Style Illuminated

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

  • A Mod Basement from Candice Olson

    Candice Olson Mod Basement Photo

    Designer Candice Olson turns an icy basement into a stylish contemporary family room. Read about it in the Seattle Times. Find your own "divine design" in our collection of Candice Olson lighting.

    Post Update 12-1-11: If you enjoy reading about Candice Olson you may like our designer interview series, where we talk to top interior designers, including David Bromstead, Sandra Espinet and many others. Let us know what you think!

    Photo thanks to The Seattle Times.


  • A Bachelor Pad Grows Up

    Redone Bachelor Pad

    Photo is from a New York Times article about redecorating a bachelor pad apartment with new table lamps, area rugs and more: From Bachelor Pad to an Adult's Home, for $8000.

    Photo thanks to the New York Times.


  • My Outdoor Seating Set from Polyvore

    Outdoor Seating Area

    Doesn't this make you long for a warm evening on the patio? Well, spring and summer are on their way, so it's not too early to start thinking about decking out your patio with fresh outdoor decor.

    This is my idea of a modern-yet-cozy seating area with organic touches and a hint of Asian-inspired zen. I put it together at Polyvore which is a very cool site where you can create your own visions in fashion, interior design, art and more.

    You can choose items from hundreds of stores and designers, and there are quite a few Lamps Plus items there now with more to come.

    Make your own set at and see what you can create with lighting and decor from Lamps Plus. Just search "" when you're creating a set. I'd love to see your inspirations ... post a link here in the comments!

    Selected Items in this set:

  • Beachside Log Cabin?!

    Venice Beach Faux Log Cabin Home

    The Venice cottage of a famous muralist is the subject this unique Home Tour from the LA Times.

    The resident is an artist whose work can be seen above. This bedroom is actually a converted garage where the walls have been painted to resemble fake wood paneling.

    The result is doubly romantic because the couple that lives there met in an Aspen cabin. 

    Finally a storybook ending!

    There really is nothing like the rustic lodge style for creating warmth and cozyness.

    To recreate the log-cabin ambiance check out our selection of rustic lodge style lighting or read our style guide on the origins of this all-American style.

    To see more inspirational rustic interiors, check out our collection of rustic lodge style room scenes.  

    Photos thanks to The Los Angeles Times.


  • Mirror, Mirror On the Web

    A Sunburst Mirror in a Hallway

    We've added a number of beautiful new wall mirror designs over the last few weeks.

    My personal favorite?

    The big sunburst mirror pictured above. The design would be perfect over a couch or to brighten an entry area or hallway.

    Sunburst Chestnut Round Wall Mirror

    Check out our complete collection of sunburst shaped mirrors

    And in case you missed it, we're now offering all mirrors on with free shipping.

    So now you can see your reflection for less!

  • Smart Home at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

    Smart Home at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

    If you're in the Chicago area be sure to check out the Smart Home exhibit on the grounds of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

    The home is a fully-functioning, eco-friendly design that's been redone for the 2010 season.

    Smart Home Interior at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

    Says the website, "The 2010 exhibit will emphasize great spaces for entertaining, a master bedroom that serves as a retreat, a whimsical nursery/playroom and a functional home office—all of which keep in mind natural elements and harmony with the earth. The design features soft, organic textures and colors fused with a contemporary style." 

    Looks interesting; We'll be visiting this summer!

  • Karim Rashid's Pad

    Karim Rashid Loft Photo

    The Times Online has a photo gallery up about designer Karim Rashid’s  Manhattan loft apartment in Chelsea.

    Poured resin floor, ultra-modern furnishings...Karim Rashid lighting.

    Hey, how come you never see a TV in these kinds of shots?

    Post Update 2-1-12: Sorry, but it looks like this photo gallery is now behind the newspaper's pay wall and is only accessible to subscribers. 

    If you are interested in Karim Rashid and his designs, we invite you to check out this post of ours from last year: Karim Rashid Video


  • Spotted on Hello Ross!

    Autumn Branch Square Tower Accent Lamp at

    TV personality and E! Channel fixture Ross Matthews posted some great photos of his newly decorated home.  And to replace many of the "horrid" fixtures he inherited with the house, Ross turned to Lamps Plus.

    Excellent choice, Ross! Redecorating a home to make it your own is lots of fun, and we're glad we could help.

    See the pictures at the Hello Ross blog.

    Here are a few of the lamps and fixtures I see:

    -Lighting on the Square Wall Sconce
    -Organic Rattan Ceiling Light
    -Three Light Brushed Steel Arc Lamp
    -Autumn Branch Square Tower Accent Lamp (pictured)

    Post Update: Ross' blog is no longer online, and the designs mentioned above are no longer in stock :/

    To view our latest take on style, check out our Shop By Trend pages, or visit the Lamps Plus Instagram pages


  • Handy DIY Tip for Faulty Light Sockets

    A Table Lamp Bulb Socket

    Lifehacker found a great tip at that may explain why some sockets burn through bulbs faster than others.

    Sometimes, over the years, the brass tab at the bottom of a light socket gets flattened.

    If so, it won't make solid contact with the light bulb.

    If you have a fixture that burns out bulbs much quicker than normal, check the tab.

    It's an easy fix ... see this Lifehacker post for detailed instructions.

    For all your light fixtures, stock up on bulbs at great prices -- see all light bulbs.

    And right now, all Tesler brand light bulbs (with the exception of LED bulbs) are 50% off.

    Just enter the code "TESLER" at checkout.

    And don't forget our broken bulb remover if things get messy!

  • New - Tech Lighting Pendants

    Tech Lighting Pendant Lights in a Kitchen

    Tech Lighting
    is known for their beautiful, contemporary style picture lights and art glass pendants. 

    Most of their pendants are also available for  track systems as well. You can find them here: Tech Lighting track lights.

    We've added a number of new designs from them over the last couple of days, so be sure to take a look.

    Kiev Brown with Frost Glass Tech Lighting Mini Pendant

    My favorite? This Kiev brown pendant design with frosted glass, perfect for a kitchen or bar area.

    The pendant features a turned glass fount and a simple brown fabric shade. The satin nickel finish ceiling canopy mounts to a standard 4" junction box, and the design comes with six feet of field-cuttable suspension cable so you can adjust the hang height to your counter or seating area. 

March, 2010