Style Illuminated

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

  • The Return of the Pole Floor Lamp

    Triad Chrome 3-Arm LED Task Floor Lamp

    Pole floor lamps
    were a common room accent in the 1950s and '60s.

    Often they stretched from floor to ceiling and were held in place with a tension rod.

    I like the Espo floor lamp with the sci-fi streamlined lamp heads. This contemporary design doesn't reach the ceiling, but it offers the same cool retro looks, and come with multiple lights that you can adjust as needed. 

    Also in our floor lamps sort, a cool design with spherical shades: Spherical Metal Shade Tree Floor Lamp.

    Post Update 10-23-12: The floor lamps mentioned in this post are no longer available. Use the link above to view our pole lamps, or check out the latest contemporary floor lamps

  • Creative Uses for Rope Lights

    Rope Lights in a Kitchen

    I love seeing products used in creative and unconventional ways.

    An Apartment Therapy reader introduced awesome ambient lighting in her bedroom with rope lights.

    A wonderful and affordable idea!

    See the results at Apartment Therapy.

    We have our own photo of a kitchen application above.

    Gizmodo did the same in the home office by stringing rope lighting underneath a desk. See pictures at Gizmodo.

    Get creative! Browse our selection of rope lights in a range of lengths.

    Also, check out Lightbar LED accent lighting. It looks fantastic behind the media center and other furniture.

  • Photo Contest Winner -- Nursery Ceiling Fan

    Robin, a Lamps Plus customer from Florida, was a grand prize winner in our recent photo contest. So, what did she buy with her winnings?

    To put the finishing touches on her daughter's nursery, Robin brought home the Casa Deville Pretty in Pink Ceiling Fan. Using the Build-Your-Own-Ceiling-Fan feature at, Robin customized hers to perfectly fit little Lacey's nursery.

    It looks fantastic ... congrats to Robin and Lacey!

    Here is a "before" picture ...

    ... and two "after" shots:

  • Beach Bungalow Inspiration

    A Colorful Beach Bungalow Home

    Need some sunny inspiration on a cold winter's day? Check out this Venice beach bungalow renovation project recently profiled in the L.A. Times.

    We love the open space, the warm colors, and the unobtrusive recessed lighting.

    The contemporary pendant light adds some visual pop to the area and is scaled nicely to the room dimensions.

    Check out the article, Beach bungalow sprouts a modern addition, and the wonderful photo gallery of the entire project.

    Photo thanks to the L.A. Times.

  • January Coupon Code

    An Elegant Bedroom with Luxury Bedding has everything you need to refresh your decor for the New Year. To help out, we're offering a January coupon so you can start shopping and start saving.

    Save $40 off purchases of $450 or more right now!

    Click the link above, and the coupon code will be automatically entered in your shopping cart. We have an incredible selection of lighting and decor. You're sure to find lots to love.

    View complete coupon terms at link above. Coupon expires January 31st, so don't wait!

    Post Update 2-3-10: This code is no longer working. Check out our current sale for the latest deals, or visit our Lamps Plus coupons and promotions page

  • The Arc Floor Lamp to the Rescue

    Contemporary Arc Lamp Photo

    The popularity of sectional seating and sectional sofas has had an interesting impact: a rise in the popularity of arc style floor lamps.

    Sectional sofas and arc lamps are a perfect match. The sofas tend to be low and spread-out, so lighting overhead from the arc lamp works well. The modern look of the arc lamp also fits the sectional style.

    You can tuck an arc lamp base into a corner created by the sectional and get great lighting for the entire seating area. Check out our selection: arc floor lamps.


  • LED Light Show Wall or Ceiling Light

    LED Light Show Wall or Ceiling LightWe've added a new version of our popular LED Light Show Ceiling Light.

    The new design has a rectangular shape, so it's perfect for use as a wall sconce in hallways or media rooms. 

    You can also install it on the horizontal for use as a bath bar.

    It comes with halogen bulbs as well as LEDs.

    Use the included remote to make any number of mood-setting light effects at the touch of a button.

    This type of LED lighting is going to be seen more and more in the future. Check it out now: Possini Euro LED Light Show Wall or Ceiling Light Fixture.

    Post Update 9-24-12: This design has sold out, sorry! Use the LED lighting link above to browse our latest designs, or view our Possini Euro Design lighting collection.

  • Jonathan Adler Capri Style

    Jonathan Adler Capri Pendant LightIf jet-set is your style, you'll love these retro modern pendant lights from designer Jonathan Adler.

    These will look great in a kitchen setting, or use them to add a kick of retro contemporary style to a seating area.

    Pictured to the left is the Capri pendant light in white.

    It also comes in a beautiful Capri blue, Capri orange and Capri grey.

    There are also Capri style table lamps; find them in the Jonathan Adler lighting collection.

    Post Update 10-11-13: The Capri pendant mentioned above and pictured is no longer available, but Jonathan Adler does offer a smaller version, as well as Capri table lamps. Use the link above to browse them all!

  • Childhood Winter Pastimes - the Spirograph

    This vintage spirograph commercial brought back a flood of childhood memories. Cold winter afternoons spent pressing pens and pencils into small, toothed disks and then lamenting the loss of said disks...

    To enjoy the nostalgia on a more permanent basis, consider our Spring Buds Handmade Rug. The color palette is very modern and versatile while the design is sweetly familiar.

    Spring Buds Handmade Rug 





    Check out our complete designer rugs collection and our selection of childrens' room decor for more ideas.

  • Spotted on Design*Sponge -- Mini Pendant Light

    Lite Source Caldwell Collection Chrome Mini Pendant Light

    Design*Sponge is a great resource for decorating inspiration.

    I'm a particular fan of their Before & After series which highlights readers' DIY projects.

    Not to brag, but my Ikea hack made the cut last year (see it here).

    Last week's edition of D*S's Before & After features a stellar bathroom makeover puncuated by gorgeous, contemporary fixtures including the Caldwell Mini Pendant Light. We have plenty more contemporary pendant chandeliers to view as well. 

    I really dig the flow of the two-tone shower tile onto the painted wall. See the bathroom redux at Design*Sponge.

January, 2010