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Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Fashion + Decor Mood Boards with Olioboard

    Fashion and decor mood boards created with Olioboard

    Decor mood boards have been popular for a while, but thanks to the creative folks at Olioboard, there's now an easy easy to make mood boards with your favorite home decor products on the web! Browse products by brand (including more than 14,000 Lamps Plus products) and drag-and-drop them to create 2-D or 3-D design boards that help you visualise how furniture, lighting, and accessories will look in your home.

    One great feature of Olioboard that I love is the ability to upload your own images. You could take a photo of your room, upload it, and virtually arrange everything in the space before lifting a finger. I imagine this will save much heavy furniture lifting, and unnecessary holes pounded in the walls!

    Olioboard Mood Boards

    Today we're taking part in an "Oliohop" about fashion and decor, and I've created the mood board above after being inspired by this fantastic fashion photo. I love the simple color palette of nude and white, along with mixed metallic finishes and simple, angular shapes.

    Using Olioboard, I browsed their product selction to find pieces that had a similar look and feel to the inspiration outfit. Very quickly, I had pulled together a room design that I know would be successful if implemented in real life.

    There are 9 other blogs taking part in today's Oliohop:  Apartment 34; Material Girls; Selma HammerLife in a Venti Cup; Euro Style Lighting; Embrace Your Inner Snob; Design Magnifique; Focal Point; and Pocket Full of Colors. Visit Lamps Plus on Olioboard to find out how to get the look above, and made sure to "hop" on over to each of the blogs above to be inspired by their fashion + decor mood boards!

  • Make Your Own Lighting - A DIY Chandelier Project

    Make Your Own Lighting - a DIY Chandelier Project

    Lamps Plus just launched a brand new product that makes it easy to make your own lighting - a lamp shade adapter! A DIY chandelier project is now not only possible, but simple too. It's easy to create your own swag light by pairing our hanging swag adaptor with a stylish lampshade that suits your decor. The lampshade must have a spider fitter, and an 11" opening on top.

    Make Your Own Lighting with a Plug In Swag Light Kit

    To get started, pick up a brushed steel shade swag adaptor or an antique brass shade swag adaptor (pictured above), along with a lampshade of your choice. The plug-in shade swag adaptor kit unscrews, and the spider fitting of the lampshade fits into the openings on the adaptor. Tighten the adaptor, and voila!  It's simple to use these lamp shade adapters to make your own lighting.

    For more DIY chandelier ideas, visit our blog!

    Image credits: Lamps Plus.

  • How to Style a Bar Cart

    Bar Cart Ideas

    Bar carts started popping up in the pages of shelter magazines a few years ago, and now it seems like they're everywhere. This spirited decor element is indeed a great way to display glassware, cocktail ingredients, and other entertaining supplies, but the thing I like most about it is how much personality you can pack into just a few versatile square feet. From the cart you choose to the items you place on it, every detail can be carefully edited. What's more, you can easily switch it up on a whim! 

    Cocktail Display for Entertaining

    When styling your bar cart take into account factors such as your entertaining style (Frequent host? Save plenty of room for alcohol bottles) and your attitude towards clutter (Hate it? Go for just a few elegant decanters on a tray.) Create a signature 'house beverage', complete with a color scheme and swizzle stick motif, and keep the makings on hand for visitors. Of course, a shelf with a handful of favorite liquors and some high balls at the ready is often "bar cart" enough.

    Also consider the option of a sometimes bar car that serves another purpose when the guests go home. Just like any other storage unit, a bar cart or tray simply creates a boundary for corralling bits, bobs, and doodads. A tray table serves as a handy hall display for books and flowers when it's not serving up Manhattans. Similarly, a dishware cart requires only a little rearranging to become a full-service gin and tonic station. As with everything else in your home, the bar cart is a space for play and creativity. Cheers!

     Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest

  • Favorite Home Decor Trends for Fall

    Home Decor Trends for Fall - Modern Industrial

    It's always exciting to see what home decor trends become popular each season. (Maybe it's just me? I am kind of a design dork. No matter what your taste, there's sure to be a style you can embrace to update your home while also keeping true to your own tastes.

    The Modern Industrial style is one of my favorites. It's a blend of old and new, with a little toughness thrown in. This modern spin on the industrial look is a little softer than the cold steel and slick white surfaces of the past - this season's take is all about soft, aged metal finishes and warm woods, with a little Steampunk style thrown in the mix.

    Home Decor Trends for Fall - Glitz and Glam

    Sparkle, shine, and luxe finishes exemplify the Glitz + Glam trend. Classic decorative mirrors are framed in sumptuous materials like shell, bone, and exotic woods, while sparkling crystal and glossy mirrored surfaces are accenting just about everything. If you couldn't already tell, a fabulous mirrored table is THE must-have home accent right now!  

    Home Decor Trends for Fall - Global Style

    I love that Global Style has evolved from a super-rustic, eclectic look, to one with a little more polish. Rich metallic finishes and colorful exotic patterns harmonize beautifully with weathered woods and organic materials.  Wouldn't this ornate laser-cut pendant make a gorgeous dining room chandelier?  

    Home Decor Trends for Fall - Retro Modern

    Retro Modern has been a popular home decor trend for a while, and I don't think it's going anywhere any time soon! I love its clean, minimalist lines and classic neutral color scheme of silver, white, and clear. (Sure, clear is a color!) Those classic wire chairs are totally calling my name.

    What's your favorite home decor trend this fall? Did I miss any that you love?

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  • Table Lamps: The Gourd Lamp Three Ways

    Decorating with Table Lamps and The Gourd Lamp

    In the world of lighting, where there are almost many options as there are rooms to welcome them, it can be hard to know where to begin. But there's one style to which I often turn. It offers clean and classic appeal; it comes in a seemingly endless array of colors and finishes; and it fits into nearly any interior design scheme. Yup, I'm talking about the gourd table lamp.

    Bedside Gourd Lamp

    Whether you're looking to provide subtle lighting in a neutral living room, add splash of color to a pair of small mirrored side tables in a multi-hued bedroom, or inject metallic glamour to an eclectic workspace, the gourd lamp is a brilliant bet. It derives versatility from a simple shape that becomes increasingly arresting with the addition of multiple gourds. For example, a stark midcentury office calls for a slim single gourd lamp, whereas a Hollywood Regency boudoir requires a voluptuous triple gourd for sure!

    Interior Design Lighting with Table Lamps

    When it comes to this style of lamp, there are plenty available at the lower end of the price spectrum; Robert Abbey in particular offers a vast selection. However, don't be afraid to invest as the gourd table lamp isn't going anywhere. They were a favorite of Albert Hadley, and today designers like Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler use them as mainstays in their interiors. As the years go by and your tastes change, you can always incorporate the gourd into those evolutions. You won't regret a gourdguaranteed!   

    Shopping Guide: 1. Triple Gourd Clear Glass Table Lamp 2. Haeger Potteries Ceramic Table Lamp 3. Ceramic and Brass Table Lamp 4. Robert Abbey White Gourd Lamp 5. Robert Abbey Table Lamp 6. Flower Vase Table Lamp 7. Blue Ceramic Table Lamp 8. Jonathan Adler Yellow Glass Table Lamp 9. Brushed Steel Table Lamp 10. Ivory and Gold Table Lamp 11. Mercury Glass Table Lamp 12. Metallic Gold Table Lamp

    Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest


  • Announcing the 2012 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes!

    Lamps Plus 2012 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes

    Nominate your favorite home decorating, DIY, or family blog in our 2012 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 in total prizes! For the past 30 plus years, Lamps Plus has been a leader in home lighting, decor, and furniture. We’ve been experts in what your home needs. Now, we want to award the Best Home Blogs that are making everyday homes a little bit better.

    If you're a blog reader and you nominate your favorite blog, you would win one of five $500 online shopping sprees at Lamps Plus, or the grand prize - a $2500 online shopping spree!

    If you're a home blogger, we have some special bonuses if your blog earns the most nominations:

    1st Place: a $1000 online shopping spree, a custom designed giclee lamp trophy, and a "Lamps Plus Best Home Blog 2012" badge to display proudly on your website!

    2nd Place to 5th Place: a $500 online shopping spree, and a "Lamps Plus Top 5 Home Blog 2012" badge to display proudly on your website.

    6th Place to 10th Place: a "Lamps Plus Top 10 Home Blog 2012" badge to display proudly on your website.

    Bloggers, not only will you gain exposure to our customers and social media fan base (we'll mention some of the nominated blogs on our social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest during the sweepstakes, as well as create a post-sweepstakes blog post to highlight the winning 10 blogs), but you'll earn bragging rights and the ability to use the title of "Lamps Plus Best Home Blog 2012". Encourage your readers to nominate you starting on October 15th - the blogs with the most nominations win! (If you'd like a "Nominate Me!" badge for your blog, please email us at - we'd be happy to send you one!)

    Any home blog (home decorating, DIY, or family) can be nominated to make our top 10 list but unfortunately only US-based blogs are eligible for prizes. For complete contest rules for bloggers, click here.

    The 2012 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes will run from October 15 to November 15, 2012."Like" us on Facebook and stay tuned for all the details! Have a question, or need more info? Please reach out to us via email at  

  • Decorate Like Nate Berkus

     Decorate Like Nate Berkus

    How would you like to decorate like Nate Berkus? While the TV personality is known for his charm and talent, there are a few designer tricks you can borrow from his most recent spread in Architectural Digest. 

    His New York home is totally chic and thoroughly eclectic. His quirky palette is mostly masculine, but there are a few feminine touches found in seating shapes, wallpaper and lighting. The tall living space above is just right to feature a traditional chandelier and vertical mirror above the mantle. Look at how he marries formal furniture with more casual floor coverings.

    Nate Berkus Designed Interiors

    Small Yellow Granite Disk on Iron Stand

    Along with his various mix of furniture styles, Berkus has a wide array of unusual decorative objects. From woven trays to ceramic horses, your eye travels from one beautiful object to the next. As long as you have ample shelves and tables, consider doing the same in your home. I’m crazy for the granite disk looks like it’s a treasure you could have found on an archeology dig.

    Masculine Decor

    Holtkoetter Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp; Broidery Brown Indoor Outdoor Rug

    Berkus beautifully handles geometry in this space. A geometric rug and timeless brass floor lamp ground the room. He has masterfully handled the short windows by extending the curtains and roman shade to create the illusion of taller windows.

    Powder Room Design

    Murray Feiss Argento Collection Wall Sconce

    What a great bathroom. Warm and inviting with plenty to admire. The green marble wallpaper is genius and begged to be paired with a dark colored wall. Bathroom light fixtures can make a room, so make sure they are the best you can find. Don’t forget, powder rooms are small so decorate every inch like Nate Berkus does - it counts. Trust me, your guests will snoop!

    Photos: Architectural Digest.

  • Juxtaposed: Contemporary Crystal Chandelier in a Traditional Dining Room

    Traditional Dining Room

    It takes a lot to stop me in my tracks - but this contemporary crystal chandelier in a traditional dining room did it! I stumbled across this photo and I just love juxtaposition of old with new, classic with contemporary, and vintage with avante-garde.

    Designer Tobi Fairley picked a perfect pairing with her choice of elegant dining furniture and modern crystal dining room chandelier, don't you think? She nailed the color palette too - rich gold velvet and luscious teal silk manages to look timeless and on-trend all at once.

    Crystal Chandeliers

    1.Possini Euro Paperweight Chandelier. 2.Crystal Strand Chandelier. 3.Floating Crystal Ball Pendant 4.ET2 Blossom Crystal Pendant.

    If you have a traditional home, it's easy to recreate this look! I've rounded up a few of my favorite contemporary crystal chandeliers that will look simply stunning in a traditional dining room.

    Image credits: Tobi Fairley via Traditional Home.

  • 5 Ways To Use Navy Blue Decor

    5 Ways To Use Navy Blue Decor

    Navy blue can be taken for granted. Thus, I’ll show you 5 ways to use navy blue decor in your home so that it looks intentional and chic. Sure, the hot colors may be tangerine and it’s totally “in” to have gray interiors, but who do you always rely on when you want to dress up a pair of’s your navy blazer, isn’t it? Pantone has declared "Monaco Blue" (a very close shade to navy) as the top fashion color for spring 2013, and this rich blue hue is easy to extend beyond fashion into your home.

    Navy Blue Furniture

    Navy blue chairs can be hot. Not only will they hide stains, they are a great way to introduce color without committing to a full-on blue sofa or bed. I love the Annabelle Mid-Century navy blue linen chair. The lines are modern but the deep blue upholstery keeps it timeless. 

    Pillows are another way to introduce navy into your home. The trellis tangle navy pillowabove will lighten a darker piece of furniture or add weight to a lighter item, like a white slipcovered sofa.

    Navy Blue Rugs

    I think navy rugs are great. Like darker furniture, blue rugs hide a multitude of sins and is a great backdrop for movement and pattern. The Caspian area rug above will brighten a room and at the same time add warmth.

    Navy Blue Home Decor

    You probably have never thought of navy blue when it comes to lighting, but blue glass mini pendant lights in a kitchen look great as do chrome sconces with deep blue shades. This Jewel Collection Blue Shade is a perfect example. The living room above is made much more interesting when you think about the unique design elements like the blue shade on a green lamp. Go Miles Redd!  

    Naturally most homes now sport an ottoman. Tufted navy blue ottomans are very English and will never show scuff marks from your shoes or look out of place. So, if it’s good enough for the Navy, it’s good enough for my home!

    Photos: TartanScot.

  • French Country Furniture Inspiration

    French Country Furniture Inspiration from French Architecture

    While "country chic" is an extremely popular contemporary style today, nowhere quite captures the essence of French country chic than the motherland itself. Faded, painted street signs over a neutral palette and naturally aged, mild blue and green hues are two main signifiers of this ever popular decor style. Translating the look of French country furniture into your own home can bring an ease and calm to your space.

    White and Antiqued French Country Decor

    1. Rattan Storage Trunk 2.Antique White Outdoor Bistro Set 3.Rancho Large Plant Stand  4.Jute Pillow, Stripe Pillow, Rooster Pillow 5.Trison Magazine Cabinet II


    Many French houses feature a larger-than-life outdoor seating area, but adding a demure iron bistro set in the corner of your yard can offer a peaceful place to escape with a magazine or a glass of rosé.  Classic black iron or antique white finishes are both timeless Provencal looks.

    To continue the French feel at home, add a few country chic throw pillows to any sofa. Even if your sofa is a more contemporary style, a pile of pillows brings a relaxed and comforting feeling to the entire space.  

    When choosing French country furnishings, it's important to pay attention to scale.The American counterpart to French Country, known as "Shabby Chic", is often on a much larger scale. Authentic French-style rooms are often left with breathing room around the furniture, rather than busting at the seams with oversized pieces.

    Weathered French Wall as Furniture Inspiration

    Even if you're never experienced the French countryside in person, it's easy to find decor inspiration in photographs and films. The relaxed, weathered look of Provence is sure to be a chic addition to your home.

    All Images: Allison Rosenberg

October, 2012