Style Illuminated

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

  • Update Old Lamps with a New Finial

    Bird Lamp Finial

    Looking to get a little extra life out of your existing table lamps? Add a new lamp shade on top, or try updating the look of the lamp shade finial.

    The finial is the crowning ornamental detail at the top of the shade, and adding a new design can totally remake the look of a lamp. It's also a quick and easy switch to make.

    You can choose a new decorative design, add a look that harmonizes with the lamp body, or go for a finial style that accents other decor elements in your room.

    Green Ball Table Lamp Finial

    We like this kiwi green finial for contemporary lamps, or choose a whimsical figurine like this bird's nest finial for more traditional lamp designs.

     

  • Citizen Decorating: Check Out Our Talented Customers

    We are always grateful when you take the time to submit photos with a product reviews. Here are a few favorites:

     Energy Efficient Light Bulb

    In the recessed lighting category, "GIl R" used our energy efficient bulbs to brighten their kitchen without creating additional heat. They did a good job of placing the recessed fixtures to highlight their workspaces without being too rigidly patterned. Congratulations GIl R, this kitchen is very inviting.

     Mission Style Outdoor Wall Light

     

    "Jack the Illuminator", a customer from Washington State, sent us two great-looking photos of his outdoor lights. One for the day and one for night. Thanks Jack! They look great. 

    George Kovacs Arc Floor Lamp

    "RLwoman", from Florida, sent us a photo of her contemporary living room. Nice work! Both the table lamp and the George Kovacs arc floor lamp you picked look amazing. 

    Thanks to all!

     

  • Quick Guide for Placing Recessed Lights

    Recessed Lights in Office Picture

    1. Recessed lights are best for task lighting. The concentrated light is perfect over counters, inside closets, and above work surfaces.

    2. Supplement crystal chandeliers or other accent fixtures with recessed spot lights. The extra light emphasizes the materials and adds overall brightness.

    3. Don't attempt to light a whole room solely with recessed lighting; the light quality will be too harsh. You need additional light from a floor lamp or sconce at eye level.

    4. Install with dimmer switches. Recessed fixtures provide bright, overhead light; you need to be able to soften the mood if necessary.

    5. Avoid placing recessed lights in a rigid pattern. Try placing them strategically to highlight an object or architectural feature. You may risk an "airport runway effect" if the placement is too grid-like.


     

  • Don't Be Spooked! Here Are Some Easy Halloween Decorations

    Happy Halloween Pumpkins

    Halloween is here, and the holiday season begins. So much decorating to do! Let's ease into things with a couple of quick ideas to get your home ready for Halloween.

    Good Three Pumpkins outdoor wall art is digitally printed on aluminum and comes with a 5-year guarantee against fading and cracking. See our selection of Halloween wall art, and show the neighborhood you're in the spirit!

    Strings of party lights are an easy and inexpensive way to infuse cheer into any situation. This set of little fabric lanterns will give your porch some pop.

    One last thing ... To really set the mood indoors or out, we've got a great selection of fabulous fountains that produce a spooky mist! Enjoy the trick-or-treating!!!

  • Martha Stewart Lighting

    Bronze Swing Arm Floor Lamp PhotoMartha Stewart Logo PictureWe're now offering the Martha Stewart collection of home lighting. From manufacturer Murray Feiss, these are handsome, classic design with Martha's signature sense of style. We particularly like the Conservatory Bronze Swing Arm Floor Lamp that's pictured to the left. Look for more Martha Stewart designs from us in the future!

    POST UPDATE 1-15-10: We're sorry, but the Martha Stewart collection of lighting is no longer available at this time. We invite you to browse our designer lighting pages for other great brands and designer looks. Thanks!

  • New! Giclee Pendant Chandeliers

    Purple Neon Giclee Pendant ChandelierWe've added loads of new giclee style pendant chandeliers to our chandelier product sort. These all feature custom-made giclee shades in bright, contemporary patterns.

    The patterns are printed on a special 100-year archival quality canvas using a state-of-the-art printing process.

    You can browse all the new designs, plus view other giclee pendant choices online: giclee pendant chandeliers.

     

  • Inspiring Current Color Trends

    Sherwin Williams Colors

    If you need to update your color scheme then take a look at the Sherwin Williams site. Their annual color forecast is built around recognizable lifestyle trends. The image above is from their "No Place like Home" collection.

    My favorite tool on the site is the Color Visualizer. What a neat thing! You can pick a room which approximates what you have at home. Then you choose from a very nuanced selection of colors and instantly see them on the walls. The subtlety of each paint color is conveyed well. You can even do this with exterior shots. How cool!  

     

  • Jonathan Adler Ten Commandments of Chic

    One of my favorite blogs, Elements of Style, hipped me to celebrity designer Jonathan Adler's cheeky and fun "10 Commandments for a Happy Chic Home." Adler's zest for decor is contagious. His particular love of orange is perfectly in-line with this year's color trends.

    We've got some great Jonathan Adler lighting and furniture, and just for fun I peeked around for some fun orange pieces, too. Enjoy!

    Orange Peel Table LampFlowing Pumpking Area RugOrange Parallels Swag Pendant

  • Get the Look: Table Lamps Inspired By Nature

    There's no doubt that "natural" is in. Not only are we looking for green products that tred lightly on the environment, but we also want decor accents that have been inspired by and reach out to nature. This includes colors such as golds, greens and browns, and the use of natural materials like wood and stone.

    The table lamps below perfectly express this trend with designs drawn from ocean and earth.

    Browse our table lamp selection for your own inspiration.

    Mother of Pearl Lamp Picture

    Water: Mother of Pearl Orb Table Lamp; mother of pearl tiles create a shimmering effect (above).

    Abalone Table Lamp Picture

    Water: Abalone Table Lamp; a divine look from Candice Olson.

    Bristol Creme Table Lamp Photo

    Earth: Bristol Creme Malfi Table Lamp; a hand-crafted ceramic lamp design by Haeger Potteries.

    Frederick Cooper Mackenzie Marble Base Table Lamp

     

     

     

    Earth: Mackenzie Table Lamp; this lamp uses a beautifully textured piece of marble.

     

    Marius Marble Night Light Table Lamp at LampsPlus.com

     

     

    Earth: Marius Table Lamp another rich earthen look in marble.


    Nautilus Shell Table Lamp at LampsPlus.com

     

     

     

     

    Water: Nautilus Shell Table Lamp; seaside style with a faux nautilus shell. 

  • Materials Spotlight: Five Things You Didn't Know About Glass

    Art Glass at LAMPS PLUS

    I pulled these surprising tidbits from an in-depth article on the physics of glass which appeared in the New York Times:

    1. How glass transitions from a liquid to a solid form is an unsolved riddle that still incites fierce debate within the scientific community.

    2. That story about old glass window panes being uneven because their molecules are still in motion is false. Medieval glass makers just didn't have the technology to make even glass panes.

    3. The shape and structure you end up with after cooling glass varies with how long you allow it to cool down and transition to a solid. It can either shatter immediately or become the durable, sturdy glass you see everywhere around you.

    4. The scientific definition of glass includes all kinds of plastics and ceramics. Scientists see glass as any amorphous solid, meaning that the molecules are scrambled chaotically.

    5. There is ongoing academic research into the nature of glass that involves simulated computer models and experiments with vibration frequencies.

    Check out our selection of blown glass, to enjoy the fluidly solid, chaotic beauty up close. Seems like, the more you know about the things around you, the more amazing they become.

October, 2008