March 30, 2010

A Serious Weakness For White's

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 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 who thanks SHELLAGH at 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)


Unknown said...

As usual Dore you have created a beautiful piece. No wonder your daughter loves it so much! What a wonderful way to use the muslin!

Laura Venosa Verbena said...

love this shade & idea..your taste is the best! I think you are on your way to many great things! xo laura

Julie Johnson said...

Adorable! I hope you save the calico and make it into something special for her...maybe a little jewelry bag or something? Very sweet.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

It's Beautiful! I just got home and will get back to your (email) My Girl had her bambino and all is well, after a few days in the hospital with her, I'm so glad to be home.
We are loving our new lil Man Ryder and will show pics soon.I am just to old for this and I'm a very tired Mom/Grandma.

I am so happy you reused the muslin after it served it's purpose twice.Like I said, I'll take two please.

Glad Miss Hannah was a happy Girl! ~Cheers Kim

Julie Johnson said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the calico! So glad you popped by!

Bonnie said...

Lovely idea and such a pretty shade. I adore white too, all shades. I'm slowly painting and turning our house white. :)

So glad you enjoyed your cupcake! Oh and don't worry, you never should share a cupcake. hahaha

Have a lovely day!


Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous! Soft, sweet - perfection! I love it!!!

Razmataz said...

Its Lovely!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this post. Your Blog is so gorgeous!

My big Giveaway is on April 5th and 6th. I hope you'll come back for another visit and enter!

Take care,

Beach House Living said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you.

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Hi Dore, Thanks for visiting my blog, and allowing me to find yours. Despite my colourful approach, I am too, a big fan of white and all its many nuances! I love the way you've upcycled the muslin. Amanda

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'Day My Sweet Friend~I am sending you a Beautiful Blogger Award if you would like please see me @ ~Cheers Kim

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Dore! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! You have a gorgeous blog and a wonderful daughter! I'm impressed by your talent!
Happy Easter!

Donatella said...

Love the lamp shade!!great job!you have a very nice touch...congrats on your award too(:

Obee Designs said...

Hello Dore!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I am so happy to find you and I have to say I just love your blog!! You have such wonderful taste and a wonderful sense of style. I am loving the lampshade, but I am also loving some of your older posts too...the fun door, the pretty silver trays, your gorgeous paintings and the cool French paper art. You're really something and I can tell I will be enjoying coming back to visit!!
Have a wonderful holiday and congrats on your blog award!!

Andrea said...

I just love white ! We have hardwood floors and I would even love to paint them white!

Antique Shows said...

Hi Dore,

Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. When I stopped by your the other day I didn't have time to look around, sorry. But I love your blog.. I love the chalk boards, I've got a few that I getting ready to make. Don't you just love that chalk spray, wish I would have thought of that.

I just wanted to tell you, your daughter is beautiful! She looks like a model...

If you noticed, I had Rachel Ashwell set the table for our Apple Rum Cake and tea!! :)

Hope your having a wonderful Easter!


Ticking and Toile said...

The lampshade is absolutely the best!! Please do a tutorial for us!!!!!!! :) I'm so glad the muslin got used in such a beautiful way! Love it!


Lina ♥ C´est la vie said...

Dore, I love that you found my blog so that I could find yours.
It´s lovely!

Lots of wishes from a Stockholm in springtime.

Rosemary said...

Love the shade Dore, can't believe how much we think alike!!
Have a great day!!!