I love poking through antiques shops and flea markets in search of old postcards, fabrics, and lamps–they’re great materials for home-decor projects. Old lamp bases have loads more character than new ones. I try to hang on to a lamp socket’s outer brass or nickel shell, too, and replace just the cord and inner socket.To create a clean new shade for an antique lamp–but one that’s still in keeping with its character–I just dip into my vintage-postcard collection. I look for graphic images and cards that have some wear and tear, a postmark, or even personal writing on the front. It’s a great way to remember a special summer vacation or favorite destination.
Materials and kit are available at The Lamp Shop, Concord, NH. 603-224-1603; lampshop.com. Tru another project from Judy Lake — Night-Light Shade.
For additional ideas, see Judy Lake’s new book, with directions for 50 custom lampshades: The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life (Potter Craft/Crown Publishing Group, 2009; $27.50; lakeslampshades.com)