Style Illuminated

Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Opening Day

    LA Dodgers Table Lamp PhotoNY Mets Table Lamp Picture

    Every year in spring we get a fresh start for the new year. Our scores are yet to be determined and we can hope for a better performance for the year.

    We no longer have to think about what did or didn't happen last season, we can simply plan for the performance ahead.

    Opening Day of Major League Baseball offers us this chance for renewal. Celebrate today with our baseball themed home decor.

  • Three Lights are Better Than One

    Sonneman Floor Lamp PictureThe new Piccolo floor lamp design caught our eye. From designer Robert Sonneman, it has three adjustable lamp arms and heads that allow you to point light just where it's needed. Each lamp can be turned on or off  independently of the others, giving you even more flexibility. It also comes in a white luxe look.

  • Decorating with Accessories Store Workshop

    Silver Mirror Frame PhotoIf you live near our Lamps Plus Chatsworth store in Southern California, we invite you to attend our Decorating with Accessories "Ask the Expert" workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 27.

    Interior design expert Thea Myerly will reveal the secrets for adding sparkle and glamour to home decor without breaking the bank. Myerly, of Moorpark, CA, is a designer with more than 20 years of interior design, management and education experience.

    You'll learn the basics of how to choose accessories, where to place them, and how to create trend-setting rooms that reflect personal style. You can register online here to reserve a seat. We hope to see you there!

  • Adjusting to the Early Time Change

    Possini® Collection Urn Style Night Light Table Lamp Since we shifted over to daylight savings, I have been having trouble getting up in the morning. My room is so dark that I would rather keep on sleeping than start the day.

    And it's a blaring shock to the system when I turn on the nightstand light. I need some kind of in-between light for those sleepy transition points. I'd like to install a dimmer on the light next to my bed. That way I can add just a little bit of light to get me up without the unpleasant cringe. A writer for the Chicago Sun Times recommends the use of  sconces.

    Another option might be a table lamp with a built-in nightlight like this one on the left.

    Have you found a good solution for waking up in the dark? 

  • Update: Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    LED Recessed Lights Photo

    John did a post on these energy-efficient LED recessed lights on February 27th. In the meantime, our the team from the LAMPS PLUS professionals side attended a trade show. They had a booth next door to the display pictured above with the recessed lights actually installed. They were really enthusiastic about how well these recessed light modules work and came back with some pretty exciting additional information:

    1. They are dimmable.
    2. They consume only 12 watts of power but produce the equivalent wattage of a 65 watt reflector or an 18 watt compact fluorescent.
    3. Their bulb life is 50,000 hours, 5 times that of most compact fluorescents.

    That means that if you use these lights an average of 5 hours a day, the bulbs could last over 25 years!

    Learn more about this subject by reading our LED recessed lighting article.

     

  • Six Ways to Add Vintage Style

    Vintage Ceiling Light PhotoVintage Style Artwork Photo

    Celebrate the cozy ambience that a few vintage accents can add to any environment. These six items embody vintage style:

    1. Small chandeliers with colored crystals and aged metals.
    2. Oriental and hooked floral rugs.
    3. Decorative pillows that mix with other colors in the room.
    4. Decorative lamp shades with ruffles and floral patterns.
    5. Oil-based painted artwork with aging glazes or folk art pieces.
    6. Decorative throws in damask trimmed with fringe.

    Vintage Throw Pillow Picture

  • teenVogue Feature

    Check out this great-looking before and after feature in teenVogue. They placed one of our mirrors over the fireplace.

    Oval Venetian Mirror Picture I like how they placed the flowers right in front of the mirror. That really maximizes the color impact. I want to try that at home with mirrored glass candlesticks and a floral table arrangement. Find them both in our home decor collection.

  • Unintentional Price Smackdown

    Wishbone Floor Lamp PhotoDallas Morning News shopping blog writer Paige Phelps loves the look, and price, of our Wishbone Floor Lamp. You can read all about it in her Unintentional Price Smackdown: Floor Lamps blog post.

    Find more designs in our complete floor lamps collection.

March, 2008