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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 And those little things that are often on the back burner project wise- like the guest bedroom, the outdated guest bathroom, and the front door are definitely moved up to the front right now.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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a simple little tip that definitely helps make a guest room feel cozy and fresh.
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.
And another lighting tip- that is simple fun and festive to do. Place a Christmas tree in the room.
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.
Sunset Magazine has built Idea Houses throughout the West showcasing the latest innovations in architecture, designer lighting and interior design.
This year the Sunset Magazine's 2016 Idea House is nestled in the Claremont Hills between Oakland and Berkeley California.
If you don't live in the area, it will be featured in the November 2016 issue. We are happy to share some insights into the home in this post.
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 homes 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.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.
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 style to a room while bringing an 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.
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.
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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.
Here are links to the products she selected:1. Juliette Light Bronze Buffet Table Lamp Set of 22. BonJour Coffee Stainless Steel 8-Cup Chevron French Press3. White Peonies and Roses Flowers in a Ceramic Pot4. Mariah Silver Oval Decorative Bowl5. 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! Complete rules
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.
Here are links to the products he selected:
1. Large Gray Birdie Carafe2. Tic Tac Toe Black and White Game Set3. Ivan Edison Bulb Accent Lamp4. Clare Polished Nickel Decorative Mirrored Tray5. Chocolate Herringbone Design Throw Blanket
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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.
Here are links to the products she selected:
1. Lite Source Kade Black Gooseneck Desk Lamp2. Glasses Silhouette Wall Art3. Pierre Small Clear Glass Faceted Terrarium4. Jaipur Parade Pale Blue Cotton Throw Blanket5. Ivory Mongolian Fur Decorative Pillow
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Today is Day 2 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 blogger, Angela Ricardo has selected today's holiday gift guide.
1. Caryn Gold Pillar Candle Holders Set of 22. Adriene Acrylic Metal Accent Table Lamp3. Fluer de Lis Two Tier Gold Cake Stand4. Deer Antler Polished Nickel Pillar Candle Holder Set of 25. Linn Gray Faux Fur Throw Blanket
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Today is Day 1 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 blogger, Kelly Elko has selected today's holiday gift guide.
1. Square Glass Fillable Table Lamp
2. Godinger Chesterfield High Domed Glass Cake Plate
3. Grimm Large Gold Leaf Lantern Votive Candle Holder
4. McArthur Distressed Wood and Metal Round Wall Clock
5. Frontporch Flowery Frenchy Red Square Outdoor Pillow
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At this time of the year the evenings become darker and cooler, the lure of a oozy home makes so many want to cross the threshold and enjoy the warmth inside.
The holidays are here, and now is the time to take action to create ambiance indoors in simple ways.
There are two types of holiday lighting that create that warm glow during the holidays, twinkle string lights and candle light illuminating within stunning candle holders.
Prepare for this upcoming holiday season by adding both and you’ll have yourself a warm and welcoming abode.
Capture the allure of twinkling party and string lights with your tree, up the banister, or around a doorway with basic globe lights.
Here are four styles that are great for the holidays:
1. The White Wire Holiday Party String Lights will add a warm glow to any interior.2. Make your spaces colorful and festive with the Multi-color Black Wire Party String Lights.3. Mimic mother nature by stringing up the White Pinecone Lights around your home.4. If you seek something more sculptural, consider the Snowflake Battery Operated String Lights with the added bonus of not needing a plug.
For centuries, candlelight has provided illumination and flickering flames in the evening hours. In modern times, candles aren’t just practical, they’re stylish too, especially when housed inside or placed above strikingly beautiful candle holders.
Here are seven candle holder styles that will add pizzazz to your holiday.
1. Botanical shapes are timeless, get the look with the Faux Branch Gold Leaf Candle Holder set.2. The Flare Matte Black Pillar Candle Holders are a chic way to inject a modern vibe into any space.3. The two Carlino Bronze Pillars make a bold contemporary statement.4. Add elegance to your living room with lit candles with the Metallic Gold Leaf Votive Candelabra5. The Fiona Taper Crystal Candle Holder will add some sparkle and shine to any table. 6. You’re sure to introduce drama with the Golden Flowers Tealight Candle Holder.7. Equally as dramatic are the Lucy Gold Hanging Table Candle Holders.
Set the scene this holiday season by adding twinkle lights and candlelight to the interior of your home to bask in the glow of warm low lights flickering in the evening.
Image sources: Centsational Girl and Lamps Plus
Have you ever thought about how in both small spaces and large spaces - something that you might otherwise overlook because it is small can have big style impact?
When we remodeled our bathroom recently, I searched and searched for THE perfect sconce lights for the sink area.
I wanted something vintage inspired. Something that made a big statement and added to the overall charm and look of the bathroom - and also something that fit in seamlessly so that it was not the only thing you saw when you walked in.
A tall order, right? But when you are working with a space and looking for the perfect wall lamps- it can be hard to know just what style is the right one for you. Vintage? Industrial? Modern? Simple and classic? Unique? How do you choose?
Start with your room.
Consider the style and colors in your space - and also the light needed. Some rooms are naturally light filled with plenty of windows - but others are not. This room is flooded with natural light and doesn't need a lot of lighting - so a wall sconce works perfectly.
In this space - the style of the lights is the most important thing to consider.
These lights are very vintage and French in style, and if you were to choose modern lights - it would change the whole look. Which comes back to if the lights stand out or mesh with the space seamlessly and what you prefer.
In this room - the wall sconces are far from simple.The metal finish and the shades speak volumes about the style of the decor - but keep thing simple on the nightstand. With no lamps taking up space - there is more room for flower and reading material.Whether you keep wall sconces cohesive with the rest of the room, or you choose something that stands out - consider your lighting needs and your style and then have fun finding your beautiful perfect lamps.
Do you have any wall lamps in your home? What style is your favorite?
Images from French Country Cottage and Lamps Plus .