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Our home decorating blog offers interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Enjoy professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • 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.

  • The Apple iPad -- Get Ready for Your New Toy

    On Wednesday, Apple announced its "next big thing", the iPad. Even casual gadget fans here in the office were keeping tabs on Gizmodo's live coverage of the press conference.

    This morning, I'm picturing thousands of excited iPad owners hunched over their shiny new toys. And I can't help but think, with all these new gadgets to play with, we need to keep an eye on ergonomics.

    Most of us spend lots of time in front of the computer, and here are a couple things you can do to help reduce strain on your eyes and your body.

    Advancements in screen lighting have certainly made things easier on our eyes.

    Flat-panel screens are better than older CRT monitors, and the iPad has IPS screen technology which offers better off-angle viewing.

    But, there are still things we should do to protect our vision.

    At your desk, be sure interior and exterior light doesn't reflect off the screen back into your eyes.

    Glare is fatiguing for the eye, so pull the curtains and make sure desk lamps focus down on paperwork or the keyboard.

    Don't get too close to that monitor ... experts say a distance of 20-24" is ideal.

    Now, don't forget the rest of your body.

    The iPad seems to fit naturally in your lap, so make sure you've got a comfortable chair that keeps your back and neck supported. We have some excellent office chairs, and check out these desks, many of which are portable and perfect for laptops or your new iPad.

    For more tips on reading lighting, see our article Page Turners: Lighting to Read By. Next, head over to this article at written by two Doctors of Optometry: Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for Relief.

    photo courtesy of Apple

  • Chinese Ice Festival Glows with LED Light

    The Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is going on right now in northern China.

    The festival is, in a word, breathtaking. Amazing structures are created from ice and lit up with brilliant, colorful LED lights.

    See's fabulous pictorial, and start planning your trip for next year.

  • Does the East Coast Inspire You to Go Traditional?

    A Traditional Living Room with a Tufted Sofa

    This post on Apartment Therapy got me thinking. The author, Lindsay Roberts, moved from the Pacific Northwest to the DC area and found herself inspired to add traditional/colonial accents. 

    Should our interiors try recreate the time period in which our homes and neighborhoods were originally constructed? 

    In the Southwest many homes are built to emulate a different time period than the modern age they were constructed in. What do we do then?

    In any case, I found the items below for all of our East Coasters at heart. You can also check out our selection of traditional designs in almost every category. 

  • 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 Lamps Plus, Robin customized hers to perfectly fit little Lacey's nursery.

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

    Here is a "before" picture ... Before - Baby's Room without a Ceiling Fan

    ... and two "after" shots:

    After - Baby's Room with new Ceiling Fan from Lamps PlusCloser View - Nursery with the Casa Deville™ Pretty in Pink Pull Chain Ceiling Fan

  • Oui Oui: Paris Flea Market Collection

    Parisian Collection 6-Light Swarovski Pendant Chandelier

    The romance of Paris has been the subject of much wistful contemplation by design bloggers in the past few years. 

    You can find multiple examples of Paris induced swoon on Erin Gate's Francophile blog Elements of Style

    And if you don't believe me, check out a Paris photo montage from blogger This Is Glamorous.

    With this in mind, I present one of my favorite Lamps Plus lighting collections, The Paris Flea Market ceiling and wall lights. 

    May lighting-induced Paris daydreaming become a treasured part of your every day routine!

    Try searching by collection for other inspiring designs if you want to redecorate an entire room or house at once. 

  • 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.


  • Childhood Winter Pastimes - the Spirograph