So last Friday was my 25th birthday. Needless to say, as I never posted about it here, I don't look forward to my birthdays too much at all. Ever really. But my family and friends always makes it special for me and this year, my baby brother Nathan built me my own Tardis bookshelf. He is skilled in many many ways, one of which being building things (he built a Nintendo coffee table that was featured on the blog HERE). I was completely shocked having absolutely no idea he was working on something like this, let alone making one for me. But he put the whole thing together himself and bought a decal from an etsy seller named Bioblitz for the top strip. AND it has a remote control that turns the light on and off. Ridiculous, right?!
I have been so anxious to share it with you all and now be honest, how many of you or someone you know would want to buy one of these bookshelves? I've been trying to convince my brother for a while to start making and selling his furniture like this, but he's been hesitant. I think he could do very well selling his pop-culture related furnishing. It always gets so much attention. So you guys should convince him! ;)
There is quite the wire cage exposed lighting trend going on right now and I could not be more all over it. Seriously, I absolutely LOVE all the exposed bulbs and the rustic look of the work-lamp inspired lighting. But just like everything that becomes trendy, it also comes with a hefty price tag. Something as simple as a naked lampshade with only wire framing can end up costing you a fortune soley because of it's popularity. With a look this simple, creating your own is never off the table.
Having wanted to re-create this look for a while, I started looking through old lampshades that had a good solid wire framing. Obviously not all lampshades can be stripped of fabric without losing it's shape, but some can. I had this one lampshade lying around that had a big rip in the side of the fabric and I wanted to do something with it but couldn't decide what. That's when I noticed how sturdy the frame of the lampshade was. So I began ripping all the remaining fabric off.
I had recently grabbed this Edison bulb from Target on the clearance rack and thought this would be the perfect spot to show off it's unique shape and coloring. The whole "restyle" if you can even call it that took about all of 2 minutes. The hard part is just finding a lampshade that will hold it's own once it's been stripped. Just start skimming thrift stores. Look for the ugliest, cheapest lampshades and exam the frame.
The look may not be for everyone, but when the bulb is beautiful, I want to show it off! I hope this trend sticks around cause I wouldn't mind having exposed lighting throughout my whole home one day. Baby steps right?
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