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Without question, beveled mirrors elevate the look of your standard mirror whether in the bath, a dressing room or within a standard framed mirror. Let’s face it, we all need mirrors even if we don’t always love what’s staring us back in the face.
Personally I like to create a bit of a diversion when looking at the ever-aging mug so I make sure that the reflection around me is as attractive as possible. Introducing beveled mirrors is a great first step in creating a better looking and functional bath.
1. Kichler Brushed Nickel Structures Mirror 2. Aptations Minimalist Brushed Nickel Vanity Mirror
Wall mirrors as well as table top vanity mirrors look much better when beveled and Lonny Magazine just happened to have great pictures of bathrooms that sport this particular style looking glass. The angular shaped edging can enhance both contemporary mirrors as well as traditional as are witnessed in the images above.
3. Nelly Contemporary Wall Mirror
Stylish framed mirrors can also be beveled. In fact, the image above shows how the beveled fragments can actually become the frame. Beveled mirrors have a glamorous look and create much more sparkle that a traditional flat mirror. A beveled edge catches more light which reflects more shimmering light around a bathroom.
4. Broan Meridian Beveled & Electrified Bath Medicine Cabinet
When it comes to true bathroom functionality look no further that the mirrored medicine chest. These pictures show a more classic and traditional take on the mirror, but the Lamps Plus version is a shining example of true modernity.
Image credits: Lonny
Even if you're not planning to throw a major fete this holiday season, it's nice to dress up your bar area and that involves choosing a bar cart style. You could go with a rustic chalet theme, incorporating plaids and antlers, or get seriously sparkly with all your shiny mirrored and gold accessories. Here are two holiday bar schemes for inspiration.
It's true that plaid is making a major showing in the fall/winter fashion scene, but regardless of trends tartan is always in style at Christmas time. Tartan tea towels and cocktail napkins are nice touches too, like this one above from Camille Styles.
While taxidermy and antlers are always welcome like in Erin Hearts Court's image, be sure to dress your head with a garland or wreath. Just that tiny touch says holiday, and smells good too.
Shopping guide: 1. Rustic Message Board 2. Stag Horn Faux Antler Wall Mirror 3. Horizon Birch Bark Table Lamp 4. Apothecary Style Glass Beverage Dispenser 5. Red Tan and Green Plaid Pleated Shade 6. Jubilee Fine Fragranced Fraser Fir Candle 7. Rustic Chic Weathered Blue Hall Chest 8. Hex Nut Natural Wood Candle Holder 9. Faux Cedar Pine Topiary 10. Reed and Barton Cove Crystal Hiball Glasses
It's true that gold tones are huge right now throughout the house (unless you've already moved on to copper) and this is true for bar cart style too! During the holidays, and especially for New Year's, a touch of gilt makes anything festive.
Mirrored chargers and trays, polished chrome or brass cocktail shakers, and of course any and all of your crystal are essential in making your bar shine. These two images from Style Me Pretty and Elle Decor provides lots of glam ideas.
Shopping guide: 1. Swizzle Blush Chandelier 2. Starburst Mirrored Wall Art 3. Little Red Bird Glass Pedestal Plate 4. Gold Leaf Shaped Decorative Tray 5. Godinger Leaf 2-Tone Brass and Silver Ice Tongs 6. Reed and Barton Cove Crystal Decanter (currently unavailable) 7. Antique Brass and Black Tray Table 8. Reed and Barton Soho Crystal Cocktail Glasses (currently unavailable) 9. Jubilee Fine Fragranced French Vanilla Candle 10. Crown Two-Tier Iron Stand
Image credits: Erin Hearts Court, Camille Styles / Style Me Pretty, Elle Decor
It's no secret that I have a love for all things office-style. I am, The Office Stylist after all and a stylish space starts with a stylish desk lamp, like the one see in this photo from Home & Garden Design ideas.
Here are a few of my favorite multipurpose desk lamps that will help take your desk from drab to fab.
1. Modern: This Gen 2 Z-Bar Metallic Black Daylight High Power LED Desk Lamp is simple yet it still makes a statement. Perfect for the modern work space and definitely great if your'e looking for distinctive LED desk lamps.
2. Girly: The Robert Abbey 22 3/4" Pink Ceramic and Bronze Table Lamp is perfect if you're focused on both style and function. It's also great if you're looking to add a bit of color in an otherwise dark or dreary work space.
3. Classic: This Green Glass Shade Bankers Lamp is a classic that NEVER goes out of style. While it's not meant for everyone, it's definitely a classic that is here to stay.
4. Professional: The professional-style is a mix of modern and classic. The Black and Satin Nickel Finish LED Piano Lamp is a perfect example, it's serious about work but also serious about its look and style. Do you have a desk lamp that dazzles? Let me know what style of lamp describes you best in the comments below!
Image credits: Home & Garden Design Ideas
Is it snowing where you are?
In Kentucky the snow is falling and the ground here is covered with a blanket of white as shown in this picture of Thistlewood Farms.
It's official....winter arrives December 21....
....are you ready?
The days are shorter and the nights are longer and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows is on the menu.
Snuggle in.....and for the cold winter months ahead....
....here are a few winter decorating ideas to keep you warm.
1. Add a little color
Nothing chases away the winter blues faster than a little color....like these festive decorations from Better Homes & Gardens.
String pine cones from ribbon and hang from the back of a chair for an easy winter decorating idea.
Contemporary dining chairs are the perfect backdrop for a little rustic decor.
2. Add texture and greenery
Winter is all about warmth and enveloping a home in cozy textiles and textures like these felt trees from Better Homes & Gardens.
Combine the simplicity of the trees with the elegant lines of a sunburst wall mirror and silver accents to create an easy winter mantel.
Finish off the decor with fresh ever greens from the winter garden.
3. Bring the outside in
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to celebrate the winter season....is with a little nature inspired by this grouping from Home Dit.
Group branches in a simple vase and then hang pictures or paper ornaments.
Set a festive table for your guests with classic dinnerware and this easy centerpiece idea.
4. Add a little handmade
These handmade wooden snowflakes featured in Better Homes & Gardens are a simple inexpensive way to introduce a little winter into your decor.
Make your own snowflakes from wood and hang from ribbons on the wall.
Add some festive bedding for texture and warmth and sparkling crystal table lamps to complete the look.
So let the snow fall.
Pour a cup of toasty hot chocolate and pull up a good book.
And fill your home with the textures and warmth of the season with these winter decorating ideas.
Image credits: Thistlewood Farms, Better Homes & Gardens, Better Homes & Gardens, Home Dit, Better Homes & Gardens.
Announcing the Icons Collection from Lamps Plus - a collection of custom giclee-printed designer lighting styles, created by 5 modern design icons. We invited a limited number of leading designers who have a signature "iconic" style to create lamp shade patterns exclusively for Lamps Plus: Christopher Kennedy; Jen Ramos of Made by Girl; Kate Albrecht of Mr. Kate; Tobi Fairley; and Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield.
Christopher Kennedy: Based in Palm Springs, Christopher Kennedy brings a fresh look to interior design and home furnishings. Inspired by California architecture, lifestyle and climate, Christopher's design style blends modern, traditional, nostalgic and playful elements. For the Lamps Plus Icons Collection, Christopher Kennedy has created an exclusive Infinity lamp shade pattern that reflects his sense of relaxed luxury, inspired by the casual sophistication of Palm Springs' mid-century architecture and design.
Made by Girl: Designer and blogger Jen Ramos creates a custom Made by Girl lighting design, featuring a Chevron pattern inspired by the artfully defined lines of an ikat textile. In 2007, Jen launched Made by Girl to feature her original art and prints. The site has grown into an acclaimed outlet featuring Jen’s fresh take on art and lifestyle.
Mr. Kate: Mr. Kate is a quirky and cutting-edge brand by Los Angeles-based designer and blogger Kate Albrecht. Founded in 2009, Mr. Kate has grown into one-stop authority on home, food, fashion and lifestyle advice. For the Lamps Plus Icons collections, Kate has created an intricate yet playful pattern of drawn lines, reflecting her eclectic style and exuberant personality.
Tobi Fairley: For more than a decade, interior designer Tobi Fairley has brought her signature look – a fresh combination of colorful, large-scale prints and classic furniture styles – to projects across the southern half of the United States. In her exclusive Bamboo Trellis lamp shade pattern design for Lamps Plus, Tobi Fairley offers a nod to the fabulous trellis work often found on vintage bamboo furniture.
Woodson & Rummerfield: Combining the opulence of old Hollywood with a sleek and sophisticated style sense, designers Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield have created their own modern-vintage mash-up called "Modage". For their exclusive Lamps Plus Icons Collection pattern, the duo was inspired by the stylized look of vintage leather book covers. The result was a stunning marbled giclee lamp shade pattern, available in an array of color combinations.
The result of the above is the Icons Collection, a line of designer lighting that combines high design and everyday value. Hand-crafted on-demand using our patented giclee printing process, each pattern is available in sixteen color combinations with a variety of light fixtures. They can also be customized through our Design Your Own program – simply choose your fixture and color palette to unlock thousands of possible combinations for a designer look tailored to your exact needs.
Mirrored accent tables are like chameleons. They can really adapt to your space because of their neutrality. Charming and glamorous mirrored accent tables are a great way to bounce around additional light in a room, and add a sophisticated, feminine feel. There are a plethora of styles of mirrored tables to choose from. Here I've found five different styles:
1. Marilyn Mirrored Round Accent Table. This one feels modern yet classic enough to not be trendy. The circles in the design make it an interesting piece in your home.
2. Emery Gray Tinted Mirrored 3-Drawer Chest. If you are wanting a mirrored table in your bedroom, this one makes the perfect beside table and also gives you extra storage space.
3. Dahlia Studios Florent Polished Nickel Square Side Table. For a more traditional look, this nickel-based mirrored table is a great option.
4. Charlotte Mirrored Accent Table. For a funky boho look, this cute patterned table adds a fun flair to your space.
5.Set of 2 Mirrored Modern Nesting Tables. For a modern look, these nesting mirrored accent tables work in almost any space!
Image credit: Photo by Kim Christie, featured on Style at Home.
Los Angeles designer Angelo Surmelis, creator of the brand Angelo:HOME, joins us today to talk furniture, lighting, and decorating. A self-professed "design geek", Angelo has created an affordable home brand with designer styling that's available at Lamps Plus. His goal is simple: that "everyone can have style (and for less)!".
LAMPS PLUS: What is the inspiration behind the Angelo:HOME line?
ANGELO SURMELIS: To make expressing your personal style affordable. I have always loved when you walk into someone’s home and it feels like no other—when their style is eclectic and unique and not about trends.
LP: What is your favorite piece from the collection and how what is the best way to use it?
AS: I’m geekishly in love with my accent chairs. Adding an accent chair or two in a great pattern and/or color can remake an existing room feel fresh, OR be an awesome foundation to putting a new room together. Plus, I think the shapes are fun, fresh yet classic.
LP: What is the best design advice you ever received?
AS: Don’t over think it. I was a young art major in college in Chicago. I always looked up to my professors 'cause they were so talented. Also, I had a tendency to worry about making the “right” choice when it came to whatever piece I was working on. One of my teachers said, “Every time you don’t over think what you’re doing the choices you make are more passionate. More instinctual. That’s when something personal and beautiful happens.” I never forgot that and to this day I think it’s the best way to design. Design is not an exact science. There’s more than one way to create a beautiful space.
LP: When decorating, what item should you splurge on?
AS: Invest in a great sofa. Whatever your budget, buy the best one you can afford. It is the start of a great room!
LP: How important is lighting in your interior decorating?
AS: I was in a dressing room of a TV show I was working on and the actress in the makeup chair said to the makeup artist, “Honey, you can stop fussing with my face, It doesn’t matter what you do, if they don’t light me properly out there, it’s all for nothing.” It’s HUGE. You can buy all the “right” stuff, spend a ton of money making a room come together and it can all fall flat if you don’t invest in lighting. The opposite is true; a room put together on a budget can look amazing with great lighting.
LP: What do you see as the next design trend?
AS: I don’t know. Ha. Seriously. I think the best way to design and also not feel like you may be “making a mistake” is to not follow trends. Be aware of them, but always follow your own path. The best and most stunning rooms are not about trends but about individual style. The trend I champion is the one where you get to have your personal style expressed in your home!
Visit designer Angelo Surmelis on his website, Angelo:HOME, or on the Angelo:HOME blog for inspiring furniture, lighting, and decorating tips.
New Years Eve - the holiday that, for a vast majority of us, is a pretty big let down. All the decorating ideas, party planning, and anticipation for a night where things inevitably go wrong and nothing meets expectation.
I am going to let you all in on a little secret I have learned in my older years - planning a simple, intimate soiree with close friends, with yummy eats and tasty cocktails is a surefire way to have a fabulous NYE celebration. Now that you know this precious little nugget, let's break down how to plan and execute the perfect New Years Eve party.
Who better to take ques from than the grand dame of party decoration, Martha Stewart. These beautiful inspiration images from her website serve as the perfect how-to for a classic and successful New Year's Eve event. And what better party topic to start off with than booze. You don't need to have a proper home bar to create the perfect cocktail setup for your guests this New Years Eve. Designating sections with classic and stylish serving trays turns your table into the perfect serving station.
For your glassware you can either stick with classic champagne flutes or try modern stemless flutes like the ones above, and add a special colorful twist with red and green grape stirrers. And adding small votive candle accents and DIY metallic streamers add just the right amount of festive pop to make your party sparkle.
The most exciting moments of any New Years Eve celebration are inevitably the 10 seconds leading up to midnight. Sourcing vintage and vintage-inspired clocks is a fun way to decorate your house and get everyone into the NYE spirit. Hop on some cyber deals or search local flea markets and you will surely be able get together a small, stylish collection of tabletop clocks to enhance the fun of the night. Stick with a color palette like metallics or whites or go super eclectic and bohemian by mixing and matching styles, colors and looks - either way your guests will be sure to remember the countdown this year.
In the wee small hours of the morning of New Years Eve there is nothing better than a little sweet treat to cap off what we have set up as the perfect night. Why not try something creative and interactive? Above, a fondue spread gets a makeover with caramel fondue in addition to chocolate fondue. Having both fresh and dried fruits to dip as well as marshmallows and madeleines, no guest will be able to side-step this sweet spot.
And for a modern take on traditional cookies and milk try your hand at making an Oreo cooking cake and serving it with glass-bottled milk and sparklers. This should bring even the biggest Scrooge back to their warm and fuzzy childhood roots.
Finally - being the perfect New Years Eve hosts and hostesses that I know you will be - you can't send your guests away empty handed. Believe it or not these homemade cookies are packaged in paper CD envelopes with DIY New Years Eve stickers. Bake a batch of your favorite cookies and let your guests indulge in their sweet tooth at the end of the night.
And leave it to Martha to suggest giving guests party favors wishing them luck in the new year. Black eyed peas and lentils both traditionally welcome wealth and good fortune. Giving them to your guests in mason jars with personalized notes is a thoughtful and meaningful way to send your loved ones into the new year.
Now that you've been inspired by these New Year's Eve decorating ideas and party planning ideas, how do you plan to celebrate the arrival of 2014?
Image credits: Martha Stewart
The holidays are in full swing and who doesn’t love the abundance of deep emerald greens, burgundy and crimson hues? Whether you are entertaining through the holidays with your family or just spreading the yuletide spirit to a few intimate friends, here's how to bring bold jewel tones into your holiday home decor, furnishings, and lighting this season.
Glam it up in your textiles and furnishings!
If there is any season when big and bold colors, glitzy and sparkly ornamentation, and rich fabrics abound, it’s the holidays right? Use jeweled inspirations from your favorite gems – sapphire blue, emerald green, and amber gold are perfect for a show-stopping scene. Colorful accent pillows and area rugs are quick and easy ways to add color and a festive flair to your interiors.
Add sleek metallic leather or vinyl like this headboard from Julianne Kelly; it pairs up nicely with the jeweled toned bedding and this look can be carried into your public spaces where entertaining is a must this season. Silver, gold, bronze and copper highlights always show off gems beautifully, don’t they?
Jewel tones in your lighting fixtures
There is a great interiors trend now for bold metallic influences and Lamps Plus helps you bring these gorgeous colors into your lighting fixtures. This Carnival multi-light brushed pendant is perfect for the holidays and is a great example of stylish multi light pendants for your contemporary color scheme.
Lighting is a great way to change up the holiday tone in your home. Change light bulbs to those with less wattage for a more intimate ambiance and brighter for kitchens or family gatherings around a dining room table. However you choose to display your jeweled toned fixtures, changeable lampshades can be versatile all year around.
Gather around a festive dining room in jewel tones
All other times of the year, your home may possess a more traditional and conservative style, but the holidays give you reason to pump up the voltage! In your dining room why not mix and match dining room chairs and adorn your table with festive holiday dinnerware? Avalon Interiors shows you how to beautifully mix and match colors that will instantly become a conversation starter at your holiday dinner party.
If you have a formal and informal dining area, why not set the stage in the formal room with matching window treatments and a gorgeous chandelier accented with jeweled tones? There is no limit to the imagination when these bold jewel tones grace your holiday home decor!
Image credits: Julianne Kelly, Lamps Plus, Avalon Interiors.
If you need to illuminate a nightstand, reading nook, or art gallery, modern wall lamps provide the perfect space-conscious solution. But they're more than merely functional; chosen carefully and positioned strategically, a single wall lamp can also make a strong impact on the design of a space. In the living room (via Coco LaPine), the dining room (from Nosy Parker), and the bedroom (as seen on Trendland), decorative sconces and plug in swing-arm wall lamps with a slim, modern sensibility are especially striking.
When selecting wall lamps, think about the area you'd like to define to determine which style works best. Add personality to a kitchen vignette with spotlights as seen on Domosfera. Use a tall gooseneck to finish off a small seating area (found on Loyto). Make a piano room even more majestic with a sweeping swing-arm (via Rue Magazine). Or, as Designskool shows below, you don't need a specific area to define at all. Beautiful modern wall lamps can stand alone!
Shopping Guide: 1. LED Wall Lamp 2. Retro Modern Wall Lamp 3. Nickel Plug-In Wall Lamp 4. Bronze Swing Arm Wall Lamp 5. Gooseneck Wall Lamp 6. Silver Arc Wall Lamp
Image Credits: 1. Coco LaPine 2. Nosy Parker 3. Trendland 4. Domosfera 5. Loyto 6. Rue Magazine 7. DesignSkool