Okay inspired friends...I have a SERIOUS weakness for WHITES, it's simplicity adds a sense of openness and calmness to a rooms space. From the pristine beauty of whites, to the relaxed look of cool whites, to the inviting tones of warm whites, when you open yourself to whites-you'll find INSPIRATION...
I am going to write about my daughter HANNAH'S (most adored accessory) a sentimental fondness for her faded calico covered lamp shade that has been on many of lamp base's through the years. She has had no problem with me ever changing out the base but never the shade, it was just something about growing up with that lampshade I guess. It was an old calico one of many faded prints, she loved the shape, the fabric and the GLOW it cast off in her room. I have asked many times if we could get a new one, it came to a point that I stopped asking until, I won the "IKEA GiveAway" from KIM at http://WhiteWhispers2u.blogspot.com With this wonderful win was the presentation of the way it was delivered and gifted. With great excitement after the box was opened I took great notice in it's gift wrapping, it was wrapped in gathered muslin to the top of the gift and tied with a cotton twine of cream and brown, I adored the win but that simple muslin fabric was fabulous.
I then said to my daughter Hannah with excitement, I am inspired, "Oh no!" she said. "I am inspired with your lamp shade" I said... "No not the shade please!" she pleaded. I said "Trust me it is time, we need to change the fabric of that old calico print." As I heard the word okay coming out of her small voice I ran for the shade and it was stripped down naked in no time. While noticing panic in her 16 year old face, a look that I have not seen in a long time I say to her, "Not to fear my dear it is all going to be alright, and why so much fuss over a lamp shade?" I have always wondered. The day was getting by and that shade of her's sat all day undressed looking pretty sad, that night with a wake up call at 2:00 a.m. for whatever reason that I could not sleep, I woke to the undressed shade. I then got up and got busy on the wire form to surprise my sick daughter with a cold and sick over her naked lamp shade.
By her morning awakening she was well rested and myself tired, I walked into her room holding her lamp shade in my hands, this beam of surprise and joy beyond joy that I could see in her face and her not wanting to admitt to how pleased she was. She was so taken with the shade as if I had made her the most magical couture fashionable lamp shade there ever was. It was a perfect dress for her naked shade and well suited for her room.
I hope this inspires you all to dress your shade up in muslin torn and tattered, couture in gypsy style, perfectly imperfect.
Thank you KIM at http://WhiteWhispers2u.blogspot.com who thanks SHELLAGH at http://tickingandtoile.blogspot.com for the JOURNEY that this simple MUSLIN FABRIC has made giving the same shade new light.
I hope this inspires all of you to dress your lampshade up in muslin, torn and tattered couture in gypsy style, perfectly imperfect.
(OLD calico fabric and NEW hand me down muslin)