Question: What do cheerful dancing skeletons, beautifully decorated skulls and artist Frida Kahlo have in common?

Answer: They all appear on Gosh! & Absolutely’s gorgeous range of Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired lampshades, cushions and accessories!

Day of the Dead’ (‘Día de los Muertos’) is a Mexican holiday where people come together to celebrate the lives of deceased family members and friends. It falls on 31st Oct to 2nd Nov, and the Day of the Dead is technically the third day of the celebrations.  The occasion isn’t sombre or depressing; people gather at gravesides to reminisce, share fun memories and pray for their loved ones. They also leave offerings of food, candles and sugar skulls. Frida Kahlo was a hugely popular Mexican artist who is celebrated during this holiday. Sugar skull representations of Kahlo feature her famous mono-brow.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the ‘Day of the Dead’ directly relates to Halloween, given the time of year that it falls, and because recently it has become a popular costume choice for parties and trick-or-treating. However, it is believed that the celebration is Aztec in origin, possibly dating back 3000 years! It has evolved over time, like many celebrations throughout the world, to become the occasion it is today.

Although our Day of the Dead ranges will feature in our Halloween shop window this October, customers enjoy our lampshades, cushions and lanterns all year round. Our most popular seller by far is our ‘Baile de Muertos’ cushion featuring Alexander Henry ‘Baile De Calaveros’ and ‘Las Golondrinas’ fabric in Tea and Eggplant (aubergine to us Brits!). My own favourite is our new range of lanterns with gorgeous Calavera Sugar Skulls fabric by David Textiles.

Pop along to the shop later in October to see our fabulous display!

When our customers want a lampshade, very often they want it to match with existing decor or to complete the look of a particular lamp. We love to help by sourcing a range of different fabrics that fit a specific brief, to give our clients the opportunity to achieve a look that they will really love.

We were recently commissioned to make a shade for a standard lamp and matching cushion for the bedroom of a four year old girl. Our client, Joanne, explained that she really wanted something that would be bright and fun enough to please her daughter, but would also be suitable as she got a little older. Joanne had already decorated the room and painted the lamp base in a lovely teal colour. In this case we were supplied with a photograph of the lamp in the room along with a favourite item, the stylish ‘LOVE’ cushion that was used for inspiration.

This gave us plenty to go on. We found a diverse selection of fabrics that picked up on different elements of the room using the colours and motifs that were apparent in the images.

After first narrowing the choices down to two preferred options Joanne selected her favourite and we create a bespoke 45cm drum  handmade lampshade for a standard lamp with a matching accent cushion. We think she made a great choice and her daughter looks pretty happy too!

Problem! My daughter has had a lovely ‘high up bed’ for her birthday, but now the wall light is in completely the wrong place for her to read in bed. This is a serious issue for my little bookworm, so what could I do in a hurry? Well, funnily enough I’m not short of lamps… I also had a spare Disney Frozen pillowcase. The simple solution was turn to turn the pillowcase into a pretty lampshade for the little madam, and hey presto I am ‘amazing mum’ (at least until I do something she doesn’t like quite so much).

Hopefully, this serves to show that if you don’t like any of the gorgeous fabrics we choose for our lampshades, then you can choose your own. Just get in touch to find out if the fabric you have or the fabric you have found on-line is suitable and we can give you a quote for a lampshade of your choice.

Do you have an old lamp in the loft or the garage? If the answer is yes and the reason it’s not in use is because of the lack of a stylish shade, then we can help. Send us a photo of your lamp or lamps. Tell us something to help us find a fabric that you will love – if it has to be blue to match a room, if you really like retro or hate floral – hints like these will help. Then we’ll send you a choice of fabrics that coordinate with the lamp stand and we’ll recommend a style of shade to best complement the base. If you like one of our suggestions then you can order a bespoke lampshade handmade by us. And love your lamp again!

These lamps were given to me by my mother-in-law, without shades. I love the quirky designs of Alexander Henry fabrics, so I chose this industrial print – the swirly smoke echoes the shape of the base. The lamps bases aren’t that big, but the print on the fabric is quite bold so I opted for a 20cm (small) diameter in a taller than average shape. They now decorate my living room and they look pretty good.

So if you find a lamp base you love with a shade that you don’t then get in touch. We can also help match ceiling shades to your existing decor. Just post a picture to our Facebook page or send us an email

No obligation to purchase, what have you got to lose?

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