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  • Get Inspired: An Art Deco Apartment in Baltimore

    Art Deco Wall Mirror

    Here's a little design inspiration from the shores of Chesapeake Bay. This Art Deco-styled apartment is in Baltimore's Cantoon neighborhood.

    As profiled in this Baltimore Sun article, the owner and designer based the interiors on the lifestyle idea of a successful bachelor with the desire to live in "...uptown, sophisticated ambience, which to the owner meant art deco-inspired furnishings."

    Art Deco Living Room

    The furniture grouping consists of a beige micro-fiber sofa, a leather armchair abd neutral fabric ottomoans. The Deco style mirror creates a dramatic sense of light and space. I like the dramatic Art Deco floor lamp beside the mirror.

    Baltimore Harbor Photo

    The four-story brick home fronts the water's edge of Baltimore's Inner Harbor East. There are two deck with water views and an unobstructed view of downtown buildings.

    Art Deco Bedroom

    The bedroom features persimmon-colored walls and mahogany furniture with silk bed linens. A more contemporary floor lamp fills the room corner with light.

    Rachel Simon Floor Lamp

    For a lighter touch, this Rachel Simon Lights Up! floor lamp (above) would have made a nice fit.

    A very successful look! As the owner says, "It's satisfying to have all the hard work come together...It's relaxing to be here."

    Apartment photos thanks to the Baltimore Sun.

     

  • Elle Decor San Francisco Show House

    From the pages of the SFGate newspaper, I see that Elle Decor has unveiled a new show home full of designer decor and lighting. Article link.

    Located in San Francisco's St. Francis Wood neighborhood, the home embodies what Elle Decor Editor in Chief Michael Boodro calls the magazine's guiding sensibility: "tradition with a twist". 

    Says the article, "The space was designed for an imaginary affluent, well-traveled, fifth-generation, environmentally aware San Francisco family with children whose home serves as a magnet for relatives and friends on weekends and holidays."

    There's a lot to like here, from the traditional wall lamps to the artful use of quirky decor accents and antiques.

    I'm not exactly sure what the wall lamp is that's used in the sitting area above, but it's a very close match to the look of the Lite Source Hancock Swingarm Wall Light that we carrry.

    Photos thanks to SFGate.com.

     

  • Get Creative with Daybeds and Ottomans

    Barcelona Daybed Mies Van der Rohe

    As found in the pages of the SFGate.com, the editors of Houzz gathered together some interesting pictures of stylish daybeds. As the article states, "There are lots of...styles available that look more like pieces of furniture, and many are still suitable for sleeping."

    The daybed offers flexibility and, in may designs, a lighter look than traditional seating or sofas.

    Case in point is the modern classic Barcelona Daybed (up top), by Mies Van der Rohe. Contemporary ottomans and daybeds such as this present themselves as modern objects of art.

    Convertible Sofa

    A modern, contemporary daybed look that also converts into a sofa is this Zuo convertible sofa design (above).

    Daybed Sofa

    Daybed-style sofas, like the one pictured above, offer a comfterable place for seating or lounging. The backless design is lighter and takes up less visual space. In this case, the backless design offers a view to the courtyard outside the windows. 

    Asian Daybed

    This daybed has a Javanese feel, with it's slat sides and tall canopy. Like many of the daybeds we offer, it can be used as seating in the day, then be turned into a sleeping bed at night.

    We like the look! See the article for more photos. Room photos thanks to Houzz and SFGate.com.

    Addendum: Please note the items pictured in the room scenes are for inspiration and not necessarily available through Lamps Plus.

  • Christmas at Meadowbrook Hall

    Meadow Brook Hall in Winter

    With Christmas almost upon us, here are some beautiful photos from Meadowbrook Hall to help you get in a holiday mood.

    Meadow Brook Hall is a Tudor style mansion (OK, more like a castle) in suburban Detroit's Rochester Hills. It now sits on the grounds of Oakland University, but was originally built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber baron Alfred G. Wilson.

    The home is decorated each year for a special Holiday Walk. I remember attending several times as a boy with my mom and grandmother. If you are in the area, it's a great experience and the perfect way to usher in the holiday season. 

    Meadow Brook Hall Christmas Tree

    There are dozens of rooms decorated with trees and holiday wreaths, and holiday lights. The interiors of the house are elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone.

    Meadow Brook Hall Chistmas Decorations

    Details from one of the many decorated Christmas trees on display.

    Meadow Brook Hall Sitting Room

    Here's a beautiful holiday tree in a spacious sitting area.

    There are many such events around the country, so get out there and explore! What are the holiday walks or decorated historic homes in your area?

    Photos thanks to Oakland University and Meadowbrook Hall.

     

  • Three for Thursday: Pantone Color of the Year - Honeysuckle

    Pantone Honeysuckle Color of the Year

    If you love pink, this is your year! The Pantone Color of the Year for 2011 is honeysuckle, a vibrant shade of reddish pink. 

    Says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, "Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues...” 

    For those of you scoring at home, the official Pantone honeysuckle color code is 18-2120 TCX or 18-2120 TPX. RGB colors are 203 (R), 101 (G), and 134 (B). For more info, see the official Pantone 2011 Color of the Year page.

    Here are three products that offer a great match for the color, and give you the opportunity to decorate with the color of the year!

    Pantone Color of the Year 2011 Table Lamp

    For starters, I used our Design Your Own online tool to create a honeysuckle table lamp shade. You can do this for any of our Design Your Own products; just use the "Advanced" color tool and input the RGB color values. You can match the color exactly, or tweak the color values to make whatever color variant you'd like.

    Honeysuckle Pink Orchid Faux Flowers

    Next, here's a beautiful faux orchid floral arrangement. The pink of the flowers makes a vibrant display set against the greenery and the mocha pot.

    Honeysuckle Pink Pillow

    Finally, accent a chair or sofa with this honeysuckle accent pillow. The color tone here is a little hotter than the Pantone color, but it's a very close match, I think.

     

  • Jonathan Adler's Home: Bold and Maximalist

    From the pages of The Wall Street Journal, here's a look at designer Jonathan Adler's New York home.

    If you love color and quirk, you'll feel right at home! In the article, Adler describes his design approach as "maximalist", which may be an understatement.

    As the article notes, "With curved, molded ceilings and large windows, the space is decorated with boldly-upholstered furniture, antiques and whimsical art—a mix of flea market finds and well-known artists' work—offset by off-white walls with geometric moldings. "It's just totally quirky and personal and ever-changing," said Mr. Adler of his residence."

    In addition to bold colors, there is loads of pattern: on the walls, floors and ceiling lights. I love the floor rug with squares in the seating area and the geometric tile-effect rug in the dining room.

    Jonathan Adler Meurice Chandelier

    He also like his own design work! In the seating area at the top, you'll see the Meurice Collection Bronze Chandelier (above) used as a dramatic centerpiece.

    As always, his design style is captivating and entertaining.

    Photos thanks to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Cher Home Photos Inspire

    Cher's Home Photo 1970

    Want to see how Cher has lived through the years? Architectural Digest recently took a look back at her homes, starting in the 1970s and ending with her 2010 hillside L.A. duplex.

    From the article, her Bel Air home in the '70s had a vast sitting room done in heavy Italian antiques and bright florals...and browns. I'm getting a flashback to a Fantasy Island episode.

    Cher's Home Photo 1980

    The 1980s New York home is all animal prints and '80s minimalism. I'm seeing Charlie Sheen in Wall Street.

    Cher's Home Photo 2010

    Flash to 2010 and her cool home in the hills. It's done in inviting super neutrals with animal print accents and dark wood furniture.  

    Kathy Ireland Table Lamp Room

    Lynda Gould, our own in-house designer, liked the room so much she used it as the inspiration for a photo shoot she recently did (see above).

    She used a stone tile floor, as in the Cher home, a lightly textured wall, dark wood furniture, and a neutral thick-shag rug on the floor. The exotic animal print motif comes from the jar accent on the table. Very nice!

    The room uses the Kathy Ireland Villa Roma Table Lamp. On the lamp page, click "In Scene" to view all the items in the photo.

    Cher home photos thanks to Architectural Digest.  

     

  • Centsational Girl Decorates for the Holidays

    Holiday Fireplace Mantel Photo

    You may remember blogger Centsational Girl from earlier this year. We posted about her giving our Casbah Wall Mirror a new look (she painted it white) and using it over her living room fireplace mantel.

    Holiday Fireplace Photo

    She has a new post about decorating the mantel space for the holidays with simple, elegant and inexpensive decor items.

    I love the blue glass bottle set against the white of the mirror and fireplace. The Christmas wreath hung over the mirror is another wonderful holiday touch. The room looks great; where's the spiced punch!

    Bronze Wall Mirror

    For your reference, above is what our Casbah Wall Mirror looks like before being painted and hung on the horizontal.

    And, if you are in a decorating mood yourself this holiday, be sure to submit your holiday-themed room photo to our LAMPS PLUS Facebook Holiday Cheer Photo Contest. Click thru for all the details.

    Photo thanks to blog Centsational Girl

     

  • New Dimmable LED Light Bulb

    Dimmable LED LIght Bulb Photo

    LED light bulbs offer some great advantages - such as they'll last for decades, and are super energy efficient. In most cases, however, they aren't dimmable.

    Enter the Pharox 300 LED light bulb.

    Dimmable LED Bulb

    It's dimmable via most standard wall and line dimmers, a big advantageg compared with other LED light bulbs.

    And it uses just 6 watts of energy with an output equal to a 60 watt incandescent bulb - that's at least an 80% energy saving over regular bulbs.

    Life expectancy up to 35 times longer than incandescent bulbs, so with standard use it will last an amazing 25 years.

    So dim away!

     

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    A Modern Living Room Photo

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    Happy New Year!

December, 2010