|We are here, shopping for new lampshades.|
We are in Paris with a car full of lamps to take to a boutique in Paris that specializes in custom-made abats jours, lampshades.
We have been gradually rewiring and re-fitting most of our lamps. Many were damaged or broken in last year’s robbery and it has taken us this long to decide what new shapes and colors we want for our lampshades.
Upon each base we try different shapes, materials and colors, it’s a little like shopping haute couture for lighting fixtures.
As I’ve said, we live in a cottage in the country and similar to the way French women dress, our house is decorated in neutrals — nuances from the beige family, from the fabric on the walls to the upholstery on the furniture right down to the carpet. The beiges have character and depth, but they are beige.
|The boutique also sells other accessories for the home like these gorgeous throws.|
Therefore, again like a French woman, we use accessories to add color, i.e. pillows, throws, rugs on top of the carpet, flowers (of course) and lampshades (!). Not all the abats jours are colorful, some continue the beige-on-beige theme, but those little surprises of deep red, shiny black, shiny chestnut, deep blue are lovely punctuations.
When they’re finished and in place, I’ll take pictures so you can see them.