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

  • Designers on Design Your Own

    Design Milk Design Your Own LightingMaterial Girls Design Your Own Lighting

     

    Designers and design blogs are talking about our new Design Your Own Custom Lighting tool.

    Material Girls used it to make a cool blue wall sconce. Says Jill, "Really great for finding just the right combo color/pattern you are looking for…and not to mention kind of fun!"

    Jamie at design milk made a tres chic pendant ceiling light and a table lamp design. She says, "...you can see what your design looks like on other products and order them instantly. If you design a table lamp, you can see your creation on another product, like a chandelier or ceiling pendant."

    Take a look at their work and then give it a try yourself!

     

  • Springtime Outdoor Decorating Ideas

     

    Zuo Modern Phuket Aluminum Outdoor Lounge

    It's Springtime! Can you feel life resurging all around you? I'm sort of feeling it although I'm also pondering the weekend work involved in rehabilitating my outdoor areas.  

    During the warm months I spend long hours eating and lounging outdoors. If I invest the time and attention now I'll get to enjoy it even more.

    Thoughts include cleaning, planting, and then finally refurnishing with outdoor furniture, party lights and the following accents.

    Outdoor Rugs are a nice treat for your feet.

    Outdoor Rugs at LAMPS PLUS

    Wooden Plant Stands allow you to create borders and layers in your space.

     

    Accent Lighting adds a cozy feel to long summer nights. 

     

  • Good Reads

    Here are some cool links and posts we've found over the last week or so. Dig in and enjoy!

    Our products have been showing up on the social shopping site wists.com; here's an example. Play with it and make your own wist (that's a "weblist" in case you didn't know!)

    And speaking of social sites, our faux floral arrangements have been growing all over Polyvore; have a look.

    Materialicious, a "visual curation site" for modern design, listed our Design Your Own lighting tool.

    Learn how to make a concrete table lamp at instructables.com.

    Jessica at TrendHunter gives a thumbs up to Design Your Own and says, "...you get lighting that’s anything but ordinary."

    Or read about staging a 3,500 sq. foot Soho apartment in the New York Times: A Model Apartment Dressed to the Nines. (Note the hot red table lamps!) 

     

  • 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!

  • Bunnies Abound

    How cute is this bunny? Can you believe he's made from stone?

     Lifted Paw Lop-Eared Rabbit Garden Accent

     

    Find an Easter bunny with our assortment of bunny-themed items.  Or read up on the history of the Easter Bunny.

  • The Carpets of Las Vegas

    About seventy per cent of the world’s tufted carpet is made in the vicinity of Dalton, Georgia, and a lot of that ends up in Vegas casinos.

    As revealed in a New Yorker magazine profile, photographer Chris Maluszynski became fascinated by the crazy "dots, orbs and metastasizing lattices" in the carpets. He's captured them in a new show at New York's 25CPW gallery, "Feared and Loathed: The Carpets of Las Vegas."

    I wish I was in NY so I could check it out! Closer to home, you can look for your own crazy inspiration in our area rug selection.

  • More Design Your Own Sweepstakes Tweets

    Design Your Own Custom Lighting at LAMPS PLUS

    Here are some more fun tweeets from the sweepstakes for our Design Your Own Custom Lighting tool.

    • I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because I carry the torch for lights that are as unique as I am.
    • I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because the possibilities are endless & you're guaranteed to get the look you love!
    • I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because I know I'll never get left in the dark!
    • I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because I can select, select, select, Order and abracadabra it's Done it's that easy!!
    • I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because I want "unique & chic" not "bleak & weak"
    • I heart @lampsplus & #designyourown lamps because it's such a delight to design your own bright light making a happy sight in the dark night

    There's still time to get in the fun! Enter online at the Design Your Own Sweepstakes, then get tweeting the phrase above (I heart @lampsplus...) for additional entries; the sweepstakes ends April 15th. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

  • 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 kids pendant lights at LampsPlus.com.

     

  • Rubber Ducky We Love You

    Porcelain Rubber Ducky Night Light

    Couldn't resist this fun night light design. It would be perfect for a child's bath or bedroom. Quack not included.
    Rubber Ducky Night Light. View all night lights.

  • Buddha Light Show

    White Ceramic Sitting Buddha Table Top Fountain

    Our LAMPS PLUS photo studio is full of new fountains. Among them, this Buddha tabletop fountain caught my attention. 

    To delight the eye in the daytime, it has a glass ball that spins from the fountain's water flow.

    At night, though, multi-color LEDs shine upwards through the water and spining glass to create a trippy effect (see above). LED lighting that's better than a lava lamp!

April, 2010