Sunday, March 13, 2016

Design Obsession | Patterned Lamp Shades

Lee Ann Thornton's Instagram Feed
There are certain elements I suggest over and over again when helping clients decorate their homes - gorgeous textiles, blue and white pottery, checks, slipcovers, the list goes on.  I recommend them because they are the same things I use in my own home, in almost every room, and never tire of them.  Lately, I've added patterned fabric lamp shades to the list.  I've always loved them, but it seems I have a renewed energy for them.  I currently have one being made for Charlie's bedside sconce and another planned for Jimmy's office.  Custom shades are a bit pricey, so I use them sparingly.  Some of my very favorite designers use them and in each project where they are featured they are among the first details I notice in the room.  They are so charming and create that country home look that I'm always chasing.
Lee Ann Thornton Interiors (Quadrille wallpaper, Vaughn Designs lampshades)

Lee Ann uses patterned lamp shades in so many of her projects and I adore each one.  Her work is a constant inspiration for me on many levels.  When I discovered her on instagram I practically studied (stalked?) her feed and then her website and blog.  She has lunched with Ina, her Connecticut home is positively perfection (her breakfast room is my favorite), she loves blue and white, vacations in Nantucket and gets a little crazy over all the same textiles designers that I do.  Easy to see why I fell in love, right?  Her classic designs are enviable, to say the least.  Even though she uses lots of high end items, her rooms always feel cozy and welcoming, which I think comes from her California roots and love of entertaining - she knows how to mix relaxed block prints, antiques and bamboo/rattan to create spaces that exude comfort.  I should really do a blog post on just her! :)  Her pretty lamp shades are always a favorite finishing touch for me.  See more of her work below...




^^This one is from inside Lee Ann's home (taken from her instagram feed), note hallway and dining room shades^^

^^From Vaughn Designs showroom found on Pinterest^^

Kathryn Ireland



Another favorite designer that uses lots of patterned shades is Kathryn Ireland.  She sells some directly on her website, like the one above, or you buy her fabric and have them custom made.  I've featured the room to the left on my blog before, it is still one of my favorites from a cottage in California.  
   










Kathryn Ireland bedroom

Robert Kime Lamp Shades found on website

A favorite designer, Peter Dunham, uses patterned shades often.  So many of his textiles make terrific shades!

From Kate Collins Interiors, using a favorite Peter Dunham print on the bedside lamps

Lastly, here is a design board from a recent project of mine for a repeat client in Minnesota.   The fabric shades will be on top of two matching console tables that flank her fireplace.  Working with repeat clients is always the highest compliment and I adore this client and the way her home is coming together. (hopefully, soon, I'll be able to share pictures of the kitchen and dining nook that are almost complete.)  






14 comments :

  1. Love!!love!! love!! Do I see visions for the office in the pic with the secretary? Quick question, several years back you have a post with the most adorable rabbit plate around Easter on the table. Can you tell me who produced the rabbit plate? It kinda looks like Peter Rabbit.But I can't find it on the web. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks!! The plates were from Williams Sonoma. Hope they still have them!!

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  2. Thank you for the kind comments about Lee Ann. She is traveling this week, installing a project and I sent her the link. You both have very similar cozy and classic styles! I can attest she is obsessed with fabric lampshades. We have a large collection of shades in our basement I refer to the lampshade way station! Along with her new home collection, she has plans to add fabric lampshades soon. Thank you again.

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    1. you're very welcome. i can't wait to see the shades appear in her home collection! they will be just as beautiful as everything else she does.

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  3. Thanks for a great post. I was happy to learn about Lee Ann Thornton. You both have such great style!

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  4. Such a beautiful post. I love patterned shades and like you, since they tend to be very expensive, I only have a few. There are so many I would love to own above.
    Karen

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  5. Hello from a mom of 8 in California. I just read everyone of your post from beginning to end! Love your style, your family and you. Please don't ever stop!;)

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    1. well, thank you so much. comments like yours make it all worthwhile. and 8 children!! bless you, I'm sure you are doing an amazing job!! xx

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  6. I love this post, Tessa! Have never heard of Lee Ann, but thank you for sharing. You have a very similar aesthetic to hers, which is exactly the look I love too! Her home is one of the first in a very long time that I've loved to look at as much as yours! Have been thinking of a patterned lampshade in my entry and also for the kitchen chandelier shades. Your mood boards/collages are so lovely.

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  7. Hi Tessa! Love patterned lampshades too! And your home design project is gorgeous! Love every item of it :-)
    Have a nice day,
    Claire

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  8. Do you have an online resource for patterned pleated lampshades that don't cost an arm and a leg? I've even had trouble finding someone locally who can make them! Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, thanks Tessa!

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    1. I don't have an online source that isn't super $$$. I have an excellent local shop though. Would be happy to coordinate a custom shade for you if you like. Just email me: nineandsixteen@gmail.com

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    2. That would be great, Tessa, thank you! I'll be emailing you!

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  9. Such a beautiful post. I love patterned shades and like you, since they tend to be very expensive, I only have a few. There are so many I would love to own above
    Delores Ensley
    homedecor.guide

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