Update your home decor and create a modern cowhide lampshade.
It’s no secret I am obsessed with cowhide! The evidence can be found within my many posts; Art Hide: 10 Colorful Pillows, Cowhide Rugs: 17 Ways, Cowhide Chairs + Inspiring Spaces, 6 Colorful Cowhide Rugs and Favorite Cowhide Pieces from IKEA. Little by little I have been working on updating the apartment here in Santa Monica and I really wanted to get an arch floor lamp. Around that time Kiri from i like that lamp contacted me and introduced me to her DIY lamp shade kits.
I decided that I had been eyeing the Loden Arc Floor Lamp base from World Market long enough; it was time to purchase it and try to create my own lamp shade with the help of a DIY kit. The kits from i like that lamp provide you with everything you need to make a lampshade, the fun part is you get to source the fabric. I thought I would challenge myself and make a cowhide lampshade!
I had seen a handful of cowhide lampshades before and I loved the concept but they were just too western for me. I like to call my home decor style western, modern glam. I like modern decor with a touch of western and equestrian influence with lots of gold glam accents. My lampshade is a modern drum shape made with a light tan cowhide. The hide has natural color variations and texture throughout and it really gives this lampshade a lot of character.
Make Your Own LampShade
Visit ilikethatlamp.com and check out the DIY kits, pick out a kit size that will fit your needs.
Each kit comes with top and bottom lampshade rings, adhesive styrene, glue, binder clips, molding stick and step-by-step instructions. Watch the step-by-step video before you start your project >
You will need to provide the fabric, scissors and a base for your lampshade. If you are going the cowhide route like I did, you will need an X-Acto Knife to cut the hide because it’s thick. X-Acto Knives can be purchased at your local craft store or online. You will also need additional sheer fabric and some fabric Mod Podge.
Determine how much fabric you will need. It could be as simple as going to your local craft store and picking out a fabric. For me, I searched on eBay for scrap pieces of cowhide in large pieces.Just type in “cowhide scraps” into eBay’s search and you would be surprised what you can come up with!
Make your lampshade! For regular fabric follow the easy steps from Kiri’s video. Simply apply the fabric to the styrene, trim, fasten the rings with binder clips to the styrene, glue, and use the molding stick for a neat finish.
Now if you are making a cowhide shade follow my added steps. Cut and trim your cowhide pieces with the X-Acto Knife and lay them along the styrene as you go. You want a tiny bit of overlap of cowhide to cover the styrene but you aren’t going to pull it around the rings because the hair won’t lay right and your lampshade will look silly. Now you will need a very sheer fabric in white if possible and some fabric Mod Podge. Cut two pieces of the fabric into 3 inch strips the length of your styrene. Adhere this fabric to the back of your cowhide on the very top and bottom leaving an inch hanging over at the top. Allow this to dry completely.
When you peel back the styrene to apply the cowhide, you’ll attach the sheer fabric to the tops and bottom with the cowhide.
Once my cowhide was attached to the styrene, I glued the sheer fabric around the rings just like demonstrated in the video.
Just be patient with this project and process, measuring the cowhide can be difficult and you’ll want to make nice and tight seams. It was impossible for me to find one piece of cowhide big enough for my lampshade without buying an actual rug so I had to really make sure my cut lines were nice.
The end result is a beautiful lampshade that I love!
This DIY project taught me a lot about lamps, I did run into a couple of issues with lampshade compatibility to my base. The lamp kits from i like that lamp come with spider adapters (which is very common for most lamps) but World Market lamp bases are only compatible with uno adapters… it was something I had to work around and do a little more DIYing on my part but I was committed and made it work! If you run into this issue feel free to email me and I can give you a full run down on what to do.
I also now have lots of leftover cowhide from this project so I anticipate some more fun projects with it! What kind of lamp would you make with a custom kit?
DIY lampshade kit c/o i like that lamp
Colorful and fun cowhide pillows for the home from Art Hide.
I first discovered Art Hide on Instagram months ago, I was immediately captivated by their bright and bold cowhide rugs. Art Hide takes cowhide to a whole new level by playing with colors and prints. They offer rugs, pillows (listed under cushions on their website), bags, clutches, and poufs for sale. It’s classic cowhide with a modern take which I love.
It’s no secret that I adore cowhide and am always searching for unique pieces on sites like Joss and Main. All of these cowhide pillows are absolutely stunning.
Buy the pillows:
Visit ArtHide.co and click search by style, cushions.
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Lavender Lemonade Slush is a cold and sweet summer beverage made with fresh squeezed lemons.
I love lavender from lavender candles, to lotions, cupcakes, ice cream and frosting! I had recently been working on sharing a recipe for lemon soda cupcakes with lavender icing but after two recipe attempts I was less than impressed with the appearance and things needed a little work so I decided to create something more simple. This Lavender Lemonade Slush was an easy success! Make sure you pick up a nice culinary grade lavender from the store and that it’s nice and fresh; remember if you can’t smell your herbs or spices, you won’t be able to taste them either.
I wish I could say this lemonade was made with home-grown lemons, but my lemon trees are still not ready yet. Just think of all the things I will be able to make with lemons once my trees are ready.
You start off by making a lavender simple syrup and letting it sit for a few hours (with the lavender flowers in it) then strain the dried lavender flowers, juice your lemons, add water, stir and then freeze until slushy. Or if you are like me you can use an ice cream maker to turn your lemonade into slush within thirty minutes.
Side note, your kitchen will smell awesome from making the simple syrup. I like to put the discarded lavender flowers in a small dish on the kitchen and leave them out for a few times for a natural air freshener. Also don’t mind the few lavender “floaters” you see in my slush, my strainer was not quite small enough for all the pieces. Don’t worry if you leave a few flowers behind, they won’t hurt you!
A sweet and slushy lavender lemonade beverage.
- 9 cups cold water
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon concentrate (about 4 to 6 lemons depending on size)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
- 1/2 cup water
- *Optional - purple food coloring, just one drop will give you this pretty purple tint.
- Add sugar, lavender and water to a small pot, mix well and place over the stove on low heat.
- Slowly bring this to a boil, reduce the heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and allow the lavender flowers to sit in the mixture for 2 - 4 hours, the longer the better.
- Strain the lavender flowers from the simple syrup after the time has elapsed.
- Add the batch of simple syrup, cold water and lemon concentrate to a large bowl or pitcher and mix well.
- At this point you can put it in your freeze until it turns to slush before serving or if you have an ice cream maker, use this to turn the lemonade into slush quickly.
- Serve immediately and garnish glasses with lemon slices.
This lavender lemonade is so good, make it according to my recipe the first time and if you don’t completely love it, tweak it next time. I have a feeling you will leave it as is, it’s that good!
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Beautiful weather vanes add style and charm to any barn or stable.
There are some pieces or parts of a barn that give it a classic look, weather vanes sitting on top of a barn or cupola give a place real equestrian charm. A lot of barns on the East Coast have weather vanes and this antique or modern piece definitely comes at a price. Today weather vanes are purely decorative but they used to tell the direction of the wind, from the top of a barn they appear small but are actually pretty large in size.
Above, a horse weather vane on a cupola.
A three day eventer weather vane from Tuck & Holand.
Red horse weather vane on top of a red cupola.
Weather vane with green glass details.
If you don’t have your own barn, consider putting one in the house as decor.
Another shot of the three day eventer weather vane and a standing horse from Tuck & Holand.
Summertime is in full swing and these bright colors popping out from Rebecca Ray Designs caught my eye! The new summer suede collection is here. Available in four different designs (three clutches and one cuff) and eight different colors, the hardest question is what design and color is your favorite?
The designs are in classic styles we love from Rebecca Ray Designs with just a touch of fringe or horse hair.
There is the suede stainless steel cuff, the suede fringed envelope with tri-color horse hair tassel, the suede stitched envelope with double horse hair tassel and the suede snaffle clutch with suede tassel. What’s not to love?
JulieBeth Handbags are beautiful and functional. Based in Houston, Texas these bags are all hand-cut and stitched by artisans. The bags are made with top-grain leather and high quality hardware. Pictured above is the popular Longhorn bag in brindle, it’s perfect for matching black or brown.
Beth Younger Purpich is the woman behind the brand, she was nice enough to take the time and answer some questions about the brand and her career so far. JulieBeth Handbags is our latest Designer Spotlight.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your career background before starting JulieBeth Handbags.
Beth – Before JulieBeth I worked in the livestock industry. My family has a century-farm (been in our family for more than 100 years) and I grew up working cattle. I have always loved leather and hide and have always wanted to work with them in a creative way.
Q. Try to describe a typical day of work (if such thing exists) or your routine at JulieBeth.
Beth – In running a small business I oversee all operations, marketing, accounting and design. Every week I have lots of meetings with our manufacturer, mentors, buyers, store owners, strategic partners and most importantly our clients. Depending on the day you can find me doing anything but this is a typical work week M-F:
6:30 am wake-up
7:00 am morning coffee (very important)
7:30 – 9 am morning meetings over coffee (I’ve seen the inside of lots of Houston coffee houses)
9am – noon computer work
Noon – 2 pm lunch meetings
2 – 4 pm shipping and inventory management, meetings
4 – 8 pm dinner meetings, philanthropy events
All Day design and create on notebook paper, napkins and whatever I can find
Q. What is currently your best selling bag?
Beth – The Longhorn.
Q. Is there a bag you are not making right now that you would like to add to your collection?
Beth – More clutches and a Mini Longhorn. I am working on both right now. It should be ready in time for Christmas ordering.
Q. When it comes to western brands and this industry, is there some in particular you really look up to or admire? (This can be a clothing brand, boots, ect, does not have to be handbag related).
Beth – DD Ranch. I love their story, point of view and overall success. They stay true to their heritage and I like that. It’s a brand that is very well-known and for the right reasons. My goal is for JulieBeth to be a brand that people love, experience and help to define, like DD Ranch.
Q. Running a business (or two for that matter) can be one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs, if you could go back five years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Beth – Trust your gut.
Q. And just for fun, what is your favorite brand of cowboy boots?
Beth – This is the hardest question. I love Lucchese for the classics and Lane Boots for more funky options.
Photos provided c/o JulieBeth Handbags
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