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  • Get The Look: Manhattan Model Apartments

    Manhattan Model Apartments

    Manhattan model apartments are always inspirational. These days, the prices to buy are totally beyond reach but the look can be achieved if you know what’s hot on the design side of Manhattan real estate developments.CocoCozy featured a fabulous new condo development on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and I fell in love.

    Over the past decade New York real estate has been on fire with ultra high-end high rises that all tend to have a similar design aesthetic. So, if we can’t afford to get past the door attendants of some of the more posh addresses, we can at least try to pull a hot copycat look.

    The kitchen above captures the calming color palate found in luxury New York abodes... subtle grays, creams and white. Quality light fixtures, specifically bold chandeliers are a fabulous design punch and counterpoint for any soothing, sleek kitchen design.

    Urban Interior Design

    Let’s not discuss the brick wall I looked at when I lived in New York. Today it’s all about letting in light and capturing “to die for” views.

    OK, duplex apartments with sweeping staircases may only be possible for the very rich, but I loved the look of the one above. It’s without question a contemporary design but the look seems to be rooted in Art Deco.

    Regardless, I wouldn't say no if somebody offered. Uncluttered lines with a focus on beautiful textures reigns supreme in this home. I also noticed that there is also a desire to keep the rooms clear of clutter, hence the use of modern floor lamps instead of small table lamps.

    My takeaway on the modern Manhattan apartment is to keep colors calm, and find design items that are thoroughly contemporary but rooted in classic design with brass and black accents.

     Apartment Style

    1. Keep lighting playful with the White Cypress Pendant Light.

    2. The Parkis Gray Linen Button-Tufted Sofa is timeless.

    3. The Arteriors Narnia Iron and Gold Leaf Round Cocktail Table captures the essence of New York chic.

    4. One must always be soft underfoot... the Uttermost Pembroke Charcoal Wool Area Rug is perfect.

    5. Style and function unite with the Hudson Valley Marshall Vintage Brass Adjustable Floor Lamp.

    6. The Set of 2 Zuo Stavenger Graphite Accent Chairs is ideal for a luxury breakfast nook.

    Photo credits: CocoCozy

  • Garden Shed Inspiration

    Garden Shed Inspiration

    We live on a farm in the middle of no where.


    As in, go to Tennessee and turn right at the chicken barn, drive two miles past the corn field and at the end of a long winding country road..... will find our house.

    Summertime is farm weather. It's the season to introduce new landscaping projects and watch the flowers growing in the cutting garden and pick blueberries and peaches and strawberries and watch the hay being cut in the back field. And this Summer we are planning on a little garden shed decoration.

    So if you have plans for Summer and you need another project like this beautiful garden shed from Better Homes and Gardens.....'s some garden shed inspiration.

    Shed Inspiration

    Add Functional Storage

    The basic component of any garden shed is storage as in this beautiful vintage black hutch from Lonny Magazine.

    You can create a built-in, custom unit from reclaimed wood and re-purposed hardware or you can simply add a storage piece to your existing space.

    Next, fill up the storage with stacked gardening supplies such as pretty pots, urns and landscaping tools.

    Garden Shed Style

    Landscape Ideas

    Incorporate your garden shed into your existing landscaping.

    Add gravel paths and rows of boxwood like this serene setting from House Beautiful.

    Then, complete the garden setting by adding armillary sphere, urns or even a pretty garden fountain.

    Garden Shed Landscaping

    Add Outdoor Seating

    A small outdoor seating space near your garden shed is the perfect place for a good book and a glass of sweet tea.

    Add a table and pair of outdoor chairs like these Adirondack chairs featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

    The faux chandelier topiary is perfect to add a little whimsy to an outdoor space.

    Garden Shed Design

    Use Reclaimed Materials

    This beautiful garden shed from Better Homes and Gardens owes its character and charm to the use of reclaimed materials.

    Add a pair of vintage windows, a garden ladder or even yards of old fence rows to your garden shed.

    Then, plant a garden outside your vintage door and add a birdbath or pair of urns to make your outdoor setting complete.

    A garden shed is the perfect project to add personality to your landscaping.

    Whether its rustic or vintage or filled with cottage charm.....let it reflect your style and design aesthetic.....

    ....and enjoy it with a ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea.

    Happy summer gardening to you!

    Photo credits: Better Homes and GardensLonny MagazineHouse BeautifulBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and Gardens

  • Lighting Ideas For a Teenage Bedroom

    Teenage Bedroom

    We strongly believe that if you raise your kids with style, everyone is better off. Ok, so it might be a silly theory, but at the very least, designing with your kids could make for a fun project together this Summer. Work with them to create the perfect bedroom style.

    Here's some great ideas from Houzz, all of which include awesome lighting as the focal point of the room.

    This blue and violet idea above is perfect for the girly-girl. And check out the nightstand are actually modern side tables, with cool art above (another project idea for you teenager perhaps?).

    Crystal Chandelier

    Artcraft Claremont White Chandelier

    This bedroom below is for someone who likes pink, no doubt. But notice how the coral pink is paired perfect with lots of gray, including the metal ceiling light that adds a lot of style.

    There's also another cool element with the layering of area rugs to bring in more color and pattern.

    Pink Teenage Decor

    Ceiling Light

    Jonathan Adler Parker Ceiling Light

    Girls shouldn't be the only teenagers with a cool room to hang out in with friends or do homework. These gray walls and dark wood finishes definitely belong to a stylish boys room, with just enough bling on the ceiling to set it on-trend.

    Pops of color are great, like in the table lamp, book and modern globe.

    Teenage Boy Bedroom

    Sputnik Ceiling Light

    Possini Euro Orbs Ceiling Light

    Have fun with your kids this Summer and get their bedrooms in top shape with stylish lighting.

    Image credits: Karen Wolf, Ana Donohue, Holly Bender

  • Happy 4th of July From Lamps Plus!

    Lamps Plus

    We know, you're expecting table decor and recipes. But we decided to share with you how fun patriotism can be for home decor!

    This living room is perfectly balanced with the two different sofas and decorative pillows to pull it all together.

    The white walls, white coffee table and white table lamp provide a clean backdrop for the blue and red pairing. We just love this space, found on Style at Home.

    Here's how to get the look...

    Patriotic Home Decor

    Blue Sofa / White Coffee Table / Red Vase / Blue Patterned Pillow / Red Pillow / Sold Blue Pillow / White Sofa

    Happy 4th everyone!!

    Image credit: Style at Home

  • Tips For Screen Porch Style

    Screen Porch

    Screen porch style is not just about making a porch look pretty but rather having a chic outdoor Summer spot to enjoy that keeps pesky bugs from devouring your flesh on warm Summer nights!

    Is there anything worse than wanting to kick back and relax only to end up back in an excessively lit room hoping the anti-itch cream hasn’t expired? The House of Turquoise had some fun and stylish screened porches that capture the essence of Summer relaxation.

    Screen Porch Design

    The well-designed screened porch will afford you extra square footage and a magical space to entertain. Casual elegance should dominate this design and should combine natural elements as well as comfort. A wonderful jumping off point should be a functional and contemporary ceiling fan. Let’s not forget we are technically outside so my guess is that there isn't any AC!

    Cans keep air circulating and cool porches down so you can concentrate on libations not how you will hide embarrassing sweat stains.

    Another civilized decor must is lighting. Whether you opt for candles in hurricane lanterns or outdoor table lamps, keeping things lit is always important. If you do decide on candles try to stay away from anything scented.

    Outdoor Rooms

    Natural fibers are also a great design choice for screened in porches. From wicker chairs and tables to woven rugs under foot, nature should take center stage in what is essentially a natural environment.

    As much as I like a good wicker chair, my backside prefers to enjoy them with a wee bit of padding so make sure you have cushions and pillows to keep guests from talking about you after they’ve left.

    Porch Accessories

    1. The Travis Lantern Candle Holder looks great mounted to posts.

    2. Cushion your bum with a Outdoor Accent Pillows.

    3. Keep things cool with the Casablanca Ceiling Fan.

    4. Get stylish extra seating with the Fork Teal Ottoman.

    5. You can’t go wrong with the Rustic Wicker Arm Chair.

    6. The Bali Java Solar Table Lamp can weather the weather.

    Photo credits: House of Turquoise

  • Design Trend Watch: Pineapple Decor

    Decor Ideas

    The pineapple has long been a symbol of welcome, making it a mainstay in interiors styles and design trends ranging from coastal to cottage to colonial. Now, the spiny tropical treat is also enjoying a decor revival in more contemporary settings.

    The fruit's intriguing texture offers modern graphic applications, from a series of white pineapples on Jamie Meares' Flickr to the oversized pineapple artwork seen on Kate the Great. Even a traditional gold pineapple lamp looks fresh when paired with a crisp white setting via Viciously Cyd.

    Table Decor

    Take advantage of the pineapple's age-old associations with hospitality! For entertaining, a real pineapple hollowed out as a centerpiece (from Sugar and Cloth) takes a DIY route, but wood pineapples on the table (spotted at Refresh Designs) have a similarly inviting effect.

    Pineapples in the entryway catch guests immediately when they cross your threshold, so try a few on a stylish console (via Lamps Plus) or go all out with a pineapple wallpaper as seen on House to Home. No matter how you send it, a warm greeting will always feel fresh!

    Interior Design

    1. A traditional gold pineapple lamp offers a classic feel.

    2. Take the pineapple's appeal outdoors with a bronze planter.

    3. This eye-catching doormat brings to life the pineapple's status as a symbol of welcome.

    4. Serve up pineapple style with a wood cheeseboard.

    5. A pineapple wall sconce sets a sophisticated yet laid-back mood. 

    6. Enjoy sweet dreams in a bamboo bed frame with pineapple posts.

    Image credits: Jamie Meares Flickr, Kate the Great, Viciously Cyd, Sugar and Cloth, Refresh Designs, Lamps Plus, House to Home

  • Home Design Ideas on 55 Downing Street Blog!

    Our Style Illuminated blog is not the only place to find awesome design inspiration and home styling tips..... Check out our sister site, 55 Downing Street which has amazing sales on designer home decor and furnishings. Bonus, they also have an awesome design blog!

    55 Downing Street

    Much like this blog, the 55 Downing Street blog provides all the necessary topics when it comes to home design inspiration, such as design tips, tips for living rooms, home office decorating, using color and many more!

    They have top bloggers contributing to their content, so you know you're getting information from the top taste-makers!

    They post daily, just like us, so you'll never be without your style inspiration....


  • Christopher Kennedy Tour: Modernism Week 2014

    Luxe Interiors and Design Magazine’s Modernism Week celebrated the Palm Springs legacy of mid-century modern architecture and jet set American style with the Christopher Kennedy Compound Show House.

    Specifically created to raise funds for Modernism Week and other preservation efforts, the remodel respects the property’s architectural pedigree while updating it with the best in modern design.

    Lamps Plus was thrilled to play a role in the final product, but providing some key elements throughout the house. We're thrilled to share this show house with you on the Lamps Plus You Tube page!

    We have a total of eight amazing videos that will be posted, one each Friday. Here is the tentative schedule:

    6/27/2014 Showhouse Overview (posted above)
    7/4/2014 Showhouse: Interview with Christopher Kennedy
    7/11/2014 Showhouse: Dining Room
    7/18/2014 Showhouse: Living Room
    7/25/2014 Showhouse: Living Room: Get the Look
    8/1/2014 Showhouse: Den
    8/8/2014 Showhouse: Master Bedroom
    8/15/2014 Showhouse: Kitchen

    The re-design of this John Caranci home, inspired by the work of Stan Sackley, circa 1971 was spearheaded by Christopher Kennedy, but includes rooms created by today’s most respected voices in interior design. It is the ultimate in design inspiration. The best of the best. 

    So head to our You Tube page next Friday, July 4th for an interview with Christopher Kennedy!

  • Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

    Every homeowner knows the necessity of lighting both indoors and out, but spending the time and money on high quality statement lighting will not only make you smile each time you flip on the light switch and admire its beauty, but it will also add value to your home.

    Lighting is all about form and function, the choices should complement the style of the home and their placement should serve a real purpose. 

    Outdoor Lighting

    Light fixtures on the front porch are the first impression, so look beyond ordinary finds and seek out something special. In covered porches and entries, flanking the front door with outdoor statement sconces adds character by day and illumination by night.

    Add contrast to a white or neutral exterior with any of these three dramatic sconces perfect for the entry: 

    Bronze Wall SconcesHinkley Barrington High Bronze Wall Sconce, Derby High Antique Iron Outdoor Wall Light, Bravada Chestnut Outdoor Wall Sconce 

    Covered patios and porches are a favorite place for all to gather in fair weather. Set a table to dine al fresco or include a seating area for lounging on lazy days. Either way, you’ll need lighting for when the sun sets. Suspended outdoor lanterns over table tops or conversation zones let you linger longer.

    Outdoor Patio

    Add similar drama to your outdoor space with any of these three hanging lanterns below. They're all dramatic yet classic and will complement any transitional outdoor space.

    Bronze Outdoor Hanging Lights

    Rockford High Bronze Outdoor Hanging Light, Bellagio Hanging LightMossoro Hanging Light

    Long porches and breezy cabanas in warm climates need outdoor ceiling fans to circulate air overhead. In lieu of a chandelier, look to stylish sconces to balance the decor. Repeat the same sconces around the space for uniformity and even spots of illumination when the space is in use during evening hours.

    Outdoor Lounge Area

    Play off the architectural style of the home or the furnishings with your finishes and design of choice. The industrial chrome outdoor wall light is a fantastic choice for homes with a coastal vibe.

    Industrial Chrome Outdoor Wall Light

    Chrome Outdoor Wall Light, Maxim Scottsdale Black Outdoor Wall LightSteel Crossing Outdoor Wall Sconce

    Image credits: Sprague Construction, Area via HouzzWayne Windham Architect

  • Fun and Festive Outdoor String Lights

    Fun and Festive Outdoor String Lights

    There's no better way to create a fun and festive ambiance when the sun sets than with outdoor string lights. These Metal Cage Lantern String Party Lights have a classic industrial look and charming weathered green finish that will bring a nostalgic touch to your summertime soiree.

    Metal Cage Lantern String Party Lights

    Designer primarily for outdoor use (but suitable for use indoors too), up to 8 party light strands can be linked to provide twinkling illumination overhead. String them from tree to tree, as shown below; or hang them from the ceiling of a covered porch or patio to create a sparkling, intimate atmosphere.

    Party lights lend a festive look to any setting

    Party lights lend a festive look to any setting, no matter what the occasion. Lamps Plus offers free shipping on all indoor and outdoor string lights for your next event or gathering.

    Design Dossier is our monthly series where we share highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, unique, and interesting lighting choices straight from our showrooms.

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