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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kind of like the easy button, only this one lights up. The Delete Key Accent Light is perfect for computer geeks or for anyone who has panicked and hit the delete key by mistake. The plastic base is 6" high, so it will fit on an office desk or snuggle on a bedside table. Just push the light to turn it on and off.
For less perilous situations, there's also the giant Escape Key Accent Light.
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.
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.
Living room furnishings are in earth tones inspired by the surrounding environment. It's a beautiful, easygoing space.
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.
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.
Finally, a shot of the bedroom with a door leading to the outdoor patio.
House photos courtesy of Coastal Living.
A recent New York Times article points out that the humble coffee table is a disaster waiting to happen in households with small children.
As the article says, "The coffee table means your children harm. And when it attacks, results can be ugly. Last year, 143,070 children age 5 and younger visited emergency rooms after table accidents, according to estimates from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Coffee tables, in particular, turn up in more than a quarter of the accident reports..."
Back when my daughter was a toddler, we had a long and low rectangular coffee table on wheels. Great for parties (except that your drink kept rolling away), but not so great for a lurching two-year-old. We banished it to the garage.
What to do? Instead of foam bumpers on every corner, switch to an upholstered ottoman instead. Place a tray on top for drinks and food, drag it off to the side for extra seating. Your old coffee table couldn't do that! If the ottoman you like is a cube or square, group several of them together to form the "table" space.
If you need to hide toys and playthings, several designs, like the Wattley Storage Ottoman above, have storage areas behind removable tops.
There are very practical, and a great way to relieve parental anxiety!