Rosanna Lonsdale Lamps💡💕

Making flamingos copy

This week I had lunch 🍛with Rosie which was delightful.  We chose the King’s 👑 Road as she borrows a rather fun office space there (I suspect full of other cool entrepreneurs 👧👦 , I am rather jealous!).  I was at school with Rosie, and about a year and half ago she decided to quit her super job in advertising 💯 and start her own company making lamps 💡 @rosanna_lonsdale.

Rosie is one of these incredibly positive 👩 people, and is always genuinely interested in what you have been getting up to –  she always asks the good questions, the ones other people forget to ask and you always feel very at ease in her company.  So after a quick catch up (blogging ✏️, different career paths 📷 and, of course, love life💕 😉) we got down to lamps 💡💡.

Rosie started making her marvellous lamps 💡 a year and a half ago, and her business is now in full swing.  She uses a decorating technique passed down to her by her Grandmother 👵which I think is rather nice. And she hand paints 🎨 all the lamps 💡 herself 👩, it was fascinating hearing her talk about this process.

She starts with a glass vase  which she hand paints 🎨 and decorates from the inside.  The technique she uses is called Decalcomania, and each vase requires 3 layers of lacquer 💧 and 3 layers of paint 🎨 in order to achieve the perfect finish ✨.  She hand ✋ paints 🎨 each vase herself and it is amazing the time ⏰ and energy 👩 that goes into this very delicate process, particularly as every layer has to dry before another can be applied.  It took her a while to find the best paint 🎨 and lacquer 💧combination (there are all sorts) –  and the final result is fantastic, the lamps 💡 have a really wonderful lustre 💎.

Once the 6 layers of paint and lacquer 🎨💧have dried, brass bases 🔆 are added, and they are all wired 🔌 up with electrics, so that they can be plugged into the wall etc (this part of the process hadn’t even occurred to me, I was concentrating so much on how pretty they look 😍).  Rosie really focuses on the details, each lamp is fitted with a proper brass base 🔆 and a silk cord wire 🎐 , certainly not something easy to come by at a reasonable price 💰 anymore.

She also provides the lampshades 🔔, which are silk, with silk linings and are all handmade in England.  You can have empire shape – gathered (more traditional) or rolled (modern)  – these are simple and very elegant, and sit perfectly with the beautiful bases they are standing on.  She is also planning on introducing ikat 💈patterned lampshades, so if you are looking for a bit more pizzazz 💥 in your lampshade, this will soon be an option.

Most exciting for me are the designs 💕🌴. Rosie has an excellent eye and the designs are fresh, and fun, but not too invasive.  She started with flamingoes, and has branched out into zebras 🐎, humming birds 🐦, banana leaves 🍌🌴 and chillis among others – 9 designs in all.  You could quite happily have any of these charming lamps 💕💡 on your bedside table  and I think they would fit happily into both a traditional interior and a more contemporary one.  She also makes plain coloured 💙💛 lamps 💡(a particular favourite of mine is the coral orange 🍊), so if you are not a pattern person these are the perfect option.

The really nice thing is that she does bespoke projects, so if you are wanting a lamp to match the colour tone of a newly decorated room 🔵, she is happy to do this for you.  Or if for instance there is an animal 🐩 that is particularly special to your, this works too (we might have to be encouraging a dachshund lamp soon Rosie 🐶😉).

It was so intriguing to hear her talk about her lamps 💡💡, and starting her own business.  The whole process, from painting 🎨the lamps, to sourcing the parts 🔆, deciding on the designs 🌴, to selling 👩 all takes a huge amount of dedication and I am so impressed.  It is no mean feat to get a business up and running yourself, with such success so early on.

Her first sale last year was at our old school 🏤 annual christmas 🌲 fair, and I love the idea of all the girls 👧 and their mothers 🙎eyeing up Rosie’s superb lamps 👌💡💕.  I hope every school girl is demanding a Rosanna Lonsdale lamp 💡 for Christmas 🎅 this year!

Alice xx

Work in progress
The 3 stages – I ❤️💙 the hummingbirds
Super pineapple
Banana Leaf
Banana leaves in situ 👌
Lovely coral lamp
And the flamingo lamp 💕💕



Photos by: Katrina Lawson Johnston

One thought on “Rosanna Lonsdale Lamps💡💕

  1. I saw these lamps at the Spirit of Christmas show at Olympia and thought them exquisite.
    Although as a grandmother, I am not about to buy lamps which I already have, I am tempted!
    Well done Rosie they are beautiful.


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