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  • Art Inspiration Series - Parsons' Colorful Spring Gardens

    For the second piece in the Art inspiration series I chose a beautiful spring garden that has hints of both a spring and fall color palette.

    I love orange and salmon florals, and when I saw Alfred Parsons' piece Orange Lilies, Broadway, Worcestershire, c 1911, I knew immediately I wanted to take this piece and turn it into a beautiful interior design space

    Alfred Parsons' painting titled Orange Lilies, Broadway Worcestershire

    While this is clearly a beautiful, blooming spring garden,Parsons' color palette has a subtle sepia tone that feels both spring and fall at the same time. When translating this to home design, it means you can chose pieces that invoke a year round style.

    Bright orange hued flowers aren't a common sight, but they make a seriously wonderful visual impact against lush leaves and a bright blue sky. Playing on this contrast I created a living room that evokes fresh young growth as well as a timeless, classic garden palette.

    A Spring Garden Living Room with Style from Lamps Plus

    The contrast of the beautiful blue sky with the bright orange lilies immediately made me think of a graphic area rug. I was inspired by this beautiful Marrakesh Orange and Sky Blue Doormat that shows how colors that you wouldn't necessarily put together can compliment each other wonderfully. A rug with an unexpected color combination can become the statement piece in the room.

    Once we have decided that the rug makes the statement, a beautiful, neutral sofa builds upon the look. This Art Deco-inspired Cream Sofa is feminine and striking without competing with the graphic pattern of the area rug. The channel tufting mimics the layering lines of the petals amongst all the flowers in our inspiration image. Pair the sofa with a green shag throw pillow to bring in the presence of rich spring foliage.

    Finally, choosing a lighting option that fits in this interior garden scene is important. A soft yet structured fixture like the Planetarium Ceiling Light from Possini Euro imitates the movement of the clouds in our inspiration piece as well as the lines in the sofa. 

    Be sure to check out my previous post in the Art Inspiration Series about Caillebotte's Colorful Spring Gardens!

    Images: Allison Rosenberg

  • Styling A Modern Bath

    I’m a fan of a modern bathroom, even in an older home. Styling a modern bath is pretty easy and worth a splurge if you can swing it. Don’t forget, most bathrooms are small so the investment will generally not be too high, but the payoff huge.

    A Contemporary Bathroom with Modern Accents

    I went super subtle with this bathroom image. You are only able to tell it’s a bathroom through the reflection in the simple, contemporary mirror which reflects just a hint of glass from a shower. I think this highlights how bathrooms can be not only functional but chic.

    However, you can’t altogether forget functionality. Storage, surface space and light is still addressed here, but with a twist. The storage comes from a long sideboard and lighting through classic table lamps. I suppose this is a great idea if you rent and there are not enough hard wired lights in your existing space.

    Regardless, keep accents in your modern bath crisp and white and you can’t go wrong. 

    Clean and Simple Contemporary Bathroom Lighting and Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. I love the simplicity of this polished chrome LED bath light which would be super chic in a tight spot.

    2. The futuristic lines of this textured white LED sconce by Sonneman would not only look great in a bathroom but would be very cool in a sleek hall.

    3. I’m starting to like the look of a table lamp on a powder room vanity and this Malibu Glossy White Table Lamp fits the bill. It’s like creating an old world dressing room vibe but re-imagined for today.

    4. Totally recreate the look of your bathroom with this glossy white vanity. The simple and clean lines define modern at its most basic level.

    5. I tried to find a similar mirror as in the room shot and I think this frameless rectangular beveled mirror could be the one. If there is no room for a medicine chest in your bath, you may want to consider this simple version.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Art Inspiration Series - Caillebotte's Colorful Spring Gardens

    When I heard about an art exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London that focused on spring garden depictions, I knew I had to visit. The pieces were so inspiring because of their bright colors, beautiful subject matter and stunning interpretations. 

    Some amazing artists were featured in the exhibit and I chose three of my favorites for an Art Inspiration Series taking these pieces and translating them into beautiful interior design that anyone can achieve in their own home. For the first installation we take a look at Gustave Caillebotte's Nasturtiums, 1892

    Gustave Caillebotte's Nasturiums painting in a carved gold picture frame

    Caillebotte's piece caught my eye because of the brilliant, pink background. It almost feels like pop art way before its time intermixed with soft, swirling floral features. The vines pop off the pink background and become the focal point. The soft pink background feels ethereal, and the little orange flowers add depth and contrast.

    When translating this into interior design, you have to make sure not to make too many bold color statements. Choosing the green color to make the statement with a beautiful fabric sofa and allowing the other colors to round out the accents makes this beautiful spring-inspired living room come together beautifully.

    Spring-inspired living room design scheme with styles from Lamps Plus

    Choosing your sofa first sets the stage for creating the rest of the room. This green velvet button tufted sofa is so striking, yet the velvet texture allows it to have the same soft feel as the vines in the painting.

    Contrasting the leaves in the piece are little stems that help to offset the power green color. Just the same, this jute and wool area rug lays a base for your design that is neutral yet still has depth and texture.

    There is no denying the importance of the pink background in our inspiration image. Hanging a detailed wall mirror against a white wall is unusual and interesting, just like our art piece. This pink bone inlay mirror is delicate yet full of intricacies.

    And in a final nod to a slight feel of early pop art in this piece, I decided to let the orange flowers translate into a funky orange owl table lamp. The lamp doesn't become a focal point, but rather adds an important layer to the overall color palette.

    Images: Allison Rosenberg

  • Bringing in a Water Feature with a Tiered Outdoor Fountain

    There is nothing like listening to the soft sound of water while enjoying an evening outdoors. Whether it is a trickle of water or a more robust running sound like a small creek - there is just something about a water feature in your yard that invites you to sit for awhile.

    Water dripping off a stone tiered fountain
    I have a huge love of serenity-bringing tiered outdoor fountains - and actually I have one in my backyard for adding that soft ambiance while sitting outdoors. It is something that we turn on and enjoy in the evenings while relaxing outdoors and even from inside the house, you can hear the soft trickling of the water through the windows.

    If you are revamping a garden area or just considering adding a new element to your garden or patio, I thought I would share a few of my favorite fountains for adding an abundance of charm to your backyard this season and for years to come.

    Stone Beauty

    The Browning Three-Tier Fountain is a perfect example of a traditional tiered outdoor fountain. Try placing it in a corner of a patio or terrace - or let it take center stage in either in the front or back of your house!

    Stone look tiered fountain

    Wall Fountain Love

    A lovely wall fountain is a perfect piece to bring big charm into a small garden space. They are easy to tuck in against the house or a fence and create a water feature to enjoy. I love the classic style of this wall fountain featuring a lion's head - the lion is a classic motif seen in outdoor fountains. 

    Traditional outdoor wall fountain featuring a lion's head spigot

    Go Big

    For big impact - go big. I am in love with over-sized fountains that really make a statement with their sheer size like this Montreux Fountain that is 36" wide.

    Large round fountain in garden near brick wall
    Tuck it In

    For a fountain that is easy to tuck right into a spot in your flower beds, or maybe to welcome guests as they make their way to the front door - a smaller scale fountain that is big on style is perfect. I love this Patella Three-Tier Fountain and the huge amount of details it has in the pineapple finial.

    Pineapple topped tiered water fountain in garden bed
    Whatever size or style of the one that catches your eye - adding a water feature with a tiered outdoor fountain is a perfect way to add an abundance of charm and style and ambiance to your yard. Do you have a favorite?

    Images: French Country Cottage; Lamps Plus

  • Outdoor Fire Pits for Every Style

    If you're on the hunt for the quickest and easiest update to your outdoor space for the warmer months, look no further than an outdoor fire pit.

    Whether or not you need it, a fire pit serves so many purposes to elevate your space. It creates a focal point and anchor for your outdoor furniture. It adds glowing light without having to wire any lighting. It also adds warmth if the night breezes act up. And finally, it's a great conversation point and perfect for that spontaneous marshmallow roasting moment.

    Here we take a look at wood-burning or gas outdoor fire pits for every style, and show you how to incorporate each into your backyard.

    Steel outdoor fire pit with copper ring on a stone patio


    This contemporary outdoor fire pit is a classic mix of texture with simple lines that are interesting but not overwhelming. The Steel Fire Pit with a Copper Ring can be mixed in seamlessly with any existing rattan patio furniture set for a flawless look. The contrasting copper ring gives the fire pit character while still staying contemporary and classic.

    Indoor-outdoor fire column with a clear glass flame protector


    If you like a more modern look, look no further than the streamlined Modesto Fire Column. Glass is an important factor in any modern fire pit; it adds an ethereal, floating element to the fire pit that is so common amongst modern design. The strong concrete base is powerful yet extremely minimal, the perfect combination for your modern outdoor design.

    Outdoor fire pit in a rustic kettle design in a garden setting


    The Durango Natural Clay Outdoor Fire Pit adorned with wildlife shapes is perfect for your wooded cabin. A nature lover's backyard wouldn't be complete until this compact fire pit becomes part of the permanent design. It mixes together rustic materials, animal motifs and an approachable size and shape that all add up to one super-cute conversation starter.

    Black steel standing outdoor fire pit on stone patio with faux wicker furniture


    For the traditionalist, this Monticello Black Steel Fire Pit is everything you've been looking for. From the classically traditional materials to the multi-use functionality, it adds a major wow factor to your outdoor design. The all black steel compliments any outdoor furniture, and will age extremely well, allowing you to enjoy this outdoor fire pit for years to come.

    Cast iron fire pit on pool deck


    For the vintage lovers out there, a fire pit that has character, retro lines and style is a must. This Cast Iron Outdoor Fire Pit is not distinctively from a particular era, but rather evokes a flea market, found sentiment. The bowl shape of the pit is minimal and unfussy, while the thin, curving frame has mid-century character.

    Which outdoor fire pit suits you best?

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Quick and Modern Decor Updates

    As they say, the devil is in the details and if you want your details to shine there are quick and modern decor updates that you can do to create an entirely new look in your home.

    A Contemporary Living Room with Modern Accents

    This vignette caught my eye. At first it was the fabulous lamp that seemed to steal the show and then I picked up on the decorative objects as a whole that completed the look to this room. If a full redecoration to your home is out of the question, the right modern decor, well placed, will give you and your home a little lift.

    Modern and colorful table lamps in conjunction with freshly painted walls may be the perfect tonic for a quick fix.

    Another quick and easy design fix is hanging a modern wall mirror over a fireplace or in a hall. Mirrors are generally cheaper than art, will reflect light and can introduce architectural interest if the frame is dynamic. All in all, well chosen decorative items can truly revive the tired.

    Modern Lighting and Interior Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. The sensuous lines of this brass ceramic table lamp makes it ideal to use on nightstands in the bedroom or in a dark library where the brass will pop.

    2. Add pizzazz over your fireplace with the Vector Antiqued Gold Openwork Wall Mirror.

    3. The modern lines of this rectangular white marble lidded box will add some updated Deco style to a front hall table, dressing table or coffee table.

    4. I love the geometry of this mirrored gold accent table by Newco.

    5. These faux branch gold leaf candle holders by Uttermost would add visual interest on a mantle or coffee table.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Four Quick Bathroom Updates

    With the warmer months upon us, I find myself always wanting to update various spaces in my home. I entertain more at home during the warm months, and thus I always want to present something new and fresh to my friends and family.

    However, without an endless, bottomless budget this is not always the easiest thing. I have become a master of quick, easy and cost effective updates that pack massive visual punch without beating up your wallet.

    Today we are talking about updates to your bathroom that won't cost you a fortune but are sure to make a big, interesting visual change.

    A traditional-style bathroom with crystal wall sconces and mirrored bathroom sink vanity

    When I look at the bathroom above the space looks clean, polished and put together. There are so many small details of the bathroom that are interchangeable which sets the stage for our quick and easy bathroom updates.

    Between lighting, vanities and bathroom mirrors, choosing one item or opting for a total overhaul will make a serious difference in your space without breaking the bank.

    A selection of pieces to update your bathroom from Lamps Plus

    Starting with the biggest piece, let's talk about the vanity. If you do not have a built-in sink vanity, changing out this piece is easier than you think.

    A stylish mirrored bathroom sink vanity can bring a lot of light to the space, reflecting any existing light and bouncing it beautifully around the room.

    If you don't want to commit to a new vanity, but want to inject a bit of classic, traditional styling, swapping out your existing mirror for a more stylized one is just the ticket.

    A beaded bronze mirror uses it's protruding edges to add depth and dimension to your bathroom. The high contrast of the bronze beading with the antique mirror edges is visually interesting and full of character and charm.

    Bathroom lighting is more often than not quite common. People often forget that there are so many interesting, exciting bathroom wall sconces on the market today that you don't have to settle for the boring, bland brands.

    A tiered crystal wall sconce in a compact size feels fun, chic and interesting without being overwhelming.

    If you have some spare space in your bathroom, adding a personal touch with a piece of furniture makes a huge difference. An upholstered tufted bench serves multiple duties as additional seating, a place to lay your coat or bag while, or a chic magazine spot.

    Are you thinking about doing a bathroom update yourself? Leave your ideas in the comments below!

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • The Perfect Outdoor Dining Set

    When it comes to finding the perfect outdoor table and chair... and sifting and sorting through option after option... you may find yourself asking... does the perfect one exist?

    Charming outdoor dining area under the trees

    Well, today I am going to delve into the world of outdoor tables and talk about some of my favorite options for them.

    From things like gorgeous acacia wood... to modern wicker all the way to gorgeous retro style - because somewhere out there you will find some of THE most perfect outdoor dining sets.

    One of my favorite looks on the patio is gorgeous detailed metal table and chairs, like the Floral Blossom Dining Set. They have some of the most intricate and delicate details with scrolls and flowers often times molded into the frames. And metal sets can evoke English Cottage style on a patio with a charming elegant look and feeling.

    Metal dining set with intricate details on slate patio

    They come in all shapes and sizes - from seating for 8 to seating for 2 with a bistro set, like the La Fleur Bronze Outdoor Bistro Set below.

    Metal bistro set on brick patio surrounded by plants

    I am a huge fan of vintage style furniture - and Orson Outdoor Dining Set is retro perfection. I love the bold green and white - but it is available in a variety of colors to add your perfect vintage flair to your yard.

    Retro dining set in bright green in a backyard

    And for another option- wooden table and folding chairs

    Outdoor dining set with folding wood chairs on stone patio

    The Amazonian Milano Patio Dining Set will add charm to patios of all shapes and sizes. A favorite look is this style on simple pea gravel for a European elegance.

    Wood patio outdoor dining sets, like the DeAngelo Extendable Table Dining Set, are another one of my favorite styles. I love the classic feeling they have - and they are at home on a formal patio or an informal patio style - which makes them perfect for nearly any style.

    Eucalyptus wood 11-piece outdoor dining set

    Of course with so many choices, I would be forgetting a huge option if I left out all-weather wicker chairs and tables. A modern and yet classic style that is perfect for so many styles - from coastal to traditional.

    All-weather wicker outdoor dining set poolsideAnd I have to be honest, this might be a new favorite- this very classic Antigua Rattan Patio Dining Set.

    So charming and so many beachy possibilities. Paired with  a tropical look -  it is a little slice of beach side dining right in your backyard.

    Tropical rattan dining set under outdoor ceiling fan

    Add a stylish and functional outdoor patio umbrella - to provide some pleasant shade - so you can enjoy dining outdoors even when the sun is at its strongest.

    No matter what your favorite look or style is - there is a ton of options for finding the perfect outdoor dining set for you over at Lamps Plus. What is your favorite style?

    Image source: French Country Cottage; Lamps Plus

  • 5 Questions for Pasadena Showcase House Designer Jason Lai

    This year's Pasadena Showcase House of Design is from April 17th to May 15th and Lamps Plus was very excited to provide lighting to LA-based  L2 Interiors  for their two spaces in the showcase's location in La Canada Flintridge, CA.

    Jason Lai and interiors from the Pasadena Showcase House

    We were able to ask Jason Lai, one of the principals of L2 Interiors, some interior design questions, and here's what he said:

    1. The best design advice I ever received is:

    - Always hire a designer.

    2. When decorating, you should splurge on:

    - I always splurge on staple furniture, typically choosing traditional neutral pieces that will age timelessly while still moving with trends.

    3. Favorite Four:

    - Color: Grey
    - Furniture Piece: Arm chair
    - Lighting: Chandeliers and pendants, the arch light
    - Accessory: Pillow

    4. How important is lighting to your designs?

    -  Very important, it sets the mood for the entire space.

    5. What is one “trick of the trade” that you implement in your designs?

    -  Accessories make the room; they are the finishing touch that spruce up any space.

    Read our post on the 2016 Pasadena Showcase House to see L2 Interiors' beautiful bedroom and bathroom designs!

    Room Photography: Jason Melcher

  • Lamps Plus and the Pasadena Showcase House 2016

    Lamps Plus was excited by the opportunity to  provide lighting fixtures to L2 Interiors for their rooms in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design this year.

    The showcase house is an annual event for interior designers to show off their talent in an architecturally significant home; proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House go towards music education in local schools.

    This year, L2 Interiors designed both a young adult's bedroom and a Jack and Jill bathroom; a Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom with two doors that is shared by two adjoining bedrooms.

    Bedroom designed by Jason Lai featuring a contemporary crystal chandelier

    The bedroom is full of whimsy, style and luxury - a gorgeous 4-poster bed anchors the room that is designed in a timeless color palette of calming blue, taupe and cream. Decorative touches like the organic ceramic sculpture over the bed give the room a masculine feel.

    The traditional 4-poster bed is flanked by dark wood console tables that act as bedside tables. Deborah Clear Art Glass Table Lamps rest on top of the consoles to provide warm, ambient light.

    The eye-catching Mulina Crystal Pendant from Possini Euro hangs over the bed and brings some sparkle to the room.

    Contemporary bathroom featuring a circular fluted glass pendant over a free-standing tub

    The bathroom is designed in the same color palette of blue, taupe and cream as the bedroom, which ties the design of both rooms together. The same organic ceramic sculpture that hangs over the bed in the adjoining bedroom hangs over the free-standing tub, further reinforcing the connection.

    Not to be outdone by the bedroom, the bathroom also sports a contemporary crystal chandelier. The Modern Fluted Glass Chandelier adds finesse to the already stylish space.

    The dual vanities are flanked by two Chrome Sconces with a Textured Fabric Shades to ensure your face is evenly lit from the sides while grooming; there's nothing worse than unflattering shadows cast across your face from above!

    Lighting is such an important component of a space's design and Lamps Plus is so happy to have been able to work with L2 Interiors on their Pasadena Showcase House of Design project!

    To learn more about Jason Lai and L2 Interiors, read 5 Questions for Pasadena Showcase House Designer Jason Lai.

    Photo Credit:Jason Melcher

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