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Our home decorating blog offers interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Enjoy professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • College Dorm Room Decorating

    Modern Desk Lamp Photo

    It's that time of the year where parents and students are putting the final touches on plans that have been years in the making. Part of the planning ahead of move-in day should include creating a comfortable, livable dorm room atmosphere to ease the transition into college life. What qualities can you look for in lighting when decorating a dorm room?

    USA Today is featuring one of our lamps in their Life section article entitled Here's How to Ace Dorm Room Design.

    The lamp above is ideal because it's bright enough to provide proper reading light but also doubles as broadly diffused conversational lighting.

    It takes two 60 watt bulbs so it channels plenty of light onto a desktop while comfortably radiating light throughout the whole room. Students beginning a new year need good reading light, especially if they are moving into a dorm room. Dorm rooms often provide only overhead flourescent lighting which, while energy-efficient, is too dim for late-night study sessions.

    Purchasing the lighting online and having it shipped to the students new home gives you more variety to choose from and saves you the headache of transporting the lighting on move-in day. Torchieres and table lamps can be placed almost anywhere and can quickly brighten a dreary room. 

  • Fun iPod Speakers

    iPod Speakers PictureLooking for an accessory for your iPod? These speakers use LED lights to put on an ever-changeing visual display to the music being played. Just hook them up to your iPod and sit back and watch the show!

    We tested these at the office on the new Apples in Stereo album (recommended!) and they sound pretty good considering their small size.

    i-Lit Diamond LED iPod Stereo Speakers.

    Post update 2-4-11: these speakers are no longer available. Check out our lighting accessories page for our latest and greatest gizmos.


  • Giclee Pendant Chandeliers

    Vertigo White Giclee Six Light Pendant ChandelierCustom is in, as is color and contemporary. These giclee style pendant chandeliers capture those looks perfectly.

    The combination of the colorful drum shades and the brushed steel adjustable halogen lights makes a design splash in any setting. And the shades are our own pattern designs, and are custom-printed to-order.

    Check out all our new looks! Giclee style pendant chandeliers.

  • Six Tips for Creating Layers of Light

    Layered Lighting Examples

    You often hear the directive "create layers of light" when researching how to design a home lighting scheme, but what does this actually mean?

    Here are six quick tips on how to achieve that much talked about multi-layered lighting effect. Good luck, it's not as hard as it sounds!

    1) Add separate controls and dimmer switches to your lighting so you can easily moderate the light intensity.

    2) Accent lighting, such as a ceiling fan with light, can both brighten and enliven your dining room table. 

    3) Brightening a room's edges will make the room appear instantly bigger and brighter. Recessed lights near the corners of the room, torchieres or sconces pointed towards the ceiling, and track lighting with wall washers all fill in those dark corners with light.

    4) Emphasize the furniture around the edges of a room with lighting. Low voltage undercabinet lights can be attached on the underside of bookshelves or buffets. Table lamps and slim pendant chandeliers can brighten surfaces.

    5) Highlight wall features such paintings, fireplace mantels or curtains with mini indoor spotlights. You'll be surprised how much more spacious a room will become if extra light is applied to decorative pieces.

    6) Don't forget about candelight and lovely candleholders which a great way to add a whole new "layer". It flickers and dances across the faces of your guests and loved ones in a flattering, cozy way.

  • New Designs in ENERGY STAR Lighting

    One of the hottest styles of lighting isn't a visual look at all, it's ENERGY STAR rated fixtures and ceiling fans. These products all meet the strict consumer product energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. So not only do they look great, but they'll save you money over the lifetime of the fixture as well.
    Shop for Energy Star Lighting
    Customer demand has been so great for these that we've added dozens of new designs. Visit our Energy Star lighting page to learn more and view our complete collection.

  • Custom Lamp Shades Are Here!

    A Modern Seating Area Room Photo

    Our new Giclee style art shades take custom home decor to the next level. You send us your favorite photos, snapshots, or drawings and we print those images on an artist quality Giclee-style shade. These are great fun to have around the house and make amazing gifts.

    POST UPDATE: View our additional options for custom lighting solutions.

  • Change Your Mood with a Loop Lamp Shade

    Our new lamp shade design allows you to create a custom look whenever you wish! The shade features fabric loops at the top. Take your favorite scarf or fabric color, weave it through the loops and top it off with a festive tie for a custom look.

    Beige Loop Shade with Paisley ScarfEach shade comes with a silk paisley scarf, or you can use your own material. Use greens and reds for a holiday look, then swap in pastels for spring. 

    We have several looks to choose from, including a beige loop bell shade and a cream fabric loop shade.

    Check out our complete selection of lamp shade designs.

  • Choosing the Right-Sized Rug

    A Modern Rug DesignOne of the biggest comments we hear from area rug customers is that their new rug looks too small for the size of room they've placed it in.

    It's a common error! In general, most consumers purchase rugs that are too small for their rooms. Here are a couple of hints we think will help you select the proper size rug.

    • To cover a room area, leave 20 to 36 inches of bare floor around the rug to balance out the placement.
    • When using a rug under a table or in a seating area, add 4 feet to the width and length of your table or furniture footprint.
    • Carpet runners should be sized 4 to 5 inches narrower than the hallway or stairway.
  • Try an Umbrella LED Light for Your Next Cookout

    Umbrella LED Light PictureEnjoy perfectly lit family dinners in your backyard! Patio umbrellas shade you from the sun during the day. However, they do not traditionally have a practical function in the evening and their comforting, shielding shape goes unappreciated.

    Adding a light to the inside of a patio umbrella is a great idea but it requires that the attachable light can be battery operated to avoid dangling cords and dangerous exposed wiring.

    Umbrella LED Light PhotoLED bulbs are a perfect design solution to this limitation. They require minimal electric power and can run on standard AA batteries. LED bulbs do not radiate heat and can therefore safely be attached to a canvas or cloth umbrella.

    Grouped together in this Umbrella Patio Light from Westinghouse, LED bulbs can light up a table top so that your family can enjoy a well-lit meal. You may find other uses for the umbrella light, as well, it fits on any 1 1/3" to 1 2/3" wide pole.

    Post update: the umbrella light mentioned in this post is currently sold out. But you can browse our selection of  LED lighting designs for our newest products.

  • Where Can I Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?

    We get this question fairly often: in what lamps and fixtures can I use CFL bulbs? The answer is simple - any incandescent fixture or lamp that will accommodate a CFL bulb can be switched out.

    Most CFL bulbs fit into most sockets, the exception being some table lamps where the larger CFL bulbs won't fit under the shade harp.

    Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb PhotoOne thing to remember - if you have a table, floor lamp or light fixture with a dimmer feature we recommed a dimmable CFL bulb. This will prevent burning out the non-dimmable CFL bulb prematurely.

    So swap out those bulbs and start saving money!

August, 2007