2.12.2011

Your Lamp Shade Preference

 Dear Design Enthusiast:  We want your opinion.  
 
Which lamp shade treatment looks best on Debbie's powder room sconces?
1. Square Off White Linen Shade

 
2.  Glass Hurricane

3.  Round White Shade
The  Scalamandré Pillemente Toile wallpaper was one of my favorite 
products when I worked for Scalamandré in Florida.
It comes in beautiful colorways and in linen and silk fabrics.

Great idea:  Debbie bought this beeswax candle at Home Goods 
and then wrapped the light bulb holders in the wax. 

While we are at Debbie's house, check out her living room book case display.
She incorporates "breathing space" on the shelves.

With book shelf composition, it is important to have balance and not to over crowd.  I prefer to eliminate "drug store" paper backed books or at least move them to shelves where they are not the focal point.

She breaks up the books with artwork and artifacts.  

Digressing here.  Last week, we celebrated Claire's birthday with a little 
girlfriends dinner at my house.


Back to the dilemma...
 What do you think?
Glass hurricane, square or round shade?

Best wishes,
Mary Ann

67 comments:

  1. I like the square shades the best.

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  2. I am leaning towards the square shades. I absolutely LOVE that wallpaper!
    Shelley

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  3. Love the square. Her home is gorgeous. Love the bookcases. Hugs, Marty

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  4. I like the glass but they might not be the best in a bathroom. Cute post.

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  5. I prefer the square shades because I like that tailored look, but her home seems fairly traditional and the glass would work well.

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  6. Okay here it goes, honest opinion.... I like the glass shades with the wallpaper. It is very traditional and personally I think the glass allows the paper and the base of the sconces to be the star. The square looks contrived to me and I don't like it with the rectangle mirror. The white shades look like an inexpensive choice and a little typical. I vote for glass so you can see through to the paper and the base!! IMHO, Kathysue

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  7. I personally like the square shades the best. What a great idea to use beaswax on the candles!

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  8. What a pretty bathroom and the wallpaper -- yum. My vote was sqaure until I saw the strong rectangular lines of the mirror, which changes it -- you don't have it pictured, but what about a drum shade? That would be my love.

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  9. I think Debbie could switch from the glass for summer to the square cloth for winter ...like I do with pillows. Incidentally, they came without shades and I guess that could be option #4.

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  10. By all means, the square one! The glass hurricane is okay, but gets lost in the pattern of the wallpaper. The round ones provide neither counterpoint of form, nor do they reference the forms of the wall paper. The angles of the square shades reinforce the pagoda shape in the wallpaper pattern.

    The sconces themselves, are perfect in the way they reference the flower forms in the wallpaper.

    All stuff we know intuitively, I guess, but my inner design geek loves to bore people with "why this works" :)

    ~Amanda

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  11. I like the square shades best. The round, pleated ones are so typical and the hurricanes, although lighter, are so traditional. I'm always up for a little modern thrown in to a traditional setting.

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  12. Where I would normally choose the square shades I feel like the beeswax candle (great idea by the way!) competes with them here and the whole thing feels 'busy' and too many things going on in one little light fixture. I vote for the glass hurricanes which to my eye are perfect, clean and fresh looking and show off the beautiful detail of the sconces which I like very much.

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  13. Hello Sweetie!

    How are you doing today? Are you enjoying your weekend?

    Ok, I must say that I'm in love with the glass hurricanes. They're really charming!

    :-)

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    Post of the Day: Jennifer Aniston's House for Sale!

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  14. I immediately thought square {like everyone else} but then I saw the glass hurricanes and they get my final vote!! If you keep the square shades then I would recommend an oval mirror. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bathroom!
    abby

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  15. Glass or square. I agree with Kathysue on the 'why' for the glass, plus it adds length, where the shades seem to make the sconces look too small/short for the space. BUT - I also say the person who lives with the look has to decide what he/she likes.

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  16. The glass, hands down. It complements the candle look, plus it looks so much cleaner.

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  17. The square shade, definitely. It gives such a crisp feel to the room. Clean lines balance out the feminine feel of the wallpaper.

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  18. I like the glass or the square... probably in that order. I'm working on my bookshelves, this post really helps! Thanks!

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  19. I really like the 2nd lamp & I also love the wallpaper behind it. Have a great weekend, dont work tooo hard :)

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  20. I vote for the square shades and that wallpaper is gorgeous... love it!! xo

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  21. My vote is for the glass! Simple and doesn't take away from the beautiful sconce.
    Pretty Bathroom!
    xo,Gail

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  22. I like the glass....just kind of simple and elegant with the timeless toile wallpaper. About those bookcases...I have the hardest time getting people to edit them and take off those dang paperbacks! WHY oh WHY are they saving paperbacks anyway???????

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  23. Hands down the square for me, its traditional yet modern and fresh,the rounded one is too old fashioned and the glass one reeks of colonial....just love the squared with the gorgeous wallpaper, its a winning combination. Also admired the breathing space and careful attention to the placement of everything on the bookshelf..very well done!

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  24. Oh goodness - a test!!! EEK!!! I am so not good at this but I'd have to say the glass hurricanes - maybe because of the scale? I have no idea!!!!

    Bookcases for me are always a challenge (as are all interior design things!) but the information was great - keep it coming!!

    Looks like you had a wonderful time with your girlfriends - the table scape looks so pretty!!

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  25. I'm liking the square, but I can also appreciate the glass hurricane, as we don't see that everyday. It's a beautiful powder room!
    Have a Happy Valentines Day!
    Kelle
    xx

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  26. I like the square shades the best! The hurricane ones would work too, because of the large scale. But my vote would definitely be for the sqaure shades!

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  27. I agree..the square shades... thank you for sharing these lovely images of what you've been up to with us..xo Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

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  28. I love this room and the decor. I vote for the square shade :-)

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  29. Hi Mary Ann,

    I hope you had enjoyed your weekend. The square shade seem to give a nicer and more intimate glow also they look more proportional to the size of the mirror. My vote goes to the square.

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  30. Your home is gorgeous......Happy Valentine's Day.

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  31. Square, if you can find white to pull in the white below. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Mary Ann.

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  32. The glass I vote for!

    Love from the netherlands

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  33. Most definitely prefer the square. And I've used the Pillement toile in different colors - one of my favorites as well!! And the bookcases look beautiful!!

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  34. Glass love the wallpaper,and great bees wax tip.

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  35. Glass needs constant cleaning due to fibers in the room. Square shade is best and shades soften the light so it isn't so glaring. Plus you can change out with different ones for holidays.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  36. Oh I love the wallpaper. I like the hurricane lamps-the paper shows thru so pretty. such a lovely home with all the blue.
    Ann

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  37. I love the square one, that's my favorite!
    Happy Valentine's Day.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  38. Well this is hard. I immediately liked the square and then I saw how clean the glass looks. i think I like glass the best. Love her wall paper and those shelves are beautifully arranged.

    -Rene

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  39. My vote is for square linen! I love the idea of the beeswax!

    Melissa

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  40. The glass hurricane. Option #2. And I love how the books are placed and laid out on the shelf. They look great!!

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  41. I like the square shades, the glass would be my second choice:)
    Debbi @ the beach

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  42. These are beautiful! I'm loving the second option too! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

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  43. My least fav is the round one, and I think my fav is the hurricane because it is so elegant, but I really like the square shade too. So depends on if you are wanting really elegant or just a traditional or modern look.
    Blessings, Nellie
    Loved your book case and table too. Both were
    Very pretty

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  44. My vote is for the glass, especially since everything else in the space is square.

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  45. My favorite is the hurricane lamp..but I'm sure you aren't surprised. :o) I think it shows off the lovely beeswax. I think hurricane lamps are so timeless. Love your gorgeous photos by the way!

    I ADORE beeswax candles!

    Donna @ Comin Home

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  46. I like the square ones but I am really loving the sconce on the bookcase! Her bookshelves are fab looking!

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  47. Definitely the square...love the look, Mary Ann!!

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  48. definitely the square.
    and omg beeswax candles. :D love love love x

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  49. Hmm that's a tough one. I generally love wall sconces with square lamp shades, but for that lamp, I really think the hurricane looks fantastic!

    xo Linda

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  50. i love the square shades. we have similar ones in our master bathroom. love the shape!...and thank you for your comment the other day on my blog!

    ps. i was just in newport beach. LOVE it there!

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  51. I really like the square shade. Just saw your house featured on 6th street design school and it is absolutely stunning!

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  52. I think I will trade off between the glass and the square shades. I like to change things up! Thanks for all of your helpful comments.

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  53. i like the square shades, it will create a softer light and won't be so bright.

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  54. Definitely #1! I love your blog and your home...esp. your beauty bedroom! All so pretty.

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  55. thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I vote square and oh my goodness is that wallpaper divine! so nice to "meet" you!
    Tessa

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  56. I liked the square as soon as I saw them, but when I saw the hurricane I loved that too. Not so much the round. I think the square is more modern looking and the hurricane is in keeping with traditional design. The paper is lovely! How lucky that you worked there. I just bought an old Scalamandre book from Amazon that is amazing.

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  57. I love the glass hurricanes. It does not distract from the gorgeous wallpaper and adds a little bling.

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  58. I vote for the glass ones! I love them against the wallpaper. You can see the wallpaper thru them and they look a little modern. Very pretty!

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