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  • Hudson Valley Cottage Style

    Hudson Valley Cottage Style

    Hudson Valley Cottage Style is my new obsession, so I went to Remodelista to get my fix of pix!

    Like most cottages, Hudson Valley style houses have their roots in Colonial and Victorian architecture, but because they are so close to major cities like New York, they have been transformed into a funky version for hipsters and city folk with rustic getaways.

    Cottage Decorating

    This particular cottage has a lot going on, especially when it comes to lighting. From utilitarian style desk lamps juxtaposed with natural woven bedding, to 19th century style ceiling lights near reclaimed wood walls. This house has it going on.

    While it sounds bizarre, this aesthetic is super chic and what the country cottages vibe is all about these days. Trust me, you can even throw in some mid century furniture and it would still look great.

    Country Decorating

    The playful use of lighting continues. When was the last time you saw a woven wicker bedside lamp in the same house with contemporary clip-on lights, library swing arm lamps and modern spots? Crazy, right?

    This bohemian cacophony of style takes the best of the natural elements found in the country and couples them with the ever-changing style of modernity.

    Modern Country Lighting and Decor

    1. I would seriously mount the Hudson Valley Laconia Old Bronze Swing Arm Wall Lamp everywhere. From bedroom to kitchen, the classic retro look is smashing.

    2. The Caroline Set of 2 Mahogany Dining Chairs are a great alternative to antique ladder-back chairs.

    3. Create a mod version of old style lighting with the Hinkley GatsbyHeritage Brass Mini Pendant.

    4. I love this versatile table that is great whether town or country...Padgett Black Limed Iron Side Table.

    5. Make chilly winter nights a tad more cozy with the Chesterfield Dove Grey Tone Decorative Throw Blanket.

    6. Enjoy the look of cottage woods with the Lights Up! Woody Black Faux Bois Light Shade Floor Lamp.

    Photo credits: Remodelista

  • The Pantone 2015 Color of the Year Is Marsala

    Pantone 2015 Color of the Year - Marsala

    Just announced by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. This "sensual and bold" red-brown hue is readily incorporated into home decor through lush foundation pieces like Marsala-colored seating, or with rich wine-hued home accents like deep red decorative pillows

    Pantone Marsala Color Swatch

    Marsala "is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind, and soul," according to Eiseman. "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point for a sophisticated, natural earthiness."

    You can shop the 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, at Lamps Plus now!

    2015 Pantone Color of the Year - Marsala - at Lamps Plus

    Shopping Guide: Anniston Red Chandelier / Dark Plum Aviary Ovo Table Lamp / Cranberry Silk Road Throw Pillow /  Lana Scarlet Tufted Armchair / Medallion Kirman Rug / Fired Brick Chevron Shade Table Lamp / Birdcage Pendant LightRed Roped Pouf Ottoman / 

    What's your take on Marsala? Is it an appetizing wine shade that you'll drink in, or will you pass on Marsala in 2015?

    Image credits: Benjamin Moore, Pantone.

  • Layering LED Lighting for a Festive Atmosphere

    Layering LED Lighting for a Festive Atmosphere

    Image from Lamps Plus

    Ideas for layering different lighting options for your next entertaining event.

    Lighting is an art. Opinions regarding a lighting design are as subjective as those of art critics. And just like artists, you can design your lighting using layers of style, including LED.

    I thought I would help you get the best layered look for your next party. I'll be sharing a few ideas on downlighting, uplighting and accent lighting.

    Downlighting & Moonlighting

    Downlighting is achieved by illuminating an area or object from above. High mounting heights and wide beam spreads provide broad, uniform illumination.

    LED string lights are versatile and can be hung in many different ways, vertically or horizontally.

    Hang String Lights For Pretty Downlighting

    Image from Style Me Pretty

    Add downlighting by hanging string lights from the trees.

    Ten Warm White Old Time LED String Lights

    Ten Warm White Old Time LED String Lights


    This technique uses direct burial fixtures, well lights, and grade-mounted bullet fixtures which are aimed upward to illuminate trees, sculptures, walls, and flags.

    LED spot flood lights provide very dramatic effects because they generate light and shadows in the opposite direction of the sun and moon.

    Super Duty 8 1/4" High Black Outdoor LED Spot Light

    Super Duty 8 1/4" High Black Outdoor LED Spot Light

    Accent Lighting

    Using higher light levels, uplights or downlights can be used to accent key features and create focal points, by separating them from objects or areas of lesser importance.

    Accent Your Table With LED Lights

    You can also include accent lighting on your table top or side tables.

    LED Candle Lights

    Solare 6" Gun Metal 3-D Virtual Flame LED CandleSolare 5" Cranberry Wax 3-D Virtual Flame LED CandleSolare 6 1/2" Ivory Melted Wax 3-D Virtual Flame LED CandleSolare 6" Espresso Metal 3-D Virtual Flame LED Candle

    Stay tuned for a Part II where I'll discuss backlighting, flood lighting, grazing, shadowing and silhouetting for all your entertaining needs...

  • Add Sparkle to Your Holiday Decor

    Add Sparkle to Your Holiday Decor

    A festive Christmas tabletop and tree with lots of sparkle.

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to amp up your holiday decor and I'm here to help! Sparkle, shimmering and glittery should be the only vocabulary words on the tip of your tongue this season.

    While I am a fan of the old school, traditional holiday house with a roaring fire and classic red and green, there is something more magical and festive about sparkling spaces... It’s like a perpetual New Year's Eve party.

    Quintessence had divine images of beautifully accessorized homes in shimmering silver and gold, perfect for holiday decor inspiration.

    Christmas Decor

    Ideas for sparkling holiday decor.

    There are so many ways to introduce this aesthetic into your home whether you want it for a short time or longer. Naturally, you can buy decor covered in silver and gold whether they be branches, ornaments or votives. You could also introduce more permanent sparkle like crystal chandeliers and glam table lamps that will add bling to your house all year long.

    An easy and inexpensive way to amp up the pizzazz is to add crystals to existing lights as well as place decorative wall mirrors opposite crystal lighting to multiply the oomph!

    Christmas Tabletop Design

    Luxurious and glittering holiday table setting ideas.

    The right tabletop decor can also increase the wow factor to your holiday home. Consider bone china with silver or gold designs, ornate candelabras and napkin rings with shine.

    Most importantly, it’s the witty and sparkling personalities which grace your table that are the most important part of the holiday season.

    Crystal Lighting

    1. Try the Vienna Full Spectrum Crystal Cylinder Sconce for Hollywood glam in the bathroom.

    2. The Large Crystal Pillar Candle Holder is perfect for a shimmering holiday table.

    3. The Crystorama Regis Collection Old Silver Chandelier reminds me of a true family heirloom.

    4. Not much space for lighting? The Dale Tiffany Lucinda Crystal Polished Nickel Floor Lamp is slim and sexy.

    5. Add sparkle to any side table or night stand with the Zoey Pattern Mercury Glass Table Lamp.

    6. Timeless 1920s deco reigns supreme with the Mirrored Collection Dimensional Octagonal Accent Table.

    Photo credits: Quintessence Blog

  • Holiday Themed Decor Inspirations

    It's the day after Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a wonderful meal with family and friends!

    While most of us are lounging around still drowsy from the copious amounts of stuffing we consumed, what could be better than searching for gorgeous and inspiring holiday interiors? Let's go...


    Holiday Themed Decor Inspirations

    There's nothing more fun that finding holiday decor inspiration after a delicious meal.

    While it's probably too late to decorate for Thanksgiving, let's just take a moment to appreciate this stunningly chic and simple dinning room from Sunday Suppers.

    Reclaimed furniture, coinage chairs and minimal dinnerware make the gathered fall leaves strewn across the ceiling grab all the attention in this wonderful vignette.


    Ideas For Hanukkah Decor

    Pretty blue hues for a for Hanukkah decor. 

    The beautiful blue patterns in this bedroom image from International Market Square are a beautiful representation of Hanukkahs rich colors.

    Don't be afraid to mix patterns, like this lovely dotted chaise in front of a beautiful blue lamp and antique vases.


    Stylish Idea For Green Christmas Decor

    Stylish idea for using a pop of green in your Christmas decor.

    This delightfully playful powder room from Simply Modern Home screams Christmas to me because of the amazing green mirror, the youthful wallpaper and hand towels.

    Maintaining a major pop of color by using green wall mirrors in the powder room makes it fresh, fun and perfect for the holidays.


    Using Color For Kwanzaa Style Decor

    Using colorful design for Kwanzaa inspired decor.

    Red, green and black come together perfectly in this Kwanzaa inspired living room from Belle Maison. If you don't want to incorporate too many colors into your permanent decor, using decorative textiles or even fresh flowers to incorporate color is a super simple solution.

    New Year's Eve

    Glamorous New Years Eve Decor

    Glamorous New Years Eve decor using black and gold.

    New Year's Eve is all about glitz, glam and decadence, just like this ridiculously beautiful living room from Style Code. This room is all about the drama, but hopefully your New Year's Eve won't be!

    Image credits: Sunday Suppers, International Market Square, Simply Modern Home, Belle Maison, Style Code

  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lamps Plus! It should be a time for giving thanks, enjoying family and some much needed time off, so enjoy it!

    Many of us, myself included, see it as the start of a holiday marathon of socializing, overeating, shopping and endless travel! I am Type-A so that means the day after Thanksgiving I’m hard at work at my desk with stacks of holiday cards to address and lick.

    But before that craziness begins, take a look at some images from Habitually Chic, which are inspiring for your Thanksgiving decor.

    Thanksgiving Decor

    Those of us who entertain know what goes into making a beautiful home and table. Gearing up for this season can mean a whole host of things to accomplish and believe it or not, lighting is a key ingredient!

    Having a well lit work space means getting through paperwork, billing and card writing with more ease. Swing arm desk lamps could be just what you need. And when it comes to finally taking a load off, or reading Christmas stories to the kids, a stylish reading floor lamp is ideal.

    Photo credits: Habitually Chic, Martha Stewart

  • Farmhouse Christmas Style Design Tips

    Decorate With Farmhouse Christmas Style

    Decorating with farmhouse Christmas style for a warm holiday season.

    The turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce and heaps of mashed potatoes will soon have all been put away.

    And the Christmas season will officially be here.

    The aisles of stores are jammed packed with the latest and greatest in colorful Christmas decor.

    Any style.

    Any color.

    Any design a Christmas decorator could ever want.

    But sometimes....the beauty of Christmas decor is found in the simple traditional bits of whimsy with farmhouse inspiration.

    Feeling overwhelmed this holiday season?  

    Here's a few tips to bring a little farmhouse Christmas style to your decor.

    Simple Christmas Decor

    Sometimes, simple decor is the best decor.

    1.  Trim the Tree

    To create traditional farmhouse Christmas style....start with the tree like the one featured in this beautiful living room from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Keep the decor simple with strands of white lights, grapevine and pine cones. Include family heirloom ornaments and tuck presents wrapped in brown craft paper under the tree.

    Place bowls of tiny wrapped presents for rustic coffee table decor, pull up a comfy side chair and turn on the stylish floor lamp for a long book.

    Farmhouse Christmas Style Mantel

    Simple mantel decor can go a long way to making your holiday home beautiful.

    2.  Decorate the Mantel

    Stockings hung by the fire with care are one of the most beloved traditions of Christmas, like these simple farmhouse stockings from Country Living.

    Decorate your own mantel with handmade stockings filled with gifts and treats for young and old alike.

    Add a basket full of logs, stacks of picture frames and a jingle bell wreath to complete the look.


    Chalkboards are a fun idea for farmhouse style holiday decor.

    3.  Think Outside the Box

    Don't have a mantel to decorate? Why not hang your stockings on a chalkboard or inside of vintage frames...?

    Decorate your sofas and side chairs with rustic style accent pillows for ultimate holiday snuggling.

    Stack your Christmas trees in metal tubs and tuck bingo cards into the branches for a unique one-of-a-kind tree decoration.


    Your entryway should be warm and inviting during the holidays.

    4.  Create a Welcoming Entrance

    Greet your guests with farmhouse flair like this beautiful vignette featured in Country Living.

    Fill a vintage basket with greens and cut small evergreen trees to fill baskets near the entrance.

    Then add a sleigh, boots and stacks of mittens for authentic farmhouse flair.

    Create a simple, welcoming holiday this year with farmhouse Christmas style.

    Deck your halls with greenery, vintage linens and family heirlooms.

    And then sit back enjoy the season. If you listen might even reindeer prancing on the rooftop.

    Photo credits: Thistlewood FarmsBetter Homes and GardensCountry LivingThistlewood FarmsCountry Living

  • Holiday Table Setting Ideas

    An Aerial View Of An Abundant Holiday Table Setting

    Aerial view of an abundant holiday table setting.

    Holiday table settings allow you to let your creativity and sense of personal style shine through. No pressure that your family and friends will probably be judging you!

    Seriously though, most people are truly happy to be invited to somebody’s home for the holiday, and there is no need to go broke trying to impress. Apartment Therapy had some fun images of holiday table settings that are easy and seasonal. 

    Thanksgiving Decor

    Traditional Thanksgiving tabletop decorations.

    Because autumn is all about abundance and thanks, you may wish to decorate your table with natural items like simple sprigs that last longer than flowers or gourds, pumpkins and fruit that can perform double duty and be consumed later.

    While I love the burnt oranges, greens and purples of the season, a cornucopia of nature will not illuminate the space. If you were thinking of upgrading your dining room lights, now would be a good time. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas your dining room may become the real focus of your home.

    Decorative chandeliers can add much needed light and can become the real show stopper during the season, as would wall sconces that can be enhanced with more sprigs and garland.

    Dining Room Design

    Festive Fall dining room decor.

    While most of us may not have the perfect Norman Rockwell family, we can all have picture perfect decor! A key consideration is whether you need table space for platters or whether you will serve on a sideboard.

    If you don’t have much room on the table, bud vases with marigolds, tea lights, mini pumpkins and pears scattered about could look beautiful. If space is not a problem, the sky is the limit, just make sure to keep things natural and earthy, like the season we celebrate.

    Dining Room Accessories

    1. The Brown and White Porcelain Tureen looks like a family heirloom, perfect for holiday gatherings.

    2. The Jardin Fleuri Songbird Bronze Metal Votive Holder is a space saver that adds just the right amount of twinkle.

    3. Keep things natural looking with the Quorum Ashford 6-Light Provincial Chandelier.

    4. The color of Thanksgiving is captured in the Rachael Ray Cucina Pumpkin Orange Garbage Bowl.

    5. Illuminate your turkey and cranberries on your sideboard with the Barley Twist Table Lamp.

    Photo credits: Apartment Therapy

  • Silver and Gold Bedside Lamps

    “Silver and gold, silver and gold…” are the lyrics to a classic Christmas song but not just to be hummed about during the holidays. Silver and gold are timeless metallic sheens on lamps that add polish and glamour to any bedside table or nightstand.

    Patterned or textured fabric, soothing or bold paint - both add style to a bedroom space, but metallic lamps in brass, nickel, gold leaf, or mercury glass will add that finishing touch. Introduce a silver or gold table lamp to your bedroom space, one you’ll admire every day and appreciate each evening when you finally turn out the light.

    Silver and Gold Bedside Lamps

    Silver and gold table lamps dress up any bedside.

    Gold Table Lamps

    The same faceted Ripley Gold Lamp featured in the bedroom above is available at Lamps Plus. I recently bought the same for my own bedroom project! It’s chic geometric shape and gold finish are very on-trend.

    Introduce a Greek key motif with the Philadelphia Gold Leaf Lamp, or another historic shape with the Possini Obelisk Lamp. The gilded beauty of the Gold Lattice Cylinder Lamp is enhanced by the diagonal geometric pattern in ivory. Add golden beauty to a bedside with the matte sheen on the Uttermost Brushed Brass Lamp or perhaps a brighter glow with the Gold Rodeo Drive Table Lamp

    Gold Table Lamps From Lamps Plus

    Polished nickel, steel, and chrome metals are aesthetically cooler than the warmer look of brass or gold leaf. But what those metals lack in warmth they make up for with their sophisticated reflective finish, one that will enhance bedroom spaces from cottage to cosmopolitan. Silver table lamps are an elegant addition to any bedroom design.

    Silver Table Lamps Flanking Beautiful Bedsides

    Silver table lamps beautifully reflect the room's decor.

    Silver Table Lamps

    Achieve the same elegant look above with the Possini Slim Gourd Table Lamp. Either the Silver Leaf Hammered Cylinder Lamp or the Stiffle Antique Nickel Urn Lamp will add a classic geometric shape to your beside table. As an alternative to a lamp, consider a wall mounted sconce like the Possini Reading Swing Arm Wall Light or the Euro Design Circles Plug In Lamp. The Gooseneck Desk Lamp also makes a great reading light and saves energy too!

    Silver Table Lamps From Lamps Plus

    Mercury glass table lamps add alluring shimmer and shine to a bedside chest. Mercury glass or mirrored finishes are glamorous in any season, and act as a focal point as they reflect light throughout the room.

    Elegant Bedroom Design With Mercury Bedside Lamp

    Elegant bedroom design with a mercury bedside lamp.

    Mercury Glass Table Lamps

    A wider jug shape of the Arteriors Mercury Glass Table Lamp makes a statement on any larger scale nightstand. Add a trio of shapes with either the Illusion Mirrored Glass Modern Table Lamp or the Triple Gourd Table Lamp. Shimmer and shine are not be ignored in the design of the Robert Abbey Wavy Lamp, the Cardinal Table Lamp, and the Bartlett Table Lamp.

    Mercury Table Lamps From Lamps Plus

    Whatever sheen you prefer, be it silver, gold, or mercury glass, sophisticated elegance is guaranteed with any of these lovely bedside lamps!

    Image credits: Emily Henderson, Jacquelyn Glass & AssociatesThe Elegant Abode

  • 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

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