Ethereal Ideas

Ethereal Ideas

Grace Shu
Jan 12, 2010

Pssst, here's a secret: We're really excited about the Los Angeles Ballet performance of Balanchine next month. It's going to be awesome. For all of you lovers of ballet, we've found three gorgeous ideas that remind us of the beautiful lines, gauzy tutus, and delicate details thanks to this home featured in Skona Hem.

This lampshade gets it structure visually from the strong trim at the top and bottom of the shade, but the wraparound fabric looks light as air with the pleating creating soft vertical shadows around the clear light bulb. We're curious to see if anyone knows how to create something similar? We've found DIY lamp shade kits like this one from the Lamp Shop, but all the materials are pretty opaque.

If there's one thing we learned from our ballet classes from back in the day, it would be this: Ballet is all about making it look easy (especially if your toes are practically bleeding, your legs are shaking, and you never want to hear the word "plié!" again). So if you're into effortless subtlety and don't mind a little bit of elbow grease, take a look at this gorgeous bedroom wall with its tonal gold-beige floral pattern. By experimenting within a monotone color palette or even paint finishes (matte and glossy), you can add interest to a plain wall that won't overtake the entire room.

This lampshade is a bit too obvious with our ballet connection: The Liv lamp by Jonas Bohlin retails at nearly $500, but we're thinking there could be a DIY solution for this one? With enough tulle, you could construct a classical bell-shaped tutu that could cover a plain white lampshade and attach to just the top of the lamp shade frame.

See the rest of this beautiful house over at Skona Hem; and if you're interested in the Los Angeles Ballet's premiere of Balanchine, you can get more info here.

(Images: Skona Hem)

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