Tuesday, 12 July 2011

In the End it Only Took 5 minutes

These plain white lamps either side of the guest bed have been taunting me for weeks.  What to do to them to make them a little more special?

I have spent hours thinking about them.  I have scoured magazines, catalogues and web pages for inspiration.  Then I got onto pinterest and was seriously side tracked setting up boards and pinning pictures.  Back to the lampshades - what could I do?
  • Add a simple trim?
  • Make linen or hessian (burlap) flowers to attach?
  • Cover them with pretty fabric or paper?
  • Glue on buttons?
  • Cover them with more Laura Ashley fabric? - No too much matching!
I found a lovely hydrangea design at The Graphic Fairy, and I thought I'd try to copy the design onto the lampshade.  To say that didn't work would be an understatement.  

Feeling a little disheartened, I went downstairs and made a cup of tea.  Sitting on the dresser in front of me were some artificial hydrangeas I had recently bought from Recollection/Early Settler.  Perhaps?

So in the end it only took me five minutes to snip the flowers from the stem and attach them with a hot glue gun. 

I like the extra texture and dimension that they give the room, and I like the soft lilac/gray colour that they add to break up all the green.

The lampshades were $7.90 from Bunnings and the flowers were $5.95, so if I decide later on that I want to change them, I can easily remove the flower and re-cover them.  But for now, I think they are beautiful.

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  1. It looks lovely the colours are just right for Winter.

  2. What a lovely idea, great piece of lateral thinking. Thanks for sharing, hugs Wendy.

  3. Love this idea, I just put a so so lampshade on a lamp in my bathroom this morning and thought "this really needs some sort of embellishment". You just gave me a great idea, thanks!

  4. LOL- It took you longer to photo and write about it,didn't it? More great looks should be so simple. Thanks for not making it harder than it is):-

  5. Pretty, calming and romantic! Looks lovely in your room.

  6. Isn't it amazing how a simple little change can make a big difference? Beautiful. I love it. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

  7. This is so cute! I love it!

  8. What a great, and deceivingly simply, change. I love it.

  9. Oh how I love Hydrangeas and yes, that shade is beautiful! Such a tiny change with a big impact. Priceless :)

  10. very sweet, sometimes we need to relax and take a tea break! Lezlee

  11. Such a great idea~ so pretty! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  12. Very nice things.

  13. Amazing how a simple solution can look so good. Lovely.


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