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  • Decked-Out Deck Design

    Although we are starting to begin the summer wind-down, it’s not too late to create a decked-out deck design. Enjoying your home both inside and out is one of life’s treats, and making sure both match your needs and style is important.

    A Contemporary Deck with a Designer Style Outdoor Kitchen

    I love this deck/outdoor kitchen because it’s compact yet packs a real punch. I’m not saying you need to install a full-on kitchen, but it’s nice to be able to cook and socialize with guests during the summer months.

    Most bases are covered in this deck, from functional cooking elements and stylish outdoor seating to lighting. I like how there is task lighting for cooking, safety (along the steps) and decorative and functional landscape lighting  (washing the plants).

    This lighting is layered and allows you to maximize the space after dark. I can’t see the overall extent of seating, but I would also include outdoor wooden benches to match the chairs and a table for dining.

    Call me exacting, but a truly decked-out deck design would include decorative water fountains for home and garden. I love the sound of trickling water outside and not only is it soothing, it can also mask unwanted noises like traffic.

    So, although there are only a few more weeks of summer, make the most of it with the best deck yet!

    Classic Outdoor Lighting and Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. The Bayport Dark Sky-Rated Outdoor Wall Light  is ideal to illuminate the deck on a traditional home.

    2. Go bold and add soft seating on your deck with this wasabi Green Chevron Stripe Outdoor Pouf.

    3. Match the wall light above with it’s matching Dark Sky-Rated Outdoor Post Light. This might be just perfect at the junction where your deck and stairs meet.

    4. I like the simple design of the Benton Outdoor Stacking Chair in natural Eucalyptus. Great for dining or casual lounging.

    5. This Natural Acacia 2-Person Glider Bench is ideal for relaxing outdoors on a deck or porch. Nobody likes to admit they love what seemingly appears to be for the older generation, but they should.

    6. Nothing is more relaxing outside than the sound of water and this Orbital Pedestal Floor Fountain with LED Light is a modern way to add soothing sounds and a contemporary focal point.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Make a Bold and Beautiful Statement with Pendant Lighting

    Sometimes a room needs a more minimal style light than a chandelier or large over the top fixture to light it. Enter pendant lights. They can be minimal in size and style but not in details or charm - and the right one can make your room feel completely different.

    A series of copper pendant lights over a dinner table

    Though I only have one pendant light in my home currently, I am definitely a fan, and today I am talking about a few show-stopping styles of pendant lighting.

    Let's start with copper.

    Copper  touches in any room are all the rage right now - and adding copper with your lighting is easy with the Essex Copper Pendant. I love how this looks doubled above a table.

    Hammered copper pendant light
    And another favorite metal -  I am a huge fan of polished metal - especially in gold and Silver and this Emery Silver Finish Mini Pendant is a stunner.

    Industrial style pendant light in a silver finish
    Perfect placed in threes above a bar area - the polished finish on this light will bring a beautiful vintage inspired charm to your room.

    What about something more unique? Alabaster reminds me of some of the gorgeous vintage pieces that I remember seeing in my grandmothers home growing up.

    But this Jamie Young Borealis Pendant Light is far from a dated vintage style. Made from alabaster, it has modern lines and details and is sure to give off a soft glow. It would be a beautiful addition to  both edgy modern and traditional styles.

    Alabaster mini pendant light in a hexagonal shape
    Another unique twist on a pendant light is this amazing Bolivar Rope and Metal Pendant. It is perfect for adding a neutral look in lighting to your space and gives off a slightly vintage coastal vibe.

    Modern rope and metal pendant light
    And for something that makes a bold beautiful statement while lighting up your space - the Austen Pendant Light  is a gorgeous choice.

    With details galore creating a delicate openwork wave pattern - it is stunning. And with a drum shade to softly diffuse the light - this pendant will stand out in your home while lighting it beautifully.

    Drum pendant with openwork wave pattern in a gold finish
    Whatever style of pendant lighting that you fall in love with, there are so many different sizes and options to choose from to fit your space perfectly at Lamps Plus

    Do you have one that speaks to you?

    Image: French Country Cottage

  • The Ideal Outdoor Living Room

    The ideal outdoor living room begins with space planning and the needs of your family. Enclosed patios adjacent to your house would be ideal, but as long as you have some form of patio or decking you will be in good shape.

    A Traditional Exterior Living Space with Timeless Decor

    The outdoor living room above does a good job in showing how to place your furniture to encourage conversation and fun. Functional elements like stylish outdoor wall lights or a damp-rated ceiling fan will allow guests to stay when the temperature rises and once the sun has set.

    If you have exterior outlets you may want to consider bringing out floor lamps made for the outdoors or outdoor table lamps to truly create an unexpected living space atmosphere in your very own backyard.

    Lighting aside, make sure your furniture is comfortable so guests want to stay. Colorful cushions and decorative outdoor pillows will accomplish that.

    One final designer trick is to always use a glazed garden seat in an outdoor room. Not only are they easy to wipe off and move around, but they become a small table if need be, or an extra seat when the party really gets started.

    Classic Outdoor Furniture, Accessories and Lighting from Lamps Plus

    1. Create an instant outdoor living room with this ash gray wood 4-piece set of outdoor furniture, like the Bradbury Outdoor Conversation Set.

    2. Outdoor lighting is critical to creating an elegant exterior. This black outdoor wall light sports an updated version of a Crafstman classic.

    3. The Bronte Zinc Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp by Robert Abbey is timeless in its classic shape and design.

    4. If you are looking for an ideal and versatile piece of furniture think about this Earthenware Accent Table in Acid Black. It’s both seating and a table.

    5. I love the indoor look of the Phoebe Al Fresco Outdoor Floor Lamp by Robert Abbey.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Designing Small Outdoor Spaces

    Summer entertaining does not require vast lawns and decks. Designing small outdoor spaces thoughtfully can result in fantastic and functional outdoor rooms that will keep you and your guests al fresco for hours.

    A Charming Small Outdoor Terrace

    This cute terrace has everything you need to entertain in style and at a fraction of the space most people have. I think going vertical helps. Taller, comfortable bar stools allow for seating but take up less square footage and a tall pub table is just enough surface space for dining.

    One thing to remember, if your only seating is a stool, cushions will help keep guests comfortable for longer stretches of time.

    Lush foliage keeps the space interesting, enveloping and can hide adjacent buildings, homes or fencing. As there is no roof, string lights (also known as party lights) illuminate the patio and keeps it festive. If you have the room, I would personally add outdoor wall lights for added atmosphere.

    Modern Outdoor Lighting and Furniture from Lamps Plus

    1. If you want to create an instant party vibe or if you rent a place without exterior lights, I like using the Aspen Indoor-Outdoor String Lights.

    2. I’m crazy about this double box designed Bronze Outdoor Light by Possini. The design is current and looks more substantial without taking up a lot of surface space.

    3. The Zuo Modern Anguilla Aluminum Outdoor Barstool is perfect for small outdoor spaces. I always say go armless if you really don’t have the room.

    4. I like the simplicity of the Anguilla Outdoor Square Pub Table which has a low maintenance finish and is great in tight spaces.

    5. The Riverstone Falls Floor Fountain will create a soothing trickling sound that is perfect for creating serenity while outdoors.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Choosing the Perfect Lamp for Your Space

    Do you think a lamp can make or break a space?

    Can the wrong lamp take away from your room - while the right lamp can completely finish it perfectly?

    Maybe so.

    Blush lamp with gold details on french nightstand with straw bag and denim jacketAnd let's be honest - choosing the right lamp for your space is not always easy.

    With so many options for color, size, style, finish, shades, etc. it can be overwhelming.

    So it helps to tackle the search for the perfect lamp with a few considerations.

    A pair of cylinder gold lamps on a mirrored and gold console table with nearby slipper chair

    The first thing to consider when choosing lamps for your home is the style. Floor lamps, buffet, table lamps, desk lighting, chandeliers and more.

    With all the different sizes, heights and styles - you want to consider which one is right for your space in order to narrow down the choices.

    And after that it is all about the color, shape, and overall look.

    Do you want your lighting to stand out in your room and make a statement? Or would you prefer it to blend in seamlessly and fit the room like a glove?

    I tend to gravitate towards lamps that have a style all their on their own, but that also don't 'stand out' too much in a room. I really do like a cohesive feeling to a space.

    So, today I am exploring a few options for simple, elegant lamps that can go in a room and quietly speak volumes without saying a word.

    Sleek metal gourd lamp on side table with glass of waterUp first - sleek and refined - this Possini Euro Design Slim Gourd Lamp is a winner.

    Easily at home in modern or traditional settings - the smooth design and style is easy to live with.

    Living room with glamorous clear acrylic furniture and acrylic table lamp

    Looking for something with a baroque twist and quiet clean lines? This Baroque Clear Acrylic Table Lamp is a knockout.

    It will fit in with so many different styles in a room because it has a quiet presence with the clear look, and yet it is definitely elegant, classic, and a glam statement maker.

     White ceramic table lamp with a cream crackle glaze and gold base and detailsA definite favorite when it comes to elegant, glamorous style -  this Lynton Table Lamp in cream speaks my language on several levels.

    The creamy white finish is simple and charming, while the gold accents add an elegant touch that makes this lamp at home in any setting.

    Gold faux croc lamp with white drum shade and acrylic base

    And one more, just because I am in love with gold and white for any room - this Simone Gold Faux Croc Lamp is sure to add an elegant look to your room.

    No matter what your favorite look and style for lamps is - there are so many options for color, style and size at Lamps Plus.

    And whether you are choosing one that is bold and beautiful in design to make a statement - or one that blends in perfectly with the rest of your surroundings -your perfect lamp is out there.

    What does your dream lamp look like?

    Images: French Country Cottage;

  • Cool Ceiling Fans to Keep You Cool

    I couldn't help but work a pun into the title of this post because we have never had so many cool and unique ceiling fan options as we do in this day and age.

    Long gone are the boring, grandma ceiling fans, and here to stay are the days of highly designed and multi-functional ceiling fans that actually add to the design of a room rather than hinder it.

    Ceiling Fan in Outdoor Patio

    Whether you want a more modern, minimal look, or you really want your ceiling fan to become a focal point in the space, stylish ceiling fans are a must to keep you cool this summer.

    Stylish ceiling fan with a driftwood finish and frosted glass light

    The Delano Ceiling Fan in a driftwood finish from Minka Aire  is a transitional ceiling fan that can suit varying design styles. The soft, yet rustic, driftwood finish is a cool take on the traditional faux wood finishes that ceiling fans are famous for. 

    Outdoor-rated ceiling fan in an oil-rubbed bronze finish with four canvas blades

    When you mix soft and hard materials with exposed hardware, you are certain to create a cool ceiling fan that any designer would be proud to install.

    This canvas and oil rubbed bronze ceiling fan can be installed either indoors or outdoors to bring major style and a nice breeze to your space.

    Industrial-style cage ceiling fan with integrated LED light

    Anyone who is in a remodeled warehouse loft might not have the best AC supply. An antique bronze cage ceiling fan that also features a small LED light is the perfect fan to add to your industrial modern interior.

    The vintage look and industrial finish will turn your need for some air circulation into a beautiful focal point.

    Candelabra-style ceiling fan in an antiqued white finish

    The candelabra-style Deville Ceiling Fan from Casa Vieja is dainty, detailed and hands down beautiful. A shabby chic style home deserves a beautiful, antique accent that is equal parts form and function.

    Streamlined and minimal ceiling fan in a brushed nickel finish

    The modern, minimal lines of this contemporary ceiling fan in a brushed nickel finish are so clean that you may not even know its there while it providing you with a cool breeze.

    If you are looking for a fan to compliment your streamlined interiors, this modern fixture is too cool to pass up.

    From Shabby Chic style to streamlined and minimal there is a stylish ceiling fan option to fit your decor. Which is your favorite?

    For more cool ceiling fan ideas and tips check out this video-