In a perfect world, I would splurge on every textile imaginable, from acres of fabrics in compelling prints for drapery treatments to bolts of patterned yardage to create bold upholstery moments in every room. But one of the dreamiest ways to pull in that sort of look on a more approachable scale is with a patterned lampshade. The following beauties from Southern-influenced sources work equally well in a room as a standalone hit of graphic interest or layered in along with every stripe, floral, geometric, and small print imaginable.
Pierce & Ward
It was a bit of a coup back in 2017 when G&G ran a story on the home of the then-Nashville-based designer Louisa Pierce, before she and her cohort Emily Ward went on to grace the pages of Architectural Digest and produce a book in 2020 with Rizzoli on their inimitable aesthetic. Recently, the duo opened a shop in Los Angeles, which carries, among other things, this playful pendant that feels tailor-made for a breakfast nook. $695; pierceandward.com
Bunny Williams Home
A few years ago, the Virginia native Bunny Williams and her team of ace product developers introduced a line of patterned lampshades that I featured in our holiday gift guide. The offerings are still going strong, a testament to her timeless taste and the appeal of the items the designer puts out into the ether. $275–$325; bunnywilliamshome.com
This beloved, Atlanta-based catalogue and online destination collaborates with Southern designers such as Suzanne Kasler and Miles Redd to delightful effect. They also offer a handsome array of block-printed lampshades that will add the perfect amount of dressmaker detail to an interior. $89–$109; ballarddesigns.com
Mark D. Sikes for Anthropologie
The Alabama native Mark D. Sikes nods to the decorator Billy Baldwin in his matching shade and base designs for Anthropologie. The looks are pattern-on-pattern glory at its most chic. I love the blue check and floral iterations such as this one the most. $128 (shade) and $268 (base); anthropologie.com
The North Carolina native Roxy Owens decamped South from New York City to expand her business years ago and has since added dozens and dozens of charming silhouettes to her furniture line Society Social. In those intervening decades, she also dreamed up a brick-and-mortar location and grew her online offerings. Her unique point of view extends to a thoughtful selection of accessories, including a happy-go-lucky patterned lampshade collection. I’m a fan of all of her finds, including this zippy yellow Fermoie number. $225; shopsocietysocial.com
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