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

  • Home Decor Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

    Flower Arrangements at LAMPS PLUS

    Mother's Day is May 9th. (Hi, Mom!) You can show her how much she's appreciated with one of these classic gift ideas.

    Say it with flowers. Our collection of decorative faux floral arrangements look great all year round.

    Send a picture. Slip a recent snap into a photo frame or send a couple hundred in a digital photo frame.

    Give a decorative keepsake box; place a gift inside to make it even more special.

    Send some light. Design your own custom look with our Design Your Own Custom Lighting tool.

    And whatever you do, don't forget to call!

     

  • Fresh Looks from Thumprints Table Lamps

    Thumprints Bali with White Square Shade Table Lamp

    We've written before about the Thumprints line of table lamps (see this old post Thumprints Table Lamps). The lamps are from Allison West, a talented Little Rock-based artist and designer with sophisticated contemporary tastes. 

    You can browse the line in our contemporary table lamp sort. We like 'em!

  • Painting an Art Shade Masterpiece

    Patrick Paul McLynn is one of the talented painters behind our exclusive art shade patterns. Each of these patterns is hand-painted and requires many hours to complete. Once done they are used as the basis for giclee printed shades and other products. Here's Patrick on his art:

    Q: How long have you been painting?

    A: Well, really ever since I was a child! I've always loved art and have been professionaly painting for over 40 years.

    Q: Do you do all the color mixing yourself?

    A: Yes. I love playing with the rainbow of colors available and creating just the right color hue for each piece. A painting may require dozens and dozens of color combinations.  

    Q: How much work goes into painting each canvas template?

    A: It all depends on the subject, style and so on. Some of the more invloved pieces can take up to a week or more. The figurative pieces are much more involved than say an abstract or modern style.

    Q: On what products are the painted templates used?

    A: The paintings are scanned, then used for a wide range of giclee art shade products; giclee clip-on chandelier lamp shades, pendant chandelierstable lampsceiling medallions...they're constantly adding new products! It's fun to see what they show up on.

    Q: What are you working on now?

    A: At the moment I'm working on ceiling medallion patterns. The pattern in the photo below is a red corral design that has a coastal-tropical feel. Look for it online soon!

     

  • Swingin' LED Wall Lighting

    Bronze & Chrome Glass Double Halogen Plug-in Wall Light

    Need lighting power that's easy to install? This plug-in style double LED wall light should do the trick. Hang it over a desk (as pictured) for reading, or place it over a bedside table or bed headboard.

    The lights can be individually controlled and all you have to do to install it is to mount it on the wall and plug into the nearest standard outlet. From the Possini Euro lighting collection. Find more in our collection of LED lighting.

  • Diane Keaton's Spanish Revival Home

    Diane Keaton Home Photo

    California Home+Design has an inside look at Diane Keaton's renovated home in Beverly Hills. 

    Full of traditional fixtures, wrought iron accents and beautiful woodwork, the home is a wonderful example of L.A.'s Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. Built back in the1920's, the property is on the market now for the (reduced) price of $10.95 million. My check would still bounce!

    Photo thanks to California Home+Design.

     

  • Beach House Rooms for Kids

    Children’s Rooms Underneath the Eaves

    Blogger-designer Thomas Jayne at Interior Design has posted a neat look at two of his projects for beach house kids rooms.

    I must be a kid at heart, because this scene looks pretty good to me! 

    Discover your own inner child in our kids lighting section and kids home decor sections.

    Photo thanks to Interior Design.

     

     

  • Automatic LED Stairway

    File this under totally cool.

    A fellow in Germany named Edo Kriegsmann posted the first installment of "Interactive Furniture" to his new YouTube channel. It's called "Automatic LED Stairway Lighting." The weight of one's footsteps turns on the integrated lighting keeping things safe for all involved. Check it out:

    Another wonderful utilization of LED technology. Can't wait to see Mr. Kriegsmann's next project!

    More at Urlesque and PSFK.

  • Good Reads Around the Web and More

    Here's another round-up of posts, links and Web odds and ends that we like.

    New York designer Ada at Ada's Decoration Inspiration loves our Design Your Own lighting tool. Says Ada, "You are unique and special ... and now your light fixture can be as well..."

    Here's a glam living Polyvore set with LP home accessories by "gio beautiful life".

    CheapTweet likes our free shipping on all outdoor home lighting products.

    MSN Shopping used our wall mirrors and table lamps to create a top-tier hotel room ambiance.

    Software Advice wonders about LED lighting and asks, "Are LED Fluorescent Tubes Ready for Prime Time?" You can read about the new LED tube lighting and take a survey about LED tubes vs traditional fluorescent tubes.

    And now for something completely different -- An Israeli design group entered this tomato-powered LED lamp (at Gizmodo.com) at the Milan Furniture Fair.

    Happy Reading!

     

    photo credit luisbg via flickr

     

     

  • Earth Day Coupon from LAMPS PLUS

    Every day is Earth Day, but today we celebrate! Check out www.EarthDay.org and the lively Earth Day Network Facebook page for a comprehensive look at the events surrounding Earth Day 2010, and find ways to get involved and do your part.

    Couple of fun facts about Earth Day:

    -The first Earth Day was observed in 1970, the result of a grassroots movement started by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.
    -According to the Earth Day Network, it's the largest secular holiday in the world.
    -The unofficial Earth Day flag features "The Blue Marble", a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft.

    In honor of Earth Day, we're offering a special one-week coupon: $10 off purchases of $150 or more right now. Use coupon code 36BLGEDY in your cart, or click here LampsPlus.com Earth Day Coupon to view all the details and start shopping. Be sure to use your discount to bring home earth-friendly energy efficient lighting!

     

    photo credit flyingsinger via flickr

  • Decorating a 520 Square Foot House

    I enjoyed a recent pictorial on Design*Sponge of a teeny, tiny house in Culver City, CA. It's just 520 square feet. I'll bet many of you have one room in your house that's bigger!!

    Takes me back to one of my first apartments .....

    Decorating small spaces takes lots of creativity, flexibility, and there's little room for error (ha!). Dual-purpose pieces are key, and everything -- from lighting to wall art -- has to be scaled down so as not to overpower petite rooms.

    See the pictures at DesignSpongeonline.com, and then check out these resources from our Info Center for decorating diminutive digs:

    Photo thanks to Design Sponge.

     

April, 2010