How to fix a dented lampshade the easy way!

Showing dents on lampshade
I am crushed and so is my lampshade!

Did you ever search “how to fix a dented lampshade the easy way?” Lots of advice comes up. How do I know?

How do I fix a dented lampshade?

I hunted for the perfect lamps for my bedroom for what seemed like forever. The room called for elegant lamps. Ones that would make a statement. They had to be timeless and classic. I finally found them. But, sadly dented one of the lampshades on the way home from the store.

My carelessness made me so mad! After beating myself up, I googled “how to fix a dented lampshade.” I was surprised at all the results the query returned. After reading through a handful of people’s success stories, I decided it was worth a try to save them. These particular shades would be difficult to replace because of their size and shape. More importantly, I liked them a lot!

How others fixed a dent in a lampshade

My lampshade is linen and has a plastic lining. All of the websites I visited offered the same advice to fix a dent in this type of lampshade. First, place something rigid inside the lampshade to help manipulate it back to its original shape. Next, hold an iron up to the dented area and steam it for a few seconds. Last, allow it to dry. The advice came with the warning against touching the lampshade with your hands.

lampshade dents being fixed
Rigid clear plastic placed in the lampshade to force the dents out.
showing steps to fix a dented lampshade the easy way!
Steam iron held over the dented area.

After drying, the tutorials promise a dent free lampshade. However, my lampshade results were disappointing. The lampshade was better but still more worthy of the garbage can then sitting on my beautiful porcelain lamp base.

How to fix a dented shade
The dents are better but still visible

How I saved my lampshade

I was determined to save the lampshade. It was close to becoming trash. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I did exactly what I was cautioned not to do. I touched it with my hands! Pulling out my hairdryer, I tossed the iron aside. First, I used the heat to warm up the plastic lining. I used my hands to stretch and smooth out the dented areas, while the lining was hot.

cream lamp with tan lampshade

It worked! The dents have vanished. It took me twenty minutes, which is less time then It would have took me to find replacement lamp shades. Amazing!

If you read my blog, you don’t have to live with things you hate, you know I would not just keep the lampshades with the dents. It is all about “design to be happy!

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Room decorated in soft greens and blue taken from forest picture

Decorating with Colors Inspired by Nature

Decorating with colors inspired by nature can help you develop a color scheme for a beautiful room. Mother nature has already perfectly coordinated color palettes for us to choose from.

Colors inspired by nature


Blue Rooms Inspired by the Sea

shows how to use the sea to pick colors for decorating a home.  Decorating with colors inspired by nature.

How awesome is this living room inspired by the sea? Just like the sea, the room is full of energy. The soft grays and whites are the perfect balance to the numerous shades of blue. However, if you are more of a warm color person, a sunset may be a better source for inspiration.


Orange Rooms Inspired by a Sunset

A living room created with colors from a sunset.

When decorating with colors inspired by nature think of a sunset. This sunset reflecting off the dark color of the water inspires a room which is cheery but also well grounded by the color gray. The result is a warm, relaxed atmosphere. It is important to realize that changing the proportions of the colors would alter the feel of the room dramatically. In other words, more orange and less gray would make a bold statement. A bold color palette creates an exciting and adventurous atmosphere.


Blue and Green Rooms Inspired by a Forest

Shows how to use nature for room color inspiration.  Room inspired by a forest.

Another example of decorating with colors inspired by nature is this beautiful blue-green room. This inspiration picture of trees and water boasts a variety of cool greens and blues. The palette shown could easily be warmed up with the addition of some warm green. Decorating using the forest as room color inspiration has many wonderful possibilities.


Neutral Rooms Inspired by Snow

Shows how to use nature for room color inspiration. Room inspired by snow.

Turning to snow for inspiration is so fun! This palette incorporates different shades of gray, cream and white. The grays found in snow sometimes have a subtle purple undertone which can add a elegant feel to a room. Using metallic gold or silver is a great way to pop these neutrals. You can see this illustrated in the picture above with the use of mirrored furniture and the silver plate leaning against the wall as decor.


Muted Pastel Rooms Inspired by the Beach

Shows how to use nature for room color inspiration. Room inspired by the beach.

In the last example, the soft coastal colors of taupe, ice blue, and soft shades of green are muted and quiet. Many find this palette to be calming and tranquil. It can also lend itself quite nicely to a look of whimsy or one that is romantic.  I want to be sitting at the table in the picture in a white dress and a glass of champagne.


Picking colors to live with is such a personal choice. The colors you select for your home should be ones that make you feel good and are soothing to your soul. If you are starting a decorating project, check out my post Get Started Creating Your Happy Place At Home. Also, if you are venturing out to the paint store reading Why Is Picking A White Paint So Tricky? will give you some great basic color theory knowledge. If you need help, you can always hire me.

paint colors being rolled on a wall

Personality Types and Colors; this is so cool!

Do you think that there is a correlation between personality types and color? More specifically, do you think a personality test could determine what colors you should decorate your home with? I am talking about the colors that you would be the happiest living with.

Believe it or not, I always wondered if there was a connection between personality types and color. So my excitement was through the roof when I came across Domino’s post, What Paint Color to Choose Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. I was curious to see if there was any truth in this. My results blew me away!

Sample of the Myer Briggs test
Test sample for determining personality types

I am a cross between 3 personality types. Which I think and hope is normal. The three personality types did seem to fit different facets of me. I wrote down my results and then read the Domino’s blog to see what colors they recommended for me. Two of the colors that Domino’s blog said were best for me are presently the main colors in my home. The third is one that I have been planning to use for my bedroom which I want to change up a bit. Isn’t that wild? My personality color results were spot on.

It only took 15 minutes

I am dying to know if you will find the results amazing as well. The whole process of taking the test, reading the results and then comparing them to the Domino’s blog took me 15 minutes. It was interesting to read the personality test results and in a way, fun to do.

Personality Types and Color: What do you think about your results?

I used a different site to take the test than Domino’s recommended. I found my link easier to navigate. Also, It did not require me to register to take the test and get the results. Here is the link I used for the personality test. What are you waiting for? Please let me know if you think your results were accurate by leaving a reply below. 

If you want to learn more about picking a paint color read Why is picking a white paint color so tricky?

boat painting

Incorporate Good Mood Influence Into Your Decor

This week’s focus is on how to incorporate good mood influence into your decor. What is a good mood influencer? Red wine? Sure but, we are talking about decor, so that is not what I mean. It is anything that makes you smile. Don’t you want to look around your home and smile? This is an important component of creating a space that is perfect for you and that will add to your happiness.

I am sure that you have incorporated some good mood influencers into your decor already. Look around your home and consciously look for things in your home that give you a positive emotional reaction when you see them. Now, are there ways to incorporate more good mood influencers into your decor? Of course, there is and I bet you didn’t think of some of them…..

Shows an example of a family photo wall
Pictures of loved ones can be good mood influencers

Family Photo Walls

The easiest way of incorporating good mood influence into your decor is by decorating with family pictures. A family gallery wall made up of old and new photos is a great way to surround yourself with treasured memories. When hanging a grouping of photos, I like to either use all different frames painted one color or all of the same frames in one or two colors. Gallery walls can have other elements worked into them, too, to add interest. Consider adding a shelf with a few accessories or canvases with quotes. 

To make an interesting arrangement, I lay everything out on the floor and move them around until I find a configuration that pleases me. I usually pick the biggest item for the middle and then work outward. It doesn’t have to be symmetrical, but it must balance. Once I have determined their best placement, I transfer it to the wall and hang. If you create a grouping and can’t hang them all that second, take a picture of them so you can remember the arrangement you decided on. If I had a dollar for every time I thought I didn’t need to do that because I would remember, … 

Art is a way to incorporate good mood influence into your decor

The picture of boat is an example of how to incorporate good mood influence into your decor.
Photo of a boat was made to look like a painting

I worked with a family who spent their summers sailing. They had a gorgeous picture of their boat, which they had used computer software on in order to make look as if it were an oil painting and had had it printed quite large on canvas. It was beautiful. They brought their boat right into their living room! The picture made a great design impact and had huge meaning to the family. The lesson here is to think out of the box to incorporate good mood influencers into your decor.

Mementos on shelves can make you smile

Personal Collections as Good Mood Influencers

Many people have collections. They take pride in them and enjoy looking at them. Depending on the items being collected, they can and should be displayed. However, there are ways to do this to keep a space visually pleasing.

First, they should have a dedicated space and be grouped together. Things have more of an impact in a group rather than scattered about. Their dedicated space could be a curio cabinet; a shelf; or, for some large collections, even a room. The golden rule is not to let the collection grow to the point that it takes over and becomes visually overwhelming. If you dedicate a shelf, and you run out of space, consider rotating what is displayed from time to time.  This will keep your eye seeing and loving what is there, rather than becoming accustomed to it and letting it lose its magic for you. 

When accessorizing shelves and furniture pieces, things usually look better in odd numbers. When staging a shelf or curio cabinet, group things together that have some commonality. For example, display all glass pieces. This could be vases, candlesticks, glasses, figurines, etc. When accessorizing a piece of furniture, I like to group items of varying heights, and groups of threes work well. 

More Reading to Enjoy


Even though this week was an exceptionally busy week, I still managed to get in my screen time. I stumbled upon another blogger who shared some of my own thoughts about our home environment being connected to our well being and happiness. If you get some time check out Decorating to Freshen Up Life, which I found completely validating. For more ideas on how to incorporate some more good mood influencers into your decor, check out, 10 Easy look good, feel-good ideas you can do today.

You Don’t Have To Live With Things You Hate!

You don’t have to live with things you hate! So why do people live with things that make them unhappy? I am talking about the worn-out sofa, the wallpaper falling off the walls, the carpet with bald spots and well you get the picture. It is hard for me to understand because my surroundings impact my mood big time. I always try to figure out a way to “correct” whatever it is that is not working for me. In the same way, I try to design in ways that work for me as I explained in my post, DESIGN TO BE HAPPY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Young Children?

Don’t live with things you hate because you have children.
Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

I have heard lots of excuses that people use for living with things they hate. Very often it is: “I have kids.” I won’t replace that sofa, or any other piece of furniture for that matter, because I have kids. Children need to be taught to respect and take care of things. Plus there are so many durable products on the market these days. You can even buy a sofa with Sunbrella fabric, which would certainly hold up with children. Having children should not stop you from having a nice home or force you to live with things you dislike. Puppies on another hand are a different story. Definitely wait for the chewing stage to be over before making any major purchase.

Budget Restrictions?

Another reason that people live with things they hate is budget restrictions. I totally understand that money plays into our decisions. But I want you to know that there are ways to improve your surroundings that do not cost a lot of money. Temporary bandages and creative solutions can help. They take a bit of effort on your part; but, again, the payback is ten-fold.

Use temporary decorating bandages so you don’t have to live with things you hate!

I believe in temporary bandages when it comes to our home. For example, a sofa that is worn out can be given a better look with the small investment of a slipcover. A sofa is a central piece in your home and something you see every time you walk in the door. You should enjoy your home as much as possible at all times. Continuing to make do with an old sofa can cause negative feelings. You may begin to feel sorry for yourself that you have to make do with one that is a worn-out or outdated and even start ruminating with an inner mantra saying I hate that sofa, which can turn into a downward spiral of self-pity. A simple slipcover solution can make things better until a new sofa is in the budget.

Creative Solutions Can Help With Things You Hate

Don’t live with a kitchen you hate
Kitchen Before

My daughter recently married and bought her first home. The home needed a lot of updating, and they did not have the budget to tackle it all at once. The kitchen had dark oak cabinets that screamed “1970”! New cabinets were not in the budget; and these cabinets were solid wood, in fantastic shape, just dark and dated. We were able to transform them with a few days of work, and the result was a much more visually-pleasing, up-to-date kitchen for pennies.

Picture shows a kitchen renovation illustrating that you don't have to live with things you hate.
Kitchen in progress

First, we filled in grooves with wood filler that ran the length of the cabinet doors. Then we sanded, primed, and added a wood molding to each door, resulting in a shaker style. With some paint, wood filler and trim it was on its way to becoming a brand-new kitchen, achieved with work, not money. They may choose to remodel their kitchen in the future; but in the meantime, they don’t have to live with something they hate. My daughter said it bought her some time. Instead of rushing, they can save money and put in a better kitchen then one they would do if they felt force to act quickly because they had something they couldn’t stand.

With hardware, tile and a new counter, the kitchen could look like this.

One of my favorite websites for inspiration when trying to come up with a creative solution is www.hometalk.com. It is an easy to search site with a million tutorials for creative DIY projects.

If it isn’t your taste

In reality, sometimes we do choose to live with something that is less than optimal for us. Consider this scenario: You move into a new home. The previous homeowner spared no expense when remodeling one of the home’s bathrooms—high-end tile, luxury vanity and fixtures, and it is very well done. Unfortunately, you don’t really like it, but you feel that ripping it out would be wasteful; or maybe you just do not feel like being inconvenienced with a remodeling project.

My advice is to try to find something that you can be excited about which would work with the current décor. If you can find artwork or fabric for a window treatment or an accessory that you love and that works well in the room, you can change the room from one you hate to one you can live with.

Think out of the Box To Correct What You Hate

I encourage you to think out of the box when working to rid your living space of things you hate. A client of mine had a cleaning lady spill bleach on her brand-new bedroom carpeting. The result was bright white splotches on her dark green broadloom. Since it had just been installed, my client could not fathom replacing it; and, unfortunately, it was located in a spot that could not be covered by furniture.

I am pretty good at mixing paint and knew I would be able to mix up the color of the carpet. I suggested painting the bleach stains to match the rest of the carpeting. I used craft acrylic paint and mixed it with a textile medium ensuring it would be permanent. The end result was not perfect, but it was close. If you looked for the spots, you could see them; but when entering the room, they no longer jumped out at you. I would say that the creative solution of painting the stains made the best of a bad situation.

The takeaway from these two stories is that you can benefit greatly from a little face lift or a temporary decorating band-aid. So stop putting off updating, freshening or remodeling your space.

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