Nate Berkus has revealed yet another clever design hack for the home, and this time it’s all about how to create your own vintage-inspired table lamps from ceramic vases.
The designer and founder of Chicago-based interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates took to Instagram yesterday to share the informative video for the DIY-savvy among us, much like last week's clever space-saving home office turned dining room hack.
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In the video, shown above, Berkus explains how to recreate the look of a pair of vintage lamps that are styled in the guest bedroom of his NYC home.
The much-adored lamps originated in the Netherlands, dating back to the 20th century, and they're giving us lots of inspiration for decorating with antiques. Commenting on their hand-crafted design, Berkus remarks: ‘If you look closely, each design is actually slightly different, so even though they’re a pair, they're not exactly the same.’
Since Nate’s first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002, he has become one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers. He has authored two New York Times bestselling books and stars alongside his husband, Jeremiah Brent, in HGTV's Nate & Jeremiah Home Project.
Imparting his DIY expertise, Berkus goes on to share how to recreate the vintage and hand-crafted look as a decor piece in your own home.
'Take a pair of ceramic vases with a big opening on the top,' Berkus describes as the first step in the process. Whilst he notes that you can take the vases to a lighting store to be repurposed, he explains that you can equally purchase a lamp kit and drill a hole into the bottom or back of the vase to fit the cord, if you feel comfortable doing so.
‘For years, people have turned old Chinese pottery into lamps. Any sort of vase or pair of vases can be turned into a lamp with a simple lamp kit,' he explains.
Whilst you can of course consider the best places to buy lighting, opting to get creative and craft your own promotes a more personalized approach, unique to your own home and design preferences. Allowing you to mix and match design styles by contrasting the lamp base and shade, there’s a plethora of options to cater to all design tastes. Opt for a wicker shade as shown in Berkus's home for an organic modern look, or a refined, plain-colored cotton to embrace minimalist decor.
DIY your own table lamp
Whether you’re a DIY pro or new to getting creative with home decor, taking inspiration from Berkus to create your own set of lamps can elevate your home with a unique feel. While the vintage lamps in Berkus’ home feature a hand-painted design on the front, you can opt for a wide range of vases spanning different colors, patterns, and textures.
Below, we’ve selected some of our favorite vases on the market to help you on your way to undertaking this clever DIY project.
Made from clay, this vase is finished in a matt glaze for a refined look. Pair with a bolder colored lampshade to create impact in the home.
Crafted from ceramic earthenware, this vase has a glazed finish and is perfect for those drawn to modern and minimal interiors.
This ceramic vase features Chinoiserie design for an antique-inspired look. Pair with a cream colored lamp shade to create an elegant lamp.
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Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. With a background in the fashion industry, Emily is well-versed in the world of design and trend cycles. Her undergraduate degree was in Fashion Communication and Promotion which she studied at Norwich University of The Arts, specialising in writing and digital communications.
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