Seeing Red-Book

April 10th, 2014 by

by Tara Diamond

I started getting Redbook Magazine again after not getting it for at least a year. I have piles and piles of magazines I never get to so I thought I’d dig in last night and I opened Redbook. I was a quarter of the way into it when I got to an article that made me want to bang my head up against my headboard. Really hard. I had to look at it for a good five minutes before I went on a tirade to my husband about how inaccurate it was and how it completely cheapened what real artisans do with lighting and lamps.

The article is titled “Make a Luxe-looking Lamp” and it is done by Emily Henderson, who is billed as an “HGTV Design Star”. Sorry, Emily, I have no idea who you are and I’ve never watched HGTV. We work in lighting design but funny enough, I am not into what other people do for home décor. I know what I like and am not interested in seeing the same thing over and over, which is what I feel seems to be the “design” of today. All I seem to see in passing are overly contemporary and clunky pieces. I went to her site, saw she won a reality design show and is now revered by her design peers. If this article is any indication of what she does, then I’m signing up for Design Star.

Luxe? Really?!Just the term “luxe” as it pertains to this lamp is a fallacy. The shade alone is either paper or plastic and couldn’t cost more than five dollars. And it looks it. You can take a five hundred dollar lamp, put that shade on it and the whole thing looks like it cost five dollars. That shade looks good on NOTHING. I know decorators and designers love it for some reason, but a cheap shade is a cheap shade. Whether it’s on a Jonathan Adler or a HomeGoods special. There is a huge difference between bargain DIY and “luxe”. What she’s showing isn’t luxe in any sense of the word. It’s the antithesis of luxe. Make no mistake- I’m not saying something has to be uber-expensive to LOOK luxe. What I’m saying is this IS cheap and it LOOKS cheap. We tell our customers all the time that their lamp can come from the curb or from the most expensive boutique, but it’s the shade that makes the lamp. You can have a cheap or expensive base. Put a cheap shade on it and it looks like it came from the discount store. Put a better shade, a handmade fabric lampshade on it, and it looks like a million bucks.

Going further, she tells the reader that they are going to affix this shade to the lamp with a lamp-shade adaptor clip- the clip affixes to the bulb. She doesn’t give any dimensions of this lamp. I work with these clips daily. In layman’s terms, those clips are meant for VERY SMALL shades. Like the size of a chandelier shade, the average chandelier shade being 3x5x4.5. I’d say the largest shade a clip is really effective without too much tilting is a 6x12x9 and that is really pushing it. Maybe with a cheap, VERY light, paper or plastic shade, meaning there is no steel frame underneath like with a fabric shade, you could do a 12 inch drum. BUT, the clips are not a sturdy way to hold a lampshade on. They also only go so high. The clip she has possibly gives about an inch off the bulb. From the photo, where she has the lamp, on some kind of credenza, it looks really large. It’s not- I looked it up on West Elm. It’s only 10.5 inches. But if you go by the photo, the lamp looks enormous.  It’s halfway up the painting and dwarfs the glass next to it. She doesn’t say that to be able to do this you’d need a miniscule vase. Going by the size the base seems in the photo, that size shade, on a clip like that, would cover halfway down the lamp! You need a harp set to keep it sturdy and to get it to be the right height!

My major issue is that she makes it seem like making a lamp is an arts & crafts project when there are people, like us, who make our livelihood creating quality lamps that have earned the right to use the word luxe as a description. Don’t call this luxe. Call it what it is- a DIY arts & crafts project. The average person reads this, comes in my store, and wants to buy a “cheap shade” she can “paint on”. (FYI- We don’t stock cheap shades for projects). OR, she comes in asking to buy that lampshade clip. We don’t sell parts like that because we’re not in the business of arts & crafts. Emily basically went into a lamp store, without thinking, to hurt their bottom line. She sent them into stores like mine, told them to buy the little clip instead of something in the store, to make her little project. The point of the article is to tell people not what a great idea it is to support a business but to figure out how to do it “luxe” but not really, on their own. But because Ms Henderson is an HGTV Design Star, this must all be legitimate. Take away that she’s insulting those of us who actually DO make luxe lighting, but she’s not even telling them how to do it correctly. The size of everything, from the vase to the shade is of paramount importance here. Yet, it’s what she left out. Without a harp set, when dealing with those clips it can take a bunch of different tries to get the right size shade. There is no such thing as a standard lampshade, a standard lampshade size, and no way to know the size without trying it on the lamp. If the shade is too long for the clip and covers the lamp there is very little you can do to raise the shade up without making it top heavy. Then it will tilt or fall over all together. The base she used is only 10.5 inches tall (per the West Elm website). That’s the size of a “boudoir” type lamp. That’s not the size of what someone would need for their living room or any space you’d need a larger lamp.

I love how she called it “French wired” to make it sound fancier. She says that means the cord comes out the top of the lamp. Well, do you see a cord in the photo? No way! But you WOULD in real life! Because life is not one dimensional. It’s annoying when it’s up there. You have to see it. I don’t know anyone who wants to look at wires. Most people spend their time trying to hide wires. When the wire comes out like that, there is nothing you can do to hide it save for tacking it to the back of the lamp somehow. Then it would really look like a DIY project.

Lastly, she gave her “tips” on lampshades which are just ridiculous and also incorrect. Just because a base is round does NOT mean you need a round shade. We make and sell shades in every shape and size. And truth be told, I rarely sell round shades. At least not plain and round. We do make shallow drums like the shape in the article but it’s definitely not an everyday thing. There are NO RULES when it comes to shape. I can take one lamp and put ten different shades on it and they’d all look great. It just comes down to personal preference, color, fabric, trim, shape and size.

So, Emily Henderson, I challenge you to bring your “luxe” lamp into my store and have a comparison contest as to what really looks luxe and what does not. Yes, people can DIY some stuff and it can be functional and looks great. But leave the lighting to the people who do it for a living.




Last Call for Lighting

April 9th, 2014 by

by Tara Diamond

Who doesn’t hate going to a department store to try on bathing suits? Why is that? It’s not because we’re all out of shape blobs. It’s because of the lighting in department store dressing rooms. It’s fluorescent. It makes us look slightly green and it seems like you can see every mark and dimple. Flattering is not a word anyone would use to describe it. How about dating? Ever been to Houston’s? It’s a hugely popular chain restaurant that is always packed. I went on many a first dates there, as have many of my friends. Why choose there? Because the lighting is perfect. It’s a chain restaurant but it feels more intimate. Now, if the lights ever went fully on in there on a Saturday night, that’s not to say that people might be surprised that their date looks slightly different, but if it stays status quo, everyone is happy. Just with lighting, they’re able to make a chain restaurant in a mall feel romantic. If you go down the hall to Smashburger, it has a totally different feel just with the lights being brighter.Mood Lighting

Why am I telling you this? I’m trying to stress just how important lighting is in a home. Or anywhere. A lot of the time, people get to our store LAST. When really, they should be choosing their lighting FIRST! The lighting is going to set the mood. Lamps, chandeliers, sconces, are all functioning art. They’re the ambiance of your room. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen instances where someone spent almost their whole budget on drapery, tile, flooring, countertops, only to get to the lighting and skimp. I’ve seen clunky, cheap looking lamps next to gorgeous bedding. It doesn’t make any sense.

People have preconceived notions about lighting. Like, if it’s for a bedroom, it’s not that big of a deal. Meanwhile, that’s where you lay your head every night and start the day in the morning. It’s just as important as the first impression of the foyer or the often seen area of the living room or den. The lighting should always compliment the area it’s in. Not just look like it was put there as an afterthought. If YOU’RE going to be looking at the lighting, it matters. “Just for company” and “just for show” is old-school thinking. You work hard and your home should be something you enjoy. It should be functional but pretty. And just because you saw it in a magazine, doesn’t mean it’s right for your home.

I was watching Real Housewives of NYC this morning on the treadmill. One of the women just moved into a beautiful two-floor brownstone. She was very proud of her decorating. She had this lovely bedding and accents. Then these giant, clumsy looking lamps that looked like they came from Target. Now, there is nothing wrong with bargain shopping or Target. But they didn’t go with her stuff and made it look more like a college dorm than a 40-something year old woman’s boudoir. I’m sure she had a decorator that told her that’s the latest trend. But even the logistics of it didn’t really fit. You don’t want a huge, fat lamp next to your bed. It takes up the whole bedside table and most likely, you’ll be knocking into the shade every time you reach over to get something. Not to mention that it looks like it could be a hotel room. No personality to it. Hotels don’t necessarily pick their décor just because of it’s aesthetics. They choose it because it is uniform, isn’t expensive, and can get knocked around. That’s not the feel you want in your own home where I have to assume that hundreds of people aren’t passing through.

Same thing with kitchens. We’ve had people come in who have put thousands upon thousands of dollars into gorgeous kitchens. Only to come in here and ask us if we could change the color of the pendant they bought online. The materials look and feel cheap. They don’t look special. But because they don’t even really know what their options are for great lighting, they just take the first thing they see and try to modify it to be what they envisioned.

Shades of Soho Pendants

You don’t have to blow your budget on the lighting. But you do have to think about it carefully and weigh your options. You have to think of it as more than “just lighting”. It’s as simple as changing your mindset. You may have never considered spending a few hundred dollars on a gorgeous lampshade until you put that one up against the plain white paper shade that came with a lamp. But once you see the difference and what it can do for your room, I guarantee you’ll think differently. Why buy a chandelier or sconces that someone will walk in and say they saw before in a big box store or at your neighbor’s house? You can have real show-pieces that make you feel like your space is your own unique work of art.


Lampshade Update!

April 9th, 2014 by

by Tara Diamond

How do you know it’s time for an update?

Look around your home. Have any solid color ginger jar porcelain lamps with the “used to be the white” mushroom pleated lampshades? Beautiful Orientals with that same shade? Wrought iron with coincidentally that SAME shade?

Guess what folks? If you have one or a plethora of that shade, as soon as it gets in a guest’s eye line, they’re being transported back to the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. And while #throwbackthursday is a thing on social media, it shouldn’t be in your house. It’s time for an update.

A lot of customers come in with that shade in hand, needing a “replacement”. Since I don’t have a time machine, I can’t do that. And I don’t want to give you that same shade even if I could. Because it does nothing for your lamp. I can say that, being 100% sure without even seeing your lamp. People say to me, “But this is what it CAME with!” But that doesn’t mean it can’t be better. Just because a lamp is from decades past doesn’t mean it’s time to throw it away. It’s just time to give it a fresh look to bring it into the times of today. I kind of want to put a picture of this shade up with a circle around it and a red line through it.  It’s just THAT bad.

Hardback Mushroom Pleat

People usually come in to replace it for three reasons, having little to do with aesthetics. Well, one of them is for that reason. Sometimes it’s not white, it was the same exact thing as my photo here but the outside fabric was a color like a blue or green and it got faded by sun coming in through a window. Or if it was white or eggshell, it got discolored somehow, maybe from nicotine or water damage. But there are more common issues with these shades that push someone to replace. One, is the plastic on the inside cracking from age or getting knocked over. The other is that they’ve had them so long, the owner gets older, keeps putting higher and higher wattage in the lamp. The cone shape leaves the bulb close to the plastic inside and the plastic burns. All of a sudden they notice the inside of lamp is shades of yellow and brown. The plastic naturally yellowed over time and the brown is from the bulb burning it. In any case, the shade becomes unusable.

Some people don’t even know it’s plastic on the inside. They see fabric on the outside and just think it’s a fabric shade. You can’t even imagine how many people I’ve shocked when I’ve shown them the inside, knocked on it, and they didn’t even realize it was plastic in there. They don’t like the color coming out of the shade because the outside is white but the color is now more “golden”. It’s because the plastic yellowed so it changed the whole look of ambient light.

There are so many things we can do with your lamp to update it, using something totally different. By just changing over to a fully fabric lampshade, we can make sure you have enough light. You don’t need a white shade to get light, you just need it to be wholly made of fabric vs. having a hard layer of plastic between your light source and the shade. The lining fabric is also going to stay the same shade of white or eggshell for the duration so you’re not going to see a yellowing over time. We can also re-line lampshades with fabric inside of a shade. If your plastic shade cracks, that’s the end of it. You can’t repair the plastic because you’d see the cracks through the outside fabric when the light is on. It would look like a jigsaw puzzle.

Before and AfterSo look around. Check out all your lamps. If you see this shade, unplug your lamp, take it off, throw it away, and come on in. I promise, when I’m done, it will look like you have brand new lighting.


Color is Your Friend

March 14th, 2014 by

by Tara Diamond

 I loathe the word “neutral”. It’s probably the most common word used in here at Shades of Soho and it makes me die inside every single time. If your whole room or whole house is “neutral” then most likely, you’re due for a pop of color. I’ve had customers in here debate and compare shades of beige for what seems like hours and I just don’t get it.he is so beige Most of the lamps we see are old. Antique, sentimental, estate/garage sale, homemade, etc. We see a lot of really cool, really unique, really fun stuff. Sometimes they’re expensive, sometimes they’re dragged in from the garbage and I couldn’t even fathom a guess as to what it was once worth. Every now and again we get something cheap from Home Goods or IKEA. When they walk through our door, they cease to be “just a lamp”. To us, it’s all functioning art. We look at the whole piece and imagine what the perfect lampshade would be for the “body” you brought us.

I get super excited when I see a very bright and colorful oriental lamp come through. Immediately I’m imagining some version of what we’d consider a pagoda shape, most likely with cut corners so I can do a dual color shade. The worst thing someone can do to me is to walk in with that beautiful lamp and say, “I just want a white lampshade”. It kills me. And worse yet is when they want a white “coolie” shade. You know the one. It was on every ginger jar porcelain lamp in the 80′s. Plastic on the inside and pleated on the outside.

This is why we doBefore & Aftershots and put them on our Facebook page. I can do tutorials for hours showing the difference of “just a shade” and a Shades of Soho shade. And it MAKES A DIFFERENCE! I don’t care how much you paid for the lamp or how much it’s worth. Truth be told- anything is only really worth what someone is going to pay for it. And you’re not selling grandma’s treasured lamp- you’re just not. At least do that figurine or Capodimonte some justice. Give it some pizzazz and make it fresh for your current living space. I’ve even been able to what a customer thought was an ugly lamp and make it a stunner. If I had a dollar for ever time a customer called or wrote about how they can’t believe they’re commenting about a lampshade but they don’t want to leave their room that has the new shades, I’d be rich. I’d be doing a disservice if I just handed over that white coolie and called it a day. You can get that kind of service anywhere. But here, we aim to make you fall in love with your functioning art.

Yes, it’s more expensive to do up shades with different contrasting fabrics and trims. But what needs to be remembered is that shades aren’t like sneakers. You buy lampshades maybe 1-3 times over the course of a lifetime. You’re not buying them every year or even every three years. I’d say the soonest I’ve ever had someone come in to replace a lining or a full shade was approximately five years. And that is usually people who have burned out their lining or shade by keeping it on a timer or using a ridiculous amount of wattage. I’ve take off shades to almost burn my retinas on 300-500 watts of light.

Color also doesn’t immediately mean dark. There are plenty of color fabrics that don’t hide the light. We’ve tested all our fabrics extensively to find the fabrics that best make a lampshade. Or we can make something white but put a color in the corners/inserts. Then you get the light but don’t sacrifice style. It’s a dance we do here- make shades light but decorative.

Before and AfterWhen people let us be creative and do what we do best, there is nothing like the look on the face of the happy customer. I’ve seen actual tears when we’ve restored an old hand-me-down lamp to it’s former glory but given it an edge with some color. Someone recently took off the white coolie in favor of a bright orange pagoda shape with copper trim. The effect was stunning. Another woman brought us a lamp she got passed to her from her grandmother and she was freshening it up for her daughter. She was so nervous to let me do what I wanted but luckily we’d done shades for her prior in recent months so she gave me the go-ahead. We did the shade in purple tones to match the scene on the porcelain. We also changed the base from black plastic to an antique brass that matched it better. The overall effect was stunning. She was so thrilled. Without giving us carte blanche to do what we envisioned, she would’ve had a lamp. Now she has a masterpiece.

The bottom line is that you don’t have to match your lamp to your white or eggshell walls. You don’t have to match your lamp to anything. You don’t have to worry so much about being so matchy. Hotels do that. Homes that call for a lot of lamps because they live in old homes with no overhead lighting are homes that don’t need everything to match perfectly. If you change your mindset, and match the shade to the lamp, color and all, it won’t matter if it isn’t beige. It becomes something really cool to look at and a conversation piece. Never, “just a lamp”.

Buying a Lampshade Without Your Lamp is Like Buying a Hat Without Your Head

March 11th, 2014 by

                                             by Tara Diamond

“Why do I need your lamp?” Inevitably, I hear this question on the daily. “I just want a lampshade. I don’t need to bring my lamp!”. Yes, yes you do. Or I will send you home. There are only two reasons you’re allowed to forego bringing your lamp. If it’s mounted to the wall or it’s out of state. There is no such thing as “too heavy”. I have little 90 year old ladies, dragging in an oxygen tank and a lamp. Sometimes it’s in a cart, sometimes, we need to help her get it out of the car. But they all bring their lamps.

Here’s the “why”. Because we’re not in the business of just handing you a white lampshade and sending you on your way. We actually CARE that not only do you have the RIGHT shade, but the best lampshade you can possibly get, in your price range, that you’re going to be really happy to look at for the next 10-20 years.

There is no such thing as a “standard lampshade”. When you call or come in and tell me that you need an “8x12x14.5″ shade,that means absolutely NOTHING. Because first of all, you don’t. You don’t “need” that size. That’s just the size you currently have. When lamp companies made your lamp, they put whatever shade on it that fit and was cost effective for a mass production. They couldn’t account for your décor, your eyesight, your taste, future trends, etc. It’s just what they happened to put on. Just because it’s stamped Stiffel, Waterford, or Fredrick Cooper on the holder doesn’t mean that shade is worth anything or that it even looks good. It’s simply just what one person decided to put on it. Chances are, by the time you’re buying a new lampshade, you’ve had the lamp over ten years. In the case of most of our customers, they’ve had their lamps 20, 30 or 40+ years. Some have never bought a shade and they got their lamps for their wedding in 1960. All that was available back then for their lamp may have been a cardboard/burlap barrel shade. But that’s not what we’d put on it today.


Most people, even the adamant ones who think they want the same exact thing they came with, leave Shades of Soho saying some version of “Wow! I didn’t even know I could have that! My lamp looks brand new!”. And THAT, is what we want to hear and WHY you need your lamp!

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Beth’s House

October 9th, 2013 by

What I liked best about the second house I was invited to blog about was that it was very opposite of the house I blogged about in my previous post. The first house was new construction with an incredible open floor plan and this home was built in 1929 with charming smaller rooms with a lot of character. The homeowners’ name was Beth and if I had to describe her house in one word, it would be Christmas. Forget the fact that it was summertime; the house just had this warm and cozy feeling like you feel during the holidays. I think it was their fabric choices and colors used that made me feel that way.Their style was eclectic mixing some antiques with some contemporary art which was a really smart and refreshing way to decorate an older home.  What I loved the most about her home were the original mahogany finished doors with the original glass handles.  Take a page out of Beth’s unique style and don’t be afraid to use a lot of color in your home! Again, if you ever have any questions on any products you see or paint colors used in any of my blogs please feel free to contact me, your home decor expert, and I will do my best to find the answers for you.  Be sure to like us on Facebook to follow our daily creations over at Shades of Soho

You will find my interview with Beth below.

Be inspired and enjoy!


BK:         What is your favorite room?

B:            Our family room. There’s an abundance of color in there that gives off such a warm feeling. We actually have 6 lamps in that room and 5 of them have different color lampshades that really come to life when the sun goes down.  When we have company over it takes them a few minutes and they inevitably compliment the ambiance of the room but they usually can’t put their finger on it.  It’s the lampshades!

BK:         Besides here, where else would you like to live?

B:            Anywhere there’s a Siesta! I guess Italy would be nice because I could really get used to a place that has a Siesta. An afternoon nap is where it is at!

BK:         What is best moment you have experienced in your home?

B:            Bringing our son home after he was born.  The addition of having a child seemed to    change it from being a house to a home.

BK:         What piece of furniture or accessory do you cherish the most?

B:            I don’t think we have any family heirlooms around, which is what comes to mind when I think of cherishing something like that, but when we show our guests around our house I find I like to show them an armoire and a china cabinet  we  had bought at ABC Carpet and Home.  The armoire is in our bedroom and it is a really cool teal color that has a shiny lacquered finish and the entire inside is lined in Chinese silk.  The china cabinet  is in our dining room and it is also teal but a little more toned down version with a distressed finish. It also has the same Chinese silk lining. Funny story is that we had bought 4 armoires form ABC Carpet and measured the rooms to make sure they fit.  I’m pretty sure they were final sales.  We have a center hall colonial built in 1929 and we measured everything except where the stairs going up met the ceiling above it.  The delivery men walked in took one look and just said no and started to leave.  I ran after them thinking they were just going to leave all of them on the front lawn or something.  One of them just said to call the store.  Long story short, the store cut them in half and installed dowels in them.  They brought them back in 2 pieces and put them together in the rooms.  They used touch up the paint where the cuts were and you could never even tell.  The only thing is I guess we are never going to be able to move or at least take them with us (laughs).

BK:         What piece of furniture or accessory would you love to throw out or replace?

B:            My couch in our sunroom where we watch TV.  I bought it years ago when I was single more for the looks and it is has become just so uncomfortable.  It was never the right couch for sitting there so long, and we watch a lot of TV.  We had it when we moved in and it fit so perfectly in the space at the time so we just left it there.

BK:          What addition or room makeover is on your wish list?

B:            There are two additions that I would wish to do.  A powder room on our main floor and there is an attic over our garage that lines up with our son’s room.  I would like to knock out the wall there and extend his room with maybe a master bathroom in there.  Then of course we would need to kick him out of his room and have him switch with us (laughs).

BK:         What sound or noise do you love to hear in your home?

B:            Laughter and good music.

BK:         What favorite smell do you like permeating throughout your home?

B:            Vanilla.  I love the smell of vanilla candles especially after you just blow them out.

BK:         Gourmet meal or BBQ?

B:            BBQ all the way!  I think not only do I like the assorted food choices on the table better but with some good music playing in the background on the iPod; it lends itself to everyone just being more real.  Know what I mean?  Just no formalities or right and wrong etiquette, for the most part needed.

BK:         If you could invite one well know person to your house, who would it be?  Living or dead.

B:            OK, I was not prepared for that one. (Beth thinks for a few minutes…)  There are individuals that I’m sure I would find fascinating or people I would be in awe of but I think I would like to have all the families that once lived in my house. I would love to hear them share their memories with us, especially the original owners.  As I said before, our house was built in 1929 and I believe we are the 4th family to live here so except for the people we bought the house from; who lived here maybe only 5 years, the other two families spent most of their lives here.  When you live in house it becomes yours but once in awhile I stop and think about things such as, how many other babies besides ours was brought home from the hospital to this house?


Valarie’s House

October 7th, 2013 by

Kitchen View from FoyerValarie had been gracious enough to invite me into her home and to be part of my first blog post.  I had met Valarie and her aunt in my shop when they asked me to create a custom chandelier for her kitchen.  Her house was newly built by her Aunt’s family business, WoodsideBuilders, LLC, who specialize in custom home building and remodeling in New Jersey and New York.  You can see their portfolio of work on their site,  If I had to describe Valerie’s home in one word it would be timeless. For many years to come, the combination of traditional details mixed with a contemporary setting will still be current and appreciated.  What I loved about her home most though was the awesomely open floor plan which allowed it to be livable and functional, which is especially needed when you have 3 little children.  Valarie is not fully done decorating the interior of her home yet but her choices so far have been pretty spot on and comfortably outside the box.  She has a great sense of style and has been decorating the interior on her own with the help of her aunt.

Check out her downstairs powder room that was painted in a deep plumb color with chrome and white accents. The mirror in there, one of my all time favorite pieces, had an old wood frame that she had painted in a high gloss white and lacquered to make it really pop!

I hope you are inspired by some of the other rooms I have photographed to share with you.  You will find them at the bottom of my interview with Valarie. If you ever have any questions on any products you see or paint colors used in any of my blogs please think of me as your home decor expert and contact me. I will do my best to find the answers for you, and be sure to like us on Facebook to follow our daily creations over at Shades of Soho


BK:         What is your favorite room?

V:            My favorite room is the kitchen because it is beautiful. I love all the detail to it and it is where we spend the most time.  It is our gathering place.

BK:         Besides here, where else would you like to live?

V:            Somewhere tropical and warm.

BK:         What is best moment you have experienced in your home?

V:            Christmas morning!

BK:         What piece of furniture or accessory do you cherish the most?

V:            My favorite thing would be my dining room furniture.  It used to be my grandmothers and it is so nice to keep that in my family.

BK:         What piece of furniture or accessory would you love to throw out or replace? Do you want to throw out the beanbag or do you want to keep it. (Note: Veronica has a ginormous been bag in her family room that all the kids can lay on at once while watching TV. It is very cool and I would have loved that as a kid!)

V:            I do like the beanbag because the kids love it. I think I would want a new couch for my family room.

BK:         Your house is new but what addition or room makeover is on your wish list, or do you just want to get everything done already because it is new?

V:            It is newly built and we love our house so my goal now is probably just finish decorating it.

BK:         What sound or noise do you love to hear in your home?

V:            My girls giggling and signing.

BK:         What favorite smell do you like permeating throughout your home?

V:            Meatballs and sauce on a Sunday.

BK:         Gourmet meal or BBQ?

V:            I personally like both.  Definitely BBQ in the summer but in the winter, when it is cold outside, I love a good warm meal.

BK:         If you could invite one well know person to your house, who would it be and why? Or you could just say who it would be….living or dead.

V:            I can’t think of a well know person but I would love to take family from generations back and sit with them and talk about the differences. To see what life was like back then and just know a little about the family history would be real interesting.



Welcome to Our Home Decor Blog!

January 4th, 2013 by

Welcome to In Ur Space!  We are Bryan Kule and Tara Diamond-Kule, owners and designers of Shades of Soho, a custom lighting shop in Glen Rock, New Jersey where we specialize in lampshades, lamps, and chandeliers. We are as passionate about lighting as we are about home furnishing and want to use this home décor blog to share tips and advice on all aspects of interior decorating and home furnishing. Our intention of this blog is to share with you all the options that are out there when it comes to interior lighting that perhaps you didn’t even know still existed anymore, as well as how to properly shop for interior lighting  that is right for you . We also plan to periodically feature a sneak peak into some select homes where you will read  interviews of the home owners on how they chose to decorate their home and what aspects of interior design went into their decision-making.

They be asked will asked the same ten questions about their home, and then we will post summarized answers, along with accompanying photos to this site. Pseudonyms will be used and no personal information of theirs will be shared. This blog is meant to be an open forum between those of us who share a passion for home furnishing. All of the questions asked will be lighthearted and fun, which encapsulates the theme of this home furnishing blog in the first place.

We  plan to post photos of rooms and spaces that readers are willing to share with us . Whether you have recently purchased a new couch and want to share it, are particularly proud of the curtains hanging in your living room, or added candles and other accessories in your dining room that you feel are worth checking out, We want to see it all. Everybody has a different design aesthetic, and we can gather inspiration by sharing with each other on this home design blog.

For more information, please feel free to reach us at Shades of Soho, our Glen Rock store, or at 201-857-2266. You can also email us  at or drop by anytime to ask questions and swap ideas with us in person.