We moved the furniture around again. What used to be the dining room which overlooks the garden is now the family room. Since it is adjacent to the kitchen, when the door of the room is ajar and the pendant lights over the kitchen island are on, the glare can be distracting if you’re watching TV. Sam asked if we could hang a bead curtain on the door to block the glare. I said we still had a lot of beads from the summer some ten years ago when she and Alex went bead crazy, and she could start stringing them. She snorted, I rolled my eyes, she went back into the family room and I resumed editing photos.
Some half an hour later, after the pizza crust dough had risen and I had grated the cheese for the pizza dinner that Sam had been asking for for over a week, I decided to take a break. Sam volunteered to assemble and bake all four single-serve pizzas so I went into the family room to relax for a while. And that was when I noticed the lamp shade.
Apparently, Sam found the light from the lamp shade distracting too. So, she took a shawl from the closet — my shawl — and threw it over the lamp. Very nice. Shades of shabby chic. Carefree yet elegant. The most important characteristic of the shawl that made it effective for the purpose? It is semi-sheer. Too sheer and it would be useless; too thick and it would block the light completely. Of course, for the overall effect, it helped that the shawl has a nice pattern and the colors are neutral enough to go with the white walls and upholstery.