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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.

  • 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! 

  • 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.)


  • 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


  • Twitter's Interior Design

    Twitter recently moved into new offices in downtown San Francisco, and turned to designer Sara Morishige Williams for help.

    In a San Franciso Chronicle feature, Morishige Williams says she chose furniture and fittings that would last, be minimalist and, wherever possible, be eco-friendly.

    Twitter Reception Area

    "I wanted the space to be personal, not unlike a home...and I wanted to bring the outdoors in." It looks great...though I'm not sure about those deer heads!

    Twitter Hallway

    Read the article here, Interior designer feathers Twitter's nest, or peak at the Twitter office photo gallery, then give us a tweet on the Lamps Plus Twitter page.

    Top photo thanks to the Others thanks to Business Insider.


  • Red Furniture - Trend in 2010?

    Bermuda Papaya Leather Sofa

    Huffington Post blogger Cathy Whitlock wrote a post about attending High Point in 2009 and identified red as an upcoming interior design trend. Specifically she mentions red furniture.

    Caught up in "flush" of Valentines Day glee, I decided to look through our assortment of red furniture seating and red tables to pick out a few favorites.

    Check out my selections above and below:

    Kraven Round Red Accent Table

    Burke Scarlet Red and Brass Nailhead Club Chair

  • Decorating with Accessories North Hollywood Workshop

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    If you live near our North Hollywood store in the Los Angeles area, we invite you to attend our Decorating with Accessories "Ask the Expert" workshop at 10:30 a.m. on this Saturday, February 6th.

    Interior design expert Sonya Roos will reveal the secrets to adding sparkle and glamour to home decor without breaking the bank.

    Ms. Roos has over thirty years of interior design experience both in teaching and operating design firms.

    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. You can register online here to reserve a seat. We hope to see you there!

  • Free-Spirited Ribbons

    Possini Euro Design 18-Light Curly Ribbon Pendant

    One of the more eye-catching chandeliers to come our way recently is this new design from the Possini Euro Design lighting collection.

    It has these mod, quotation mark-like scroll forms that are arranged free-form around chrome finish light pods.

    Curly Ribbon Pendant in a Living Room

    When illuminated, the piece sparkles and shines with a wonderful play of light and form.

    Take a peek for yourself: Possini Euro Design 18-Light Curly Ribbon Pendant.


  • 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.

  • Love Lights

    Lamps Plus Candy Heart

    OK, so for Valentine's Day you could add a little love lighting with a Little Monster LED, throw a dance partaayy with the Disco Mirror Ball Light, get retro funky with a classic Lava Lamp, string up some party lights, or add a large, uhh, egg-like orb with the Besa Opal Glass Lamp.

    But whatever you do you better do it quick; Valentine's Day is coming up fast on Sunday, Februray 14th!

    Like the candy heart? Make your own at

  • Victoria and Albert Pattern Eye Candy

    Victoria and Albert Museum Wall Pattern

    Dwell magazine's blog points out that The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has published the first four volumes in their V&A Pattern series.

    The first four are William Morris, Indian Florals, Digital Pioneers, and The Fifties, and there are more to come. These are a fantastic visual resource if you are a designer or artist.

    You can find them online at or in the Victoria and Albert bookshop.

    Pictured here is "Graphica", a fabric sample from designer Lucienne Day, from The Fifties book.

    For more eye candy, browse our new collection of easy to install wallpaper

    Image thanks to Dwell


February, 2010