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

  • Candice Olson Adds World Traveller Elegance to a Bedroom

    Candice Olson Bedroom Lighting Photo

    Designer Candice Olson creates a divine design bedroom space for a couple of world travelling newlyweds. As usual, the result is sophisticated and elegant.

    I particularly like the use of crystal in the space to add sparkle. The wooden mantel is accented with crystal sconces, while a vintage looking (but new) crystal chandelier shines above.

    The chandelier is, writes Candice, "...in a style in keeping with the vintage flavor of the house, but in polished chrome to add modern flair."

    A Candice Olson table lamp and carefully placed recessed lights complete the look. 

    Read all about it in this Seattle Times feature.

    Photo thanks to the Seattle Times.

    Post Update 12-7-11: For more designer talk, check out our exclusive series of designer interviews.

     

  • Three for Thursday: Fountains for the Garden

    Green Flower Ceramic Table Fountain at LAMPS PLUS

    A decorative fountain makes a wonderful accent for an outdoor living space or patio area. Here are three types of designs to help you add some zen to your great outdoors.

    1) Keep it simple with a tabletop fountain. The beautiful ceramic fountain design above also doubles as a flower vase. Come fall and winter, pack it up and move it indoors.

    Sun Villa Faux Stone Outdoor Fountain

    2) Get illuminated with a lighted fountain design. Many of these are solar powered and feature long-lasting LEDs.

    Lion Head Iron and Faux Stone Indoor Outdoor Fountain

    3) Short on space? A wall fountain saves precious room on the patio, or use one in the garden to create a new eye-catching focal point.

  • Ask the Expert: Decorating a Home Office - Bedroom

    Desk Office Lamp Lighting at LAMPS PLUS

    Sarah M. from San Diego came to us with a question about decorating a small bedroom that also has to function as a home office. We asked Lynda Gould, our in-house design expert, to offer some ideas.

    Question: My home is on the smallish side. So I''ve decided to put a desk in the bedroom and use the room as both home office and bedroom. What suggestions do you have that will help with the look and space?

    Lynda's Answer: "A neutral color palette with use of textures verses prints and good lighting will help the room to appear bigger. The overall look of continuity, rather then breaking up the space with color and patterns, will give the illusion of more space.

    The use of swing arm wall lamps over a night stand will allow for adjustable lighting as well as free up the furniture surfaces to accommodate other items.

    On the desk itself, you can use another swing arm light or go with a desk lamp that has a small footprint.

    Finally, try using a padded storage ottoman at the foot of the bed. This can hold office items and also serve as extra seating."

    Thanks, Lynda!  Have a question of your own or a comment on Lynda's answer? Leave a comment to this post and we'll get on it!

     

  • Sex and the City 2 -- Get The Look

    Sex and the City 2 Charlotte and Miranda with cocktails

    Today's the day! The second Sex and the City movie opens today offering the world a mega-dose of fabulous. From clothes and decor to cocktails and more, this movie should be a designer's dream.

    We're loving today's post over at Shelterpop. They've grabbed a couple of scenes from the movie and -- using "some exact pieces, some look-a-likes, and a lot -- LOT -- of sparkle" -- they show you how to "get the look." We're thrilled to see some LAMPS PLUS pieces in there (slides 8 and 14).

    So, who's headed to the theaters tonight? Did you already catch an early show ... how was it?

  • Kathy Ireland Home Sponsors Car #43 at Indianapolis 500

    Kathy Ireland Home sponsors #43 car at Sunday's Indy 500

    "Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!" Kathy Ireland Home is now a proud sponsor of the #43 car driven by John Andretti in time for Sunday's Indy 500.

    John is part of the famous Andretti racing family that includes uncle Mario, cousin Michael, and godfather A.J. Foyt. The team is a joint venture of legend Richard Petty and Window World, and the car sports the unmistakable Petty blue and red.

    Tune in Sunday for the big event -- 1pm EST on ABC.

  • Memorial Day Sale Greetings

    Historic Lighthouse Bird House

    Happy Memorial Day from all of us here at LAMPS PLUS!

    Enjoy the day, and if you're looking for a Memorial Day lighting sale, check out our Lighting Fixture Sale that runs through June 6th.

  • Feng Shui Garden Fountain Tips

    Find Asian Garden Fountains and Water Fountains at LAMPS PLUS

    LAMPS PLUS friend and Feng Shui expert Shelley Sparks gave us the following tips for using water and outdoor fountains in your garden. Shelley, a licensed Landscape Architect for more than 25 years, began by talking about the importance of water in the garden:

    "Using water in the garden is an important Feng Shui principle.  Water is traditionally is thought of as the blood of the earth and deeply rooted in the philosophy of balancing an environment.  Because of its associations, water can offer harmony, balance, and prosperity to your property and life. 

    Before you adopt a water feature or fountain be sure you are willing to maintain and care for it.  It does require cleaning and replacement of water as it evaporates. 

    Choose a water feature that reflects your taste or the architecture of your home so that it really fits with you. 

    If you want to increase the benefits of the fountain, add a light that shines on the water. 

    One of the best locations for a water feature is near your front entry where it can welcome all of the best luck into your house.  Be sure the water pours toward the front door to invite the good luck in."

    Good ideas! Have a question for Shelley? Leave a comment and we will get an answer for you!

  • Groovy Black and Blue Lava Lamps

    Black Wax Groovy Motion Lamp          Blue and Clear Silver Base Lava Lamp

    Customer "quitta" recently left a comment about their order that made us smile:

    "The kids are fascinated by the blue and black groovy lamps that I purchased a few months ago. They are great to have in your home!"

    Well, who wouldn't be mesmerized! The original lava lamp has been turning heads since it was invented in 1963.

    Variations include the motion lamp and the dazzling glitter lava lamp. There are a rainbow of color combinations available, from classic brushed steel lava lamps to more modern black lava lamps.

    The lavalicious lava lamp numbers mentioned by the customer are the Blue and Silver Lava Lamp and the Black Wax Grovvy Motion Lamp. Browse our collection of lava lamps to find a little fascination of your own!  

  • Steve Vai's New Ibanez JEM77 Guitar -- Design Your Own Lighting

    Our Design Your Own custom lighting tool lets you create totally personalized lighting. You can even create a lamp to match something you already have at home. Want to know how?

    One of our copywriters, Andy Alt, used our DYO lighting tool to create a totally unique birthday gift. Andy designed a floor lamp to match the beautiful new Ibanez JEM77 electric guitar to give to it's creator for his birthday: composer and virtuoso guitarist, Steve Vai. The results show how easy it is to create an exact color match between a photograph and a DYO lamp, and we think his method is worth sharing.

    Here's Andy on how he created a matching lamp in a matter of minutes:

     

    Step 1: Take a digital photo of the object you want to match. It's important to take a well-lit photo and it's best to not use the flash. After you get your shot, transfer the image from your camera to your computer and open it up to view.

    Step 2: Now it's time to match colors. There are many free applications for PC that can help you do this. We like Pixie, and you can download it here: http://download.cnet.com/Pixie/. If you're using an Apple computer, just navigate to Applications --> Utilities --> DigitalColor meter and open up the program.

    Step 3: With your color chooser program open, mouse over the image of your object and choose an area of the image that has the color you wish to use. The color program will give you a Red/Green/Blue (RGB) value (see screenshot below). Write these RGB values on a piece of paper -- you will need them in the next step. Repeat these steps recording RGB values for other colors in your image that you also wish to use.

     

    Step 4: Head over to www.lampsplus.com/design-it/ and choose the kind of lamp you wish to create. I think they're all cool but I gave Steve the Brushed Steel Contemporary Floor Lamp.

     

     

    Step 5: Select a pattern that has the "Edit Colors!" icon on it and choose "Edit Colors in this Pattern." Select the "Advanced" tab at the bottom to customize your colors. You can select custom colors for each color swatch using the RGB values you recorded earlier. Just enter your color combinations under the respective RGB fields and select "OK."

     

     

    Step 6:  Click "Next Step" to select your trim, followed by "Next Step" to finalize your design and "Add to Cart." Check out the "Matching Items" tab to see your design on other products. Now you have a custom design to match your beloved possession! Your custom-made piece will arrive at your doorstep in about a week.

    You're done!

     

    Thanks to Andy for this excellent step-by-step writeup. Now ... What inspires you? Maybe it's your dream car, a sports jersey, a handbag, wall art ... whatever! We'd love to see images of your lighting creation next to the item that inspired it. Post them to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lampsplus.

  • Web Reading Round-Up

    View the LAMPS PLUS Steve Vai Guitar Blog Post

    Here's a fresh batch of interesting goodies and articles from around the web. Enjoy!

    Guitar International Magazine wrote about our recent blog story (see Steve Vai's New Ibanez JEM77 Guitar) on making a birthday lamp for guitarist Steve Vai.

    Blogger Guitar Blend also liked the Steve Vai lamp design, saying "Finished product is very cool!" Thanks Mr. Blend!

    Blog Young House Love decorates a spare bedroom / home office with beautiful results.

    Get an eyeful of style with this New York Times roundup of designs from the 2010 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

    Shatha at blog the Velvet Palette likes our Design Your Own tool as well. She writes: "Lamps Plus is one of my favorite lighting stores.. I’ve browsed their website so many times before but never quite paid attention to the personalized lamp shades section."

    Finally, syndicated columnist Marni Jameson writes in the Denver Post about getting the lowdown on CFL bulbs from her 14-year-old son.

    Harley the Dog Iron Bookends at LAMPS PLUS

    Got a style or article link you'd like to recommend? Leave a comment and let us know!

     

May, 2010