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  • Unique Double Vanities for your Master Bathroom

    When you think of a master bathroom, you think of a double vanity. One in which you and your significant other can have your own space to carry out your daily routine.

    When most people think of a double vanity, they usually think of one furniture piece with two sinks and two bathroom mirrors above, however you have to free yourself of this traditional standard.

    Double vanities can be arranged in a number of ways, and these amazing inspiration images from Architectural Digest will inspire you to change up the way you think of a double vanity.

    master bathroom with two pedestal sinks and two mirrors in antique frames

    The antique-lover will surely swoon over the above image. Classic antique styling with the bathroom mirrors adds a fun, mismatched twist that makes this space so chic. Splitting the sinks awards you your own space, even when you don't have much space to spare.

    Vanity in bathroom with turquoise wallpaper

    Clean deco lines and a ridiculously cool teal wallpaper make this master bathroom a contender for one of the coolest I have seen lately. While these may be just decorative bowls on each side, imagine plumbing them as vessel sinks with a gorgeous, tall faucet. Anyone would want to freshen up in this beautiful space.

    luxurious master bathroom with soaking tub and large modern brass chandelier

    For a classic space that is equal parts masculine and feminine, contemporary and classic, look no further than this huge master bathroom above.

    If you have the space, and storage isn't a huge concern, consider splitting your sink areas with a petit built in bench. It can be used for styling as it is above, or a place to take a load off when you need a seat whilst staring out the window of your massively beautiful bathroom.

    Bathroom with wall treatment to resemble marble, two white pedestal sinks and antiqued wall sconces

    What better way to make a punch with your design style than to plaster your walls in amazing marble slabs. These walls do all the talking, while the rest of the bathroom is kept substantially subtle.

    Individual pedestal sinks float in front of the marble and offer separation while almost disappearing. The brass faucet accents make me immensely happy.

    Rustic bathroom with exposed wood beams and vintage-look double vanity

    This industrial, reclaimed bathroom makes me want to take a trip to the woods and never ever leave. You can tell that these vanities are custom made with the homeowners in mind as there is immense attention to detail.

    I love how each piece of the vanity is separate, from the sink to the faucet to the mirror and topped off with wall sconces.

    Rustic bathroom with exposed wood beams and ceiling, hand-carved wood vanities and soaking tub under lantern chandelier

    The classic country cottage master bathroom is a lesson in how to work with wood. The amazing, old roof served as inspiration for the hand carved vanities and beautiful, wide plank flooring. Reversing the direction of the flooring where the tub lies perfectly lines up with the separation of the vanities and adds a subtle design detail that is on point with the look of this space.

    Image Sources: Architectural Digest

  • Global Decor Inspiration

    My style is eclectic.

    It’s a mix of old and new, high and low, vintage finds, antiques and global décor that I’ve picked up in my travels.

    I love nothing better than surrounding myself with objects that have meaning and that means my home will never be cookie cutter.

    Here are some of my favorite ways to add unique personality to any room.

    Global decor in bedroom with multi-color intricately patterned area rug

    Intricately patterned rugs from the Middle East add color, pattern and personality to any room. Use the rug as a jumping off point for the color palette by choosing two or three colors to scatter around the room.

    Bedroom with a Suzani hanging on wall behind the bed

    In Persian, suzani means needle and they were typically made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry. Today, vntage suzanis have a time worn character that is perfect for displaying on a wall or draping over a sofa or bed to add texture and color.

    African baskets form a gallery wall in a rustic dining room

    Hand woven African baskets create an interesting gallery wall full of texture. They also make an interesting conversation piece.

    Living room with global decor including a leather Moroccan pouf and Chinese-style coffee and side tables

    Sometimes a room just needs a fun finishing touch like a brightly colored Moroccan pouf.

    Try looking at your home in a new light to see where you can add an unexpected, one of a kind piece to add personality.

    For more inspiration, check out the Global Decor section of Lamps Plus' Shop-by-Trend feature.

    Image Sources: Better Homes & Gardens; Better Homes & Gardens; Martyn Lawrence Bullard; Jute Home; Better Homes & Gardens

  • A Living Room with a View

    One thing people sometimes forget to take into consideration when designing their interiors are their exteriors.

    If you are lucky enough to have a home that is surrounded by lush vegetation, a vast lake, crashing waves or tall trees this should be celebrated and incorporated into your design. 

    Often times your living room is on the first or ground floor, but every now and again you get an elevated view with such spectacular visuals that can not be ignored.

    Dwell gives us some amazing living rooms that truly celebrate their exterior surroundings.

    Contemporary living rooms that take advantage of outdoor views

    OK now that you are drunk on amazingly beautiful design inspiration, here are some keys to create the perfect living room with a view:

    1. Minimalism with Furniture

    As you'll notice above, the furniture in a living room that celebrates the exterior views is very minimal. High quality, stylish sofas are paired with vintage-inspired accent chairs and minimal coffee tables to create a palette for the vistas to shine.

    2. Monochromatic Palette

    Whether its lush trees, vast lakes or a barren winter wonderland, your living room furniture and accessories should let the exteriors become the focal point.

    Who needs loud, vibrant art when you look out on the tops of bright green tress. Keeping the palette of your furniture clean and simple truly lets nature's palette come center stage.

    3. Streamlined Architecture

    While the architecture of the home is not always something you have control over, keep in mind that the less going on architecturally, the more the eye forgets its there and can truly see the outside as part of the inside design.

    Large windows uncluttered with decoration and detail simply frame the views you are lucky enough to have.

    4. Unobstructive Lighting

    You will notice in the living rooms above, there is almost no sign of dominant lighting. These rooms rely heavily on the large windows to drench the space with natural light for as many hours a day as possible.

    Even when the sun goes down, the lack of light helps to keep the space exuding that indoor/outdoor feel. Recessed lights or minimalist, well-designed pendant lights are your best bet to complete the space.

    Images: Dwell

  • The Eclectic Design Look & How to Get It

    The eclectic design style is something that you either love or hate. I like to acquaint it to jazz music in that it's cacophonously beautiful and layered, weird and wonderful. Here we share some tips on how to perfectly pull off an eclectic space in your home.

    Rooms decorated in the eclectic design style including living and dining rooms


    As you can see in the amazing inspiration images above from Eclectically Vintage, layering plays a huge role in creating a space with eclectic home decor. Layering can exist in so many different parts of your design. Layering rugs is so chic and easily achievable. Start off with a basic jute or neutral rug and lay a fun, patterned rug on top to add character and style. 


    Anyone who has told you that mixing patterns is a no-no simply needs to see these images. Florals with geometrics with stripes and toiles - all mixed perfectly and working with each other in beautiful harmony. The trick to getting this look right is sticking to a similar color palette. If your colors are pastel, stay with pastels, or if you're going for bold graphics, keep all your patterns bold and geometric. One thing with the eclectic look is a lot of volume, so don't be afraid to turn it up.


    In eclectic design you will never see one note of texture. Often there will be fur, jute, leather, linen, cotton, velvet and stone. That is just how eclectic people roll. They are not afraid to mix textures together to create depth and interest within the space. The key is difference that compliments with a touch of flair.

    Image Source: Eclectically Vintage

  • Cottage Style Home Decor: Get the Look

    Cottage style home decor in a living room

    When you think of cottage style home decor what comes to mind?

    Chippy wood, farmhouse patterns, painted furniture, white ware platters, vintage wood floors, baskets and bins and grain sack fabrics are all staples of cottage style home decor.

    But it's so more than that.

    It's about scrabble games and baskets of fresh flowers and the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven and friends and family celebrating over a glass of sweet tea.

    Cottage style home decor is all about making a house into a home.

    Want to introduce a little cottage into your decor?

    Here's a few tips to get you started.

    Balls made of twine in a white ware bowl in a cottage style living room

    1.  Painted furniture

    Cottage style home decor is all about individuality and nothing is as unique as creating your own painted furniture masterpiece.

    Start with pieces from the thrift store or estate sales and paint a design to match your own decor.

    If painted furniture projects seem a little overwhelming, there are a great variety of painted furniture designs available in different patterns and colors. Like this beautiful antiqued console table with a hand-painted scrolling leaf motif.

    Re-purposed metal baskets used as storage and decor

    2.  Unusual storage options

    With cottage style home decor, storage can be fun and unique.

    Store office supplies in an old post office box or blankets in an over-sized basket or dishes stacked in a glass cloche next to an oval mirror.

    Repurpose and think outside the box when it comes to organization and storage for your home

    Antiqued breakfront displaying white dishware

    3.  Mix in the old with the new

    Cottage style home decor is a blending of the present with the past.

    Start with linen chairs with nail head trim and layer in a tufted ottoman and white ware dishes.

    Complete the look with a natural fiber rug and a little bit of history like vintage architectural pieces or even a stylish industrial ceiling fan.

    Wooden cottage-style love seat under shelf displaying flowers in mason jars

    4.  Finish the look with fresh flowers

    Nothing says cottage style home decor more than adding in fresh flowers.

    Fill urns, like this small urn in a distressed antique white finish, baskets and mason jars with the flowers of the season.

    You can also bring a little of the outside in with branches, leaves, grasses and reclaimed wood for a unique addition to any space.

    Whether it's chippy wood, painted furniture, woven baskets or vintage floors, cottage home decor creates a welcoming atmosphere.

    It's warm, inviting, goes perfectly with sweet tea.....

    .....and transforms a house into a home.

    Photo credits:  Thistlewood Farms

  • How to Select the Perfect Table Lamp - Size, Shade and Bulb

    How-to Select the Perfect Table Lamp

    How to select the perfect table lamp in four easy steps. 

    First, Made in the Shade

    To determine the perfect height range for your table lamp, sit in the space next to where you are going to place the lamp. Measure from the surface you are placing the lamp to eye level. This is your base measurement. To find the average height of the shade, divide the base measurement by three.

    For example let's use 18". Divide this number by three, which is 6". This is the average height of the shade.

    Second, It's All About the Base

    To determine the estimated table lamp height add 18", to the shade measurement, let's use a 6" shade for an example. In this case, the height of the lamp you'll want is 24".

    Third, Weighted Base

    The lamp shade depends on the use. If you will have the lamp on while watching TV, an opaque shade will minimize lighting glare. A semi-opaque paper shade provides a warm glow for reading.

    Fourth, The Bulb

    If the purpose of the table lamp is for reading, use at least an 8 ½ watt LED bulb (that's comparable to a 60 watt incandescent). For extra flexibility, choose a dimmable bulb.

    Find your perfect table lamps at Lamps Plus.

    Image Source: Lamps Plus

  • Modern Black Bathroom Accents

    A Bold and Contemporary Bathroom with Geometric Black Walls

    Classic white bathrooms are great but why not amp them up with modern black bathroom accents? We all know about bathrooms that sport black and white tile floors, but black as an intentional design accent can really pop. Now, I’m not so sure about black towels as a choice, but everything else is fair game.

    Naturally House Crush had fabulous pictures that feature exciting bathroom design ideas and especially black design touches at their best.

    Neutral Bathrooms with Contemporary Black Light Fixtures

    Neutral bathroom walls are a great backdrop for black bathroom light fixtures. My new obsession is pendant lights in the bathroom. I love these contemporary fixtures, especially as they almost become sculptural when placed in a small, minimalist space.

    I know it is unorthodox to have a black floor lamp in a bathroom like the one above, but in some quirky way, I think it works. Soapy suds, a good book and a chic floor lamp? Sign me up. 

    A Traditional Bathroom with Black Painted Details and Sconce Shades

    If you are unwilling to commit to black hardwired lighting, try putting new, crisp black shades on your chrome or brass sconces. Juxtaposed against a white wall, they just might be the designer touch you need. 

    Classic White Bathrooms with Pops of Black Design Elements

    There are other ways to infuse your bathroom with black accents besides lighting. I like a simple accent table or garden stool by a bathtub or a bold black sink vanity.

    Did you catch the sliver of the glossy black door in the image on the left? It’s Fantastic, and the perfect balancing act to the white walls and tub of that particular bathroom.

    Black Lighting and Accessories for the Modern Bathroom

    1. The Sonneman Soho Satin Black Wall Sconce will jump out against a stark white a good way.

    2. The Art Deco inspired Minka Camden Square Charcoal Bath Light is clean, streamlined and timeless.

    3. Try hanging two Mercer Street Black Mini Pendants with glass shades on either side of your bathroom mirror for a daring new approach to bathroom lighting.

    4. Because we all need a laundry basket, why not have it be chic like a folding laundry basket with a bold black and white chevron pattern?

    5. I love the modern simplicity of the Chelsea Single Sink Vanity with a black lacquer finish

    6. Try placing a fiberglass high-gloss black accent stool  by a tub or shower to hold a book towel or candle.

    Go to Lamps Plus' Shop-by-Room feature for more great bathroom design ideas!

    Photos: House Crush.

  • How to Select the Perfect Dining Room Chandelier

    Transitional wood chandelier over dining table

    So, you're ready to buy a chandelier for your dining room. With 1000s of chandeliers to choose from, how do you know which one is right?

    There are a few steps to finding the perfect chandelier for your space. 

    Before you even start looking, decide on a style. Are you going for a more contemporary look? Possibly traditional? Somewhere in-between?

    Crystal chandeliers tend to be more traditional, while those made of chrome and glass will create a more modern vibe. Do you like the industrial look? Try a chandelier made of iron. These material suggestions aren't rules written in stone, there are always exceptions!

    Think your decision through and make sure you really like the chandelier - it's an extension of your style and lighting is an important detail in your design.

    Next up is the size. Scale is very important when it comes to chandeliers. A too-small chandelier will get lost in a large room, and a too-big chandelier will overpower the space.

    Watch the video for tips on how to buy the chandelier that is just right for your dining room:

    Here are two different ways to decide the correct size of your chandelier:

    How to measure for a chandelier using a room's dimensions

    How to choose a chandelier using your dining table size

    If you want to know more about choosing chandeliers and what to look for when picking one for a room other than the dining room, read our Tips for Buying Chandeliers.

    Image Source: Lamps Plus

  • Industrial Style Ceiling Fans

    dining area with oil-rubbed bronze industrial style ceiling fan

    When I went to visit my grandmother every summer, I remember the house and the yard and the molasses cookies and the ceiling fan.

    It was white and a little lopsided.

    It had giant blades and a light that you could click on and off.

    And when it spun on high it shook and make this odd high-pitched sound along with a giant click every now and then.

    I decided then and there that when I grew up I was never having ceiling fans in my home.  

    Good thing times and ceiling fans have changed.

    Here's some inventive new options for industrial style ceiling fans.

    Brushed nickel indoor-outdoor ceiling fan

    1.  Brushed Nickel

    For outdoor spaces and industrial-style rooms, this smooth and sleek brushed nickel ceiling fan is perfect.

    The six blades with their contemporary design created a clean contemporary profile.

    The fan also comes with a remote control for easy on/off function.

    galvanized industrial style ceiling fan

    2.  Galvanized Metal Fan with Industrial Style Light Fixture

    This ceiling fan has industrial style written all over it.

    From the galvanized metal blades to the caged industrial light, this fan is full of rustic flair.

    Pair it with farmhouse furnishings and create a space full of personality.

    Oil-rubbed bronze industrial style ceiling fan with dual heads and light in a kitchen

    3.  Rustic Oil Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan

    For true industrial flair and design, this dual head oil rubbed bronze ceiling fan is a stylish option.

    Adjustable twin turbo fan heads offer versatility and high-powered performance.

    The fixture also integrates a halogen light that includes a cap for non-light use.

    Unique brushed nickel industrial style ceiling fan

    4.  Dramatic Five Light Ceiling Fan

    Sleek and contemporary, this industrial style ceiling fan with a brushed nickel finish is the perfect combination of style and function.

    Equipped with a 16" fan head that tilts in different directions, this fan blends seamlessly with a variety of decorating styles.

    It also features five lights, brushed nickel styling and comes equipped with a hand-held remote.

    Industrial style ceiling fans are a classic and stylish option to add to any type of room or decor.

    And one thing is for certain.

    This isn't your grandmother's ceiling fan any more.

  • Trend Alert: Bar Stool Style

    A group of industrial looking barstools

    I remember when I was younger coming home from school, dropping my backpack beside the front door, perching on a stool at our kitchen island and drinking milk and dipping Oreos.

    I was bursting at the seams to tell my mother about the day.

    And she would pause what she was doing and lean over the counter and make me feel like I was the most important person on earth.

    The kitchen is, was and always will be the heart of the home.

    The place where stories are told and algebra problems are solved and the challenges and triumphs of the day are discussed in great detail.

    Need an easy kitchen furniture update?

    Here's some fun, unique and creative suggestions for both standard height bar stools and stylish counter bar stools in a variety of decorating styles.

    Adjustable industrial wood barstool with metal base

    1.  Farmhouse Style

    This industrial wood bar stool is a the perfect balance of industrial style and farmhouse utility.

    Pair this piece with a barn wood table and a pitcher of sweet tea.

    Enjoy the laid-back comfort and effortless style that is all things farmhouse.

    Contemporary adjustable acrylic barstool

    2.  Contemporary Style

    This clear acrylic bar stool with it's sleek lines and contemporary styling is the perfect accent for a contemporary kitchen or space.

    It's an inexpensive design option that packs style along with a clear, acrylic seat and shiny chrome base.

    Add it to a space with a furry white rug, chrome fixtures and white leather seats for a classic contemporary space.

    Adjustable walnut bentwood barstool with faux leather seat

    3.  Transitional Style

    The gleaming silver base and unique wood cut-out back of this adjustable bar stool are at home in a variety of decor and design styles.

    The faux black leather seat combines effortlessly with the rich tones of the walnut wood and an adjustable base.

    This bar stool is the perfect transitional piece for contemporary, as well as more traditional spaces.

    Traditional barstool of warm wood with a vintage metal reproduction base

    4.  Traditional Style

    The clean lines of this traditional bar stool combines warm wood with a vintage metal reproduction base.

    The piece is bar stool height, swivels and features a contoured back for comfort and usability.

    This stool would pair perfectly with a vintage oak counter and grain sack pillows.

    Brown linen upholstered tufted barstool with distressed legs

    5.  Upholstered Style

    This tufted, brown, linen upholstered stool has tiny buttons and slightly curved arms and distressed wood legs.

    Add upholstered style to your space with the clean, traditional lines of this bar stool.

    This stool would be the perfect accompaniment for a bar or table in a great room or game room in a home.

    So gather the scrabble board, grab the homework and put the oreos and milk on the counter.

    The bar stool is ready to take its place at the table.

    Whether farmhouse, traditional, upholstered, contemporary or transitional, a bar stool is an easy, inexpensive option to add style to your space.

    Photo Credit:  Photo 1:  HGTV

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