Monday, January 5, 2015

How high must the chandelier be?

Buying a chandelier can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Often clients ask me how big it should be  or how high must one hang it.The link below will give you all the information on the size and the height of the chandelier.  Happy chandelier shopping!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Trends for 2015

The stunning Marsala paint color,  is Pantone decor colour for 2015.  A great colour choice for all seasons,  as it has a cool undertone for the hot summer days,  but the richness of the colour,  will also bring warmth in winter.  So- paint a wall,  add a few cushions and add a lampshade in this colour or tone,  and your home will be looking as good as new!
Natural fibre is still on top of the list in lampshade manufacturing.  Woven cottons,  raffia shades,  lots of crystals and natural beads.
Wire frame lamps are still popular and look out for our new range and colour schemes which will be available at the beginning of February.
Popular colour themes for 2015:
Shades of Plascon Marsala
and the silver/grey is still trending
And lastly PENDANTS. I should have made this nr 1. Pendants in the kitchen,  lounge, living areas,  bedrooms,  patios.  Clusters,  single hanging,  rows,  anything goes,  as long as it hangs.
# Some photos used, were compiled from Pinterest and Google images.

Pantone Color:

Popular Trims:

More in this color

Wire lamps and popular color trend

Natural fibres, beads, cottons

2015 pendant lampshade trend

Looking back

2014 was a challenging but every positive year.  We were confronted with styles,  which were way above the average. We ran out of storage space from time to time, as some orders were bulker than others.  We did interesting,  creative lamps for once-off projects. Our new lampbase division took off with a big BANG. And we are looking forward to 2015. Herewith a little peak of what happened behind the scenes...

Being creative 

A glims at our new lamp base collection

Ready, steady, go....

Plan & create

Pleated pendant shades

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lace and satin

Today we combined and layered satin and lace, to create a warm feel. These lamps are for a movie shoot.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

With a Fringe

Today, the girls made lovely pendant lampshades in a crisp white light woven fabric. It wad finished off by fringing the bottom. A beautiful look to compliment any room!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

African Beaded Lampshades

The rafia lampshades with little orange, red and brown beads (which we coloured last week) are nearly finished. This is what it looks like:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SALE Sale sale

We need to make space for our lovely new Spring Collection. Now is the time to get that beautiful red velvet shade at a discount! Our Sale lastest until Saturday! See you at our Retail Store (opposite White House Linen)  today!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Vintage Cage Pendants

Cage Light Pendants are the Latest Light Fashion all over the world.  
If you dont have one yet - you will have to get one soon! (Or give one to your boyfriend)    
From Australia to Canada, from Web sites to Etsy, from Restaurant to Study to Dining room, to Lounge or just another "light to be"  - just everywhere......  Yes, yes you must agree - it is beautiful!!

As we in South Africa use different lamp holders to Europe, the imported one's come with an Euro fitting.
For weeks we were at the drawing board, designing a good size Cage Pendant Light with a South African Lamp fitting,     just for you - our customer!
And here it is.  An Industrial Cage Pendant with a Vintage feel at an affordable price, with or without a lamp fitting and/or cord and a Standard South African bulb fitting or an Euro one!.  A winner for sure....
Available at our on-line shop  or email us

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Only 3 days!

Yes, we are nearly there.

The first ever Trunk Show to be hosted by the Ideas Magazine at Simondium between Paarl and Franschoek.

And are we geared!  Rows and rows of lampshade frames are waiting for you to grab and make your own lampshade.  Bells, squares, hanging shades and.......  ie  hanging or a standing lampshade  ... (remember the cluster of lampshades you always wanted to have....)  ALL AT SPECIAL TRUNK SHOW PRICES!

Lampshade kits!  Yes, yes yes.  Just for the Trunk Show, we are compiling lampshade kits, so that you can make your own drum lampshade in your own fabric.  A kit consists of the top and bottom wire, the plastic that you will need  (cut to size) and the industrial glue - prepacked in a strong box!
Wow, dont miss this!  There are two sizes available
(a) 30 cm wide by 20 high, or
(b) 25 cm wide by 20 cm high.

We also bring larger rings, and rings for beading lampshades and... to many to mention.  This is an once off opportunity to collect lampshade frames.  So, whether you live in Malmesbury, Springbok or Swellendam or even Mossel Bay.  Get in the car and dont miss this weekend's trunk show!

PS - I'll be there too....

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

All ends good

I hope you remember about the story of the soda fountain which we had to change to a lamp base. If not scroll down and read it - so interesting. Well, with lots of effort and patience the change could be made. And this is it now....

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Raffia shades

I always wanted to make these. pendant raffia shades.  They are ideal for Lodges and homes near the seaside. So natural looking. And say good bye to mildew....

Large pleated pendant

One of my staff spend most of the day pinning and pleating this shade. and she is not even halfway.... Its BIG. I always have to check the weight of the fabric and fullness, so that the pendant dont become to heavy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A new lamp base

What an interesting day!  One of my clients brought an interesting glass "pot" for us to turn into a lamp base. Well well - we all wondered what was the use.  It has an inscription of "British Syphon"  and a patent number .

I went on the internet and found this interesting information regarding this glass pot:

 This is a Seltzogene soda siphon. These siphons are much sought after as ornaments. The lower glass globe contained the water (or another liquid) to be carbonated whereas the upper globe contained a mixture of tartaric acid and bicarbonate of soda.

I also found more info on the following facebook page:

It looks as if this soda siphon could date from the 1870's.  Unfortunately, due to age, the mesh wire is missing (the wire marks are still visible on the pot).  It is made of very thick glass (so that it dont break in the gas making process) and I think the wire mess was there for protection, in case the glass should break.

For now, it will get a second life as a lamp base and will still make its owners proud - for not many people has a lamp base which date from the 1870's  -  140 years later......

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Do you remember this old lampshade we worked on this week? Cant believe its the same one- just 50 years younger. A facelift can make a change ;-) 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Isn't she pretty?

She just came in for repaires. I dont know her history, but somebody must have spend hours in the making. The inner rings collapsed, so we are fixing it.