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Our new friend Lynda got our attention recently by posting pictures on our Facebook page. Lynda owns Focal Point, a growing interior design firm in Florida.
The pictures are from a recent project where Lynda completely refurbished the common areas of a small townhouse. As you can see above, our Moonlight wall mirror takes center stage in the living room. Thanks for uploading the pics, Lynda!
Read more about this project including lots of before and after pictures at Lynda's blog: Focal Point: Client Project.
We love seeing our products "in the wild." Upload your pictures to Facebook.com/LampsPlus or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to feature them!
Here's another look at our Moonlight mirror:
Happy Thursday to you all! LED lights continue to be used by lighting designers in the most innovative and inventive ways. Here are three new LED light designs out this year that grabbed my attention.
Up above is the Lanterna LED Lamp. The lamp is powered by a rechargeable battery in the base, and it is very portable. Just touch your finger to the top to turn it on and off.
Behind door number two we have the Philips Color Changing LED Wine Cooler (below). This has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.
LEDs in the base can be set to change colors or stay fixed on one color. Here it is in red for those hearty Merlots.
Finally, you've got to love this LED Bar Table. OK, so it's techically not an LED lamp, but the table does light up from LEDs set in the top. Colors will alternate between reds, blues and greens. You won't even need a regular light!
Post update 8-1-11: we are all sold out of the LED Bar Table and the LED Wine Cooler. Sorry! We'll post an update if and when we get them back in stock, or call us for more information.
Today's Apartment Therapy L.A. House Tour is of a 1912 restored Craftsman home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Among the beautiful details, I noticed that the owners used our Crystal and Chrome Pendant Chandelier to add style to their kitchen space.
The pendant has a chrome frame with hanging crystal accents. Around the frame is a black fabric shade with a subtle pleat. It's a great mix of old and new, the classic and the bling.
You can hang this design as a pendant chandelier, but here they've shortened the cables to a semi-flushmount height to fit in the kitchen. You can see how it looks hung at pendant height in the photo above. Either way, I think it looks great!
Top photo thanks to Apartment Therapy.
We've posted about A'Homestead Shoppe lamp shades before.
The company is located in the tiny farm community of La Paz, Indiana, near South Bend, and their shades are all handmade with artisan touches.
They have some surprising new looks for this season, so I decided to email product development team member Cathy Clough for some more info. Minus the time lag, here's the exchange.
LP - Hi, Cathy! So, since we last spoke, what's new in the world of lamp shades? It looks like you have some new designs.
Cathy - Well, many of our customers are looking for more neutral color shades to blend with the current decorating trends.
Even though they are neutral, we wanted our shades to have a “designer” feel to them.
The beautiful multi colors of brown in this shade (see above) really fit the bill. Its colors are calming and it is aptly named the Serenity Lamp Shade.
LP - We've seen that neutral color trend as well. What about prints?
Cathy - For the younger, trendy urban customer, animal prints are really hot. I think that this zebra stripe fabric, paired with a black lamp, is a sure winner!
We fell in love with this black and tan zebra stripe lamp shade the first time we saw it and knew our customers would feel the same.
LP - Looking to the future, any other trends out there for you?
Cathy - Beach, nautical, lake, and coastal are all categories that our customers are asking for.
We needed a fun and bright fabric to address that need. And what could be more fun than these flip-flops shades?
This is a Waverly outdoor fabric that will match cushions and pillows already on the market.
I love the colors and the pattern. It's perfect for this coming summer!
LP - Cathy, these look great. Thanks for emailing with me. We'll talk again with you soon!
With the new season of the hit TV show Glee in full swing, I thought it would be fun to re-post about the show's use of our Purple Bijoux Floor Lamp.
The lamp can be seen prominately in lead character Rachel's bedroom (see photo above) in a scene from last season.
We also have a matching table lamp and swag chandelier, if you want to get the full bijoux effect.
Flipping through the Glee photo galleries, I also spotted another one of our designs in a school office scene.
The pair of Orbital Brushed Steel and Wood Table Lamp designs looks very stylish used as desk lamps.
This design has a brushed steel finish base with cherry walnut wood accents and frosted glass.
With the on-off pulls this would also make a great bedside lamp. Take a look: Orbital Table Lamp.
Hope these lighting choices help you Gleek out!
Glee photos thanks to Fox.com.
Here's some modern architectural eye-candy for your Friday.
Spotted on the Curbed blog's House of the Day feature, this 1,600-square-foot home in Phoenix's North Mountain neighborhood has a 2-bed, 2-bath layout.
I'm loving the distinctive, two-story exterior profile. The interior artfully uses recessed lighting for a clean and streamlined look. Click here for more photos.
Photo thanks to Curbed.
I was recently peeking through Design*Sponge's Sneak Peek section, and came across this cozy room. My eye was immediately drawn up to the organic ceiling light. The design is perfectly imperfect, an asymmetrical look with inspiration from the outdoors.
I was able to track down something very similar on our site, the Organic Contemporary Rattan Ceiling Fixture.
Rattan is such a great material, sophisticated and organic at the same time. I actually have this fixture in my closet at home!
Photo thanks to Design*Sponge.
The Fall season is here, with rain (in Los Angeles of all places!) and cooler temperatures. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace to cozy up to, here are three ways to give it a whole new look for the season.
Start with the fireplace tool set. These come in a wide range of styles, from ornate to rustic.
Most feature a brush, tongs and ashes scoop. Fancier designs, like the one above, give you storage for logs and kindling.
Next, you'll want to accent the mantel.
If you have just one large painting or photo above the fireplace on a mantel, try adding additional wall decor pieces.
Odd numbers of framed prints or wall decor items always look best, say 3 or 5. Matching prints, like those above, are a great way to add multiple items.
And you don't have to get fancy and hang them; just lean them against the wall for a more casual look that can be easily switched around.
If you are stuck on using just one painting or wall decor accent above the fireplace, here's another approach to try.
Add decorative objects below the painting on the fireplace mantel to create a sense of depth and dimension.
The objects can be prized collectables from around your home or seasonal accents like pine cones and pumpkins. Candleholders, like the twig and branch-themed design above, are always a classic touch.
Got an idea of your own? Let us know and we'll blog about it!
The Philips LED Lumiware Flower Vase is a cool new design that will display your favorite flowers and put on a light show at the same time. It's not really from the future, but it feels like it!
The vase has clear sides with built-in LEDs in the bottom. The LEDs can be set to one glowing color or can cycle thru a range of colors, from purples and blues to reds and greens.
There's a recharging dock at the bottom that contains an integrated battery pack. You can run the LEDs with the vase attached to the dock, or un-dock it for remote use.
It will run 10 to 12 hours on a single dock charge, and it's safe for use outdoors or on porches and patios. Now if only it could materialize the flowers when needed!
I love books, so it's hardly suprising that this Polyvore post caught my eye.
I love the piles o' books collage and the type overlay. But what really caught my eye was that some of the books in the foreground are held in place by our very own Eiffel Tower Bookends.
Each bookend shows half of the famous tower and is constructed from hand-crafted cast iron. Because they are hand-crafted, each one is unique and different. The cast iron will age and tarnish over time, adding even more character. Viva la France!
If you have a messy book problem of your own at home, you can browse our collection of bookends for more stylish looks.