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  • Get Ready for Fall Entertaining with Kitchen Island Lights

    The Summer season seemed to race by and Autumn is the perfect time to start thinking about entertaining your family and friends around Fall recipes brewing in your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for a weekend football party or helping the kids with back-to-school homework, kitchen island lights are an essential design element to consider.

    The modern kitchen island has taken on a new role in today’s kitchen: dining, food preparation, and extra seating for family and friends demand optimal lighting. Here are a few ways to ensure your kitchen island lights are ready for your busy Fall entertaining. 

    Fall Entertaining

    Choose lighting that reflects your kitchen decor style

    When choosing island lights remember that the overall aesthetic of the kitchen should blend seamlessly with the fixtures you choose. If your kitchen is traditional with rich hardwood cabinetry and old world finishes then choosing pendant lighting with similar neutral or a classic nickel finish may be ideal.

    If you prefer a sleek and modern appeal to your kitchen then simple drop pendant lighting fixtures that blend into their surroundings can add to your room as well. For a glamorous appeal to your kitchen wide pendant shade lighting like the kitchen above from Ulrich, Inc. shows how these 3 lights add the ultimate focal point to the island seating. Lamps Plus offers a couple similar style below.

    Drum Shade Pendant

    George Kovacs Alecia's Necklace 18" Wide Chandelier

    This light offers a crisp, yet artistic addition to your a modern kitchen island. An acrylic diffuser on the bottom assures it won’t cast harsh shadows while preparing food or glare on your kitchen island surface. 

    Rustic Kitchen Design

    Choose kitchen island lighting that suits your lifestyle

    If you’re a family who enjoys a home cooked meal every evening, your kitchen island lights should fulfill their important role. This multi-pendant chandelier above fits this rustic kitchen from Jordan Design Studio beautifully.

    With plenty of illumination for the butcher block style island and seating and workstations on both sides, any busy family will feel at home at this kitchen island hub!

    Traditional Kitchen Style

    Christian Gladu Design does a wonderful job of illuminating this Craftsman style kitchen with Mission style stained glass pendants that beautifully light this galley kitchen. 

    Autumn entertaining is the perfect excuse to gather family and friends around your kitchen island this season. Whether to help bake a batch of cookies or just catch up with the neighbors while the kids play outside, kitchen lighting can set the ambiance.

    Use these helpful ideas when choosing the right kitchen island lights for your home. There is no doubt that any Autumn meal around this kitchen create memories for a lifetime!

    Image credits: Ulrich Inc., Jordan Design StudioChristian Gladu Design

  • Design Trend: Decorating With Round Mirrors

    Decorating Tips

    What is it about this picture?

    Are you like me and it makes you sigh and want order a pair of riding boots and stylish entryway mirrors?

    The simplicity and classic lines of this photograph featured in House and Home create a warmth and a feeling of coming home.

    And the eye is drawn to the large over-sized round mirror with its patina and vintage appeal.

    Living Room Design

    Same shape.  Similar mirror.....but it creates a completely different look in thisartful contemporary space from Planet Deco.

    Again, the classic lines bring a warmth and traditional feel to a room with modern elements.

    Decorating with round mirrors is such a classic design trend and the perfect way to compliment any room style or decor.

    And no particular order.... are five round mirrors I've been crushing on.

    1. Here design comes full circle with this round mirror made up of smaller shapes. This mirror would blend perfectly into a gallery wall or as a stand alone design element over a sideboard or hutch.

    2. Hello sunshine. This mirror is a fun take on the traditional sunburst mirror. It's full of character and personality with modern lines and a vintage silver finish. It's the perfect compliment to a space with brilliant color and classic decor.

    3. This is my go-to mirror. One created with wood and then aged with a vintage, timeless feel. It would look amazing against a gray wall over a distressed mantel or bookshelf.

    4.  With Fall approaching, this birch mirror is a great way to bring a little of the outside in. Perfect for a Fall vignette or over an small table at the end of a hall. Add a vase full of Fall color to reflect and bring light to a small space.

    5.  I sighed when I saw this mirror. It is exactly what I've been looking for in my front entry. The leather and mirrored finish compliment each other to create a beautiful addition to any space.

    So whether beveled, wood, leather or vintage, the round mirror is a design trend that's here to stay.

    Have fun decorating adding this classic design trend to your own home.

    Photo credits: House and Home, Planet Deco

  • Interior Accent Ideas For Autumn

    After the kids return to school and Labor Day passes, nature begins to change before our eyes. Harvest time arrives and with it changing leaves and cooler temperatures. For many the organic textures and earth tones found in an Autumn palette are equally as welcome indoors.

    The entry is the first impression, so welcome guests into your foyer with warm hues by creating an inviting scene that captures the same colors and textures of the outdoors during the Fall. We bring nature inside in the form of leaves, pumpkins and acorns in Autumn.

    Interior Accent Ideas

    You can do the same with a nature inspired palette by incorporating quality light fixtures in warm metallics, like copper and rectangular mirrors in textural weathered wood.

    Recreate the look of this inviting entry in your home with this round up below. Pair the Frameo Driftwood Console Table with the Southwest Dhurry Rug. Accent the table with the High Gloss Olive Ceramic Vase and Raised Copper Table Lamp. Suspend a pair of the Darrington Wall Mirrors above and store firewood or seasonal equipment in the Steel Wire Basket.

    Raised Copper Table Lamp

    Rustic Farmhouse is a design style that works in spaces from country to contemporary. There’s no denying the charm of a harvest meal shared with friends or family when temperatures are dropping outside in Fall.

    Dining Room Design

    To create a homey inviting look in your dining room check out this arrangement below. Pair the Hampton Brown Dining Table with several sets of the Black and Cherry Ladderback Chairs. The Prairie Mission Oak Buffet introduces a second warm wood tone and is the perfect perch for a set of the decorative Dijon Yellow Ceramic Jars. Gather seasonal produce in the Howard Elliot Glossy Textured Ceramic Bowl and serve hot soup on a cold day with the Rachael Ray Stoneware Ramekins.

    Dining Room Chairs

    There’s nothing nicer than a cozy fire on a cool Autumn evening in a living room layered with soft seasonal accents. Introduce texture in the form of woven materials and give a room a warm glow with accessories in a bronze, copper, or gold sheen.

    Warm Living Room Design

    Capture the feeling of this inviting space with these product ideas below. Accent the Rachael Classic Slipcovered Sofa with the hand woven Cadiz Textural Throw Pillows. Add another layer of softness with the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cashmere throw and underfoot include the Niassa Jute rug. Accent your cozy space with the Brighton Hammered Pot Table Lamp, the Rose Gold Mirrored Picture Frame, and Classical Sketches Wall Art.

    Table Lamp

    Be inspired by the changing season and the warm tones found in nature’s Autumn show by bringing the same hues indoors.

    Get more free decorating advice with the Lamps Plus team!

    Image credits: Better Homes and Gardens, House BeautifulCountry Living

  • Relaxed Beach House Style

    As we enter the days of Indian Summer, why not dream about Summer vacations, including amazing beach style escapes.

    The images below from Lonny Mag pull inspired me to try and incorporate coastal decor into my home. From graphic prints to a delicate ceiling light and pops of coral, lets get the inspiration pumping to create that perfect relaxed beach house style.

    House Style

    Shells, sailboats, woven furniture and pops of blue and coral complete the look and give the feeling of the perfect, relaxed seaside retreat.  

    With high or low ceilings, the Seaside Dreams 38" Wide Pendant Chandelier is perfect for bringing the natural surroundings inside.

    Mixing classic whites with woven rattan, like the Nantucket Basket Drawer White Nightstand is the perfect accessory for a casual guest bedroom.

    Pair the nightstand with some Safavieh Spice Beach Red Coral Fan Pillows and you will immediately make your guests feel like they're at a seaside hotel.  

    For an adorable Powder Room or Hallway accessory, adding ocean-inspired art such as this Set of 2 Nautical Boats 18" High Framed Giclee Wall Art is thematic without being overdone.  

    And finally, the Coastal Pennant Giclee Shade Arc Floor Lamp is the perfect accent to monochromatic beachy furniture

    Image credits: Lonny Mag

  • Top 4 Autumn Decor Tips

    Autumn Decor

    My top four Autumn decor tips are all about infusing texture into your post Summer spaces. I know there are a few weeks before the official onset of Autumn but it’s never too early to prepare for one of the best seasons of the year.

    I found some fabulous images on Habitually Chic that are sure to inspire.

    Leather Accessories


    My first must-for-Fall home is leather. Whether it’s a leather chair or fireplace bumper, try to find something a tad weathered with some patina. Brown leather is timeless and a little can go a long way.

    I’m not saying go out and get a large sectional sofa, rather, a chic pouf or ottoman would be ideal.

    Also, faux leather achieves the same effect and is a little easier on our environment.

    Aged Brass Lighting


    The second autumnal love of my life is aged brass. Quite frankly it’s becoming an addiction. The warmth of this material transports me to my perfect English my mind!

    From picture lights to stylish ceiling lightsdesigner table lamps and sconces, aged brass captures the hues of Fall.

    Leopard Print Home Decor


    While I think it would be totally inappropriate for me to wear leopard, I have no problem using this pattern in my home. You can’t go wrong with this print and I love it on pillows and flooring. It’s warm, welcoming and has a Parisian flair.

    Throw Blankets


    So you may think talking about throws is a bore, but when you need a little something to layer on a sofa, chair or bed is there anything better?

    For me the bigger the better and if I could, I would have one for every day of the week like scarves...which is also a minor obsession of mine.

    Fall Home Decor

    1. The Tricorn Black Leopard Print Ovo Table Lamp is decor candy for the fall home.

    2. Create an instant heirloom with the House of Troy Advent Twin Arm Antique Brass Piano Desk Lamp.

    3. The Regatta Round Ottoman in Cognac Upholstery is the perfect place for worn-out fall feet.

    4. You can’t get cozier than the Sand Bamboo Velvet Throw Blanket.

    Photo credits: Habitually Chic

  • Trend Spotting at the Lamps Plus Store

    For those of you who thought Lamps Plus was only about great lighting, you're in for a big surprise.... We have a never-ending selection of light fixtures that's for sure, but we also have furniture and home decor to fit every trend! 

    Lamps Plus Store

    What's even better is that you can get help shopping for the best design trends somewhere other than our Style Illuminated blog. Visit any of our stores and just look for our trend tables, where you'll find lighting, accessories and even furniture to suit any of the top trends.

    We love this display design, full of everything you'll need to provide your home decor with a little French-country style.

    Design Trend

    Still love shopping on-line? These beauties should get you started....

    Home Accessories

    Jenny 2-Tier Glass Top White Cake or Cupcake StandHydrangea Silk Flowers in Cream Ceramic PotMerrideth French Linen Trunk Cocktail Table

    Images: LP Team

  • Modern Moroccan Design

    Modern Moroccan Design

    Modern Moroccan Design is no longer your grandma’s souk! Crisp and bright design with cheerful colors should compliment the old-world designs and shapes of classic Moroccan Architecture.

    Domain Home had a chic spread that I had to share. This exotic design scheme is hard to copy in the traditional American home, however if you have a simple white backdrop you can infuse your space with some of the basic elements of this popular look.

    Moroccan Interior Design

    Don’t you just want to kick off your shoes and feel the cool tiles on your feet? This Moroccan interior is so cool I can hardly stand it. From the romantic glass work and Moorish arches to the patterned glass and vibrant textiles this look is super chic.

    I really like the use of classic chandeliers juxtaposed with earthy pottery and inlaid furniture... Even the metalwork on the windows feels less confined due to the elegant geometric pattern.

    If your home is character free, you can always introduce patterns with designer area rugs and patterned accent pillows.

    Moroccan Style Accessories

    1. Old World Moroccan design can be achieved with the Bettina Antique Brass Lantern.

    2. The Vertigo Silver Leaf Chandelier is a nod to modern day Morocco.

    3. I love how the Kaleen Casablanca Ivory Wool Area Rug plays off the look of a classic tile floor.

    4. The Safavieh Moroccan White Ceramic Accent mirrors traditional Moroccan architecture.

    5. The Medrassa Tile Openwork Rectangular Wall Mirror takes its look from Moroccan window metal work.

    Photo credits: Domain Home

  • Festive Fall Centerpiece Ideas

    Centerpiece Ideas

    The days are getting shorter and the air crisper. Company will be coming, turkeys will be basting and wine will be flowing. Here are some simple ideas for impressing your guests with a festive fall table.


    Log slices add rustic elegance to this table from The White Buffalo Styling Co. Vary the height of the logs and pile them high with candles and pumpkins for an abundant table.

    Outdoor centerpieces also look great with crystal chandeliers or any high end light fixtures. Of course, if they are not outdoor fixtures, make sure to take them inside once the party is over.

    Centerpiece Idea

    Head outside and be on the lookout for a fallen branch to transform it into a glowing centerpiece like this one from SAS Interiors.


    Pumpkins come in a range of colors like these blue beauties gracing Jenny Steffens table. Turn a few gourds into candle holders for instant ambiance.

    Fall Colors

    Guests will love seeing their names spelled out in chalkboard game pieces from In My Own Style.


    Pile dried hydrangeas into an old toolbox for a centerpiece that lasts all season long. I mixed vintage clipboards as chargers with mercury glass napkin holders for an eclectic table.

    Make your Fall table a gathering place where memories are made by adding a few simple touches.

    Image credits: The White Buffalo Styling Co.SAS InteriorsJenny SteffensIn My Own StyleEclectically Vintage

  • Finding Your Bedside Table Style

    Styling your bedside table is something very personal. It is the space where necessity meets personality. If you are like me you need a multitude of things, whereas your best friend might only need room for a cell phone and a lamp.

    Here we will explore different bedside table styles that will help you identify what YOUR bedside table style is.

    Bedside Table Style

    This bedside vignette from Printable Monogram is perfect for classic taste with a pop of fun and freshness. Nightstand lamps can provide a punch of color to the room, like this whimsical fuchsia Robert Abbey Table Lamp, which makes it feel sophisticated and cool.

    Bedroom Design

    This stunning bedroom style is modern, classic, simple and chic. This image from Lonny features a skirted table and a gorgeous brass task light with a pop of organic ferns. Go for this look in your bedroom if you want to keep clutter to a minimum with bold, streamlined pieces.

    Pretty Bedroom

    This bedside table is for the ultimate glamour gal. Mirrored furniture automatically makes a statement, but pairing it with a striking, stylish nightstand lamp really turns up the glamour volume in this bedroom.

    Navy And Pink Bedroom

    If you want a bedside table but don't think you have the space, this is an amazing solution. These half tables flank the bed in this image from Homedit. Bold color and pattern make this bedroom the perfect place for someone who has fun with design and likes to take risks with style.

    Industrial Style Bedroom

    Vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases create the perfect bedside table in this vintage-inspired bedroom. Mercury glass, pinstripes and a traditional table lamp make this Stylecaster bedroom image the vintage collectors dream.

    Classic Bedroom Style

    The classic collector is going to style every space possible, including their bedside table. They will need shelves and a lot of space in order to fit all their goodies. Keeping it primarily neutral, like this nightstand vignette from Better Homes and Gardens, allows your collection to stay chic rather than cluttered. 

    Dark Wall

    Minimal style is approachable in this House and Garden image, where a repurposed outdoor swing becomes a space saving, bedside solution. This masculine, modern design suits the minimalist who only needs space for the essentials with no need for muss and fuss.

    Image credits: Printable Monogram, Lonny, Domaine Home, Homedit, Stylecaster, Better Homes and Gardens

  • Cool Off With Refreshing LED Lighting

    Summer might be winding down, but it’s not too late to cool off your space with stunning LED lighting fixtures.

    A dip in a perfect pool of water might be the most refreshing break during a hot Summer day. Water soothes our minds, our bodies, our souls.

    LED Lighting

    So why not bring that refreshing reminder of that perfect Summer day inside, taking advantage of the amazing LED light fixtures that replicate the cool look of water and even better, ice?

    Water-like décor, in an uncluttered and streamlined surrounding, can generate some of the calming psychological effects on our busy minds as if we were still sitting poolside.

    But even more than just having a shape that is visually cooling, the technological benefit of less heat emitting from LEDs can actually cool off a room during those last days of summer. And just provide that serenity we’ll be needing as we move into the business of Fall and back to school.

    So why not bring the visual cooling effects of water back inside with new LED light fixtures?

    LED Mini Pendant

    Lite Source Ice Cube 2 1/2" Wide Glass LED Mini Pendant

    What’s cooler than ice? This single ice cube LED mini pendant has a chrome finish with its sparkling clear glass.

    Color Temperature

    LEDs are known for their color temperature range. And selecting an LED on the cooler end of the spectrum helps give us a visual sensory experience that we’re in a cooler space.

    LED Task Light

    LED Extended Gooseneck Brushed Nickel Desk Lamp

    The higher the color temperature, which is measured in degrees Kelvin, the cooler the light. This LED desk lamp has a 4000k color temperature, which is a 1000 more than the ice cube pendant above.

    Heat Output

    LEDs are way efficient. Not only do they last 20 years or longer, but they just don’t put out the heat that incandescent, CFLs, and halogen bulbs emit. If you’ve ever touched an incandescent lightbulb, you know that they can get hot.

    That’s because about 90 percent of their energy is released as heat that can actually affect the temperature of the room. But you can actually touch an LED without fearing a burn. Perfect for when you pair LED table lamps with toddlers.

    Blue LED Table Lamp

    Mystic Multi-Color LED Small Light Accessory

    It would be hard to resist touching this colorful LED table light like this color light that’s designed for both indoors and outdoors. And since it’s LED, parents don’t have to worry about our favorite little fingers.

    Style Factor

    There are new LED light fixtures that celebrate the look of water. Because LEDs allow so much flexibility in design, designers are able to play with the shape of light fixtures in ways we haven’t seen before, which is creating visually stunning LED light fixtures.

    Lights can look light ice cubes or even a flute of delicious champagne, which is another perfect way to end those hot summer days.

    LED Sconce

    Sonneman Champagne Wands 20 3/4" High Chrome LED Sconce

    This stunning LED wall sconce looks like a thin flute of champagne. Visually cooling and simply just cool to admire on any wall.

    Image: Lamps Plus

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