Style Illuminated

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.

  • Paradoxymoron Wall Art

    Something fun for Wednesday! This fascinating piece is the work of British artist Patrick Hughes, and hangs in the lower reaches of the British Library, in London. It's a regular wall painting, but a trick in perspective makes it appear 3D as you move around it.

    Click the image above or this link to view a Flicker video clip of the 3D perspective trick in action; it's pretty wicked! (Warning: the camera work is pretty shaky!)

    You can read more about the artist on his website. For a fresh perspective for your home, browse our wall art product sort.

  • Jonathan Adler Lamp Wall Sconce

    Who else but Jonathan Adler would think of taking the shape and profile of a table lamp and applying it to a wall sconce?

    Well, someone must have done it before (right?), but not that I can recall. The sconce features a beautiful white ceramic glaze and a linen shade. Quirky modernist indeed! Jonathan Adler Lantern Wall Sconce.

    For more fun, see our recent post about the behind the scenes look at Jonathan Adler's studio.


  • An LED Banker's Lamp

    The banker's style desk lamp is a classic of form and function. It's been a mainstay in banks, offices and public buildings for a century or more.

    Now it gets a high-tech makeover!

    This new design, the LED Banker's Desk Lamp, comes with energy efficient, long-lasting LEDs.

    It has the same line and profile, however, of the classic banker's lamp. Like older designs, the top light bar swivels and can be easily positioned to shield your eyes from the light throw. 

    It's a great choice for energy efficient lighting, and can be used to replace an older halogen desk lamp on your office desk.


  • Three Fans are Better Than One

    Modern Ceiling Fan Picture

    The Possini Euro Design lighting collection has now expanded to ceiling fan designs. This new model features a three fan head look and beautiful maple wood finish fan blades. Plus it's got that sleek and uber-contemporary FX3 fan name!

    Possini Euro Design is one of many quality ceiling fan brands you’ll find at Lamps Plus. New! Shop by number of blades, such as this 3-blade assortment.

    There are over twenty Possini Euro Design ceiling fans now, including a two-blade version of the modern fan above, the FX2 ceiling fan.

  • Best iPhone Apps for Designers

    There are more iPhone apps than grains of sand on the beach...well, not really, but sometimes it seems that way. Here's a list of our favorite decor and designer apps to keep you inspired and make your work more productive!

    Ben Color Capture - FREE: Snap a pic of any color that catches your eye, then match it to a Benjamin Moore paint colors or color palette. You can search for colors, save your faves and more.

    Color Snap - FREE: Another color capture app, this time from Sherwin Williams. Available for Blackberry users as well.

    Color Change - $2.99: Take a photo of a room, then use this app to change the wall colors...or sofa color...or pillows, or... A great tool for playing with room color tones or accent colors.

    CraigsPro - FREE: Need a giant cowboy boot sign for that demanding client? Check Craigslist postings or upload your own ad with this handy app.

    Mark On Call - $2.99: This gizmo lets you create visual plans of your room space. If you're out shopping you can snap a pic of a sofa or chair and drag it into a scene plan to create a rough preview. 

    Let us know what your favorites are!

  • Three for Thursday: Googie Inspired Lighting

    Here in Los Angeles, we are surrounded by Googie style architecture. Googie buildings have a space age, futuristic swoop, upswept roofs, boomerangs and other geometric shapes. The Theme Building at LAX and numerous motel and coffee shop signs are all great examples of the style.

    Here are three lights that express this opulent, jet set look.

    This pendant chandelier would look right at home in a Googie diner. It has eighteen opal glass globes and a sleek brushed nickel finish. It's from the Possini Euro Design lighting collection, the Opal Glass Pendant Chandelier


    The arc floor lamp perfectly captures the freedom of line and pop-art spirit of the Googie style. This stylish example has a wood and brushed steel base topped by an oversized fabric shade. The Arc Steel and Wood Floor Lamp.

    And finally, that icon of 1950s style, the lava lamp. This one has purple liquid and yellow lava, and is an original Lava brand lamp.

    To learn more about the Googie style, track down Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture by Alan Hess. It may be out of print; look for it here at Amazon.


  • Get Inspired: A Motel Goes Contemporary Condo

    It may seem weird to call an old motel room home, but you have to love the relaxed, contemporary style of this motel room turned Hamptons summer home.

    As profiled in a New York Times story, the motel, built in the 1950s, was converted into condos in 1980. A New York real estate developer and his wife bought one unit, then two more to create the current space.

    The look is simple, clean and uncluttered. It's a good look for any space, summer home or not. I love the tripod floor lamp in the main space and the matching contemporary swing arm lamps in the bedroom. 

    Photos thanks to the New York Times. Photography by Eric Striffler.


  • Peek Inside Jonathan Adler's Design Studio

    Design blog Shelter Pop visited Jonathan Adler's design studio recently and ran this cool photo feature.

    If you love Jonathan Adler lighting and decor designs (I want a Jonathan Adler table lamp!) , this is a fun, behind the scenes look at his design process and workspace. 


  • Three for Thursday: Office Accents That Get You Organized

    We've got some new products in that will help get you organized in the office. I plan on nabbing some of these for myself as soon as possible (not that I'm unorganized or anything!) 

    Try this faux leather magazine basket (see above) in a cool coffee and camel finish. Perfect for holding all those shelter mag back issues.

    A desk organizer set comes with everything you need, from paper organizer to business card holder. Leather and Red Moc Croc Desk Set Organizer.

    This storage box comes in the same moc croc as the set above, and makes a great hiding place for scissors, tape and other desktop clutter. Red Croc Storage Box.

    Looking for more organizational inspiration? Read our guide on buying an office chair or see our guide designing with light - the home office


  • Our Latest Batch of Good Reads

    Cupid Bookend

    It's hot, hot, hot outside! So curl up in the shade with a cool drink, then click away at our latest batch of fun decor and design reads.

    Giclee Art Shade Lighting

    Blogger Arlene at Ask Arlene posted about our Design Your Own lighting tool. She writes, "Serious fun to be had here (can’t you tell from the light fixtures and lamps I created above?!)"

    Censational Girl, on a decorating roll, wrote about her bedroom remodel. Beautiful photos, and we especially like the gourd table lamp on the bedside table.

    Dick Idol Picture

    Here's an oldie but goodie from last year in the LAMPS PLUS blog, a revealing talk with outdoorsman-artist-designer Dick Idol. Dick Idol interview

    Modern Flower Chandelier Picture

    TV design personality Courtney Cachet used our Flower Chandelier (above) in an orange color blog post on the Huffington Post. She wrote, "This would be fabulous in an office or a modern but casual dining room." This chandelier also comes in red and white.

    Silver Mirror Photo

    Speaking of orange ... Our new friend Tracy of the Daily Decorator used a Lamps Plus mirror and table lamp to create a "Copycat Design" of an orange living room. I hear imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Tracy has sincerely nailed this colorful look.


August, 2010