Have I shared with you my recent theory on beginning to decorate a house? Well I may not be an interior designer, but I have my way with a few things, and designing and distraction might be my best asset yet! Since moving into our new house, we have struggled to move out of the freshly painted/pile of boxes phase, and into a proper, livable house. One of the first steps that I took to take us from shabby to shabby chic was to investigate our lighting options. I find that having beautiful lighting above tends to keep people looking up and in awe of your decorating abilities, even though your flooring is coming undone under their feet. Think of it as building an outfit around shoes and working your way up (or in this case, down!).
By far one of the coolest, and greenest options that I've found for lighing has to be from the Polish design studio Make Your Lamp. Just as it sounds, this lamp is customizable, and made from completely recycled paper, giving it a one-of-a-kind look. They encourage you to buy a lamp that is suitable for your home, and decorate, cut, snip and make it your own so that you can have bragging rights that you are now a lighting expert (which we knew all along, clearly). There are some ready-made options, but I much prefer the "naked" look of the raw, paperboard hanging lampshades. Best of all? Their price is extremely wallet-friendly at about €33 for the medium size, so you don't have to feel guilty if you mess up the first one and need to buy another! I just love the concept of Make Your Lamp encouraging recycling, designing, and affordability all in one!