Tag: Lighting

Sleek Vintage Chic in a Home Bar!

Sleek Vintage Chic in a Home Bar!

I was approached by online company Chairish, to take part in creating a style board for an ideal home bar using one of their barstool options as my jump-off. If you haven’t heard of Chairish, here is a quick introduction for you, taken directly from their website… Chairish.com makes it fun…

A New Life With A Pair of Shades!

A New Life With A Pair of Shades!

All it takes is a new set of shades! Remember these thrifted Mid-Century lamps from about a month ago? Don’t you just love their mismatched shades! At first I had a hard time finding replacements, so the lamps sat on my buffet looking sad and…

Thrifting… Lamp It Up!

Thrifting… Lamp It Up!

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 Thank you so much, Heather!

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I haven’t had a chance to get my thrift on since before the Holidays. Can you feel my pain? Well, finally that all changed 🙂 A few friends and I hit the trail to look for treasures just waiting to be found! Did you catch my last post? I’ve been doing the January declutter, so today a bag of donations came with me. Donations out, new treasures in!

Something in this pic caught my eye…

Way up on the top shelf…

See them? Yes, the lamps!

I wandered around the store asking myself if I liked them as much as I thought I did, or was I just falling into the gold trap. I sent a phone pic to my hubs, and I badgered my friends, too.

In the end these gold gems came home with me 🙂

And their sad, mismatched shades were promptly removed!

My hubs loves them, and my daughter only likes the gold teardrop section. She thinks I should paint all the wood black. How about you?

I’ve done a little research, and the best fit I could find was this MCM lamp by designer, Tony Paul on eBay.

Danish Modern MCM Lamp c1950s - eBay

 eBay

According to the ad, this one is a Danish modern brass & walnut lamp, c. 1950s. And I say, with a much softer sheen to the brass! Is it just me, or does this wood look like teak to you?

Now I’m trying to decide on a shade. I love this shallow drum, but somehow don’t think that would look right on my new finds. What kind of shade would you pick?

I know I weighed in with you on my Murano glass lamp here

And I did find a white drum, which I’ve been living with and trying to decide whether or not I’ll gold leaf the inside…

Now that you see the white shade on this lamp, what would you do? And do you think the shade is too top-heavy for this lamp?

Can I have your first born, too? No, changed my mind on that!

I’m dying to hear what you think!

I was featured over at Junkin Joe’s!

Why not pop over to see the other great finds 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.

Sparkling, Spectacular Vintage Murano!

Sparkling, Spectacular Vintage Murano!

Yes, I did a little thrifting on the mainland a few weeks back, and even brought home some treasures. My friend Carol showed me the NorthShore stops, and she sure knows how to pick them! Check out what she found here. I looove her antique…

IDSwest 2012: A Final Tour Through the Show

IDSwest 2012: A Final Tour Through the Show

Now that the buzz has died down a bit, I thought I’d do a photo tour through the show with you! And seriously, this is just a snippet of IDSwest this year. But you know how it goes. It’s hard to see and do everything!…

Moving On: A Set of MCM Light Fixtures

Moving On: A Set of MCM Light Fixtures

This weekend I’m hanging out at the Vancouver Convention Centre where idsWEST is taking place. And tomorrow night I’ll be attending Blend 2012 sponsored by IKEA. Did I mention this is a gathering of the Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers West? Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

But… last week I promised to let you in on a little vintage stop I’d be making along the way. Here’s the story.

My Dad’s neighbours were doing a major kitchen reno, which meant replacing all their light fixtures.

Enter exhibit A .

Mid-Century Modern 3-Pendant Chandelier

This is their vintage 3-pendant chandelier they were replacing.

And its matching single-pole pendant…

MId-Century Modern Single Pole Pendant

The insert image is the pendant in place before the owners took it down.

They also had a matching ceiling mount fixture.

Mid-Century Modern Ceiling Mount Light FixtureAnd…

A set of single pendants that had never been out of the box!

Mid-Century Modern Single Pendant Set

Seriously. The packing tissue was brittle with age!

When I asked what was planned for these vintage beauties, the owners handed the matter over to me!

So without further ado…

If you’re looking for something that doesn’t come along every day, as in this FULL set of matching MCM light fixtures – in mint condition, never been out of the box kind of mint condition, you might want to stop in at Attic Treasures!

That’s where my mystery stop was. And that’s where you’ll find this incredible set of Mid-Century Modern lighting.

Isn’t it fun when a circle like this can be closed? The owners are happy, the light fixtures are off to find another good home, and I got to pop into a store that makes my heart skip a beat! Kinda leaves a smile on my face 🙂

Did I mention, it’s not every day something like this comes along?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use.

A Little Lamp Update

A Little Lamp Update

Remember when I posted about this lamp? And showed you the replacement shade I picked up for it at ReStore? Then left you with a cliff hanger and only showed you this much? Well, here’s a little glimpse at how this revitalized lamp looks when…

A New Touch for a Touch Lamp

A New Touch for a Touch Lamp

I have been working on a redesign project, and this is one of the lamps that was in the mix… Exactly as is. Apparently the original fluted ruffled glass shade got broken, and was just never replaced. Since redesign is working with what you already have,…

DIY: Zipping Up A Lamp Shade, Painting It With Colour!

DIY: Zipping Up A Lamp Shade, Painting It With Colour!

I picked up a little glazed ceramic lamp base at the thrift store not too long ago, but had no idea what to do for a shade. Knew I wanted to DIY something, but not sure what.

And then I came across a tutorial by Courtney over at A Little Glass Box. A very cool idea that I hadn’t seen before.

First, I had to buy a cheapo shade, because I needed the frame to work with.

Home Trends Lamp Shade

And I knew from my DIY skeleton lamp shade that finding a thrifted shade to fit a small lamp was harder than you’d think. So I didn’t take the time to try and thrift one, but popped into Wal-Mart instead.

Even though the shade looks a little top heavy, I knew it wouldn’t be once it was taken apart.

And that’s because the bottom ring was only attached to the fabric, not the actual frame. I was going for a drum shape, so losing the bottom ring was exactly what needed to happen.

Can you see a drum evolving from this frame?

Frame of table lamp shade

No, not so much?

Next was cutting 1/4″ wire mesh to size for the new shade…

1/4" wire mesh

And attaching it to the frame with small plastic zip straps, to form the drum shape.

DIY Lamp Shade with Wire Mesh

And now the fun begins. Have you guessed how this shade is being created yet?

Here’s a peak…

Small Plastic Tie Strap Lamp Shade

That’s right. Staggered layers of zip straps will be used to fill in the mesh and create the shade! Crazy, I know.

You actually want to attach straps in every mesh square of the bottom row, and the very top row. It’s all the rows in between that are staggered.

Check out the layer of white!

White Zip Strap & Wire Mesh Lamp Shade

Looks kind of funky, don’t you think?

I really liked the layered colours of Courtney’s lamp in the tutorial, so I wanted to layer colours into my shade, too. But it meant spray painting zip straps!

So I figured out how many I would need in each colour, and counted them out. Yes, seriously, I did!

Zip Straps and Spray Paint

Did I mention, I bought a bag of 1000 small zip straps? And in total I used 575 of them, give or take a few!

I couldn’t figure out a fast and easy system to spray these puppies, so I just resorted to threading them – One. By. One. – 😐  onto fishing line, and then sprayed away, trying to cover both sides of the straps!

Tip:

Make sure you spray the straps ahead of time, because they definitely need to dry overnight, and the longer they dry, the better. Otherwise the paint will rub and flake off too much when you’re attaching the straps to the mesh.

Here’s the colour layering in action.

DIY Lamp Shade with Zip Straps

One thing to keep in mind is not to pull the straps too tight. The ones you see sticking out have deliberately been pulled tight to anchor the mesh to the frame, but they were only temporary until they could be replaced with the blue straps.

Are you feel’n it yet?

Here’s a look at the finished shade…

DIY Zip Strap Lamp Shade

I know it looks a little ‘Dr. Seuss’, but hang on… you haven’t seen it turned on yet!

I used a small 60w clear bulb…

DIY Zip Strap Lamp Shade

 

 

And was blown away by how different this little lamp looks when it’s on!

I love the shadows it casts…

And check out the reflection on the lamp base.

Doesn’t it remind you of a White Sea Anemone in an ocean of blue?

Here’s one more look back at the lamp and shade in its ‘Before’ state…

Martha Stewart Lamp Shade

And the ‘After’ of the total shade makeover!

What do you think of my little Crazy for Colour project? Would you zip up 575+ straps to make one of these shades, too?

Today I’m joining in the party fun, and linking my project up here…

I want to thank these awesome ladies for being such great hosts!

    

 

Such a fun project! And so many more to do 🙂 Why not pop on over and check out all the other projects, too? Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to do up your own crazy colour project… or maybe it’s just a crazy project. Seriously, zip straps turned into a lamp shade? Who knew???

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

All Photos by Sheila Zeller

The Colours of a Cocktail

The Colours of a Cocktail

We popped into The Old Fire House Wine Bar on Saturday and capped off our Black Tie evening with the cocktail special of the night. If I gave you a few clues, would you guess what it was? This hand-blown glass is very close to…