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We've posted about A'Homestead Shoppe lamp shades before.
The company is located in the tiny farm community of La Paz, Indiana, near South Bend, and their shades are all handmade with artisan touches.
They have some surprising new looks for this season, so I decided to email product development team member Cathy Clough for some more info. Minus the time lag, here's the exchange.
LP - Hi, Cathy! So, since we last spoke, what's new in the world of lamp shades? It looks like you have some new designs.
Cathy - Well, many of our customers are looking for more neutral color shades to blend with the current decorating trends.
Even though they are neutral, we wanted our shades to have a “designer” feel to them.
The beautiful multi colors of brown in this shade (see above) really fit the bill. Its colors are calming and it is aptly named the Serenity Lamp Shade.
LP - We've seen that neutral color trend as well. What about prints?
Cathy - For the younger, trendy urban customer, animal prints are really hot. I think that this zebra stripe fabric, paired with a black lamp, is a sure winner!
We fell in love with this black and tan zebra stripe lamp shade the first time we saw it and knew our customers would feel the same.
LP - Looking to the future, any other trends out there for you?
Cathy - Beach, nautical, lake, and coastal are all categories that our customers are asking for.
We needed a fun and bright fabric to address that need. And what could be more fun than these flip-flops shades?
This is a Waverly outdoor fabric that will match cushions and pillows already on the market.
I love the colors and the pattern. It's perfect for this coming summer!
LP - Cathy, these look great. Thanks for emailing with me. We'll talk again with you soon!
How much is the flip flop lamp shade? Need a small shade for a lamp
We no longer carry the lamp shade pictured, but we do have something similar available: http://goo.gl/91QDJQ