If your Shade could Speak
I don’t understand why we have ugly lampshades in this world. Does it really cost more to make a nice one?
Considering many homes don’t have ceiling lights, table and floor lamps are often a necessity, not just a pretty thing that helps you read the newspaper, or see what you’re having for dinner.
Funny thing is, when you buy a new lamp, there are thousands of perfectly lovely shades just sitting and waiting to be bought; almost touching your elbow, and taunting you for just $39.95 plus tax. And, you can’t swap them out (I have tried) because they now have little plastic tabs attached, making sure that you don’t accidentally lose the ugly shade that is sadly clinging to your new lamp.
It’s a shame, because lampshades are an easy way to change up a room, and it is a complete waste of money to buy another one before the plastic has even been taken off the first (you do remove the plastic, don’t you?). And, let’s be honest, as busy as most people are, shade shopping is not usually high on the “To Do” list.
So, if I was Queen, I would decree that all lamp stands and shades must be sold separately. That way, we could choose whatever we wanted, it would save us a lot of time (and money) and our rooms would be very grateful.
Until then, try to have fun with your shade; find ones that you really like, play with different shapes, consider decorating the boring ones, and splurge on an extra one when you can.
(p.s. The absolutely delightful photograph above is by Rodney Smith, and I loved it so much that I made it as big as the blog would allow).
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