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Behind the Design: How a Scarf Pattern Was Transformed Into Our Tonal Embroidered Taper Drum Shade

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A simple way to add a fresh change to your home in the new year is by switching out a tired shade for a new, inspired one. We’re smitten with the new Tonal Embroidered Tapered Drum Shade, which is a cotton embroidered drum shade with a floral motif.

The Tonal Embroidered Tapered Drum Shade is available in three sizes, so you can find an easy fit that will work with the dimensions of your lamp base and room. We chatted with one of Pottery Barn’s textile designers, MJ, about the shade and its origins. MJ told us that the final embroidered drum shade design looks distinctly different from the inspiration for the piece.

Believe it or not, this tattered scrap was the original inspiration for the embroidered drum shade.


Can you spot the pattern from the lampshade? Here’s a closer look at the shade, for comparison.


It’s always inspiring to see how our designers find inspiration everywhere — and how much an inspiration object is transformed through the creative process. Make sure to check out all of our Behind the Design posts for more stories from Pottery Barn’s design team.