Monday, August 30, 2010

A Creative Lampshade Idea ~ Compliments of Isabella

Isabella was apparently paying attention when I recovered a lampshade or two during the past year. Here is her interpretation of how to cover a lampshade with fabric.


After Isabella asked if she could have an unused lampshade, the next thing I knew she had pulled out a bag of remnant fabrics and another bag full of trims. Then using fabric glue and a pair of scissors she went to work. From that point on I wasn't paying attention. If she was happy and busy, with Max playing with Lego's next to her, I was going to grab this quiet moment and get a little work done!


When she called me in to take a look at the length of fabric that had been pieced together, and wrapped it around the shade, I was certainly impressed by her creativity. Now this is a brilliant idea! Why hadn't I come up with this?


It was fun helping Isabella attach the patchwork of fabric to the shade, using my new favorite gadget...a glue gun. Afterwards she finished the project by securing trim around the top of the shade with fabric glue. I just completely adore the finished shade. I know, I'm being such a mom!!


Not very visible in the photo, Isabella wrote "M a x" on one side of the shade with fabric paint. She explained the shade was designed, with Max's approval and imput, to be placed on a lamp in his room. (I tell you, I will have to remind them who the designer is around here!)


(duvet and headboard fabrics ~ girl's dream bedroom)

(slipcover & lampshade trim ~ big boys bedroom & master bedroom)


This is my favorite side of the shade. The fabric shown at the center was used to recover a client's dining room chairs. She happened to stop by the day the lampshade was sitting here on the console lamp, immediately recognized her fabric and thought the whole thing was just great!

(island pendant fixture fabric ~ kitchen redesign)

(pillow fabric ~ living room redesign)


(message board fabric ~ girl's dream bedroom)


I just love being inspired by interesting design, and how cool is it when that source ends up being your own daughter. LOVE!

Don't be surprised if you see a patchwork lampshade show up in a future design of mine...

32 comments :

  1. That's beautiful! What a talented girl!

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  2. What a creative girl you have - and a great mom to let her give it a go. Love the end result! I think you have a designer-in-training over there.

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  3. The apple doesn't fall very far from the tree! She did an amazing job.

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  4. This is too cute! Great us of fabric remnants! Its like the lampshades tells a story of all of your work! Cute cute cute!

    I wonder if this will work in my boys room. Stripes, zigzags, and diamond printed fabrics!

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  5. Way to go Isabella! Lucky for you Janell, looks like you have an inhouse intern!

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  6. Awesome! Will you be willing to give it up so Max can put it in his room??

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  7. Wow - She has a strong eye for style! I really like the end product. It turned out fantastic. She deserves the 'Way to Go' of the the day!

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  8. How funky and cute is that! Way to go you lil apprentice!! I know your Mom is too proud!! Enjoy your school year!
    Maureen

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  9. I see a Design Star in the making.
    Her new show will be called "Isabella's Inspirations & Influence."
    As opposed to my show..."Indicisive & Incomplete"

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  10. Too funny Mary! And yes Abby, the shade is now in Max's room...very funky!

    This is our last week of summer, school starts in a week, I am so sad! What am I going to do without my little helpers?! :) Janell

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  11. I wonder who's genes she has!!;).....Watch out mom, her she come's!!!! SOon people will be asking you for a real "Isabella"........:)

    Sweet greetings
    Lynda

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  12. I would be bursting with pride too! Her shade is fabulous!

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  13. This is the coolest DIY project I've seen in a long time!

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  14. I love her shade, makes me what to do one. :)

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  15. That is great!! She has definitely got her momma's creativity and style!! Way to go!!

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  16. A girl after my own heart! I love her creativity--and it's clear where her inspiration comes from. You must be proud!

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  17. Have you seen how I slipcover my lampshades , I never had sucess with glue and lamp shades , but the slipcovers allow me to change the shade look with very little effort.

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  18. http://chriskauffman.blogspot.com/2010/06/lamp-slipcover-number-two.html
    http://chriskauffman.blogspot.com/2010/06/easiest-slipcover-ever.html

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  19. She did such a great job, you should be proud.

    My son is sitting next to me and saw the pic of Max in the sidebar and wants to know where he lives so that he can play with him. :) Kids are so funny. I told him he didn't live anywhere close to us, but I'm sure he's fun kid.

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  20. I love Mary's comment above..."indecisive and incomplete" is definitely me, too. As I have said before, you set a great example for your children, Janell, in many ways, not the least of which is showing them how projects come to completion. Bravo to Isabella!

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  21. what a great idea! love the combination of fabrics!

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  22. So creative...love for it tells a story :)

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  23. What a mini- me! she is learning from the best!

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  24. I think that is the best compliment to the job you do. She wants to be like her very talented mother...it doesnt get better than that.
    And what a terrific job she did!

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  25. Very creative, Janell! It seems that creative gene runs in the family then. Great idea to use the different fabrics ~ I love the idea of a patchwork shade!

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  26. Love it! What a great idea for using all those little extra textiles.

    Isabella, you did a great job!

    xo,
    cristin

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  27. You just might have a little protege! A Mother- Daughter design team!!!

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  28. This might just be my favorite shade from Isabella and Max rooms. No hard feelings, Janell ;)

    You are a lucky mama to have someone to share your creativity with. I anticipate more great projects from Isabella in the future. So glad you shared.

    -Rene

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  29. Ha, none taken. She is truly gifted, like when she paints...I'm like, oh, now that is the talent I didn't have when I studied painting! It certainly is fun to have lots of creativity happening in the house! Janell

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  30. That is so sweet and how wonderful that you encourage and assist her creativity. I adore being a mom and love when my daughter shows an interest in the design of her room. It may not always be what I'd choose, but it's a reflection of her personality.

    I detested my room growing up, I think Isabella will have fond memories of hers.

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  31. She did a good job. I think it's cute. :) Thanks for the visit today.

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