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  • The Perfect Makeup Vanity Design

    Small makeup vanity with silver wall mirror with shell motif

    Everyone reading this blog knows that the holiday season is a time to put forward their best. From work parties to intimate holiday dinners, ugly Christmas sweater parties to New Years Eve. Having a space where you can get ready can be essential to completing the look.

    Makeup vanities can be created from just about any space, all you need is a surface, a mirror, some organizational items and a seat (although as you will see below, if you don't have the space a seat isn't totally necessary).

    These inspiration images from Style Caster will show you many different ways to create the perfect makeup vanity space in your home.

    Mirrored makeup vanity with gallery wall

    A classic design for todays style includes modern furniture mixed in with graphic patterns and a gallery wall.

    A light acrylic chair paired with a stylish mirrored accent table make the space feel modern and cool while framed shopping bag art adds the perfect feminine touch.

    Clear storage and organizational solutions for the top of the desk keep all your essentials in order and easily accessible.

    Glass-topped maple makeup vanity

    For a more natural look, think about turning a maple desk into a makeup vanity. Adding a piece of glass to the top of your wood desk gives you an easily cleanable surface that can stand up to spills and smudges while also adding femininity with a nice reflection.

    Wall hooks add additional organization elements to the space without taking up room on your work surface.

    Small parsons table used as makeup vanity with large floor mirror behind

    Are you a vintage lover? If so this makeup vanity solution is perfect for you. An oversized and ornate floor mirror leans against the wall while a vintage chair and simple desk round out the space.

    This tiny space packs a big punch with texture and depth without taking over the entire room.

    Distressed wooden sideboard used as a makeup vanity

    If you don't have space to sit at your makeup vanity, fear not! Creating an organized, tabletop set up on top of your dresser can work just as well. Trays do the organizing here, again making the tabletop seem intentional and stylish.

    This organized, collected look is perfect for the bohemian, vintage girl who loves flea market find and keeps adding to her treasures.

    Luxurious built-in makeup vanity with extensive storage

    And finally, if you're lucky enough to have the space for a built-in makeup vanity, the one is above is near perfection.

    Storage space keeps items off the workspace, while large mirrors, beautiful wall sconces and a vintage-inspired vanity stool complete the look. And no one could ever be mad at a petite cluster of roses to top off the beauty of this space.

    Where will you be getting ready for the holidays this season?

    Image Source: Style Caster

  • The Paris Apartment Redefined

    A Classic Parisian Flat with Contemporary Furnishings

    The romance of Paris still exists even with changing times. The Paris apartment redefined is the embodiment of classic French architecture coupled with modern furniture and decor. They coexist harmoniously because each element is treasured and of the highest quality.

    I immediately popped in to see what Habitually Chic had in the way of pictures and was thrilled to find this particular Parisian apartment which is the perfect example of this new wave of French design. An ancient shell with current design sensibilities.

    Modern Decor and Lighting in an Old World Paris Flat

    This apartment has elegant, old world architecture featuring original moldings that are found just about everywhere you look. The rooms are primarily a monochromatic white the ultra modern furnishings shine.

    Contemporary floor lamps look sculptural and can fill the room with light once the sun sets. Ultra modern kitchens and baths don’t seem out of place because their color scheme is the same color of the walls and floors-they essentially disappear.

    Colorful Occasional Chairs in a French Apartment

    The homeowners are quite bold with their use of colorful, multi-era furniture. Since when has the stylish accent chair become functional art? I love the bold green fabric on the antique fauteuil chair and how it’s placed near an Art Deco desk...bold choices especially for a nation that prides itself on tradition.

    Care for a 1970s style chair with a light dusting of Dangerous Liaisons plasterwork? Why yes, this apartment can deliver that too!

    Here are some suggestions to help you recreate the look of a Paris apartment in your own home:

    The Varied-Style Home Decor that Captures Modern Parisian Interior Design from Lamps Plus

    1. I love the mid century look of this chestnut wood and gold table lamp.

    2.  A chrome and crystal chandelier is the essence of  Old World lighting.

    3. Use an accent table like this bent wood table in an espresso finish to offer some Art Deco style to a room.

    4. A tufted black leather chair with a stainless steel base is as welcoming as it’s a nod to 1970s design.

    5. I like this rectangular wall mirror over a fireplace or dresser.

    6. A wood tripod floor lamp is great in living rooms and dens.

    Photos: Habitually Chic.

  • Inspired by Jessica Alba - Organic Interiors

    Organic interior design style living room with vintage pieces and potted plants

    Jessica Alba is the poster girl for organics. Through The Honest Company she has created an empire about all natural, organic products with transparency for ingredients and global impact.

    When thinking about her brand, I started thinking about what 'Organic' means to me in terms of interiors. For me 'Organic' interiors are spaces that have a free, flowing feeling mixed with pieces and accessories that are natural, upcycled and unique.

    The living room above from Lady Sadie is a mix of vintage pieces, multiple collections, varying plant arrangements and an overall easy feel.

    Below we will discus the elements seen above and how to achieve a Jessica Alba-approved organic design for your home.

    Loft space incorporating natural materials


    One of the most interesting ways to achieve an organic look is with architecture. While this isn't an easy fix, if you are looking for a space or thinking of remodeling your own, pay close attention to the architecture of your space.

    Flowing shapes that coincide with the natural surroundings and provide soft, flowing lines screams organic. The loft spaces from Bohemian Homes embrace free flowing angles and natural materials that create almost 'nature-like' levels within an interior space. This image reminds me of climbing through a forest with peaks and lookouts along the way.

    Natural light floods a corner of a room full of potted plants


    A very key element in an organic design is greenery. Succulents, vines, ferns, trees and many more plants bring life and oxygen to your space.

    Greenery brings the outdoors in, brings a wild-flowing element, and awakens your senses of touch, smell and sight.

    Clusters of potted plants, potted tall trees and potted herbs make this window seat from Rose Gold Teef make this organically wild corner come to life.

    Organic style dining room with distressed wood finishes on the furniture


    One important element, if not the most important element, in an organic space is natural light. After all, what is more natural and organic than the sunlight flooding through your windows and drenching your home.

    This dining room from Turbulences Deco oozes organic goodness from the natural light to the collections of vintage pottery to the reclaimed table and chairs.

    Light filled living room with vintage furniture and unique wood accent table


    Once you have set the tone with your architecture, accessories and a multitude of plants, you have to think about furniture.

    If you really want that organic design feel, taking the extra time to hunt for the perfect vintage pieces will be worth it. If this concept weirds you out, don't forget you can always reupholster your old sofa or chair to breathe new life into it.

    However, vintage accent tables have a history and soul that simply can not be achieved with newly purchased pieces. 

    Having an organic space is easier to achieve than you think, and I am sure Jessica Alba would happily stamp her 'Organic Seal of Approval' on any one of the above spaces.

    Image Sources: Lady Sadie, Bohemian Homes, Rose Gold Teef, Turbulences Deco, Gravity Home

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Lamps Plus!

    Industrial style dining room with bronze drum shade pendants

    If you've had your fill of turkey and all the fixings and are in the mood for a little retail therapy, Lamps Plus has over 7,000 styles under $200 in our Quick Ship program for you to choose from. Items in our Quick Ship program usually ship within one to two business days, so your package will reach you in time to spruce up your home for the holidays!

    Here's a small sample of what you can expect to find for less than $200 from Lamps Plus:

    Lighting styles from Lamps Plus

    We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    The Blog Team at Lamps Plus

    Image source: Lamps Plus

  • A Glam Living Room for Less

    A Bright and Sophisticated Red and White Living Room

    I saw this room on Splendid Sass and thought it was a great candidate for a get this glam living room for less post. I loved how the red and white color scheme has a modern and fresh take on holiday colors yet would look crisp and chic all year long.

    It’s essentially a white room with pops of color introduced through the accessories and window treatment. In a word, a beautiful blank canvas.

    I chose a room that had some universal basics that most people have...a neutral sofa, white walls and a creamy carpet. This foundation allows you to build any color story you want, and introduce texture to makes things lively.

    Strategically placed round mirrors can create an Art Deco design on the basic bookshelf, while a timeless lamp can be transformed by a colorful lamp shade. Interesting textures are found in the soft, fur pillows and a twig-inspired metal table. A few warm wood pieces help ground the space.

    No doubt, most people already have a chair or chest that can fill that role. All told, the accessories I have chosen to create the look come in under $1500.

    Design Elements for Creating a Glamorous Living Room

    1. A Chinese red lamp shade made from Dupioni silk will transform a basic table lamp.

    2.A faux fur throw pillow creates a tactile element on a sofa or chair.

    3. The Niko swing arm sconce in Ribbon offers stylish task lighting.

    4. Stylish round mirrors can be grouped to create dynamic wall art.

    5. I like using a bookcase as a room divider, like this 16 cube white bookcase, to display books and personal accessories.

    6. A unique side table, like this silver faux bamboo table, adds texture to any room.

    7. A white wooden turned floor lamp fits nicely behind furniture to offer additional lighting to any room.

    What would you use to create a glam living room for less?

    Photos: Splendid Sass.

  • It's Time to Think about Holiday Mantel Decor!

    White and red holiday mantel decor with votive advent calendar
    Every year we read those familiar lines from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas that go like this:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas
    When all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

    The Christmas mantel is an iconic part of any decorating scheme and one that can add a little Christmas flair to the holiday.

    Holiday mantels can be rustic or colorful or whimsical or traditional and creating one that matches your décor can be as simple as thinking outside the box.

    Need a little holiday mantel inspiration?

    Here’s some creative holiday mantel decor ideas to get you started.

    Rustic holiday mantel decor with pinecones

    1. Think Rustic

    Creating a rustic mantel can be as easy as shopping the house and the yard

    Begin with pinecone showcased under a glass cloche and twigs from outdoors. Next, layer in a vintage architectural piece and a burlap banner.

    Finish off the display with a rustic bench stacked with baskets of winter foliage or plaid blankets.

    Red and white stockings hanging from mantel with votive advent calendar

    2. Think Colorful

    You can’t go wrong with a traditional color scheme of red and white. Especially with colorful felt stockings that add a graphic element to the mantel.

    Simple numbered votives, one for each of the days counting down to Christmas add a little whimsy to the holiday display.

    Tuck an accent chair next to the fire and add a cup of hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows to enjoy the holidays in style.

    Farmhouse style holiday mantel with burlap Christmas stockings

    3. Think Farmhouse

    Create a farmhouse mantel by starting with reclaimed wood letters complete with rustic metal accents.

    Next, layer in wall art and add wood slice stocking tags stamped with the name of the stocking holder.

    Lastly, set an accent table next to the mantel with a coffee bar full of festive holiday cheer.

    Neutral holiday mantel decor with evergreen sprigs in a tin can

    4. Think Neutral

    Sometimes the best mantels begin with a simple, classic color pallet of neutrals.

    Add in simple sprigs of greenery and barn wood Christmas trees for a nod to Christmases of long ago.

    Compliment your neutral mantel with white dishes, a wood slice Christmas tree, grain sack pillows and a giant oversized farmhouse style wall clock.

    Go with traditional, classic, colorful, or rustic elements for your holiday mantel decor this year.

    Here’s to visions of sugarplums and reindeer dancing and prancing on the roof.

    Happy holidays.

    Photo credit: Thistlewood Farms

  • Lamps Plus and the Sunset Idea House 2015 in Denver

    Exterior of Sunset Idea House in Denver

    This past August, Sunset put on its annual Idea House and Lamps Plus was very excited to be a part of that project by providing much of the lighting.

    The main criteria for the location of the Sunset Idea House is that the location must capture the “spirit of the West.” So it should come as no surprise that the chosen location was Denver. The combination of Denver’s outdoorsy culture and the booming real estate market made it a natural choice.

    The location is a 1954 single level ranch home that was transformed by architect Jonas Dicaprio of Design Platform and interior designer Megan Hudacky of cky Designs. The home, after extensive renovations, is now a three-level, energy efficient modern home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths.

    The interiors are a modernized version of midcentury modern with open-plan living and screens for dividing spaces; Hudacky’s design also honored the home’s midcentury roots throughout the home.

    The color palette throughout the home is fairly neutral, punctuated with bold splashes of color like ocean blue, teal, yellow, pink and orange.

    Kitchen with geometric teal and blue tile flooring and backsplash

    Hudacky broke with convention, and instead of designing a marble kitchen with subway tile went with a bold blue and teal geometric tile on the floor and the backsplash that clearly delineates the kitchen area from the rest of the space.

    Instead of having the upper cabinets match the lower, she went with a highly polished bronze.

    A series of Possini Euro's white Ponder pendants hang over the island, creating visual balance.

    Stylish living room with both modern and midcentury furnishings

    The living room’s furniture is a mix of modern and midcentury and the neutral color palette is broken up with punches of yellow and teal. Instead of using table lamps on the side tables, Hudacky opted for energy-efficient Trumpet floor lamps on either side of the sofa.

    Bed with wall of curtains behind for softness and light control

    Hudacky once again brightens up the neutral colors in a bedroom with blue. There weren’t a lot of options for where to place the bed in the room, so it was positioned directly in front of large windows.

    Wall to wall curtains help to both anchor and soften the room. A pair of Color Plus Wexler table lamps in Humble Gold on top of matching side tables add visual balance to the room.

    Powder room with mod brass and glass sconce and sunburst mirror
    A sunburst mirror and a Jonathan Adler Rio sconce in brass help carry the mod feeling into the powder room.

    Garden-level bedroom flooded with natural light
    It’s hard to believe that this bedroom is on the garden level! Large light wells were put into place during the remodel, which allows natural light to flood the space.

    Splashes of pink and orange liven up the calming palette of pewter gray.

    Another Wexler table lamp (this time in winter white) with a gray Dupioni silk drum shade sits on the bedside table.

    Lounge with midcentury modern style chairs and sputnik-inspired close-to-ceiling light fixture
    Hudacky transformed a smaller bedroom into a lounge with two midcentury modern style lounge chairs with, you guessed it, splashes of teal brought in by decorative pillows.

    A sputnik-inspired flush mount fixture in brass adds to the retro vibe.

    Industrial style wall sconce with exposed filament bulb mounted inside a bookcase

    The lounge also has these industrial-inspired sconces with an exposed filament bulb mounted inside the bookcase.

    Playroom with layered area rugs in bright colors

    The playroom features the same sputnik-style brass fixture seen in the lounge which works beautifully with the spunky, playful design of the room that is awash in shades of pink, purple, orange and red.

    Three white modern pendant lights highlight artwork in media room

    A long, sinuous sectional anchors the design of the media room that is punctuated by splashes of orange, brown, ochre and teal. A series of three paintings adorn the wall and are spotlighted by three white Willa pendants from Possini Euro. The pendants are a great alternative to traditional track lighting or recessed spot lights for highlighting objects like artwork.

    The home In Denver's Hilltop neighborhood is now on the market for $1,995,000 -- unfurnished. You can easily bring the look of the Sunset Idea House into your home through similar use of space and color and, of course, stylish lighting from Lamps Plus!

    Image sources: Sunset Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Coco + Kelley; Sunset Magazine; Coco + Kelley; Coco + Kelley; Sunset Magazine; Design Milk

    Copyright 2015 Sunset Publishing Corporation, photos by Thomas J. Story.

    SUNSET is a registered trademark of Sunset Publishing Corporation and is used with permission. 

  • A Complete Living Room Design Needs Accent Chairs

    Elegant living room design with white accent chairs

    The space you use as your living room can be formal for some, causal for others, but for everyone it's a gathering spot. The living room is where you convene with company, watch the big game, or simply keep styled to the 9s with a strict "only grown-ups allowed" policy.

    Any way you use the living room, one thing is for sure - furniture styling is of the utmost importance. The living room isn't fully complete without a seating area that is conversational and chic.

    While that usually includes a sofa, selecting the right accent chairs to face your sofa is so key to a finished, complete look.

    Here, with the help of some gorgeous inspiration images from Domaine Home, we will look at very different styles of accent chairs and how to best utilize them to complete your living room design.

    Stylish cobalt blue living room with blue sofa and wood accent chairs

    Right off the bat we get to enjoy some major eye candy with this stunning cobalt blue living room. Every inch of this room has personality, accented by beautiful blue that encapsulates the space.

    In a living room like this, the sofa, walls and accessories do most of the talking so you want to select an accent chair that is simplistic yet chic.

    These vintage wood and leather side chairs are not typical for a living room, but what in this space is 'typical'? Keeping the lines of the accent chairs streamlined helps to keep the focus on the blue in the space while still doing their duty as additional seating if need be.

    Neutral living room design with hair on hide rug and cream sofa and chaise longue

    This gorgeous, transitional space plays with many different types of accent seating, nailing each one. W

    hen you have a space that may be an awkward shape or has to serve multiple functions, playing with different types of accent seating is key.

    A classic sofa and somewhat classic chaise are mixed with accent chairs that bring fun and style to the space.

    Clear acrylic chairs complete your conversational circle but allow the eye to pass along without much interruption. In a living room like this that serves double duty as living room/passage way, the clear accent chairs are the perfect fit to allow energy to flow from room to room.

    Traditional living room with modern accents and leather safari chair

    This cozy, masculine living room makes me want to cuddle up with a blanket, a cup of coco and a movie. This room is meant for sitting, hanging and conversing, and the sofa design screams that.

    With such a dominant sectional sofa, an accent chair that is comfortable yet minimal serves best. This vintage safari chair with its broken in leather is as comfortable as the sofa, but without all the bulk.

    The pairing of the two completes the space perfectly, playing with dimension and style all while keeping the cool, masculine and minimal style intact.

    Eclectic living room design with colorful decorative pillows and oversize table lamps

    This quirky space breaks a lot of design rules in all the right ways. A small scale sofa is flanked by two gorgeous and oversized table lamps.

    An organic coffee table pairs with a mid-century accent chair and table. And the entire space is draped in pattern, color and excess.

    For all that is going on, the space achieves exactly what it is set out to - it's fun, eclectic, conversational, playful and approachable.

    What type of accent chair does your living room need?

    Image Source: Domaine Home

  • Glamorous Interior Design for the Home

    Living room with crystal chandelier and floor lamp

    We’ve always loved watching movies from the 1940s and 50s. Starlets dressed in head to toe silk and satin, their bedrooms dripping in crystal chandeliers, there was always a chaise lounge nearby to recline upon, mirrored furniture reflected light and of course a well stocked bar cart was always at the ready.

    Let’s harken back to that era by adding some glamorous interior design ideas to our homes.

    Glamorous living room with a coffee table and accent table in a light distressed finish

    Crystal Chandeliers

    Whether it’s a huge statement-making light in the living room or a couple of stylish mini crystal chandeliers hung over each nightstand, crystals reflect light and create lively patterns on the walls and add instant glamour.

    Glam dining room with mirrored buffet and dining table and large brass chandelier

    Mirrored Furniture

    A mirrored chest of drawers can double as a chic nightstand or go glam in the dining room with a reflective table that will bring elegance to any dinner party.

    Chic velvet chaise in glamorous living room

    Comfortable Furniture

    The perfect place to recline with a good book or an even better martini, a backless chaise covered in rich velvet is a luxurious option for any room in the house.

    Add a little glitz and glam to your home with these glamorous interior design ideas.

    Image source: Lamps Plus

  • Cozy Library Design

    A Welcoming Library with Classic Lodge Styling

    Winter is the perfect time of year to embrace cozy library design. Wood paneled walls, masses of books and a roaring fire are how many of us like to live while winter winds blow and snow softly falls.

    The images I find on Belgian Pearls always make me feel warm and fuzzy. There is something about Belgian design that speaks to me and the great design looks we can create during the winter months.

    You need not have a dedicated library to create a library. A new trend is to convert infrequently used dining rooms into a functional library or simply add shelving in the living room for a similar look.

    Libraries with Multiple Soft Glowing Lights 

    Lighting is key in library design! Floor lamps provide the perfect light for reading and wall sconces will cast a warm glow against books and art.

    A new trend is to mount picture lights at the top of bookshelves to illuminate entire walls. While specialized light can create a romantic environment, remember that libraries tend to be places to work and contemplate, so make sure you also have ceiling lighting.

    Four Libraries with Stylish Seating

    Furniture is also critical to a successful library design. Make sure you have a comfortable chair for reading, a desk for working and ample accent tables for the basics like candles, books and drinks.

    If you have tall bookshelves I would suggest getting a folding ladder like in the lower right image. Not only will they allow you to reach high shelves, they look great when accessorized. 

    Classic Library Lighting and Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. I love the timeless look of this French library wall sconce from  Bill Blass.

    2. A fuzzy Mongolian Fur pillow would look great in a comfortable club chair.

    3. Create an additional soft glow with a table lamp like this wood table lamp.

    4. A wingback chair is ideal for reading and relaxing.

    5. This oval table with a distressed finish has an updated traditional look that is fresh feeling.

    6. You can’t go wrong with a timeless pharmacy floor lamp besides a chair or sofa.

    Photos: Belgian Pearls.

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