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  • Purple Interiors to Ring in Spring

    Since the announcement that Radiant Orchid would be the color of this year, it's inevitable that interiors would be embracing purple for spring. This color has so many shade variations that you can add some purple to just about any space, and any style.  

    Check out our round up of some gorgeously purple interiors below as we highlight these pretty orchid shades of purple interiors to ring in spring.

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    This farmhouse meets eclectic living room featured on Country Living plays on the character of the walls with the subtle lavender sofa. Add purple accent pillow designs like these above for added color.

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    The striking and dramatic purple watercolor wallpaper in this bedroom from Julie Loves Home definitely commands attention, but with such a dreamy purple tone that anyone will be able to fall fast asleep. To further accent the wallpaper, purple is sprinkled through the room with pillows. Try a tall purple glass table lamp to get the look.

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    This dreamy farmhouse kitchen's dark wood cabinet doors are perfectly accented by this deep purple woven rug, featured on Panda's House.

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    This showstopper dining area from House Beautiful flawlessly mixes aged, vintage pieces with a high glam table and modern glass lamps, all encompassed with a stunning, deep purple floor and lavender walls.

    Eclectic-Purple-Wallpaper-Rocking-Chair-Design-Spring

    Many different shades of purple are mixed together in this super funky bedroom from Street Scene Vintage.  It's all about fun and color here, even further accenting the wallpaper with a midcentury rocking chair in a lovely lavender.

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    This gorgeous, contemporary living room from Elle packs one big purple punch with an oversized, tufted ottoman in the spring hue that perfectly compliments the more wintry forest green at the fireplace.

    Image Credits: Country Living, Julie Loves HomePanda's House, House Beautiful, Street Scene Vintage, Elle

  • Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week - Meet Tobi Fairley

    As part of our Icons Collection designer sweepstakes week we are sitting down with Tobi Fairely and getting to know her better. We’ll find out what the inspiration was behind the Tobi Fairly Icons Lighting Collection design and her favorite design rule she likes to break.

    The “Icons Collection” is comprised of an elite number of designers asked to design a shade pattern that is unique and available exclusively at Lamps Plus for a limited time.

    Each designer we have chosen is a true “Icon” in their own style. From eclectic to vintage inspired designs, each designer brings high end design, at an everyday value to Lamps Plus customers.

    Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week - Meet Tobi Fairly

    What sparked your interest in becoming an interior designer?
    My mother has an amazing eye for color and scale, and she instilled so much of her creative gift in me just by cultivating an always-lovely and inviting environment for our family and our guests, so I was constantly surrounded by color and design.

    What are a few of your favorite textiles or materials?
    I’m crazy for fabrics from Duralee, Kravet, Schumacher, and more. I love to start on a project by going into my workroom and just working with those patterns and colors and a vision starts to come together. And of course I love paint – it’s such a great way to change the look and feel of a space. I have 10 go-to colors with Sherwin-Williams that make up my favorite palette.

    What is the one design resource you can’t live without?
    That’s a tough one. It isn’t really about one company, necessarily, but I would say again that it’s all about fabrics and textiles. They really tell the story of the room – from the upholstery to the window coverings to the lamp shades. Fabrics make the room pop!

    What qualities do you admire in a room?
    I love a room that really shows the personality of the family living in it. That is so key. I really believe that the best rooms resonate with both the creative vision of the designer as well as the authenticity of those whose lives will unfold in the home.

     Tobi Fairley Icons Collection Lighting

    If you could be a piece of furniture or object, what would it be?
    Upholstery, no doubt! It’s where comfort and rest become a launch pad for creative and innovative ideas.

    What design rule do you like to break?
    The one thing that always surprises people is that I select the paint colors last because I want the color story to be told by the fabrics and accessories. The paint on the walls should be a complement to the rest of what is happening in the room.

    What was your inspiration for the Icons collection design?
    I really like the classics when it comes to design motifs, but then giving them a more modern twist. I took inspiration from the trellis work on vintage bamboo furniture, and then made it a little bolder and more updated.

    Lamps Plus Icons Collection Sweepstakes


    We’re giving away five Icons Collection table lamps; you can win one of Tobi Fairley’s exclusive designs by entering our sweepstakes here!
     


    After you’ve entered, you will be prompted to earn extra entries by referring your friends and increase your odds of winning. Competition ends Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm PST.

    Good Luck!

    By participating in this promotion you agree to the Official Rules.

    For more ideas and inspiration from Tobi check out the Lamps Pus You Tube interview.

  • Upgrade Your Kitchen Style With Under Cabinet Lighting

    Under Cabinet Lights

    Under cabinet lighting is essential to kitchen design and functionality, plus it adds a layer of lighting that can increase sophistication and drama to one of the most used room in the house. Lonny Magazine had some fantastic kitchen images that featured a wide array of under cabinet lights that capture high-end design at its best.

    Under Cabinet Puck Lights

    While there are as many kitchen styles as there are kitchens in the world, under cabinet illumination works with all designs. One contemporary lighting look is the use of under cabinet puck lights.

    Puck lights are like mini spot lights that are ideal for prep areas and make kitchens look like chic Hollywood sets when lit. Puck lights can fit nicely under cabinets or even within shelves if you have an open shelving system instead of traditional cabinets. 

    Under Cabinet Light Bars

    General under cabinet lighting can also be achieved by installing light bars or LED tape lights. Bars, tapes and strips create a more uniform light and are the more traditional route to take. One thing I really like about using the tape lights is that you are able fit a seamless stream of light into tight spots and around corners.

    Remember to consider the type of backsplash in your kitchen when buying lights. Ask yourself what type of reflection lights will create on till or stone or will the walls absorb the light? 

    Energy Efficient Lighting

    Regardless of which style light you ultimately use, there are always energy efficient lighting options. No longer do you need to be stuck with dull fluorescent lights that look dated and dreary. Under cabinet lights are now a stylish new additional to the kitchen becoming a design accessory, no longer a functional must-have.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Made By Girl

    As part of our Icons Collection designer sweepstakes week we are sitting down with Jen Ramos from Made By Girl and getting to know her better. We’ll find out what the inspiration was behind the Made By Girl Icons Lighting Collection design and Jen’s favorite design rule she likes to break.

    The “Icons Collection” is comprised of an elite number of designers asked to design a shade pattern that is unique and available exclusively at Lamps Plus for a limited time.

    Each designer we have chosen is a true “Icon” in their own style. From eclectic to vintage inspired designs, each designer brings high end design, at an everyday value to Lamps Plus customers.

    Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Made By Girl

    What sparked your interest in interior design?
    Probably when I purchased my first home. This was an exciting time, and I knew I wanted to jump in & decorate!

    What are a few of your favorite textiles or materials?
    I love all things brass – gives a nice warm touch to any room. As for textiles, I love Schumacher and I’m a sucker for good wallpaper, like Sarah Ellison’s new line!

    What qualities do you admire in a room?
    I have to say I admire really good lighting, it's the key ingredients.

    If you could be a piece of furniture or object, what would it be?
    I would be a vase, because it gets to carry pretty flowers.


    Made By Girl Icons Lighting Collection

    What design rule do you like to break?
    Mixing patterns. Some people are afraid to do it, but if you're good at it, then why not?

    What was your inspiration for the Icons collection design?
    The iconic ikat pattern which I've always loved, but with a rougher & sharper edge to it.

    Lamps Plus Icons Collection Sweepstakes

    We’re giving away five Icons Collection table lamps; you can win one of Made By Girls exclusive designs by entering our sweepstakes here!



    After you’ve entered, you will be prompted to earn extra entries by referring your friends and increase your odds of winning. Competition ends Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm PST.

    Good Luck!

    By participating in this promotion you agree to the Official Rules.

    Check out the Lamps Plus You Tube video to see more top interior designers revealing the rules they love to break.

  • Outdoor Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining

    Outdoor Lighting

    Summer is just around the corner, and brings with it a chance to fire up the barbecue and eat under the stars! When the sun goes down, proper outdoor lighting is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience.

    Try multiple strings of party lights for a quick and easy outdoor lighting solution; they can span the entire patio as on Sweet Thing Blog or be suspended from an oversized umbrella like this image from Lamps Plus. 

     String Lights

    To take your outdoor lighting to the next level, combine strands of lights with other sources of illumination. My Paradissi illustrates the impact of candles on a dining table, while an arrangement of tiki torches sets the scene for dining al fresco on Lamps Plus.

    An arbor provides the perfect place to affix a hanging lantern like in the image from Domestically Speaking.

    Finally, a chandelier hanging from a tree on Bohemian Homes casts a romantic glow on an intimate evening for two. And no matter what combination of outdoor lighting you use, add a few citronella candles to the mix. You'll not only light up the night but also keep it mosquito free.

    Outdoor Lighting Ideas

    1. The tiki torch is classic for summer entertaining. This one features a solar powered LED to eliminate the mess of fuel and the risk of fire!

    2. Create subtle boundaries around your outdoor dining area by surrounding it with several recessed well lights.

    3. Easy to hang and appropriate for any style of decor, a string of white paper lanterns evokes an instant party vibe!

    4. For a more modern look, seek out clean lines like the ones in Jonathan Adler's glass table lamp.

    5. The shape of this bronze lantern has a summery, nautical feel, while the seeded glass provides a diffuse glow.

    6. Mimic the magic of starlight with a perforated hanging lantern.

    Image credits: Sweet Thing BlogLamps PlusMy ParadissiLamps PlusDomestically SpeakingBohemian Homes

  • Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Mr. Kate

    As part of our Icons Collection designer sweepstakes week we are sitting down with Kate Albrecht from Mr. Kate and getting to know her better. We’ll find out what the inspiration was behind the Mr. Kate Icons Lighting Collection design and Kate’s favorite design rule she likes to break.

    The “Icons Collection” is comprised of an elite number of designers asked to design a shade pattern that is unique and available exclusively at Lamps Plus for a limited time.

    Each designer we have chosen is a true “Icon” in their own style. From eclectic to vintage inspired designs, each designer brings high end design, at an everyday value to Lamps Plus customers.

    Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Mr. Kate
    What sparked your interest in interior design?
    I was always interested in decorating since I was little, I used to spend hours rearranging toys on my shelves and color coding my books. More recently I've been sparked by how interior design makes people feel, it is the ultimate mood lifter to live in a beautiful space.

    What are a few of your favorite textiles or materials?
    Linen is the ultimate in rustic elegance and I also love sparkle in anything, I'm a sucker for crystal and metallics.

    What is the one design resource you can’t live without?
    The flea market! I love browsing for inspiration and knowledge. I've learned so much from talking to flea market vendors about the antiques or finds they're offering. I love a thing with a story.

    What qualities do you admire in a room?
    Something surprising that is delightful in its uncanny-ness that expressed the personality of the person(s) inhabiting the space. Rooms should be a decorative, functional and alive.

    Mr. Kate Icons Lighting Collection
    If you could be a piece of furniture or object, what would it be?
    Ahhh that's so hard! I would change every day! Can I be a shape-shifter? If I had to choose it would some fantastic wall clock so at least I could move and tick all day.

    What design rule do you like to break?
    Every single one! I hate rules, they restrict creativity and make people feel like they are failing in an area that should only be a celebration. Design should be an expression of your inner self and everyone is unique so rules can't apply. If you like it and it makes you feel good, it's all good.

    What was your inspiration for the Icons collection design?
    I love to hand draw patterns because wavy lines are more interesting and calming to me than mechanical straight lines. I drew this pattern to mimic a tribal feel that could fit in with any design style, depending on your choice of color. I was inspired by how simple shapes like lines and circles when repeated and paired together create a complex yet organic look.

    Lamps Plus Icons Collection Sweepstakes

    We’re giving away five Icons Collection table lamps; you can win one of Mr Kate’s exclusive designs by entering our sweepstakes here!


    After you’ve entered, you will be prompted to earn extra entries by referring your friends and increase your odds of winning. Competition ends Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm PST.

    Good Luck!

    By participating in this promotion you agree to the Official Rules.

    Check out the Lamps Plus You Tube video to see more top interior designers revealing the rules they love to break.

  • Home Decorating With Wicker

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    It's the season.

    The season for winding garden paths and blooming flower beds and outdoor spaces full of charm and whimsy and pitchers of sweet tea.

    The season for brushing away the cobwebs and sweeping off layers of winter blahs and bringing color and pattern and texture to outdoor spaces.

    The season for porches and decks and verandas and patios and terraces.

    It's Spring.

    And here's a few home decorating ideas on getting your outdoor spaces ready for the season.....

    .....by decorating with wicker.

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    1.  Comfortable seating

    Comfortable wicker chairs are the perfect accent for an indoor/outdoor space like this beautiful terrace featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

    The combination of wicker and stone flooring creates an old world feeling of welcome and comfort.

    Add potted plants to bring in color and texture to the space.

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    2.  Make a first impression

    Greet your guests with classic wicker choices for your front porch like this beautiful outdoor space from Southern Living.

    Add a wicker seating area and ceramic accent pieces for versatility.

    Complete the look with classic outdoor lighting options to add function and style to your front porch..

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    3.  Go bold

    An over-sized wicker coffee table like the one on this colorful deck from Better Homes and Gardens fits the bill.

    A statement piece and vivid color choices bring an element of fun to any outdoor space.

    Add pops of color with outdoor pillows in bright patterns and textures.

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    Have fun with your outdoor spaces. Wicker is such a great option because of it's versatility and design choices. So mix color and texture and pattern and vivid hues and top it off with a pitcher of sweet tea.....because after all.....

    ....it's the season.

    Photo credits:   Better Homes and Gardens,  Better Homes and GardensSouthern Living,  Better Homes and GardensSouthern Living

  • Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Christopher Kennedy

    As part of our Icons Collection designer sweepstakes week we are sitting down with Christopher Kennedy and getting to know him better. We’ll find out what the inspiration was behind the Christopher Kennedy Icons Lighting Collection design and Christopher’s favorite design rule he likes to break.

    The “Icons Collection” is comprised of an elite number of designers asked to design a shade pattern that is unique and available exclusively at Lamps Plus for a limited time.

    Each designer we have chosen is a true “Icon” in their own style. From eclectic to vintage inspired designs, each designer brings high end design, at an everyday value to Lamps Plus customers.

    Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Christopher Kennedy

    What sparked your interest in becoming an interior designer?
    I've dreamed, and drawn, design since as long as I can remember. I wanted to be an architect since I was seven or eight years old, and started drawing floor plans not long after.  My dad gave me books on Frank Lloyd Wright about that same time.  I received my professional degree in architecture, and after a brief stint in business, got back to my roots in design.

    What are a few of your favorite textiles or materials?
    I love all materials and textures! But I especially love beautiful walnut wood, gleaming terrazzo floors, solid brass finishes, and cozy fabrics.

    What is the one design resource you can’t live without?
    My imagination.

    What qualities do you admire in a room?
    I admire rooms that are dramatic but restful at the same time.  I think our built environments should inspire us; that our rooms should help us to be the best we can be.  I love creating a bedroom that inspires someone when they open their eyes in the morning, or a living room that embraces them after a long day at work.  At the same time that I believe our rooms should be vibrant and interesting, I want them to be comfortable and warm.  It's a difficult balance to achieve, and it's that balance that I admire.

    the Christopher Kennedy Icons Lighting Collection

    If you could be a piece of furniture or object, what would it be?
    A fabulous statement lamp, for sure! Preferably a vintage one.

    What design rule do you like to break?
    I like to have fun with “formal" dining rooms -- so few people use them anymore that I believe in re-purposing in a way that makes them useful on a daily basis.

    What was your inspiration for the Icons collection design?
    I was swimming in an "infinity" pool in Palm Springs, where the water drips over the edge into spaces unseen.  I began thinking about the infinite nature of the universe and the amazing nature of the Cosmic Wheel.  So I turned the infinity symbol into a simple but striking pattern.

    Lamps Plus Icons Collection Sweepstakes

    We’re giving away five Icons Collection table lamps; you can win one of Christopher Kennedy’s exclusive designs by entering our sweepstakes here!



    After you’ve entered, you will be prompted to earn extra entries by referring your friends and increase your odds of winning. Competition ends Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm PST.

    Good Luck!

    By participating in this promotion you agree to the Official Rules.

    For more ideas and inspiration from Christopher check out the Lamps Pus YouTube interview.

  • Celebrity Interiors: Giuliana and Bill Rancic

    Giuliana and Bill Rancic

    I think it’s fun to look at celebrity interiors and get inspired for my own home. Giuliana and Bill Rancic have an extremely tasteful home and worth trying to emulate if you are a fan of traditional, crisp spaces.

    Traditional Home magazine did a fantastic spread on their home and I thought it was an fun space to replicate as the interiors are timeless yet up-to-date. It’s also nice to see great care given to stylish lighting throughout the home!

    Giuliana Rancic's House

    I love how fresh this house feels. Although some of the walls are covered in rich papers, the brightly painted moldings in white keeps things light. Additionally, many of the large scale pieces of furniture are upholstered in white or natural linens. Fear not, though, pops of blue keeps things light and playful.

    Dining Room Design

    When it comes to lighting in the house, they have chosen to include a wide variety of styles. From the elegant mirrored sconces in the living room to the metal and wood chandelier in the breakfast room, variety is clearly the spice of life. Remember, you don't need to match all of your lighting in either shape or finish, but do try to keep the style consistent.

    The Rancic home uses updated traditional lighting throughout...

    Traditional Interior Decor

    1. The Currey and Company Fitzjames Lantern Chandelier is similar to the open, cage look of the ceiling light found in the living room.

    2. Like the breakfast room design? Why not include the Powell Wood and Metal Side Chair?

    3. Kitchen lighting can also be large scale like the Currey and Company Hannah White Chandelier.

    4. Simple dining room chairs like the Zuo Dogpatch Beige Accent Chair are great for a Southern California vibe.

    5. Just like the blue poofs in the family room, the angelo:HOME Duncan Small Parisian Teal Blue Cube Ottoman will add just the right amount of pizzazz.

    6. A tufted sofa is timeless and the Carolyn Tufted French Sofa is quite similar to the one found in Giuliana’s living room.

    Photo credits: Traditional Home

  • Decorating with Driftwood

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    Adding pieces of driftwood, either small or large, brings a natural, warm and rustic touch to any interior space. It is a great way to blend the interior with the exterior and soften harder, more formal spaces.  Whether you are looking to take on a DIY project or you want a ready-made piece, these driftwood design ideas are a beautiful, natural addition to any space.  

    Let's look at different ways to decorate with driftwood throughout your home with the help of lovely images from Architecture Art Design.

    Driftwood-Mirrors-Floor-Wall-Natural-Interior-Design

    Wood-framed mirrors are a gorgeous focal point for any room in the house. Larger solid planks make up a bold leaning floor mirror, while a play on a starburst mirror in driftwood is rustic and chic.  

    Because of the natural material, these mirrors can also be used outside to enhance any outdoor space.

    Driftwood-Lighting-Chandelier-Candles-Interior-Design

    Without much work, driftwood planks can turn into beautiful lighting designs. Hanging Edison bulbs illuminate an untouched driftwood plank to, looking quite similar to other rustic dining room chandelier.

    On the right, cutting a single plank into smaller pieces and digging out a small hole turns this natural material into the perfect candle holder.  Cluster the candles around the house for romantic evening lighting with an outdoorsy feel.

    Driftwood-Hanging-Planter-Floral-Arrangements-Design

    It seems instinctive to mix driftwood with live plants, creating an organic floral display.  Raw, knotty branches are wall mounted and adorned with glass bubbles filled with air plants. Air plants are extremely low maintenance, and the addition of glass holders add a bit of sparkle and modernity to the look.  

    Adding smaller, upright pieces of driftwood to floral arrangements for a centerpiece create a lovely juxtaposition between soft and hard and take after a wild, raw feel.

    How will you decorate with driftwood?

    Image Credits: Architecture Art Design

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