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  • Candice Olson Tells All

    Candice Olson Tells All Photo

    The new TV show from Candice Olson promises something different from the famed designer. According to the show website, Candice's new show will reveal more of the behind-the-scenes design process. "This is Candice unplugged, as she deconstructs the design process and teaches us her rules in a fun, irreverent way." It airs Saturdays on HGTV. More details here. In addition to her show, fresh designs from Candice Olson lighting are also on the way.

    Photo thanks to HGTV.

  • 2011 HGTV Dream Home

    HGTV 2011 Dream Home Exterior Shot

    Welcome to 2011 and Happy New Year! To get you started, HGTV has unveiled their newest dream home. Located in the mountain ski resort town of Stowe, Vermont, the plan of the home was inspired by the nineteenth-century resort architecture in the area.

    Despite the rustic lodge style, the home has many contemporary - transitional touches, and the architect and designers have made some bold and unusual choices when it came to lighting the home.

    HGTV 2011 Dream Home Family Room

    The casual family room (above) mixes natural wood tones and neutral fabrics with big pops of bright green color. The contemporary table lamps and the swing arm floor lamp in the bar area at the far end of the room provide sleek lighting.  

    HGTV 2011 Dream Home Dining Room

    The upstairs dining room has a fantastic view. The designers have used large, glass bowl pendant chandeliers over a clean-lined dining table. Not sure about the use of the contemporary desk chairs, but they would be comfortable to sit in and admire the view!

    Troy Lightign Outdoor Hanging Light

    If you have a large room space such as this dining room, you might consider using an outdoor hanging fixture instead of a traditional chandelier. For example, the Owings Mill Outdoor Hanging Light by Troy Lighting (above) offers a similar glass and candelabra look to the Dream Home chandelier, but with a more rustic tone.  

    HGTV 2011 Dream Home Master Bathroom

    More great views from the master bath. A simple, traditional style chandelier hangs high overhead.

    The Robert Sonneman Heirloom Chandelier has a similar look in a bath-friendly polished nickel finish.

    HGTV 2011 Dream Home Garage

    The grand, barn-style garage uses similar chandeliers hung high overhead. I've never seen the use of chandeliers in a garage setting, but I kind of like it!

    House photos thanks to HGTV.

     

  • Photos from our Holiday Cheer Photo Contest Winner

    Kris Lapota was the grand prize winner in our holiday photo contest, and she wasted no time redeeming her $500 shopping spree! As soon as her new lamps arrived, she set them up and shot some great pictures. She chose some very nice pieces to complement her home, which features a sophisticated yet warm Arts & Crafts style. Besides being quite the home decorator, Kris is also a great writer with lots of personality and an obvious passion for lighting and design. I'll let her take it from here:

    Everyone always joked that I should enter my tree into a contest as they deemed it prize worthy. Then, as if on cue, there it was on my Facebook wall: a Holiday Cheer contest by Lamps Plus! I entered in haste and was beyond ecstatic when I found out I was the grand prize winner! Then the panic set in....I had picked one lamp as I was sure that if I had a shot, it would be as a $100 winner, never thinking I'd be the $500 winner....$500!!!! Do you know how much you can get at Lamps Plus for $500? A-LOT... So with the help of friends, I narrowed down the area in my house that is lacking adequate lighting, the great room. I have an Arts & Crafts home, but I don't like it screaming Arts & Crafts. It's a very comfortable, feet-on-the-table kind of room, and I wanted the lighting to reflect the same.

    The Restoration Bronze Swing Arm lamp serves a dual function. One, it looks great and it emits alot of filtered light (150 watts baby!) and two, because it sits in between the couch and a recliner, the light can swing over each sitting area as needed.

    Here's Jack doing some "light reading"! The Kichler Adjustable Balance Arm Floor Lamp is the bomb. The solitary leather chair serves as a homework/reading/sewing area and had no task lighting. What's great about the Kichler is that the down lighting provides awesome lighting to task with, without disturbing anyone else in the room, not to mention that it is a crowd favorite. Seriously, did you see how cool it looks? I was a bit nervous about the aged brass (isn't brass dated?) but the finish is what is so amazing about the lamp. It's a huge seller, now I know why....it's fab, I love it and it's mine.

    I thought the Black Bronze Genie Bottle Table Lamp would be an awesome table lamp (it is) between my two chairs. I liked the shape and the style of the lamp so much that I bought another one for the desk of my office and it's equally fantastic there.

    And I saved my favorite for last, the Twin Pull Chain Gourd Shaped Table Lamp and I chose a pair of them as bedside lamps in my bedroom. I can not tell you how fantastic this lamp is...but I will make a solid attempt: The shape is fabulous and the finish is PHE-NOMENAL! The detail of the finial and the hand pulls give it such a great finished look. Terrific bedside lighting or elsewhere....my favorite choice of my $500 shopping spree! LOVE LOVE LOVE! If it ever comes in a larger size, you must promise to offer it to me first. I totally got dibs.

    All of my choices were based on function, as we are a no-nonsense, middle-class, practical, hard on the furniture type of home. The fact that they are fantastic to look at, well crafted while still being reasonably priced speaks volumes for Lamps Plus.

     

    Thanks Kris!!!

  • A Candice Olson Bedroom for Teens

    You may think of her as sophisticated and stylish, and she is, but TV designer Candice Olson can work for kids as well! As seen in this HGTV video clip she turns a basement space into the ultimate teenager's bedroom and family TV room.

    Candice Olson Teen Room

    I like the use of the TV stand and the swank Candice Olson table lamps on the side tables. The padded ottoman in the seating area acts as a coffee table and doubles as extra seating. The before and after shots are quite dramatic!

    Video and room photo thanks to HGTV.

     

  • Post Holiday Deals on Party Lights

    Phew! We made it through another holiday season. Enjoying all that food and family is hard work, eh?

    Well, now's the time to grab some post-holiday savings. Check out our assortment of party lights for some great deals on holiday light displays, outdoor decorations, and more. Those of us who really plan ahead can get a great price on next year's decorations. Or, just bring home some color to brighten the mood all year long!

    Click here to shop our selection of Party Lights.

  • Get Inspired: A Little House in Big Sur

    Big Sur House Photo

    Here's a little sunny inspiration  from Coastal Living magazine for your mid-winter blues. This one-bedroom, 1930s cottage was once owned by modern architect Philip Johnson. Updated and restored by its current owner, the little cottage perches above the ocean and has rooms that all open to the outdoors.

    Big Sur Coastal Photo

    You can't beat the view! The deck off the living room is some 1,000 feet above the rocky shoreline. Table and chairs have a comfortable midcentury vibe.

    Big Sur House Living Room Photo

    Living room furnishings are in earth tones inspired by the surrounding environment. It's a beautiful, easygoing space.

    Holtkoetter Swing Arm Floor Lamp

    The floor lamps in the room look very much like this Holtkoetter Olde Bronze Finish Swing Arm Floor Lamp. The curved arm easilry extends and adjusts for reading, making the lamp ideal for use next to a comfy reading chair.  

    Big Sur House Picture

    Another view of the liviing room seating area. More midcentury lines in soft neuatral tones. In the corner is a ceramic table lamp that recalls classic California ceramics.

    Big Sur House Bedroom Photo

    Finally, a shot of the bedroom with a door leading to the outdoor patio.

    House photos courtesy of Coastal Living.

     

  • Three for Thursday: New LED Lighting Gizmos

    LED Desk Lamp

    If you had any doubt that LED lighting is the wave of the future, here are three new products that should convince you. Each combines elegant design with new LED technology to produce simple and elegant lighting solutions.

    Satin Steel LED Desk Lamp

    The first two photos are of the Modern Angle LED Desk Lamp. The slim profile is perfect for study or office desks, and the lamp comes with a diffuser lens that helps spread the LED beam out over a wider desk area.

    Philips LED Table Lights

    LEDs are capable of taking on brand new forms as well. By Philips, this design features two rechargeable table lights with color changing LEDs. Place the lights on a table or around a room for mood lighting, then place them back in the base unit to recharge them. Philips LED Table Lights.

    LED Chandelier Photo

    Finally, the Changing Colors LED Pendant features color shifting LEDs mixed in with bright halogen bulbs. Both types off lighting are set inside light bulb-shaped glass shapes. Use the LEDs for mood, the halogens for general room lighting. Control both types of lights with the included remote control.

     Look for more LED lighting designs here.

     

  • Want to Design Your Own Crystal Chandelier?

    We're big fans of the trend towards customization. More merchants are letting customers customize their purchases. Beyond the classic monogram, you can create everything from custom sneakers (Nike ID), custom messenger bags (Timbuk2), custom T-shirts and much more.

    Now, Schonbek lets you to be designer!

    Using our Design Your Own Schonbek Chandelier tool, you choose the fixture, the finish, and the crystal type and color. Choose from chandeliers, ceiling lights, and wall sconces. You can custom create your own heirloom-quality crystal lighting to be crafted by the experienced artisans at Schonbek's factory in Plattsburgh, NY.

    Browse the full article over in our Advice and Tips section to learn all about the Schonbek customization process.

  • Eight Great Decorating Catalogs from HGTV

    On HGTV's Design Happens blog, designer Brian Patrick Flynn shares eight of his favorite decorating catalogs. We're happy to report he put the Lamps Plus catalog on the list.

    As Brian explains:

    Nowadays, I’m a huge fan of designing with catalogs. In fact, some are so well prop-styled and art-directed, that I enjoy flipping through them just as much as my favorite shelter magazines. Here’s eight great catalogs every designer or design lover truly should be subscribing to. They’re free, they show up in your mailbox and you don’t have to leave to house to purchase stuff. What’s not to like?

    We agree! Get on the list -- Subscribe to our catalog. And head over to Brian's post at HGTV to see his other picks.

  • Three for Thursday: New Takes on the Sputnik Chandelier

    Sputnik Style Light Fixture

    For those too old to remember, or for those who didn't pay attention in history class, Sputnik was the first orbiting satellite, launched way back in 1957.

    At the time, it helped spawn a surge in space-age design, from car fins to boomerang architecture and starburst chandeliers.

    Sputnik Chandelier

    That retro-classic starburst look is captured in several new chandelier designs. Take this Possini Euro Design Opal Glass Chandelier, which has opal glass globes bursting out from a chrome finish center point, reminiscent of the Sputnik satellite design.

    Sputnik Ceiling Light

    Another product that captures the look is the New Orbit Ceiling Light (above and top image.) It has boomerang swoops with halogen lights set inside sparkling glass spheres. Very Sputnik retro.

    Sputnik LED Ceiling Light

    Finally, there's this LED LIght Show Ceiling Light. It has the flair of the Sputnik style, with curved chrome bars and halogen lights. It also comes with color-changing LEDs that can be operated by a remote control. Very high-tech and a dazzling way to take your decor into the space age!

     

January, 2011