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  • Free Printable 2013 Calendars

    Free Printable 2013 Calendars from Design Love Fest

    Happy New Year's Eve! If you weren't lucky enough to get a calendar covered in adorably cute puppies in your stocking, don't you worry - I've rounded up some great (and free!) printable 2013 calendars.

    Above: If you've ever dabbled in the crafty collage-style creation of a mood board, this calendar from DesignLoveFest is perfect for you! (And it's my top 2013 pick.) Each month has a space at the top to stick inspiration images, notes, and other ephemera to create a custom design that suits you and your space.  

    Free Printable 2013 Calendars from Breanna Rose

    This pretty one-page DIY calendar design from Breanna Roseis meant to be printed, hung from a dowel, and adorned with accouterments - but you could also keep it really simple and frame it. The hand-painted succulent design would be perfect for anyone that enjoys gardening.

    Free Printable 2013 Calendars from The Owl Barn

    For the bird-lover, choose from more than 40 artist-illustrated owls to create your own custom calendar! The Owl Barn's Owl Lover 2013 Calendar is so cute I can hardly stand it. 

    Free Printable 2013 Victorian Calendars

    Are vintage designs more your style? I love that this Victorian printable calendar looks like it could be right out of the 1800's. (But don't worry, it's definitely designed for 2013.)

    Free Printable 2013 Calendars from Creative Mamma 

    This colorful, free printable 2013 calendar from Creative Mamma would be a colorful addition to your kitchen or office. This calendar has lots of room for writing and doodling - perfect if you want something functional and not just decorative.

    Free Printable 2013 Calendars from The Twinery

    Finally, The Twinery has an adorable polka-dot design that would bring the perfect amount of color to your wall. It's available in 8.5" x11", or half-size at 5.5"x8.5" for a cute mini-calendar that would be perfect for adding some confetti color to a grey cubicle wall. (And yes, I am looking at a grey cubicle wall right now that could really use a splash of color!)

    Go forth and print your favorite calendars! And have a safe and happy New Year.

  • Decorate With Winter Whites

    Decorate with Winter Whites

    While some still feel like it's a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day, others embrace winter whites in fashion and home decorating.  Winter white decor, whether permanently or decoratively for the festivities, is a gorgeous, glamorous way to go.  Check out some super chic inspiration to decorate with Winter Whites below.

    Decroate a Winter White Living Room

    Living Rooms are a space where winter whites can really shine.  Decorative home accessories in an all white palette add a new and interesting feel for winter.  These wintry white living rooms work whether you want a rustic or a modern look; no matter what design style, these white living rooms are classic.

    Decorate a Winter White Dining Room

    Dining Rooms can really make a statement either accented or completely designed in white.  Make sure you and your guests are neat and tidy otherwise these stylish white rooms will be a big mess after a holiday dinner party.  And if you are nervous to go completely white in the dining room, try beautiful white table decorlike flowers, vases and lace placemats.

    Decorate a Winter White Kitchen or Bathroom

    White kitchens and bathrooms have a wonderfully pristine, chic feel to them.  While I would personally destroy a white kitchen, others who favor take out menus to recipe books can certainly enjoy a winter white kitchen. Powder rooms or master bathrooms are stunning in all white, and with so many beautiful white stone options, this is a popular look for any home.

    Image Credits: Wedluxe, A Piece Apart, Pinterest, Country Living, Elle Decor, Decorpad, Apartment Therapy, Beautifulism.  

  • My Top 3 New Year’s Design Resolutions

     New Year's Design Resolutions

    Don’t ask a designer what their New Year’s design resolutions are, because you will probably not hear, “Go to the gym more often” or “give up sweets.” We are an insane bunch who can’t stop obsessing over interiors and how we can constantly update them without going broke. That said, I do have some musts for 2013. Curious?

    Emerald Green Lighting

    1. Begin to Use Emerald Green. It adds a real punch of color into a room. I happen to love it with navy and white. I know some designers may Oz-up an entire room, but I’m much more cautious and would only use it with accessories until I was sure it was the color for me. You might also think about recovering a chair or ottoman with emerald fabric. I would and pipe it in navy for a preppy look.  

    Brass Lighting

    2. Get Something brass immediately. This is a no-brainer: from elegant wall lights and custom looking ceiling lights to kitchen hardware and table legs, I am sold. I also think this trend will last a while, so investing in brass is probably better than the parachute pants you had in the 80s.

    Wishbone Chairs

    3. Buy something modernist. I can be stuck in a rut like everybody else and never step out of my comfort zone. I have always admired modernist furniture but never took the plunge, 2013 may be the year. Like taking baby steps with color, for me, adding modernist furniture will probably start with a chair or bench. The wishbone chair has caught my eye many times in the past and could be the perfect breakfast room chair. 

    Shopping: Arteriors Home Roma Emerald Cased Glass Table Lamp; Ennis Antique Brass Web Sphere Table Lamp; Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs

    Photos: Home Grown Interiors, Tartan Scot, Habitually Chic, Paloma 81, The Zhush..

  • A Very Merry Christmas!

    A Very Merry Christmas

    A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Lamps Plus. May your holiday be everything you wished for...

    Christmas Decor

    Decorating With Greens For Christmas

    Decorating for Christmas Outdoors

    Happy holidays! We'll be back tomorrow with more inspired holiday home decor tips and ideas.

    Photos: Belgian Pearls.

  • Quick DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

    Quick DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for Christmas

    Hi friends! Merry Christmas from my home to yours. By now I suspect all your stockings are hung by the chimney {with care of course} and you're spending time with loved ones. Or, if you're like me, you're frantically wrapping those last minute gifts you bought over the weekend!

    If you're in my boat, I thought I'd share some of my favorite DIY wrapping tips. No need to go buy reams of holiday paper that'll sit. Just look around the house and use what's close at hand - and you'll have prettiest of presents come tomorrow morning!

    1. Have fun with ribbon. Criss-cross, zig-zag, layer it on. You can make your own pattern over the top of any simple craft paper. I love the graphic look of this green and white example.

    2. Get graphic. Wrap your gifts in magazine pages – especially ones that feature lovely fonts. A pop of holly berry give your gift the seasonal punch it needs.

    3. Add flare. A little green garnish takes the place of a bow and gives your package a beautiful and organic feel.

    4. Go gold. Everything is immediately festive when gold ribbon is involved. I love the modern deco look of this crisscross pattern.

    5. Get glitter. Everything feels special when there’s glitter involved. Glitter bows don’t even require wrapping paper. Simply tie up a box and you’re good to go.

    6. Let your tape show. Japanese Washi Tape is a gift from the wrapping gods. In candy colors, pretty stripes and polka dots you can add immediate personality to every package.

    Happy last-minute wrapping, friends.

    Images via Pinterest.

  • Design Trend: White and Wood

    The new year is almost upon us, but before I start anticipating 2013’s newest home decorating themes, I’m taking inventory of the most popular looks from the past year. One of my absolute favorites is an interior scheme done in white and pale (even raw) wood. Its roots are Scandinavian, I suspect; aesthetic is pure Nordic cool. It’s versatile too. You can mix in pops of color, from pastels to brights; weave in earthy textures and natural elements for an organic design theme or add a few well-placed industrial-inspired pieces.  I prefer it in its purest form, as seen below.

    Home Design Trend - White and Wood

    These rooms are all done with an incredibly pared down palette, but there’s nothing boring about them. The look is fresh, and actually, quite active, since the wide variety of furniture forms lead your eye around the space.

    In the kitchen on the right, designed by Bates Masi Architects, the sinuous curves of the contemporary kitchen bar stools stand out against the pale wood island base, and are nicely framed by the wraparound countertop. The wire stools in the kitchen on the left, designed by Weitzman Halpern Design, provide an airy contrast to the solid butcher block-topped island.

    In the living room of this California residence decorated by designer Jamie Bush, custom floor-to-ceiling wood cabinetry is a dramatic backdrop for the clean lines of the furniture and white pottery collection.

    The dining room, designed by Susanna Vento, is one of my favorites. I adore the multitude of diagonals, from the dowel-leg chairs to the splayed table legs. And that pale wood shelf filled with simple white ceramics is mesmerizing. Notice that each single piece is executed in both wood and white.

    Finally, the most peaceful space is, fittingly, the bedroom, photographed by Paul Whicheloe, a mattress on the floor swathed in a puffy duvet, with two horizontal boards of plywood serving as a headboard/accent wall. The square wood pots of grass add a bit of Zen.

    White and Wood Design Trend Inspiration

    White and wood pieces for you to mix and match:

    KITCHEN: 1. Color Story Counter Stool 2. Artcraft On the Spot 3-Light Pendant 3. Denver Modern Butcher Block Kitchen Cart 4. Orbit Faux Leather Adjustable Height Bar Stool.

    LIVING ROOM: 1. Zuo Carnival Modular Loveseat 2. Possini Euro Design Cloud Pendant 3. Hudson Stone Wash Finish Sideboard 4. Kennedy Glass and Leather Hurricane.

    DINING ROOM: 1. Azzo Side Chair 2. Quorum Ashford 3-Light Provincial Chandelier 3. Hudson Stone Wash Finish Dining Table 4. Hanging Wooden Wine Rack

    BEDROOM: 1. White Microsuede Slipcover Bed 2. Cerno Silva Baltic Birch Desk Lamp 3. Hudson Stonewash Wood Nesting Trunk 4. Natural Pine Wall Mirror

    Want more white and wood inspiration? Visit StyleCarrot.

  • Last Minute Gift Ideas with Cozy Home Decor

    Last Minute Gift Ideas with Cozy Home Decor Like Candles

    Christmas is five days away. You've got all your gifts wrapped, your holiday cards written and mailed, your menus planned and prepped...and...what? That hysterical laughter you hear? That's me, because I have none of those things done. And I'll bet there's a chance you're still scrambling on at least one front. That's just the nature of this time of year, after all. So I like to keep a list of last-minute home decor gifts in my back pocket—items that I can call upon if I need something for my hostess, a client, a white elephant party, or that distant relative who dropped in unannounced.

    Last Minute Gift Ideas of Pillows and Throws

    Candleholders are a great example of a last-minute all-purpose gift. They're versatile, they have a warm and wintry appeal, and everyone has a use for them at one time or another. Look for stylistically basic pieces (nothing flashy!) in neutral materials. Similarly, a comfy knit throw or pair of decorative pillows in an on-trend print like chevron is a can't-miss bet. Accessories that can be swapped and stored when seasons and fashions change are a no-pressure but thoughtful gesture, and they give your recipient lots of options.

    And really, isn't choice the best gift of all?

    Shopping Guide: 1. Hex Nut Wood Candle 2. Rustic Iron Candle Lantern 3. Antique White Wood Candleholder 4. Glass and Leather Hurricane 5. White Moroccan Lantern 6. Teakwood Stump Candle 7. Grey Knit Throw 8. Canvas Union Jack Pillow 9. Plaid Throw Pillow 10. Cowhide Pillow 11. Rustic Red Throw 12. Chevron Accent Pillows

    Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest.

  • One Slipcover Sofa: Two Holiday Looks

    One Slipcover Sofa with Two Holiday Looks

    Sometimes it’s not about adding an inflatable Santa but creating a holiday look that compliments an existing interior design scheme. I love taking a basic, like a classic off white slipcover sofa, and making it look custom as well as designer done. Timeless home decorating is about using things that never go out of style and that can look chic even when decorating for the holidays! 

    I challenged myself to take a piece of furniture that many of us have and create two holiday looks for Christmas that can also look fabulous throughout the year. Whether you go all red or all green or mix them together, the end result will be a stylish sofa that is festive yet not too theme-driven.

    Brightly colored lighting can actually look like custom lighting when paired with similar colored accessories, so don’t be afraid to go bold. Remember, decorating should be as much fun as the holiday season, so kick back on that perfectly accessorized sofa and toast your ability to style like a pro.

    Shopping List: 1. Rachel Classic Natural Slipcover Sofa 2. Red Cottage Floor Lamp 3. Tangle Square Red Throw Pillow 4. Cumberland Red Wine Decorative Throw Blanket 5. Robert Abbey Genie Brass and Kiwi Green Ceramic Table Lamp 6. Surya Teegan Ivory and Green Throw Blanket 7. Set of 2 Safavieh Red Sunder Needlework Pillows


  • Holiday Front Doors

    Elegant Holiday Door

    What do holiday front doors say about you?

    Does your door say you are festive?

    Or classic?

    Or fun?

    Or full of joy?

    No matter your personality or decorating style or front door should always say....


    Classic Holiday Front Door


    This front door is classic and elegant. The simplicity of a monochromatic color scheme is calm and comforting.

    Create this look by adding silver balls and lanterns filled with candles.

    Then order up a little extra snow on your Christmas topiaries for the perfect holiday entrance.


    Holiday Front Doors with Gold Accents

    Here's a front door that is full of joy.

    Simple sticks are decorated with ornaments and snowflakes and icicles and greenery.

    Create your own joyful front door by adding lights to wreaths and sculptured topiaries.

    And don't forget a reindeer mat at the front door for guests to wipe off their snowy feet.  


    Festive Holiday Front Door

    For a more rustic front door....wrap brown paper packages tied up with strings.

    Line the walk way with different sizes of black lanterns and candles.

    Add lighted grapevine trees and an indoor/outdoor rug for color and warmth.

    Finish off the entrance with garlands and wreaths strung with ornaments and festive cheer.  


    Holiday Front Door with Greenery

    My front door is all decked out for the holidays with magnolia and fresh greens and cedar trees full of silver ornaments.

    This door is not really classic or elegant or fancy.

    But it is full of welcome and joy.

    So if you happen to be in Tennessee and want to visit my holiday front door.....just turn by two cornfields and 27 cows and a snowy horse barn.

    I'll save a cup of hot chocolate just for you!  

    Photo credit Photo 1: bhg, Photos 2-4: Pottery Barn, Photo 5: Folk Magazine

  • Make a Statement with a Large Mirror

    Make a Statement with a Large Mirror

    Decorative mirrors always help open up a room as they bounce light throughout the space. If you have a small room, few windows, or not a lot of natural light, make a statement with a large mirror to help create the feeling of more space. This living room featured in the October/November 2012 Issue of Rue Magazine defines the idea of the statement mirror. (Interior Design and Styling by Kelley Moore. Photography by Michelle Drewes.) 

    Large Mirror Modern Living Room Decorating Ideas

    Create your own modern living room with a decorative mirror with rich details, inspired by this living space with these items, all from Lamps Plus.

    Shopping Guide: 1. Abstract Square Gold Mirror 2. Square Cut Rectangle Mirror 3. Silver Diamond Jewel Throw Pillow 4. Coral Throw Pillow 5. Ornate Gold Leaf Lamp 6. Mid-Century Modern Gray Chair 7. White Coffee Table 8. Sheepskin Rug 9. Chunky Loop Jute Rug

    Traditional Living Room with Large Mirror

    A statement mirror can also add height to your room and give the feeling that the ceilings are taller than they really are. In this traditional living room from Better Homes and Gardens the large mirror is placed between two large windowed doors, giving the space the feeling that it is completely open.

    Traditional Living Room Mirrors

    Get the look of this traditional living room with an arched mirror inspired by this living space with these items, all from Lamps Plus.

    Shopping Guide: 1. Arched Window Antiqued Glass Mirror 2. Gella High Small Mirror 3. Nailhead Trim Ottoman 4. Welcome Home Statue 5. Scroll Print Throw Pillow 6. Silver Textured Glass Jewelry Box 7. Silk Flowers in Glass Vase 8. Khaki Sofa 9. Iron and Glass Nesting Tables

December, 2012