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Interior design trend spotting – quirky, vintage inspired lamp shades

August 2, 2011
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Bring in the noise

Confession: almost everyone on our team is obsessed with Home With Novogratz on HGTV. The couple living in Manhattan might be the coolest thing to happen to television in years. The DIY damage (homeowners ruining walls with horrid textures, bad colors, cheap plywood shelves, etc.) done by cable tv is being undone in a single swipe by the Novogratz who are the edgiest designers to make it to television ever. Are we biased? Yes, we’re fans. But one of the reasons we’re so obsessed with the show is that they are so brave with their design and they use incredibly bold statement pieces.

In almost every design, they throw in something vintage, and we are seeing vintage pieces with the hip designers in Austin, Boston, NYC, LA and Miami.

We love the following pieces found on Etsy.com handmade by independent artists at an affordable price, and we think they’re suitable for your office, a vacant listing, or a client’s new home.

Bring in the funk

French handmade lamp shade inspired by vintage medicine labels.

Handmade in France, lamp shade inspired by vintage tattoos.

1930's map of Antarctica, hand made shade from New York.

Paper shade inspired by vintage anatomy charts.

Vintage lampshade based on Jack the Ripper's anatomy notes.

Red bicycle lampshade from early 1900's French advertisement.

"Mexican Ladies" lamp shade made from cotton fabric in Suffolk.

Double decker lamp shade made from vintage comics and sci-fi magazines.

So what do you think? Are these vintage inspired lamp shades inspirational to you? Which of the above lamp shade can you not live without?



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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius and sister news outlet, The Real Daily, and has been named in the Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders several times, co-authored a book, founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a pension for the irreverent.

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