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Light up your life!

tola teal fuchsia lollipop circles lampshade by Detola and Geek

A lovely new lampshade is such an easy way to make it look like you’ve fancied up your room without resorting to a full-scale re-decoration.  While I work on that, I’m busy trying to decide which of these gorgeous Detola and Geek lampshades will do it for me.  Or whether I can run to one in every room.

tola Olive Orange  Yellow Hexagon Geometric Lampshade by Detola and Geek

Tola Laseinde, who designs and makes these bespoke lampshades, is based in Letchworth Garden City, and is all about African wax print fabrics (or ‘ankara’ if you want to sound like you’re in the know!) and producing eye-catching retro-looking shades.

tola Burnt orange clinking wine glasses lampshade by Detola and Geek

‘Ankara’ is more often used for clothes in Africa, but its perfect for interiors – adding a much-needed blast of heat and colour, especially when it’s all cold and grey outside here.

tola Blue Monochrome Chevron lampshade by Detola and Geek

And if you love a particular fabric or lampshade, Detola and Geek will match it with cushions and so on.  Or you could just choose one great statement shade for the living room (or more than one – don’t hold back!) and then invite the neighbours over.

tola Olive  Blue Mini Pyramids Geometric Lampshade by Detola and Geek

They’re bright, they’re geometric, and lots of them have a real retro feel.  And at £40 for a 30cm drum lampshade, they’re really quite affordable – especially when you consider you’ll be getting something unique.

tola Multi coloured forest leaves handmade lampshade by Detola and Geek

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2 comments on “Light up your life!”

  • Tola Laseinde January 25, 2015

    Hi Pippa
    Thank you so much for your beautifully written feature on my African Print handmade lampshades 🙂
    Tola x

  • Linarak February 3, 2015

    Love all the fabric – very bold and a statement.


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