Made in the Shade

Visit an il­lu­mi­nat­ing lamp-shade maker and shop.

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If a proper lamp and shade are a bea­con of great de­sign, then lamp de­signer Judy Lake is the sun. Her quaint shop in pic­turesque Pawlet, Ver­mont, is a pil­grim­age for many who de­sire beau­ti­ful hand­made shades and rewired vin­tage lamps to match. En­ter her store and you will see a myr­iad of dis­plays of fin­ished shades, color­ful rem­nants of fab­ric and dozens of lamp bases in an ar­ray of ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate the per­fect light­ing piece for any room in your home. Judy prides her­self on beauty and qual­ity and, of course, se­lec­tion. Work­ing away with her friendly store cat and dozens of vin­tage fab­rics and rib­bons, Judy turns out shades of all shapes and sizes per­fect for any coun­try style or decor.

An ar­ray of shades in red are shown off on a coun­try ta­ble in char­treuse green.

De­tails of Judy’s shop in­clude a sign cut and painted to look like a lamp shade. Fab­ric rem­nants are gath­ered and dis­played in a wa­ter basin. An aqua lamp base pairs well with a 1940s shade made with a vin­tage table­cloth. A del­i­cate glass lamp base...

On any given day, Judy Lake will have a color­ful se­lec­tion of lamp shades out on her porch ta­ble beck­on­ing arm­chair dec­o­ra­tors to come inside. “I like peas­ant fab­rics, vin­tage linens, color­ful botan­i­cal fab­rics from the turn of the cen­tury and on,”...

A French tea towel is ad­hered to pres­sure-sen­si­tive styrene and then cut and glued to a wire frame. Judy cus­tom makes shades for any lamp and has her own book called The Lamp­shade Lady’s Guide to Light­ing Up Your Life. Visit her charm­ing shop at 60...

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