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Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Incorporating Crystal Table Lamps Into the Bedroom

    Bedroom Design

    This is the bedroom of Houston area interior designer and blogger, Amanda Carol. Carol, who has moved around the country, and abroad, many times, is well-versed at assembling a beautiful bedroom with optimal functionality. She re-upholstered her headboard in a velvet suede, painted the walls a creamy neutral, and made herself a pretty, pale blue duvet. Mismatched mirrored nightstands flank the bed, atop which sit crystal table lamps, which add more shine and keep things airy. A clear glass vase, coppery-y picture frame, and mirrored jewelry dish complete the vignette.

    You can pull together an almost identical look with these pieces:

    Keep clutter to a minimum by putting art on the wall. This Vintage Girl Wall Art features a ladylike silhouette atop newsprint, framed in black. The Findlay Mirrored 3-Drawer Tall Chest is tailored but still feminine, with plenty of storage space. Top with the Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Urn Table Lamp, which we love for it’s unique shape and narrow profile, along with an Octagonal Mirrored Tray for odds and ends.

    Purple Decor

    Amanda Nisbet is a high profile interior designer based in New York City who loves color and pattern. Although this bedroom is quite neutral, Nisbet incorporates purple, chartreuse, and even pink accessories, to make it a standout. Other elements, like the stacked block crystal table lamp with purple-trimmed shade, and the tri-level brass side table, add shimmer and shine.

    To create this look for yourself:

    Start with neutral bedding, and then add the Caper Tiered Square Glass Antique Brass Side Table. The open configuration avoids blockiness but still allows for plenty or room to store books and such. The Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Cube Table Lamp adds geometric interest without bulk. For ambiance and a spot of shimmery color, we love the Jubilee Fine Fragranced Plum Orchid Candle. Finally, if artwork seems daunting, you can opt for a patterned rug to bring in color, texture, and fun. The Pave 1238 Olive Branch Contemporary Area Rug achieves the same effect as the artwork Nisbet hung on the wall.

    Stylish Bedroom

    Like Amanda Carol, Mel, the Australian interior designer and blogger behind Georgica Pond Interiors chose soft blue as the main color for her master bedroom, but paired it with white for a crisper feel. (She is a huge fan of America’s East Coast cottage style.) She had the headboard custom made. The nightstand looks like a vintage piece painted white, though we aren’t certain. Mel spruced up the plain white shade of the classic crystal ball lamp with a blue ribbon that’s actually a bra-strap elastic! A silver clock and faceted mirror add the requisite shine.

    Coordinate similar pieces for a dreamy blue and white bedroom:

    Begin with a substantial piece that makes a statement and has tons of drawers, the Regency Ivory Lacquer Accent Chest. With that chest as the base, opt for a larger mirror. The Gold Orb Round Wall Mirror is an interesting shape, and the gold detailing brings out the handles on the chest. Don’t be afraid to mix metals! Add the Voyager Picture Frame Bulova Alarm Clock; we love it’s two-in-one functionality. Finally, the Quad Stacked Crystal Table Lamp adds a feminine touch.

    Image credits: Amanda Carol Interiors, Amanda Nisbet Design, Melinda Hartwright for Georgica Pond

  • Using Wall Lights to Bring Spring Ideas into your Interiors

    Spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking of new ways to bring a renewed spirit into our homes. Whether you are thinking of adding a fresh coat of paint to a tired-looking wall or you’re trying to brighten up a dark hallway, wall lights can be the perfect way to refresh your home.

    This season take a look at how simple lighting ideas can bring spring ideas and a new sense of revitalization to your home.

    Spring Ideas

    Organic influences to your lighting:

    It’s hard to believe but natural elements such as fruits, vegetables, foliage and textural materials can be a great inspiration for pendants and wall lights. This artichoke pendant lamp in this master bedroom from Bagnato Architecture lights up this dark palette room with a warm amber glow. While inner gold wall sconces flank each side of the bed to give a subtle nod to sophistication and warmth.

    This lighting is subtle but can bring out a new feeling to your dull bedroom.

    Bring nature into your wall lighting sconces:

    One of the great ideas about Spring is the way organic elements such as leaves, flowers, vines and other foliage inspired decor can be brought into your interiors. The Leaf and Vine Pocket ADA Compliant Pocket Wall Sconce by Lamps Plus uses a gorgeous bronze finish and amber rimmed glass to bring the outdoors on to your walls with light. The half-bell light is great for areas where you need more light, but want to make a decorative statement.

    Wall Sconce

    Bathrooms, hallways, flanking a fireplace mantel on either side and in a foyer or home office would make great areas to illuminate with this organic lamp.

    Focal Point

    Create a focal point with artisan crafted lighting:

    One of the benefits of Spring is taking advantage of handmade and artisan-made decor. Lighting is one of these decorative elements that creates a big impact, especially in wall lights.

    This bathroom by Platinum Series Homes features a wall sconce that becomes the focal point of this lovely bathroom. Many homeowners love to create their own lighting with DIY lighting kits or enjoy taking their favorite nature inspiration and finding similar inspired fixtures to match their decor. Either way Spring lighting can create a focal point in any room that it graces.

    Bathroom Design

    This Spring remember that decorating your home doesn’t have to mean an entire room remodel. Instead bring Spring elements into your home with wall lighting that refreshes your walls and gives a natural appeal to your decor.

    This Spring get inspired by the beauty of nature and then illuminate your interiors with it!

    Image credits: Bagnato Architecture, Platinum Series Homes

  • Design Pop: White Mirrors

    White Mirrors

    While we head into Spring your interiors may need a design pop. White mirrors can certainly add that punch of design pizzazz, and work in every room in the house.

    The House of Turquoise blog always has fresh and cheerful images that capture living with bright colors and happy decor. The great thing is that white mirrors can improve any look, whether it be your bathroom, bedroom, kids room or hall.

    Decorative Mirrors

    1. Cooper Classics Lawson White Wall Mirror 2. Feiss Shiera Gloss White Wall Mirror

    Ornately shaped mirrors add visual interest as can be seen in these images above. Whether you go Neo Rococo or Neo Moorish, why not have a frame be as stylish as what you see looking back at you?

    Living Room Mirrors

    3. Wyatt White Washed Beveled Framed Wall Mirror 4. Brodax Square White Lacquered Wall Mirror

    The traditional square or rectangular mirror can have an update appearance when embellished with geometric shapes or finished with an interesting paint finish or texture. An inexpensive way to add this design accessory would be to simply paint-out a darker wood mirror with white paint.

    Don’t forget to sand, prime and add several coats of white paint. I really love white mirrors paired with white table lamps or sconces with white shades especially when up against deeper toned painted or wallpapered walls.

    Round Mirrors

    5. Winter White Round Brezza Wall Mirror

    Similar techniques that can be done to the square mirror can be achieved with a round mirror as well. Round mirrors make a great design juxtaposition to square rooms and walls, adding a more feminine aesthetic. Regardless of shape, the white mirror is a simple way to brighten up your walls as spring begins to unfold.

    Photo credits: The House of Turquoise

  • Welcome to the 55 Downing Street App!

    iOS 55 Downing Street App

    We are excited to announce the release of the iOS App for 55 Downing Street!

    Now, you can stay up to date with all sales events on-the-go!

    View Current Sales Events

    You'll never have to miss out on a home furnishing design deal with this new iOS app!

    You can use it to browse current sales events, purchase products, schedule upcoming sales into your calendar and even share design ideas with your contacts!

    Shop Home Furnishings

    If you visit the app and like it, please take the time to leave your opinion on the app store, as that will improve visibility to others looking for a good home furnishing app!

    Happy Shopping - The Lamps Plus Team

  • Get the Beach Chic Look in Your Home

    Beach Chic

    Let’s go down the shore... That’s Jersey speak for heading to the beach and there’s nothing better on a hot summer day. Since we’re not all lucky enough to have a water view, we can do the next best thing and bring the beach chic look inside and as a part of our home decor.

    Shades of Blue

    1)    Water

    Nothing screams beach more than cool shades of blues and greens. Whether you commit to turquoise walls or a cobalt sofa, or instead opt to scatter a few green glass fishing buoys on a coffee table, these hues work well.

    Organic Style

    2)    Sand

    Bring in the feeling of sand underfoot with a nubby sisal rug, wide plank floors, exposed ceiling beams or bamboo window shades.

    Rustic Interiors

    3)    Texture

    A weathered wood dining table, chippy paint on an old trunk, and a wicker chair brought inside are all fun ways to add dimension and texture.

    Casual Dining

    4)    Casual

    Forget formality and go for a laid back, prop your feet up feel with a huge ottoman, baskets piled high with beach reads, or a collection of faded quilts for a chilly night.  

    Paint floors white, bring in mismatched chairs around the dining table, add a stylish coastal chandelier and invite friends over for a casual clam bake.

    Home Furnishings

    1.    A weathered clock in the shape of a porthole equals instant art.
    2.    The simplicity of this whale line drawing is simple and chic.
    3.    I love the sculptural quality of the coral table lamp (actual lamp in round up currently unavailable).
    4.    Jute underfoot as a stylish rug is the color of sand.
    5.    This weathered wood coffee table mimics the look of driftwood.
    6.    A few sea life pillows liven up a sofa and I love the pop of red.
    7.    This shell-framed mirror would look equally amazing in a powder room, bedroom or mudroom.
    8.    Add a wicker chair to a living room for a relaxed, casual feel.
    9.    Baskets add texture and flip flop storage.
    10. Prop up your feet in nautical style on a fun pouf.  


    Here’s to surf, sand and sun … Indoors!

    Image credits: Country Living, Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Lamps Plus

  • Happy Easter From Lamps Plus!

    Easter Flowers

    Happy Easter everyone!

    We can't help but get excited for this holiday by putting together a round up of our Color Plus products..... Any color you would want in lots of different styles!

    Color Plus

    1. Passionate Purple 32" Round Brezza Wall Mirror 2. Lemon Zest Narrow Zig Zag Double Gourd Table Lamp 3. Rosemary Green Niko Swing Arm Wall Lamp 4. Pale Pink Ovo Floor Lamp 5. Raindrop Anya Table Lamp

    Image credit: Knot & Pop

  • Icons Collection Sweepstakes Week – Meet Woodson & Rummerfield

    As part of our Icons Collection designer sweepstakes week we are sitting down with Woodson & Rummerfield and getting to know them better. We’ll find out what the inspiration was behind the Woodson & Rummerfield Icons Collection design and their favorite design rule they like 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
    What sparked your interest in becoming an interior designer?
    Being inspired by everyday beauty and the drive to live a life on a purpose.

    What are a few of your favorite textiles or materials? 
    Silk velvet, cashmere, mohair

    What is the one design resource you can¹t live without? 
    Good lighting sources.

    What qualities do you admire in a room? 
    A mix of the old and the new brings soul.

    Woodson & Rummerfield Icons Collection

    If you could be a piece of furniture or object, what would it be? 
    A Brancusi sculpture is perfection in every way.

    What design rule do you like to break? 
    Color combinations, mixing prints and pattern pairings.  Play on scale.

    What was your inspiration for the Icons collection design?
    Leather bound books with marbleized insets that outfit old Hollywood Home libraries.

    Lamps Plus Icons Collection Sweepstakes

    We’re giving away five Icons Collection table lamps; you can win one of Woodson & Rummerfield’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.

  • 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.

     Lavender-Living-Room-Sofa-Design-Spring

    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.

     Purple-Watercolor-Wallpaper-Lamp-Design-Spring

    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.

     Kitchen-Rustic-Woods-Purple-Rug-Design-Spring

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

     Purple-Lavender-Dining-Design-Spring

    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.

     Lavender-Tufted-Ottoman-Living-Room-Design-Spring

    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 Fairley and getting to know her better. We’ll find out what the inspiration was behind the Tobi Fairley 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

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