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DAME EMMA
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« on: August 03, 2006 08:58:31 AM »

Here is my problem. My new office is fabulous in every way, but the light fixtures are beyond horrible.
See what I mean?


I can knit, I can sew, I can paint, but I can't for the life of me figure out what to do with this monstrosity.
Any thoughts?

The floor, on the other hand, is awesome.
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jeanniebelle
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006 06:50:29 PM »

I wonder if you could make a giant paper shade of some sort- like a flat, suspended 'screen'?  If you used the same kind of paper used in paper lanterns it would definately soften it up a little, and it looks like you'd have no problem hanging it from the fixture up there... 

Good call on the floor.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006 07:33:47 PM »

Maybe you could attach a hanging "border" around the edges of the fixture, like a 6" strip of fabric with trim on it? That way your fixture still pumps out plenty of light, but the awful tubes aren't as obvious unless you're right below them looking straight up.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006 05:21:54 PM »

Both great ideas--here's a hybrid, d'ya think it might work?
I am going to try to make a wooden frame to go 'round the whole hideous shebang, then cover it with either paper or fabric, depending on which I can find cheaper/nicer.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2006 03:03:27 PM »

Maybe you could use balsawood for the frame and rice paper/paste to go on the frame. that way it'd be lightweight. You can get rice paper in a roll from hobby lobby (by the calligraphy stuff) for like 7 bucks. If you wanted color you could just put washes of complimentary colors on it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2006 07:46:32 PM »

Sounds great!

*you could paint it like the floor even  Cheesy
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