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I don’t know about you, but I get a rush and a huge sense of accomplishment when I put the finishing touches on a chic DIY project I’ve taken on. Whether it’s repurposing something old or creating something new from scratch, I’m all about utilizing my creativity…and my glue gun. If you crave that same sense of satisfaction from making something fabulous for your home, you’ll love our new series: Project of the Week. Every Wednesday, we’ll feature stylish, fun and easy how-tos, from furniture and decor projects to handmade crafts and gifts. The perfect way to spend a relaxing weekend or pass the time on a dreary rainy day. Our inaugural project – a nautical-themed lamp.


I love this easy-to-make and inexpensive homage to summer and all the sea-inspired associations that go with it. Simply update a bland and not-so-pretty lamp in your home with natural hemp to create this nautical, beach-cottage accessory. Coordinate with seashells and other treasures…and voila — you’ve got a chic vignette.’s got you covered with a materials list and step-by-step instructions for this nautical-themed lamp. And be sure to let us know about your finished project. I’d love to see how your lamp turns out and how you make it your own!

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It can be a relief to strip all the complexities of a design down to its most basic elements.

edison lamp

The Andrew Berg Lamp is, as the General Store says, “as simple as it gets.” With a hand carved wood base, an Edison bulb and a simple toggle switch the lamp is downright austere in its simplicity. I’m not sure where I would put one (maybe a bedside table?), but I love it.

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