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  • Modern Floor Lamp Style

    Modern Floor Lamps

    This modern Art Deco style room features a gorgeous modern floor lamp.

    Modern floor lamps are perhaps one of the most versatile forms of lighting. Not only can you find any type of material that will work with your specific design scheme, you can also get any type of style from the huge selection of decorative floor lamps available.

    Want Neo Classical? Done. Desire Mid-century? Have your pick! The other great thing about floor lamps is that they are great space savers. I have informed so many clients that there's no need to fret if you don’t have room for an end table and lamp... All you need is a slim floor lamp next to a sofa or bed to illuminate a room. The images from Marcus Design Inc. capture floor lamps at their best.

    Brass Floor Lamps

    Classic brass floor lamps are a design staple. 

    While pharmacy style lamps have been a popular choice for decades, this material has been given new life in a crisp and modern way, thanks to modern design. A perfect example is this Holtkoetter Antique Brass Metal Cone Floor Lamp above. Clean, simple and always in style next to an arm chair or sofa.

    Contemporary Black Floor Lamp

    The multi-light floor lamp offers great light coverage, including task lighting if near a desk or chair.

    The basic tenant of modernity means you can reinterpret something old and make it fresh like the Draper 3-Light Mid-century Modern Floor Lamp. Based on a classic 1950s desk lamp, this floor lamps is updated for today’s modern living. 

    Metal Floor Lamps

    The chic look of multi-metal floor lamps.

    The use of multiple metals allows you versatility. There are no longer strict rules about the types of metals you can use in a room or having to stick to just one.

    I happen to love brass and black together, like in the Jonathan Adler Black and Brass Antwerp Floor Lamp. Look how it offers a fresh and functional twist to a room that incorporates many styles, including French Rococo and Art Deco. Simply marvelous!

    Iron Floor Lamps

    I love the slender column design of the Robert Abbey Lucy Bronze 3-Way Floor Lamp.

    Iron floor lamps are as timeless as brass, but updated in a wonderful way. It nods to classical architecture but is contemporary all the way!

    Photos: Marcus Design Inc

  • Formal Bathroom Lighting

    English Style Bathroom With Formal Lighting

    Traditional lighting fits beautifully in this English style bathroom design.

    Embracing formal bathroom lighting is one way of keeping traditional style alive in a world eager to modernize everything. There is something very romantic about a timeless bath and Belgian Pearls had some glorious pictures that show why.

    It reminds me of period movies depicting 18th and 19th century aristocrats soaking in tubs filled by long-suffering servants. The good news is that modern plumbing has made everything easier, but you can still get the beautiful look of a classic French chateau or English manor house!

    Crystal Lighting In Traditional Bathroom Design

    Design a traditional, elegant bathroom with crystal lighting.

    Changing your bathroom lighting fixtures will get you one step closer to creating an elegant bathroom.

    While some design codes don’t allow you to hang fixtures over tubs, you can still incorporate crystal chandeliers in most places throughout a bathroom. Remember to be mindful of scale. Bathrooms are generally smaller than other rooms with low ceilings, so keep lighting size appropriate to the space.

    Traditional Bathroom Light Fixtures

    While formal bathrooms look divine with crystals they are not the only design game in town. Gold framed mirrors, silk draperies or even a tufted pouf or seat will add to grandeur to your bathroom.

    Here is a little design tip.... Try not to use dark shades on sconces or chandeliers if you need those particular fixtures for applying make-up or shaving. If they are just decorative, go right ahead, they look very chic. Personally there are days when I would rather not see what I look like however how long can I truly fool myself.

    Bathroom Lighting & Mirrors

    1. The Tivoli crystal mini chandelier is elegant for a smaller bathroom but still exudes elegance.

    2. Lighting for above the mirror is elevated with the Jessica McClintock bath light.

    3. Traditional bathrooms will sparkle with the 3-light wall sconce.

    4. Elegant lighting should illuminate elegant mirrors like the cut corner oval wall mirror.

    Photo credits: Belgian Pearls

  • Lighting Up The Red Carpet

    Lupita Nyong'o Style At The Golden Globes

    Lupita Nyong'o

    We've taken our favorite best dressed celebrities from last night's Golden Globes and matched them up with a few of our favorite table lamps. Who was your favorite from last night's show?...

    Lupita Nyong'o flawless once again, next to our Winter White - Satin Purple Zig Zag Shade Apothecary Lamp.

    Salma Hayek Style At The Golden Globe Awards

    Salma Hayek

    Salma Hayek looks brilliant in this Alexander McQueen, next to our Couture Los Feliz Table Lamp in Glossy White.

    Naomi Watts Style At The Golden Globes

    Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts was bright as the sun in her Gucci gown, next to our Upbeat Yellow Terracotta Currey and Company Table Lamp.

    Kate Beckinsale Style At The Golden Globes

    Kate Beckinsale

    Kate Beckinsale was sparkly and elegant in this Elie Saab number, next to our Uttermost Amerson Glass and Nickel Table Lamp.

    Image credits: Huffington Post

  • Beautiful Sunset Colored Interior Inspiration

    I have so many amazingly beautiful and inspirational sunset photos flooding my Instagram feed this month. I find that a winter sunset captures my heart and ignites the design wheels in my head. Here we take some beautiful sunset-inspired interiors and show you how to capture the essence in your home decor.

    Sunset Color Inspiration For The Home

    Sunset color inspiration for the home.

    I was lucky enough to capture the above image on the first official day of 2015 outside of Santa Barbara. The rich gold, yellow and orange dusk shadows create a magical glow, almost a hug from mother nature.

    Incorporating the essence of this stunning winter sunset in your own home is easy to do with just a few key pieces that we will dissect below.

    Warm, rich color ideas for the home.

    Whether redesigning an entire room, adding accent pieces or decorating for a one-night-only party, these rich sunset tones will bring the beauty outdoors in. Let these Lonny Mag images be your guide to sunset colored interior inspiration.

    Adding a pair of Bedouin Textural Red and Orange 18" Throw Pillows to a creamy linen sofa will splash sunset throughout your living room while the Jonathan Adler Capri 14" High Orange Glass Wall Sconce brings the perfect warm sunset glow to your hallway or powder room.

    The shapes and patterns of the Camden Collection Suzani Area Rug are a beautiful sunset representation, intermixed with traditional motifs.

    Wall mirrors are a great way to inject a quick shot of warm sunset color, and the modern, geometric style of the Invigorate 32" Round Brezza Wall Mirror is chic and timeless.

    Image credits: Allison Rosenberg, Lonny Mag

  • The Top 5 Home Decor Color Trends for 2015

    Home Decor Color Trends for 2015

    Color trends for your 2015 home decor style.

    Pantone's Spring 2015 Fashion Report features 17 colors that are forecasted to be predominant in this year's fashions. Since fashion trends quickly translate into interior design, we can expect to see these 17 colors making an appearance in home decor shortly after.

    Of the 17 selected colors, there are 5 that I predict to have the biggest impact on interiors this year. They're fresh, but familiar; colorful, but not overwhelming; and trendy, but not transient. 

    10 of Pantone's Spring 2015 Color Trends

    These are my top 5 home decor color trend picks for 2015:

    Lucite Green Living Room

    Lucite green walls in a stylish living room.

    LUCITE GREEN

    Lucite Green is my personal favorite of Pantone's 10 spring 2015 colors. It's got more oomph than mint, but it's still soft and livable. It's neutral with personality.

    Lucite Green will really pop when offset by complimentary hues of red and orange, pictured above on A Beautiful Mess. Or layer it with shades of seafoam and pale grey to create a serene color palette.

    Chicago Framed Art

    Also, I think the arc floor lamp looks great with this mod color as a backdrop and this Chicago art print would pull this entire color scheme together....

    Pantone Custard Living Room

    Add a little Custard color to your home to brighten it up.

    CUSTARD

    Custard is like a little beam of sunshine! More cheerful than beige, it's still a great, "safe" color for walls and a great backdrop for living rooms and kitchens. Custard isn't an aggressive yellow - it's softer and more toned down, without being cutesy.

    The living room above from Cozy Little House uses Custard on the walls beautifully. It pairs harmoniously with the beige sofa and curtains, but definitely brings more personality to the space than beige. And the gold table lamp is a luxurious pairing with Custard.

    Pantone Toasted Almond Bedroom

    This Toasted Almond bedroom is romantic and elegant, yet still casual.

    TOASTED ALMOND

    But let's not be hatin' on beige! Toasted Almond is a beautiful beige hue with a subtle pink tint. It's warm, soft, feminine, and cozy.

    If you're so over the cold industrial greys that have been popular in recent years, Toasted Almond is a chic way to update your neutrals and bring a little warmth. Toasted Almond is a like a warm latte - sweet, comforting, and delicious. Paired with coral and ivory, as shown above in Better Homes and Gardens, it's both sophisticated and inviting.

    Orange Decorative Pillow

    This pretty decorative pillow combines both beautiful colors in this bedroom, with a Toasted Almond background and coral detail.

    Pantone Strawberry Ice Living Room

    If you want your home to include a little pink in 2015, Strawberry Ice is perfect for you.

    STRAWBERRY ICE

    Want a little more pink? Slightly chalky and very on-trend, Strawberry Ice is a soft pastel pink that's definitely not baby-ish.

    Used on both the walls and accent chairs in the room above from Decor Pad, it behaves like a neutral and manages to somehow be both stylish and subtle. Paired with gold pillows and bold black and white accents, Strawberry Ice looks crisp and refreshing. Introduce warm cocoa tones for a cozier feel. 

    Pantone Marsala Living Room

    Marsala is bold, classic and rich.

    MARSALA

    Of course, we can't forget the red-brown hue Marsala, Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year. Although I didn't have high hopes for its longevity upon the announcement, I've started to appreciate it more.

    Modern Table Lamp

    While once considered dowdy and dated, brown is beginning to be perceived as more luxurious thanks to indulgences like coffee, chocolate, toffee, and leather goods. It's the concept of brown that makes Marsala an appealing color in home decor - It's warm and delicious, rich and robust. This modern table lamp is a great example.

    Marsala looks updated when paired with white and light woods, as shown above in the gorgeous contemporary living room featured on SFGirlByBay.

    Image credits: Pantone, A Beautiful Mess, Cozy Little House, Better Homes & GardensDecor Pad, SFGirlByBay

  • The Uncluttered Kitchen

    Clean Counters In An Uncluttered Kitchen

    Clean, modern kitchen without any clutter.

    The uncluttered kitchen is a thing of beauty, especially after several weeks of cooking and prepping for the holidays.

    Keeping a clean and clutter-free kitchen may seem daunting, especially if you have kids, but there are ways to make your kitchen appear better organized and more clean. Check out these images from Lonny that are nothing if not inspired.

    Clean Kitchen Design

    All-white kitchen design.

    Obviously, keeping your counters clear are key to remaining clutter-free and is the first order of business. Proper containers and trays can keep things in their place, but items like mounted magnetic knife holders can free up space in drawers and countertops.

    If you have a small kitchen, clear bar stools will give your kitchen the look of more space and thus, less cluttered.

    Also, I love the pop of some color in a kitchen however keeping things monochromatic will also have the affect of keeping things clean. 

    Contemporary Kitchens

    Monochromatic kitchen design looks clean and uncluttered.

    Modern kitchens naturally lend themselves to a clutter-free appearance, but you need not remodel to stay uncluttered. I like carts and shelves on wheels, or lightweight storage containers so they can be filled and quickly moved out of the room if you are expecting guests.

    If you have low ceilings, you'll want to make sure you have a modern flush mount light. And if you have an island or peninsula, try keeping pendants clear glass so that sight lines remain clear and open. This Kichler pendant is a pretty example.

    Kitchen Accessories

    1. The Access Vision Brushed Steel LED Ceiling Light keeps things close to the ceiling and out of the way for those of you with small kitchens.

    2. The Mini Wave Brushed Nickel 3-Light Ceiling Fixture offers great task lighting.

    3. Keep things clear and simple with the Quoizel Uptown Penn Station Nickel Pendant.

    4. The Zuo Anime Transparent Acrylic Bar Stool offers function with the appearance of using up very little visual space.

    5. Keeping items off counters and tables is easy with the White Finish Solid Wood 5 Tier Leaning Shelf.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Transform Your Bathroom into a Rockstar

    Transform Your Bathroom

    Some help with adding a fresh look to your bathroom this year.

    I am knee-deep in a bathroom remodel.

    I'm trying to introduce it to 2015.

    Have you thought about a bathroom remodel lately? Have you seen the choices that are available for sinks and faucets and cabinets and bathtubs and vanities similar to this amazing set featured in Better Homes and Gardens?

    It can all be a little overwhelming....right?

    No worries. I've done a little homework for both of us and put together a fun selection of bathroom vanities that will make your renovation a little easier. Just add some stylish bathroom lighting fixtures to any of these cabinets for a whole new look!

    Here's five bathroom cabinets with extra storage.....

    .....that will transform your bathroom into a rock star.

    Mirrored Sink Vanity With Criss-Cross Design

    This mirrored sink with a criss cross pattern makes a statement without saying a word.

    It has a black granite top, two drawers and crystal knobs. It's guaranteed to make a small space shine.

    Distressed Wood Sink Vanity

    This natural wood vanity says farmhouse in every line.

    The piece comes with a granite top, antique brass hardware and two working drawers.

    And the space on the bottom?  Perfect for an over-sized basket full of freshly-washed farmhouse linens.

    White Double Sink Bathroom Vanity With Storage

    Hello rock star vanity with marble accents and tons of storage.

    This glamorous double sink vanity features a natural white Carrera marble countertop and backsplash, brushed nickel hardware and beautiful undermount sinks.

    And the storage?

    Seriously.

    Five drawers and two cabinets means plenty of storage space for all those bathroom essentials.

     

    Rockstar Double Sink Vanity In Wood

    This double sink vanity features porcelain vessel sinks.

    This was my choice... The contemporary lines of this piece with the storage drawers and simple graphic handles give it rock star status.

    And the matching mirror with a storage ledge makes it functional as well as stylish.

    White Marbletop Double Sink Bathroom Vanity

    And finally....my dream vanity.

    Double sink...check.

    Marble counter tops....check.

    Space for baskets....check.

    And four drawers and a built-in shelf for a place for everything.....

    ....including the bathroom sink.

    Happy bathroom remodel to you. 

    Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

  • Stylish Table Lamps For The Living Room

    Living Room Lighting In Different Table Lamp Styles

    Living room lighting ideas with different styles of table lamps.

    There’s nothing worse than walking into a beautifully decorated room only to find inadequate lighting.

    Some of my favorite living room table lamps that combine style and function include different elements that I'd like to share with you…

    Bold Color

    Choose your color, any color, to brighten up a neutral living room. I’m loving the over 150 color choices in the Color+Plus lighting collection.

    Living Room Lighting With Different Shapes

    Living room lighting can come in all different shapes.

    Intricate Shapes

    The detailed shape of a flowering lotus lamp is an easy way to add interest and texture to any space.

    Metallic Living Room Lighting Ideas

    Metallic is a beautiful material for living room lighting.

    Metallics

    I love bling and a brass pharmacy lamp adds sparkle while the adjustable arm is perfect for a cozy ready corner.

    Rustic Lighting Styles

    Rustic style lighting will help you design a beautiful cabin style home.

    Rustic

    Bring the outdoors in with a branch table lamp with an antique bronze finish.

    From traditional to rustic to modern, lamps are an easy way to update any living room.

    Image credits: Better Homes & GardensBetter Homes & GardensBetter Homes & Gardens

  • Dogs Make the Best Accessories!

    Dogs Make Great Home Accessories

    Dogs are wonderful accessories, and bonus they love you too.

    Happy new year everyone! The holiday season is time for family, togetherness and adorable pictures of dogs lounging on impossibly chic furniture.  

    Check out these maxed out pups chilling in super stylish rooms from Domaine Home... The cuteness is too much, and the point - because stylish lighting isn't the only star of home design!

    Smart Dog Who Likes Modern Furniture

    This dog prefers a modern home to jump around.

    This adorably sneaky fellow prefers to lounge in a mid-century styled home. Graphic throw pillows and modern accent chairs make his beautiful grey coat pop.

    Pug Accenting An Antique Bench

    Who wouldn't want to see this face when they walk in the front door?

    Walking through the front door to this adorable pug mug is sure to brighten any day. Especially alongside a stunning vintage bench and graphic wallpaper that compliments his creamy coat.

    White Dog And White Modern Dining Furniture

    This cute, white dog compliments the modern white chairs.

    No dining room is complete without stylish dining chairs, modern wall art and maybe even a reclaimed wood table if you're lucky... But don't forget the cheeky french bulldog.

    This little guy has enough personality to sit at the head of the table for any holiday dinner party.

    Adorable Puppy On A White Pouf

    All poufs need a puppy.

    Nothing makes a boxer puppy look cuter than laying him down on a comfy pouf - both are incredibly stylish accessories you should snap up this holiday season to style your home.

    Stylish Living Room With Seating For The Dog

    The perfect living room should include seating for the dog too.

    Anyone who can style a living room like this will surely not forget a chic dog bed made for a king.

    This stylish living room is practically perfect for puppy cuddle time to keep you warm this winter.

    Dog In A Stylish Office Space

    Doggie friends help anyone work more productively.

    Don't forget about getting work done at home - just make sure you have two beautiful office chairs, one for you and one for your best mate.

    Image creidts: Domaine Home

  • Happy New Year from Lamps Plus

    A Cozy, Colorful Bedroom with a Bedside Lamp

    Welcome to 2015! We suggest enjoying this chilly holiday by staying curled up in bed with a good book, a furry friend, and the soft glow of the perfect bedside lamp. We'll be back tomorrow with lighting and design ideas to keep you inspired throughout the year.

    Happy New Year!!

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