Press: Lake’s Lampshades

From Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion Magazine

People used to joke about boisterous partygoers wearing lampshades on their heads. Never having done this ourselves, we’ll have to take their word for it. But Judy Sawyer Lake’s handmade, vintage-fabric lampshades would tempt even the most shy individual to try one on for size.

Judy’s shades — she keeps some 300 in stock –are made from old curtains, chenille bedspreads, vintage tablecloths, and tea towels. And they are also abso-bloomin-lutely charming! She creates bases to display the shades, using everything from pewter urns to porcelain pitchers collected from flea markets.

Despite the enormous selection of shades, customers always seem to want “that” color in “that other” shape.

So Judy cheerfully works with clients, helping them select fabrics and trims that go well together. And even though, by her own admission, the shop is “in the middle of nowhere,” fans by the droves seek her out.

We wondered how this shady affair got started. Judy laughs. “My entrepreneur husband decided to start a business in our home. And since I like public radio, and he prefers reggae, it was the perfect time for me to get out of the house. So I opened my shop.”

Always looking for intriguing new effects, Judy will soon introduce lampshades laminated with vintage postcards. If they are as delightful as her current creations, we’ve no doubt they’ll be a hit.