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  • Kitchen Design With LED Tape Lights

    The holidays are my perfect excuse to infuse new elements into my home. Specifically, I pay attention to my kitchen design and the demand for more space during the holidays. White I try to create more space, I also want to try new décor opportunities, such as LED tape lights and under cabinet illumination. 

    Kitchen Design With LED Tape Lights

    This holiday season, design your kitchen with LED tape lights.

    This year I’m looking at my home with an ‘evening room’ sensibility. Let’s face it, most grown-ups only get to enjoy their homes after the sun has set. So why not design those rooms we use every evening, like this kitchen from Home Bunch, with nighttime in mind.

    Of course, a favorite way to enhance an evening room experience is with lighting and LED tape lights are a great way to easily achieve functional and ambient lighting. 

    Tape Lights Are Extremely Versatile For All Situations

    Tape lights are extremely versatile for all situations.

    Whether it’s to emphasize art, gently illuminate under cabinets, or add drama to a mantelpiece, tape lights are extremely versatile, and often times a little easier to install than traditional under cabinet lighting.

    The main features of tape lighting are dimmability, installation requirements, and trimmability. Before you shop, let’s talk about the kinds of tape lights and a few more features to consider.

    This flexible LED Tape Light Kit Comes In Red, Green And Blue.

    This flexible LED tape light kit comes in red, green, and blue.

    Color 

    Why not add a burst of color to your décor this holiday season? If you are dreaming about relaxing on the couch with your family sipping hot chocolate and enjoying a fireplace, go ahead and add a bit of colorful lighting to the mantel.

    Color lighting can change the look of your mantel décor and could be extremely festive with red lighting.

    Control How The Colors Change On Your Tape Lighting With A Remote.

    Control how the colors change on your tape lighting with a stick on puck light.

    Control colors with a remote

    Whether it’s for a holiday party and you’re adding under cabinet lights or along a bar top, color-changing lighting can add an element of fun. Plus a remote control allows you to easily change the colors on a lighting strip, which adds a bit of the unexpected fun for guests.

    If it’s just a temporary light, look for peel-and-stick.

    Tape Lights Add Function And Style To Every Room

    Add function and style to your living room with LED tape lights.

    In-and-out tape lighting

    Not all tape lighting is rated for outdoor use. So if your tape lighting feature isn’t permanent, having that added flexibility means that you can use that same light for your indoor holiday party and again on the 4th of July in your backyard.

    And yes, tape lighting can be perfect to illuminate under a counter or bar top in that outdoor kitchen you’re dreaming about.

    Indoor-Outdoor LED Rope Light

    This indoor-outdoor LED rope light can be connected to create longer lengths.

    Color 16.4-Foot LED Tape Light Kit with Remote Control, FlexForm Hybrid 45.9' Indoor-Outdoor Warm LED Tape LightFlexForm Hybrid 29.5' Flexible Red LED Tape Light Kit

    Image credits: Home Bunch, Amy VermillionHGTV

  • Trend Watch: Woven Pendant Lamps for Every Room

    Woven Pendant Lamps for Every Room

    Woven pendant lamps are great for every room of the house.

    Once exclusively the domain of coastal interiors, woven pendant lights are making an appearance in spaces of all styles. And for good reason!

    Woven pendants bring warmth to interiors ranging from traditional to modern and beyond. They're also versatile enough to suit any room of the house. In the kitchen, Billingram Architect demonstrates how woven lighting can add a layer of texture to a traditional white farmhouse kitchen. While Dwell shows us that a contemporary breakfast bar makes a welcome home for a pair of basket pendants.

    While hanging pendant lighting is always a great options, these lights with added texture provide something special to the design.

    Pendant Lighting Works For A Stylish Office Space And A Dining Room

    Pendant lighting works in a stylish office space and a dining room.

    When it comes to your living and work spaces, woven lighting offers a touch of exotic flair. A simple modern office on Remodelista incorporates a basket chandelier to offset its clean, contemporary lines. And Jelanie Shop highlights the ability of an oversized woven pendant to make a dramatic statement above a dining table.

    Wovens even have a place in the bedroom, with Smitten Studio's refined sleeping space update illustrating that an upholstered headboard and antique Persian rug can pair well with the relaxed vibe of a bentwood pendant. 

    When shopping for woven lighting, look for materials such as rattan, jute, or bamboo, and remember that you don't need to live near the beach to enjoy this look!

    Pendant Lighting From Lamps Plus

    1. Its unique shape as well as a woven texture lends this rattan pendant great visual interest.

    2. A knotted construction adds an extra excitement to this contemporary pendant chandelier.

    3. With this swag pendant you can get the look of the woven trend with the durability of giclee.

    4. For a more tailored look, this drum chandelier combines a tight basket weave with a coordinating trim.

    5. Its lighter jute color makes this basket chandelier perfect for a sunny kitchen or breakfast nook.

    6. A woven pendant light with a rounded bell shape and bronze finish gives any space a pleasing harmony.

    Image credits: Billingram ArchitectDwellRemodelistaJelanie ShopSmitten Studio

  • Interior Design Inspiration from Fall Fashion

    Interior Design Inspiration from Fall Fashion

    It's fun to pull Fall fashion style from interior design inspirations.

    Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, including Pumpkin Spice Lattes (naturally), cool weather, and layered fall fashions. Give me a scarf and jacket and I'm a happy girl! I love fall interior design for the same reason - layering. A room just feels more personal and complete when it's well-layered. 

    Let's take this Fall look above, from Pearls & Twirls, and translate it into a room with stylish decor, warm furnishings and reading floor lamps. This look is great inspiration for interior design since it features these four important elements: color, texture, pattern, and shine

    Interior Design Inspiration from Fall Fashion - Shop the Look at Lamps Plus

    Fall inspired room design with stylish floor lamps and pops of red.

    Color:

    While subtle, the cream and oatmeal tones in the sweater and scarf provide a rich base for this design. Get the look with this French tufted sofa and linen upholstered wingback chair. Then, add a bright pop of red (inspired by the glossy red nail lacquer) with an oxblood red double gourd table lamp and red faux leather accent pillow

    Texture:

    Chunky cable knits and thermals bring the cozy look of a Fall sweater to this interior design. A creme thermal throw blanket, wool silk area rug, and sweater knit accent pillow invite you to curl up and get comfortable. 

    Pattern:

    The plaid scarf brings interest to the outfit, as do plaid accents to this room. The equestrian art with plaid matting add visual interest to this design.

    Shine:

    Every outfit - and every room - needs a little shine! The chic brass drum coffee table and mid-century inspired brass floor lamp echo the chunky statement ring.

    Now grab your pumpkin spice latte, raid your closet and plan out a few Fall fashions. You never know when interior design inspiration will strike!

    If you liked this post, check out these past interior design inspirations from winter fashion and from spring fashion too...

    Image credits: Pearls & Twirls

  • Industrial Pendant Lights Under $100

    Industrial Pendant Lights For Kitchen Design

    Industrial pendant lights for kitchen design.

    Industrial style is all the rage in home design and my favorite way to get the look is with hanging pendant lights in the kitchen.

    The clean lines and exposed Edison bulbs can blend into almost any style home while bringing a wow factor.

    These are some of my favorite ways to do industrial style pendant lighting, without breaking the bank.

    Industrial Pendant Lights Under $100

    1) The unusual shape of this metal pendant is softened from the warm glow cast from inside.

    2) A clear glass pendant will blend into any room, making this light a great companion to an area with a lot of color or pattern.

    3) Metal cages on old factory pendant lights kept bulbs from shattering and today, they are perfect for high traffic areas.

    4) I love a minimal look and it doesn't get more simple than a single bare bulb pendant.

    5) The dome on this pendant light casts light downward so it’s perfect for task lighting areas like over a kitchen island.

    Consider adding a little industrial style to your home for an instant and stylish update.

    Image credit: Homes and Gardens

  • Blue Hues Will Take Your Home from Fall to Winter

    Blue Hues Will Take Your Home from Fall to Winter

    Blue will take your home from Fall to Winter.

    Oh how I love the BLUE hue! It is such a transitional color that can fit into nearly all home designs for every season. Let's use some inspiring images from House & Garden to dissect how to take blues from the carefree days of Fall into moody, broody Winter.

    Kitchen Design Stylishly Done In Blue

    Kitchen design stylishly done in blue.

    This dark navy kitchen is so dramatic and dreamy, I can picture long Winter nights filled with glasses of Shiraz and dark chocolate. This kitchen demonstrates how dark cabinets, paired with dark walls, can be a truly beautiful thing. There's even enough counter space to include a beautiful lamp for extra lighting and decor.

    Paint Walls Blue For High Impact Design

    Paint walls blue for high impact design.

    Once a faux pas, I think I can honestly say that blue and black have never been moodier (and more stylish!). The look can be pulled off in smaller spaces where drama is key and mixed materials reign. Black floor lamps pop against dark blue walls beautifully.

    Blue Chinoiserie And Toile Design

    Blue chinoiserie and toile design.

    If you are still feeling conflicted about committing to big bold blue hues why not try pattern?! For me, Chinoiserie and Toile are the epitome of cool, European winter nights filled with yummy dinners and long conversations. Wallpaper, vases, urns and beautiful lamp shades blend together wonderfully and whimsically in this stylish dining room.

    Moody Tiles For Blue Bathroom Design

    Stylish tiles for blue bathroom design.

    Moody blue tiles add drama and style to these bathrooms above. Utilizing the darker blue hues brings in a wintery vibe while not being too cold and unapproachable. After all, you don't want your guests turned off from using the loo now do you??

    Image creidts: House & Garden

  • Autumn Colors and Textures For The Home

    Autumn Colors And Textures

    Bold,contemporary furnishings in a traditional room.

    Autumn colors and textures are so rich and inviting that they should be a dessert, not just for home design! The classic Fall color palette is a riot of caramels, burnt oranges, reds and deep yellows that create cozy interiors and make you want to nest. 

    I have always thought that one great way to combine the many colors of fall is by incorporating a Tiffany style table lamp into a library, family room or living room.

     I can never get enough of Habitually Chic and the luxurious images, so enjoy the eye candy. 

    Fall Decor Ideas

    Autumn colors and textures are great for the home, closet and the bakery.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating creating a space too dark and introverted, rather a place that celebrates divine textures and embraces beautifully saturated colors. Even if you like a sparse interior, introducing aged woods, books, plaid and firewood is a perfect way to add a hint of Fall. 

    You’re welcome... for including a picture of sumptuous cinnamon rolls! Seriously though, the color of cinnamon is the perfect Autumn color.

    Fall Colors

    Earthy and tactile inspiration images that embody Fall.

    Buttery soft leather captures so much of this season and always looks good in home decor. While leather boots and shoes are great, they don’t really count as home accessories but fear not if you think you need to buy an expensive sofa or chair to create this look.

    Consider leather covered table lamps or replacement shades in faux leather. You can achieve the same look for a fraction of the cost.

    Autumn Decor

    1. The Tamber Rust Adjustable Pharmacy Floor Lamp is time honored and aged in all the right ways.

    2. An expensive alternative to leather furniture is leather-like touches such as this Brown Faux Leather Lamp Shade.

    3. Fall and winter interiors call out for design touches like the Copper Mountain Signature Cashmere Blend Waterwave Blanket.

    4. The amber glow of the Quoizel Burton Tiffany Style Table Lamp exemplifies Fall.

    5. Cozy nights call for a fire...the Bungalow Roman Bronze Log Holder with Suede Carrier makes the fire stylish.

    Photo credits: Habitually Chic

  • Get Dramatic With Black Lighting Fixtures

    October always brings out the devilish side in all of us with the anticipation of Halloween. While many are thinking about moody decorations for the holiday, why not look at the positive side of dark wall lighting, for example?

    Black pendant lighting in a white room or black lighting above your dining table can bring drama and sophistication. This Halloween season, instead of thinking of black as dark and sinister, look at these creative ways to add drama with a shot of intrigue in your favorite rooms using things like stylish wall lighting.

    Adding Decor Drama With Black Lighting Fixtures

    Adding decor drama with black lighting fixtures.

    Bring out the unexpected with black wall lighting, which is perfect for blending into the scenery or for making a bold statement. This reading corner above, by Sigmar Londo, features a black wall sconce functional for desk productivity, but adds a bit of drama to the room as well.

    Use dark wall lighting to introduce a strong neutral in a colorful room and tone down color, or in this case a black lighting fixture attracts the eyes. The light neutral furnishings and wall color makes the black an unexpected treat in this cozy living room.

    Tempo Abstract Plug-in Swing Arm Wall Light

    House of Troy Black LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp / Tempo Abstract Plug-in Swing Arm Wall Light

    You can modernize your lighting with bold black patterns. From wrought iron to dark old world finish the idea of black metal hardware on your wall can start a dramatic theme without even trying. If you’d like to bring patterns and textures into your home, look to wall sconces and pendants that have bold geometric patterned lampshades

    While Halloween is supposed to create an eerie feeling in your home, the black and white wall light above does just the opposite! Instead it adds a sophisticated and contemporary lift with its giclee shade and swing arm. The black and white shade dares your interiors to be seen. 

    Kitchen Design With Lantern Pendant Lighting

    Kitchen design with lantern pendant lighting.

    If you’d prefer a more subtle black presence in the room, try lantern pendant lighting over a dining room table, kitchen island, or the front foyer.

    The dark bronze metal gives a nod to classic medieval times when candelabras provided light and created the warm glow into interiors. In this kitchen, by Phil Kean Design Group, you can see how the all-white kitchen is balanced with dark hardwood floors and the glow of dark lantern lighting fixtures.

    Currey and Company Fitzjames 25" Wide Lantern Chandelier

    Currey and Company Fitzjames Lantern ChandelierHudson Valley Millbrook Bronze Pendant Light

    This Halloween season, embrace darkness in your home with wall lighting that breaks the idea of traditional sinister black and illuminates with grace. This favorable color can act as a gorgeous neutral or stand out and command the attention of every guest in the room.

    We’d love to hear how you are bringing black into your home this Halloween!

    Photo credits: Sigmar London, Phil Kean Design Group

  • How To Decorate With Chandeliers

    How To Decorate With Chandeliers

    This is how to decorate with crystal lighting.

    With the holidays right around the corner it's the perfect time to add simple updates to your decor.

    And one of the easiest ways to freshen the decor in the room like this space featured on Apartment Therapy....is with a little sparkle and shine.

    Cue the crystal lighting.

    It's like a fancy dress party for a room.

    So if you and your room need a night on the town.....

    .....here's a few ideas on how to decorate with crystal and chandeliers.

    Every Kitchen Needs Its Own Chandelier

    Every kitchen needs its own chandelier.

    1.  Add an over-sized design element

    A chandelier can add drama and character to a space like this iron chandelier with scrollwork featured in Traditional Home.

    Large kitchen lighting is the perfect statement piece for any space and it helps to define a room's personality.

    When working with over-sized pieces, it's important to keep the rest of the decor simple and timeless to provide a backdrop for the brilliant lighting element in the room.

    Decorating With Chandeliers In The Dining Room

    Decorating with chandeliers in the dining room.

    2.  Combine different decor styles

    A light fixture, like this whimsical ornate chandelier featured in Better Homes and Gardens, introduces a different style to this space.

    A simple farmhouse table and benches in a traditional farmhouse setting truly comes to life when combined with a bit of french country flair.

    Finish off the space with vintage silver and antique linens for some timeless decor.

    You Can Even Include A Chandelier In The Sunroom

    You can even include a chandelier in the sunroom.

    3.  Light and airy

    Sometimes a chandelier can simply provide visual interest with a light and airy design, like in this space from Country Living.

    The coastal feel of the room with its blue and white and classic furnishings is enhanced by the simple, delicate lines of the chandelier.

    Then layer in textures and patterns to create a space that feels both warm and welcoming.

    Crystal Chandeliers Belong In Every Dining Room

    Crystal chandeliers belong in every dining room.

    4.  Add a little bling

    A little sparkle from a crystal chandelier can make a room shine like this dining room from Elle Decor.

    Light reflected from dangling crystals brings the room to life and enhances the classic color palette of wood tones, along with the light and dark gray hues.

    Accessories and other design elements are kept to a minimum to set off the simple elegance of the chandelier.

    This holiday season let your home shine with a statement chandelier.

    Whether over-sized, classic, simple or ornate, adding a little sparkle to your decor will help you celebrate the season in style.

    P.S.  For a limited time, you can shop the $10 million dollar chandelier sale for even more savings.

    Photo credits: Apartment TherapyTraditional HomeBetter Homes and GardensCountry Living

  • Kitchen Island Lighting Ideas

    Kitchen Island Lighting

    A cheerful kitchen design with color.

    Kitchen island lighting is critical to ensure high functionality and high style in any kitchen. Lonny Magazine had some great examples of kitchens, kitchen islands and how they can be styled.

    Like kitchen, islands come in many styles, however the main objective for any island is to provide more surface area to cook, eat or enjoy time with friends and family. How you use your island ultimately depends on the size and shape of your space, but regardless of size it should always be well lit and chic. There's lots of different kitchen lighting to fit any style.

    Traditional Kitchen Islands

    Kitchen islands can have more than one purpose.

    Traditional islands tended to be butcher block and offered little room for the prep sinks, freezer drawers and the seating we have today. There are however ways to keep it old school yet still modern. Consider hanging a stylish pot rack light above. It will provide extra storage and great light for food prep. If your home is older and ventilation is a challenge, you might consider a new ceiling fan.

    Modern Kitchen Islands

    Sleek, stylish kitchen lighting.

    Modern kitchen islands can come with all the bells and whistles, however cannot be truly “done” without great lights. Colorful pendant lights or long light bars for the more narrow type island would be ideal. If your ceilings are low, simple recessed lights can work wonders like the examples found on the upper right image.

    Decorative Kitchen Lights

    1. The Casa Metro™ LED Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan will keep things cool and well lit over the contemporary kitchen island.

    2. The Satin Nickel Pot Rack Chandelier will keep everything in its place and feel a tad retro at the same time.

    3. For long and narrow islands, consider the George Kovacs Adjustable Six Light Bar Chandelier.

    4. The Tech Lighting Cleo White Glass Pendant Light is a pop of something modern over a smaller island or one that doesn’t need pinpoint task lighting.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Stylish Billiard Room Lighting Design

    Stylish Billiard Room Lighting Design

    Every room should have stylish lighting design, even the playroom.

    As temperatures begin to dip and Summer winds down, it's time to take the fun indoors. Whether or not you have space for a billiard room, why not take some time today to pretend you have a sprawling home with more than enough space to have a space just for late night pool games.  

    Let's dissect billiard rooms and different lighting styles inspired by Houzz so that when the time comes when you need to decide on pool room decor you are ready to go!

    Modern Lighting

    Clear Cylindrical ET2 Multi Pendant Light Fixture

    You can turn your dining room into a billiard room with modern lighting to define the space.

    This modern dining room with stylish kitchen lighting makes the most of small space by doubling as a billiard room. While I would be a little weary of having my pool table double for a dining table, this is a fun and inventive way to maximize space.  

    The light and airy Clear Cylindrical ET2 Multi Pendant Light Fixture gives off invisible, glowing light while not cluttering this streamlined space. 

    Minimalist Lighting

    Artcraft On the Spot 3-Light 36" Wide Chrome Pendant Light

    Modern billiard room with minimal lighting and a monochromatic palette.

    This masculine, minimalist billiard room is so chic and stylish, it would be easy to spend many a lazy winter day playing pool with friends here. The monochromatic palette serves to let the bright green of the pool table pop so nicely.

    Pairing the bright green table with a understated, minimal light fixture like the Artcraft On the Spot 3-Light 36" Wide Chrome Pendant Light keeps this room moody and supremely stylish.

    Rustic Lighting

    Natural Mica Collection 42" Wide Island Chandelier

    Rustic lodge hideaway with a billiard room featuring stylish lighting.

    The mix of immense amounts of wood and beautiful wrought iron detailing makes this billiard room a very special room.

    This mature space commits completely to the theme, and the striking Natural Mica Collection 42" Wide Island Chandelier completes this perfect, rustic lodge hideaway.

    Transitional

    Hinkley Fulton 50" Wide Bronze Island Pendant Light

    Stylish billiard room with transitional lighting and lots of comfortable seating.

    I think the most relatable style for most people is a transitional look which incorporates stylistic details that can 'transition' through passing trends and always seem current.

    This stunning billiard room and family room has enough space for games as well as family get togethers. A fixture such as the Hinkley Fulton 50" Wide Bronze Island Pendant Light illuminates your pool table while having clean enough lines to pair with additional fixtures throughout the space.

    Contemporary

    White & Brushed Nickel Contemporary Pendant Lights

    Drum shades dress up this modern billiard room.

    This contemporary space is smart, chic and stylish, beckoning us to play inside on these upcoming cold days. Pairing drum shade pendants instead of installing a long fixture brings a modern edge to the space without cluttering it up. Try pairing two White & Brushed Nickel Contemporary Pendant Lights to illuminate your billiard room without being fussy.

    Image credits: Houzz

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