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  • Hanging Light Bulbs Throughout Your Home

    Hanging Light Bulbs

    Ooooohhh the beauty of the raw hanging light bulbs usually seen in your favorite restaurant or that gorgeous wedding you went to this Summer. Scenes like the one above from Apartment Therapy are so dreamy and ethereal, they just put you in the perfect mood.  

    Below we will explore simple ways to hang raw bulbs in your home to accomplish the same look.

    Bedroom Lighting

    Bedside Lighting

    The high ceilings of this gorgeous, contemporary bedroom from Dream Book Design are every designer's dream. But with ceilings this high, a light fixture might not make a big enough impact.  

    These swag, hanging bulbs not only serve as a gorgeous centerpiece, but also give off the effect of a canopy over the four post bed. They are a fun alternative to always acceptable, traditional bedside lamps.

    Hanging Pendant Lighting

    Europa 8 Halogen Light Bronze Multi Light PendantEuropa 1910 Edison Bulb Bronze Multi Light Pendant

    Kitchen Lighting

    Kitchen Lighting

    I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't swoon over this stunning Alvhem kitchen. Brass accents, polished marble and sparkling edison bulbs highlight the clean lines of the kitchen while being delicate and beautiful.  Simplicity is key here, where less is clearly more.

    Living Room Lighting

    Living Room Lighting

    The living room above from Squidoo has fun with the concept of the hanging raw bulbs while still being chic and sharp. If you have exposed beams or ducts in your home, wrapping cables a few time around and dropping down edison bulbs will automatically give your space a cool vibe and add sparkle to the atmosphere at night.

    If you want a more structured fixture with the same look, try this cluster chandelier below.

    Cluster Bulb Chandelier

    Possini Euro Chrome Edison Style Cluster Bulb Chandelier

    Children's Room Lighting

    Kids Lighting

    This adorable kids workspace is fun, cool and functional. Individual workspaces are color coated and well illuminated. Mixing cord colors is a fun way to bring this beautiful trend into a more approachable atmosphere.

    The Boo and The Boy shows us that even children's spaces can have attention to detail and fun, funky lighting.

    Image credits: Apartment Therapy, Dream Book Design, Alvhem, SquidooThe Boo and The Boy

  • Ideas For LED Landscape Lighting

    Light up the night—and your daytime look too—with LED landscape lighting in your favorite style.

    Summer might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean your outdoor parties have to set with the sun. Invest in the perfect landscape light that’s more than just an excuse to extend the party. Plus, landscape lighting not only adds style, drama, and interest to your home, it also helps add safety from accidental trips, spills, and unwanted trespassers.

    LED landscape lighting is available in so many different styles, types, and sizes that there’s sure to be a perfect light for your home.

    LED Landscape

    Path Lighting

    Path lighting is perfect to help find your way, but it’s also a design opportunity. Shop LED landscape lighting by finish or style to make sure you’ve got the perfect light for your design sensibility.

     Tulip Low Voltage LED Landscape Light

    Tulip Low Voltage LED Landscape Light

    The tulip-shaped lamp head holds three LEDs that use just 1.5 watts of power, which gives the same amount of light as a typical 20 watt bulb. If dark rust isn’t your favorite finish, there’s also a tulip path light with a more floral feel available in green and yellow glass.

    Kichler Beach Finish Dome Outdoor LED Path Light

    Kichler Beach Finish Dome Outdoor LED Path Light

    If you want to give a more coastal look to your outdoor spaces, this design from Kichler offers a beachy finish with a dome shade and might be the perfect choice.

    Water Lighting  

    If you have water features in your yardscape, lighting can really set it off as something to enjoy during the day and at night. Offered in a range of colors, water lighting is an easy way to infuse a different mood and add drama to a night-time look.

    Luminosity Remote Control 60 LED Pond Light

    Luminosity Remote Control 60 LED Pond Light

    Switch between red, green, and blue with this LED light’s remote control. The 60 LEDs are inside a waterproof housing, so it’s perfect to show-off a fountain, waterfall, or pond.

    Motion Sensor Lighting

    Finding a reliable motion sensor light is one of my top design and lighting concerns, and finding a motion sensor light that’s LED makes even more sense. With the lifetime of an LED at 20 or more years, there’s no concern that the bulbs might burn out while I’m on vacation for example; or while my children are between kindergarten and, say, college!

    Barn 12" High Motion Sensor Solar LED Outdoor Wall Light

    Barn 12" High Motion Sensor Solar LED Outdoor Wall Light

    This weather-resistant outdoor LED light is solar-powered and detects movement up to 20 feet away. It also has a built-in nightlight, and turns on automatically at dusk. But beyond the essential functions of this motion sensor LED light, the bronze finish makes it a much better-looking option than the motion-sensor lights of the past which had a distinctly ‘flood light’ feel.

    Deck Lighting

    Sometimes the best parties happen after the sun goes down, and deck lighting can help make that happen. But more than just making it easier to see, deck lighting is a great way to highlight your deck’s features and add a touch of drama and personality to your backyard.

    Kichler Hammered Tannery Bronze LED Landscape Deck Light

    Kichler Hammered Tannery Bronze LED Landscape Deck Light

    This hammered bronze-finish low voltage deck light by Kichler can help light your deck’s steps while adding a bit of drama with its down-light look.

    Outdoor Porch Style

    Kichler Bronze 3-LED Hardscape Light with Mounting Bracket

    If you want your outdoor features to be the focus, and not the light fixture itself, check out lights that can mount a ledge or overhang. This 3-LED light by Kichler has an easy to install mounting bracket.

    Fence Lighting

    The top of a fence post is sometimes an ignored opportunity. Adding a light that’s solar powered might be a perfect way to increase the safety around your home and, with the right look, also add some beauty during the day.

     Mission Tiffany Style Solar Powered LED Post Cap Fence Light

    Mission Tiffany Style Solar Powered LED Post Cap Fence Light

    This LED post cap fence light features a Mission-inspired Tiffany style design. The solar-powered unit fits over standard posts.

    In addition to designs featured above, see more LED landscape lighting by Kichler or for more ideas, browse our entire collection of Kichler Lighting.

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Get Ready for Fall Entertaining with Kitchen Island Lights

    The Summer season seemed to race by and Autumn is the perfect time to start thinking about entertaining your family and friends around Fall recipes brewing in your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for a weekend football party or helping the kids with back-to-school homework, kitchen island lights are an essential design element to consider.

    The modern kitchen island has taken on a new role in today’s kitchen: dining, food preparation, and extra seating for family and friends demand optimal lighting. Here are a few ways to ensure your kitchen island lights are ready for your busy Fall entertaining. 

    Fall Entertaining

    Choose lighting that reflects your kitchen decor style

    When choosing island lights remember that the overall aesthetic of the kitchen should blend seamlessly with the fixtures you choose. If your kitchen is traditional with rich hardwood cabinetry and old world finishes then choosing pendant lighting with similar neutral or a classic nickel finish may be ideal.

    If you prefer a sleek and modern appeal to your kitchen then simple drop pendant lighting fixtures that blend into their surroundings can add to your room as well. For a glamorous appeal to your kitchen wide pendant shade lighting like the kitchen above from Ulrich, Inc. shows how these 3 lights add the ultimate focal point to the island seating. Lamps Plus offers a couple similar style below.

    Drum Shade Pendant

    George Kovacs Alecia's Necklace 18" Wide Chandelier

    This light offers a crisp, yet artistic addition to your a modern kitchen island. An acrylic diffuser on the bottom assures it won’t cast harsh shadows while preparing food or glare on your kitchen island surface. 

    Rustic Kitchen Design

    Choose kitchen island lighting that suits your lifestyle

    If you’re a family who enjoys a home cooked meal every evening, your kitchen island lights should fulfill their important role. This multi-pendant chandelier above fits this rustic kitchen from Jordan Design Studio beautifully.

    With plenty of illumination for the butcher block style island and seating and workstations on both sides, any busy family will feel at home at this kitchen island hub!

    Traditional Kitchen Style

    Christian Gladu Design does a wonderful job of illuminating this Craftsman style kitchen with Mission style stained glass pendants that beautifully light this galley kitchen. 

    Autumn entertaining is the perfect excuse to gather family and friends around your kitchen island this season. Whether to help bake a batch of cookies or just catch up with the neighbors while the kids play outside, kitchen lighting can set the ambiance.

    Use these helpful ideas when choosing the right kitchen island lights for your home. There is no doubt that any Autumn meal around this kitchen create memories for a lifetime!

    Image credits: Ulrich Inc., Jordan Design StudioChristian Gladu Design

  • Design Trend: Decorating With Round Mirrors

    Decorating Tips

    What is it about this picture?

    Are you like me and it makes you sigh and want order a pair of riding boots and stylish entryway mirrors?

    The simplicity and classic lines of this photograph featured in House and Home create a warmth and a feeling of coming home.

    And the eye is drawn to the large over-sized round mirror with its patina and vintage appeal.

    Living Room Design

    Same shape.  Similar mirror.....but it creates a completely different look in thisartful contemporary space from Planet Deco.

    Again, the classic lines bring a warmth and traditional feel to a room with modern elements.

    Decorating with round mirrors is such a classic design trend and the perfect way to compliment any room style or decor.

    And no particular order.... are five round mirrors I've been crushing on.

    1. Here design comes full circle with this round mirror made up of smaller shapes. This mirror would blend perfectly into a gallery wall or as a stand alone design element over a sideboard or hutch.

    2. Hello sunshine. This mirror is a fun take on the traditional sunburst mirror. It's full of character and personality with modern lines and a vintage silver finish. It's the perfect compliment to a space with brilliant color and classic decor.

    3. This is my go-to mirror. One created with wood and then aged with a vintage, timeless feel. It would look amazing against a gray wall over a distressed mantel or bookshelf.

    4.  With Fall approaching, this birch mirror is a great way to bring a little of the outside in. Perfect for a Fall vignette or over an small table at the end of a hall. Add a vase full of Fall color to reflect and bring light to a small space.

    5.  I sighed when I saw this mirror. It is exactly what I've been looking for in my front entry. The leather and mirrored finish compliment each other to create a beautiful addition to any space.

    So whether beveled, wood, leather or vintage, the round mirror is a design trend that's here to stay.

    Have fun decorating adding this classic design trend to your own home. Or for more ideas and inspiration, browse all decorative mirrors at Lamps Plus.

    Photo credits: House and Home, Planet Deco

  • Interior Accent Ideas For Autumn

    After the kids return to school and Labor Day passes, nature begins to change before our eyes. Harvest time arrives and with it changing leaves and cooler temperatures. For many the organic textures and earth tones found in an Autumn palette are equally as welcome indoors.

    The entry is the first impression, so welcome guests into your foyer with warm hues by creating an inviting scene that captures the same colors and textures of the outdoors during the Fall. We bring nature inside in the form of leaves, pumpkins and acorns in Autumn.

    Interior Accent Ideas

    You can do the same with a nature inspired palette by incorporating quality light fixtures in warm metallics, like copper and rectangular mirrors in textural weathered wood.

    Recreate the look of this inviting entry in your home with this round up below. Pair the Frameo Driftwood Console Table with the Southwest Dhurry Rug. Accent the table with the High Gloss Olive Ceramic Vase and Raised Copper Table Lamp. Suspend a pair of the Darrington Wall Mirrors above and store firewood or seasonal equipment in the Steel Wire Basket.

    Raised Copper Table Lamp

    Rustic Farmhouse is a design style that works in spaces from country to contemporary. There’s no denying the charm of a harvest meal shared with friends or family when temperatures are dropping outside in Fall.

    Dining Room Design

    To create a homey inviting look in your dining room check out this arrangement below. Pair the Hampton Brown Dining Table with several sets of the Black and Cherry Ladderback Chairs. The Prairie Mission Oak Buffet introduces a second warm wood tone and is the perfect perch for a set of the decorative Dijon Yellow Ceramic Jars. Gather seasonal produce in the Howard Elliot Glossy Textured Ceramic Bowl and serve hot soup on a cold day with the Rachael Ray Stoneware Ramekins.

    Dining Room Chairs

    There’s nothing nicer than a cozy fire on a cool Autumn evening in a living room layered with soft seasonal accents. Introduce texture in the form of woven materials and give a room a warm glow with accessories in a bronze, copper, or gold sheen.

    Warm Living Room Design

    Capture the feeling of this inviting space with these product ideas below. Accent the Rachael Classic Slipcovered Sofa with the hand woven Cadiz Textural Throw Pillows. Add another layer of softness with the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cashmere throw and underfoot include the Niassa Jute rug. Accent your cozy space with the Brighton Hammered Pot Table Lamp, the Rose Gold Mirrored Picture Frame, and Classical Sketches Wall Art.

    Table Lamp

    Be inspired by the changing season and the warm tones found in nature’s Autumn show by bringing the same hues indoors.

    Get more free decorating advice with the Lamps Plus team!

    Image credits: Better Homes and Gardens, House BeautifulCountry Living

  • Relaxed Beach House Style

    As we enter the days of Indian Summer, why not dream about Summer vacations, including amazing beach style escapes.

    The images below from Lonny Mag pull inspired me to try and incorporate coastal decor into my home. From graphic prints to a delicate ceiling light and pops of coral, lets get the inspiration pumping to create that perfect relaxed beach house style.

    House Style

    Shells, sailboats, woven furniture and pops of blue and coral complete the look and give the feeling of the perfect, relaxed seaside retreat.  

    With high or low ceilings, the Seaside Dreams 38" Wide Pendant Chandelier is perfect for bringing the natural surroundings inside.

    Mixing classic whites with woven rattan, like the Nantucket Basket Drawer White Nightstand is the perfect accessory for a casual guest bedroom.

    Pair the nightstand with some Safavieh Spice Beach Red Coral Fan Pillows and you will immediately make your guests feel like they're at a seaside hotel.  

    For an adorable Powder Room or Hallway accessory, adding ocean-inspired art such as this Set of 2 Nautical Boats 18" High Framed Giclee Wall Art is thematic without being overdone.  

    And finally, the Coastal Pennant Giclee Shade Arc Floor Lamp is the perfect accent to monochromatic beachy furniture

    Image credits: Lonny Mag

  • Top 4 Autumn Decor Tips

    Autumn Decor

    My top four Autumn decor tips are all about infusing texture into your post Summer spaces. I know there are a few weeks before the official onset of Autumn but it’s never too early to prepare for one of the best seasons of the year.

    I found some fabulous images on Habitually Chic that are sure to inspire.

    Leather Accessories


    My first must-for-Fall home is leather. Whether it’s a leather chair or fireplace bumper, try to find something a tad weathered with some patina. Brown leather is timeless and a little can go a long way.

    I’m not saying go out and get a large sectional sofa, rather, a chic pouf or ottoman would be ideal.

    Also, faux leather achieves the same effect and is a little easier on our environment.

    Aged Brass Lighting


    The second autumnal love of my life is aged brass. Quite frankly it’s becoming an addiction. The warmth of this material transports me to my perfect English my mind!

    From picture lights to stylish ceiling lightsdesigner table lamps and sconces, aged brass captures the hues of Fall.

    Leopard Print Home Decor


    While I think it would be totally inappropriate for me to wear leopard, I have no problem using this pattern in my home. You can’t go wrong with this print and I love it on pillows and flooring. It’s warm, welcoming and has a Parisian flair.

    Throw Blankets


    So you may think talking about throws is a bore, but when you need a little something to layer on a sofa, chair or bed is there anything better?

    For me the bigger the better and if I could, I would have one for every day of the week like scarves...which is also a minor obsession of mine.

    Fall Home Decor

    1. The Tricorn Black Leopard Print Ovo Table Lamp is decor candy for the fall home.

    2. Create an instant heirloom with the House of Troy Advent Twin Arm Antique Brass Piano Desk Lamp.

    3. The Regatta Round Ottoman in Cognac Upholstery is the perfect place for worn-out fall feet.

    4. You can’t get cozier than the Sand Bamboo Velvet Throw Blanket.

    Photo credits: Habitually Chic

  • Trend Spotting at the Lamps Plus Store

    For those of you who thought Lamps Plus was only about great lighting, you're in for a big surprise.... We have a never-ending selection of light fixtures that's for sure, but we also have furniture and home decor to fit every trend! 

    Lamps Plus Store

    What's even better is that you can get help shopping for the best design trends somewhere other than our Style Illuminated blog. Visit any of our stores and just look for our trend tables, where you'll find lighting, accessories and even furniture to suit any of the top trends.

    We love this display design, full of everything you'll need to provide your home decor with a little French-country style.

    Design Trend

    Still love shopping on-line? These beauties should get you started....

    Home Accessories

    Jenny 2-Tier Glass Top White Cake or Cupcake StandHydrangea Silk Flowers in Cream Ceramic PotMerrideth French Linen Trunk Cocktail Table

    Images: LP Team

  • Modern Moroccan Design

    Modern Moroccan Design

    Modern Moroccan Design is no longer your grandma’s souk! Crisp and bright design with cheerful colors should compliment the old-world designs and shapes of classic Moroccan Architecture.

    Domain Home had a chic spread that I had to share. This exotic design scheme is hard to copy in the traditional American home, however if you have a simple white backdrop you can infuse your space with some of the basic elements of this popular look.

    Moroccan Interior Design

    Don’t you just want to kick off your shoes and feel the cool tiles on your feet? This Moroccan interior is so cool I can hardly stand it. From the romantic glass work and Moorish arches to the patterned glass and vibrant textiles this look is super chic.

    I really like the use of classic chandeliers juxtaposed with earthy pottery and inlaid furniture... Even the metalwork on the windows feels less confined due to the elegant geometric pattern.

    If your home is character free, you can always introduce patterns with designer area rugs and patterned accent pillows.

    Moroccan Style Accessories

    1. Old World Moroccan design can be achieved with the Bettina Antique Brass Lantern.

    2. The Vertigo Silver Leaf Chandelier is a nod to modern day Morocco.

    3. I love how the Kaleen Casablanca Ivory Wool Area Rug plays off the look of a classic tile floor.

    4. The Safavieh Moroccan White Ceramic Accent mirrors traditional Moroccan architecture.

    5. The Medrassa Tile Openwork Rectangular Wall Mirror takes its look from Moroccan window metal work.

    Photo credits: Domain Home

  • Festive Fall Centerpiece Ideas

    Centerpiece Ideas

    The days are getting shorter and the air crisper. Company will be coming, turkeys will be basting and wine will be flowing. Here are some simple ideas for impressing your guests with a festive fall table.


    Log slices add rustic elegance to this table from The White Buffalo Styling Co. Vary the height of the logs and pile them high with candles and pumpkins for an abundant table.

    Outdoor centerpieces also look great with crystal chandeliers or any high end light fixtures. Of course, if they are not outdoor fixtures, make sure to take them inside once the party is over.

    Centerpiece Idea

    Head outside and be on the lookout for a fallen branch to transform it into a glowing centerpiece like this one from SAS Interiors.


    Pumpkins come in a range of colors like these blue beauties gracing Jenny Steffens table. Turn a few gourds into candle holders for instant ambiance.

    Fall Colors

    Guests will love seeing their names spelled out in chalkboard game pieces from In My Own Style.


    Pile dried hydrangeas into an old toolbox for a centerpiece that lasts all season long. I mixed vintage clipboards as chargers with mercury glass napkin holders for an eclectic table.

    Make your Fall table a gathering place where memories are made by adding a few simple touches.

    Image credits: The White Buffalo Styling Co.SAS InteriorsJenny SteffensIn My Own StyleEclectically Vintage

August, 2014