August 27, 2013

The Beauty In Tattered, Worn And Weathered

Burlap Luxe Home Photos

I can search for a beautiful shade for the light this lamp gives but I find beauty in creating.

A worn wrinkled scrap of linen inspired the shade that softens the beautiful wood I
unearthed in the lamp base.

With a needle and thread and a scrap of linen.

All involved was a wide enough and long enough piece of linen then laundered and machine
dried to fray and tatter its edges to then whip stitch the linen to each of the shades support bars.

Relaxed with a comfortable feel.

A simple stitch here and there.

The old nylon fabric was removed from its frame and a wrapped piece of tattered linen
was tack stitched here and there leaving the back side overlapped like a hospital gown.

I rarely take notice of something unless its been altered or can be.

Perhaps this shade next.

The front side of the chest of drawers and a pull-out serving table that acts as my coffee table.
I painted it white with layers of relaxed informal that exude's French rustic comfort. I love this small heirloom chest, it's perfect for hiding away lap throws to cozy up with those soon to arrive chilly nights.

A stone plinth displays.

Inspiring a simple linen lamp shade adding
les comforts rustiques
( cottage comforts )


Shabby soul said...

It has a great charme now!
You are able to create elegance in every thing you touch.
Hugs darling

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning my dear heart!

Beautiful vignettes once again, that are helpful in bringing peace. I have been busy all week with the start of school coming up and I fear my blogging will have to slow down for a while; I have a new position teaching French in two different schools, so I have a lot to learn.

I embrace the beauty and I'm taking the thought with me today as I go to once again figure out what I'm supposed to do NEXT WEEK! BISOUS, Anita

Monica said...

I love your jobs, every time!

awal.ny said...

I love the little shade, the frayed end is my favorite. It looks so soft. Love the color too. Alaina

Unknown said...

I really love your blog, its amazing.
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Unknown said...

I get SO excited when I'm browsing my reader to see what everyone's up to - and come across a new post from you!
LOVE your new lamp shade - love everything you do - have - see - but that last chest of drawers just melted my heart - with it's pull out shelf - and old paint technique - that is really just fabulous!!!
Have a great day!

Victoria said...

That lampshade looks amazing Dore! I would never think to do something like that! I love your dresser with the little pull out "table" on it. Your home is so beautiful and seems like such a peaceful retreat!

Sandi said...

I just love visiting your blog Dore! You inspire me with each and every post!! I love to cover lampshades with remnants of white shirts found at thrift stores. LOVE re-purposing!!

Anonymous said...

Uh, I am going to try this! I have a shabby chic lamp made of glass but hate the shade. I guess I have a project this weekend! Will let you know how it works out!

Marie Angelique

Vera said...

Visiting your blog today my soul felt a warm hug. Love the tattered linen casual shade and I adore the plinth.

It's me said...

Love it Dore !!!...x !!..have a nice day...x !

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love the raw softness you've brought to the lamp Dore, so beautiful!
When I peek in your room and see all the layers among your treasures as well as the layers of paint you brush on pieces so lovingly, it makes me think of the layers of one's life and how each one changes a person, all making them the unique, beautiful person that they are!

Pura Vida said...

just can never get enough of your look!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Dore,
Charm, charm and so pretty. I love the shade it is so pretty. Great job. Love it.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I love the simplicity of the shade and how you attached it to the frame. a relaxed look with style

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
I see your gifted hands are at it again. I simply love our what you have done with the chest of drawers. I adore pieces that serve a dual purpose..
Beautiful workmanship Dore...

Kate said...

Dear Dore
There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the tattered and weathered through you. The wonder that you create is truly endless. The beauty that only you can unfold is breath taking. Thank you for again sharing a piece of your beautiful style and soul with us.

Much love to you my sweet friend

Faded Charm said...

And this shade is so much more beautiful than anything you could have bought:-) As always, loving all your layers of patina.

Take care,

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! The simplicity of the shade takes it over the top in "stunning". Very nice! Joan

Des guirlandes said...

Very nice. I saw shades like that in France, Uzès and also tried it at home.

chateau chic said...

It's always a treat when I see a new post on your blog. Each time, I come away with so much lovely inspiration. You have such a unique style and talent for using a variety of textures and shades throughout your exceptional home.
Mary Alice

"Create Beauty" said...

B E A U T I F U L!!!

peaceful, simple, lovely...

~ Violet

Fishtail Cottage said...

so cute. I love this lamp shade! looks like something I might be able to try! xoxo, tracie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I always love dropping by, Dore. Your vignettes are always inspiring. I love the tattered shade. Perfectly imperfect.

Christel said...

Dear Dore, once again, you have managed to breathe new life into what could have been a discarded old chunk of scrap wood. The linen shade is the perfect compliment to understated elegance. The pull out desk top in the chest of drawers is awesome! Makes me wonder how many love letters might have been written there, or how lovely the lady must have looked after preparing for a night out by using the chest as her vanity. Wonderful work my friend. Keep inspiring us, as only you can. XOXOX Christel

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your lampshade looks so simple and sweet. Linen is such a wonderful fabric :)

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Anne said...

Your lampshade is so simple yet so pretty and elegant.I love the soft frayed speaks perfection to me!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma belle!

HOW MARVELOUS to see you today! Yes, la rentrée is Tuesday and I'm excited. May God use me to influence my students to love learning through the beautiful language of French. BISOUS MON AMIE! Anita

PS - your words are always so kind and thoughtful. HUGS.

must love junk said...

Dore, I love the sweet shade that you've created! Simple but elegant, as is everything that you touch!

Vintage Home said...

...something so relaxed has showed much style. What a delightful lamp shade...turns heads I am sure
Love your chest ..swooning over the shape colour & function.

Ivy and Elephants said...

You had me at tattered, worn, and weathered, Dore. I've gotten to love all the scars and imperfections of time, and view it all as beauty.
Love the shade,it goes beautifully with all your collected pieces.
Gorgeous vignettes.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such a sweet little shade. Love the linen. All your colors and textures are so soothing! SO lovely to visit you here!

Karena said...

Dore I have been out of town for the holiday weekend; so am now catching up! Love the lampshade styling, the pull out chest is gorgeous, and that wonderful clock with the blue peeking through is a treasure!

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Unknown said...

...ahhhh linen...
~ always elegant, always lovely!!
you must know how I admire you so, dear Dore. Everything you touch truly has a peaceful, soulful feel to it.
~ and it is I, who am in contant awe of your style.
thank you for sharing your gifts with us all!
xo, Rosemary

Bente said...

Oh, the lamp shade is beautiful. Your house is full of beatiful things, Dore.
Thank you so much for your kind words. That means a lot to me.

The lamps are so fun to make, so I already made another one. I will post it during the weekend.

Big hug from here

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Heaven's Walk said...

Everything you touch, Dore, speaks of natural, elegant beauty. I love this idea of transforming a run-of-the-mill lamp into a sweet piece of shabby art. You are truly amazing, my friend! :)

xoxo laurie

Rhonda said...

I am on a coastal beach and enjoying the grey driftwood and still warm sand. The Atlantic waves are cool on your feet and fall is near.

Your elegant decor soothes my soul, Dore. Blessings to you.

June said...

The beauty of your style is such an inspiration Dore. Your redo of the lampshade is a wonderful way to transform a plain shade. I can imagine that the light is beautifully diffused through the cloth too.

Rita said...

Thank you for your visit and sweet comment dear Dore.
your shade is simply gorgeous and your vignettes, as always, most inspiring.
have a great sunday

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère amie!!!!! TU ES VENUE CHEZ MOI! Oh, thank you so much. It is always good to see you....isn't that first photo on my post of that chair so luscious? And thank you for noticing our flat screen TV solution. If it was me, I would have had the TV recessed into the wall with distressed doors to cover it, like Brooke over at Linen and Velvet has done. But my husband's artistry is fabulous, but I would change the curtain to a linen...maybe this Christmas I'll change it out!

LOVING THE GRAY of fall as it comes into our and love on ma belle! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh ma chère! I love our idea! But the only problem is that I had suggested this WAY BACK when we first built our room and my husband mounted the TV on the wall. He does NOT like the idea of having doors to open and close; he is pretty good about going with the aged French look, but two people can never really see the same vision ALL THE TIME! For example, I wanted indoor French shutters for our leaded glass casement windows. But he did not want that so we have some inexpensive polyester drapes that are a muslin color, but REAL LINEN would be better, but it's too expensive. So your suggestion for the box? I see it, I would do it in a heartbeat, but he doesn't want doors. Maybe down the road sometime, he'll change his mind! I'm hoping that IF HE DOES NOT GET LAID OFF, we can get our exposed beams put in our room to highlight the vaulted ceiling. There are so many wonderful elements about our house that we have finally achieved, but little details are in the process of becoming a reality.

So this is what I want to happen:

Exposed beams in a worn gray.

An enclosed (with doors) TV cabinet (I love what we have, but I am not happy with the curtains; we've had several people joke that it looks like a puppet theatre and it hurts my feelings!)

Get rid of some dark furniture.

Paint my kitchen and main bath (both are yellowish) ALL WHITE!

MERCI! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma belle! I saw your other comment and yes, I think that what we have for now is great. I do believe that in TIME, we could probably change out the curtain and find just the right doors, but we really love our look. As for the beams, the builder that added our two rooms constructed the ceiling so that exposed beams could be easily placed and he has described to us how they would look and I know I want them! They wouldn't be too heavy or thick, but rather think to look as if they are embedded into the ceiling.

It is SO FUN to decorate, isn't it? I am hoping to put some white pumpkins into my décor, and I will think of YOU!!! BISOUS, Anita

vitadrömmarobusigabarn said...

Lovely pictures!
Have a nice day

Olga Siedlecka said...

What a heavenly place, love it!