Style Illuminated

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

  • Repurposing Old Light Bulbs

    Repurposed Old Light Bulb Photo

    I'm working on a theme here -- see my recent post on recycling light bulbs.

    Next time an incandescent bulb burns out (and after you've replaced it with an energy efficient CFL bulb or LED bulb, of course), here's a fun project. Once they're carefully cleaned out, these bulbs make a neat little vase. Pretty cool!

    See images of more bulb designs at Gizmodo and Instructables.


  • Synchronized Neighborhood Christmas Lights

    Couldn't resist one last post about Christmas holiday lights! This neighborhood in Murrieta, California, went all out this year. All twelve houses on the neighborhood street feature synchronized lights set to music.

    Resouces used: "30000 plus lights, 130 extension cords, over 8000 feet of control cable. Programming time: dont ask." LED lights were used for the entire installation. Click to below to view a very cool light show!

  • Guitar Hero Christmas Lights

    Have you seen this? This enterprising dad in my neighborhood set up his Christmas lights to put on a light show in sequence with Guitar Hero. 

    If you're inspired to step up your holiday light display then you can stock up with our holiday light selection. If you want to get your own light show going then we carry these LED light display/karaoke kits that sync to Guitar Hero and Rock Band.


  • The Magic of the Spheres

    Modern Table Lamp Picture

    In this case, not spheres of celestial bodies, but two elegant table lamp designs from the Possini Euro Design lighting collection.

    The sleek, fluid look comes in a polished nickel finish and is available in both a single sphere (pictured) and a double sphere design.  

    Possini Euro Design Single Sphere Table Lamp

    Possini Euro Design Double Sphere Table Lamp

    Post Update 4-2-2013: Hi everyone. Unfortunately, the two table lamp designs listed above are no longer available. Click the link above to view new looks from Possini Euro, or check out our entire lamp collection for the latest designs.



  • Z with LEDs

    Z LED Desk Lamp Photo

    From Koncept Lighting, this neat gizmo looks like a fold-up ruler, but it's actually a super-slim folding desk lamp.

    Called the Z Desk Lamp (you can also make a 4 and an upside-down L out of it), this design pivots and folds at two points, so you can direct the light as needed for reading and other tasks. Very handy.

    Z Bar LED Desk Lamp

    And it comes with super bright, long-lasting LEDs making it both stylish and energy efficient! So much so that the Z desk lamp was named by none other than Time Magazine as one of "The Best Inventions of the Year" for its inventive looks and energy efficient, energy saving design. It uses just 9 watts of power and produces a bright light with just six high output LEDs. A 4-step dimming system gives you total lighting control , from super bright to dim.

    You can take one home for yourself in the hot red pictured above, or a sleek black or silver. Take a look: Z Bar LED Desk Lamp.


  • Staff Picks: Susanna's Gift List

    It's crunch time. Well, actually you have four more days to order in time for Christmas delivery but it's definitely decision-making time. Here are some ideas for the characters in your life...

    Colonial Blue Two-Story Bird HouseFor the Gardner ... You can match their home's exterior with one of our birdhouses for a personal touch. This assortment is under $50!





    Walt Disney Sleeping Beauty Print                            For the New Mom ... Our Walt Disney Signature prints are a fun yet sophisticated selection for a nursery. Our kids themed picture frames give working moms a great new desk accent.





    Edgewood Classic Lighted Address Plaque For the Recently Relocated ... An address plaque can be a nice gift for a family that's getting comfortable in a new home.



    Fuchsia and Yellow Orchids in Brown Pot Faux FlowersAlways a Princess Growth Chart and Hat RackFor your Niece ... Our florals are currently on sale! This pink hat rack also features a yard stick to measure a growing princess.





    Rock Show Mini Monitor with Microphone For the Gamer ... Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or karaoke take on more dimension with this light show, mini monitor, and amplifier. If you have your own mic or instruments there is a lower priced version.   

  • Last Minute Gift Ideas: Teco Pottery

    A perfect gift for the architecture and design aficionado in your family. These pots were an integral part of the famed Pairie School design history. You can read more at wikipedia.

     Teco Pottery Vase PhotoTeco Green Potterny Picture Teco Pottery White Vase Picture







    Find more vases and decorative objects on our site.

  • Gifts Under $25

    Metal Cage Lantern Party Lights

    Some last minute ideas for all you procrastinators out there! Check out the following categories for gifts under $25.

    Table Lamps         Sculpture           Party Lights           Night Lights       

  • Last Day for Expedited Christmas Delivery

    Okay this really is your last chance to receive a package in time for the holidays! If you choose express shipping, you have until 1 PM PST on December 21st.

    Check out our gift guides if you're still looking for ideas.

    Gifts under $25   Holiday Gifts   Adam's Picks   Susanna's Picks   Last Minute Ideas    

    Happy Shopping!

  • The Light Bulb as Lamp

    George Kovacs Glass Light Bulb Shade Table LampThis falls into the "things that make you go ahh" category.

    From George Kovacs, the lamp has a beautifully minimal, clean line and profile.

    I love the way the shape of the outer glass mimics the frosted bulb that sits within. A beautiful concept beautifully executed.

    George Kovacs Glass Light Bulb Shade Table Lamp.

    Post update10-12-11: This lamp has been discontinued by the vendor and is no longer available. That's sad, but you can find more contemporary lamp designs in our table lamp selection.

December, 2009