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  • Minimalist Bathroom Lighting Tips

    Minimalist bathrooms can be a true work of art. Mundane items like faucets and lighting can become sculptural works of art when offset by simple architecture and monochromatic colors.

    Such bathrooms need not be “cold” if you are not a fan of concrete and glass. By using creamy limestone and teak wood you can have a minimalist look with a warm feel. Lonny has some wonderful and artistic pictures of the ideal contemporary bathrooms.

    Contemporary Bathroom Design

    There is something so moody and intriguing about these spaces. These minimalist bathrooms draw you in even though there is technically not a lot to see.

    The clean aesthetic calls for simplicity of line even when it comes to the bathroom lighting fixtures. Simple spot lights, cubes or recessed lights work best and can be used to highlight fixtures like art in a gallery.

    Modern Bathroom Decor

    Warmer, minimalist bathrooms can be achieved with the introduction of more natural sunlight against woods and cream colors. I love the use of contemporary pendant lighting in the lower picture. It’s cool, art-like and functional.

    Contemporary Bathroom Tile

    In additional to the warmer bathrooms or super hard-surfaced bathrooms, there can be a compromise when interesting tile and monochromatic pattern is used. There is no mistaking these bathrooms as anything other than minimalist, however they have a variety of pattern and geometry that makes them unique. 

    Bathroom Lighting

    Below are some gorgeous examples of minimalist bathroom lighting fixtures:

    1. The Hinkley Kube Downlight White Wall Light is simplicity in its most basic form.

    2. The Possini Euro Slim Cone Chrome Mini Pendant adds a feminine touch to the minimalist bathroom.

    3. I love the sexy and simple lines of the Sonneman Stiletto Satin White LED Wall Sconce which could also look amazing in a dressing room or hall.

    4. I like the industrial-style look of the Elan Follen Brushed Aluminum LED Wall Sconce for lofts or urban interiors.

    Photos: Lonny.

  • Kitchen Pendant Lighting


    Today's kitchens are kept modern by the inclusion of contemporary lighting. Kitchen pendant lighting provides for additional light and ambiance but also serve the purpose of making a statement with their shape and beauty.

    A glass pendant is a timeless choice and one that will not block the views of those seated and standing in a kitchen. Glass pendants are available in several shapes from angular to curved, the light bulb is always exposed so consider attractive glass bulbs like the Edison.


     Glass pendant lighting in kitchen
    Over an island or peninsula, these options are equally stunning: the Possini Euro Brushed Nickel pendant, the Janus Wide Chrome pendant, the Possini Euro Raindrop,   the Elan Glass Multi Light pendant, or the Kichler Everly Bronze pendant.

     Glass and Chrome Pendant Lights

    Polished nickel and chrome add an attractive silver tone and shiny finish to a kitchen, layer them in a duet or trio to reflect light and add glamour.

     Rustic kitchen with pendant lighting over island
    To add shimmer and style consider the Feiss Harrow Polished Nickel light, the Feiss Cadence Wide Polished light, the Pythagoras pendant, the Artcraft Morocco Pendant, or the Possini Wide Chrome pendant.  

     Chrome and glass pendant lighting for the kitchen

    Copper has made a comeback in the past year, while a timeless choice it's recently become a trendy one too. Like brass, copper brings warmth to a kitchen and a welcome contrast to stainless steel appliances.

     Industrial hammered copper pendant lighting in kitchen

    Dress up your kitchen with the Southton Copper Dome, the Kichler Larkin Copper Lantern, the Kichler Wide Copper Linear chandelier or the Hammered Copper Mini Pendant.

     Copper pendant lighting and chandeliers

    Lamps Plus is your source for hundreds of kitchen pendant lights to choose from, choose ones that complement the style of your kitchen and appeal to your sense of style each time you turn them on!


    kitchen image sources: houzz, tobi fairley, lonny

  • Creating an Industrial Chic Kitchen

    Unfortunately not all of us can live in a cool, open, downtown loft with exposed brick and ceilings that exude the urban vibe. Fortunately you all have me, and this blog to learn how to incorporate industrial chic elements in your kitchen to get the same feel.

    Here are a few Hip Van images help to illustrate the fundamentals of creating an industrial chic kitchen.

    Kitchen with Industrial Pendant Lights

    This gorgeous kitchen is industrial chic for so many reasons, but I especially love the floor tile. The mixed color floor tiles, exposed brick walls an stainless steel cabinetry shape this into an urban space anyone would be thrilled to cook in.

     Cool  Industrial Chic Kitchen

    Mixed metals and exposed elements define this kitchen. From the apparent piping to open shelving, this kitchen says downtown in the best way. Mixing iron and steel elements with copper pendant lights brings a hard edge to the space, but blends so wonderfully.

      Industrial Chic Kitchen with Cool Pendant Lights

    If you don't want to go full industrial take a look at this beautiful kitchen. Modern cabinets and super glam backsplash create a clean, contemporary space. However, the addition of the blackened steel piping and the draped cage pendants add just the right amount of industrial edge.

     Industrial Pendant Light in the Kitchen

    One wall kitchens are a popular layout for an industrial space since usually you're working with a larger open area that is designated into areas based on function.

    While the concept is classic, using beveled subway tiles, matte black paint for the cabinets, and exposed bulbs for accent lighting creates a new take on a modern kitchen that translates into the industrial space seamlessly.

    Want more industrial ideas?  Check out the Lamps Plus Shop by Trend

    Image Source: Hip Van

  • Spring Mantel Decorating with Wall Mirrors – Get the Look

     Mantel Decorating Idea

    Like a fish, I’m attracted to shiny things …

    I guess that’s why I love decorative mirrors in all shapes and sizes. I’m a self-professed mirror hoarder and my collection includes old and new, gilded and rustic, round and square and everything in between.

    The wall mirror above on my spring mantel is an antique architectural element turned mirror that I have hung on just about every wall in my house but somehow it keeps making it’s way back to my mantel.

    Spring is the perfect time to refresh our homes and since the mantel is a focal point in any room, it’s the perfect place to add a show stopping wall mirror that reflects light and brightens a space.

     Mirror Decorating Idea

    The color of this huge round wall mirror complements the stone fireplace surround while a trio of mini ficus trees adds a touch of spring color.

     Round Wooden Mirror

    Thatcher Mirror 

    Get the look with this huge round mirror with an interesting floral design.

     Etched Mirrors on a Mantel

    This trio of vintage etched mirrors is the perfect backdrop for colorful green glass.

     Etched Mirror

    Vendellin Etched Mirror

    I love this modern take on a classic etched wall mirror for achieving a similar look.

     Wood Mirror and Flowers on Mantel

    Rustic wood pops against this mostly white mantel with a punch of spring color from artfully arranged flowers.

    Oval Wood Mirror  

    Riley Mirror

    The multicolored stained panels add interest and character to this oval mirror with help get the look.

     White Mirror on Mantel

    The fun shape of this white mirror let’s the coral accent color shine.

     White Mirror

     Lawson Mirror

    Adding a white wall mirror will help you achieve a similar look.

    With so many styles, shapes and sizes of wall mirrors from which to choose, let your mantel reflect your personal style for spring.

    Mantel inspiration images from:

    Eclectically Vintage

    The Lilypad Cottage

    Chateau Chic

    The Inspired Room

    Censational Girl

  • LED Ceiling Lights for Small Spaces

    Close-to-ceiling lighting solutions are so much more than a simple frosted bowl or canned lights. Let’s look at the options.

    Small space design stress can inspire everything from double-function furniture to savvy storage solutions to smart LED lighting ideas.

    You don’t have to sacrifice your style when you are shopping small. You just have to strategize a bit more. Just remember this mantra: Style can come in any size.

    Even if you don’t have a lot of headroom in your bathroom, kitchen, living room, or bedroom, there is a spectrum of stylish options awaiting you.

    So let’s say goodbye to the oh-too-common frosted bowl light fixture, and say hello to the wide range of the latest money-saving LED ceiling lighting.

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a frosted dome light, but there are plenty of other options for you to choose from to add style to your small interiors.

    Modern master bathroom with laser-cut polished chrome LED ceiling light

    The laser-cut polished chrome shade of the ET2 Inca LED Ceiling Light  casts an intriguing pattern on the ceiling, and the crystals inside the shade add a touch of glam to the bathroom above.

    Another bonus? This LED ceiling light is dimmable - a key feature when it comes to creating ambiance in a space, for, say, drawing a relaxing bath.

    Nautical-style brass and etched opal glass LED ceiling light
    This Hinkley Hathaway LED Ceiling Light  can work with the classic nautical look. Like the chrome LED ceiling light above, this fixture is dimmable.

    Round dimmable LED ceiling light with a smoke glass shade 

    The Tech Lighting Manette Smoke LED Ceiling Light has a smoke glass shade that could be perfect over a dining table or kitchen island, it will shine the light directly on the surface below, and provide a subtly smokey shine to the rest of the room.

    Lovers of pendants might be frustrated by a low ceiling or a small space, but there is an alternative; semi-flush mount or pendant-like ceiling-mount fixtures bridge that gap for those of us who like a fixture that isn't pressed to the ceiling and want a fixture that will give ‘presence’ to a space. These fixtures extend from the ceiling, but without any visible wires or chains like true pendants.

    Contemporary kitchen with spiral-inspired aluminum LED ceiling light
    If you don’t have the space for pendants in the kitchen, a semi-flush LED ceiling light is a great solution that brings both light and style to a space. The spiral-inspired design of the Spirelli LED Ceiling Light brings another layer of visual interest and texture to the modern kitchen above.

    If you are shopping for a show-stopper light fixture that shows off your design aesthetic, there’s the amazing category of LED ceiling mount fixtures that are in a design league all their own.

    Because of the flexibility and endless possibilities of LED light fixtures, it’s possible to have fixture shapes and lighting choices that just weren’t possible with incandescent lighting.

    Modern LED close to ceiling light in a brass and black finish with radiating rods and polished chrome bowl

    The ‘Atomic’ Polished Brass and Matte Black LED Ceiling Light makes a serious statement with its radiating rods. It will bring drama, warmth, texture and style to your interiors.

    And for us designers, it’s kind of essential to think of lighting design as made up of a mix of different types of lighting.

    So while a close-to-ceiling LED light is one perfect solution for a small room, don’t forget about the table lights, desk lights, sconces, and other light fixtures that help create the mood and ambiance you desire.

    While you're at it, give the planet a hug by swapping out your incandescent light bulbs for LED light bulbs.

    Here's another design tip: The more light and reflective surfaces in a space, the larger and airier a room can appear.

    P.S. There’s a hidden relationship benefit in going with a close-to-ceiling LED light fixture: It can be easier to install. There isn’t the opportunity for the back-and-forth installation convo: “How low should we hang this light?”

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Colorful Lighting for Spring

    A Calming Blue Living Room with Spring-Like Art

    It’s been a brutal winter so colorful lighting for spring is one way to brighten up your spirits and home. Coco & Kelley had a fun post about colorful art walls which I thought beautifully captured the essence of springtime color and renewal.

    Certainly painted walls can instantly change the look of a room, however colorful lighting can do the same and with less mess! 

    Turquoise Lighting

    Colorful desk lamps are seen and used virtually every day and so why not make them an inspirational and functional tool for your workday?

    1. Mighty Bright LUX Dome Blue Steel LED Desk Lamp

    Coral Colored Lamps

    Coral always makes me think of sunny days and warm climates. Coral colored lamps will create that Hollywood Regency vibe or chic Palm Beach look...if that’s what you’re into.

    2. Coral Reef Tropic Drum Shade Apothecary Table Lamp

    Monaco Blue Decor

    Blue, in any shade, is timeless and if paired with white will always exude a more Mediterranean feel and thus an instant warm-weathered aesthetic. Blue table lamps with white shades can be a panacea for dreary weather.

    Think about future trips to the Greek Isles or at the very least melted snow!

    3. Monaco Blue Spencer Table Lamp

    Lavender Painted Rooms

    I think a soft lavender can be a neutral. In some forms it can almost read gray and is a calming color. If you are not keen on bold color, lavender could be your new “go to.” Look how the riot of colorful pillows in this image play off the lavender and work wonderfully well.

    The color found on the rug and wall art creates balances. Remember the idea of balance when designing your own rooms.

    4. Crystorama Stella Amethyst Gold Mini Chandelier

    Emerald Green Lighting

    Green is the color of nature, so what could be more spring-like than nature? Deep thoughts can translate to divine design. Fine, it may not be super philosophical, but a bold green lamp can add a real pizazz in neutral-colored rooms.

    5. Robert Abbey Delta Emerald Glazed Table Lamp

    There you have it, 5 colorful lighting ideas for Spring. No painting required.

    Photos: CocoKelley

  • DreamWorks “HOME" Lighting

    Bring the DreamWorks movie magic "HOME" with lighting. 

     DreamWorks HOME

    Lamps Plus offers the officially licensed lamp shades and lighting from DreamWorks HOME.

    Lamps Plus has aligned with DreamWorks Animation to launch a new line of officially licensed lamp shades and lighting in connection with the studio’s animated family feature film, “HOME.” 

    “HOME” introduces audiences to Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons from the Big Bang Theory), a lovable misfit from another planet who lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, when he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (voiced by the musical artist Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word “HOME.” 

    The Lamps Plus lamp shade and lighting designs are made-to-order and feature the film’s lovable character, “Oh,” making them a perfect way to bring the movie magic home.

    Staring Rihanna (Tip), Jim Parsons (Oh), Jennifer Lopez (Lucy), and Steve Martin  (Captain Smek) HOME is Produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday. Tim Johnson is the director, Mireille Soria, Suzanne Buirgy and Christopher Jenkins are producers, and the adaptation is by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. 

    HOME Movie from DreamWorks Lighting Collection

     DreamWorks HOME lighting collection from Lamps Plus 

    The “HOME” lighting collection is the latest installment in the Lamps Plus art shade program, which offers original and licensed artwork on lamp shades using the company's patented, high-quality Giclée printing process. Official “HOME” lighting is available in floor lamps, table lamps, swag chandeliers and lamp shades, starting at $69.99. 

    "Our commitment to creating and offering innovative products that help consumers make their houses ‘home’ made this alliance with DreamWorks a natural fit for us,” said Dennis Swanson, President and CEO of Lamps Plus. “In the movie, there’s an entertaining scene in which the invading Boov find themselves in a lamp store that is similar to our retail locations, which have served as a lighting resource for the entertainment industry for decades, especially in the Southern California area.”

  • Embracing Metallics Throughout Your Home

    It is increasingly easier to find truly elevated metallic applications in interior design.Whether it's a focal point or an accessory piece, adding a bit of bling through metallics is so hot right now.

    As you will notice below, most of the beautiful rooms I have selected to feature have neutral or soft background colors as to let the metallics become the focus of the design. Mixing natural materials like stone and wood also lend to the metallic materials' earthy origins.

    After reading this post you are sure to be on the way to embracing metallics throughout the home.

     Kitchen with Metallic Accents

    Where better to start than in the kitchen. Both of these beautiful spaces from Remodelista show how to incorporate metallics in varying ways.

    On the left dark floors, sage bottom cabinets and marble countertops create the perfect canvas for bold brass handles and copper canisters. Adding a brass pull down faucet kicks the fun level up a notch and takes the design style to the next level.

    On the right gold foil cabinets take center stage in this showstopper kitchen. Matching the level of drama these cabinets bring, the veining of the marble countertops and floors makes this kitchen a true gem. Topping off the look with an understated gold pendant light completes the look.

     Metalliacs in the Powder Room

    While it may be too much for some people to embrace metallics in your master bathroom, the powder room is the perfect place to let the modern sparkle shine.

    The warm, inviting gold tones of the powder room on the left from Style Me Pretty makes the powder room feel special while still approachable. The shine from the gold wallpaper is just the right amount of sparkle without being overt.

    On the right, this bathroom is pure wow factor thanks to a wall of silver metallic tiling behind the sink. Again the dominance of the silver is matched by incredibly beautiful veiny marble floors. A Detailed House gives us a powder room that acts as a jewel box and 'wow' factor for guests in your home.

     Living Room and Kitchen with Metalliac Accents

    When styling your living room or dining room, I notice most people like to utilize the metallics as accessories since the pieces have so much personality. 

    On the left, petrified wood shaped coffee tables in gold make a bold statement. The living room from Decoholic uses the coffee tables as the focal point of the room, while keeping the complimentary furniture light and airy.

    On the right, Desire to Inspire's dining room pairs mid-century shell chairs and a rustic wooden table with bold copper pendants. The oversized pendants have a beautiful reflective quality that pops light through out the space as they make a statement.

    Image Sources: Remodelista, Style Me Pretty, A Detailed House, Decoholic, Desire to Inspire

  • Turning Your Vintage Luggage Into Chic Decor

    Do you have some vintage luggage lying around your house or jammed into a closet just taking up space??? If so, you're in luck, because vintage luggage has never been hotter!

    With trends shifting towards the international globe trotter, incorporating chic, vintage luggage into your home decor can have the same global mystique. Homedit gives us a gorgeous luggage storage tower, while below we dive into some inspiring vintage luggage up cycles from Oh My Creative.

     Vintage Suitcase Table

    There are so many things you can do with an old set of chic vintage luggage. Screw in wooden legs and automatically you have an interesting accent table to display books, found objects and frames. There are many designer table lamps that you can pair with your new table to make the look complete.

    As far as seating goes, no one lounges better than the cat below... Taking a suitcase and adding a quick and easy upholstered seat, automatically gives you a super creative and adorable way to provide some extra accent seating in a den, kids room or even your pets favorite napping spot.

     Vintage Suitcases The upcycled bar cart is one of the most creative uses I have seen for vintage luggage. Adding casters make this mini bar mobile and easily accessible for every guest at your party. And a great way to display your antique silver tea set is inside beautifully styled vintage suitcase. 

    Whether its make-up, towels, trinkets or crafts, the nooks and crannies that are so characteristic of vintage luggage are perfect for sorting and organizing just about anything. Easily wall mounted, using a smaller piece creates the perfect space to hide things away in a chic and creative way.

    Image credits: Homedit, Oh My Creative

  • 5 Ways to Live Like Neil Patrick Harris

    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at Home

    Living like Neil Patrick Harris is certainly something to aspire to. His talent aside, his home mirrors the many layers and range of his talent and has elements that you can incorporate into your own home with the help of Lamps Plus.

    Architectural Digest has recently published pictures of the New York town house he shares with spouse David Burtka and family and is a wonder of eclectic and tasteful decor.

    Neil Patrick Harris' New York Living Room

    The more formal space is dominated by elegant furniture a timeless piano. I am in awe of the bold painting that dominates the traditional room and woodwork and I love how the almost Venetian-Style chandelier umbrella’s the room. Did I just invent a new design term and verb?

    Modern Lighting

    Another living space is more casual and features bold, contemporary lighting. The cheerful space has bright pops of color which is great for young families who want to keep things lighthearted.

    1. I love the whimsical Jonathan Adler Rio Patina Bronze Chandelier which has a sculptural quality.

    2. The Kathy Ireland Essentials Spinal Floor Lamp is playful but also sophisticated.

    Library Lighting

    The den has a clubby feel with soft leather seating and a warm patina. The antique brass floor lamp compliments the overall look and the colorful art keeps what could be a very serious space, alive and vibrant.

    3. The Robert Abbey Ant Bee Swing Arm Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp is a timeless mate to the classic leather chair.

    Modern Kitchen Design

    The kitchen is a great combination of classic and contemporary with a unique way of clustering pendant lighting to create a one-of-a-kind functional focal point.

    4. I love the totally unique design of the Quoizel Uptown Seaport Bronze Mini Pendant and would consider using them in powder rooms, halls and bedrooms.

    Kids Room Design

    The children’s room is certainly sophisticated yet still easy. Keeping rugs soft for little ones is key as is keeping them dark. That said the modern white chair is a good departure from the darker rug. You may want to “cheat” and keep leather furniture faux with the introduction of pleather.

    5. Because the Leonardo Chrome and White Leather Arm Chair is leather, make sure your kids are beyond the “crayon stage.”

    Photos: Architectural Digest.

March, 2015