Desk lamp update – moar tassels

When I saw Kat von D’s handmade Victorian lampshades back in August, I wanted all of that action to happen in our home. And I wanted it five minutes ago.

I already had quite a collection of black lampshades [case in point, desk lamp], so all I needed was some overly dramatic tassels. I searched Dublin high and low and couldn’t find any. I was becoming desperate. So desperate in fact that one day when I was going through my closet, my eyes stopped on my sheer black summer kimono [kinda like this one]. All I saw was how well the tassels on the bottom of it would look on my lamp. And so I attacked said kimono with a seam ripper and applied it to our lamp. All in the name of DIY. 

I’m really very fond of the moodier feel to my desk lamp alread [you can see it’s original transformation here], and I can’t wait to find some awesome artwork to hang over our new old mahogany desk. Though, I’m thinking I may just have to paint an oversized piece of art myself, as I unfortunately have something very specific in mind, and haven’t been able to find it. We’ll see.

For the day that it is, I would like to wish you a happy Halloween! As it happens, I didn’t style my desk especially for Halloween, I’m afraid it’s just Halloween every day in our home. I hope you enjoy the night. 

xx A

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  1. October 31, 2014 / 19:56

    Oooh you clever girl!! Loving the tasselly action you wonderfully macabre woman you. (P.S. Isn't 'macabe' the best word ever? I don't even know why, I just really like it.)

  2. November 1, 2014 / 18:51

    The tassles look great – so dramatic! I love how they look with the light coming through them – great update and clever attacking of kimono!!
    Maria xx

  3. November 4, 2014 / 13:20

    I hope your summer kimono �� wasn't something you wore often. It sounds too fabulous to cut up! Having said that, loving the look of this lampshade. It has a much more sophisticated feel than the pom-pom shade did. Lurve.

    • November 4, 2014 / 13:22

      OMG. Just clicked on the Kat Von D link… Super inspiring!!!

    • November 5, 2014 / 08:52

      I haven't actually glued the tassels on just yet. I have them pinned on with black paperclips for the moment. I'm hoping to buy a cheap kimono in the post-summer sales and replace the tassel, and then I'm hoping to sew the tassel back onto my kimono (it's similar to this one). I know, wildly complicated plan but when I want something, I really mean it when I say I want it five minutes ago. I have faith I can restore it to its former tasselness.

      Re: Kat von D – her entire house is amazing. I'm not too keen on all the taxidermy, but she has amazing taste. Not to mention, she has a goth garden <3