homemade little light

July 5, 2011  in diy craft projects, homemade, interior styling

silver side lamp

Here’s a little lamp I made that sits in my studio and makes me smile, so I thought I’d share it with you. It also shows how the stripped back lampshade idea works as well for little shades on table lamps as it does for larger shades, like the one made for the Decorate book launch.

I originally made this shade for an Elle Decoration magazine story I did 7 or 8 years ago and still really like it. If you look through my tearsheets you’ll come across a picture of it’s original incarnation. I bought the blank wire frame new and then hand cut and embossed silver leaves from metal craft sheeting and wired them to the bottom of the frame along with some crystal beads. You could also strip an old lampshade and do something similar.

The lamp base is vintage and I bought it from a flea market last year whilst on holiday in Croatia. I had it re-wired by an electrician when I returned home.

lamp close up

I bought the crystal bead bulb cover years ago and have not been able to find another one since – if you know anywhere that sells them please let me know! They’re great for diffusing the light from the naked bulb. I perched the silver bird on top for a little bit of fun, it seemed the perfect home.

The antique mirror frame was a buy from a little curiosity shop and the little girl in the photo is my Mum when she was a toddler – sweet!

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  1. Heather says:

    that’s beautiful! Love the silvery tones. I bet its gorgeous lit up too!~

  2. karen cheung says:

    Hi! I love how creative this is. The closest thing I know of to the bulb cover you have is this one at RE:

    It’s not as nice as yours, though, I think! x

  3. Deirdre says:

    This is so lovely, Sania. It completely caught my eye. It’s a shame it’s so late here…it makes me want to run out and hit some stores for supplies, in order to attempt to make my own! Thanks so much for the gorgeous photos, and the late night inspiration.
    xo Deirdre

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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