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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.

  • Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

    Every homeowner knows the necessity of lighting both indoors and out, but spending the time and money on high quality statement lighting will not only make you smile each time you flip on the light switch and admire its beauty, but it will also add value to your home.

    Lighting is all about form and function, the choices should complement the style of the home and their placement should serve a real purpose. 

    Outdoor Lighting

    Light fixtures on the front porch are the first impression, so look beyond ordinary finds and seek out something special. In covered porches and entries, flanking the front door with large outdoor wall lights adds character by day and illumination by night.

    Add contrast to a white or neutral exterior with any of these three dramatic sconces perfect for the entry: 

    Bronze Wall SconcesHinkley Barrington High Bronze Wall Sconce, Derby High Antique Iron Outdoor Wall Light, Bravada Chestnut Outdoor Wall Sconce 

    Covered patios and porches are a favorite place for all to gather in fair weather. Set a table to dine al fresco or include a seating area for lounging on lazy days. Either way, you’ll need lighting for when the sun sets. Suspended outdoor lanterns over table tops or conversation zones let you linger longer.

    Outdoor Patio

    Add similar drama to your outdoor space with any of these three hanging lanterns below. They're all dramatic yet classic and will complement any transitional outdoor space.

    Bronze Outdoor Hanging Lights

    Rockford High Bronze Outdoor Hanging Light, Bellagio Hanging LightMossoro Hanging Light

    Long porches and breezy cabanas in warm climates need outdoor ceiling fans to circulate air overhead. In lieu of a chandelier, look to stylish sconces to balance the decor. Repeat the same sconces around the space for uniformity and even spots of illumination when the space is in use during evening hours.

    Outdoor Lounge Area

    Play off the architectural style of the home or the furnishings with your finishes and design of choice. The industrial chrome outdoor wall light is a fantastic choice for homes with a coastal vibe.

    Industrial Chrome Outdoor Wall Light

    Chrome Outdoor Wall Light, Maxim Scottsdale Black Outdoor Wall LightSteel Crossing Outdoor Wall Sconce

    Image credits: Sprague Construction, Area via HouzzWayne Windham Architect

  • Fun and Festive Outdoor String Lights

    Fun and Festive Outdoor String Lights

    There's no better way to create a fun and festive ambiance when the sun sets than with outdoor string lights. These Metal Cage Lantern String Party Lights have a classic industrial look and charming weathered green finish that will bring a nostalgic touch to your summertime soiree.

    Metal Cage Lantern String Party Lights

    Designer primarily for outdoor use (but suitable for use indoors too), up to 8 party light strands can be linked to provide twinkling illumination overhead. String them from tree to tree, as shown below; or hang them from the ceiling of a covered porch or patio to create a sparkling, intimate atmosphere.

    Party lights lend a festive look to any setting

    Party lights lend a festive look to any setting, no matter what the occasion. Lamps Plus offers free shipping on all indoor and outdoor string lights for your next event or gathering.

    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.

  • Dwell on Design: Furniture Trend

    Dwell On Design

    This past weekend, the largest design event in the U.S., returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center and we were lucky enough to attend. The 2014 Dwell on Design event offered continuous content from more than 200 top minds of design, architecture and art.

    There were beautifully curated exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors, along with thousands of products and materials. Put simply, everyone left inspired, including us. We couldn't help but notice the overwhelming amount of mixed materials throughout the event. Turns out, this design trend is our favorite take-away. 

    Mixed materials is a great way to provide your space with depth and texture. Rather than a fully upholstered sofa, maybe select one framed in wood, for example. Mixing materials can be as simple or as drastic as you want it to be.

    Brass Furniture

    Depending on the style of your home decor you can select the dominant material you want for any given piece, such as brass. Brass works perfectly in a wide range of home styles. It could work in a traditional home, as well as a modern home that maintains a great attention to detail.

    1. The Jamie Young side table displays a great contrast in materials with brass and marble, perfect for a modern home.

    2. This Arteriors Home round stool mixes multiple materials with the linen, leather AND brass. Perfect for extra seating at parties or a side table for daily use.

    3. This brass framed bamboo bench stool, paired with linen upholstery is an elegant combination, perfect for a vanity.

    Mirrored Furniture

    Do you live in a glamorous, regency style home? The mixed materials trend will work for you as well. Mirrored furniture can be taken one step further by incorporating other materials, such as wood or brass.

    1. This Wesley wood cabinet is a beautiful mix of wood and mirror mixed in one piece of furniture.

    2. For a more elegant look combining wood and mirror, try the distressed white wood chest.

    3. Nothing says elegance like a scroll foot! This gold mirror accent table will dress up any home perfectly.

    Image credits: LP Team

  • Blue & White New England Nautical Decor

    Last week I took a last minute jaunt up to Maine with a friend to go to to the Kennebunkport Food Wine Art Festival. There was nautical decor, sailing, music, artwork, and lots of eating and drinking. I also had the opportunity to tour many of the inns in the area, check out the decor of the rooms, common lounges, and grounds.

    New England Nautical Decor

    One of the most fun was The Cottages at Cabot Cove, a collection of sixteen tiny cottages in Kennebunkport, on a picturesque bit of water. Each of the cottages was darling and decorated by a different interior designer. This on above, called “Float In”, has a distinctly nautical feel reinforced by a wall of windows that offers views of the water and the inn’s dock. It’s almost as though you’re staying on a private yacht.

    The living area was designed with a limited palette of navy, white and details of brass, like the brass pendant light fixture. It featured striped seat cushions over the sisal rug, which was perfect under the slipcovered sofas (with navy piping). A model sailboat, nautical flags and oars completed the decorative effect.

    The kitchen (not shown) was designed with white cabinetry and a ship-like wood countertop. There was also a brass faucet and porthole details to complete the look.

    The bedroom (not shown) featured brass wall sconces with articulating arms on either side of the bed. There were crisp white linens with blue and white striped shams that coordinated with the blue and white throw pillows.

    Home Decor & Furnishing

    To get this ship-shape style at home, start with a Sung Collection Niassa Area Rug (5), made in India from 100 percent jute fiber. It’s durable, and feels good on bare feet.

    A Brynn Montague Slipcover Sofa (4) in Indigo is a sharp seating selection, especially if there are kids. No dirty footprints from the dog either!

    The American Drew by La-Z-Boy Tray Top Cocktail Table (7) is rugged and practical with a tray top so stuff won’t slide off, and a bottom shelf for magazines and jigsaw puzzles which are essential for summer fun.

    Feet off the table please. Instead, put them up on a Skipper Nautical Stripe Navy and White Pouf (8). Get a pair; they work well as additional seating in a pinch too.

    Extra light is needed at night and rainy days, of which hopefully there will be few. The Oar Shaped with Burlap Shade Floor Lamp fits right in with the nautical theme.

    Above, add shine and a touch of traditional elegance with a brass light fixture, such as the Possini Euro Icaria Brass Pendant Light (1).

    Use artwork to further the theme. A piece like the Anchor Framed Silhouette Wall Art (2) looks good in multiples, just vary the shapes and/or colors.

    The finishing touch? An authentic replica of a ship. We love the Penduick Sailboat Model (6), which is based on historical photographs and crafted by artisans using "plank on frame" construction.

    Image credit: Kennebunkport Resort Collection

  • Patriotic Color+Plus Table Lamps

    To celebrate the 4th of July coming up, I decided to have fun with the colorful table lamp selection at Lamps Plus.... I selected a red, white, and blue table lamp from the Color+Plus collection. You can basically create the exact lamp you want from the plethora of colors they offer for the bases and the shades. Patriotic Interior Design

    Bright Red Apothecary Table Lamp / Cathedral Portsmouth Grey with Nailhead Trim Sofa / Abby White Coffee Table / Street Smart No U-Turn 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    For the bright red apothecary table lamp, I paired it with a modern gray sofa and white coffee table. To add a little modern whimsy, the No U-Turn throw pillow is a great accent and way to highlight the red concept, making it a theme in the space.

    White Interior Design

    Winter White Ovo Table LampAlexander Sectional Sofa / Morty White Modern Coffee Table / Leather Brown Ecru Pillow

    I love anything that's white on white. It can move with you and your spaces through the years and work in any room. I wanted to create a neutral space for this white ovo lamp so I chose  the tan Alexander Sectional Sofa, a white modern coffee table and for a little texture and pattern added a leather pillow.

    Blue Interior Design

    Dazzling Blue Anya Table LampCarolyn Tufted French Sofa / Uttermost Gannon Mirrored Glass Coffee Table / Catina 18" Square Dazzling Blue Embroidered Throw Pillow

    The shade of blue in this anya table lamp has an elegant feel so I went with the Carolyn Tufted French Sofa, a mirrored glass coffee table, and to add a little more blue, two embroidered pillows with a classy pattern.

  • Patriotic Wall Lights for July 4th Entertaining

    Summer is one of the best times to bring out patriotic tones of red, white and blue in your interiors. Between Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays there is lots of entertaining at home during those Summer months.

    While you may think that patriotic decor has to be limited to textiles and Americana decor, think again! Wall lights in festive colors, metallic finishes and fun patterned shades can turn your home into a festive destination for all of your entertaining this season.

    Take a look at a few ways to bring patriotic wall lighting into your this summer.

    July 4th Entertaining

    Tips For Using Color

    Transform your interiors with gorgeous red influences:

    Red is one of those colors that grabs attention instantly and doesn’t let go! When paired with white, blue, and clever neutrals, there's no stopping the creativity of wall lighting you can have. Blown glass and red inspired wall sconces are a great way to add color to your room without having to change out your entire decor.

    Remember, wall lighting doesn’t have to be restricted to vertical walls, how about adding ambient lighting like this kitchen ceiling application from Isabel Bettie. This clever use of red light brings the artwork, cabinetry, and finishes together beautifully.

    Kitchen Design

    Festive Lighting Calls For Custom Touches:

    Let’s face it, July 4th is all about celebrating with family, friends and of course fireworks! Lamps Plus has a wonderful selection of shades that you can customize with. Whether it’s a funky pattern that expresses your style or color combinations that only you could think of.

    Bounce 14" Wide Rectangular Brushed Steel Wall Sconce

    Take a look at this wall sconce above, which has contemporary lines and modern details. This brushed steel wall sconce has a colorful and patriotic motif boasting colorful aesthetics designed by retro modern pop artist and illustrator Ragnar.

    Create your own or choose one of the designer looks for your lighting style.

    Using Color

    Stellar Blue in Your Lighting Options:

    There is always an appealing glow to blue light and when paired with colorful lampshades or blue glass, your home will be transformed. Whether you prefer the sophisticated look above from Eck MacNeely Architects or you decide on artisan wall sconces that welcome your guests in a foyer, try using these colorful blue ideas in your wall lighting.

    This season use these creative ideas for bringing red, blue, and patriotic inspiration to your home entertaining. You will love how it transforms your room and who knows, you may consider leaving it up all around reminding you of the magic that surrounds the celebratory season of summer entertaining!

    Image credits: Elizabeth Bomberger, Isabel Beattie / K Cabinets Oakville, Chris Johnson

  • Modern Farmhouse Style in Napa

    Napa Style

    Napa farmhouse style is the perfect inspiration for modern Summer living and design. The California wine country lifestyle is a wonderful combination of elegance and casual living, which is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living.

    CocoCozy has images of a beautiful Napa home that is worth taking a look at and trying to emulate. Crisp lines define this modern farm house architecture and warm interior finishes are what make it casually cozy.

    What I find inspiring is that this design can be applied to a classic ranch’s a box with a vaulted ceiling...voila!

    Modern Farmhouse Interior Design

    Simple landscape design is characterized by natural materials, basic gravel and LED landscape lighting for evening entertaining and security. The main living space in this home features a wonderful play on materials. I like the warm wood ceiling, punctuated by the modern metal supported beams.

    The industrial bar stools balance out the natural woven rug and soft seating. There is a island-style feel to the space, highlighted by the contemporary ceiling fans which create a glorious breeze on warm days and nights.

    Monochromatic decor, such as natural material area rugs, allow the architecture to shine, while ample windows keep things bright and breezy.

    Modern Country Decor

    1. The Carraba Coffee Natural Spun Bamboo Floor Lamp infuses a room with organic elegance.

    2. Cool down rooms with the 72" Casa Velocity Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan.

    3. Outdoor living spaces are made safe and beautiful with the Ripley Collection Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Light.

    4. I love the rugged Zuo Civic Center Distressed Wood Square Coffee Table for family rooms.

    5. The “it” look for kitchens can be created with a Set of 4 Stovall Metal Stools.

    6. The Sung Collection Quito Area Rug is the definition of casual and timeless.

    Photo credits: Coco Cozy

  • Coastal Ideas For Bathroom Design

    A beautiful, coastal style bathroom does not have to be overly topical, covered in shells, sand and sea life to produce a beachy aesthetic. The subtleties in these coastal style bathrooms from Southern Living are designed to give off a perfect, laid back coastal vibe.

    Bathroom Design

    This guest bathroom mixes traditional cabinetry, gorgeous natural stone and pop art with a coastal style wall mirror. The juxtaposition works beautifully to suggest a beach-side retreat by featuring a classic aesthetic, mixing seaside elements to set this bathroom apart.

    Seaside Bathroom

    If you love minimalism, natural materials and simplicity, then this bathroom style is perfect for you. The natural woods and perfectly modern tub set a beautiful stage for the pop of coral that peeks through from the bedroom.  

    This is the perfect place to relax after a long day surfing the waves and getting some sun.

    Interior Design

    Without much effort you can achieve this perfect his and hers beach-infused guest bath. By choosing a rich, blue color for the walls and bath accessories, this bathroom immediately emanates a vacation, beachy vibe.

    Tile Ideas

    The above bath is beach luxury all the way. The stunning installation of natural stone feels wild and organic, while the beautiful sea foam accents and glass reflections add beautiful hues of the early morning coast.

    Brass shower fixtures and door hardware are the perfect finishing touch.

    Using Color

    This master bathroom gets its seaside vibe from the fun pops of bright yellow that extend into the bedroom. Adding this element provides a fun, relaxed feel to the space, allowing you to relax and enjoy your long sunny days. Lastly, adding a bit of sparkle with a mini chandelier or crystal ceiling light over the floating bathtub gives off just the right amount of sparkle.

    Image credits: Southern Living

  • Design Tips For Decorating Hallways

    Decorating Hallways

    Decorating hallways can be tricky. Some are extremely narrow and others jog in strange directions. Many have multiple doorways to negotiate while even more may have little natural light. Oh the bother of it all!

    Most of us simply put up a picture, keep the dull flush mount light that was there when we moved in and call it a day. Lonny Magazine has an entire photo collection of hallway pictures that are beyond inspiring and can force us to rethink our halls.

    Hallway Decor

    Beside basics such as paint, wallpaper and flooring, the key decor elements to consider for the hall are lighting and space. Bright halls with many windows may only need decorative ceiling lights for evening illumination, while interior halls could benefit from layering lights with the inclusion of stylish sconces and table lamps.

    A great design trick for a narrow hall is to place an interesting floor lamp at the end of the hall. Not only will it brighten things up, but it will also act as a focal point and decorative object.

    Hallway Lighting

    Traditional spaces always look good with a traditional entryway chandelier, but if you have room for a small console table, like in a foyer, you may want to try to include slim buffet style lamps for added light.

    Hallway Mirrors

    Don’t neglect your walls! I happen to love wall mirrors for hallways. They not only add function for you and your guests, but they also add a visual expansion to a small space, while reflecting light.

    If you prefer pictures, might I suggest picture lights to add depth and warmth to the hall.

    Hallway Accessories

    1. The Fredrick Ramond Middlefield Iron Rust Chandelier is a modern interpretation of a classic chandelier.

    2. Slim lights like the Robert Abbey Saturnia Bronze Buffet Table Lamp are great on small scale tables.

    3. Foyers can always use a great table like the Amelia Antique Gold Demilune Console Table.

    4. Try lighting like the Collapsible Bamboo Rice Paper Lantern Floor Lamp at the end of a long hall.

    5. Every foyer should have a mirror such as the Uttermost Abra Bronze Finish Wall Mirror.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Inspired by Brazil: Colorful Tropical Style

    Tropical Style

    World Cup fever has struck! Brazil is the hot topic of the day, and not only amongst sports fans. The vibrant sensibility of tropical style has caught the eye of design lovers everywhere.

    Whether it's the multi-hued architecture of Sao Paolo as captured by Woodnote Photography, or the shapes and textures of Amazonian foliage (also from Woodnote Photography), the Brazilian spirit abounds. Even the festive air of the country's cultural traditions is captured in these colorful outdoor lanterns via Lamps Plus.

    Using Color

    To get the tropical look at home, seek out vivid hues like the eye-popping citrus in this dining area by Lamps Plus.

    When choosing seating, seek out furniture with woven materials (via designlovefest) or the retro brights spotted by Woodnote Photography. Even a detail as subtle as the outline of a palm frond (also from Woodnote Photography) can be a source of inspiration.

    And if nothing else, pop a cocktail umbrella in your caipirinha and call it a day!

    1. Incorporate a piece of bird decor as a nod to the Amazonian parrots that are the unofficial mascot of Brazil! 

    2. This towering floor lamp combines all the hues of the tropics.

    3. Top a palm tree-inspired ceramic table lamp with a cheerful floral lampshade.

    4. A potted fern calls to mind the textures of the jungle.

    Image credits: Woodnote Photography, Woodnote PhotographyLamps Plus, Lamps Plus, Designlovefest Instagram, Woodnote PhotographyWoodnote Photography

June, 2014