Interior Design Inspiration with Design Milk

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 Designer Interview with Design Milk

Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk, started her design inspiration blog on a whim and it has definitely grown over the years and become a favorite resource among design enthusiasts. I was so excited to have the opportunity to chat with Jaime about her personal design inspirations and her must-have Lamps Plus light fixures!

LAMPS PLUS: What was the inspiration behind creating Design Milk?

JAIME DERRINGER: I had recently bought a townhouse and was looking for the perfect sofa. Then I realized I needed a place to bookmark all the cool stuff I started finding. I was surprised to discover people were actually reading it!

Design Milk and most popular post

LAMPS PLUS: What has been your most popular post to-date?

JAIME DERRINGER: ZNAK's tear off wallpaper has gotten the most views according to our statistics: It's a fun one!

LAMPS PLUS: Who is your favorite artist?

JAIME DERRINGER: I can't answer that!

Colorful flowering pots and Design Milk

LAMPS PLUS: What international design trend would you love to see more of in the United States?

JAIME DERRINGER: More pieces that blur the line between art and design. I don't see enough of it here in the US as I do in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. I would love to see us push the limits of design more frequently. The photo featured above is a ceramic piece by Ayala Sol-Fridman from the Ceramic & Glass Design Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel.

The Saguaro Hotel and Palm Springs

LAMPS PLUS: What is your favorite color combination for interiors?

JAIME DERRINGER: Black, white, gray, and wood. What else is there? I think you can pull off any color combination in a room when it's well designed. I think that Stamberg-Aferiat proves that to us in just about every project that they do.

LAMPS PLUS: What are some tips for making the kitchen the heart of the home?

JAIME DERRINGER: Make sure to always keep your wine fridge stocked! More seriously though, create a place where your family can spend time together. Now that I have a family of my own, I understand the importance of eating a meal together. Preparing it together, however, can be just as bonding.

LAMPS PLUS: In a kitchen, do you prefer recessed ligths, a ceiling light, a hanging pendant, or a chandelier?

JAIME DERRINGER: We are in the process of finalizing a kitchen renovation and we installed track lighting because we don't have an attic space to run wires. We really love our track lighting, but I would also love to have pendants in the kitchen hanging over our island and a large chandelier over our eating area. Chandeliers are no longer reserved for grand entryways or dining rooms anymore! Under- or over-cabinet lighting as well as dimmers should be considered to create a special mood.

LAMPS PLUS: What are your all-time favorite Lamps Plus light fixtures that you are currently craving?


Architect Style Black Finish Adjustable Halogen Desk Lamp at Lamps Plus

Architect Syle Black Finish Adjustable Halogen Desk Lamp 

Gen 2 Z-Bar Metallic Black Daylight LED Mini Desk Lamp at Lamps Plus

 Gen 2 Z-Bar Metallic Black Daylight LED Mini Desk Lamp 

I love a traditional architect style lamp, but I also love the modern sleek lines of the Gen 2 Z-Bar Desk Lamp... It would be a difficult decision trying to choose between these two.

George Kovacs Polished Chrome Arc Floor Lamp at Lamps Plus 

George Kovacs Polished Chrome Arc Floor Lamp

I love a good arc lamp, it still feels so current.

Lite Source Cristallo Square Egyptian Crystal Pendant at Lamps Plus

Lite Source Cristallo Square Egyptian Crystal Pendant

If you are going to go dramatic, go all out and do something like this Crystal drop chandelier - not only is it gorgeous, but it's also unexpected.

Thank you Jaime!

Images: Design Milk

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  • The modern hotel featured above in this feature is The Saguaro in Palm Springs.

  • Hi Richard, yes, it's The Saguaro - we did a feature on it last month:

  • Great one... Design Milk is one of the best inspirational sites for all types of design .... Great post...

  • Thanks for sharing this useful information

  • Hello.  I won a couple of bronze trophies (two separate years) which I would like to convert to desk lamps.  They are dark bronze representations of Scottish bagpipers.  They are 12" high and 4" wide (at the shoulders).  I'm imagining drilling and tapping a hole in the top of their heads, inserting some sort and color spindle, and putting a socket on top of that, with a shade on it.  I am mechanically strong, but design challenged, I.e. no idea with regard to size/shape/color/texture/position, etc. for the shades.  Where can I go for help?  Thank you!

  • Hi Anonymous, we have a lampshade size guide that might help you:

    If offers some guidelines on how to measure shades, and what the proportion of base to shade should ideally be.

Interior Design Inspiration with Design Milk