The TODAY Show: Making your Lamp Look like a Million
I was delighted to return to the TODAY Show yesterday – I divulged all kinds of Decorator Secrets, and today I want to share with you one of my faves. It’s my Designer Lamp Trick!
Here’s the deal: You really can’t tell by just looking at a lamp base if your lamp cost you $400 or $40. It’s the SHADE that gives it away. Often, bargain basement lamps boast a really cheap looking shade. Flimsy, too white. Fake silk-looking.
So my fun decorator trick? Find a custom lamp shade for your lamp… and watch your $40 purchase turn into something that really DOES look like $400.
The fun part about all of this is that your custom lamp shade doesn’t have to totally break the bank. I came across this lovely lady Dana and her Etsy shop Lamp Shade Designs , and her shades start at $60. She uses designer fabrics and her lampshades are flawless. I loved them so much I used them in my TODAY Show segment!
Here are some of my favorites:
Another great place to find classic, simple shades is Ballard Designs. (And if you’re ever in the market for mini-shades for your chandelier, this is THE place to go):
Also, I recommend checking out LampsPlus for some good pops of color + cool patterns, and pretty reasonable prices. Here’s one of my faves:
Below you can find my Designer Secrets segment from yesterday if you’d like to check it out! (Or you can find the video here).