Testimonials

We have been making lampshades for over eight years and built up a client base of local interior designers and curtain makers, as well as many private clients. Below are some of the lovely comments we have received.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about gilhoolie or to enquire about lampshades / workshops or illustrations.

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Niki Schafer Interior Design, Henley-on-Thames

“I adore bespoke lampshades. They add interest and colour into my design schemes and real attention to detail. Julie has made a number of lampshades for me and I’ve loved all of them. Her work is beautiful and she is friendly, efficient and professional. I’d highly recommend working with her.”

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Jacqui Davidson, Kids Curtain Company, Eastbourne

“Julie has made lampshades for us for a number of years now and I have always found her to be both professional and pleasant to deal with. The lampshades are beautifully made and always ready on time; both very important factors for us and our customers. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julie and her company, gilhoolie, for any of your lampshade projects.”

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Annabel Smith Interiors, Wooburn

“Love working with Julie. Her shades are smart, neat with great attention to detail and with a frequently super-quick turnaround. Lots of very happy clients to date. I include myself in that too.”

Jules from Flackwell Heath

“I had been meaning to find someone for ages to make new lampshades for a pair of special vintage asymetric shades on solid glass bases that I had inherited from my Mum and Dad.  Finally after my husband toppled over and put a hole in one, I got searching and low and behold found gilhoolie in Maidenhead, down the road.

I took the shades to Julie and she was very pleased to take on the job and remake using the original frames and cover with pink/orange shot dupion silk that I had chosen which was close to the original. In what seemed like no time at all, she had finished and off I went to collect. I was over the moon. They had been beautifully made and looked stunning and right up to date. These lamps are very special to me and they have had a proper restoration job done.

I am now looking around the house for more shade work for Julie and I think I’ve found two bedside candidates, one the card is crumpled and the other doesn’t match! I can highly recommend the quality of Julie’s work, her attitude and all our smooth dealings and look forward to our next project.”

Mel from Marlow

“gilhoolie have just made the most beautiful pair of Lampshades for our bedside lamps. It was impossible to find a retail replacement for a tapered square, so instead of trying to copy the specific design and size that I wanted, Julie has beautifully recovered the frames in a fabric that compliments our new bedroom design. I’m thrilled with how they look, how quickly they were made and the level of service that I received. Many thanks again!”

Betsy from Fleet

“Fantastic service from Julie who recovered two very large tapered drum lampshades in record time.
I was unable to find a suitable replacement on the high street and decided to have the shades recovered in fabric I liked. I now have two unique lampshades which are just perfect. Great job well done.”

Fiona from Camberley

“We have just completely refurbished our dining room and wanted to lampshade for our standard lamp to match our new roman blinds. I contacted Julie who provided a quote the same day and then only took a week to make the shade. It looks absolutely stunning!  A really great job, professionally done and so easy to deal with. Thank you!”

Jane from Holyport

“Julie has just finished making us two lampshades which we are absolutely delighted with. From initial contact to collection, her service has been professional, friendly and efficient. She kept in touch at all stages of the process with regular updates and was invaluable in helping to source the perfect fabric. We really hope we get the chance to work with her again.”

Derek from Harrow

“To match the decor and compliment a unique ceramic table lamp purchased in the early romance of our marriage 50 years ago.
A change of residence and decor requiring the new shade expertly and professionally completed to our delight. So quick and efficient with excellent communication.”

Neelam from Gerrards Cross

“We are absolutely happy with our lampshades. They look perfect on our old lamps and make the room look great. I cannot thank you enough. I have given your number to Baileys Interiors based in Gerrards Cross and a couple of my friends.”

Philippa from Maidenhead

“I was so lucky to meet Julie as she’s been professional, friendly and efficient. gilhoolie provided a very quick turnaround and the finished product is so smart. We will be coming back to Julie for more lampshades as we were delighted.”

Dave and Katy from Camberley

“We had been searching for a long time for replacement lampshades for 2 lamps in our orangery. The shades were large and an unusual shape and the search was proving to be very difficult. When we had the idea to search for bespoke shades gilhoolie site popped up. We took the shades to Julie who was very professional and provided samples of colour fabrics for us to choose. The finished shades are simply wonderful and really are beautifully made. Julie is friendly and professional and we would recommend her work.”

Jean from Beaconsfield

“Thank you Julie – the lampshade is stunning and perfectly done. Having spent months fruitlessly trying to find a suitable lampshade – to find out my original shade could be remade was really great. Julie has been the consummate professional, responding promptly and helpfully to my queries, and assisting in getting the correct fabric. It didn’t take long to get the shade back. The new shade perfectly compliments the lamp and now the room. I would certainly recommend Julie if you’re looking for a special lampshade.”

Jan from Rainham, Essex

“We had a beautiful lamp base with a lamp that needed replacing. After googling Bespoke Lampshades a number of sites came up. However I decided to check two out and get samples for material. Gilhoolie sent such great samples and of a generous size so made it easier to make a decision. Communication was 5 star and very professional. I was extremely happy and pleased with the shade. The quality of work was excellent. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. Thanks to gilhoolie I have a beautiful lampshade again.”

John from Flackwell Heath

“For fear of sounding like a ‘grumpy old man’ – one seldom receives good customer service these days – Julie was very much an exception. Every aspect of my contact with her has been nothing short of First Class: Advice, guidance, timeliness and most of all – absolutely stunning work; it really puts a smile on my face every time I look at my rejuvenated lamps; ‘can’t recommend her highly enough.”