Style Illuminated

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.

  • New Looks in Chandelier Shades

    Clip On Shades on a Chandelier

    Give a chandelier a new look for spring with one of our clip-on chandelier shades.

    These are a great way to add fresh style for very little money, and we have many new designs for you to choose from.

    For more about lamp shade, check out our quick YouTube video (below) on how to measure for a new lamp shade or read our tips article.

  • 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!

  • Feng Shui, Lighting and Design in the Garden

    Landscape Path Lights in a Garden

    With the days getting longer and spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your home garden.  

    With that in mind, we spoke with Lamps Plus friend Shelley Sparks about garden design and outdoor lighting.

    Shelley has been a licensed Landscape Architect for more than 25 years. She is also a Feng Shui design expert, teacher and author of the forthcoming book “Secrets of the Land”.

    Q: When thinking about home gardens and outdoor patio spaces, what are a couple of basic Feng Shui design ideas to keep in mind?

    A: Feng Shui design can help improve your life in many ways.  What happens on your property can affect your life.  The garden can help to balance difficulties or deficits of the Feng Shui in the home. 

    A few basic ideas to keep in mind are that if your home isn't a perfect rectangle or square, using landscape lights or plants in the cut out areas of the house can help fill in the missing potential for good luck.  Also, areas of your property that are too dark can lead to energy stagnating in a particular aspect of your life. 

    A Row of Tall Landscape Lights

    Q: How can outdoor or landscape lighting help reinforce these design ideas?

    A: Lighting is one of the remedies that Feng Shui experts use to remedy problems with the house and the property.  It can move the energy on a property that is stagnate and can promote important areas of your life that you would like to highlighted. 

    Q: What do you feel is the biggest mistake people make when lighting outdoors?

    A: The biggest mistake I see when people are lighting the outdoors is not using professional designers.  That sounds like a commercial but many non professionals either over light or under light a property. 

    When I design lighting I like to use a combination of up lighting plants and down lighting to meet the needs of my clients. Even after the design is done, a professional will evaluate the result because sometimes there is more or less ambient light in the neighborhood and more or fewer light will need to be used. 

    A Patio Garden Area with Landscape Lights

    Q: How has garden design and outdoor lighting changed since you began practicing? 

    A: Outdoor lighting has become so much more sophisticated than when I first began practicing Landscape Architecture.  The fixtures have become sturdier and there are so many more beautiful fixtures to choose from. 

    Q: Do you see any notable trends for this year?

    A: The biggest trends for this year and the future is further development of energy efficient outdoor lighting.  There are many new introductions to the lighting field and it will benefit the consumer. 


    Thanks, Shelley! 

    For more tips, check our our article on Landscape Lighting Types, or watch our YouTube video below on the new line of Super Duty landscape lights.


  • LAMPS PLUS Voted Best in Orange County

    Thank you Orange County!

    The O.C. Register has announced the results of its 16th annual "The Best of Orange County" people's choice awards. The Brea Lamps Plus store, the Laguna Hills Lamps Plus store, and the Lamps Plus in Orange, were voted the Best Lighting/Lamp/Fan Stores.

    According to a customer from Mission Viejo, excellent customer service is why he voted for Lamps Plus :

    "I like the time they spent with me when I went in to look for a replacement bulb from one I'd broken on a chandelier. They searched and searched to find the one I wanted." - James M.

    Congratulations to our Orange County stores!

  • 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!

    Polyvore links to selected items in this set:

  • New Kathy Ireland and Stacy Garcia Design Your Own Patterns

    Kathy Ireland Design Your Own Patterns

    Stacy Garcia Design Your Own Patterns

    We've added new patterns to our Design Your Own Custom Lighting program from designers Kathy Ireland and Stacy Garcia. You can find 'em in the Design Your Own tool in the "All Patterns" menu drop-down. Take a look and design your own!

  • Contemporary in Indy

    Clean, contemporary style works no matter where you live. Check out this photo gallery from the Indianapolis Star about a minimalist home.

    We particular like the contemporary bar stools and the modern lighting.

    Post Update 3-22-12: We're sorry, but the photos of this home are no longer available, and the photo gallery has been removed from the newspaper website.

    We invite you to browse the latest decorating styles on our new Shop By Trend page, or use our Shop By Room section to find lighting and decor for every room in your home.


  • Some Fun Tweets from our Design Your Own Sweepstakes

    The Lamps Plus Design Your Own Tool

    We're running a sweepstakes to promote our new Design Your Own Custom Lighting tool. You can get extra entries by tweeting a "I heart @lampsplus..." phrase for us.

    We thought we'd share a few of the fun tweets from the first days of the sweepstakes:

    "I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because I can add my own sense of style to my home decor. It's fun too!"

    "I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown  lamps because they have everything in lighting to make a girl feel beautiful."

    "I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because you can't beat the PLUS side of lampsplus!"

    Get in the action yourself! Enter the sweepstakes here or visit us on Twitter.

    Post Update: 8-1-10: Sorry, but this sweepstakes is closed. Check us out on Twitter or visit the Lamps Plus Facebook page to get in on our latest sweepstakes and promotions!

  • Lamp Set and Match

    Lamp sets are decorating made easy! Sets include two or more lamps, and you can use them to create a coordinated look on a buffet, on bedside tables and more.

    We also offer more complete sets that come with two or three table lamps and a matching floor lamp.

    This is a really fast and simple way to update your room decor. The lamps all coordinate - match on another, so it's hard to go wrong! 

    Post Update 6-22-14: For more table lamp tips, check out our new YouTube video on decorating with lamps.


  • Design Your Own Custom Lighting Demo

    We've posted a new video on YouTube showing how to use our new Design Your Own lighting tool.

    It allows you to choose a lighting type (table lamp, pendant light, and so on), and a shade pattern that you can then customize with your own choice of colors.

    The shades are all custom made to order here at our California headquarters. Each shade is custom printed on machines commonly used for fine art print making, then hand assembled by our trained artisans. 

    They are a particular favorite of designers, who use the custom color step to create lighting that plays off of other color tones used in a room. 

    Give the demo view, then check our the customization tool and let us know what you think!


March, 2010