Bespoke lampshades & illustration

Maidenhead, England


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Julie Gardner

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Julie Gardner


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About gilhoolie

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Beautiful bespoke lampshades and illustration, all made lovingly by hand.

gilhoolie was conceived ten years ago when I travelled into London one dark winter evening to attend a lampshade workshop. I remember sitting on the tube on my way home, clutching my first handmade drum lampshade and feeling really excited about setting up my own bespoke lampshade business from my home in Berkshire. I have since made many lampshades for happy customers and interior designers all over the UK and still get a massive buzz when I roll them into a neat cylinder and finish them off by attaching one of my gilhoolie tags.

My love of interior design has definitely helped in my lampshade business as I am able to advise clients on fabric designs to fit in their scheme. I'm often told I have a 'unique style' (that's a good thing I think!), I always like to be a bit different and not follow the crowd, that's for sure. Two evening courses in Windsor when my children were young reignited my love of drawing when we had to sketch room elevations. And when friends saw the house drawing a made of our Edwardian brick house I soon started taking orders for them and their friends.

I have since started using my sewing machine as a drawing tool and now incorporate machine embroidery on linen fabric in my lampshade and soft furnishing designs, as well as in my one off botanical drawings. I love the sketchy feel it gives and it stops me trying to make everything look perfect! I'm at my happiest and calmest when I'm in the gilhoolie workshop making or drawing, the minutes and hours whizz by.

gilhoolie products are unique, you won't find anything like them in high street shops that's for sure. Thank you for visiting my shop today, I hope you like what you find enough to place an order!

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Shop policies

Last updated on 20 June, 2020
Thank you for checking in to my gilhoolie policies section. All my products are designed and lovingly made by hand by me, in my house in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If for some reason you're not in love with your purchase once it arrives, please feel free to contact me with your issues/concerns. I'll be more than happy to work out an arrangement with you to ensure your satisfaction.
PayPal is accepted.
Please allow 2 to 3 weeks delivery for my personalised drawings of houses and wedding venues as well as customised orders.
All my lampshades are carefully wrapped in bubble-wrap and then posted to you in a sturdy cardboard box. You will need to sign for lampshades when they arrive.

If you need something in a hurry, let me know and I can try and accommodate your request.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at julieg [!at]