My apartment is my lab. It's where I experiment with color and texture. When I experiment with decor, I feel like I am setting up an installation piece. Lately I've been conducting experiments in how far I can reduce objects. One of my best friends said I am the opposite of a hoarder, in that I am constantly trying to simplify. I liked that. It is tricky, however, because I do love beautiful things. But I also love open space.
I can't stop thinking about the freshness of the aqua and silver in the rooms I featured below. I have a few things in my closet, so experimenting is as easy as looking at what I have and trying to do something new with it. As you know, lamps are an obsession for me. Like pottery. With the last incarnation of my apartment, I find I am not happy with my moon lamp. I love the purity of the shape, but I don't love its scale. I want something with an intentionally over-scaled shade like the one in this beautiful room designed by Marie Burgos. I am currently consulting with an artisan on Etsy regarding having a custom shade made (more on this later). In the meantime, I wonder if I could make a shade. As you know, I'm not a very good DIYer. I get lots of ideas, but execution is a problem. It's okay, though, because my lack of skill is teaching me a good lesson in letting go of perfectionism.
So I went to my closet and pulled some stuff out. I love fabrics, and particularly love the gossamer quality of these curtains. The blue curtain is a lovely ombre and has a particularly nice sheen to it. Maybe I could wrap it around a lamp shade.
Voila. I just tied the curtain in place. No sewing, ironing or glue. The shade is too small, but for this experiment it's okay. It lets me know that I want my over sized shade to be done in a beautiful silvery blue fabric.
The fabric casts the most beautiful blue reflection on the base of the lamp at night. I tried to photograph it, but couldn't capture it. Man, I wish I could paint my apartment white. I'd paint everything if I could. The walls, doors, floors and trim in white. I would need about 64 gallons of paint and a whole lot more energy.