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  • It's Time to Think about Holiday Mantel Decor!

    White and red holiday mantel decor with votive advent calendar
    Every year we read those familiar lines from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas that go like this:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas
    When all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

    The Christmas mantel is an iconic part of any decorating scheme and one that can add a little Christmas flair to the holiday.

    Holiday mantels can be rustic or colorful or whimsical or traditional and creating one that matches your décor can be as simple as thinking outside the box.

    Need a little holiday mantel inspiration?

    Here’s some creative holiday mantel decor ideas to get you started.

    Rustic holiday mantel decor with pinecones

    1. Think Rustic

    Creating a rustic mantel can be as easy as shopping the house and the yard

    Begin with pinecone showcased under a glass cloche and twigs from outdoors. Next, layer in a vintage architectural piece and a burlap banner.

    Finish off the display with a rustic bench stacked with baskets of winter foliage or plaid blankets.

    Red and white stockings hanging from mantel with votive advent calendar

    2. Think Colorful

    You can’t go wrong with a traditional color scheme of red and white. Especially with colorful felt stockings that add a graphic element to the mantel.

    Simple numbered votives, one for each of the days counting down to Christmas add a little whimsy to the holiday display.

    Tuck an accent chair next to the fire and add a cup of hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows to enjoy the holidays in style.

    Farmhouse style holiday mantel with burlap Christmas stockings

    3. Think Farmhouse

    Create a farmhouse mantel by starting with reclaimed wood letters complete with rustic metal accents.

    Next, layer in wall art and add wood slice stocking tags stamped with the name of the stocking holder.

    Lastly, set an accent table next to the mantel with a coffee bar full of festive holiday cheer.

    Neutral holiday mantel decor with evergreen sprigs in a tin can

    4. Think Neutral

    Sometimes the best mantels begin with a simple, classic color pallet of neutrals.

    Add in simple sprigs of greenery and barn wood Christmas trees for a nod to Christmases of long ago.

    Compliment your neutral mantel with white dishes, a wood slice Christmas tree, grain sack pillows and a giant oversized farmhouse style wall clock.

    Go with traditional, classic, colorful, or rustic elements for your holiday mantel decor this year.

    Here’s to visions of sugarplums and reindeer dancing and prancing on the roof.

    Happy holidays.

    Photo credit: Thistlewood Farms

  • Lamps Plus and the Sunset Idea House 2015 in Denver

    Exterior of Sunset Idea House in Denver

    This past August, Sunset put on its annual Idea House and Lamps Plus was very excited to be a part of that project by providing much of the lighting.

    The main criteria for the location of the Sunset Idea House is that the location must capture the “spirit of the West.” So it should come as no surprise that the chosen location was Denver. The combination of Denver’s outdoorsy culture and the booming real estate market made it a natural choice.

    The location is a 1954 single level ranch home that was transformed by architect Jonas Dicaprio of Design Platform and interior designer Megan Hudacky of cky Designs. The home, after extensive renovations, is now a three-level, energy efficient modern home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths.

    The interiors are a modernized version of midcentury modern with open-plan living and screens for dividing spaces; Hudacky’s design also honored the home’s midcentury roots throughout the home.

    The color palette throughout the home is fairly neutral, punctuated with bold splashes of color like ocean blue, teal, yellow, pink and orange.

    Kitchen with geometric teal and blue tile flooring and backsplash

    Hudacky broke with convention, and instead of designing a marble kitchen with subway tile went with a bold blue and teal geometric tile on the floor and the backsplash that clearly delineates the kitchen area from the rest of the space.

    Instead of having the upper cabinets match the lower, she went with a highly polished bronze.

    A series of Possini Euro's white Ponder pendants hang over the island, creating visual balance.

    Stylish living room with both modern and midcentury furnishings

    The living room’s furniture is a mix of modern and midcentury and the neutral color palette is broken up with punches of yellow and teal. Instead of using table lamps on the side tables, Hudacky opted for energy-efficient Trumpet floor lamps on either side of the sofa.

    Bed with wall of curtains behind for softness and light control

    Hudacky once again brightens up the neutral colors in a bedroom with blue. There weren’t a lot of options for where to place the bed in the room, so it was positioned directly in front of large windows.

    Wall to wall curtains help to both anchor and soften the room. A pair of Color Plus Wexler table lamps in Humble Gold on top of matching side tables add visual balance to the room.

    Powder room with mod brass and glass sconce and sunburst mirror
    A sunburst mirror and a Jonathan Adler Rio sconce in brass help carry the mod feeling into the powder room.

    Garden-level bedroom flooded with natural light
    It’s hard to believe that this bedroom is on the garden level! Large light wells were put into place during the remodel, which allows natural light to flood the space.

    Splashes of pink and orange liven up the calming palette of pewter gray.

    Another Wexler table lamp (this time in winter white) with a gray Dupioni silk drum shade sits on the bedside table.

    Lounge with midcentury modern style chairs and sputnik-inspired close-to-ceiling light fixture
    Hudacky transformed a smaller bedroom into a lounge with two midcentury modern style lounge chairs with, you guessed it, splashes of teal brought in by decorative pillows.

    A sputnik-inspired flush mount fixture in brass adds to the retro vibe.

    Industrial style wall sconce with exposed filament bulb mounted inside a bookcase

    The lounge also has these industrial-inspired sconces with an exposed filament bulb mounted inside the bookcase.

    Playroom with layered area rugs in bright colors

    The playroom features the same sputnik-style brass fixture seen in the lounge which works beautifully with the spunky, playful design of the room that is awash in shades of pink, purple, orange and red.

    Three white modern pendant lights highlight artwork in media room

    A long, sinuous sectional anchors the design of the media room that is punctuated by splashes of orange, brown, ochre and teal. A series of three paintings adorn the wall and are spotlighted by three white Willa pendants from Possini Euro. The pendants are a great alternative to traditional track lighting or recessed spot lights for highlighting objects like artwork.

    The home In Denver's Hilltop neighborhood is now on the market for $1,995,000 -- unfurnished. You can easily bring the look of the Sunset Idea House into your home through similar use of space and color and, of course, stylish lighting from Lamps Plus!

    Image sources: Sunset Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Coco + Kelley; Sunset Magazine; Coco + Kelley; Coco + Kelley; Sunset Magazine; Design Milk

    Copyright 2015 Sunset Publishing Corporation, photos by Thomas J. Story.

    SUNSET is a registered trademark of Sunset Publishing Corporation and is used with permission. 

  • A Complete Living Room Design Needs Accent Chairs

    Elegant living room design with white accent chairs

    The space you use as your living room can be formal for some, causal for others, but for everyone it's a gathering spot. The living room is where you convene with company, watch the big game, or simply keep styled to the 9s with a strict "only grown-ups allowed" policy.

    Any way you use the living room, one thing is for sure - furniture styling is of the utmost importance. The living room isn't fully complete without a seating area that is conversational and chic.

    While that usually includes a sofa, selecting the right accent chairs to face your sofa is so key to a finished, complete look.

    Here, with the help of some gorgeous inspiration images from Domaine Home, we will look at very different styles of accent chairs and how to best utilize them to complete your living room design.

    Stylish cobalt blue living room with blue sofa and wood accent chairs

    Right off the bat we get to enjoy some major eye candy with this stunning cobalt blue living room. Every inch of this room has personality, accented by beautiful blue that encapsulates the space.

    In a living room like this, the sofa, walls and accessories do most of the talking so you want to select an accent chair that is simplistic yet chic.

    These vintage wood and leather side chairs are not typical for a living room, but what in this space is 'typical'? Keeping the lines of the accent chairs streamlined helps to keep the focus on the blue in the space while still doing their duty as additional seating if need be.

    Neutral living room design with hair on hide rug and cream sofa and chaise longue

    This gorgeous, transitional space plays with many different types of accent seating, nailing each one. W

    hen you have a space that may be an awkward shape or has to serve multiple functions, playing with different types of accent seating is key.

    A classic sofa and somewhat classic chaise are mixed with accent chairs that bring fun and style to the space.

    Clear acrylic chairs complete your conversational circle but allow the eye to pass along without much interruption. In a living room like this that serves double duty as living room/passage way, the clear accent chairs are the perfect fit to allow energy to flow from room to room.

    Traditional living room with modern accents and leather safari chair

    This cozy, masculine living room makes me want to cuddle up with a blanket, a cup of coco and a movie. This room is meant for sitting, hanging and conversing, and the sofa design screams that.

    With such a dominant sectional sofa, an accent chair that is comfortable yet minimal serves best. This vintage safari chair with its broken in leather is as comfortable as the sofa, but without all the bulk.

    The pairing of the two completes the space perfectly, playing with dimension and style all while keeping the cool, masculine and minimal style intact.

    Eclectic living room design with colorful decorative pillows and oversize table lamps

    This quirky space breaks a lot of design rules in all the right ways. A small scale sofa is flanked by two gorgeous and oversized table lamps.

    An organic coffee table pairs with a mid-century accent chair and table. And the entire space is draped in pattern, color and excess.

    For all that is going on, the space achieves exactly what it is set out to - it's fun, eclectic, conversational, playful and approachable.

    What type of accent chair does your living room need?

    Image Source: Domaine Home

  • Glamorous Interior Design for the Home

    Living room with crystal chandelier and floor lamp

    We’ve always loved watching movies from the 1940s and 50s. Starlets dressed in head to toe silk and satin, their bedrooms dripping in crystal chandeliers, there was always a chaise lounge nearby to recline upon, mirrored furniture reflected light and of course a well stocked bar cart was always at the ready.

    Let’s harken back to that era by adding some glamorous interior design ideas to our homes.

    Glamorous living room with a coffee table and accent table in a light distressed finish

    Crystal Chandeliers

    Whether it’s a huge statement-making light in the living room or a couple of stylish mini crystal chandeliers hung over each nightstand, crystals reflect light and create lively patterns on the walls and add instant glamour.

    Glam dining room with mirrored buffet and dining table and large brass chandelier

    Mirrored Furniture

    A mirrored chest of drawers can double as a chic nightstand or go glam in the dining room with a reflective table that will bring elegance to any dinner party.

    Chic velvet chaise in glamorous living room

    Comfortable Furniture

    The perfect place to recline with a good book or an even better martini, a backless chaise covered in rich velvet is a luxurious option for any room in the house.

    Add a little glitz and glam to your home with these glamorous interior design ideas.

    Image source: Lamps Plus

  • Cozy Library Design

    A Welcoming Library with Classic Lodge Styling

    Winter is the perfect time of year to embrace cozy library design. Wood paneled walls, masses of books and a roaring fire are how many of us like to live while winter winds blow and snow softly falls.

    The images I find on Belgian Pearls always make me feel warm and fuzzy. There is something about Belgian design that speaks to me and the great design looks we can create during the winter months.

    You need not have a dedicated library to create a library. A new trend is to convert infrequently used dining rooms into a functional library or simply add shelving in the living room for a similar look.

    Libraries with Multiple Soft Glowing Lights 

    Lighting is key in library design! Floor lamps provide the perfect light for reading and wall sconces will cast a warm glow against books and art.

    A new trend is to mount picture lights at the top of bookshelves to illuminate entire walls. While specialized light can create a romantic environment, remember that libraries tend to be places to work and contemplate, so make sure you also have ceiling lighting.

    Four Libraries with Stylish Seating

    Furniture is also critical to a successful library design. Make sure you have a comfortable chair for reading, a desk for working and ample accent tables for the basics like candles, books and drinks.

    If you have tall bookshelves I would suggest getting a folding ladder like in the lower right image. Not only will they allow you to reach high shelves, they look great when accessorized. 

    Classic Library Lighting and Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. I love the timeless look of this French library wall sconce from  Bill Blass.

    2. A fuzzy Mongolian Fur pillow would look great in a comfortable club chair.

    3. Create an additional soft glow with a table lamp like this wood table lamp.

    4. A wingback chair is ideal for reading and relaxing.

    5. This oval table with a distressed finish has an updated traditional look that is fresh feeling.

    6. You can’t go wrong with a timeless pharmacy floor lamp besides a chair or sofa.

    Photos: Belgian Pearls.

  • Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design

    When you say 'Farmhouse Kitchen,' the immediate connection is rustic, country and casual. However these farmhouse kitchen designs are going to flip that notion on its head.

    We are taking the best elements of a classic, traditional farmhouse kitchen and modernizing them to incorporate them into today's contemporary design style.

    These gorgeous kitchens from Country Living bring modern finishes, contemporary elements and mixed genres to create timeless spaces that still give off the relatable, rustic farmhouse vibe.

    Farmhouse style kitchen design with marble island and metal barstools with leather cushions

    There is nothing hotter right now than marble in a kitchen. Gone are the days of granite, and here to stay are big, gorgeous marble slabs with delicate, watercolor-like veining. While this material needs a lot of maintenance, if done right, marble in the kitchen is a showstopper.

    Mixing the brightness and cleanliness of the marble with the dark, reclaimed woods of the beams and bar stools gives an immense amount of depth, while brass picture lights highlight vintage artwork, bringing charm to the space.

    A kitchen featuring a reclaimed wood island and industrial adjustable barstools

    This industrial modern take on a farmhouse kitchen design features adjustable bar stools at a reclaimed wood island. This feature is great because it gives you options. The stools can act as stools, or can be pulled anywhere in the kitchen to serve as a cookbook rest or side table.

    A nautical themed kitchen with three brass pendant lights above the kitchen table

    The nautical take on the classic farmhouse look is done so well in the above kitchen. Sailboat accents, mosaic tile and gorgeous, industrial pendants complete the look for a seaside kitchen space.

    Modern farmhouse kitchen design with colorful metal barstools

    The kitchen above is mostly contemporary with classic cabinetry and colorful metal barstools, however the extra large barn door, open shelving and vintage-inspired island light sneak the farmhouse elements into the design.

    This kitchen shows you how mixing styles and looks can be super successful if done right. I love how the floating shelves span the length of the window and monochromatic flea market treasures.

    A farmhouse kitchen with a vintage look

    The most vintage-inspired kitchen in the bunch is a total stunner. It almost avoids classic cabinetry altogether and opts for furniture pieces and freestanding appliances and fixtures; this vintage kitchen is pieced together so perfectly.

    Image Source: Country Living

  • Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2015

    2015 Gift Guide Sweepstakes

    We started a fun new Sweepstakes today!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, this is your lucky chance....

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

  • Thanksgiving Table Decor

    A Sparse and Rustic Thanksgiving Table

    Thanksgiving is all about food unless you ask a designer. Designers will tell you it’s mostly Thanksgiving table decor that matters most.

    Style Carrot had great pictures of Thanksgiving table decor in a variety of styles. From rustic and sparse to abundant and monochromatic these pictures show the many ways we can design a table for friends and family to marvel and enjoy.

    One common thread I find in most tablescapes this time of year is the nod to nature and the bounty it provides. Thanksgiving centerpieces look best when you use organic fruits, vegetables, branches and flowers. Roughhewn wooden decor and linens can round out this theme.

    Classic Thanksgiving Centerpieces

    The classic tablescape uses autumnal colors such as orange, yellow and green. Regardless of how your table is set, don’t forget that overhead ceiling lights will brighten your entire dining room and create the overall mood for the festive night.

    If you prefer a buffet style Thanksgiving, buffet table lamps will create a soft glow on the holiday feast. Along with general lighting don’t forget candles on the table to add another layer of light and some serious atmosphere.

    Sophisticated Thanksgiving Table Decorations

    I’m starting to love the sophisticated, monochromatic tablescapes that use white pumpkins and decor in deeper and richer tones of brown, black and gold. These tables are truly dramatic but still capture the essence of Thanksgiving.

    Bold greens play beautifully with these schemes and remind us it’s ultimately all about nature and the gifts we get from the land.

    Earthy and Elegant Dining Room Design Basics from Lamps Plus

    1.  A two-piece leaf-shaped tray set in gold leaf adds major bling to the holiday table.

    2. Nature is the overall design theme in this beautiful wrought iron chandelier with a English Bronze finish.

    3. I love the autumnal form of the Treetop sconce by Currey and Company.

    4. The Orchard Harvest Platter has a homey and traditional feel.

    5. The earthy design of this set of three charred pine trays are great for carrying drinks and appetizers as well as for clearing the table.

    6. Add drama to your table with a candle holder like the Azalea Votive Candle Holder.

    Photos: Style Carrot.

  • Splurge vs Save - Dining Room Decor

    Rustic dining room with multi-light pendant chandelier

    OK everyone, if you're not scrambling to get your home ready for the holidays I am massively jealous!

    I find around this time every year I try to finish all the design updates and details Ive been putting off for the past 10 months all while preparing for hosting during the holidays. It's a hectic time, but every year I love it. I get to experiment with new looks and new pieces to update the space that surprise and delight my guests as well as myself.  

    However, design updates often are expensive and can make a dent in the bank account, especially at a time when we need not dent anything!

    Because of this I find myself often searching for thrifty replacements for often expensive items. More often than not, you and you alone are the only one who knows if its a splurge or a save, but the extra money you save can go towards other important things this holiday season.

    We are going to break down the beautiful dining room decor in the above image from the Architectural Design DC Design House and give you some splurge options on gorgeous dining room furniture and lighting, as well as some thrifty save pieces  are just as beautiful and functional.

    Rustic dining room furniture and lighting from Lamps Plus

    Let's start with the SPLURGE pieces!

    A gorgeous extendable, stone wash dining table with traditional trestle legs sets the perfect stage for a relaxed, rustic dining area. The extendable feature is perfect for the holidays since you may or may not have to squeeze in an extra few guests who show up without an rsvp...

    Tradiitonal linen antique pine dining chairs with nailhead detailing are always in style, and pair perfectly with this rustic modern look. Choosing chairs without arms can be helpful again when you might have an extra guest or two. 

    Finally choosing the right,  pendant chandelier can make or break the look. This bronze, multi light pendant with mason jar shades has tons of detail and style without taking over the entire space.

    Now let's check out the amazing SAVE options!

    This post and rail dining table is made of 100% reclaimed pine and is a great substitute for a more detailed table. The natural materials and finish of the table make it look rich and expensive while the simple shape and legs help shave off costs. 

    These beige chairs are almost a near match for our splurge option, but come with a price tag of about half. This may be due to durability, but if you're on a "save year" these chairs are going to be perfect for the few years they'll be used before they're swapped out again for a new design look.

    Finally, this bronze edison bulb multi light pendant is a streamlined and stripped down alternative to the splurge pendant, however the edison bulbs add character and give you a cool, fresh look for less.

    So - are you going to SPLURGE or SAVE on your dining room decor this holiday season? 

    Image Source: Architectural Digest

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - The Stylish Bathroom Mirror

    You can achieve that luxe living look with a bathroom mirror that has that built-in light you desire.

    We all multi-task, all day long, so why can't our bathroom mirror?

    Bathroom with luxe bathroom mirror, small crystal chandeliers, and mirrored vanityy

    A mirror has become as essential in a bathroom as a sink or toilet. Even in the smallest bathroom, there’s usually a mirror. And when it’s not there, it feels odd.

    Mirrors in bathrooms have evolved past the basics of being the front-side of a medicine cabinet or a helper to show us that there is spinach in or lipstick on our teeth. You can make bathroom mirrors a focal point of a design, but, they can be uber functional with the bonus of a light.

    So when you are dreaming about that bathroom you want, the mirror should be part of those essential fixtures you are adding to your shopping cart online, or pinning to a board on Pinterest.

    Even if you swoon over the luxe living trend, and want to achieve mega-glamour like the sparkling bathroom in the photo above, it's within reach. Oh, and yes, you can get a luxe stylish mirror that lights up, too.

    I've gathered a few of my favorite stylish lighted vanity mirrors for you to peruse.

    An assortment of lighted vanity mirrors from Lamps Plus

    1. Standing tall as a self-standing 53 inches, and even taller if you want to extend it up to 72 inches, this satin nickel finish LED stand mirror can move wherever you need it. The little shelf is perfect for make-up, jewelry, or a bow tie to rest while you fuss-and-muss to look your best.

    2. I’m a fan of most everything that has the designer Jonathan Adler on it, and this round lighted mirror is definitely included. At 28 inches wide, the antique brass finish with the crystal accents put me in the mood to look my best.

    3. It might not be where you’d put your bathroom mirror, but it’s where my husband Mark likes to have his. He shaves in the shower, and an LED lighted mirror that is fogless and break-resistant is perfect functionality for many like-habited husbands. With its stainless steel finish, and curved design it could fit seamlessly into a luxe bathroom.

    4. In our family-shared bathroom, we have an adjustable mirror that swings. For families with small and tall members, the adjustability can be a smart solution to accommodate everyone. This brushed nickel LED vanity mirror also has a 3x magnification on one side. If you look good at that magnification, you are definitely ready to share a selfie on Instagram.

    5. A quiet style-stunner, this rectangular bathroom mirror is backlit, and is 36 inches tall by 24 inches wide. For most powder rooms, this lighted mirror would fit perfectly above a standard sized vanity cabinet.

    I’d love to know what you think of lighted bathroom mirrors. Please share your comments or ask me anything in the comments section below. -theresa

    Image source: Lamps Plus

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