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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!