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  • Stylish Kitchen Design With Contemporary Bar Stools

    Kitchen Design

    Do you ever look at any of the spaces in your home and think it could use a refresh? Sure you do, it happens to everyone, and the same thing can happen with a kitchen too. Though most of the details in a kitchen are fixed from the cabinets to the countertops, there is one accessory that can go a long way to update the space: the bar stool.

    If yours are looking tired or you’re craving a new look, it doesn't take much to change it up! Here are three different styles to inspire a change for Spring! Swap out your existing seating with contemporary bar stools to introduce a modern vibe. Look for stools with angular clean lines or ones that mix materials like acrylic and chrome.

    Contemporary Bar Stools

    Get that modern edge in your kitchen with cool chrome finishes in smooth tubular bases like the Adjustable Height White and Black Bar Stool or H2 Adjustable Height Counter or White Bar Stool, or instead consider the angled edges found in the Zuo Modern Darwen Black 24" High Counter Stool. Leather is always a chic yet durable choice; get the look with the Faustino White Bycast Leather Bar Stool or Omega Adjustable Black and Chrome Counter or Bar Stool.

    Rustic Kitchen Design

    The eco friendly appeal of rustic, reclaimed, and weathered wood has taken over the design world by storm. In the past few years, more and more are calling for products with organic appeal and wood will always satisfy. A kitchen is a place where so many surfaces are cooler from the stone countertops to the metal appliances, pulls and faucets to the tile backsplash. In those circumstances, add welcome contrast in any style kitchen from cottage to contemporary with the warmth of wood counter height stools.

    Wood Bar Stools

    Find variegated wood tones in these sleek Balboa Teak and Brass Stool and whitewashed tones in the Harper Stone Wash Counter Stool. Mix your finishes with a black and wood Morella Square Bar Stoolor a round metal and wood Jaden Natural Wood Counter Stool.

    Colorful Design

    Color lifts the spirits and will instantly cheer a neutral kitchen. Since it’s the place where you start your day, consider making it that much brighter with colorful counter height stools in a shade that makes you smile.

    Colorful Bar Stools

    Go green with a leather Hillsdale Counter Stool and embrace a cherry red with these Tolix lookalike Red Counter Stool or the Crimson Counter Stool. Make it sunny with a Yellow Microfiber Swivel Counter Stool or opt for a bold blue Scooper Adjustable Bar or Counter Stool. Any hue you choose make it bright and fun!

    Image credits: Better Homes & Gardens; Shirley Parks Design; House Beautiful; wood stool kitchen images: Country Living & Arkpad; colorful counter stool images: Better Homes & Gardens; Kitchen Lab Design

  • A Warm and Inviting Outdoor Candle Chandelier

    You've probably already put some thought into outdoor decorating as winter comes to an end - but what about outdoor lighting? This warm and inviting outdoor candle chandelier by Franklin Iron Works might be the perfect addition to your covered porch, deck, or patio.

    A Warm and Inviting Outdoor Patio

    Inspired by the past but crafted for today’s home, the Onyx Faux Stone Candle 30-inch wide Espresso Outdoor Chandelier has a dark brown espresso finish with a wrought iron look. 

    The beauty of this traditional outdoor chandelier is in its gorgeous onyx stone faux candles that give the appearance of genuine wax pillar candles - without the hassle or fire hazard. The faux "candles" conceal five 60-watt bulbs that emit a warm and welcoming glow.

    Outdoor Candle Chandelier from Lamps Plus

    For a coordinated look, matching outdoor candle sconces are available in a 15-inch or 18-inch height. The lovely look of a candle chandelier in an outdoor setting is sensational - there's no better way to set the mood for outdoor entertaining this spring and summer!

    In addition to a gorgeous outdoor chandelier, you may want to consider security lighting for your outside areas as well. Good lighting is an asset to any outdoor space, providing both beautiful ambiance and practical security. 

    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.

  • Spring TeePee Design Ideas for Everyone


    The snow is starting to melt off and longer, lighter Spring days creep closer. What better way to kick off this magical time than with a stunning teepee design round-up!  

    Indoor or outdoor, masculine or feminine, chic or rustic - teepees are a fantastic way to express creativity and embrace spring time fun.  Just like the romantic image above from The Style Files, this teepee design round up will inspire men, women and children to embrace youthful happiness this Spring.


    This beautifully feminine pink teepee from HGTV shows how even with small spaces, teepees can make a big impact.  Keeping it fun and youthful, yet full of feminine charm, this area will serve as the secret hideaway for little girls all spring and Summer long.  


    With this little boy's teepee from Jen Loves Kev, the masculine touches serve as accents to a more neutral base. Simple pops of blue with cushions and pillows are all it takes to create a perfect space for your little man's summer hideaway.


    For the older kids who still want that special place to steal some time away from it all, try a more modern, graphic approach to the teepee.  On the left, this graphic and eclectic teepee setup from Nicety has fun written all over it. They have created a crafty, funky place to hang that any kid (and I'm sure some adults) would love.  

    On the right, this streamlined and modern teepee from Color Issue is perfect for a fancier home where everything, even teepees are classy and chic. Try adding in some small scale accent furniture and a cool task lamp to encourage reading and play late into the twilight hours.


    For the strong willed, DIY-saavy out there, try taking on this amazing outdoor teepee. Branches, vines and leaves make up this masterpiece from Junk Gypsy. This is the ultimate rustic hangout for the entire family. Adding outdoor hanging string lights takes this woodsy teepee from day to night for family time around the fire and campouts late into the night.


    Now time to throw the grown-ups some teepee design inspiration love. Leave the kids with grandma for the weekend and set yourself up in one of these fabulous vintage style teepees, found on Tumblr.  

    Embrace the 'glamping' trend and become one with nature for the weekend with the one you love. Simple design, accessorized with the right amount of kitsch and comfort, and you will have yourself one fabulous teepee experience this spring and late into the summer months.

    Image credits: The Style Files, HGTV, Jen Loves Kev, NicetyColor Issue, Junk Gypsy, Tumblr

  • Lighting Styles for Kids’ Work Spaces

    Lighting Styles

    Artcraft On the Spot Black Floor LampMulti-Color Glass 5-Arm Floor Lamp

    Adults aren't the only ones who need work space in the home... Here's some ideas for lighting up a stylish work space for kids....

    While table lamps let you really shine a light on things, they also take up a lot of real estate on the tabletop. If you’re dealing with a small area, or using a single surface for a pair of worker bees, consider a floor lamp for at least one seat.  

    The Artcraft On the Spot Floor Lamp, with metal sphere and adjustable gooseneck has both a thin profile and a ‘50s feel, making it practically and style savvy. The Multi-Color Glass Five-Arm Floor Lamp is tons of fun, and prevents arguments over who gets to shine the light on what, since there are plenty to go around.

    Animal Sconce

    Kidsplace Rocket 10 1/2" Wide Brushed SteelHibou White Porcelain Owl Accent LampRed Twitter Bird Contemporary Accent Lamp

    Incorporate a light fixture as part of your decor theme. This kids work space, designed by Susanna Vento and Samuli Niskanen features a DIY trestle leg desk and glossy pigeon sconce with bright orange cord.

    Similar options include the Kidsplace Rocket, a brushed steel mini pendant that would look adorable above the desk of a budding astronaut, and even cuter as a trio. The Hibou Owl Accent Lamp, crafted from white porcelain is illuminated from within the belly of the bird, is a style that works well into tendon. The Twitter Bird Contemporary Accent Lamp is a cheerful addition to a kid’s desk or guest bedroom. Imagine it on a bedside table against wallpaper with birds in modern black silhouettes.

    Pendant Lighting

    Currey and Company Rooke 10" Wide Red Pendant LightPossini Euro White Inside 8" Wide Red Mini Pendant LightPop Collection Green Glass 15" Wide Pendant

    This work area featured on The Design Files starts with a white ground, then add a bit of color. Brightly hued pendants are a bold contrast against white walls, especially when there are such high ceilings.

    The Currey and Company Rooke Pendant Light, surprisingly crafted out of terra-cotta, would bring a bold splash of red into a room. The Possini Euro Red Mini Pendant Light is an excellent option for small spaces, or, line up three in a row. The length of red wire only makes it better. The Pop Collection Pendant, which works as a flushmount fixture too, is a more refined piece made from glass, so better to hang above a teen’s desk, preferably one who doesn’t toss a ball while studying.

    Colorful Task Lights

    Mighty Bright LUX Dome Blue Steel LED Desk LampKoncept Gen 3 Equo Daylight LED Orange Desk LampWhite Metal 2-Light Clamp-On Desk Lamp

    On the left, charming birds alight behind a red task lamp that sits on a table with legs covered in florals. On the left, furniture maker Tim Leveson created a an extra fun workspace in his daughters’ playroom, with a classic black task lamp and Marimekko oilcloth-topped table.

    Task lamps come in a number of styles, including quite contemporary, like the Mighty Bright LUX Dome LED Desk Lamp of solid steel, which will last an estimated 50,000 hours. The Koncept Gen 3 Equo Daylight LED Desk Lamp is also energy efficient and incredibly sleek, not just in looks but in functionality: slide your finger along the strip to dim gradually, or touch anywhere on the strip to jump directly to any brightness. For a more traditional take, opt for a metal Clamp-On Desk Lamp. Great for hobbies, this one includes a main bulb for general lighting and a circular ring fluorescent bulb to provide bright light for close-up work or reading.

    Outdoor Sconce

    Heirloom Wire Cage Polished Nickel Wall SconceIndustrial Chrome Finish 11 3/4" High Outdoor Wall LightAverill Park 10 1/2" High Bronze Outdoor Wall Light

    North Carolina interior designer Lynn-Anne Bruns incorporates flea-market finds into her children’s rooms. Here, a collection of green bottles add color on the ledge above the wall-mounted desk. In keeping with the desk’s small space efficiency and vintage aesthetic, a caged sconce provides direct downlight.

    Similar industrial styles include the shiny Heirloom Wire Cage Polished Nickel Wall Sconce with carbon filament bulb, and outdoor sconces, like the Industrial Chrome Finish Wall Light with white frosted glass, and the Averill Park Bronze Wall Light with seedy glass and Edison bulb.

    Track Lighting

    WAC White Glass Track Head for Lightolier Track SystemsLow Profile Par 20 Track LightLightolier Classic White Cylinder Track Light

    Photographer and graphic designer, Anne Helgesson smartly installed track lighting in her daughter’s bedroom, above the long horizontal work space, along with a pair of pendants for additional illumination. Not only do track lights keep the irk surface clear, they meld with the room’s modern aesthetic.

    Lightolier Track Light Systems offer excellent contemporary designs, with die cast lights in white finishes. The Low Profile Par 20 Track Light has a bezel shade and Lightolier Classic White Cylinder Track Light uses mini-cylinder lights with a matte finish.

    Image credits: Family LivingKristiina Kurronen for Scandinavian DekoLouise Desrosiers for Milk MagazineBolaget Real Estate, Sean Fennessy for The Design Files, Lucas Allen for Country Living, Annesse

  • Using Foyer Lighting to Brighten your Spring Home

    Spring has finally come and it seemed like the cold winter days would never leave! Spring is all about a rebirth and renewal of your abode and lighting is one of the easiest ways to breathe freshness back into your welcoming foyer.

    The foyer of your home can often be forgotten as it is where guests enter and exit your home and often times is treated more as a corridor rather than a room. Foyer lighting is especially important because it can be for safety, illumination, but still bring a presence to your foyer that may have been missing. This season, take a look at how it can brighten your spring home using chandeliers, pendants and even wall sconces for a fresh take to your interiors.

    Foyer Lighting

    Determine what type of statement your foyer lighting should make:

    The first impression into your home is a lasting one, so ensure the foyer lighting you choose works beautifully with your interiors. If your front entrance opens up to a grand or monumental stair like this one by Lorraine G. Vale, then having an equally large and eye-catching chandelier could be just the statement you’re looking for.

    There is foyer lighting for high and low ceilings to create enough illumination to brighten a multi-story space or a low ceiling fixture could be just enough for a more intimate entrance. Did you know that lighting is one of the most affordable upgrades you can make to your interiors during the spring?

    Take a look at your foyer and determine what type of new statement your entrance can make.

    Foyer Design

    Contemporary chandeliers that take a break from traditional crystal:

    While many homeowners love the twinkle and glamour that traditional crystal chandeliers evoke, many feel the traditional style lighting fixture doesn’t fit their modern home. The beauty of today’s foyer lighting is the ability to choose from ultra-modern fixtures that are abstract and artistic to classically traditional to fit every homeowners taste, like these fixtures in this home by Hendel Homes.

    The Possini Euro design below from Lamps Plus is the perfect example of a sophisticated foyer lighting fixture that walks the line between glamorous with a contemporary edge! The chrome finish and metal construction pendant light is a break from the normal sparkling individual glass/crystal pieces, but still gives a shimmering effect in your entryway. Ideal for a smaller foyer or grouped into multiple arrangements in a larger foyer, the eighteen halogen bulbs are sure to illuminate any home with a gorgeous glow.

    Modern Chandelier

    Possini Euro Design 18-Light Curly Ribbon Pendant

    Compliment your architectural ceiling with gorgeous foyer lighting:

    One of the features that you often forget about in your foyer is the ceiling! Architectural ceilings span from very rustic to ornately detailed and foyer lighting can highlight these features beautifully like this modern variety from Peter Zimmerman Architects.

    Choose lighting that keeps in the design style of the architectural features. There are so many contemporary lights that work beautifully in minimalistic interiors, while reclaimed and exposed filament lighting look gorgeous in a more rustic setting.

    Complimenting your architectural setting can set the mood for guests the moment they enter your home!

    Modern Foyer

    The next time you rush through your foyer on to the other rooms of your home, look up! You may realize that some of the best ways to welcome and say goodbye to your guests rests in the ability of your foyer lighting to illuminate the way.

    Use these inspiring ideas to awaken your entryway with light and show off the architectural details of your home.

    Image credits: Lorraine G. Vale, Hendel HomesPeter Zimmerman Architects

  • Get the Look With Monaco Blue Home Accents

    When decorating, you never go wrong by choosing a classic color, like Monaco blue for your home accents. A timeless option. Whether your inspiration is the blue doors of Greece, or the classic prep look of Nantucket — Monaco blue is a no fail.

    Home Accents

    Artcraft On the Spot Chrome Pendant LightZuo Union Square Antique White ChairsKaleen Nomad Navy Wool Area RugPrimary Shapes Abstract Wall ArtFiore White Dining TableJamie Young Large White Marble Bowl

    In this dining room from Domino Magazine above, they pared the space down to blue and white with a bit of black and gray.

    A black pendant light above a white dining table with white dining chairs will always produce a chic look. The blue and ivory patterned rug anchor the space for family and friends to gather. Top the table with a neutral marble bowl and add some art to the space — I opted for a a primary color abstract print to bring a few additional colors into the space.

    Image credit: Domino Magazine

  • Get The Look: Modern Gray Living Room

    Modern Gray Living Room

    The modern gray living room does not have to be a cold and austere space. I fell in love with this room for several reasons and think it’s a perfect room to replicate. Of course the blog, A Perfect Gray, is the ideal spot to find images of chic gray interiors which is where I was when I stumbled upon this beauty.

    I like that while the room is modern, it’s still warm and comfortable. The lines of the sofa are sleek but the upholstery is warm. To counter the cool glass coffee table, the designer has introduced the small wooden stool. The mixture of textures is genius. Another nice juxtaposition is the earthy, woven sisal rug below the warmer woven textile carpet. 

    Metals play an important role too. The brass base of the coffee table is visually carried up the wall by the introduction of the amazing brass table lamp. I don’t think there is a more divine lighting specimen than what we see here. Not only is it totally on point for the space, I would also love that look as my bedroom lighting style. While I can’t see where the other lighting sources come from, I bet there are some type of distinctive wall lights or pretty sconces near the bookcase to the left. It’s a fab look with a simple palette...bon chance.

    Gray Home Decor

    Shopping List:

    1. Black Horse Framed Photo Wall Art

    2. Klaussner Jordan Classic Gray Sofa

    3. Raschella Twin Arm Antique Brass Table Lamp

    4. Kaleen Casablanca Grey Wool Area Rug

    5. Arteriors Home Dean Gold Leaf Cocktail Table

    6. Summer Swirl Walnut Natural Wood Stool

    Photo credit: A Perfect Gray

  • Functional Style: Tray Table Lamp

    Console Tray Table Lamp

    You can never apply too much style to the way your home design functions. That's why we want to present our new Tivoli Mosaic Glass Tray Console Table Lamp!

    Add stylish function to your home with this console table lamp. It's topped with a beige shade that offers ambient illumination and transitional style. While the bedside might be a great idea, this table lamp would even be a fun option on a dining room console. Use it for entertaining, you can display pretty finger foods or desserts on the tray table.

    Console Table Lamp

    This console table lamp is also ideal for your favorite reading corner. The glass tray table is perfect for reading glasses, cell phone and more. Conveniently, the mosaic base works with several color palettes.

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

    Image credit: Lamps Plus

  • Creating the Perfect Mirror Gallery Wall


    A beautiful way to create a feature wall is by putting up a gallery collection. While personal photos and artwork are usually the first go-to for this, a mirrored gallery wall is an interesting way to bring whimsy and light to your wall space.

    From streamlined elegance to funky eclectic, these images from House will inspire you to create your very own perfect mirror gallery wall.


    This entryway features a stunning gallery of romantic, frameless mirror styles. The feminine, vintage look of this gallery wall also serves to bring in outdoor light through reflection, adding a wonderful glow to the entryway.

    Because frame-less mirrors are so simple, you can combine many shapes and sizes, even overloading with the quantity and packing your walls with gorgeous mirrors.


    People often forget to design their bathrooms! This super fun, eclectic gallery wall creates the perfect backdrop to the tub. The gallery wall is funky but still romantic and girly, and dresses up what would be an otherwise typical and bland bathroom.


    To call the above a gallery wall is a tiny bit of a stretch, but it is a wall hanging collection so I chose to add it to the mix for variation.

    These antique mirror wall sconces, that hold real candles, are a cool way to mix mirrors with lighting. Keep them aligned for a more modern approach, or stagger the heights for a "collected" feel.  


    This playful gallery wall perfectly balances Mid-Century simplicity with whimsy. The consistent wicker material allows you to mix shapes freely and still have a consistent look.

    Take this gallery wall one step further by adding a DIY twist, try swapping out one or two of the standard mirrors for convex mirrors to add dimension to the look.


    If you have the space, why not take your mirrored gallery wall down to the floor! Stacking floor mirrors can make a room grow in size and appear so much brighter.  

    Layer cohesive floor mirrors in a space where there is not a risk of them toppling over, or secure them from behind. Leaning, layered floor mirrors give off a casual, laid-back vibe.

    What kind of mirrored gallery wall do you like best?

    Image credits: House

  • White Lighting

    White Lighting

    White lighting is always crisp and clean whether you take it in a contemporary or traditional direction. An easy and inexpensive way to introduce white into your lighting scheme is by simply adding white lamp shades to entryway, chandelier or bedroom lighting.

    The Zhush is a great source for beautiful room images and there were ample shots of white lighting...enough to be the inspiration for this post! Consider white lighting as a counterpoint to a dark space like the image above or as a compliment to a sunny and brightly designed space.

    White Table Lamps

    White table lamps are always stylish when in an urn or gourd shape. The wide variety of shapes possible within ceramics will always make table lamp visually interesting and mini works of art.

    Consider white coral as a lamp base in a summer home or take an old, plain wooden lamp base and whitewash it for a distressed seaside look. 

    White Chandeliers

    Ceiling and pendant lights are also chic in white. The obvious choice is to install white lights in a kitchen. There is no question that white in a kitchen is a clean and sanitary look. I’m mad for the white milk glass chandelier above. It’s both modern and traditional at the same time. Can you say two for one? The basic drum shade in white would be a great way to start slowly. They don’t break the bank and are design simplicity at its best. There is a reason most lamp shades are white...white lighting is timeless and here to stay.

    Contemporary Lighting

    Shopping List:

    1. Currey and Company Seaward White Sand Chandelier

    2. Artcraft Mercer Street 18" Wide Modern Pendant Light

    3. Polished Nickel Beehive Pendant

    4. Jonathan Adler Capri Tall White Glass Table Lamp

    5. White Cotton Drum Cylinder Shade

    Image credits: The Zhush

March, 2014