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  • Finding the Perfect Kitchen Pendant Light

    Finding the Perfect Kitchen Pendant Light

    Finding the right kitchen lighting can do more than add style to your kitchen.

    Kitchen lighting is an essential component to any successful kitchen design. This type of task lighting is necessary because you don't want to accidentally chop off your fingers of course. But stylized kitchen lighting is also important for both aesthetic and creating a glow that will make the dinner you slave over more enticing. 

    There are so many types of mini pendant lights for kitchens. Let's take a look at different styles and shapes with beautiful inspiration images from Elle Decor to find the perfect kitchen pendant lighting for your home.

    Chrome Pendant Lights In A Modern Kitchen

    Chrome pendant lights in a modern kitchen.

    This understated kitchen has immensely high ceilings that are begging for a visual accent. Modern chrome pendants sparkle and draw the eye up to accent the awesome ceiling height.

    A darker pendant could potentially feel heavy and weighted, which would do nothing to show off the airy expanse of this beautiful kitchen.

    Glass Pendant Lights For Small Spaces

    Glass pendant lights are great for small spaces in kitchen design.

    This fun, eclectic kitchen has the perfect corner for a funky mini kitchen pendant. Because the sink is so close to the wall, upper cabinets are out.

    Adding a Moroccan-inspired glass pendant plays off the lack of substance over the sink and creates an oh-so-cool sink vignette.

    Metal Pendant Lighting Can Dress Up Any Kitchen

    Metal pendant lighting can dress up any kitchen lighting.

    White cabinets and dark counters create a beautiful contrasting kitchen like the one above. Installing mini metal pendants that pop in front of the white upper cabinets is a beautiful way to incorporate the contrasting color theme into your lighting plan.

    Mixed Lighting Sizes For A Large Kitchen

    Mix up the sizes for your kitchen lighting.

    Firstly, can I move in to this dream kitchen, please? Secondly, how clever is it that they mixed both large scale design pendants with mini kitchen pendant lighting? High ceilings and an industrial modern feel make this kitchen a true showstopper.

    Image credits: Elle Decor

  • Wool Blanket Style for Warm Winter Decor

    Wool Blanket Style for Warm Winter Decor

    Wool blanket style can easily translate into home decor.

    It's no secret that the worlds of fashion and interiors often inspire each other, but the crossover between the two is usually in the form of abstract influences such as color palettes and materials. Yet this fall and winter we're seeing a direct influence of home design on fashion, in the form of blankets being worn as scarves and coats! 

    As shown by Amanda Doll Sheppard, it's all part of a wave of cozy indulgence that's as comfortable in the bedroom (La Dolfina), the living room (Country Living) or on the street!

    Fashion Influencing Home Design

    As Pennyweight shows, blankets are just the beginning. Pillows made from blankets can also be incorporated into a space for a relaxed boho sensibilty. Brass floor lamps continue the warmth throughout the rest of the design.

    Meanwhile, Modern Hepburn demonstrates that an oversized blanket scarf can soften an edgy look.

    Below, Ultra Linx illustrates how blankets in the bedroom can play the same role. Finally, Domaine Home gives us a lighter take on the trend with a graphic blanket draped over a neutral-hued bedding vignette. No matter what your aesthetic there are cozy blanket style options for you!

    Pillows And Throws From Lamps Plus

    Here are some cozy home textiles to help you get the look!

    1. A plaid throw pillow gives a wintry look to any sofa or bedroom setting.

    2. The waffle knit of this orange throw blanket feels at once luxurious and inviting.

    3. Their wool fabrication and rich red hues make these woven throw pillows extra snuggle-worthy!

    4. A cable knit throw blanket in a rich plum color adds both texture and sophistication.

    5. A houndstooth throw blanket provides a nod to traditional tailoring.

    6. The pattern on this duo of geometric throw pillows has a global feel to it.

    Image credits: Amanda Doll SheppardLa DolfinaCountry LivingElise JosephModern HepburnDomaine HomeUltra Linx

  • Nighttime Curb Appeal With Outdoor Lighting

    At night, lighting can have the most impact when it comes to your home’s curb appeal so I'm here to help you...

    As you can imagine, Winter is that magical time of year when we allow ourselves to eat a bit more, drink a bit more and decorate with lighting a whole lot more! My family spends several evenings in December driving around to look at the ‘twinkle lights’ throughout Philadelphia. I’m always in awe of the beautiful and ingenious displays.

    Nighttime Curb Appeal With Outdoor Lighting

    Make sure your home's curb appeal lasts through the night with LED lighting.

    There’s so much inspiration to be taken from these seasonal lighting designs that can carry us through with tons of visual delight.

    Some of the most popular ways designers use light on a home’s facade are with uplighting, accent lighting, spotlighting and floodlighting.

    Ideas For Outdoor Lighting Designs

    There's lots of beautiful options for outdoor lighting in style.

    Before shopping for exterior lighting, it’s important to think about these few elements.

    1) What’s the point of the light? Enhancing your home’s architectural and landscape can require different lighting than if you are attempting to provide extra security.

    2) How will people view what’s being lit? Think about spacing, setbacks, and how much light you may need to achieve your desired affect. Spacing between lights can create a scallop-look, which can be something you desire or not.

     Super Duty Eastham 8 1/8"-H Bronze LED Landscape Flood Light

    This bronze outdoor LED flood light produces a warm color temperature light.

    Outdoor LED flood lights provide larger areas with a broad, uniform illumination over large areas like an entire wall, and are usually setback farther than other kinds of lights. 

    White Three Battery Powered LED Adjustable Spotlight

    This LED spotlight is dimmable too.

    A battery-powered LED adjustable spotlight offers the versatility to change the way you are lighting your home. 

    Lighting your home’s facade:

    Creating amazing uplighting for your home is easier with solar and battery-powered lighting options because they eliminate the need to run an extension cord. Options for wired lighting are still ok, but preferably for long-term solutions. You can just make it part of your landscape planning.

    It’s always easier to make changes and enhancements to a home when the trenches are dug or the walls are open.

    For even more information on outdoor lighting, read my recent blog post Going Beyond Style For Outdoor LED Lighting...

  • Create a Cozy Reading Nook

    How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook

    There's nothing better - especially in the crisp fall and winter weather - than curling up in comfortable spot with a good book. To create a cozy reading nook at home, you'll need 4 basic pieces: something to sit on, something to rest your feet on, the perfect reading lamp (this is key!), and a surface for your book and coffee cup (because - obviously - there will be coffee). 

    Reading floor lamps are essential to a reading nook because they create ambiance and also prevent eye strain. Look for styles that are adjustable, and that have multiple lights so you can create the perfect lighting scenario. I'm personally fond of lower light levels for reading (and plug-in floor dimmers can help with that), but if bright light is your thing, take a look at Light Blaster floor lamps that may better suit your needs.

    I've rounded up five different "reading nook looks" in a range of styles, from ultra-glamorous to cool and edgy. Which one would you choose?

    How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook at Lamps Plus

    GLAM: Recline in high style and read the latest gossip mag with a generously proportioned microfiber chaise, a classic Pharmacy-style floor lamp in luxe brass, a glamorous mirrored accent table, and a gold cheetah pillow with a subtle, sexy animal print.

    POSH: A tailored linen tufted armchair is the perfect place to park and peruse your favorite periodical. Pair it with a sleek adjustable contemporary floor lamp, a pair of polished nickel and black mirror nesting tables, and a super chic silver fox pouf ottoman.

    GIRLY: Create a feminine and romantic reading nook with a petite smokey amethyst chaise, an elegant alabaster glass task floor lamp, a delicate iron and glass accent table, and a beaded accent pillow.

    MASCULINE: Hey there, handsome. Get this look with a regal leather wingback chair, an industrial bronze floor lamp, an embossed cherry accent table, and a global-inspired kilim pouf ottoman

    EDGY: Even the rock stars among us need a comfortable place to put their feet up and browse the latest bestseller. This classic chaise lounge has an unexpected touch of edge - zebra-print upholstery on the back. A contemporary black LED floor lamp, unique glass and bentwood accent table, and punk rock zebra pillow complete this reading nook with a razor-sharp design edge.

    So what are you waiting for? No matter your style, it's a cinch to create a cozy reading nook.

    Image: A Home with Heart

  • Gift Guide Sweepstakes!

    We started a fun new sweepstakes today!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, this is your lucky chance....

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

  • Warm Up Your Home Decor With Metallics

    Warm Up Your Home Decor With Metallics

    Metallic decor will warm up your interior design.

    Every room needs a bit of bling.

    Rich coppers, bronzes, golds and silvers bring style and sophistication to any home decor. Sprinkle metallic finishes and designer framed mirrors throughout a room to reflect light and add interest.

    Here are some metallics I’m loving from Lamps Plus right now.

    Metallic Home Furnishings From Lamps Plus

    1) There are strands of gold silk running through this wool rug, which add a little sheen underfoot.

    2) Old school glamour can be found on a champagne colored chaise lounge.

    3) The gold metal on this glam mirror give it a light and airy feel.

    4) A glass coffee table doesn't take up much space and it’s the perfect place to rest a glass of bubbly.

    5) The mixed materials of brass and mercury glass add interest to this intricately cut table lamp.

    6) I love the heavy, antique brass finish on this serving tray that can be moved around the room on a whim.

    7) There’s nothing better than a fun metallic pillow to liven up a space and add interest.

    Add metallic details to your home and spice up your style.

    Image credit: Natalie Franke via Pop Sugar

  • Updating your Entryway for the Holidays

    Your entryway is the first impression for any guest coming to your home during the holiday season. Implementing some simple updates can take your home's first impression from average to incredible.

    Updating your Entryway for the Holidays

    This beautiful image from Domaine Home serves as the inspiration for my entryway updates. I love this image because it's bold and mixes styles and patterns so well. Get the look below.

    Stylish Entryway Ideas From Lamps Plus

    The first and most important piece, in my opinion is the Black Zebra Indoor Outdoor Rug. This bold, statement rug is a fun way to inject design from the moment you enter. 

    Topping the rug with a traditional table like this Brynmore Round Table is a great way to add levels and layers without competing with the zebra pattern.

    The blank slate of the table is perfect for a collection of vases in a punchy blue hue. Start your collection off with the Canton Flared Blue and White Ceramic Vase and add differing shapes and sizes to build out the look.

    Top off this entryway style with a hanging pendant light, like this classic glass pendant, that will shine and sparkle without detracting from the rest of the decor.

    The Cydney 13 3/4" Wide Chrome Clear Glass Pendant  is a transitional piece that ties the entire entry vignette together. And finally, another little pop of pattern because, well, why not?!

    Pop a Gentlemen Check Silver Stone 18" Square Down Throw Pillow on a near by bench or chair for another complimentary pattern.

    Image credit: Domaine Home

  • Celebrity Style: Sarah Jessica Parker

    Celebrity Style:Sarah Jessica Parker

    Living room of Sarah Jessica Parker.

    I think it’s fun to recreate celebrity home styles. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s home in New York is nothing if not stylish and worthy of emulating.

    Casa Sugar recently posted some shots from the star’s town house, which was recently put on the market. They demonstrate that Sarah Jessica is as chic at home as she is with her clothes. The “Sex and the City” star rocks a wonderfully modern look with pops of warm woods and simple soft furnishings.

    Dining Room Design

    1. I love the unexpected shape of the Mary McDonald Pythagoras Nickel Pendant Light.

    2. There is simply nothing more classically modern than the Tammy Marble and Chrome Dining Table.

    I noticed that a great deal of the home is dictated by a sense of geometry. Shape, line and clarity rule this roost, like the gorgeous dining room lighting. Contemporary chandeliers are a great way to include different shapes and create the ultimate focal point.

    Remember though, if you opt for this aesthetic, make sure to incorporate some tactile elements like soft throws, earthenware pots (as seen on the mantle) and supple leather to balance out the stark surroundings.

    Kitchen Pendants

    3. Consider the Black Gloss Flute Mini Pendant Chandelier the exclamation point for any kitchen.

    Like the living and dining rooms, the kitchen offers pure geometry. The generous island anchors the room and the black pendant lights ground the bright space.

    I love the marble slab that echoes the same marble of the dining table. 

    Bedroom Decor

    4. Straightforward and chic, the Dimond Exeter Chrome Accent Lamp.

    The bedrooms carry on the understated elegance of the entire house. Squared off beds and tables are are softened by a few key upholstered seats. Bedside table lamps, like the beds are simple and functional. I was struck by the almost bare windows in all the rooms...it seems almost Spartan, but super sexy!

    Photo credits: Casa Sugar

  • Welcoming Wall Lighting for Holiday Guest Bedrooms

    This holiday season your home will play host to family and friends, so preparing the guest bedroom for a welcoming stay is essential.

    A large part of your guests' comfort has to do with good lighting and the ability for them to control the ambiance when it comes to resting, reading, etc. This season prepare your guest bedrooms with these simple tips for maximizing wall lighting options...

    Lighting Ideas For Your Holiday Guestroom

    Determine how much light your guests will need and choose lighting to match your decor.

    Depending on the size of your guest bedroom and the seating areas will help you determine what type of lighting works best. I love this guest bedroom above by Henderson Design Group. It looks stunning and provides sufficient lighting. Guests rarely will ask for more lighting so be sure to provide stylish wall lighting and suitable table lamps for the best lighting options. 

    When looking for wall lighting, swing arm lamps are ideal next to the bed. The ability to swivel the arm and serve multiple lighting purposes is ideal.

    This wall lamp below has just the right organic appeal to match any Autumn holiday bedroom with neutral brown tones. The espresso finish and burlap fabric drum shade will create a soft glow in your guest room that guests will enjoy reading next to.

    Natural Burlap Espresso Plug-in Swing Arm Lamp

    Natural Burlap Espresso Plug-in Swing Arm Lamp

    While wall lighting is functional, it can also contribute to the decorative side of your guest bedroom. Consider using canned or recessed lighting in the ceiling for added versatility.

    You can also add a dimmer switch to any of these lighting options and give your guests a room that changes with their mood.

    Balance Your Light Between Natural And Artificial

    Decide how much natural light and artificial light is needed.

    This holiday season prepare your guest room with lighting that's versatile, beautiful and above all, welcoming. From deciding how much lighting they need to choosing lighting that matches the guest room decor, there's a perfect wall light for your guest room this holiday season.

    Photo credits: Henderson Design GroupClaudia Leccacorvi

  • How to Decorate With Vintage Christmas Finds

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    Decorating with vintage Christmas decor can be lots of fun.

    I'm dreaming of a vintage Christmas.

    You know....one with tiny bottle trees and an antique sled stacked against the barn and glittery tinsel and vintage baskets and stacks of ornaments like this beautiful vignette from HGTV.

    I have a box or two of vintage Christmas finds that I use to decorate with every year.  

    And when I open the lid to the box and take out the tiny treasures from long ago...lovingly preserved to celebrate another season....

    ....I sigh.

    And remember why I love decorating for the holidays.

    Here's a few tips on how to decorate with vintage Christmas finds and blend them seamlessly with your current holiday decor.

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    Seamless vintage decor mixed in with existing decor.

    1.  Keep it simple

    Sometimes the beauty and patina of vintage Christmas finds make a simple statement all on their own, like this creative tablescape featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

    Layer a farmhouse table with classic white linens and fill galvanized buckets or planters with fresh greens.

    Then add in tiny bottle trees and reindeer to add a little vintage character to a cozy holiday kitchen.

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    Vintage decor works well under the tree.

    2.  Think outside the box

    Not sure how to use vintage finds in decorating?  Look at things in a new light, as in this vintage crocheted blanket turned Christmas tree skirt recently featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

    Then add strings of lights and paper garland to the windows and stack presents on a tiny school chair.

    A hand-painted dresser or vintage reproduction piece completes your room's festive holiday decor.

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    Pops of the color red are always fun for the holidays.

    3.  Add pops of color

    This neutral living room space featured in Better Homes and Gardens has plenty of festive cheer when decorated with vibrant pops of color.

    Create a simple mantel with glass urns filled with colorful vintage ornaments and beautiful grain sack stockings. Or, you could simply hang red ribbon from wreaths and crystal chandeliers

    The natural fiber rug on the floor and simple ottoman provide the perfect backdrop for these merry vintage finds.

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    Don't forget to decorate your outdoor spaces too.

    4.  Decorate outdoor spaces

    When decorating for the holidays...don't overlook the outdoor spaces, like this simple, colorful vignette featured in Country Living.

    Stack plaid boots and vintage boxes filled with evergreens to greet guests as they arrive.

    Place a small table at the back door and adorn with baskets of freshly cut trees.  The sights and smells of the season are sure to provide a warm welcome to visitors.

    Take a moment to celebrate the past this season.

    Search your attic and estate sales and yard sales for tiny treasures.

    Vintage finds add character and patina to your holiday display....

    ...and make celebrating the holidays even more fun!

    Photo credits: HGTV , Country LivingBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and GardensCountry Living

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