Mar 25, 2011

anthropologie inspired lampshade

forgive me for not posting yesterday. i just got SO busy!
you see, in addition to design work, and blogging, i also get to do
glamorous things like clean the toilets, do the laundry and try to
figure out what's for dinner. again.
sometimes, i just get a little swamped.
one of the little side projects for the den that has kept me busy is my version of an anthopologie lampshade.
when i spotted this lampshade several months ago,
i was smitten.
 i loved the circles, the different textures.
i loved it all.
except for the colors.
so, i decided to make one that was a 
little more neutral....
i'm not gonna lie....
it was pretty time consuming.
i fretted over where to put each and every circle...
when i first started cutting the circles out, 
i thought i had  WAY too many.
 but i ended up using every single one.
 it took about two yards of linen, 
and two yards of trim.
 i'm very happy with the way it turned out.
it's whimsical and textural and unique.
and looks really fun with the light on!
and my gold leafed lamp finally has a shade.
i will be posting a tutorial sometime this weekend.
see you soon!


  1. WOW! I LOVE it... I actually love yours WAY more than the anthro version! Great work. The colours are perfect and it does look fabulous with the light on too!

    Have a great weekend :)

  2. You did an awesome job on that shade! I cut circles out with my Big Shot Express machine. It goes SO fast. I can't cut a straight line for nothin, so it was well worth the investment to me. I have used it many times to make fabric flowers too.

  3. Great job on the shade. I like your colors a lot better then the Anthropologie one. It's a much fresher look.

  4. very nice - you did a great job!

  5. that is really cool! I love the texture with the light on!

  6. I love it! You did an awesome job. I love the colors you used. Definately cuter than Anthropologie's, and probably a 1/4 of the price.

  7. that turned out great! love it!!

  8. This is really really fantastic!!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  9. I love your version of that lamp. I have a major thing for circles. I also love your blog. I'm just getting started in the blogging world and I'm having so much fun. I have to admit I take a few too many days off from blogging too because life gets in the way.

  10. Beautiful work! I like the colors and fabrics much better than the Anthro one. Well done!

  11. I LOVE that! I have a lamp shade that needs some work and this might be it. Thanks.

  12. smitten by your version... the neutral tones make it even better than the original!


  13. Love how that turned out. I always end up buying too much fabric for projects, worried that I might run short. This would be a good way to use that extra yardage.

  14. Wow! LOVE this lamp shade! You did a great job. I think I like yours even more than the original.

  15. Wow, it look so similar to the inspiration! I love it. = ) Way to go!

  16. i'd dump anthro for your version at the drop of a hat!

  17. Anthropologie chandeliers are stunning and so is the price. Just found this Anthropologie-inspired one at Great for covering up a rental light fixture. Probably cost less than $10 to make.