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  • Designer Lighting In Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    Sunset Magazine has built Idea Houses throughout the West showcasing the latest innovations in architecture and interior design.

    This year the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House is nestled in the Claremont Hills between Oakland and Berkeley California.

    An award winning design team made this ultra-modern home incorporating designer lighting you won't want to miss.

    Or if you do miss the open house it will be featured in the November 2016 issue and of course we are happy to share some of the images from the home in this blog post.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The 4,000 square-foot four-bedroom, four-bathroom home exemplifies the sophisticated and relaxed lifestyle of the Bay Area’s East Bay, one of the most sought-after places to live in the country.

    The heart of most home is usually the kitchen or dining room and this home is no exception. We love how six of our Franklin Iron Works Cove Point Mini Pendants were placed in a row emphasizing the width of the space while providing an illuminating focal point.

    We at Lamps Plus are proud to be the official designer lighting sponsor of the Idea House and for the second year in a row, our team worked closely with Geremia Design, to ensure the best quality lighting was showcased throughout the home.
    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House
    Bring rich, industrial style home with the Nate Downbridge Floor Lamp. The design is a handsome take on more traditional pharmacy style floor lamps, and comes in a rich bronze finish with antique brass accents. The shade tilts, allowing you a greater range of light throw, making it ideal for placement next to a seating area.

    If you're looking for a simple decorative touch that both brightens your room and thematically unifies your look, consider a floor lamp.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The stately Bentley Brown Leaf Hammered Pot Table Lamp  boasts a hammered base in a shimmering brown leaf finish ties in perfectly to the sophisticated rustic room design. Elegantly topped with a beige tan shade, this table lamp design is a great way to add light and style to a room while bringing a interesting texture.

    With so many table lamps available, consider these three things to help you to find a table lamp that best fits your needs: Function, Size and Style.

    Sunset Magazine 2016 Idea House

    The beautiful Possini Euro Ribbey Ceiling Light has a timeless look that will complement any room decor. Its minimalist metal frame has an airy circle within a square motif which surrounds a white glass drum shade that softens the look and the glow of the three lights within. At home in a living room as it will be in an entry or powder room.

    For a new look, shop our entire selection of close to ceiling lights  to find contemporary designs with glass and chrome finishes and more. Perfect for the modern living room, these designs flaunt fresh forms and clean finishes. Never before have so many decorative styles and color choices been available for ceiling mounted fixtures and we excited to share them with you.

    We hope you enjoyed our little tour through the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House. Leave us a comment letting us know which designer light you like best.

    For more details please visit the Sunset Idea House.

    Copyright 2016 Sunset Publishing Corporation, photo by Thomas J. Story. SUNSET Is a registered trademark of Sunset Publishing Corporation and is used with permission.

  • Tips to Get Your Guest Room Ready for the Holidays

    It is almost that magic filled time of year when twinkling trees and all things merry start appearing all around. And it is also the time of year when guests come for a visit. 

    Wreath on door and Christmas tree in bedroom

    So while decking the halls and sprinkling Christmas here and there- don't forget about adding some holiday cheer and getting your guest bedroom ready family and friends.  

    Today, I am sharing tips for creating a charming and cozy guest room. From bedding, holiday scents to the perfect lighting.  

    1. Fresh Bedding

    The first thing you think of when it comes to guest bedrooms is bedding. And a perfect way to get your room ready is with fresh linens. I am a huge fan of crisp white duvets and charming decorative pillows for the holidays- and don't forget to add an extra blanket and throws in case guests get chilly.

    Ornaments and greenery on bench at foot of guest bed

    2. A holiday scent

    Filling the room with a holiday scented candle is an easy way to cozy it up and make it feel much more inviting. Pick up a favorite pine or berry scented candle and light it for a little bit just before guests arrive to fill the room with Christmas cheer and don't forget to make the candle holders as special as the smell. 

    You can also use a holiday scented linen spray to mist the linens or curtains to help add a sprinkling of Christmas scent to the room.

    Ribbons in a hat box on the bed with flowers and a candle on the nightstand

    It is a simple little tip that definitely helps make a guest room feel cozy and fresh.

    3. Holiday lighting

    Bedroom with books on bed

    Of course lighting is key in any room- but especially a guest bedroom. When staying in a new room it is easy to feel disoriented -especially at night. So make sure to have table lamps in easy reach of guests so that if they get up in the middle of the night the room is safe and well lit.

    Brass table lamp on nightstand

    And another lighting tip- that is simple fun and festive to do. Place a Christmas tree in the room.

     Christmas tree in bedroom

    Whether you have the space for a full size tree in the room or a tabletop tree- those twinkling lights are sure to bring smiles and create a charming holiday magic filled stay for your guests.

    So there you have just a couple tips to help get your guest bedroom ready for guests the holidays. Do you have any other tips or secret formulas for creating cozy Christmas guest bedrooms?  I would love to hear them in the comments below.

    Image from French Country Cottage.

  • Holiday Front Door Tips

    The holidays are coming- and that means that getting your house ready for guests and family and all the fun entertaining that comes with the holidays is probably already on your mind. 

    It seems I always have a list a mile long of projects and refreshes I would like to do. And those little things that are often on the back burner project wise-  like the guest bedroom, the outdated guest bathroom, and the front door are definitely moved up to the front right now.

    I enjoy sharing tips for getting your home holiday ready with just a few steps and no stress allowed. And today it is all about making that first impression with your front door.

    Holiday front door

    Front doors are the first thing guest sees when they arrive at your home. And your front door deserves more than just a Christmas wreath, It deserves a personality and charm all on its own. 

    With a splash of paint and the right porch light -it is easy to make your front door shine.

    1. A fresh coat of paint

    Fresh paint does wonders for anything- and your front door is no different. No matter what color your door is- putting a new coat of paint on will instantly give it a facelift. And if you are daring and want to tackle a bigger project- change the color and create a whole new look to greet guests. 

     Black painted front door with Christmas wreath

    2. Add a wreath and garland

    Dress your front door just as you would a mantel or any other area of your home for the holidays. Simple fresh greens are always perfect-and they smell good on top of looking pretty. But you can also use faux greenery if you prefer and create the same beautiful look that says 'hello'. 

     Front door with Christmas garland and wreath

    I like to use cedar garland and drape it across the top of the door since it has a nice drop and fullness to it-  is also perfect for embellishing with berries, eucalyptus or ornaments if you would like. And then add a wreath and your door will look festive and ready for welcoming guests. For an extra touch, and a little sparkle intertwine some string lights

    3. Update Entry lighting

    Porch and front door lighting is important for several reasons-those porch lights aren't just there to look good. Those lights are great at doing double duty. They look good and help create and define the look over your entry and they also provide much needed light to keep guests safe.

     Front door, lanterns and wreath and garland for Christmas

    If your porch lighting is older- think about updating it with a fresh modern style or brand new traditional style light for a whole new look. 

    What ever your style is, sprucing up your front door with fresh paint, seasonal greens and new lighting is a perfect way to get ready for welcoming guests this holiday season. 

    What are your favorite ways to make a great first impression with your entry and front door?

     

    Images from French Country Cottage

     

  • Bathroom Lighting Ideas & Holiday Tips

    All the holiday hustle and bustle is just around the corner-and so this month I am talking all about ways to get your home ready for guests this holiday season.  And it is much more than putting up your Christmas tree and having enough food in the refrigerator.

    Christmas wreath on door and roses on gold table in bathroom

    It seems that any time that guests are coming- there is a flurry of activity. Freshening the bed linens, extra mopping and cleaning and general fluffing of the house. And an area that is often last on the list to be spruced up is the guest bathroom. 

    I know- it is just a functional type room, but it is an important one and one that can be stylish as well. And doing a couple little things to freshen and update it can make all the difference.

    Christmas clippings around roses on gold table in bathroom

    Seasonal touches such as a wreath on the door or a few clippings of fresh greens add the perfect amount of holiday touch- and for an easy update that requires no demolition and rebuilding- think lighting.

    Bathroom lighting is there to provide the right amount of light for makeup and illuminating the space of course, but lighting is also key in also adding a touch of your style. 

    Do you still have those old dated 1980’s fixtures? A quick swap with gleaming modern or new classic traditional lighting and your space will look completely different and up to date. 

    Marble subway tile on wall and gold table and accents in bathrom

    There are several styles and types of lighting you can choose from- and the placements depend on your bathroom set up as well. My favorite? Sconce lighting that flanks the mirrors. I like the symmetrical look they have- and sconce lights on both sides of the mirror also provide a lot of light.

    We chose large vintage inspired sconce lights for our remodel recently-  you can achieve a similar look by using traditional antique brass bathroom wall lights . And those 4 little light bulbs do wonders for lighting up the entire space while looking pretty and keeping the overall vintage aesthetic of the room.

    Brass sconces in marble bathroom

    In another bathroom- we chose vintage inspired silver sconces with beaded glass shades. This space has room for two sinks- and so a trio of sconces was the perfect look- and the perfect amount of light. 

    A bonus, the beaded shades add just the right amount of sparkle while being transparent enough to allow light to fill the room as well.

    French bathroom with toile and vintage furniture

    So if you have a guest bath that could use a little refresh- updating the bathroom lighting is a perfect way to update the space quickly without getting involved in the mess and expense of a full on renovation. 

    What is your favorite quick refresh tip for changing the look of a bathroom? 

    Images from French Country Cottage

  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 5

    Today is our 5th and final day of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and talented designer and blogger, Courtney Allison has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Juliette Light Bronze Buffet Table Lamp Set of 2

    2. BonJour Coffee Stainless Steel 8-Cup Chevron French Press

    3. White Peonies and Roses Flowers in a Ceramic Pot

    4. Mariah Silver Oval Decorative Bowl

    5. Bisenti Large Glass Tray On Metal Stand

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

    Join Courtney as she shares her unique style - a little bit shabby and french country with a touch of cottage mixed in, on her website, French Country Cottage.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Dining Room: Entertaining Ready Tips

    Formal dining rooms seem to be either be those rarely used rooms that are reserved for special occasions- or rooms you use every single day for every day dining. Or maybe yours is somewhere in between. 

    But no matter how often you use your formal dining room-a dining room is a perfect spot to do a little bit of simple seasonal refreshing and maybe even some refreshing with bigger impact. 

    Today I am sharing 3 ideas for sprucing up your dining room to get entertaining ready.

    Two chandeliers above a farmhouse dining table with french doors in the back

    1.  Add seasonal touches

    Dressing your room for the holidays and entertaining involves more than a couple of seasonal touches on the dining room furniture. Think about adding a fun holiday banner or some fresh clippings or garland on the fireplace or wall. 

    A note: I also like to add a couple of clippings to our chandeliers as they have a nice drop below the light bulbs so it is safe to do. But- safety first. If you decide to do that make sure that your fixture is safe to do so with. Greens will dry and become a fire hazard.

    Dining table with fresh greens and citrus fruit as a centerpiece

    2. A simple centerpiece

    I love using fresh clippings for centerpieces- and when it comes to holiday dining where there are likely to be a lot of places at the table- keeping that centerpiece simple is best. And one of the things I love about using greens such as olive or eucalyptus is that they will dry very well and will look good even a few weeks down the road. 

    For this centerpiece- I used a layer of fresh greenery and then add a few oranges and nuts for a festive touch. If you don't have access to fresh clippings there are some very pretty faux florals available. 

    Dining room with two chandeliers

    3. Think outside the light box

    Looking for a quick and easy change that completely changes the look of the room?  Think lighting. Sometimes the lighting is perfect for a space- and other times not so much.But dining room chandeliers are easy to change fortunately- and it is a quick change that you can make without spending a lot of time and expense that comes a huge renovation. 

    Even if you don't want to add more lighting with a second chandelier- simply changing from a ceiling light to a chandelier or even to a elegant new ceiling light can make a huge difference in the look of the room. Lighting is one thing you can do that is inexpensive but that has a huge amount of impact on style and also on how fresh and inviting your room feels.

    What are your favorite tips for refreshing your dining room and getting it ready for entertaining? Leave me a comment below. 

     Images from French Country Cottage. 

  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 4

    Today is Day 4 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution. We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, talented designer and blogger, Kevin O'Gara has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products he selected:

    1. Large Gray Birdie Carafe

    2. Tic Tac Toe Black and White Game Set

    3. Ivan Edison Bulb Accent Lamp

    4. Clare Polished Nickel Decorative Mirrored Tray

    5. Chocolate Herringbone Design Throw Blanket

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Kevin as he shares his home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration on his website, Thou Swell.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!

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  • Brass & Bronze Wall Lights

    Overhead lights like chandeliers or flush mounts are necessities in most spaces, and a strategically placed lamp is a helpful source of illumination. So often the wall is forgotten as a location for lighting that multitasks and it’s there that you can hang the always versatile wall lamp.

    As an added bonus, rotating or swing arm lamps allow you to alter the direction of the lighting, either up and down or left to right. Some require the light to be hardwired, but many options are available as plugins so there’s no need to hire an electrician.

    Traditional Office with Lights

    Bronze is a finish that will never go out of style and looks especially striking against white walls. A white drum shade paired with a shapely swing arm wall light creates alluring contrast between dark and light on a bronze swing arm wall lamp.

    Bronze Swing Arm Lamp

    Capture the industrial look with the bronze and brass Hobson Wall Sconce or go for a more Old World appeal with the beautiful alabaster shade showcased in the Holkoetter Bronze Swing Arm Wall Lamp. The triangular prism shape of the House of Troy Pinnacle Swing Arm Wall Lamp is reminiscent of a library light. Opt for the elongated shade on display in the Ivory Linen Drum Swing Arm Light as a timeless choice.

    Brass and Bronze Wall Lights

    Brass has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, but it should be noted that brass is just as classic as bronze. Modern shapes make the finish that much more appealing in contemporary and transitional spaces like these brass swing arm wall lights.

    Brass Wall Lights

    The Richford Swing Arm Wall Lamp has a brass finish with marbled glass sphere detail. Reflect on the beauty of brass paired with an acrylic ball with the Kohle Swing Arm Wall Lamp. The classic shape of the opal bell shade found in the Monroe Aged Brass Wall Light features more traditional lines while the George Kovac Wall Lamp has a sleek low profile and round head.

    Brass or bronze, you can’t go wrong with a versatile swing arm wall light. Find dozens of choices and even more finishes in the Lamps Plus Swing Arm Wall Light gallery.

  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 3

    Today is Day 3 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing designer and blogger, Kirsten Grove has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Lite Source Kade Black Gooseneck Desk Lamp

    2. Glasses Silhouette Wall Art

    3. Pierre Small Clear Glass Faceted Terrarium

    4. Jaipur Parade Pale Blue Cotton Throw Blanket

    5. Ivory Mongolian Fur Decorative Pillow

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

    Join Kristen as she shares eye catching design and decor from all over the world on her website, Simply Grove.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • 3 Tips for Buying the Perfect Chandelier

    It is no secret that I have a little crush on beautiful chandeliers. And that love is strong and covers several styles and sizes and every room.

    A chandelier is like a beautiful piece of jewelry that adds the perfect finishing touch to an evening gown. It is that one thing that takes the look from beautiful to absolutely gorgeous.

     Cottage kitchen with white cupboards and hardwood floor

    But how do you know what the right chandelier is for you and your space? Is it too big? Too small? Or the wrong style all together? 

    To answer these questions and more, I am sharing 3 tips for choosing the perfect chandelier to make your home shine.

    1. Size Matters

    I tend to go big or go home when it comes to chandeliers- but I have a couple that are on the smaller size as well. And when trying to figure out if big or small or 2 or more are called for- you can use this simple guide.

     Large crystal chandelier in bedroom

    Chandeliers for a  Dining Room: 

    • Your chandelier should be about 12 inches narrower than the dining table surface.
    • The design should also have at least 4 feet of distance from the room walls. Making sure that your chandelier 'floats' with enough breathing around it is key. 

    Chandeliers for a Living Room or Entryway: 

    • For every foot of ceiling height allow 2-3 inches in chandelier height.
    • To find your perfect size- add the length and width of your room and convert the total to inches.
    • For example, a room that's 12-feet x 14-feet would require a design that's around 26-inches wide (12 plus 14 gives you the width of 26). 

    2. Double or nothing

    Sometimes one chandelier is the perfect size above a dining table or island. But sometimes, 2 or even 3 are better than one.

    If you have a long table for example- think length in lighting. You want to make sure to illuminate the center 2/3 of the table.

    A favorite way to get the look and right light is to go with several smaller chandeliers rather than one large chandelier.

    French cottage dining room with large chalkboard on wall

    In our dining room, this 9' long table has two  23" chandeliers which illuminate it perfectly without feeling too heavy. 

    3.  Style your room pretty 

    Whether you go with vintage inspired, modern luxe, industrial or something in between, think about the style of your space and what message you are trying to send with your chandelier choice.

    Is it simple and elegant? Show stopper? Blending in and getting along? There are so many ways that your chandelier can make your room feel different- and the choice is all yours. 

    If your room if full of architectural interest and charm- something elegant, classic and traditional will compliment perfectly.

    If it is spare and modern in design - you can add more bling to make a statement or keep it simple to keep the look. 

     Cottage style kitchen with green stool and white cupboards

    In the small kitchen in our guest cottage, two crystal chandeliers speak vintage charm but don't take center stage- they quietly compliment the overall look.  Basically, just take a moment to think about if your light is the lead or the supporting role in your room and choose accordingly. 

    I hope that these 3 tips  help you choose your perfect chandelier and no matter why style, size or finish you are looking for- Lamps Plus has an incredible selection of chandeliers to inspire you.

    What type of chandelier is your favorite? Are you a go big or go home type? Or a quiet compliment type? Or maybe somewhere in between?

    Images from French Country Cottage

     

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