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  • Candice Olson Decorates a Basement in Warm and Cozy

    Designer Candice Olson writes about decorating a basement family room in this Seattle Times article: Candice Olson takes a room from frightful to delightful.

    The project was for a busy family with two young children. Candice notes that, "...the space was so scary the kids wouldn't even go down there alone." See below for the scary before look.

    Her solution? "...the perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy. So this whole project was about taking one very cold room and wrapping it in layers of warmth."

    For more warm and cozy looks, check out the entire Candice Olson lighting collection.

    Photo thanks to The Seattle Times.

    Candice Olson Basement Photo

  • 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.

     

  • Lucky Elephant Sculptures

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    In India's Hindu religion, the elephant-headed god Ganesha is revered as the "Remover of Obstacles." By the early 20th Century, the elephant had become a symbol of luck across many cultures. Elephant lucky charms soon became all the rage across Europe and the USA.

    Need a bit of extra luck? Check out our selection of elephant sculptures. These artistic pieces are sure to make you smile, and, hey -- you never know ....

    Decorative objects such as this add artistic inspiration to offices, bookshelves and more. I love using tabletop sculpture to help accent a room and set the stylistic theme. 

     

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  • Modern Lighting and Decor Catalog

    Our first modern lighting and decor catalog comes out today. It's filled with clean, contemporary designs that fill your home with modern elegance. Check out the latest styles and get inspired by room scenes from our expert designers.

    View our online Modern Lighting and Decor Catalog here

  • 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.

  • Eco-Friendly Rachel Simon

    The Rachel Simon collection of lighting has gone Green.

    All of the patterned lamp shades in her lighting collection are made from 100% recycled PET plastics and are printed using water-based inks.

    The shades look beautiful and have a luxurious silk twill feel.

    Take a peek: the Rachel Simon lighting collection, or view all eco-friendly home decor.  

  • Sheepherders with Christmas Lights

    Just in time for Christmas, this well-timed viral video was thought up by a very creative ad agency somewhere. The LED portion made me smile. All those little sheep running around! 

    If you are inspired to measure your pets for an LED vest then check out our string light assortment. Better yet, spare your cat, and get festive with our holiday themed lighting

     

  • How to Recycle Light Bulbs

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    From time to time, we get asked how to recycle spent light bulbs and other electronics.

    Earth911.com is an easy way to find out how to dispose of all kinds of light bulbs, including incandescent bulbs, LED light bulbs, and CFL type light bulbs.

    On the above site, there's info for virtually anything you need to get rid of, from computer monitors to paint, to (yes) light bulbs.

    Plus, you'll find many large retailers conveniently offer collection centers. Give it a try and get green!

  • Bravi Lighting and Decor Collection

    Modern Table Lamp Picture

    Meet the Bravi collection of ceramic lighting and decor! Contemporary lamps, candle holders, vases and more feature a criss-crossing cutout pattern in a range of neutral tones.

    See all Bravi Collection lighting and decor.

    Looking for other contemporary designs? "Shop by Collection" is another great feature at LampsPlus.com that helps you decorate like a pro. You can search categories, like bathroom lighting and chandeliers, and sort by style and finish to find a collection that fits you.

    Check it out: Shop LAMPS PLUS Lighting Collections.

    Post update September 15, 2010 : The Bravi collection has sold out! We'll leave a post update if it comes back in stock. Otherwise, look to our collection of table lamps for other stylish options.

     

December, 2009