DEAR BETH: I have a Victorian-style lamp with a metal base

that was given to me by my grandmother many years ago. Over time, the shade has

deteriorated and I'd like to get it replaced. Do you have any suggestions?

-Amy Smoller

Most shade companies carry Victorian- style shades or can have one custom

made for you. "The lampshades usually have beading and fringe and are made of

silk or linen," says Brian Kleinberg, owner of Lighting Center by Cameo

Imports, 227 Glen Cove Rd., Carle Place. "Some are ribbed, some are scalloped,"

he said, adding that the shades cost between $60 and $130. Ralph Mariano,

owner of Mariano Studio, 255-04 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, calls

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Victorian-style shades more "intense" because of their detailing, which can

include smock pleating, ruffles and tassels. Factory-made shades at Mariano

cost about $150, while hand-sewn custom designs start at $350 and up. At

Republic Lighting, 2355 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, most of the Victorian shades,

including those made of silk Shantung, are washable. Republic would not quote

prices until it sees the size of the lamp.

DEAR BETH: We have a dining room that's open to the living room, with beige

carpeting and off-white walls. The dining set is cherrywood in a somewhat

modern style. Hanging over it is a beige Tiffany-style lamp with brown trim.

Our problem is deciding on the colors and pattern for an 8 by 10-foot area rug,

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as well as the style and size of a painting on a wall that's 9 feet wide. Help!

-Linda Cook

With all the beige and brown tones in the room, it sounds like your dining

room is crying out for color. I'd choose a rug (either an Oriental-type floral

or a more linear, geometric pattern) in brilliant shades of pink, green,

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burgundy and gold, which would fit with the decor, but also add some zest to

the space. As far as the painting goes, if there's a piece of furniture, such

as a sideboard, on the wall, space the painting midway between the piece and

ceiling. Likewise, the painting should hang so that it's roughly equidistant

from the ends of the wall. The dining room doesn't sound traditional enough for

an oil painting. Maybe a print or pastel drawing would work better. Or even a

large photograph.

Send your decorating questions (along with your name, address and telephone

number) to Beth Sherman, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, N.Y. 11747.