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Our home decorating blog offers interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Enjoy professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • An Elegant Transitional Crystal Chandelier by Possini

    Look closely - the modern design of this elegant crystal chandelier by Possini has a unique antique soft silver finish, making it a true showstopper! 

    Blending traditional crystal accents with a sophisticated finish and transitional styling, the Soft Silver 4-Light 24" Wide Crystal Chandelier is a versatile fixture that looks at home in almost any setting. This is just one of many chandeliers from our Possini Collection we’d like to share with you today.

    Its soft silver finish features subtle washes of both warm golden hues and cool silver hues, allowing it to mesh well with both cool contemporary chrome and warmer metal surfaces. This unique textured finish gives it great versatility and allows this crystal chandelier to complement both modern and traditional interiors alike. 

    One of my favorite features of this elegant transitional crystal chandelier is the way light refracts and reflects off the jewel-like crystal facets. There's nothing more stunning than sparkling light to set a festive mood in your living room or dining room during the holiday season! 

    Changing out a few select pieces to reflect what’s current, such as a lighting fixture, will help update the look of your living room. This Possini design from our wide collection of beautiful crystal chandeliers can help you do just that.

    Design Dossier is our monthly series where we share highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, unique, and interesting lighting choices straight from our showrooms.

  • Get the Look: Cozy Ski Chalet Bedrooms


    There is something warm, cozy and inviting about a vacation stay in cozy ski chalet bedrooms among the snow capped peaks.  As the snow falls outside, you can stay bundled up in front of the fire or tucked in a warm bed.  Whether at your own home, or a vacation home, these inspiring images from CocoCozy will make you want to turn your bedroom into a chalet oasis.


    Above you have a beautiful color palette of winter whites.  Mixing textures while staying in the white color scheme is a beautiful way to create a ski chalet chic bedroom.  And adding a small reindeer accent pillow doesn't hurt either.


    This ski-chic bedroom has a masculine edge with traditional accents.  The beautiful dark blue fabrics used compliment the dark, knotty wood on the floor, walls, ceilings and accent furniture.  The wrought iron chandelier and nature-inspired bedside table lamps cast just enough light to compliment the glowing moon and stars.


    This modern take on the ski chalet bedroom is a gorgeous blend of styles.  We have a midcentury side table, industrial modern bed frame, and plenty of faux fur to go around.  The soft textures mixed in with hard woods and natural colors give this bedroom a wintery feel.  Adding a punch of color with accent pillows and wall art complete the look.


    This bedroom is a great inspiration for a kid's cozy ski chalet bedroom.  How cute is the rustic wood bed frame?  As you can see in this image, mixing in metallic accents like these brass desk lamps compliment wood tones beautifully.  And to add a little more fun into the space, pick one piece and use a bright color to make it pop.

    What do you think about these cozy bedrooms?  Will you do some updating for this winter season?

    Image credits: CocoCozy

  • Last Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas

    Winter Decorating in the Home

    No matter what holidays you're celebrating this winter (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or even all of them!) it's nearly impossible to be 100% prepared. This year, increase the cheer factor of your holiday decor without increasing your blood pressure by incorporating these last minute holiday decorating ideas into your home - just as Therese Romell did in the two photos above.

    The secret is to focus on seasonal textures and moods, rather than on any prescribed idea of what holiday decorations should be. Use the home decor you have on hand and look for clean-lined containers in materials like glass and galvanized metal to display foliage like pine cones and evergreen boughs. Fruit like apples or pears also makes a quick and easy decor element, as seen on Design Mom.

    Last Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas with Apples and Moss

    A vignette of moss in bowls evokes a forest sensibility at Real Simple; and as Better Homes and Gardens suggests, nothing could be easier and more effective than grouping some pillar candles on your favorite serving tray.

    Finally, a cluster of real or faux antlers (below, via Nordic Bliss) sets a wintry tone. 

    Last Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas from Lamps Plus

    Shopping Guide: 1. Glass Cloche 2. Antler Mirror 3. Galvanized Planters 4. Hand Blown Glass Bottle 5. Gold Leaf Tray 6. Ivy Topiary

    From cooking for family and friends to finding the perfect gifts, I know you're busy this festive season. Don't let the best you can muster be a droopy string of twinkle lights! With last-minute holiday decorating ideas that are this easy, you'll have time to pause and enjoy that spiked hot cocoa!

    Image Credits: 1. Therese Romell 2. Therese Romell 3. Design Mom 4. Real Simple 5. Better Homes and Gardens 6. Nordic Bliss

  • Golden and Glamorous Lighting

    The dictionary defines glamour as an air of compelling charm and allure - but no one really needs a dictionary, we know glamorous lighting when we see it.

    With interiors, glamour is often the combination of mirrored finishes, metallics both burnished and shimmery, and luxe fabrics.

    Gold has become the metal of the moment, yet despite its continued popularity in interiors, gold remains inarguably and unmistakably timeless. When choosing light fixtures and furnishings for the home, rest assured that the warmth and sheen reflected with brass and gold finishes will guarantee a feeling of glamour when introduced in appropriate doses.

    Change the look of a traditional entry with an entryway chandelier that draws the eye up and becomes a focal point in a transitional space. In this entry designed by interior designer Cheryl Burke she chose a vivid peacock color for the walls to add dramatic contrast and also act as a stunning backdrop to the brass chandelier. Follow her cue with any of the four golden girls selected below.

    Peacock Blue Wall with a Gold Chandelier

    1) Possini Euro Satin Brass Chandelier 2) Jonathan Adler 30 light Antique Brass Meurice Chandelier 3) Metropolitan Family Honey Gold Chandelier 4) Bubblini Collection 5 Light Chandelier

    A pair of brass wall lamps that flank a gold leaf mirror adds a luxe look to a bathroom, especially one with gorgeous wallpaper or stunning tile work like this bathroom featuring New Ravenna tile. Remember there is no rule that dictates finishes must match, in fact a room is always more layered and interesting when the finishes are different, so feel free to design with that in mind. Yes go ahead and install a nickel faucet right next to those glamorous golden sconces! You’ll be on your way to achieving a similar look with the mirror and sconces below.

    A Glamorous Tiled Wall with Wall Lamps

    1) Hinkley Laza Brushed Bronze Sconce 2) Doughnut Collection Antique Brass Wall Lamp 3) Uttermost Lara Oval Antique Wall Mirror 4) Harbour Point High Liberty Gold Wall Sconce 5) Mercer Single Light Aged Brass Sconce

    Pairing glossy black finishes with brass or gold leaf guarantees a captivating interior. This entry featured in Nuevo Estilo showcases classic glamour with a series of tall gold mirrors suspended over a long black console. Mimic the chic and timeless look in a living room or foyer with the home accessories featured below.

    A Golden and Glamorous Entryway

    1) Black and Gold Wall Mirror 2) Lynton Black Glaze Table Lamp 3) Mary McDonald Annika Black and Brass Lamp 4) Laney Four Drawer Black Console

    There are hundreds of other golden and glamorous lighting fixtures, mirrors, and lamps to browse here at Lamps Plus. Are you ready to add a golden glow to your home?

    Image credits: Cheryl Burke Design; New Ravenna Tile; Nuevo Estilo

  • 8 DIY Lamp Shade Ideas to Customize A Lamp

    One Lamp Eight Ways - DIY Lampshade Ideas

    Lighting is fun!

    It’s the jewelry of any room.

    Get creative by dressing up your lamps with these 8 DIY lamp shade ideas to customize your classic and beautiful lamps with color, texture and pizzazz.

    White Porcelain Table Lamp from Lamps Plus

    Take this beautiful white glass table lamp for example. It’s the perfect basic that can wear a number of hats - or designer lamp shades, to be exact.

    Customize a Lamp Shade with Chalkboard Paint

    Idea #1 – Chalkboard. I jazzed up an old drum shade with some chalkboard paint – welcome! See it at Eclectically Vintage.

    DIY Lampshade Ideas with Old Sweaters

    Idea #2 – Sweater. Got an old sweater from Aunt Milly taking up space in your closet? Turn it into a cute lampshade like Unskinny Boppy did.

    Make Your Own Stenciled Lampshade

    Idea #3 – Stenciled. Like any true Jersey girl, I love bling so I blinged out a lamp shade with some gold gilding and a stencil. See it at Eclectically Vintage.

    Customized Lamp Shade with Buttons

    Idea #4 – Buttons. Scour your junk drawer for cast off buttons like At Home on the Bay did and whip up your own one-of-a-kind lampshade.

    DIY Lampshade Idea with Balsa Wood

    Idea #5 – Balsa Wood. Strips of balsa wood create the coolest lampshade from C.R.A.F.T.

    Create Your Own Ombre Lamp Shade with Yarn

    Idea #6 – Ombre. Think girl scouts 101 and start wrapping a few of your favorite shades of yarn around a lamp shade - from Vintage Revivals.

    Doily Lamp Shade DIY from A Beautiful Mess

    Idea #7 – Doilies. Doilies aren’t just for grandma’s coffee table anymore. A Beautiful Mess turned them into a vintage style lamp shade that’s anything but stodgy.

    Want instant gratification without having to DIY? There are tons of fabulous choices to dress up any lamp from embroidered to one of my favorites …

    Seagrass Coastal Lamp Shade

    Idea #8 – Seagrass. Pop a coastal lamp shade such as this one in seagrass on any lamp and you’ll hear the ocean waves lapping at the shore … almost.

    Which one of these 8 DIY lampshade ideas will you try to jazz up your lamps?

    Image credits:  Eclectically VintageUnskinny BoppyEclectically VintageAt Home on the BayC.R.A.F.T.Vintage RevivalsA Beautiful Mess, Lamps Plus.

  • Lamps Plus Announces 2013 Best Home Blog Award Winners

    Last month we asked you to weigh in on your favorite home décor blogs in four categories for our 2013 Best Home Blog Awards: Interior Design, DIY, Lifestyle and Family.

    Thousands of blogs were considered, one hundred were nominated, and only four were chosen! Your votes have been tallied and here are the 2013 winners and runners-up:

    Best Interior Design Blog of 2013 is Hickory Trail

    Interior Design Blog Winner: Hickory Trail (Angela Betlewicz from Yulee, Florida)

    2. Decorating Ideas Made Easy
    3. The Hunted Interior
    4. Tobi Fairley
    5. Stagetecture
    6. Simplified Bee
    7. Belle Maison
    8. The Endearing Home
    9. Lisa Mende Design
    10. Hadley Court
    11. Christina Loucks
    12. Kandrac Kole
    13. StyleCarrot
    14. Habitually Chic
    15. Hillary Thomas
    16. La Dolce Vita
    17. The Peak of Chic
    18. Dec-a-Porter
    19. Kelly Market
    20. Quintessence
    21. Stacy Naquin Interiors
    22. Places in the Home
    23. Cloth and Kind
    24. The Design Wotcha
    25. Kaza Design

    Centsational Girl is the Best DIY Blog of 2013

    DIY Blog Winner: Centsational Girl (Kate Riley from Petaluma, California)

    2. Thrifty Decor Chick
    3. The Frugal Homemaker
    4. Simply Organized
    5. In My Own Style
    6. Desert Domicile
    7. Unexpected Elegance
    8. Dukes and Duchesses
    9. DIY on the Cheap
    10. It All Started With Paint
    11. Petticoat Junktion
    12. The Everyday Home
    13. Pretty Handy Girl
    14. The Painted Home
    15. Suzy's Artsy-Crafty Sitcom
    16. DIY Show Off
    17. Rustic Pig Designs
    18. Storypiece
    19. LiveLoveDIY
    20. Wills Casa
    21. Yellow Brick Home
    22. Lolly Jane
    23. The Cavender Diary
    24. Domestically Speaking
    25. Sugar Bee Crafts

    Best Lifestyle Blog of 2013 is Cupcakes for Breakfast

    Lifestyle Blog Winner: Cupcakes for Breakfast (Nikki Rappaport from Washington DC)

    2. Hi Sugarplum!
    3. With Style & Grace
    4. The Effortless Chic
    5. Style Within Reach
    6. This is Glamorous
    7. MadeByGirl
    8. Look Linger Love
    9. A Piece of Toast
    10. Kelly Golightly
    11. The Everygirl
    12. A Merry Mishap
    13. Frock Files
    14. Design Darling
    15. The Pursuit of Style
    16. The Office Stylist
    17. Love Maegan
    18. Luella & June
    19. Meg Biram
    20. Haute Design by Sarah Klassen
    21. Camille Styles
    22. Unruly Things
    23. Life in a Venti Cup
    24. The Vault Files
    25. The Glamourai

    Stone Gable is the Best Family Blog of 2013

    Family Blog Winner: Stone Gable (Yvonne Pratt from Willow Street, Pennsylvania)

    2. Honey We're Home
    3. Just Us Four
    4. Small Fry
    5. Four Generations One Roof
    6. Thistlewood Farm
    7. Bless This Mess
    8. Mom 4 Real
    9. Celebrating Everyday Life
    10. Tried and True
    11. Nellie Bellie
    12. Pancakes & French Fries
    13. Jennifer Rizzo
    14. One Tough Mother
    15. Handmade Charlotte
    16. Keeping It Cozy
    17. Mom Home Guide
    18. Stay at Home-ista
    19. Prudent Baby
    20. Lilikoi Joy
    21. I Heart Naptime
    22. HoneyBear Lane
    23. Cupcakes and Crinoline
    24. Design, Dining + Diapers
    25. Jolly Mom

    Congratulations to the four winning blogs, and to all 100 blogs that were nominated! Now in its second year, the Lamps Plus Best Home Blog Awards is an annual award that honors exceptional work in the home décor blogosphere.

  • Fillable Lamp How-To

    fillable lamp with decorations

    Perfect for the holidays and for all year long, fillable lamp designs from our Color + Plus™ collection allow you to add customized style to any room in your home. You can decorate it seasonally with holiday themed fillings or pack it with treasured keepsakes for a year round personalized style.
    Available in a variety of glass shapes, our Color+Plus clear fillable lamps are easily personalized in 3 simple steps:

    1. Disassemble

    Fillable Table Lamp Disassemebled
    Start by removing the lamp shade and harp so that the base sits easily on its side. Next, loosen the wing nut that secures the baseplate to the glass base.

    2. Decorate

    Placing decorations into lamp
    Put your decorative elements inside the clear glass base. Christmas ornaments, sea shells, postcards—just about anything looks great. When filling the base, keep in mind that you’ll need to turn your entire design upright again when you’re done.

    3. Reassemble

    Putting a lamp together
    Once your design is complete, simply reattach the baseplate and tighten the wing nuts until it is securely affixed.

    At last…Enjoy! Your new fillable lamp is perfect for expressing yourself. Whether you’re showing off pictures of children and grandchildren or displaying a collection of fall leaves from your backyard, fillable glass lamps are the perfect way to display everything you treasure most in life.

    Need inspiration? Check out the ultra-creative entries from our Hometalk & Lamps Plus Holiday Design Challenge. See our three winners – Megan Bray of Balancing Home, Brian Carlisle of GadgetSponge, and Tammy Killough of Deja Vue Designs – plus five not-to-be-missed honorable mention entries, and get inspired to fill your own!

    To see these same base designs in any color under sun, check out our complete line of glass lamps in 100+ colors.

  • Sleek and Contemporary LED Wall Lamps

    Contemporary LED Wall Lamps

    While LED technically means Light Emitting Diodes, it’s the high style of LED wall lamps that caught my eye when looking through the amazing Swedish blog, Victor Blogg. There are times when all I crave are simple, contemporary design and this blog delivers - not to mention it makes you think about interiors in a global way.

    When it comes to cutting-edge lighting, Lamps Plus has a myriad of choices of the newest LED wall lamp styles. LED lights are the future so it’s worth checking out all the options. Whether you are updating indoor or outdoor lighting LED lights are bound to be a design hit.

    LED Wall Lamps for Bathroom Lighting

    1. George Kovacs Saber Chrome LED Bath Light

    New bath lighting is a fantastic place to start. Bathrooms all need great light for multiple functions, and wall lights are very important. If you ever tried to get ready with a single flush mount ceiling light, you know what I mean...let’s just say your make-up or shave might not go as well as planned.

    Modern LED Swing Arm Lighting

    2. Possini Euro LED Wall Light

    LED wall lamps can also pivot and swing, adding a sculptural touch to kitchens, halls and libraries. The ability to target the light makes it wonderful for tasks and work. 

    Outdoor LED Wall Lights

    3. George Kovacs Hooked LED Glass Wall Sconce 4. Hive Collection Black LED Outdoor Wall Light

    Outdoor lighting or covered porch lighting can be just as chic as indoor lighting. Creating the right ambiance outside will expand your living space by making patios a place people want to gather and contemporary LED wall lamps can get you there in style.

    Image credits: Victor Blogg.

  • 10 Bathroom Lighting Ideas with Crystal Chandeliers

    You've splurged on the glass encased shower, the marble vanity for his and hers sinks, and the newly ubiquitous toilet room with frosted glass panels on the pocket door. Hopefully your luxurious bathroom also includes decorative bathroom light fixtures, namely, glamorous crystal chandeliers. These 10 bathroom lighting ideas add not just decadence, but a touch of warmth, and plenty of sparkle. 

    Bronze Crystal Leafy Bathroom Chandelier

    Interior designer Gail Plechaty of Real Simple Design, based about an hour north of Chicago, used Old World styling with minimum fuss in a light and airy bathroom in what looks to be a contemporary style home (soaring cathedral ceiling and all). The pale blue and white palette is ethereal, but grounded by a large nude drawing on the wall and oversize blackened chandelier with beautiful crystals hung above.

    Capiz Shell Chandelier Beachy Green Bathroom

    We imagine this Tampa home featured on Mina Brinkey's blog to be a contemporary beachy retreat, with the sparkling green mosaic tile feature wall interspersed with gold, a perfect backdrop to the pristine kidney bean shaped tub. The cascading capiz shell chandelier is a bohemian touch.

    Polished Chrome Sleek Arm Chandelier Deco Style

    A traditional style bathroom in the U.K. with cabinetry designed by Hayburn & Co. is fresh and sophisticated. The sleek polished chrome chandelier adds shine and a hint of a curve, echoing the pattern on the wallpaper.

    Chandelier With Colored Crystals For The Bathroom

    This bathroom showcases an inspired blending of industrial, contemporary, and glam sensibilities. Over the oval "Oceanus" tub by Tyrell & Laing hangs a crystal chandelier with a sprinkling of color.

    Gold And Crystal Drum Shaped Chandelier And Kilim

    Australian designer David Hicks starts with a contemporary base—horizontal tiles and a mirrored wall—against which he adds an earthy kilim, contemporary soaking tub, ornately framed mirror, and gold drum-shaped crystal chandelier. Its delicate scale suggests a piece of jewelry.

    Traditional Glamorous Clear Crystal Chandelier Over Tub

    A wall covered in horizontally stacked aqua glass tiles creates a watery feel in this Toronto bathroom by Brandon Barre. The crystal chandler adds sparkle, which is fabulous thanks to the skylight. Its clear transparency echoes that of the acrylic curule stool in front of the tub.

    Black Crystal Chandelier With Deco Color Scheme

    The historic building of Austrian Hotel Weisler calls for majestic accouterments like this jet black crystal chandelier. Setting asleep tub in the tall bay window is divine.

    Laser Cut Silvered Ball Chandelier Marble Bathtub

    Parisian designer Jean Louis-Denoit is known for his stunning statements that stop short of over the top. Here, everything's covered in marble, an abstract patinated bronze sculpture stands in a niche at the head of the barrel-like tub, and a deconstructed silver ball hangs from above.

    Roman Style Chandelier In Bronze With Crystals

    Are those industrial style lockers in this bathroom featured in Living Etc.? Interesting, and truly useful. Simple subway tile with gray grout, a worn leather armchair, and a painted wood plank floor carry the theme, while the look is topped off with a surprise—a bronze crystal Roman-style chandelier.

    Wire Sculpture Type Chandelier In Taupe Bathroom

    A London bathroom with two fireplaces (hmmm) photographed by Beccy Smart goes with both the expected and unexpected. Taupe walls and a claw foot tub are juxtaposed with an oversize wire sculpture-like chandelier that's more artwork than functional fixture.

    Which of these 10 bathroom lighting ideas with crystal chandeliers is your favorite?

    Shopping GuideGrove Collection Crystal Accent Chandelier
Dolce Capiz Shell 42" Wide Island Light, Hudson Valley Sterling 29" Wide Polished Chrome Chandelier, Schonbek Rose Mint Julep Crystal Chandelier
, Merci Burnished Silver 17" Wide Crystal Pendant Chandelier, Vespar Chrome 26 3/4" Wide 9-Light Crystal Chandelier, James R. Moder Vienna Collection Black Crystal Chandelier
Fredrick Ramond Bijou 28 1/4" Wide Nickel Chandelier
Wallingford 16" Wide Antique Brass and Crystal Chandelier
, Artcraft Madeline 15 1/2" Wide Black Crystal Pendant Light

    Image credits: Werner Straube/Traditional HomeMina BrinkeyHayburn & Co.Tyrell & Laing, David HicksBrandon BarreHotel WeislerJean Louis-Denoit, Living Etc.Beccy Smart

  • Get the Look of a Glamorous and Modern Office

    There is nothing more inspiring at work than having a glamorous and modern office to work in, especially one that is stylish and causes office envy. Why deal with an ugly, boring space when you can put together a workspace that inspires you and impresses clients and colleagues alike? Ruby PR, an office I recently profiled on my blog, has put together an amazing look, one that anyone can pull off too. Here's how to get the look:

    Contemporary Office Decor

    Kristen Loken did a great job capturing the whole space in this photo

    THE OFFICE: The overall look and feel is modern and feminine with a bit of glamour. You start with a great base of modern furniture then add in accessories and décor to fit the style you’re looking to pull off.

    Start with a modern and stylish white desk:

    White Modern Desk with Chrome Legs

    Add a grey chevron accent rug for a pop of pattern:

    Grey Chevron Area Rug

    Now we need to pay attention to some of the details like multipurpose desk lamps, cute desktop accessories, etc.

    Glamorous and Modern Office Desk Lamp

    Another great shot from Kristen Loken

    The desks wouldn’t be complete without cute desk lamps like this white gem-inspired table lamp.

    Contemporary White Geometric Table Lamp

    Flowers are also an important part of the look but not a necessity. With just a few of these things you get the look of Ruby PR’s stylish office.

    What do you guys think of this glamorous and modern office? Is this office look for you?

    Image credits: Office photos via Kristen Loken; Rug, Lamp, and Desk from Lamps Plus.

November, 2013