Welcome to A Shade Different

by Maggie

Distinctive and ​Unique Lampshades & Gifts

Maggie Kingsbury-Smith designs and makes bespoke, original lampshades, cushions, throws and exclusive handmade gifts that are not available to buy in the shops.

Mostly hand-crafted to order for individual customers, Maggie's distinctive, custom-made designs incorporate local artists' work printed on linen and include a range of complementary home and gift items imbued with her signature countryside style.

Maggie's love of animals, nature and the countryside that surrounds her beautiful farm inspire the unique products she designs and handcrafts in her delightful, eco-friendly workshop at White Hill Farm.


Maggie is also passionate about rescuing animals.  The products she makes help support the many she rescues, including gorgeous Alpacas and Pygmy Goats at The Sanctuary she has created for them at her Leicestershire farm.


You can read more about Maggie's alpacas ~ which are also available for sponsorship or adoption here.

Maggie is also a strong supporter of local businesses and accordingly incorporates original artwork by local artists into her designs.  Several of her rescue animals provide inspiration for her products, which you can view below and buy at her online shop here.

Read more about Maggie and her story here.

Lampshades Cushions &Throws

Lampshades & Lamps

Bespoke, handmade lampshades and beautiful, reclaimed, mainly locally-made wooden lamps, plus a range of others, to suit all tastes.


Cushions & Throws

Innovative designs using a variety of materials and handmade buttons are the hallmark of Maggie's uniquely identifiable style.

Gifts & Workshops

Small Gift items

An adorable selection of cute, handmade gifts and other items made from remnant fabrics, to ensure none of them go to waste!

Design Workshops

If you are a homemaker, or want to learn new skills, Maggie also offers craft workshops, as well as advice on how, like her, you too can turn an absorbing hobby into a thriving business...


Featured Items

If you love nature, are interested in animal welfare, or appreciate unique and characterful, artisan products, you will love Maggie's range of beautiful, handmade crafts.

To buy online, visit our SHOP HERE or for more information on our Featured Items, simply click on the products presented below.

Adopt an Alpaca!

You can now sponsor or adopt one of the alpacas Maggie has rescued and lovingly cares for at White Hill Farm.

Sponsoring or adopting an alpaca is a great way to help secure these beautiful animals' futures and also makes an unusual and welcome gift!


Meet our Alpacas

This is Moon!

Adopt a Pygmy Goat

You can now sponsor or adopt one of Maggie's rescued Pygmy Goats at White Hill Farm.

Sponsoring or adopting a Pygmy Goat is a great way to help secure these beautiful animals' futures and also makes an unusual and welcome gift!


Meet our Pygmy Goats

​Call Maggie

07714 735007

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