One of my favourite DIY departments is lamps & lighting [check out our DIY sub-category named Creative lamps]. The coolest lamps consist of various stuff put together (be it bottles, odd china or well, anything), handicrafted lamp shades (knit wool, braided birch bark, etc) or just some old thing made into a lamp (like a hat – think Jeeves & Wooster). Or a lamp shade hat put on a porcelain dog (- think Abigail Ahern’s lighting collection). Or perhaps a reclaimed neon sign. In this field of decor (as any), only creativity’s the limit.
And, most importantly: you can Do It Yourself! It’s one of the greatest way to create something unique because lighting can hardly ever look ugly or wrong. Especially not if you’ve put your soul in it. Few people have too many lighting sources in a room, problem is usually the opposite. Best of all, there’s plenty of inspiration around. Personally, I still love the idea of painting a globe, I think my wor(l)d would be o y s t e r :) And just take a second look at Henen’s DIY:ed hallway lamp: Purely made of branch, tape, paint and a good dose of creativity (there’s also a white smurf hidden among the twigs (!)). And it certainly casts both personality and amazing shadows at night. Interestingly, many of the brand new lamps in the market are upcycled, hodge-podgy and/or homespun. Definitely DIY-friendly.
Good examples: A creation of vintage rulers /
a bunch of old lampshades (similiar cluster spotted at the AW 2011 Formex fair)…
And lastly, a slightly odd (but simple) one – to light up the kitchen of course – a colander.