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  • Moody Black Home Design

    We all know about the Black Friday that happens after Thanksgiving - but this year I'm making today my very own Black Friday - Black Interiors Friday to be more precise.

    These dark, moody, wintry black rooms will make you squirm for some delicious black wall paint in your home... 

    Moody Black Design For The Home

    Moody, black design can add style to any home.

    Let's start the party off right with this traditional, gone moody black, dining room. Black walls, chairs and dining table are accented with colorful books, accessories and a stunning crystal chandelier. Of course completed with little black shades.

    Home Office With Moody Dark Style

    Home office with moody black style.

    The beautiful black and white graphic carpet adds a punch of fun and whimsy to this all-black home office, complete with the perfect black modern floor lamp.

    Black Modern Living Room Style

    Not all modern living needs to be white.

    This posh living room is the perfect juxtaposition of mid-century modern and contemporary furniture and finishes, or as I like to say "All black everything".

    Black Walls Ground This Colorful Room

    Colorful room design with bold, black walls.

    Even in a round up of moody, black rooms this living room above has its own footing. Fuchsia sofas and leopard pillows definitely have power in this image, but this room wouldn't be half as fabulous if it weren't for the amazing black built-in bookcases.

    Art Wall With Black Background

    Black walls will make your art pop.

    Black walls make the perfect backdrop for an amazing gallery wall. Take your gallery wall to the next level by finding quirky portraits spanning the ages and you have one moody, broody sitting room.

    Image credits: Elle Decor

  • Have a Sparkling Christmas

    Sparkling chandelier above a Christmas table

    Merry Christmas from Lamps Plus! We hope your holiday is illuminated with friends, family, and of course, a sparkling chandelier

    Image: Regina Gust Designs via Secrets of Segreto

  • Merry Christmas Eve!

    Christmas Eve

    Believe it or not, it’s Christmas Eve. I hope the mad dash to complete your shopping was successful and you can now enjoy the warmth of friends, family and home.

    I was fortunate to find some wonderful images on House and Home as well as Habitually Chic that capture the season in many design forms. I thought it would be fun to feature three looks; two conventional and one most unexpected... In case you're doing any last minute decorating.

    Traditional Christmas Decorating

    1. The Provincial Collection Charcoal Outdoor Wall Light is traditional and timeless.

    Traditional Christmas decor is always going to be in style like a classic green wreath and Santa. Home spun homes look warm and welcoming with roaring fires, candy canes and classic stockings hung on the mantle.

    I’m a fan of tying big red bows on decorative sconces and I think Colonial-Style outdoor wall lights look just as good when draped in garland and other natural holiday decorations like pine cones.

    Formal Christmas Tabletop Decoration

    2. Looking for a glamorous table lamp? The Magma Red Glass Antique Brass Mini Holtkoetter Desk Lamp evokes the elegance of Christmas.

    Holidays can also be a time to go “all out” and throw caution to the wind when it comes decoration. If ever there was a time to use the good silver and dishes, now is the time. Silver, gold and red are a classic combination and look divine from tabletop to table lamp! Sometimes more is more.

    Unexpected Blue and Green Christmas Decorations

    3. Lighting can be thoroughly whimsical like the Currey and Company Lana Turquoise Wall Sconce.

    If you have thoughts about going rogue when it comes to holiday decorating, why not try new and bold color combinations. The turquoise and green above is dynamic, unexpected and totally modern. If you can dream it, you can make it holiday-chic. Here is wishing you a stylish holiday season.

    Photo credits: House and Home, Habitually Chic

  • Easy Organizing Ideas for 2015

    Organizing Ideas For The New Year

    As the year draws to a close and the halls are un-decked and the trees are tucked away in the attic and the new year arrives with all of it's hope and promise.....

    ...I make a vow.

    This is the year I'm going to be organized.

    I know.

    I get it.

    I understand.

    Hope springs eternal.  

    So if you are like me and have some spaces around your home that need to be organized....

    .....here are a few easy organizing ideas for 2015.

    Use your extra wall space for organization opportunities.

    1.  The Walls Have It

    Take another look at your vertical spaces. Create a clutter-free zone on a blank wall in your home, like this wall featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

    Paint a wall with chalkboard paint and cover the remaining wall with stick-on cork you can find in any home improvement store.

    Then add rods to hang paper towels and buckets from hooks and finish off the corner with bookshelves for extra storage.

    Track Lighting For Organization

    Track lighting keeps your home well lit without taking space.

    2.  Light It Up

    My favorite thing about this organized laundry space featured in Better Homes and Gardens is the lighting.

    Simple track lighting helps focus the light where you need it and creates a brighter work space.

    Built-ins and a simple space bar help to make laundry (almost) a breeze.

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    3.  Home Office Essentials

    Create a space in your home for a home office like this colorful corner from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Add simple shelving above a desk and stack with brightly colored organizers and bins.

    Tuck a fun office chair into the space and then hang a peg board on the wall and create a seven day organizer with patterned clipboards, one for every day of the week.

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    Storage with doors helps you stay clean and organized.

    4.  When One Door Closes....

    Sometimes the best solution is to close the door on the subject.  Especially when the doors are made from beautiful barn wood, like this pantry featured on Apartment Therapy.

    Barn door hardware can be found at any home improvement store to create a one-of-a-kind storage center.

    Add a collection of white dishes and an over-sized clock to organize for style.

    I really think that this is the year for an organized home.

    I mean, after all, doesn't 2015 look like an organized set of numbers?

    Truly.

    I'll keep you posted...

    Photo credits:  Apartment TherapyBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and GardensApartment Therapy

  • Gifts for Grandparents Who Deserve to be Spoiled

    Thoughtful Gifts for Grandparents Wrapped with Love

    Gifts for grandparents who deserve something special.

    It’s better to give than to receive, but sometimes finding the perfect gift for grandparents is easier said than done.

    While I’m sure grandma and grandpa love mugs and tote bags emblazoned with photos and artwork from their grandkids, sometimes, it’s nice to treat these special family members to gifts that will wow them, like Thomas Kinkade lighting, picture frames or bookends.

    If you want to make their gift as special as the gift wrap, check out some of my favorite ways to wow the grandparents on your gift list.

    Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Grandparents

    Great gift ideas for grandparents.

    1) A pair of wise old owl cast iron bookends is perfect for your favorite bibliophile.

    2) Pop a sentimental photo of the grandkids into this beautiful mother of pearl frame for a gift with meaning.

    3) Bird lovers will love treating their feathered friends to their very own backyard dream bird house.

    4) Black thumbs will rejoice when they receive this life like orchid in a ceramic pot.

    5) Art lovers will love a lamp from Thomas Kinkade.

    6) This scientific jellyfish print is perfect for your favorite beach lover.

    Grandparents spoil their grandkids all year long so let’s turn the tables and spoil them with a thoughtful gift that they will love.

    ***Please note that today is the last day to order in time for Express shipping - order by 1pm PST 12/22.

    Image credit: City Farmhouse

  • Winter White Table Lamps

    Winter White Table Lamps

    White table lamps look great in every room of the house.

    Winter whites are so chic in fashion as well as interior design. White offers a blank slate for you to be creative with texture, shape, size and style.

    The collage above showcases this perfectly with inspiration images ranging from an oversize modern table lamp from Lonny Mag, to a midcentury stylish entry lamp from Rue Vintage 74, to a quirky and playful desk lamp from Decor Pad.

    Check out my round up below for the best wintery white table lamps this season.

    White Lighting From Lamps Plus

    Lots of ideas for beautiful white lighting.

    White Table Lamps

    You can really have fun with shape and scale with white table lamps while sticking to classics, wich creates a sophisticated and stylish design. On the left, the Harriet White Glass Table Lamp glows under the light it gives off and can pair very easily with a number of styles.

    The Cosgrove Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamp on the right is fun, funky and perfect to add a cool punch to interior design.

    White Floor Lamps

    I find that white is the perfect color if you are looking for stylish floor lamps. Geometric shapes really pop on white lamps, like the Ripley Multi-Facet Glossy White Contemporary Floor Lamp on the left. This floor lamp need not be hidden behind a chair or desk, but should be featured alongside it.

    The same thing goes for the Ekko Reader Glossy White Spotlight Tripod Floor Lamp on the right. Both of these stylish lamps are a cool way to add indirect lighting to any room.

    White Desk Lamps

    Desk lamps need to function, but it doesn't hurt if they also look white-HOT! Any time I talk about white design I need to incorporate some marble, and the Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Canaan Modern Table Lampon the left is the perfect way to do it. This beautifully simple yet strong desk lamp is perfect for any home office and can be both masculine and feminine.

    On the right we have a classic task lamp in a modern white finish. The Robert Abbey Real Simple White Boom Desk Lamp is beautiful, functional and on trend for a white hot winter.

    Image credits: Lonny Mag, Rue Vintage 74, Decor Pad

  • Modern Christmas Decor Ideas

    Christmas Decontructed

    Modern Christmas trees for the minimal home.

    How do you define your home at Christmas? Modern? Deconstructed? Abundant? Old School red and green? Let’s backtrack and revisit what it means to pare-back decorations and reduce the overuse of holiday clutter.

    If keeping it simple is something you would like to explore, Desire to Inspire has some great pictures for you. I had never thought about this rather avant-garde look, but it’s growing on me. There is something so fresh and modern about it, but most importantly it looks like it would take next to no time to put it up and take it down.

    Garland Christmas Decor

    Holiday garland pops against white home decor.

    I am in love with the black and white pictures taped to the wall in the shape of a tree and  totally obsessed with this clear glass vase look with simple evergreen sprigs. You could achieve very budget-friendly decor by picking up scrap twigs at the tree lot instead of a massive tree.

    These simple sprigs could also be hung from decorative wall lamps or hang mistletoe from hanging pendant lights over the dining table. How fun would that be for dinner guests? 

    Modern Christmas Accessories

    White and green make a beautiful Christmas color palette.

    If the traditionalist in you must have a tree, try a miniature version. These mini trees are super cute, will cost less and pose no real cleanup problems.

    I must say all of these ideas tend to work best in clean and rather stark white spaces. It’s not to say you can’t create a version of this deconstructed look, but consider it, it could be liberating!

    Winter White Decor

    1. The Tarryton Industrial Chrome Mini-Pendant is simple and stylishly industrial.

    2. Banish swags with red velvet bows for the simplicity of the Silver Tin Stars Wall Decor Set of 3.

    3. The Possini Euro Design White Flower Pendant Chandelier is a Modernism classic.

    4. Uplight your tree with the LED Pro Track® White 50 Watt Accent Spot Light.

    5. The modern Christmas dinner could seem even more chic if enjoyed on the Set of 2 Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs.

    6. Tired of the traditional tree? The Uttermost Preserved Boxwood Tree Topiary with simple decorations could be a mess-free way to do Christmas.

    Photos: Desire to Inspire.

  • Gifts for History Buffs

    Gifts For History Buffs With Style

    Gifts for history buffs can come in a wide variety of home accessories.

    Know someone who can't be beat at a game of Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit? Someone whose book collection rivals that of the extensive library seen above via Domaine Home? Whose walls are lined with ancient artwork as in the below space spotted on Little Green Notebook?

    Then you've got a history buff on your hands! This holiday season, when shopping for the history buff in your life, look for objects that appeal to his or her inquisitive nature.

    Here's some fun ideas...

    Stylish Gifts For the History Buff In Your Life

    Stylish objects with a historic aesthetic will make your history buff happy this season.

    Fortunately, the landscape of history is a vast one, so there's no shortage of gift inspiration to be found in the annals of time! Ideas include museum quality model ships, vintage wall artdecorative world globes, and countless other history gifts to pique your recipient's curiosity.

    This is a great opportunity to get to know them a little better by asking about their interests and passions, then choosing a gift that thoughtfully reflects exactly that.

    Unique Gifts For The History Lover

    Here are some of my favorite gifts for history buffs:

    1. A chalkboard globe strikes an eye-catching silhouette and can also be used to engage budding young history enthusiasts.

    2. For the art aficionado, a framed Parisian illustration recalls the early days of graphic design.

    3. Win the heart of the interiors history enthusiast with a Tiffany style lamp.

    4. If music history is your recipient's area of interest, a model phonograph makes a playful gift—pun intended!

    Who knows, maybe you'll learn a factoid or two yourself while shopping for the history buff!

    Images: Domaine HomeLittle Green Notebook 

  • LED Light Bulbs Offer a Warm Glow

    If you love a warm light, you’ll love these LED lighting options.

    ‘Those lights make everything look blue.” Ugh.

    I’ve heard that remark about LED lighting too many times to count. For me, as a designer (aka home-problem-solver), it’s frustrating to hear friends reminisce about how the glow from 60-watt incandescent light bulbs would make their homes look and ‘feel’ so warm.

    Well, LED light bulbs can make your home look and ‘feel’ equally as warm as those 60-watt incandescent lights. True story.

    LED Lighting Bulbs Don't Have To Be Blue

    LED light bulbs don't have to be blue, there's lots of choices.

    It’s like everything else in the world of technology, there's lots of options with LEDS: variety of color temperatures, dimmability and brightness. There also are more tech specs you’ll want to know about in order to achieve the desired color of light in your home.

    This Tiffany styled art glass floor lamp (above) has a color temperature of 3000k, which is similar to the temperature of the 60-watt bulb.

    The Higher Temperature Means Cooler Light

    For any type of light, the higher the temperature, the cooler the light.

    LED lighting is available in a variety of color temperatures. I think that one of the best parts about LED light bulbs is that they have a wide range of color temperature possibilities. And it’s probably the easiest part of tech specs to remember.

    If you want the inside of your home to look like it ‘used to look’ with incandescent light bulbs, you like the warmer light look, you’ll want to look for an LED that has a color temperature around 2700K to 3000K.

    LED Pendant Lights

    1. Corbett Harlow 34" Wide Silver Leaf Pendant LED Light: The color temperature of this silver lead pendant LED light is 2900k

    2. Bento Collection 33" Wide Brushed Steel LED Pendant Light: This LED pendant light has a color temperature of about 3000k, which is within the expected color range of incandescent bulbs.

    LED Clip On Light

    LED Pro Track® Black Mini Accent Headboard Clip Light: Fun little LED headboard clip light has a color temperature of 2700K.

    LED light bulbs can be used in a variety of fixtures.

    So if you prefer the warmer colors of lighting, you’ll love that these warmer versions are available in a variety of LED lighting options, from floor lights to pendants. And LED lighting designers are creating these fixtures in so many finishes, sizes, and every style from traditional to modern.

    LED Light Bulbs

    LED light bulbs can be used in many different fixtures.

    If you’ve shopped for LED lighting, you might start wondering if the fixture has to be under the ‘LED lighting’ category in order for you to use LED light bulbs. Not true.

    You can update lighting in your home with LED light bulbs. But, before you click on the link and start shopping, keep in mind the color temperature range that you desire. So if you like a warm light like an incandescent, look for 2700K to 3000K. If you want a daylight look, which can be perfect for your Instagram photos, look for 3500 to 4100K, which is in the color neutral zone.

    1. LED 7 Watt A19 Non Dimmable Bulb: This little LED light bulb has a color temperature of 2700K and is comparable to a 40-watt incandescent bulb.

    2. 12 Watt Dimmable LED Omni Directional Light Bulb: This dimmable LED bulb is comparable to the color temperature a 60 watt incandescent. And it lasts about 25,000 hours.

    3. LED 12 Watts BR30 Light Bulb: This dimmable LED 12-watt light bulb is also comparable to a 60-watt incandescent, with a color temperature of 2700K.

  • Gifts for College Students - Creature Comforts

    Gifts For College Students With Practical Style

    Gift ideas for the college student in your family.

    Once your kids are away at college, their Christmas list changes drastically. We're here to help you fulfill it.

    The best gifts for college students are things they can actually use in their dorm room. Meaning, stuff they really need that they don't necessarily want to spend their part-time paycheck on. Re-energizing their dorm room with color and creature comforts will make them feel a bit pampered and comfy, especially during those marathon study sessions.

    We suggest stylish essentials like gift mugs, LED desk lamps or unique conversation starters like college lighting and other collegiate logo décor to show-off some school spirit!

    Gift Ideas For College Students

    One of the hottest trends is re-usable wallpaper in on-trend colors and patterns - create a new look for one wall or an entire room!  Check out these awesome gifts for college students:

    LED Desk Lamps

    Jarrett Satin Nickel Contemporary Adjustable LED Desk Lamp

    LED Adjustable Gooseneck Energy Efficient Black Clip Light

    Gen 2 Z-Bar Red Daylight High Power LED Desk Lamp

    Mugs

    "On Color!" Porcelain Mugs Set of 2

    Cafe Latte Writing on White Travel Mug Set of 2

    Black and White High Tech Carbon 3-Piece Porcelain Mug Set

    Set of 4 Porcelain Math Mugs

    College Gear

    NCAA Louisiana State Tigers Sidelines Pillow

    University of Wisconsin Steel Swing Arm Wall Light

    NCAA Michigan Wolverines Micro Fiber Sheet Set

    Stanford University Brushed Nickel Floor Lamp

    * Check out our blog post with gift ideas for your favorite hostess...

    Image credit: William & Marry

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