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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.

  • 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 previous 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 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!


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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. 



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