Pure perfection. 


I’m also a big fan of their barely there blues.  I think that’s a hard color to get right (I’ve tried and wound up with a baby blue).


Their black blues are also spot on.


And their wallpapers are divine! 


I’m sure you’ve come across their lotus wallpaper in some shape or form.


One of my blogging friends tipped me off that Farrow and Ball gives away free wallpaper samples along with a few other goodies so of course I took advantage of the opportunity to have a little piece of something I could otherwise probably never afford (one gallon of paints runs for about $100).free farrow and ballinspiration and color guide and wallpaper samplesI got my five free wallpaper samples, a color card, and an inspiration brochure and boy was I one happy camper!  The wallpapers are simply stunning and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before—you can feel and see the painted pattern sitting atop the paper!  They truly are a work of art.

I already have at least one project planned with my wallpaper samples for the bedroom but I’m curious, What would you do with a wallpaper sample?  Would you be willing to dish out $100 to try this paint?

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