Style Illuminated

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

  • Color CFL Outdoor Floodlights

    We blogged recently about the color CFL bulbs that we have; see The CFL Bulb Gets Color.

    We also now carry color CFL floodlights for outdoor patio or porch use.

    Customer "bc" wrote to us about them: "I have been looking for these colored outdoor CFL floodlights for quite some time. Home depot and lowes do not carry these . I am glad I was able to find them. I will be ordering more for Christmas 2010. Good price with free shipping."

    CFL Outdoor Light Bulb

    We've got 'em in the following colors: red eco bulbyellow CFL flood bulb, blue CFL outdoor flood light, and a green CFL outdoor light bulb.

    Collect 'em all and go Green! 

  • Staff Picks -- Susanna's Top 10 Mod Office Lamps

    Black Gooseneck Headboard Clip Lamp

    Modern desk lamps with retro flair always turn my head.

    They're a quick way to personalize a desk and the streamlined style doesn't distract anyone.

    Best of all, they can give your desktop a hip edge. I picked out a collection of my favorites:

    1. Lytegem Telescopic Persimmon and Gunmetal Desk Lamp – a reissue from an original designed in 1965 by Michael Lax. It comes in white and black too.

    2. George Kovacs Chrome and Black Balance Arm Desk Lamp – A slim little footprint means that this hipster won't take up your valuable desk space.

    3. Pierced Pattern Fabric Shades 5-Light Table Lamp – This table lamp brightens your work space overall. It's not a task light but its subtle pattern is very office friendly.

    4. Pro Track® Black Gooseneck Headboard Clip Lamp – This cool, little clip light comes in handy.

    5. Possini Euro Design Contempo Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp – If your office is a bit Plain Jane then this table lamp adds a story.

    Possini Euro Design On the Square Accent Table Lamp

    6. Possini Euro Design On the Square Accent Table Lamp – More of an accent lamp, this looker is designed to brighten overall. It has that retro charm and the dimmer switch on the base is easy to use.

    7. George Kovacs Round Glass Stick Desk Lamp – If you're down with the space-age then the neat adjusting mechanism of this desk lamp might grab you.

    8. Sonneman Plinth Black Brass Table Lamp – If you have an extra table in your office then this rectangular table lamp can brighten the surface without taking up too much space.

    9. Blink Chrome Adjustable LED Desk Lamp – The top LED light head of this desk lamp slides off so you can carry it around. A new idea for the innovators out there.

    Marius Task Desk Lamp

    10. Marius Task Desk Lamp – The marble shade looks great when lit and the easy-to-grasp dimmer switch on the base is super convenient.

    Post Update 9-12-12: Sorry all, but a number of the designs mentioned in this post are no longer available. Click the links above to views the ones that are, or browse our complete desk lamps collection


  • Questions With: Flambeau Lighting

    Flambeau Lighting Chandeliers and Logo

    We recently caught up with the folks from Flambeau Lighting. Based in New Orleans, Flambeau draws on the vibrant art and attitude of the "Big Easy".

    Founder Joe McKearn and original designer Paul Gruer spoke about the unique style and artistry of their brand. Here's what they had to say:

    Q: Flambeau captures the spirit of New Orleans, what is it you love about this unique city?

    A: Paul Gruer -- What I most love about New Orleans is exactly that -- its uniqueness! New Orleans is known as "The city that care forgot". The unique is celebrated, and we love to celebrate! Few cities enjoy such a rich history, a blend of cultures, and love for the arts like New Orleans.

    Where else can you find world class restaurants, jazz clubs, antique shops and a strip club in the same block?!

    Q: How did Flambeau Lighting come to be?

    A: Joe McKearn -- The story begins in 2001. As a former maritime attorney and President of Dauphine Mirror Company, I was visiting designer Karyl Pierce-Paxton at her studio in New Orleans. While there, I noticed an incredibly cool table lamp sitting on an antique console and asked her where she had found it. She told me her best friend, New Orleans designer Paul Gruer, had designed and sculpted the piece for her.

    Karyl arranged for me to meet the artist, and shortly thereafter, I commissioned Paul to design a line of lamps for a brand new company created specifically to showcase his designs. I called it Flambeau Lighting.

    Q: Is there a traditional style of lighting, maybe even back to gas lighting, that informs Flambeau design?

    A: Paul Gruer -- There is no one style that influences my designs for Flambeau Lighting. It is a conscious and unconscious result of having lived in New Orleans and absorbed so many different influences that have melded together to become a style that's uniquely mine.

    The architecture, French, Spanish, Creole; the textures of the city, sophisticated Uptown, bohemian French Quarter; the constant energy -- they all inspire me to express myself exactly as I feel.

    Q: We love how Flambeau table lamps juxtapose unusual shapes and colors, and many are antiqued with subtle distressing. Where do these inspirations come from?

    A: Paul Gruer -- The finishes and colors of my work come from all around me. The shadows made as the noon sun shines through lace work balconies, sun bleached walls covered with jasmine, the bright neon of Bourbon street, the elegant courtyards with their centuries old secrets -- these are all part of what makes the Flambeau Collection.

    Q: What trends in interior lighting and design do you see emerging in the near future?

    A: Paul Gruer -- New trends for interior lighting are combining form and function in truly witty and unique ways. A table lamp is no longer just a lamp. It is a fun way to express individual style. It's that prefect piece of jewelry that completes a room. A bad lamp is like bad shoes, it can ruin a perfectly good outfit!!

    Q: How will the continued renaissance of New Orleans (punctuated by the Saints Super Bowl victory!) influence Flambeau's future designs?

    A: Paul Gruer -- One thing New Orleans does even better than throw a party is bounce back from a challenge. Nothing can keep our spirits down for long. The city becomes more vibrant everyday. For every loss there is a rebirth. The Saints showed the world that New Orleans is here to stay.

    Q: What's next for Flambeau Lighting?

    A: Paul Gruer -- Flambeau Lighting will still be the same fun, unique collection it has always been. Every room needs a bit of fun and that is Flambeau.

    Thank you so much Paul and Joe! Be sure to browse our whole collection of Flambeau Lighting.

    Post Update June 6, 2011: Flambeau Lighting has posted a YouTube video highlighting their Spring 2011 line. Click below to view. (Sorry, but this video is no longer available on YouTube.)


  • Lighting for Nighttime Weddings

    Indian Wedding Procession with LED Lights

    Over the weekend, a friend asked me about lighting for a backyard wedding. Then I stumbled upon the intriguing photograph of an Indian wedding procession below:

    Photo by Kevin Frayer is courtesy the Associated Press and

    So how do you create a romantic atmosphere at an outdoor evening wedding?

    LED String Lights

    String Lights are a great choice since they are made to be hung outdoors and don't require a maze of extension cords to cover a large area. You can leave them up at the end of the event for backyard barbeques, etc.

    Multi-Color Beads Swag Style Mini-Pendant

    As another option, crystal is a classic go-to for romantic lighting.

    Our crystal swag chandeliers are under $130 and easy to install.

    How would you decorate a wedding? Leave a comment and let us know!

  • Decorating with Accessories - Laguna Hills Workshop - 2/25

    Decorating With Accessories from Lamps Plus

    If you live near our Laguna Hills store in Orange County, CA, we invite you to attend our Decorating with Accessories "Ask the Expert"  workshop at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, February 25th.

    Interior design expert Cindy Albert will reveal the secrets to adding sparkle and glamour to your home decor without breaking the  bank. 

    Cindy Albert 

    Plus, you can bring your design questions for our expert to answer immediately following the workshop!

    You'll learn the basics of how to choose accessories, where to place them, and how to create trend-setting rooms that reflect  personal style.

    Register online here to reserve a seat. We hope to see you there!  


  • Mod Marches On

    Growing up in the Midwest I was always thrilled by cool California ranch house style.

    This rectangular chandelier by Possini Euro Design captures the look with black wood finish slats and frosted glass.

    It would look good anywhere...even back in the Midwest!

    Possini Euro Black Parallel Square 32" Wide Chandelier

    Black Parallel Square 32" Wide Island Chandelier.

    In our contemporary chandelier sort you'll also find a matching square version: Black Parallel Square 17 1/4" Wide Pendant Chandelier.


  • Margaret's Carolina Kitchen

    It's kind of thrilling to see how our products look when they're actually in use. We were excited to see this photo of a kitchen task light installation by a family member of one of our very own.

    Barry Ward, the LAMPS PLUS Buyer for table lamps and rugs, volunteered this photo his sister took of her new ProTrack 5-Light Monorail Pendant Kit after putting it up.

    This stylish kitchen in Asheville, NC belongs to Margaret, who was also kind enough to entertain a few of our questions:

    Q:What was the lighting in the kitchen like before?
    A:Our kitchen's only light source was a large fluorescent ceiling light that was in the center of the room. Anytime I worked at the sink the light was behind me and it was difficult to see anything that I was doing. 

    Q:What inspired you to choose that product?
    A:We chose this product because it met all of our requirements. We were looking for a bendable track that had multiple pendants hanging from it, plus it was on sale, which was a bonus! 

    Q:What difference has the product made in the kitchen space?  
    A:I can't tell you what a difference this addition has made to our kitchen/bar area. It is beautiful, it adds a focal point to the room, plus we can now see! :-)

  • Broken Bulb Remover to the Rescue

    Broken Light Bulb Remover

    The bulb in my trusty architect's desk lamp finally gave up the ghost.

    When I went to change it, the glass broke loose from the metal screw element.

    What to do?

    Enter the Broken Bulb Remover!

    It's quite the handy tool for unscrewing broken light bulbs. Grab one for yourself here: Broken Bulb Remover. And don't forget new light bulbs!

  • Giant Disco Ball Makes All of Paris a Party

    Artist Michel de Broin's Paris Disco Ball
    Artist Michel de Broin created the world's largest disco ball (to date) for a one night event in Paris.

    Pieced together from 1000 individual mirror panes, the ball measured nearly 25 feet across and was hung from a crane at a height of 165 feet.

    The installation was part of Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night art event.

    Artist de Broin said urbanites are deprived of starry skies by the ambient light of the city. So, for one night he gave them all they could handle. Check out Gizmodo's post for images and a video.

    If you're a fellow city slicker inspired to protect the night sky, check out our selection of Dark Sky outdoor lights.

    Rotating Multicolor Disco Ball

    If you're just inspired to break out your Bee Gees LP's, here are a few disco balls to help you get the party started.

  • A Year Ago on the LAMPS PLUS Blog

    Looking back a year ago (or so), I found these oldie-but-goodie posts on the Lamps Plus blog that are worth revisiting. Enjoy!

    Fanimation Ceiling Fans in Action - View video footage of the stylish Fanimation Fans in motion.

    How To Clean A Crystal Chandelier - Read tips for keeping that crystal chandelier shining bright.

    Questions With: Haeger Potteries - We spoke with Gene McGahan of Haeger Potteries about his company's beautiful ceramic designs.

    CBS Early Show - Cool Ways to Display Your Pix - Our giclee art shade lighting was featured on a CBS Early Show segment that talked about how you can display your photo on a custom-made art shade.



February, 2010