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  • 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 an 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.


  • Candice Olson Decorates a Basement in Warm and Cozy

    A Candice Olson Designed Living Room

    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.

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  • Lucky Elephant Sculptures

    Howard Elliott Bronze Elephant Sculpture

    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 and home decor.

    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 a tabletop sculpture to help accent a room and set the stylistic theme. 


  • 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

  • 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 that helps you decorate like a pro. You can search categories, like bathroom lighting and chandelier collections, 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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 above  to view a very cool light show!

  • 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