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  • Going Beyond Style For Outdoor LED Lighting

    Going Beyond Style - LED Outdoor Lighting

    Fall is finally here, but that doesn't mean our outdoor spaces cease to exist. Many of us still use different areas of our outdoors, especially if you're in areas with a mild Winter.

    As a follow up to my last post, Makeover Your Entryway With LED Lighting, today we'll go beyond selecting outdoor LED lighting by style and color temperature. I want to share a few more categories that you can use to help you select the best lighting for your home.

    Security Lighting

    Security lights no longer look like the typical security light. Fixtures are offered in new shapes and finishes. When shopping for outdoor LED security lights, look for a cooler temperature because a warmer light creates a more welcoming feel.

     Cliffwood White 11" Wide LED Security Flood Light

    Cliffwood White 11" Wide LED Security Flood Light

    This 11-inch wide sleek-looking fixture has a color temperature of 5700K, comparable to daylight from the sun. The output is 1400 lumens, which is comparable to a 100 watt incandescent light bulb.

    Up and Down Lighting

    An outdoor wall light can be uneasy on the eyes, especially if it’s at eye-level. An up-and-down light can help light the area, but without directing the light directly at faces. 

    Up And Down LED Outdoor Wall Light

    With a sleek body, this aluminum LED outdoor wall light directs light up and down with a 3000k warm color temperature and 420 lumens.

     Wynnsboro 7 3/4" High Silver LED Outdoor Up and Down Wall Light

    Wynnsboro 7 3/4" High Silver LED Outdoor Up and Down Wall Light

    Wet Rated Lighting

    If you live near the ocean or you know that your entryway is going to be in frequent direct contact with fog, rain, or snow, you might want to look for a wet rating on an outdoor light fixture.

    A damp rating means that the fixture can resist moisture in the air, but not direct contact with water. Still, this doesn’t mean you should install them in your outdoor shower.

    Hatteras Bay 9 1/2" High Bronze LED Outdoor Wall Light

    Hatteras Bay 9 1/2" High Bronze LED Outdoor Wall Light

    This LED outdoor wall lantern is wet rated. It has a 3000K color temperature, with 485 lumens output (comparable to a 40-watt incandescent light bulb.)

    Solar Lighting

    For entryways that receive direct sunlight during the day, a solar-powered LED light fixture might be a perfect choice.

    Flora Antique Bronze 13" High Solar LED Wall Light

    Flora Antique Bronze 13" High Solar LED Wall Light

    Solar led outdoor wall lights often have a lithium ion (Li-ion) battery like in your phone or laptop that can power the light for up to 10 hours! Another option, outdoor solar flood lights, are available in LED and provide the dual benefits of safety and security for homeowners.

    Dark Sky Lighting

    Dark Sky lighting fixtures are designed to help preserve the night sky, so the light is usually pointed to what you want to light without disrupting the view of the stars.

    Outdoor Entertaining Area with Dark Sky Lighting

    This bronze outdoor LED wall light fixture is a ‘dark sky’ light fixture with a bent arm directing the light downward. The 10-watt LED light is comparable to a 15-watt incandescent bulb.

     Kirkham Bronze 8 1/2" Wide Dark Sky LED Outdoor Wall Light

    Kirkham Bronze 8 1/2" Wide Dark Sky LED Outdoor Wall Light

    Dimmable Lighting

    Dimming is a feature that I love in a light fixture. And there are LED light fixtures that offer this feature.

    But make sure to read the specifications of the fixture, because not all LED light fixtures are dimmable. Also, you might need a specific dimmer to pair with it.

     LBL Upstate 18" High Silver LED Outdoor Wall Light

    LBL Upstate 18" High Silver LED Outdoor Wall Light

    The sleek silver finish of this outdoor wall light is a statement light. This dimmable outdoor LED light has a color temperature of 3000K and a CRI of 80.

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Lighting Ideas For a Spanish Style Home

    Modern Spanish Revival traces its influences to the California mission churches that were built in the 18th century by early Spanish settlers and missionaries. The architecture is recognizable by its signature elements which include smooth stucco exteriors, tile roofs, arched doorways and casement windows plus beautiful balconies with decorative iron railings.

    Lighting for a Spanish Style Home

    A Spanish style home is the perfect backdrop for classic lighting designs.

    Indoors and out you’ll find carved stonework or cast ornaments, as well as patterned tiles on staircases and walls or inset in stucco as accents. Courtyards and balconies are a common feature in Spanish Revival homes.

    Outdoor fountains act as focal points and gardens include urns filled with cascading botanicals, succulents or blooming annuals. Landscaping can also include bougainvillea, roses, and olive trees to add to the Mediterranean inspired aesthetic. Lighting complements the signature look.

    Bronze Lighting

    A. Crystorama Ashton Bronze 18 1/2" High Crystal Wall Sconce B. Laura Lee Jasmine 2-Light 29" High Wall Sconce C. Feiss Aliya 12" Wide Rustic Iron Wall Sconce D. Kathy Ireland Latin Palace 18" High Wall Sconce

    In this Spanish Revival interior, cast stone pilasters support a dramatic arcade (succession of arches). Bronze sconces illuminate the hallways, a large scale carved wood mirror reflects light, and arched black casement doors lead to the outdoor areas. Note the mixture of tile and wood to add interest at the floor level.

    Spanish Style Interior Lighting

    Bronze and iron wall lights paired with high, ribbed ceilings are typical in Spanish style homes.

    Exposed wood beams paired with white troweled walls are also common in Spanish Revival homes as are wood doors and floors. The wood and white combination adds inviting contrast.

    Bronze or iron finishes on lanterns, sconces, and chandeliers complement this architectural style. Arched passageways and niches, without any crown molding, are classic elements.

    Bronze Lantern Pendant Lighting Designs

    A. Hinkley Plymouth 24" Wide Olde Bronze 8-Light Chandelier B. Traditional Curves 17" Wide Iron Foyer Pendant Light C. Windsor Collection Vintage Bronze 18" Wide Pendant Light D. Hudson Valley Larchmont 16 1/2" Wide Bronze Pendant Light

    Bronze lantern pendant lights are ideal for the Spanish style kitchen. Hang multiple lights over the island and you will instantly dress up your space.

    Classic Kitchen Lighting

    Iron lantern pendants are perfect for a Spanish style kitchen.

    Lastly, the old world charm of a bronze candle chandelier is an excellent complement to the Spanish interior. In addition to great lighting, get the Spanish Revival look with these beautiful home furnishings and accents:

    Introduce drama to a living room with a decorative fireplace screen. Dress up your outdoor area with the Pina Escada Fountain. For a Spanish touch to your interiors, pair the Marni Carved Driftwood Accent Chair in any living area or the Terrace Carved Wood Bench. Get the look of beautiful Spanish tile with the Safavieh Capri Area Rug.

    Spanish Style Furnishings

    While your home may not be Spanish Revival in its architectural style, you can still incorporate lighting and other elements you love into your home, and remember, mixing styles always keeps it interesting!

    Image credits: James Glover Design; SoCal Contractors via Houzz; Frantoni EstatesLindsey Adams Construction

  • Announcing Seedling Collection by Thomas Paul

    We are so excited to unveil a collection of six new lamp shade patterns from Seedling, created by acclaimed textile designer Thomas Paul and inspired by vintage fabrics and motifs.

    The Seedling collection was created to bring the Thomas Paul look to a broader audience. Maintaining the bold color combinations and pattering of the original collection, the seedling brand aims to offer well designed lighting at a price that everyone can love.

    "This collection features some of our most popular designs from the past few years.  Some are in the original colors and others have been reinterpreted in fresh new color ways that are only available in this collection," explains Paul.

    Thomas Paul Seedling Collection

    Designer Thomas Paul launches a new partnership with Lamps Plus

    Thomas Paul was born and raised in New York City. He got his start in the fashion business, which eventually led to the creation of his own collection in the late 90s. From this was born the start of the Thomas Paul pillow collection, launched in 2001.

    Since then the line has steadily expanded into other categories to include tabletop, stationery, and lamp shades. 

    "My inspiration comes from many places. It is not exactly about vintage fabrics, it is more about classic design motifs from the history of textiles. The idea being to reinterpret those motifs in updated scales and color combinations. I think the patterns name themselves, once a design is done it seems obvious what the name should be. Sometimes it is a literal reference-like the bird pattern is called Aviary, sometimes it comes from a feeling or mood the pattern connotes, such as the pattern Stockholm, which has the mood of a Scandinavian modern type of design." - Thomas Paul

    Designer Light Fixtures

    Unique designs from the Seedling collection, by Thomas Paul

    Each of these exquisite designs from the Seedling collection is available in sixteen different palettes on a variety of wall, floor and table lamps and ceiling fixtures, for a total of more than 2,500 different combinations! So, depending on which pattern you love most or which type of fixture you need most, there's an option for you in this beautiful collection.

    Paul explains, "One of the advantages of working with Lamps Plus is the fact that all of the shades are printed on demand. I like this model because it allows us to experiment more in terms of color and design, to match virtually anything a customer may request." 

    Seedling by thomaspaul Stockholm Shade

    Seedling by thomaspaul Stockholm Shade

    In closing, when asked how he find inspiration, "It can come from anyplace, usually I have a feeling of what is happening that season, for example, lately ethnic looks have been strong-like Ikats or African prints-so I will do my version of an Ikat or African type pattern, but then think of other things that might be more unexpected to mix in with that, like say a geometric herringbone and then an animal motif like an owl or horse-tying them all together by color." -Thomas Paul

    Images: Thomas Paul

  • Tips For Birthday Entertaining at Home

    Aren't I the luckiest girl that I get to post here on my 30th birthday! In honor of this big milestone I wanted to focus on entertaining at home for a birthday, or any type of party. The key to getting it right are small details that make a big impact.

    Below you will find some amazingly inspiring images from Style Me Pretty and some great tips for throwing a super chic party at home.

    Tips For Birthday Entertaining at Home

    Inspiration for birthday entertaining at home.

    The focal point for this effortlessly chic dinner party is the elegant chandelier. With a feature like this, keeping the table simple and understated makes the chandelier shine that much more.

    If you don't have a showstopper chandelier in your home, try hanging a cluster of paper lanterns to add volume and drama above your table.

    Colorful Entertaining At Home

    Colorful entertaining ideas for the home.

    If color is your thing, don't be afraid to have a color explosion for your birthday dinner party. Mixing bold blooms and accents gives off a fun, laid back vibe, perfect for an outdoor soiree.

    If you are having a party that will transition to nighttime, then make sure to have stylish candle holders on the table to add glowing light as the sun goes down.

    Mixed Seating Styles

    Try mixed seating to add interest to your dining furnishings.

    A gorgeous and intimate dinner party like the one above includes a few tricks. First, the addition of acrylic ghost chairs takes this otherwise sweet and rustic setting to a modern, fun level.

    Secondly, you can keep your flowers clustered in monochromatic groupings as a stylish and modern way to add color without being too eclectic, if that's not what you're going for with mixed seating.

    Entertaining At Home With Gorgeous Glassware

    Glassware is key to gorgeous entertaining at home.

    Taking the time to select beautiful glassware, or collect vintage glassware, can make any party stylish and fun. I love keeping it all clear, but feel free to take the collection to another level - there are beautiful glasses in a wide variety of colors.

    You and your guests will feel special drinking from beautiful glasses for any celebration.

    Entertain At Home With Great Cake

    Great cakes are key to successful birthday entertaining at home.

    Last but certainly not least, a perfect cake makes the best party. This cake is incredibly simple but oh so chic. If you are more skilled than I am you can make a more formal cake, then adorn it with flowers from your own backyard.

    Fresh blooms add a perfectly feminine and whimsical touch to any type of cake, formal or casual, and it will cap off your special night.

    Image ccredits: Style Me Pretty Living

  • Campsite Chic For Your Home

    Campsite Chic

    A sophisticated and cozy campsite.

    I’ve never been a lover of camping, however I could be persuaded if campsite chic were the overall theme... Also, running water and bathrooms would be an enticement! The sophisticated camping look can be achieved both in the wild and at home.

    A Perfect Gray featured some picnics, but I was mostly captivated by the images that I thought could translate to home and home furnishings. 

    Camping Accessories

    Camping materials feature a rustic charm.

    What’s so wonderful about the basic elements of campsite decor is the hearty nature of the materials, like how humble canvas can take on a decadent feel within a rough and tumble landscape.

    Along with canvas, think about rope details and portable, light wood furniture, also known as “Campaign.” Campaign furniture was named for the furniture used by military men who needed functionality on the go.

    Rustic, wood chandeliers can also infuse your home with the “idea” of campsite chic.

    Picnic Ideas

    There's an elegant look to casual tented campsites and picnics.

    Who doesn’t love the movie “Out of Africa”? The cool, white linen frocks and civilized living are chic anywhere, but turning all of that into an interior design scheme can be divine. Simple linen shades on decorative lamps, or no-fuss creamy curtains that echo the look of a tent can be very stylish.

    The benefit of creating this look indoors is the elimination of bugs, ants and bears of course.


    Camping Decor

    1. The Globe Lantern With Rope And Stainless Steel Accents offers on the go light anywhere.

    2. Bring the outside in with the Uttermost Corda Textured Black Rust Pendant.

    3. From your kitchen to Yosemite, store anything in this Set of 3 Oval Canvas Lined Baskets.

    4. I love the “Out of Africa” look of the Crestview Collection Set of 2 Lenox Storage Trunk Coffee Tables.

    5. The Jamie Young Large Barrel Table Lamp has a great “Campaign” look.

    6. Function and form on the go...the Jamie Young Campaign Folding Side Table.

    Photos: A Perfect Gray.

  • Transform Your Home with Decorative Wall Mirrors

    While you may think that mirrors only serve a utilitarian use in your interiors, decorative wall mirrors can set the tone and reflect your personal style.

    Do you like the sophistication of the Hollywood Regency style with mirrored decorative accents? Maybe country-inspired natural wood and Craftsman style accents are more your style?

    Decorative wall mirrors help to bring your interiors together with a cohesive theme while adding depth and reflection to your room. Take a look at these creative ways to transform your interiors with mirrors that reflect your designer style.

    Transform Your Home with Decorative Wall Mirrors

    Let your personal style reflect in your mirrors.

    Mirrors have always been used in bathrooms to help us through our morning and evening rituals, but what about mirrors that exude their own personality for decorative purposes? The driftwood mirror above from ADL III Architecture adds a rustic coastal presence to this bathroom beautifully.

    While mirrors can inject life into your interiors, the shape, style, and materials can set the stage for your personal style as well. You can refer to the Lamps Plus "Shop By Trend" page for help picking the style and mirror that fits your decor preference.

    These are just a few of the decorative themes you can introduce into your home and find matching mirrors to compliment your comfortable interiors:

    Luxe Living: Gorgeous metallics, along with bold colors provide a sophisticated Hollywood Regency Style and add glam appeal.

    Global Decor: Natural and organic materials reflect a well-traveled lifestyle, featuring beautiful textures and robust colors.

    Cottage Chic: Brings the laid back comfort of the country to your home with rough-hewn wood and soft colors.

    Wood Framed Wall Mirror

    Wood framed wall mirror in a rustic style home.

    To add some global style into your home look to the Shiloh stained wood mirror (pictured above). Its warm wood frame and raw stained finish give a weathered texture that blends perfectly with a worldly interior design aesthetic. With its center mirror and beveled glass edge, it will beautifully grace your walls.

    Mirror Wall Gallery

    Create a stylish gallery wall with decorative mirrors.

    Mirrors hung individually can give a room a new look, but if you’d like to create a dynamic focal point in your interiors try adding a mirrored gallery wall.

    I love how Bright Design Lab used varying sized framed mirrors but carried through with the white color theme throughout the gallery. Try a similar layout in your home and see how much mirrors can give your room dimension with an artistic touch.

    So, the next time you're trying to include more personality in your interiors don’t forget about decorative mirrors. They offer the versatility of complimenting your favorite decor style but they also provide a bit of light in their reflections. 

    Photo credits: ADL III Architecture, Lamps PlusBright DesignLab

  • Decorating With Metallic Finishes


    Decorating with metallics can add the wow factor for your home.

    In life I'm easily distracted. My thoughts wander and jump from random idea to random idea while bright, shiny objects catch my eye every time. I love these hammered silver kitchen cabinets found on Apartment Therapy.

    And so it is with home decor.

    Metallics like brass and silver and hammered metal always catchy my eye and add just the right amount of bling and personality to any space.

    And no space is complete with out a little extra shine. 

    Here's some easy ideas on decorating with metallic finishes.

    Metallic Decor For The Kitchen

    Create sparkling decor by using gorgeous lighting.

    Let your light shine

    One of the easiest ways to add a little sparkle to a room is with gorgeous lighting... A light fixture with personality like the one in this kitchen featured on Apartment Therapy can go a long way.

    Cookie-cutter light fixtures are so yesterday.

    Add a stunning chandelier with crystals that reflects the light in the room and your space will truly sparkle.

    Metallic Finishes In Dining Room Decor

    Metallic finishes in dining room decor.

    Accentuate the positive

    Metallics aren't just for basics anymore.  

    Add a metallic wallpaper to create drama in a space like this gold pattern featured in Traditional Home.

    The brilliant chandelier echoes the metallic tones of the room. The dining room chairs also feature a metallic inset on the chair back, creating the feeling of luxurious comfort in the space.

    Blending Old And New Metallic Decor

    Blending old and new metallic decor.

    Blend the old and the new

    This is one of the most current trends in decorating as shown in this space by Domaine Home.

    Combine the aged beauty of a farmhouse table and its rustic flair with the opulent beauty of the metallic framed mirrors.

    The timeless appeal of combining both styles truly grounds a space with flair.

    Modern Decor With Metallics

    Metallic finishes layered for modern decor.

    Layer with texture and pattern

    Metallics sometimes glow best when combined with texture and pattern like in this colorful home featured on Design Sponge.

    The brilliant shine of a bookcase is layered with stripes and contemporary patterns over a basic natural fiber rug.

    Layer your space with a simple floral arrangement gathered to bring the outside in.

    So go on, have fun and add brass and silver and hammered metals to your fall decor. After all, decorating with metallic finishes is a brilliant way to let your decor shine.

    Pun totally intended.

    Photo credits: Apartment Therapy Apartment TherapyTraditional HomeDomaine HomeDesign Sponge

  • Ideas For Creating Stylish Fall Mantels

    Ideas For Creating Stylish Fall Mantels

    Ideas for creating stylish Fall mantels.

    Fall is my favorite season – I love everything from choosing the perfect pumpkin (with a cute stem), to making chili on a cool night, breaking out my boots and jeans, but mostly adding Fall style to my home. Specifically my fireplace mantel.

    This year, I kept it simple and neutral with a nubby wreath, driftwood pumpkins and a deconstructed little chair as a unusual fireplace screen.

    Since the mantel is a focal point in most rooms, it’s the perfect place to add a little touch of Fall.

    Wall Mirrors Look Great Above Mantels

    Wall mirrors look great above mantels.


    The windows flanking both sides of this mantel create beautiful symmetry that The Lily Pad Cottage. The matching wicker chairs and a mirror take center stage with a few plants for interest. Don't forget floor reading lamps so you can enjoy the fire with a good book.

    Fall Style Wreath

    Wreaths are perfect to place above the mantel for Fall.


    Don’t be afraid to display something normally reserved for the Christmas holidays like the green wreath used by City Farmhouse. Mums on the hearth and a textured basket keep the focus on fall.

    Have Fun With Your Fall Decor

    Have fun with your Fall decor.

    Have Fun

    This horse head hangs all year long over Our Fifth House’s mantel but she gives it a fun fall twist with a tartan scarf wrapped around its neck.

    Simple Decor

    Simple decor is sometimes the most effective.


    A single white pumpkin and decorative wall mirrors, like Dear Lillie’s mantel, hints at Fall and it’s all that’s needed for a beautiful mantel.

    Dark Paint

    Get risky with your Fall mantel and go dark.


    Don’t forget to bring the display down to the hearth. This old sign doubles as a fireplace screen for Primitive and Proper and the brass deer adds interest.

    Fake Fireplace

    You don't have to have a real fireplace, you can make one!

    Fake It

    Don’t have a fireplace? Fake it like Vintage Whites did with an old mantel propped against a wall and some gourds scattered on the floor.

    Vertical Space Styling

    Use your vertical space with wall decor.


    Create height by adding simple twigs from the yard to frame the focal point, like this fun wreath-wearing deer head from Craftberry Bush.

    Image credits: Eclectically Vintage, The Lily Pad Cottage, City Farm House, Our Fifth House, Dear Lillie Blog, Primitive And Proper, Vintage Whites Blog, Craftberry Bush

  • Inviting Black and White Design

    Black And White Design

    Black and white design for the home.

    There is always something chic, hip, somewhat exotic and edgy while always stylish, about black and white. For those who think it might be a little to modern and minimal for you, I am here to say NO!  Explore the photos below from Fancy to see how to make warm, inviting spaces from prominently black and white design.

    White, clean kitchen design is perfect for pendant lighting.

    This modern, light and airy kitchen uses gorgeous knotty wood flooring and bamboo countertops to bring warmth to an otherwise modern space. Adding a wood element like this is a great way to warm up a minimal black and white space.

    This kitchen would look even better with the addition of some black or white kitchen pendant lights!

    Black And White Decor

    Relaxed and modern home design.

    If you're lucky enough to have a backyard like the home above, I envy you! The abundance of nature all around flows inside the home due to the larger than life windows, adding an inviting, comfortable feel to a black and white living room.

    Chunky throw blankets, interior plants and a natural wood stool go further to bring the outdoors in and make this space warm and inviting, unlike a lot of modern spaces.

    Modern Living Room

    Stylishly modern family room.

    This simple, effortlessly cool family room makes the grey scale stylish and hip. The walls, doors, trim and ceiling all remain a clean, bright white, while variants of grey spatter the room, and small black accents pop among the subtle design.  

    If you don't want to be too drastic with your black accents, adding a few bold throw pillows or a black wall mirror brings depth to the airy space.

    Black Kitchen Design

    Black kitchen design.

    When you have a rich floor color such as the amber wood floor above, mixing in black and white accents can make the space feel current and cool.

    Crisp white walls and minimalist light furniture are contrasted with a bold, black kitchen that brings fun, modern style to the vintage space. Cool wall art adds pops to the monochromatic walls.

    Image credits: Fancy!

  • Contemporary Mexican Style Home Ideas

    Contemporary Mexican Style Home Ideas

    Chic contemporary Mexican style terrace.

    Contemporary Mexican style embodies the earthy qualities found in the organic, Mexican landscape coupled with the current vernacular of modern interiors. Coco Cozy featured a modern Mexican home that I immediately fell for...hard.

    I love the rough hewn textures that warm-up the simple lines of the residential design. Wide open rooms and patios make the space feel airy and large, while natural timbers, stone and warm terra cotta colors infuse the home with a cozy atmosphere.

    Mexican Style Interiors

    A spacious contemporary Mexican home.

    These interiors reflect the beautiful marriage of modernity and tradition. Modern chandeliers play off chunky wood and stone walls, while crisp-lined furniture has warm and inviting upholstery. This elegant balance works in both interior and exterior spaces as long as you keep things simple.

    I happen to love the oversized weave style pendants in the courtyard and think a smaller version would look great in a kitchen. Hanging pendants are a great option for kitchen style lighting

    This simple aesthetic doesn't embrace any window treatment, however I would only advocate for this if you are not in proximity to neighbors. 

    Mexican Style Decor

    The modern look of today's Mexican style home accessories.

    1. The industrial Lacey Round Black Chandelier is the perfect counterpoint to warm color, wood and stone.

    2. Add warmth to your kitchen with the Shaker Basket Weave Mini Pendant.

    3. The Howard Elliott Small Stepped Natural Wood Pedestal reflects the timbers in the home featured above.

    4. The Halsen Cognac Armchair combines modern design with warmth of the Mexican landscape.

    5. The Classic Home Bermuda Terra Cotta Area rug echoes the color of the Mexican earth.

    Photo credits: Coco Cozy

September, 2014