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There are so many wonderful things about living in the country.....
.....fresh eggs and crisp country mornings and the harvest and homemade pie with local apples....fresh out of the oven.
But my favorite of all is....
....farmhouse Christmas decorating.
We live in the middle of the country in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse similar to this beautiful home recently featured on Better Homes & Gardens.
To get to our house....go to Tennessee....turn left...pass the horse barn and the chicken barn and the pasture full of cows. Then go over the bridge and past the creek and you'll find our house at the end of a long winding country road.
And here are some decorating ideas from the end of a long winding country road.
1. Keep it simple
Linens and textures can create a welcoming holiday space, like this farmhouse mantel from Country Living.
Decorate your own simple mantel with wooden sock forms, books, candles and fresh greens.
Then pull up a comfortable club chair next to the fire for guests with a cup of hot chocolate and a game of dominoes.
2. Go green
Bring the outside in and add greenery in unexpected places like this archway decorated in evergreen garland featured on Better Homes & Gardens.
Decorate the garland with simple ornaments, Christmas cards and holiday invitations.
Add greenery to bookshelves and stack presents tied with an ornament or two for an easy inexpensive decorating idea.
3. Add a little color
One of the easiest ways to add a little cheer to a room is with a splash of red.....as in this farmhouse living room featured in Country Living.
It doesn't have to be fancy. Simply add a little red with the ornaments on the tree or festive presents tied with red ribbon tucked next to the side table topped with a cup of hot tea.
An arrangement of red poinsettias also makes the perfect holiday accent.
4. Look up
Whether it's a traditional iron chandelier for the dining room draped with fresh greenery as in this dining room from Better Homes & Gardens....or streamers hung over the dining room table....don't forget to look up when decorating.
Decorate the entrance to a room with greens swagged between two wreaths.
Or add a star over the tree hanging from the ceiling for a little unexpected Christmas decorating.
These farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas are simple and green and inexpensive and fun.
Add a little farmhouse into your decor for a welcoming, inviting holiday space.
And the happiest of holidays and the merriest of Christmases from our farmhouse to yours.
Image credits: Photo 1: bhg Photo 2: Country Living Photo 3: bhg Photo 4: Country Living Photo 5: bhg
Tiffany chandeliers and Tiffany-Style chandeliers are the hallmark of classic Arts and Crafts interiors. The warm glow of Tiffany lighting compliments the rich tones of green, rose and brown found in these period style homes and are truly works of art that tell a story. So much of this late 19th and early 20th century design movement took its cue from nature and the low slung, horizontal lines of the prairie. Thus, much of the lighting designs produced echo that aesthetic.
Classic Tiffany chandeliers exhibit design motifs that include plants and insects or basic geometry that reflect the unique architecture of these homes. Regardless of the stained glass design, they all offer a muted glow and instantly make you feel welcome and cozy.
Dining rooms tend to be the most obvious spot for a chandelier but Tiffany lighting can also be divine in a foyer, stairwell or even kitchen. Because this style lighting and the renovation of Arts and Crafts homes are so popular, Tiffany lighting even comes in pendant form which is perfect for the period peninsula! Additionally, there are some contemporary Tiffany-Style lighting that reflect the Arts and Crafts mood but in an updated and modern style.
Regardless, I love the devotion Arts and Crafts enthusiasts have to proper restoration and design, hence the wonderful images found on the My Arts and Crafts Home blog. There is no “halfway” here, so if you are drawn to this style lighting I suggest making the leap and decorating in the proper way which means rich-toned wood furniture, nature-inspired motifs in rugs and textiles and many trips to the flea market.
Tiffany Chandeliers Shopping List: 1. Reves Dragonfly Dale Tiffany Pendant Light 2. Art Glass Circles Tiffany Style Pendant Chandelier 3. Tiffany Style 3-Light Mission Glass Pendant Light 4. Quoizel Kent Tiffany Style Pendant Light 5. Walnut Mission Style Pendant Chandelier
Image credit: My Arts and Crafts Home.
Look closely - the modern design of this elegant crystal chandelier by Possini has a unique antique soft silver finish, making it a true showstopper!
Blending traditional crystal accents with a sophisticated finish and transitional styling, the Soft Silver 4-Light 24" Wide Crystal Chandelier is a versatile fixture that looks at home in almost any setting. This is just one of many chandeliers from our Possini Collection we’d like to share with you today.
Its soft silver finish features subtle washes of both warm golden hues and cool silver hues, allowing it to mesh well with both cool contemporary chrome and warmer metal surfaces. This unique textured finish gives it great versatility and allows this crystal chandelier to complement both modern and traditional interiors alike.
One of my favorite features of this elegant transitional crystal chandelier is the way light refracts and reflects off the jewel-like crystal facets. There's nothing more stunning than sparkling light to set a festive mood in your living room or dining room during the holiday season!
Changing out a few select pieces to reflect what’s current, such as a lighting fixture, will help update the look of your living room. This Possini design from our wide collection of beautiful crystal chandeliers can help you do just that.
Design Dossier is our monthly series where we share highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, unique, and interesting lighting choices straight from our showrooms.
There is something warm, cozy and inviting about a vacation stay in cozy ski chalet bedrooms among the snow capped peaks. As the snow falls outside, you can stay bundled up in front of the fire or tucked in a warm bed. Whether at your own home, or a vacation home, these inspiring images from CocoCozy will make you want to turn your bedroom into a chalet oasis.
Above you have a beautiful color palette of winter whites. Mixing textures while staying in the white color scheme is a beautiful way to create a ski chalet chic bedroom. And adding a small reindeer accent pillow doesn't hurt either.
This ski-chic bedroom has a masculine edge with traditional accents. The beautiful dark blue fabrics used compliment the dark, knotty wood on the floor, walls, ceilings and accent furniture. The wrought iron chandelier and nature-inspired bedside table lamps cast just enough light to compliment the glowing moon and stars.
This modern take on the ski chalet bedroom is a gorgeous blend of styles. We have a midcentury side table, industrial modern bed frame, and plenty of faux fur to go around. The soft textures mixed in with hard woods and natural colors give this bedroom a wintery feel. Adding a punch of color with accent pillows and wall art complete the look.
This bedroom is a great inspiration for a kid's cozy ski chalet bedroom. How cute is the rustic wood bed frame? As you can see in this image, mixing in metallic accents like these brass desk lamps compliment wood tones beautifully. And to add a little more fun into the space, pick one piece and use a bright color to make it pop.
What do you think about these cozy bedrooms? Will you do some updating for this winter season?
Image credits: CocoCozy
Rustic interiors can be itchy and scratchy but my take on modern cabin decor is far from that old school “roughing it” way of life. Naturally, Country Living Magazine has some great snaps of cabin-inspired interiors that will make you want to don snow shows and curl up with a Laura Ingalls-Wilder book. Additionally, The Adventures of Tartan Scot is another great source for similar pictures. The romance of cabin living can be achieved even if you don’t live on acres of land or have timber walls.
The heart of any home is the kitchen, and so too is that with a cozy cabin. Remember to include cast iron cookery and well-worn linen towels. Dining spaces can look chic with twig-back chairs and much wood. Placing round wall mirrors with high style on dining room walls will reflect warm candle light or chandelier light that look amazing when in the antler style.
Cabin style bedroom and bathrooms should also reflect a similar aesthetic. No need to install an outhouse...I hope. Warm woods and country details can enhance table tops and bathroom vanities. Classic wall sconces in bronze or with Edison bulbs will lend an air of authenticity to the spaces and add much needed light. Remember, not everything needs to be literal, but the theme should be consistent.
Get the look of modern cabin decor: 1. New Town Collection Seedy Glass Wall Sconce 2. Woolrich Williamsport Plaid Micro-Suede Throw Pillow 3. Quoizel Tavern 5-Light Dark Bronze Chandelier 4. Marlow Round Interlace Raw Steel Table 5. Stag Horn Faux Antler Wall Mirror 6. 2 1/2 Quart Red Enameled Cast Iron Humidifier Kettle
Image credits: Country Living, Tartan Scot.
No matter what holidays you're celebrating this winter (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or even all of them!) it's nearly impossible to be 100% prepared. This year, increase the cheer factor of your holiday decor without increasing your blood pressure by incorporating these last minute holiday decorating ideas into your home - just as Therese Romell did in the two photos above.
The secret is to focus on seasonal textures and moods, rather than on any prescribed idea of what holiday decorations should be. Use the home decor you have on hand and look for clean-lined containers in materials like glass and galvanized metal to display foliage like pine cones and evergreen boughs. Fruit like apples or pears also makes a quick and easy decor element, as seen on Design Mom.
A vignette of moss in bowls evokes a forest sensibility at Real Simple; and as Better Homes and Gardens suggests, nothing could be easier and more effective than grouping some pillar candles on your favorite serving tray.
Finally, a cluster of real or faux antlers (below, via Nordic Bliss) sets a wintry tone.
Shopping Guide: 1. Glass Cloche 2. Antler Mirror 3. Galvanized Planters 4. Hand Blown Glass Bottle 5. Gold Leaf Tray 6. Ivy Topiary
From cooking for family and friends to finding the perfect gifts, I know you're busy this festive season. Don't let the best you can muster be a droopy string of twinkle lights! With last-minute holiday decorating ideas that are this easy, you'll have time to pause and enjoy that spiked hot cocoa!
Image Credits: 1. Therese Romell 2. Therese Romell 3. Design Mom 4. Real Simple 5. Better Homes and Gardens 6. Nordic Bliss
The dictionary defines glamour as an air of compelling charm and allure - but no one really needs a dictionary, we know glamorous lighting when we see it.
With interiors, glamour is often the combination of mirrored finishes, metallics both burnished and shimmery, and luxe fabrics.
Gold has become the metal of the moment, yet despite its continued popularity in interiors, gold remains inarguably and unmistakably timeless. When choosing light fixtures and furnishings for the home, rest assured that the warmth and sheen reflected with brass and gold finishes will guarantee a feeling of glamour when introduced in appropriate doses.
Change the look of a traditional entry with an entryway chandelier that draws the eye up and becomes a focal point in a transitional space. In this entry designed by interior designer Cheryl Burke she chose a vivid peacock color for the walls to add dramatic contrast and also act as a stunning backdrop to the brass chandelier. Follow her cue with any of the four golden girls selected below.
1) Possini Euro Satin Brass Chandelier 2) Jonathan Adler 30 light Antique Brass Meurice Chandelier 3) Metropolitan Family Honey Gold Chandelier 4) Bubblini Collection 5 Light Chandelier
A pair of brass wall lamps that flank a gold leaf mirror adds a luxe look to a bathroom, especially one with gorgeous wallpaper or stunning tile work like this bathroom featuring New Ravenna tile. Remember there is no rule that dictates finishes must match, in fact a room is always more layered and interesting when the finishes are different, so feel free to design with that in mind. Yes go ahead and install a nickel faucet right next to those glamorous golden sconces! You’ll be on your way to achieving a similar look with the mirror and sconces below.
1) Hinkley Laza Brushed Bronze Sconce 2) Doughnut Collection Antique Brass Wall Lamp 3) Uttermost Lara Oval Antique Wall Mirror 4) Harbour Point High Liberty Gold Wall Sconce 5) Mercer Single Light Aged Brass Sconce
Pairing glossy black finishes with brass or gold leaf guarantees a captivating interior. This entry featured in Nuevo Estilo showcases classic glamour with a series of tall gold mirrors suspended over a long black console. Mimic the chic and timeless look in a living room or foyer with the home accessories featured below.
1) Black and Gold Wall Mirror 2) Lynton Black Glaze Table Lamp 3) Mary McDonald Annika Black and Brass Lamp 4) Laney Four Drawer Black Console
There are hundreds of other golden and glamorous lighting fixtures, mirrors, and lamps to browse here at Lamps Plus. Are you ready to add a golden glow to your home?
Image credits: Cheryl Burke Design; New Ravenna Tile; Nuevo Estilo.
Lighting is fun!
It’s the jewelry of any room.
Get creative by dressing up your lamps with these 8 DIY lampshade ideas to customize your classic and beautiful lamps with color, texture and pizzazz.
Take this beautiful white glass table lamp for example. It’s the perfect basic that can wear a number of hats - or lampshades, to be exact.
Idea #1 – Chalkboard. I jazzed up an old drum shade with some chalkboard paint – welcome! See it at Eclectically Vintage.
Idea #2 – Sweater. Got an old sweater from Aunt Milly taking up space in your closet? Turn it into a cute lampshade like Unskinny Boppy did.
Idea #3 – Stenciled. Like any true Jersey girl, I love bling so I blinged out a lampshade with some gold gilding and a stencil. See it at Eclectically Vintage.
Idea #4 – Buttons. Scour your junk drawer for cast off buttons like At Home on the Bay did and whip up your own one-of-a-kind lampshade.
Idea #5 – Balsa Wood. Strips of balsa wood create the coolest lampshade from C.R.A.F.T.
Idea #6 – Ombre. Think girl scouts 101 and start wrapping a few of your favorite shades of yarn around a lampshade - from Vintage Revivals.
Idea #7 – Doilies. Doilies aren’t just for grandma’s coffee table anymore. A Beautiful Mess turned them into a vintage style lampshade that’s anything but stodgy.
Want instant gratification without having to DIY? There are tons of fabulous choices to dress up any lamp from embroidered to one of my favorites …
Idea #8 – Seagrass. Pop a Coastal style seagrass lampshade on any lamp and you’ll hear the ocean waves lapping at the shore … almost.
Which one of these 8 DIY lampshade ideas will you try to jazz up your lamps?
Image credits: Eclectically Vintage, Unskinny Boppy, Eclectically Vintage, At Home on the Bay, C.R.A.F.T., Vintage Revivals, A Beautiful Mess, Lamps Plus.
Last month we asked you to weigh in on your favorite home décor blogs in four categories for our 2013 Best Home Blog Awards: Interior Design, DIY, Lifestyle and Family.
Thousands of blogs were considered, one hundred were nominated, and only four were chosen! Your votes have been tallied and here are the 2013 winners and runners-up:
Interior Design Blog Winner: Hickory Trail (Angela Betlewicz from Yulee, Florida)
2. Decorating Ideas Made Easy 3. The Hunted Interior 4. Tobi Fairley 5. Stagetecture 6. Simplified Bee 7. Belle Maison 8. The Endearing Home 9. Lisa Mende Design 10. Hadley Court 11. Christina Loucks 12. Kandrac Kole 13. StyleCarrot 14. Habitually Chic 15. Hillary Thomas 16. La Dolce Vita 17. The Peak of Chic 18. Dec-a-Porter 19. Kelly Market 20. Quintessence 21. Stacy Naquin Interiors 22. Places in the Home 23. Cloth and Kind 24. The Design Wotcha 25. Kaza Design
DIY Blog Winner: Centsational Girl (Kate Riley from Petaluma, California)
2. Thrifty Decor Chick3. The Frugal Homemaker4. Simply Organized5. In My Own Style6. Desert Domicile7. Unexpected Elegance8. Dukes and Duchesses9. DIY on the Cheap10. It All Started With Paint11. Petticoat Junktion12. The Everyday Home13. Pretty Handy Girl14. The Painted Home15. Suzy's Artsy-Crafty Sitcom16. DIY Show Off17. Rustic Pig Designs18. Storypiece19. LiveLoveDIY20. Wills Casa21. Yellow Brick Home22. Lolly Jane23. The Cavender Diary24. Domestically Speaking25. Sugar Bee Crafts
Lifestyle Blog Winner: Cupcakes for Breakfast (Nikki Rappaport from Washington DC)
2. Hi Sugarplum!3. With Style & Grace4. The Effortless Chic5. Style Within Reach6. This is Glamorous7. MadeByGirl8. Look Linger Love9. A Piece of Toast10. Kelly Golightly11. The Everygirl12. A Merry Mishap13. Frock Files14. Design Darling15. The Pursuit of Style16. The Office Stylist17. Love Maegan18. Luella & June19. Meg Biram20. Haute Design by Sarah Klassen21. Camille Styles22. Unruly Things23. Life in a Venti Cup24. The Vault Files25. The Glamourai
Family Blog Winner: Stone Gable (Yvonne Pratt from Willow Street, Pennsylvania)
2. Honey We're Home3. Just Us Four4. Small Fry5. Four Generations One Roof6. Thistlewood Farm7. Bless This Mess8. Mom 4 Real9. Celebrating Everyday Life10. Tried and True11. Nellie Bellie12. Pancakes & French Fries13. Jennifer Rizzo14. One Tough Mother15. Handmade Charlotte16. Keeping It Cozy17. Mom Home Guide18. Stay at Home-ista19. Prudent Baby20. Lilikoi Joy21. I Heart Naptime22. HoneyBear Lane23. Cupcakes and Crinoline24. Design, Dining + Diapers25. Jolly Mom
Congratulations to the four winning blogs, and to all 100 blogs that were nominated! Now in its second year, the Lamps Plus Best Home Blog Awards is an annual award that honors exceptional work in the home décor blogosphere.
Perfect for the holidays and for all year long, fillable lamp designs from our Color + Plus™ collection allow you to add customized style to any room in your home. You can decorate it seasonally with holiday themed fillings or pack it with treasured keepsakes for a year round personalized style. Available in a variety of glass shapes, our Color+Plus clear fillable lamps are easily personalized in 3 simple steps:
Start by removing the lamp shade and harp so that the base sits easily on its side. Next, loosen the wing nut that secures the baseplate to the glass base.
Put your decorative elements inside the clear glass base. Christmas ornaments, sea shells, postcards—just about anything looks great. When filling the base, keep in mind that you’ll need to turn your entire design upright again when you’re done.
Once your design is complete, simply reattach the baseplate and tighten the wing nuts until it is securely affixed.
At last…Enjoy! Your new fillable lamp is perfect for expressing yourself. Whether you’re showing off pictures of children and grandchildren or displaying a collection of fall leaves from your backyard, fillable glass lamps are the perfect way to display everything you treasure most in life.
Need inspiration? Check out the ultra-creative entries from our Hometalk & Lamps Plus Holiday Design Challenge. See our three winners – Megan Bray of Balancing Home, Brian Carlisle of GadgetSponge, and Tammy Killough of Deja Vue Designs – plus five not-to-be-missed honorable mention entries, and get inspired to fill your own!
To see these same base designs in any color under sun, check out our complete line of glass lamps in 100+ colors.