~ Add Character to Your Favorite Room ~

Lighting is essential to imparting a warm, comfortable and inviting feeling to your home.
Beautiful lampshades can instantly transform a room and show character and good taste.
Select your lampshades to complement your decorating tastes.

How to Choose: Design | Paper & Style | Lampshade Size | Lampshade Frame | Trim | Pricing

All orders are placed on the Contact/Order page.
  Choosing a Design ~

A cut and pierced lampshade is an artistic creation. It is made entirely by hand, and no two are exactly alike. Many of the cut designs are not painted at all, creating the attractive effect of light shining through the partially open leaves and petals.  Watercolor adds instant beauty to many designs, catching the eye long before the lamp is lit.  Most of my designs are floral because flowers lend themselves so easily and beautifully to the graceful natural elegance of these shades. Berries, apples, and pears are often part of the floral displays. Birds, some wildlife, and even fish are scattered through some of the designs. Stylized borders can be adapted to lampshades used in more formal settings. I have designs for children's rooms, and a Christmas holly lampshade will look festive amid holiday decorations.  Custom designs are available on request.
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  Choosing the Paper and the Style ~   

Generally I use 3 types of paper for my lampshades.

  • Pure White: A medium weight watercolor-type paper, ideal for small to medium sized shades and is excellent for watercolor designs as well as plain white.
  • Off-White: Also called vanilla or ivory, this is similar to the paper above, and is used for all sizes. 
  • Colored Papers:  For years I have used gold-foil/white (either gold inside and white out or vice-versa) for an elegant choice.  In addition I now have a black/white (black outside/white inside) paper that is very popular.  Other options are also very effective: red, dark green, dark blue, medium blue and pink. 
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  Size of Lampshade ~

If you have an old shade on a favorite lamp and are happy with the size, you need only to measure the shade and jot down the size. My sizes are listed always as
TOP X SIDE X BOTTOM or 6 x 8 x 12.

The top diameter is 6 inches.
The side measurement (from top frame to bottom frame) is 8 inches.
The bottom diameter is 12 inches.
If you would prefer another size lampshade or the original shade is long gone, you will have to decide what size will work well on your lamp. Much is based on your tastes and style of decorating. You should make sure the lampshade will be deep enough to cover the mechanical on/off switch of the lamp. Pay attention to the height and overall shape of the lamp, and choose a size that will complement both the shade and the lamp. Generally, a shade equal in height to the lamp works well. The taller the lamp, the taller the shade can be. On the other hand, a small shade on a tall thin lamp can work as well. It truly depends on you.
The shape of the lampshade is important. There are basically three shapes for round lampshades.

  • Drum: fairly straight up and down. Top diameter is usually one to two inches smaller than the bottom diameter. Most drums are for medium to large and extra-large lampshades.

    Some examples:   8x8x10   9x9x11   10x9x12   11x10x13   13x13x15

  • Empire: more of a triangular shape. Top diameter is significantly smaller than the bottom diameter. Most empire sizes are for larger shades with bottom diameters in excess of 12 inches.

    Some examples:   8x9x13   9x10x14   7x11x14

  • Standard: a proportional shape, somewhere between a drum and an empire.
    Generally used for smaller shades.

    Some examples:   5x6x8   6x7x9   6x7x10   6x8x12

The following is a list of my most popular sizes. There are many additional sizes available.  
There may be an additional charge if a new size pattern needs to be created.

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  Frames ~

The type of top frame is important, because this will indicate how you attach the lampshade to the lamp.

  • Clip: A clip top is one that clips the shade directly to a standard bulb. The top of the shade will sit approximately one inch above the lamp bulb. These are used on small lamps for small shades with a 5 to 7 inch top measurement.
  • Washer: Flush with the top, a washer sits atop a harp (an extension that raises the lampshade above the bulb in varying heights) and is secured with a finial. The correct size harp will adjust the lampshade to the lamp. This is the most popular top frame for these lampshades.
  • Chimney: Allows the shade to sit on a glass chimney found on old oil lamps or reproductions. A recessed ring is attached to the top frame and sits on the chimney a couple of inches below the top of the shade.
  • Candle Clip: Clips small shades to the popular candle bulbs, most often used on chandeliers or wall sconces.

Specialty Lampshades in Varying Shapes – Custom orders

  • Hexagon
  • Rectangle
  • Square
  • Bulb Shield: Half round for wall fixtures
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  Trim ~

This is applied to the top and bottom of the lampshades as a finishing touch, atop either the white paper binding or a grosgrain binding.
The STANDARD trim that I use is a 1/8-inch soutache braid, which lends a final touch that is quiet and understated. The soutache braid is available in many colors to complement the painted design on the lampshade or your room decor.
Velvet Ribbon, 3/8-inch wide, adds an elegant touch to lampshades, and comes in a whole rainbow of colors. It is available at an additional charge.
A combination of a bias fold or pleated fold tape and soutache braid adds a nice finishing touch to some larger shades. They also come in a variety of colors.
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  Pricing ~

The cost of a cut and pierced lampshade is based primarily on the size of the shade and then on the amount of work involved. I charge $7.00 per bottom diameter inch for most designs. A lampshade with a bottom diameter of 12 inches would therefore cost $84.00. This includes most white as well as most painted shades. The standard soutache braid trim is included (in gold or colors).
For certain designs which are more intricate, such as Lizzie's Garden or Pinwheel Design, I charge $8.00 per bottom diameter inch.
Additional costs may include creating a new size pattern ($5), using custom trim, such as velvet (varies by trim and size of shade, from $5) and customizing a new design (cost dependent on individual request), etc.
Shipping charges are additional.

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