Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.
Ask our team of design experts
LAMPS PLUS Blog Policies
If you are looking for a great deal on lighting, check out our new OpenBox.com outlet.
Everything here is a one-of-a-kind deal.
On OpenBox we sell items that may have been returned to our warehouse, or items that have an open-box. Selection changes daily and all items are sold as-is on a first-come, first-served basis. So get browsing and good luck! LAMPS PLUS OpenBox.com lighting outlet site.
LAMPS PLUS is sponsoring a sweepstakes in Home Magazine for you to win one of ten Stacy Garcia giclee pattern plug-in swag chandeliers. Just visit the Stacy Garcia sweepstakes page at PointClickHome.com and fill out the entry form. The sweepstakes ends November 11th at noon, Eastern time.
After you enter, be sure to browse our entire line of Stacy Garcia lamps and shades. Good luck!
Post update 11-12--08: sorry, but this sweepsakes has ended. Click the following link if you'd like to enter our current promotional sweepstakes.
The LIGHTS UP! collection of table and floor lamps offers an elegant, modern esthetic combined with a beautiful line and form. We caught up with LIGHTS UP! designer Rachel Simon to learn more about herself and her line of lamps. Says Rachel:
“I grew up in Rockland County, NY in a house built by the renowned ceramist Henry Varnum Poor. My childhood was surrounded with art, music, cats, dogs, trees and the 4 seasons. Much of who I am today was inspired then. My family home was a revolving door of artists, writers and composers. One of these was the jewelry designer Sam Kramer. I apprenticed in the Kramer Jewelry Store on 8th Street as a teenager and was inspired towards my first career in the handbag and fashion accessories industry. I styled and marketed for many years and continue to have a passion for all women’s accessories. This is very evident in my early lamp designs which came with long pull chains, decorative accents and multi-choice shade colors, just like the colorful handbags that we introduced in the 70’s.
I founded LIGHTS UP! with Dawn Ladd in 1987. We taught ourselves manufacturing on the 12th floor of an old warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn. In 1994 I took LIGHTS UP! to George Kovacs Lighting. For 6 years Mr. Kovacs and I collaborated and produced many of my favorite LIGHTS UP! designs. Now LIGHTS UP! and I are back on our own and enjoying designing and manufacturing new lamps in a 30-year-old lampshade factory in the heart of Brooklyn.”
Favorite design inspiration:Travel inspires me- walking, window-shopping, museums, and architecture. I always feel revived and inspired by travel. The more foreign the place the better.
Hot new design trend: The hot new trend is LATTE (local, authentic, traceable, trusted and ethical) - whether it’s the material source, energy use or color palette our future right now is tied to our planet and it’s preservation.
Biggest design mistake people make: Biggest design mistake in the home or office - not enough light sources. Lighting improves every space and good lighting is produced by balancing it’s sources.
How she works:I work on a large surface- spreading out the ideas, colors and shapes. Then refine and reduce. I am a minimalist at heart and like to reduce everything to its bare bones with a few decorative accents. I love to collaborate; my favorite times are when I can work with a few talented partners and brainstorm.
Favorite item her house: My favorite item at home is the wrought iron and wood banister that our friend John Corcoran made for us. It is like a water landscape.
Item she won't part with:Items I would never part with are of course, my husband and daughter. Anyone who knows me knows my family.
Question she gets most at parties:The question I am most frequently asked when I meet someone is - “How did you get started in the lighting business?” My quick response is, “Putting 1 foot in front of the other”. I love lighting- it fascinates me and will be a life long passion.
Travel tip:Always have a large lightweight shawl in your carry-on. And carry-on whenever possible.
Collects:My husband is the collector in our family from advertising guitars to classic automobile hood ornaments. He collects enough for both of us. I do love painted juice glasses and buy them whenever I see them, but they get used and break. There is always room for more.
As a child wanted to be:As a child I could not wait to be a grown up - now I wonder if I will ever become one.
Obsession:My life long obsession has been with the XKE Jaguar. If you are thinking of satisfying it my preference is British racing green with a tan interior convertible.
Best recent gift:Becoming a godmother to the beautiful Isobel.
What's next:Next for LIGHTS UP! Finally I have my new Ginko print pattern in 3 different colorways. It will be presented to my customers this Fall, 2008.
We recently added a big collection of ceramic table lamps from Robert Abbey to the site. They feature a graceful contoured base and a crisp white dupioni shade. Best of all, they come in almost every color under the sun! There are two sizes and three finishes available on the beveled stand.
I really like this combo -- Peacock Blue with the antique silver stand.
Leave a comment and tell me which one is your favorite!!
A decorative screen is a great way to add interest and new style to a room. They come in a wide range of visual looks, and can be used for a variety of functions. Here are some of our favorite tips for using decorative room screens.
1) Place a screen in an awkward corner with an uplight behind it to create a cool lighting look.
2) Divide or section a room with a screen, such as using a screen to hide a messy office desk. The Three Panel Library screen looks great in an office setting.
3) Use behind a mattress/boxspring as a headboard. If you do this be sure to securely mount the screen to the wall.
4) Place in a child’s room that is shared. Use a screen between twin beds, for example, in order to create some separation and privacy.
5) Use a screen in place of closet doors. If you're a DIY'er, you can even mount a screen on a sliding door mechanism.Try this hardwood Red Chamber screen to add warmth and texture.
6) Handpainted screens serve as room artwork and can add a burst of color and texture to a space.
7) Use one to create an entry space or foyer where there is none.
We've added dozens of these screens to our product assortment over the past few weeks. So take a look and let us know which is your favorite and how you use them in your home.
"Back to School" is in full swing now, and not just for those headed to college; see last week's post How to Create a Dorm Room Worth Showing Off.
For those with younger kids heading back to class, I found some great tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics at this link.
The article emphasizes the importance of creating a comfortable place to study. Here are a couple items I found to create a comfy, productive space for your student:
This stylish computer desk has a cool, workshop look. It's the perfect height for writing and a great place for a laptop. More to browse in our furniture collection.
Make sure there's plenty of light for reading and writing. This snazzy desk lamp combines a colorful motif kids will love with appealing contemporary style. View more desk lamps for studying.
I do. What's not to love about this unique, American look? Thoughtful landscape integration, craftsmanship, and solid construction; the Prairie School has it all.
Although Frank Lloyd Wright has been it's most well-known propopent, George Grant Elmslie was among the most prodigious and well-commissioned of this architecture school. Elmslie was the chief draftsman and ornamental designer for Louis Henry Sullivan, the mentor of the Prarie School architects.
The mini-screens you see below are reproductions of stencil designs for Elmslie's orderly, yet organically themed building details. They both come in a cherry or maple finish. Click on the links below to view the homes they were designed for.
This design has been adapted from a stencil found in the 1913 Goodnow house.
This fluid pattern was originally found in the 1912 Leuthold House in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Here is an additional link in case you want to see more of Elmslie's work, and there are more screens and room dividers to see in our home decor collection.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal asked us for tips on how to find the perfect desk lamp, especially for those heading off to college. One of the tips, "Desk lamps should be situated so that hand shadows don't obstruct your reading and work."
You can read the entire article online here: Lamps make ideal desk accessory.
Among the tips: "Maximize your study space with multifunctional products." Many designs adjust for easy reading. Others have built-in magnifiers or other features. You can find adjustable swing arm desk lamps and more in our complete desk lamps collection.
And if you're in the area, be sure to stop in at one of our local LAMPS PLUS Las Vegas stores for more product ideas.
For those of us with allergies home decorating can present some challenges. Heavily upholstered furniture and drapery can collect dust and the cleaning never seems to end. However, you can make your indoor environment more dust and allergy-free with these simple tips.
I was inspired by this post from one of my favorite bloggers over at Elements of Style. A room with a white palette is far from boring ... it's soothing and calming and tres chic! I dug up some wonderful white furniture from our modern collection. These are great choices to build a room around. If you've got a colorful piece of wall art or a showpiece chandelier, it will REALLY pop against a neutral backdrop. I hope you enjoy these visions in white!
The Scooper Adjustable Barstool is perfect for the counter. The glossy white and chrome finish is sleek and appealing.
The Jupiter Bistro Table is sauve with a contoured base and clear glass top!
Add some black and you have a neutral pattern (handy almost anywhere). The fabulous Pyramid Chair adds life with this black and white floral pattern. Check out more marvelous modern furniture choices in cool, clean white right here!