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Lampshade Repair and Restoration service to preserve your memories

We sometimes attach more than material value to some of the things around the house. Probably that is why there are still few things at home that, to others, are only worthy of being dumped into the garbage can. An old painting. A broken tape recorder. A hand written card that carries no value now. And many such teeny tiny nothings to which we bond emotionally. Sentimental values can never be matched by money.

Over the years we have also come to understand people love their Lampshades too. When buying a new one can be much more inexpensive than getting an old one restored, they still opt for the latter option. Naturally. And we understand why.

When we received this Lampshade as a wedding gift, we were only happy to use it as a bedside lamp. It was like that for a long time, until one day… when we thought a little change would not hurt us. And what did we do instead of buying a new one - We gave it colors and added a little bling to it. It was back in our DIY days. We were happy that we could retain our old wedding gift.



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We get requests to restore or replace older lampshades, and more often than not, there is always a story behind it. Belonged to my father. Or was the first thing I bought with my earning. Or has been there for a long time with us. It is the emotional connect that makes these projects all the more worthwhile. Here’s three of such projects that we did recently.

Beautiful vintage base

The base was beautiful. Wrought iron. And power coated to a pretty grey. The shade was completely broken. The diffuser inside and the frame was broken.Apparently it belongs to the customer’s father and so came with a lot of sentimental value. We decided to use the same frame by fixing it with a little bit of welding. The fabric was chosen from a list of available ones. And oh boy ! We were glad we took up this project.


A quirky base

This one belonged to the same customer. After we did the first one, she decided to hand over the next to us. The base kinda seemed really odd. But the overall effect was nice and pleasing. The fabric on the lampshade was intact, but the sheen had died and was screaming to be replaced. We carefully removed the fabric and the diffuser without damaging the frames. The fabric again was chosen by the customer. And the new look rocked.


Flat wooden base

The customer walked into our showroom in OMR with this wooden base. It was bought in a well known store in Chennai some 10 years ago and the shade above was long gone. They wanted a new shade to be built around the base. And after a cursory look at the available shades in our studio, the customer picked a particular fabric. Orange always rules. Right ?


Lampshade repair and restoration is fun. More so because of the back stories they carry.

We have started taking lampshade restoration projects at our studio located at 

Woodooz Home Decors,
3/371, 1st Floor,
Metukuppam, Thoraipakkam,
Old Mahabalipuram Road,
Chennai 600097



If you need more details, you can walk into our studio or simply leave us a mail at contact@woodooz.com or just give us a call at +919884070470.  

A book shelf Lamp Shade for the bibliophile in you

WOODOOZ is SOON opening its own brick and mortar showroom here in OMR, the IT highway of Chennai and we are working on a range of new products to stock in our store. The first in the series that we are launching is the book shelf lampshade that is a perfect bedroom companion, an ideal living room consort and a gorgeous decor element to woo your guests away.

While it may seem like a book lover's paradise, it is also a perfect space to for you to place plant holders, quaint urlis, pen holders or any function item that you would want to highlight under the light.

Does the idea interest you ? While we are going to exclusively stock and sell them from our physical store, this lampshade is available now on pre-order for at a pre-launch price of only Rs.3500. Shipping though, for the moment is limited to Chennai ?



Specifications

Length : 13 inches
Width : 7 inches
Height from bottom to top of shade :23 inches
Shade width : 10 inches
Shade height : 8 inches
The shade can also be chosen from the list of drum shaped lampshades we offer in our online shop.

All pre-orders will take a minimum of 10 days for delivery.




Work is currently underway to get our showroom up and running for the launch date. The launch, will be in the first week of June and the date will be announced soon. Meanwhile, if you indeed like this lampshade, do help spread the word. Am you someone from your friends or family list would surely want to lay their hands on it. More coming up, SOOOON.

P,S. For pre-orders, mail me at somu@woodooz.com or Whatsapp me at 9884070470





Hand painted fabric lampshade - When art meets craft

Before anything, have you checked out our new SPOTLIGHT series lampshades we launched on Valentine's day ? Please do.

Working with hand painted fabric for our lampshades is something we have not tried before. Though we had extensively worked worked with digital print of hand painted art, this was something entirely new.

It started as a regular conversation with the founder of TROVE (Nayantara Sarkar) who sells very gorgeous hand painted goodies. The paintings add a touch of elegance and class to ordinary products like milk cans and enamelwares and trays and others that she works on. It was an invitation to make a pendant lampshade with one of her pretty hand painted fabrics.




I did not make much of it until the fabric landed up in my house the very next day. To say it was beautiful was an understatement. After lot of deliberation, we decided that we will do table lamps to do more justice to the painting. I would rather have such a wonderful piece of art sitting right beside me than hanging somewhere up there. And thus started one of our best works ever.


So far we have been working on printed fabrics, kalamkaris, Ikats and the likes of it for our lampshades. This was the first time we were using handpainted fabric and we were really not sure how the result is going to be. And that made it a lot more exciting for us.




Everytime I take a break in the making process, I would put the fabric around the light just to get a feel of the look. And everytime it only upped my curiosity. And here is how it turned out to be after completion. One square shaped and one cylindrical shaped lampshades. We instantly fell in love with it. How about you ?

For more of our lampshade collections, do visit our online shop or our Facebook page.

Meanwhile, remember the Facebook contest we were running for Valentine's day. The winner was Mahalakshmi Rao who recommended the name "SPOTLIGHT" for our new series of lampshades. Here's what she had to say about the prize she received from us.




Win a lampshade - A valentine's day giveaway

Launching this Valentine's day

First things first:
  • We are launching our new range of table lamps on Valentine’s day
  • There is a contest in there for you (scroll down) and you can win one of our petite dainty lampshades. 
Now read on.

Loads of exploration has been going in the Woodooz studio and we have been working on getting newer versions of our table lamp into the market. After having worked with metal shades, and shades with a combination of wood and stainless steel, we have been wanting to do something traditional with wood and thus came about the idea for this version of table top lamps. Nothing new. Yet, a completely original Woodooz masterpiece that we are launching on the 14th of Feb, 2017.


Premium quality wooden lampshades

We have been seeing lot of bases with MDF and artificial wood and other materials with faux wood finish. We wanted something authentic. Something that is made of first quality wood. Something that is durable and adorable at the same time. And so for our new table lamps, we use best quality pine and teak wood. The wood we use comes directly from the timber store which allows us to pick only the finest degree pieces.


Impeccable finish and wide range of shades

The finish is pristine with walnut, rosewood, teakwood and natural colors. The grains on the wood surface combined with our workmanship gives a spectacular look to the finished product. It is indeed a statement piece that you would love to own and be proud to show off. We are keeping in mind your sensibilities and tastes and are one hundred percent sure that this would be a show stopper and a conversation starter in your living room. You most certainly will have a wide range of shades to choose from. Know what we are calling this range of lampshades ? This is where we need your help. Read on.

Contest / Giveaway details (Ends 13th Feb)

we are looking to YOU to come out with a nice name for this range of tablelamps. Something unique, original and uber cool. The winning entry would win a brand new petite table lamp. Game ? Here are the rules and eligibility criteria (You can directly jump to the embeded post on FB).
  1. You should have liked our woodooz.com FB page
  2. Share this post in your timeline (Ensure you change the setting to public view)
  3. Suggest a name for this range of table lamps in the FB post comment. (Click here to go to the post comment)


All the above three criteria needs to be fulfilled for eligibility. The winning entry (To be decided by a neutral judge would win this lovely dainty lampshade.


You can leave as many name suggestions as you want. If two of you have commented the same name, the one who had commented first would be considered. The contest is open for anyone around the world. However, the winning lampshade will only be shipped to an Indian address (We havent started shipping internationally yet). GAME ? Help us will ya in giving us a really cool name for this range. 

Looking forward. Wear your thinking hats and let the creativity out. The contest closes on the 13th of Feb, midnight..  

Our first exhibition - Lampshades for the festive season

It was only 3 weeks before that I received a call asking me if I would be interested in doing a stall in the 19th Edition of the “By Hand, from the Heart” event. Without much thought and despite not having an inventory, I gave a positive response. And thus, started the roller coaster ride.

Diwali is only round the corner and it was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our gifting solution for the festive season. We decided to not use the existing inventory that we had put up online and started work on a completely new set of lampshades for the season. From block printed fabrics, to hand woven to IKAT and Kalamkari to handmade papers we carefully handpicked the fabrics to reflect the Indianess to go well with the festival.

Burning the midnight oil, we thought, was a thing of the past when we used to prepare, on the previous night, for the final exams. But then, it turned out that we had to forego a lot of sleep in preparing for the event.


60 Lampshades is what we had in mind to showcase and we started working towards that. With a toddler to manage at home, and Navratri parallely going on, it was a challenge to find time during the day for the work we needed to do. And so, the after dark because our companion.

Though we did have a checklist (That requires a separate post by itself) , like always, it boiled down to getting things done in the last minute and in the process, had to suffer 11th hour nervous breakdown (:P). Everyone pitched in and we managed to do 40 shades, a good 20 short of our original target.


We had as awesome experience exhibiting our work to the general public for the first time. And it was such a pleasure to meet so many people and strike interesting conversations with them. It was two days of sheer fun for us and is something we would certainly love to go through another time. Only, this time we would be better prepared.

Here’s a snapshot of the stall. The Diwali collection is getting uploaded on our shop site and will be up in a day or two’s time. Do subscribe to our Facebook Page to stay updated of all that is going to be happening with Woodooz.








Sepcial Gift for this Golu - A Dasavataram Lampshade

Do you keep Golu at your home ? We do. It was a tradition that was once (I don’t even know when) started by my mother and for the last few years Preethi has been ardently keeping up with the tradition. In fact, I got to participate too last time when she wanted a 5 step Golu padi to be DIYed to be used every year. It was a fun project and I had fun making the flat pack Navratri steps. If you have not read the post or seen the video, you should do it now.

For this year, given that I was already making loads of lampshades, I wanted to do something unique for display. And that is how the Dasavataram Lampshade idea came about. Knowing that lifting off a design from Google is criminal, I approached Raji Madhu to help me with a design. After dabbling between Durga and Dasavatharam, she finally decided to do one on Dasavataram. While Raji Madhu warrants a full post, I want to just mention that she is a very talented fabric designer who is passionate about art. And it reflects in the interest she shows in imparting that talent to kids and youngsters through her art class.


Less than a week is all that it took and the design was ready on paper. She was so pepped up and the excitement rubbed off on me too. And so, here’s the final outcome. She loved it. I loved it.


Now, I am looking forward to show this off to all my guests. No one really noticed my golu padi last year. So this time, I am gonna make them notice this. And guess what ? You too can own this unique lampshade. All you need to do is, go to the Woodooz Shop and book it online. We are also coming up with a digitally enhanced version of the original design which am sure you would love. You will have to wait for our first exhibition announcement for that :)

And guess what ? The lampshade has garnered amazing response and we have been shipping it to all parts of the country. Want to buy this interesting and unique lampshade ? Click here and make your booking NOW.



P.S. This painting is original work of art by Raji Madhu. Use of this image on your website / blog whether for commercial / non-commercial purposes is strictly prohibited.

Photo Lampshades - An exquisite way to personalize your space

We are always looking to personalize our ambiance so much so that we want it to reflect our tastes. This is the reason why some of us take our own time browsing though aisles in a mall or a shop on the internet. You always have an individuality that you want reverberating through the choice of items that you pick for your home. And if you are that type of person who adds value to his / her space by carefully handpicking everything to give a custom feel to your room, you would love this - A Photo Lampshade.

There is no better way to personalize anything than by using one's own photos. Lampshades are no exceptions. You create memories of the times gone by and use this simple, yet beautiful statement piece to relive your most precious moments. You can dwell upon your treasured occasions by placing this by the corner of your bedroom or in the middle of your living room for that much needed accent. Imagine how much this would excite the kids.
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Photo Lampshade - A table lamp for your personal corner

Create memories from your best cherished moments
Any which way you look at it, the lampshade will have every bit of your signature and will be a sure shot conversation starter. In a world where we are mostly storing photos digitally, this is a great way to get those memories out of your pen drives and clouds and DVDs. All you would need to get this going is a lovely collection of your most cherished photos. Ideal for photographers who want to highlight their best work like the pendant lamp you see below.

If you are a DIY person you can make your own lampshade. There are loads of software like Picasa to help you with getting the images together. Am sure you can find inspiration on the internet for this. Or better, you can be done with choosing the photos and have someone worry about making you a wonderful lampshade. There are online shops from where you can buy photo lampshades

Showcase your best work - Let everyone see your awesomeness
Either way, you will end up with something gorgeous, one of a kind and completely personalized. Am working on making one for my family with pictures of my wife and I with the little toddler. And am excited. Will certainly share it here once am done with it. In the meantime, do let me know what you think of this. Your comment will certainly mean a lot.

You can order for your personalized photo lampshade at Shop Woodooz. CLICK HERE for the details.

The images used in the first two photos above are free stock images that require no attribution. 

Buy Lampshades online in India

Finally, after 6 months of working on this, we managed to unveil the shop on our Facebook page yesterday.



Shop.woodooz.com is an online shopping portal that sells one of a kind Lampshades in India that are hand made by skilled artisans. These lampshades are unique and made of wooden beadings including the frames. The 12mm thick frames provide a beautiful borderline to the lampshade when lit.

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E-store for buying Lampshades online
The fabrics used are carefully hand-picked by us to offer a medley of colors and designs that would suit the distinct taste of our potential customers. While the launch was done with limited stock, we are working continuously in the backend to replenish the stock so that likely buyers who visit the shop do not have to go back disappointed.

This is currently a home run business and we work from the confines of our abode. The ghastly sight of our unkempt guest room would tell you what has been going on here for the last few months. That said, we hope to expand and move out at some point to address scalability and quicker turnaround times.

Here are some things that you should know about Shop Woodooz :

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Handmade lampshades - Buy Online
  • We currently are shipping to all major cities in India. Please read the terms and conditions for more information on this.
  • Almost all modes of payment are supported on the Shop.
  • We have launched the Shop with two lampshade variants - KURIL (Table Lamps) and NEDIL (Tall lamps)
  • The price of KURILs range from Rs.1400 - 2100 and that of NEDILS from Rs.3400-4100
  • You can subscribe to E-mail updates to stay updated of the articles and products we post
  • We are also on all the Social Media Channels (Just look for Woodooz)
  • We are working on more variants and designs to be able to provide multiple options to the users.
So, if you are looking to add a pop of boldness to your living space or if you want to gift someone on a special occasion, turn to Woodooz before you consider anything else. Drop in a Hi and hey, we can even work on making something based on your own inputs to suit your personal tastes.

Do take a moment to visit Shop Woodooz and drop us your feedback at contact@woodooz.com. Nothing pleases us more than someone caring enough to tell us what we lack or where we are doing good. Thanks.

Introducing NEDIL - Our tall, colorful and gorgeous floor lamps

Meet NEDIL, our next range of lampshades that we are introducing in the soon to be launched Woodooz shop. These towering lampshades are vibrant and intense much like their shorter counterparts KURIL. If you love pop of bold colors, then you would most certainly enjoy the visual splendor these shades have to offer.

Whether it is a quiet dinner date with your loved one, a game of checkers with the kids or the movie of the month with the entire family, the NEDILs perfectly set the tone and mood to enliven the ambiance and illuminate those magical moments. 

You can have the NEDILs complement your monochromatic interior schemes or blend in with your eclectic, intense color induced space. Its towering height and vivid hues make it a statement piece and a conversation starter.


Lampshade online
Hand made floor lamps - India

Specifications 

Height : 3 Ft 7 Inches
Width : 7 inches on all sides

The base is designed to allow light to fall on the floor that casts a beautiful effect on the space beneath.

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The base of the floor lamp

We need your support

And so, while we are giving the shop a kickstart with our two ranges (KURIL and NEDIL), we are not stopping with that. More variants, as we are writing this, are being worked upon that we soon intend to release. In the meanwhile, we are excited and hope to present to you a very user friendly and visually appealing shopping interface that you will want to share with your friends and family. Meet you again on the 25th of July when we unveil the shop URL. Remember to wish us luck. And shower us with your blessings.

Introducing KURIL - Handmade Table Lamps

Handmade Woodooz Tablelamps

Meet Kuril (குறில்), an exquisite creation, from the soon to be launched Woodooz Store. KURIL in the Tamil language refers to the short vowels. The short duration of the utterance of these vowels give them this name. Given that we were particularly looking to name our current and all future line of products in Tamil, this one seemed an apt name for our dainty looking Table Lamps.

We wanted to stay away from any design complications, at least to start with, and stick to what our strengths are. And so, the KURIL lampshades, are straight shaped, with clean edges. The main frame is made of 12mm sticks that add an elegant border to the shade when lit. 

Materials used

The base and the crown of the lampshade are made of an 18mm wooden beading that has been enamel coated with a matte finish that is smooth to the touch. The entire product is handmade and homespun. The frame of the shade is also made from strips of the same wood material.

The fabric for our KURIL range is  carefully selected to cater to the varied tastes of our potential customers. They come in different colors, patterns and styles. Ranging from contemporary block prints, to ethnic Kalamkaris and Ikats, you will have a suite of design schemes to choose from

So here you go - One of the KURILs - A simple, chic and petite concoction from our Studio.
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Buy Lampshades online

Indian lampshades
Handmade table lamps

Dimensions

Height : Base to crown : 19 inches
Width : Close to 5 inches(all 4 sides of the frame)

The base and crown are available in either walnut or brown color. The frames, of course, come in varied colors and designs depending on the shade you choose.

KURIL works well with regular halogen lamps (40/60 Watts) or CFL. The latter is our personal recommendation (40/60 watts equivalent) because of the warmth in the light radiance. Use of warm white or cool white lights is normally a personal choice. 

Click to Shop for KURILs
It is perfect for bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.You can use it to add a wonderful visual appeal to your already enticing interiors. The shade, we can assure you will not disappoint you both when lit or otherwise. Exudes enough light to provide you a good reading corner, and at the same time remains delicately lit to not disturb the spirit of the exquisite ambiance you desire. Admire it from close proximity and it would still be easy on your eyes - No glares or flares.


Be there to meet the KURILs at our E-store on the 25th of July.

Announcement : Woodooz online store launch on 25th July, 2016

When the whole world is awaiting the release of  KABALI on the 22nd of July, we are preparing ourselves for a different kind of release, 3 days after that. Something we have been wanting to do for a while. Something that we are excited, yet, nervous about. We are taking our first baby step towards travelling a path that we have never walked before. The fervor to take Woodooz to the next logical step led us to the desire to have our own little online shop. And here we are ! 

Announcing the launch of Woodooz store on the 25th of July, 2016.

A little store that will sell a product that has been very close to our hearts since we ever DIYed it. As I write this post, I am pretty shaky as I still have loads of pending work before the launch. But announcing it seemed like the only way I can give myself that needed hard push. So, to save myself from the shakiness, I shall talk about the product later in the next two days. You can certainly take a shot at guessing that handmade product though.


We need your support

Woodooz's forte is always DIY. The store is just an offshoot of that. You will see posts around the store for sometime until the launch, as this is the only medium that we bank on to take the news to others. I guarantee you that you have nothing to fear from all the marketing posts that you need to hit the unsubscribe button right away. You have supported us so far. And we sincerely hope you would extend us the same support going forward.  While the E-store has taken our time and energy for the last few months, I assure you that we intend to get back to our forte once this release melee is over.

Now with this out of my mind, I need to get back to my checklist. 

Website design - Check
Payment Gateway - Check
Domain registration - Check
Product design - Check
Product execution - 80% check
Shop site content - Uncheck
Product photography - :Uncheck
Packing and shipping - Uncheck
And any not factored surprises - Uncheck 

So, now you know where the nervousness is stemming from. Loads of work and only 10 days more. As I get back to work, I once again reiterate, this can never happen and be sustained without your continued support. For now, we need your blessings and wishes.