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  • How to Bring Outdoor Decor Inside for Fall

    Just because the seasons are changing doesn't mean your summertime decorating efforts have to go to waste! Here's how to bring your outdoor decor inside for fall to give it a whole new life in the coming months.

    How to Bring Outdoor Decor Inside for Fall

    Small to medium outdoor fountains can be brought inside and used on a tabletop, or freestanding. This rustic cascading fountain has a bowl on top to hold foliage in the summer - why not decorate it for the holidays with some festive greenery and garland? A larger fountain can become a freestanding focal point in your room, like the example above from Elsie Interior.

    An Outdoor Area Rug in a Foyer

    Outdoor area rugs can work just as well indoors, and are great for high-traffic (and high-mess) areas like kitchens, hallways, playrooms, and foyers. Instead of packing them away for the winter, try re-using them inside your home. The burst of color and pattern might be just what you need to get you through the winter months.

    How to Bring Outdoor Dining Chairs Inside for Fall

    Finally, don't forget about your patio set! In a pinch, your outdoor chairs that sat on the deck in the summer can become extra seating during dinner parties (like in this photo from Better Homes & Gardens), and your outdoor patio table can be easily disguised indoors with a tablecloth.

    From fountains, to area rugs, to tables and chairs, it's easy to bring your outdoor decor inside and give it a whole new life through fall and winter.

  • Rope Decor - Nautical Decorating Ideas

    Rope Decor - Nautical Decorating Ideas

    The wonderful thing about rope decor is that it looks good regardless of the season. Although it's typically thought of as a nautical summer decorating idea, rope decor in the fall and winter can take on a warm, earthy aesthetic.

    How your rope decor “looks” can be determined by how it’s placed and with what. Rope is essentially neutral so it can be somewhat of a chameleon.  As we move into fall, think about pairing rope items with plaid fabrics and orange throws. If you are still in a warm climate, accents of rope within a blue and white room, like the image above, will look smashing.

    Rope Home Accents

    Surprisingly, rope can adorn and become the essence of items well beyond the gym and harbor. From fabulously chic stair rails to beside table lamps that make a statement, rope adds texture and visual interest to every room in the house. Rope is a hearty material and thus great for items that may take a beating like ottomans and adjustable bar stools

    Rope Covered Home Accessories

    Decorative accessories also look great when covered in rope. The trend in covering mirrors with rope is still hot as are rope handles on Lucite boxes and tables. So, forget your preconceived notions that rope was more befitting of Robinson Crusoe than a chic makeover in your own home.

    Decorative Rope Home Accents

    Rope Decor Shopping List: 1. Arteriors Home Vern Rope and Rusted Iron Table Lamp 2. Sahara Maize Outdoor Barstool 3. Pike Place Rope and Iron Chandelier (currently unavailable) 4. Globe Lantern With Rope And Stainless Steel Accents 5. Reed and Barton Montauk Textured Rope Picture Frame 6. Kenroy Home Seagrass Round Rope Wall Mirror 

    Photos: House Beautiful, Habitually Chic, Hamptons Hostess.

  • Unique Repositionable Ceiling Medallions - Design Dossier

    Repositionable Ceiling Medallions for the Home 

    We're back with Design Dossier – featuring highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, exclusive, and interesting design choices straight from our showrooms. Our unique repositionable ceiling medallions really are something special - unlike most decorative ceiling medallions that are either expensive, require tricky installation, or both, these repositionable ceiling medallions couldn't be easier to use and are all priced under $100!

    Although you may think of a ceiling medallion for use with a chandelier, did you know you can use them with practically any ceiling light fixture (including recessed lighting) - and ceiling fans too?

     Unique Repositionable Ceiling Medallions - Design Dossier

    Each design begins as a hand-painted artwork created in our California workshop by a skilled artisan. The artworks are then reproduced on sticky-backed canvas using printers designed for fine art reproductions. The repositionable backing on these ceiling medallions allows them to be installed and removed dozens of times.

    To install, peel the medallion from the backing, then position it on the ceiling around the junction box opening.  Although air bubbles should be minimal, use a wallpaper brush or smoother to remove any bubbles and ensure a smooth and precise installation. 

    Unique Repositionable Ceiling Medallions - Design Dossier

    There are nearly 30 styles of repositionable ceiling medallions available from Lamps Plus, ranging in size from a petite 12" wide to a grand 48" wide. It's easy to add an artisan touch to your space on a budget.

    Follow along with our Design Dossier series for the best and brightest options that Lamps Plus has to offer.

  • Timeless Style: Black and White Decor

    Black and White Decorating Inspiration

    Zebras, penguins, pandas: sometimes I can't help but wonder if the black and white animals of the world know best when it comes to timeless style. There's something to be said for keeping it simple, and it doesn't get more straightforward than the high contrast of black against white. Plus, each of these two opposing shades has high impact when used alone, so paired together they can't help but make a dynamic, and memorable statement in your home decor, furnishings, and lighting

    Bedroom, Living Room, and an Office in Black and White

    There's no secret to successful black and white decor, but a few tips can take the look from so-so to stupendous. When you're working with a limited palette, texture and pattern become key players in the task of creating a multi-dimensional space.

    Incorporate several materialsmetal, wool, stone, lacquer—for a range of surface and finish effects. Mix prints like stripes, checks, or abstract graphics to keep the eyes moving. 

    Timeless Style: Black and White Decor

    Once you lay a black and white decor foundation, you can add warmth with one or two additional neutrals such as brass, silver, rattan, or wood. Or try for easy and inexpensive seasonal updates with a splash of color as the seasons change. Given the seemingly limitless possibilities, who says black-and-white thinking is bad?

    Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest

  • Warm Tones and Textures in Home Decor

    September is just around the corner which means the weather will be cool and crisp very soon. Fall is the season when warm tones and textures are present in nature, so it makes sense to consider the same aesthetic in your home decor too.

    Combine earth tones in shades of mocha, burnt orange, walnut, and charcoal gray for an enveloping space that welcomes you at day’s end. Get the look of this corner nook designed by Philip Gorrivan by installing richly textured grasscloth wallpaper on the walls and layering the space with wood accents, upholstered furniture pieces, and elegant light fixtures.

    Warm Textured Room with Grasscloth Wallpaper

    Lamp / Wood Mirror / Console Table / Ottoman

    Botanical prints and wallpapers in neutral shades add an air of sophistication. Welcome contrast into a room with dark stained woods coupled with light upholstered pieces. Warm metallics such as antique brass and gold leaf play a role in a space layered with comforting earth tones. Yet another organic layer to consider is mineral or rock; introduce it with your lighting choice in a lamp that showcases the beauty of a centuries old stone such as marble. 

    Beige Gold and White Bedroom for Fall

    Wingback Chair / Mirror / Highboy Dresser / Table Lamp

    The bedroom is a space that should envelop you with its serenity and comfort. Warm tones and dark woods together can lean masculine, so balance them with white linens and fresh flowers. To recreate a similar space, combine textural grasscloth wallpaper, an upholstered bed frame, a classic pedestal end table, elegant black and white art prints, earth tone botanical pillows, and a traditional table lamp.

    Warm Tones and Textures in Home Decor

    Art Prints / Accent Pillow / Accent Table/ Bed / Table Lamp

    Earth tones are comforting because they remind us of what we see when we venture into the great outdoors, from stunning rock cliffs to verdant forests. Welcoming warm tones and textures into your home decor will make it feel layered over time and ultimately a place where you seek relaxation for hours on end.

    Image credits: Philip Gorrivan, Thibaut Design, Style at Home.

  • The Rustic Industrial Dining Room

    Rustic Dining Table with Metal Chairs

    I’m drawn to farmhouse and rustic industrial styles, like the dining room above…

    The rustic, chipped, and worn combined with the sleek and minimal work so well together.

    The Rustic Industrial Dining Room

    But I love all kinds of design styles …

    From Mid Century to Art Deco to Arts and Crafts.

    I’m fickle – what can I say!

    To me, the best design style by far is a mix to get a truly eclectic look that defines your own unique viewpoint.

    Rustic Industrial Dining Room Decor

    1. Zuo Token Set of 4 Lightweight Aluminum Chairs 2. Europa 1910 Edison Bulb Bronze Swag Chandelier 3. Aria Collection Acacia Wood Dining Table 4. Arizona GC-01 Camel-Beige 6'2"x8' Area Rug

    The sleek Tolix-style chair has stood the design test of time since 1934. Paired with a farmhouse dining table, industrial lighting with exposed Edison bulbs, and a cowhide area rug for warmth underfoot, this combination is one of a kind.

    Cow Hide Rug in an Eclectic Dining Room

    So whether the rustic industrial dining room is your taste or not, here’s to finding your own unique design style.

    Image credits: Fork and FlowerDelight by Design, A Dash of Details.

  • Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

    Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

    Summer is coming to an end, and that means it's time to prepare your home for holiday entertaining.  From Thanksgiving through New Years (which are just around the corner!), the holidays are a time where family and friends descend upon your home to join in merriment, eating, drinking, and gift giving.

    Needless to say, it is mandatory (well, not mandatory, but high suggested if you want to keep your sanity) that before diving in to full hostess mode you take a beat to make sure that you are organized and well prepared for what lies ahead. 

    Prepare Your Entryway for Holiday Entertaining

    Declutter Your Entry Way

    The first impression you will make on your guests is your entry way.  Maybe you have kids in school and they throw their shoes and book bags here every day.  Maybe you are used to dropping all your bags at the end of the day in the entry and only moving them when company comes over.  Whatever the reason may be for a cluttered entry way, getting this organized in advance will immensely help when prepping for the holidays. 

    There are so many inexpensive storage solutions these days - rustic baskets, chic storage bins and stylish cabinets that make storing your usual entry way clutter away and out of site a breeze.  If you take care of putting away the clutter now, and showing the other members of your house that all their stuff has a permanent, hidden home, you won't have anything to worry about the day of your event.

    Prepare Your Craft Closet for Holiday Entertaining

    Organize Your Craft Closet

    If you are a DIYer like me you have a portion of a closet, or even a whole closet, dedicated to gift-making accessories.  Ribbons, bows, tape, faux flowers, cards and so much more.  Before getting too far into the holiday season take an assessment of your craft closet and make note of what you have, what you need more of and what needs organization.  Often times you don't even realize you have two spools of lavender ribbon because it's hidden under a pile of raffia. 

    Clear out the old bits and pieces, create an organizational system and refill anything you are missing.  This will make gift giving and event styling during the holiday season so much easier and more time efficient.

    Prepare Your Mantle for Holiday Entertaining

    Prepping the Mantle

    Hey readers - mantle decoration is not just for people who celebrate Christmas!  As I am sure you have seen across past entries on this blog, the mantle is the perfect place to add some personality to your holiday party, whether with home-made paper turkeys, blue and white garlands, hand crafted snowflakes, or traditional stockings. 

    In my house the mantle is utilized year round for display so I make sure that around this time every year I take down the summer decorations in preparation for the holidays.  Even if it's just adding vintage-inspired crystal vases or beautiful frames filled with family photos, making sure your mantle is cleaned up and orderly will save you time later on.

    Prepare Your Recipes for Holiday Entertaining

    Read Through Your Recipes

    Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or bringing a dish to someone else's house this year, take stock of the recipes you have collected over the past year.  While keeping a famous family staple around year after year is something that everyone looks forward to, switching it up and adding new recipes to the mix can be really exciting for your guests.  The same meal or dish year after year can become boring and less appetizing than the first time you made it.  Take a chance and try something new, and if you are nervous, practice once before making it the night of your event. 

    If you start tackling these four tips now, you'll have made a huge head start to prepare your home for holiday entertaining - and you'll be able to just relax and enjoy the season! 

    All Images: Pinterest

  • Pillows and Throws: Transform Your Sofa

    Pillows and Throws Transform Your Sofa

    How would you like to transform your sofa? Pillows and throws are an easy and inexpensive was to achieve a new look in your living room or den. As most designers will tell you, it's wise to choose a neutral-colored sofa so that you can update your rooms at a moment's notice and as trends change.

    Lamps Plus has a robust home textiles section that offers a wide array of pillows and throws that will help you redecorate like a pro with virtually little effort or expense.

    Here are four great looks paired with a simple, neutral sofa so that you can compare and contrast. (The sofa featured below is the Brynn Classic Cream Slipcovered sofa.)

    The Romantic Sofa - Pale Blue and Champagne Colors

    Teal and Beige Tiger Pattern Decorative Surya Pillow, Cabana Collection Spa Blue Decorative Throw

    The Exotic Sofa

    Suzani Textural Natural White 18" Round Throw Pillow, Bamboo Luxury Bright Tangerine Orange Throw Blanket

    Modern and Monochromatic - Contemporary Sofa

    Woolrich Williamsport Sweater Knit Plaid Accent Pillow, Chesterfield Dove Grey Tone Decorative Throw Blanket

    Transform Your Sofa with Colorful Pillows and Throws

    Abrielle Houndstooth Throw Pillow, Bamboo Luxury Bright Chartreuse Green Throw Blanket

    Which is your favorite combination of pillows and throws? I'm partial to the monochromatic look - but there are a million ways to transform any sofa for a designer look that suits your taste.

  • Home Decor Inspired by Rose Gold

    I LOVE Rose Gold and I'm so happy to see it's an inspired home decor trend that's really blowing up everywhere. There's something different about it that I'm drawn to, and I love how it brings a pop of that 'certain something' to every space. I've wanted rose gold jewels more so than anything but they were pretty hard to come by up until the last few years. However, I've been seeing a lot of rose gold EVERYWHERE lately, much to my delight! I would love to try out some rose gold with my own styling projects, so I've been searching for some inspiration.

    Rose Gold Living Room Decor

    This rose gold wallpaper and rose gold wired coffee table looks so lovely with all of the neutral colors in this living room. It's actually a perfect way to soften up and add a little femininity to brown and tan decor. I love all of the cream accents too, it helps to break up the earthy tones and let the gold shine too. In a nut shell, drool-worthy!

    Rose Gold Dining Room Decor

    Look at that gorgeous dining room light fixture! It's the statement piece of the room and such a pretty color. It looks so pretty paired with the hardwood floors and bright big windows, and it's also somewhat of a chameleon piece that can fit in a lot of spaces. Having rose gold lighting and accessories is a great way to bring the trend into your place without it taking over. I'd love to use a rose gold desk lamp or have a few rose gold accessories in my bookcases.

    White Wall with Rose Gold Dots

    HELLO polka dots! I actually have a wall in my office that is covered with metallic silver dots, and I LOVE these rose gold dots just as much. They're so cute and fun, and an easy and quick way to add rose gold into your office. These would be perfect for creating an accent wall out of a plain white one or making over a boring piece of furniture.

    Rose Gold Decor Curated by The Office Stylist

    Naturally, when I'm obsessed with a new trend I end up drooling over pieces and putting together a list of home decor inspired by rose gold (like the one above). I really love the rose gold picture frame and rose gold tipped bowl. How amazing would they both look on a long dining table? Insta-glam! The candleholders are perfect for special occasions or to add style to an otherwise boring bookcase - the unique shape of them combined with the rose gold is SO luxe. And, of course, you can't go wrong with a fabulous mirror in rose gold!

    If you're having a tough time finding more home decor in rose gold just do a search for copper instead. I noticed a lot of designers and manufacturers are using that term instead of the newer and trendier "rose gold."

    How would you incorporate rose gold into your space?

    Photo credits: Pinterest, Lamps Plus.

  • Lamps Plus Back to School Sweepstakes!

    Table Lamp Sweepstakes Giveaway from Lamps Plus

    It’s back to school season. To celebrate, we’re giving away 1 table lamp to one lucky winner in the Lamps Plus Back to School Sweepstakes!  Visit our Facebook page and enter here to win. One winner will receive their choice of one of the 8 desk or table lamps shown above - view them in more detail in our gallery.

    Refer your friends to earn additional entries and increase your odds! Entries must be received by September 13, 2013 at 11:59PM PT. Check out the official rules here. 

    Post Update 9-14-13: this sweepstakes has closed, but you can check out our current promotions by visiting the Lamps Plus Facebook page

August, 2013