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?
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
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,
as well as the style and size of a painting on a wall that's 9 feet wide. Help!
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,
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
Send your decorating questions (along with your name, address and telephone
number) to Beth Sherman, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, N.Y. 11747.