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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.

  • A Divine Design Kitchen

    Divine Design Kitchen Photo

    Designer Candice Olson takes on a dated kitchen and gives it a divine makeover. We especially like the pair of antique style chandeliers and ceiling medallions.

    Read about it in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Divine Design: Kitchen now reflects personal style.

    Photo thanks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Post Update 1-3-12: Want more designer goodness? Try our designer interview series.


  • 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. View their story here.


  • 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. The design is from the trend-setting Possini Euro lighting collection.

    For more, take a look at our full collection of LED lighting.

  • 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, and then check out these resources from our Info Center for decorating diminutive digs:

    Photo thanks to Design Sponge.


  • 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.

    Post Update 12-19-14: The article referenced in this post is no longer accessible on the Interior Design website, but you can use the link at the very top to explore their current site. 



  • 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. 

    Another wonderful utilization of LED technology.

    Can't wait to see Mr. Kriegsmann's next project!

    More at Urlesque and PSFK.

  • 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!


  • 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 chandeliersart shade table 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!


  • Flower Pendant Light in the Nursery

    The nursery is one of the most exciting rooms to decorate. Speaking from experience, it's a blast creating a space for baby.

    Ohdeedoh is a fantastic blog which specializes in kids' spaces, so we were thrilled to see our White Flower Pendant Light in a recent feature on a reader's nursery.

    If you want Ohdeedoh to feature your nursery, here's the submission form. If you have anything in your nursery from LAMPS PLUS, be sure let them know! If your nursery is featured, let us know we'll post it here, too.

    See more pictures from little Mila's wonderfully colorful nursery at Ohdeedoh. Shop for kid's pendant lights at


  • Dazzling Deck Lighting with LED Rope Lights

    If you've ever wanted to host a dance party on your deck, the folks over at Instructables have you covered.

    Using LED rope lighting, these guys have created a party-ready patio. Check out this video:

    As spring and summer approach, it's time to get those outdoor spaces spruced up.

    We've got lots of solar outdoor lights and solar path lights that are easy to install.

    And if the mood strikes, grab some rope lights and make your deck disco-fabulous!

April, 2010