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  • Tips to Get Your Guest Room Ready for the Holidays

    It is almost that magic filled time of year when twinkling trees and all things merry start appearing all around. And it is also the time of year when guests come for a visit. 

    Wreath on door and Christmas tree in bedroom

    So while decking the halls and sprinkling Christmas here and there- don't forget about adding some holiday cheer and getting your guest bedroom ready family and friends.  

    Today, I am sharing tips for creating a charming and cozy guest room. From bedding, holiday scents to the perfect lighting.  

    1. Fresh Bedding

    The first thing you think of when it comes to guest bedrooms is bedding. And a perfect way to get your room ready is with fresh linens. I am a huge fan of crisp white duvets and charming decorative pillows for the holidays- and don't forget to add an extra blanket and throws in case guests get chilly.

    Ornaments and greenery on bench at foot of guest bed

    2. A holiday scent

    Filling the room with a holiday scented candle is an easy way to cozy it up and make it feel much more inviting. Pick up a favorite pine or berry scented candle and light it for a little bit just before guests arrive to fill the room with Christmas cheer and don't forget to make the candle holders as special as the smell. 

    You can also use a holiday scented linen spray to mist the linens or curtains to help add a sprinkling of Christmas scent to the room.

    Ribbons in a hat box on the bed with flowers and a candle on the nightstand

    It is a simple little tip that definitely helps make a guest room feel cozy and fresh.

    3. Holiday lighting

    Bedroom with books on bed

    Of course lighting is key in any room- but especially a guest bedroom. When staying in a new room it is easy to feel disoriented -especially at night. So make sure to have table lamps in easy reach of guests so that if they get up in the middle of the night the room is safe and well lit.

    Brass table lamp on nightstand

    And another lighting tip- that is simple fun and festive to do. Place a Christmas tree in the room.

     Christmas tree in bedroom

    Whether you have the space for a full size tree in the room or a tabletop tree- those twinkling lights are sure to bring smiles and create a charming holiday magic filled stay for your guests.

    So there you have just a couple tips to help get your guest bedroom ready for guests the holidays. Do you have any other tips or secret formulas for creating cozy Christmas guest bedrooms?  I would love to hear them in the comments below.

    Image from French Country Cottage.

  • Designer Lighting In Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    Sunset Magazine has built Idea Houses throughout the West showcasing the latest innovations in architecture and interior design.

    This year the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House is nestled in the Claremont Hills between Oakland and Berkeley California.

    An award winning design team made this ultra-modern home incorporating designer lighting you won't want to miss.

    Or if you do miss the open house it will be featured in the November 2016 issue and of course we are happy to share some of the images from the home in this blog post.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The 4,000 square-foot four-bedroom, four-bathroom home exemplifies the sophisticated and relaxed lifestyle of the Bay Area’s East Bay, one of the most sought-after places to live in the country.

    The heart of most home is usually the kitchen or dining room and this home is no exception. We love how six of our Franklin Iron Works Cove Point Mini Pendants were placed in a row emphasizing the width of the space while providing an illuminating focal point.

    We at Lamps Plus are proud to be the official designer lighting sponsor of the Idea House and for the second year in a row, our team worked closely with Geremia Design, to ensure the best quality lighting was showcased throughout the home.
    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House
    Bring rich, industrial style home with the Nate Downbridge Floor Lamp. The design is a handsome take on more traditional pharmacy style floor lamps, and comes in a rich bronze finish with antique brass accents. The shade tilts, allowing you a greater range of light throw, making it ideal for placement next to a seating area.

    If you're looking for a simple decorative touch that both brightens your room and thematically unifies your look, consider a floor lamp.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The stately Bentley Brown Leaf Hammered Pot Table Lamp  boasts a hammered base in a shimmering brown leaf finish ties in perfectly to the sophisticated rustic room design. Elegantly topped with a beige tan shade, this table lamp design is a great way to add light and style to a room while bringing a interesting texture.

    With so many table lamps available, consider these three things to help you to find a table lamp that best fits your needs: Function, Size and Style.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The beautiful Possini Euro Ribbey Ceiling Light has a timeless look that will complement any room decor. Its minimalist metal frame has an airy circle within a square motif which surrounds a white glass drum shade that softens the look and the glow of the three lights within. At home in a living room as it will be in an entry or powder room.

    For a new look, shop our entire selection of close to ceiling lights  to find contemporary designs with glass and chrome finishes and more. Perfect for the modern living room, these designs flaunt fresh forms and clean finishes. Never before have so many decorative styles and color choices been available for ceiling mounted fixtures and we excited to share them with you.

    We hope you enjoyed our little tour through the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House. Leave us a comment letting us know which designer light you like best.

    For more details please visit the Sunset Idea House.

    Copyright 2016 Sunset Publishing Corporation, photo by Thomas J. Story. SUNSET Is a registered trademark of Sunset Publishing Corporation and is used with permission.

  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 5

    Today is our 5th and final day of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and talented designer and blogger, Courtney Allison has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Juliette Light Bronze Buffet Table Lamp Set of 2

    2. BonJour Coffee Stainless Steel 8-Cup Chevron French Press

    3. White Peonies and Roses Flowers in a Ceramic Pot

    4. Mariah Silver Oval Decorative Bowl

    5. Bisenti Large Glass Tray On Metal Stand

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Courtney as she shares her unique style - a little bit shabby and french country with a touch of cottage mixed in, on her website, French Country Cottage.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 4

    Today is Day 4 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution. We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, talented designer and blogger, Kevin O'Gara has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products he selected:

    1. Large Gray Birdie Carafe

    2. Tic Tac Toe Black and White Game Set

    3. Ivan Edison Bulb Accent Lamp

    4. Clare Polished Nickel Decorative Mirrored Tray

    5. Chocolate Herringbone Design Throw Blanket

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Kevin as he shares his home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration on his website, Thou Swell.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 3

    Today is Day 3 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing designer and blogger, Kirsten Grove has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Lite Source Kade Black Gooseneck Desk Lamp

    2. Glasses Silhouette Wall Art

    3. Pierre Small Clear Glass Faceted Terrarium

    4. Jaipur Parade Pale Blue Cotton Throw Blanket

    5. Ivory Mongolian Fur Decorative Pillow

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Kristen as she shares eye catching design and decor from all over the world on her website, Simply Grove.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 2

    Today is Day 2 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing blogger, Angela Ricardo has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Caryn Gold Pillar Candle Holders Set of 2

    2. Adriene Acrylic Metal Accent Table Lamp

    3. Fluer de Lis Two Tier Gold Cake Stand

    4. Deer Antler Polished Nickel Pillar Candle Holder Set of 2

    5. Linn Gray Faux Fur Throw Blanket

     

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Angela as she shares her fashion, beauty, lifestyle and tech insights on her website, Angela Ricardo.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

    Complete rules

  • Instagram and Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 1

    Today is Day 1 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides. 

    Our friend, and amazing blogger, Kelly Elko has selected today's holiday gift guide. 

    Gift Guide

    1. Square Glass Fillable Table Lamp

    2. Godinger Chesterfield  High Domed Glass Cake Plate 

    3. Grimm Large Gold Leaf Lantern Votive Candle Holder

    4. McArthur Distressed Wood and Metal Round Wall Clock  

    5. Frontporch Flowery Frenchy Red Square Outdoor Pillow 

     

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Kelly as she shares her adventures about her 100 year old home on her website, Love Where You Live

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Holiday Lighting with String Lights and Candle Holders

     

    At this time of the year the evenings become darker and cooler, the lure of a oozy home makes so many want to cross the threshold and enjoy the warmth inside. 

    The holidays are here, and now is the time to take action to create ambiance indoors in simple ways.

    There are two types of holiday lighting that create that warm glow during the holidays, twinkle string lights and candle light illuminating within stunning candle holders.

    Prepare for this upcoming holiday season by adding both and you’ll have yourself a warm and welcoming abode.

    Holiday Tree

    Capture the allure of twinkling party and string lights with your tree, up the banister, or around a doorway with basic globe lights.

    Here are four styles that are great for the holidays:

    1. The White Wire Holiday Party String Lights will add a warm glow to any interior.
    2. Make your spaces colorful and festive with the Multi-color Black Wire Party String Lights.
    3. Mimic mother nature by stringing up the White Pinecone Lights around your home.
    4. If you seek something more sculptural, consider the Snowflake Battery Operated String Lights with the added bonus of not needing a plug.

    Party and String Lights

    For centuries, candlelight has provided illumination and flickering flames in the evening hours. In modern times, candles aren’t just practical, they’re stylish too, especially when housed inside or placed above strikingly beautiful candle holders.

    Here are seven candle holder styles that will add pizzazz to your holiday.

    Candle Holders

    1. Botanical shapes are timeless, get the look with the Faux Branch Gold Leaf Candle Holder set.
    2. The Flare Matte Black Pillar Candle Holders are a chic way to inject a modern vibe into any space.
    3. The two Carlino Bronze Pillars make a bold contemporary statement.
    4. Add elegance to your living room with lit candles with the Metallic Gold Leaf Votive Candelabra
    5. The Fiona Taper Crystal Candle Holder will add some sparkle and shine to any table.
    6. You’re sure to introduce drama with the Golden Flowers Tealight Candle Holder.
    7. Equally as dramatic are the Lucy Gold Hanging Table Candle Holders.

    Holiday Candle Holders

    Set the scene this holiday season by adding twinkle lights and candlelight to the interior of your home to bask in the glow of warm low lights flickering in the evening.

    Image sources: Centsational Girl and Lamps Plus

  • Simple Charm with Wall Lamps and Sconces

    Have you ever thought about how in both small spaces and large spaces - something that you might otherwise overlook because it is small can have big style impact?

    When we remodeled our bathroom recently, I searched and searched for THE perfect sconce lights for the sink area.

    I wanted something vintage inspired. Something that made a big statement and added to the overall charm and look of the bathroom - and also something that fit in seamlessly so that it was not the only thing you saw when you walked in.

    Bathroom with gold mirror and rope sconce lights
    A tall order, right? But when you are working with a space and looking for the perfect wall lamps- it can be hard to know just what style is the right one for you. Vintage? Industrial? Modern? Simple and classic? Unique? How do you choose?

    Start with your room.

     Hallway with bench and window

    Consider the style and colors in your space - and also the light needed. Some rooms are naturally light filled with plenty of windows - but others are not. This room is flooded with natural light and doesn't need a lot of lighting - so a wall sconce works perfectly.

    French style wall lamps

    In this space - the style of the lights is the most important thing to consider.

    These lights are very vintage and French in style, and if you were to choose modern lights - it would change the whole look. Which comes back to if the lights stand out or mesh with the space seamlessly and what you prefer.

    Bedroom with plush carpet and coral colored bedding

    In this room - the wall sconces are far from simple.The metal finish and the shades speak volumes about the style of the decor - but keep thing simple on the nightstand. With no lamps taking up space - there is more room for flower and reading material.

    Whether you keep wall sconces cohesive with the rest of the room, or you choose something that stands out - consider your lighting needs and your style and then have fun finding your beautiful perfect lamps.


    Do you have any wall lamps in your home? What style is your favorite?

    Images from French Country Cottage and Lamps Plus .

  • Close to Ceiling Lights: Low Ceiling Lighting Solutions

    I know I have talked about chandeliers covered in crystals and pretty details before - and while I have a huge love affair with chandeliers - I have to admit that those big chandeliers...Well, they aren't always practical for every space.

    Take a room with a low ceiling for example - a long hanging chandelier hanging down and blocking the room just isn't practical. And in places typically with low ceilings like hallways and bathrooms  - a ceiling fixture that is oversized is going to cause issues with flow and usability.

    Enter the solution - close to ceiling lights: low ceiling solutions.

     Living room with black sofa and blue walls

    But just because your space isn't ideal for a big chandelier or pendant light - you don't have to resort to a boring light that doesn't do anything for your style.

    You can add charm and beauty with close to ceiling lights just the same.

    Take for example the living room shown above - if a chandelier was hung above the sofa you would hit your head every time you stood up. 

    If you are looking for something with the same pizzazz as a chandelier - think about crystal close to ceiling lights with elegant lines. It will really stand out and make that drama filled statement. 

     French style room with bench and silver mirror

    You can also choose a close to ceiling light that is similar to a pendant with a shade around it.

    Shaded ceiling lights are hugely popular and add an ambient soft diffused light in a room.

    Industrial style ceiling lights in bathroom

    In a low ceiling bathroom, simple is key. You definitely don't want to be stepping out of the bathtub and hit your head on a light - this industrial style close to ceiling light is perfect for lighting the room while adding a ton of style.

    So as you can see, just because you have low ceilings that can't take a large chandelier or pendant light - you can make a statement just the same with a close to ceiling light in any room.

    What do you think? Do you have any close to ceiling lights in your home? What style is your favorite? Leave a comment. 

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