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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.

  • A Divine Design Master Bedroom

    Candice Olson Bedroom Design

    Designer Candice Olson tackles a bland master bedroom in this Minneapolis Star Tribune article.

    The room is in a renovated 1926 home. For the wall color, Candice went with a creamy white and a darker blue grey, colors that play well with the dark hardwood flooring.

    A subtle world-traveler theme prevails, with a zebra-striped rug on the floor an exotic tropical ceiling fan overhead, and other tropical home decor accents.

    Zebra Stripe Rug

    Above is a close match for the zebra rug from our rug collection.

    Tropical Rattan Ceiling Fan

    The ceiling fan is pretty blurry! After squinting at it for a bit, I think this fan model is a good match for it: the Casa Vieja Rattan Ceiling Fan.

    I also love the typographical lettering on the wall over the bed. For more typographic decor, see my recent post.

    Photo thanks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Post Update 1-5-11: For more designer starpower, check out our series of designer interviews, where we chat with everyone from David Bromstead to Sandra Espinet!


  • Three for Thursday: Tripod Floor Lamps

    Rachel Simon Tripod Floor Lamp

    Tripod floor lamps have a three-legged base similar in appearance to that seen on cameras or telescopes. They are very stable, so if you have small pets or children running around they're a good option. Tripod floor lamps also offer a stylish look that's a little out of the ordinary. For your Thursday viewing, here are three to take a look at!

    Up above is a tripod lamp with a cool circles pattern shade from Brooklyn-based designer Rachel Simon. The thin tripod legs are in a brushed nickel finish. Circles Tripod Floor Lamp.

    Walnut Wood Tripod Floor Lamp

    This version features a surveyor-style base in beautiful walnut wood. A two-tone fabric shade sits on top.

    Jonathan Adler Meurice Silver Floor Lamp

    Last but not least, here's a tripod floor lamp with a gleaming glass barrel shade. Three bulbs are set within the glass, with a dimmer switch to control them all.



  • Kid's Desk Lamps with Character

    Little Monster LED Desk Lamps

    Homework is never fun, despite what my sister used to say! But it can seem like less of a chore if done in a bright and inviting room space. Here are some kid's desk lamps that will have your little characters studying in style. Another great plus - these are all under $100.

    The Little Monster LED Desk Lamps (see group shot above) are fun for all ages. The designs come in bright colors and feature LED bulbs that can change colors. A USB adaptor allows you to power the lamp straight from a desktop or laptop computer.

    Set a mood of retro cool with the Blue Mood Light Box Table Lamp. Perfect for a teen's room, the lamp has a black linen and translucent blue shade that encloses the bulb. It also comes in pink and yellow.

    Blue Twist Desk Lamp

    The Twist Desk Lamp looks to me like one of those fun twisty straws. It comes in multiple colors to spice up a drab desktop.

    Penquin Desk Lamp

    Cute beyond words, the Pingunio is a daper little lamp that stands on its own two feet. They come in a wide range of colors and the lamp head is adjustable to illuminate reading materials or papers. This one is the Pingunio Blue and White Accent Lamp.

    Halogen Desk Lamp

     Finally, for those teens or kids who can't make up their minds (you know who you are), this Rainbow Mini-Desk Lamp offers a bright color accent. It has a bright halogen bulb perfect for studying. Browse for more lamps with character in our Kid's Desk Lamps collection. 


  • Best Home Decor Design Books of 2010

    Here's another year-end roundup of some of the home decor books the have inspired and enlightened us this year. They are listed in no particular order, so pick and choose as you will. Look for these at your favorite local bookstore!

    Los Angeles-based decorator Mary McDonald is known for her swank vintage houses. In the lavishly illustrated Interiors: The Allure of Style (Rizzoli), she shares her tips for decorating with a touch of allure and glamour. 

    1000 Chairs is from publisher Taschen's series on design. It's like a picture book for grown-ups, with page after page of chair designs. You'll want to sit in all of them!

    Famous for her cooking, Paula Deen turns to documenting the charms of Savannah living and Southern style in Paula Deen's Savannah Style (Simon & Schuster). There are beautiful home photos and tips on everything from porch living to collecting.

    The Selby Is in Your Place (Abrams) is from fashion and interiors photographer Todd Selby. He began taking photos of his hipster pal's homes, a project that then morphed into snapping pics of  friends of friends. It's the perfect book if you are nosy by nature (who isn't!) and love seeing how other people live.  

    Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Doubleday) isn't a true decorating book, but it does offer insights into how we decorate our homes and the stuff that we surround ourselves with. Starting with the premise that, "Houses are really quite odd things," Bryson deconstructs his 19th century Victorian home room by room in a free-ranging discussion that's very readable.

    And for those who crave the modern, Jonathan Adler's just-published book, On Happy Chic Colors (Sterling Innovation), hits the sweet spot. Lavishly illustrated, it talks about Jonathan's design philosophy and will inspire you to be fearless in your color choices.

    Hope you enjoy these! What's your favorite decorating book for this year? 

    Book cover photos thanks to the publishers.


  • Lighting Design on the Bones TV Show

    Bones TV Set Photo

    Bones is a popular Fox Network TV mystery show that revoloves around the cases of FBI Agent Seeley Booth and his forensic anthropologist cohort, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan. Booth is American rustic; Bones is urban chic.

    As revealed in an Los Angeles Times feature article, the Bones design team turned to decor and lighting to visually express these two characters.

    Reading the article, I spotted some of our very own LAMPS PLUS designs used in the sets!

    Agent Booth's bedroom, seen above, has an Old West theme and uses our Neat Pleat Swing Arm Desk Lamp on the side table.

    Swing Arm Desk Lamp

    Above is another view of the lamp, which features a horizontal pleat lamp shade.

    Bones TV Show Living Room Set Photo

    The set for Bone's living room has a different vibe, with chic seating, overhead lighting and accessories.

    To set the scene, the designer used the very stylish Liata Collection Pendant Chandelier above the dining room table.

    Liata Pendant Chandelier

    Above is a closer view of the pendant, which is highlighted by strips of champagne finish metal bands. Very stylish sets indeed!

    Set photos thanks to The Los Angeles Times.


  • Holiday Gift Buying Guide for Mom

    Sometimes, Mom can be pretty hard to buy for. Maybe you've even asked her what she wants. If your mom is anything like mine, you got something like, "I just want you to be happy, honey." Nice, but not exactly what you were hoping for, right?

    Well, maybe I can help a little. Here are a few things that Mom will be excited to get this year, and then we'll all be happy!

    Victorian Bird House Photo

    Even though it's winter now, the birds will soon be back. Give them somewhere nice to hang out with this amazing bird house. Bring vibrancy to your yard by inviting all your flying friends to stop by. We have a fun, colorful selection of bird houses and feeders.

    Lighted vanity mirror

    Make Mom's morning routine a little less tedious with this fantastic vanity mirror. The two-sided face offers magnification on one side and lighting on both. But, the real "wow factor" here is the hands-free operation. Just a wave of Mom's hand turns the light on and off. Learn more: Chrome Swing Arm Mirror.

    Pedestal table

    A little greenery adds lots of life to living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms alike. This ornately detailed pedestal table is the perfect stage for the plant or flower arrangement of Mom's choice.

    Indoor Plant Lights Photo

    While outdoors trees and flowers are often spotlighted, we ignore indoor plants. No longer! Let Mom show off her green thumb indoors, too, with this set of plant lights. Just plug into a standard outlet and position them in the base. Voila ... instant drama!

    Picture Frme Photo

    Finally, don't forget Mom's sentimental side. Give her a pretty picture frame so she can display a favorite photo memory. We have a great selection of frames to choose from including this one, the Gisella frame.


  • Decorating with Polka Dots

    Orange Polka Dot Lamp

    The polka dot first appeared widely in late nineteenth-century in Britain, and were named for a popular dance of the time. Back then, it was a popular clothing pattern. Today, they're on everyting from (itsy bitsy) bikins to furniture and consumer goods.

    Polka dots can be bold or subtle, brightly colored or earth-toned. Whatever form they take, however, they are always visually interesting and fun! Here are some cool products with dots for you to add to your home decor.

    To get started, a little polka dot eye-candy in the form of this cute little accent table lamp. This design is also available with red, green, blue and black lamp shades. Orange Dot Accent Table Lamp.

    Polka Dot Pillows

    More color, this time from these fun accent pillows. Set of 3 Adalyn Embroidered Dot Pillows.

    Pink Polka Dot Chandelier

    This pink polka dot pattern would look wonderful in a child's room or as an accent for a dressing area. This pendant design is available in a wide range of polka dot colors. Mini Dots Pink Pendant Light.

    Black Polka Dot Lamp Shade

    Switching to black and white, here's a mini clip-on shade with a bold dot pattern. Use them to give a chandelier a whole new look. Polka Dot Black Set of Four Clip-On Shades.

    Black Dot Rug

    This hand-tufted rug shows off more monochromatic black and white dots. Distill Black Handmade Rug.

    Pink Polka Dot Rug

    How about a Hello-Dotty area rug?

    Silver Polka Dot Table Lamp

    This table lamp has a silver-on-silver pattern and crystal accents. Silver Polka Dots Crystal and Metal Table Lamp.

    Polka Dot Shoe Night Light

    Finally, a fun nightlight with a white polka dot pattern. Red High-Heel Shoe Night Light. Dots all folks! 


  • Last Chance - Deal of the Day Sweepstakes

    Lamps Plus Deal of the Day Sweepstakes

    Here's your last chance to enter to win our $500 Deal of the Day Sweepstakes!

    All you have to do is sign-up for our daily deal e-mail. We'll enter you in the sweeps, plus you’ll be the first to know about daily deals. If you're a Deal of the Day subscriber, you’re already entered!

    Visit the LAMPS PLUS Deal of the Day page to view our curent deal.

    The sweepstakes ends November 8th, so get with it and good luck!

    Post update 9-3-11: this sweepstakes is over, but head over to our clearance section if you are looking for great lighting and decor deals.



  • Get Inspired: 600 Square Feet of Home

    Small Apartment Decorating

    You don't have to have a large home to live large. This beautiful studio apartment, recently profiled in a New York Times slideshow, proves the point.

    Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it has been meticulously planned out; everyting has a place and fits just so.

    Studio Apartment Kitchen

    The tiny kitchen gets a little bling thanks to a crystal ceiling light. Refrigerator and dishwasher are hidden behind the paneling.  

    Acrylic Ceiling Light Fixture

    This acrylc and chrome ceiling light offers a similar look at a great price (just under $100!)

    Top photos thanks to The New York Times.


  • French Style in Toronto

    French Dining Room Idea Photo

    Want French style, but live 3,700 miles away in Toronto? As seen in this Style At Home article, mere distance didn't stop homeowners Laurent Papaix and David Toto. They redecorated their vintage home with French style, mixing rustic motifs and traditional tables with more modern accents, drawing inspiration from the Ile de Re, the holiday island off the west coast of France. 

    In the shot above, they've used a distressed table with table runner and a dramatic crystal chandelier with a clear glass body.

    Clear Glass Crystal Chandelier

    Our crystal chandelier shown above offers a similar look. To match the look even more, you could replace the glass segment shades with an ivory or white clip-on shade. Regent Square Five Light Crystal Chandelier.

    Bedroom Idea Photo

    In the bedroom, simple white accents play against a DIY bedside table lamp with a clear glass body.

    Clear Glass Table Lamp

    If you're not the DIY type (I'm not!), go with our Contemporary Clear Glass Table Lamp. It has a slightly more elongated neck and body, but you'll get the same shine and shimmer effect from the clear glass.

    Room photos thanks to Style At Home .


November, 2010