• How to Make Your Bedroom Romantic with Crystal Chandeliers

    A bedroom is more than a place to collapse at the end of the day. A bedroom should be a sanctuary; a peaceful retreat. Also, I think, a bit of a romantic haven. Want to know how to make your bedroom romantic? An easy way to add a bit of glamour is with crystal chandeliers. They needn't be over-the...
  • The New Old Design Look for 2010

    You've seen the products: formal crystal chandeliers with sexy black finishes and colored glass; traditional chairs with bold fabrics; formal traditional table lamps loaded with bling. Now there's a name for it: "The New Old". The design trend looks to use the forms and artifacts...
  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    The traditional gets an updating in this sleek and sexy new chandelier design . It features a sheer black fabric drum shade wrapped around a Bohemian black crystal candelabra frame. It's just the thing for adding a little bling to your home decor! Bohemian Black Crystal Chandelier .
  • The Chic Shimmer of Black Crystal

    Crystal has always been associated with settings of sophisticated glamour. Think crystal chandeliers and intimate, romantic dinners. What's changed recently has been the use of color crystal to achieve the same levels of refinement and elegance. In color crystal, black crystal is a particularly...
  • Lighting for Nighttime Weddings

    Over the weekend, a friend asked me about lighting for a backyard wedding. Then I stumbled upon the intriguing photograph of an Indian wedding procession below: Photo by Kevin Frayer is courtesy the Associated Press and Boston.com So how do you create a romantic atmosphere at an outdoor evening...
  • Crystal Chandeliers Everywhere!

    Crystal chandeliers are typically reserved for a formal dining room or foyer - so I love when homeowners "break out of the box" and introduce a little bling in unexpected places! Even though the chandeliers above are in dining rooms, each room has an eclectic vibe (along with some iconic clear...
  • Get the Look: Modern Baroque Decor

    Today Jerome Abecassis, founder of Divano Designs, and Feng Shui Professional Brigitte Beltran are sharing their tips to get the look of Modern Baroque decor at home. So, what is Modern Baroque? It is the marriage of Old-World with the New World design. This redefined design trend mixes baroque patterns...
  • Designer to the Stars Kari Whitman Talks Hollywood Glam

    We are very happy to welcome celebrity interior designer Kari Whitman to the Lamps Plus blog. Kari has collaborated with a wide range of Hollywood celebrities, including Kristen Bell, Virginia Madsen and Jessica Alba. Her work is widely seen in top design magazines as well as "In Style"...
  • Blogging and Design

    On Fashion Blogs from Mary Scherpe on Vimeo . Looking around at the design field, I have noted the increasing reliance on blogs and other social media in exposing new work, whether it be prototypes, architecture, or finished items already in production. These vetted design news outlets are apparently...
  • Romantic Decorating Ideas

    As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches it’s time for some romantic decorating ideas. While flowers and candy are a perfectly good start, a whole room redecoration will really mean you care! Romantic decor can mean many things. To me, it’s all about creating a mood. No need to be vulgar...
  • Design Inspiration from Rome

    Ah Roma, *sigh.* The Eternal City is home to not only the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican, and Trevi Fountain, but also home to great shopping, food and design. Design inspiration from Rome will totally surprise you. You may think that a city steeped in such history would be home to over-the-top and fussy...
  • Elegant Chandeliers

    Design fads come and go, but glamorous, eleganct chandeliers are forever. Trust me, I had metallic wallpaper and brown shag carpet in the 1970s, so I know from what I speak. Chandeliers can render us speechless with their dazzling display of light, and can look amazing in both traditional as well as...
  • Beautifully Renovated Apartment in San Telmo, Argentina

    I had the pleasure to tour a beautifully renovated, turn of the century apartment in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Owner Stephen Woods moved to Argentina from the UK almost ten years ago with a background in historical property renovation. He now lives in this gorgeous apartment with...
  • Impressive Interior Lighting: Bedroom Chandeliers

    Bedroom lighting can evoke any type of mood you want, provided you know how and what to choose. Bedroom chandeliers can create an impressive interior lighting scheme if the style and scale work in harmony with the room. Elegant crystal chandeliers look romantic, feminine and create a glittering dance...
  • Get Inspired: A Modern, Minimal House

    Spotted on Oprah.com , this contemporary house in New Jersey is home to a family of four. I love how clean and sparse it is, but I think I have too much stuff to live like this! Highlights include the the wood slab dining room table under a contemporary crystal fixture (up top) and the bath space...
  • Juxtaposed: Contemporary Crystal Chandelier in a Traditional Dining Room

    It takes a lot to stop me in my tracks - but this contemporary crystal chandelier in a traditional dining room did it! I stumbled across this photo and I just love juxtaposition of old with new, classic with contemporary, and vintage with avante-garde. Designer Tobi Fairley picked a perfect pairing...
  • How To Clean A Crystal Chandelier

    To keep a crystal chandelier shining its brightest, give it a good cleaning once a year or so. Most chandeliers can be handled by the weekend do-it-yourselfer, but if your fixture is hung too high or is just too elaborate, call in a professional cleaning service to handle the job. Many chandeliers...
  • Creating the Harry Potter Magic in Your Home

    On July 15th the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, arrives in theaters. Be you a fan or not, the mastery of Academy Award–winning production designer Stuart Craig and his team have provided inspirational designs...
  • Want to Design Your Own Crystal Chandelier?

    We're big fans of the trend towards customization. More merchants are letting customers customize their purchases. Beyond the classic monogram, you can create everything from custom sneakers (Nike ID), custom messenger bags (Timbuk2), custom T-shirts and much more. Now, Schonbek lets you to be...
  • The Beauty of Swarovski Crystal

    Swarovski always impresses with their Crystal Palace design fair displays. The London Design Festival recently showed five of Swarovski's celebrated designs at the reopened Royal Festival Hall. Wallpaper Magazine is currently featuring a slideshow capturing the setting-up of the crystal creations...
  • Product of the Day - Crystal Bracelet Ceiling Light

    The bling of crystal is back in home decorating! Our eyes were caught by this new crystal ceiling light. It has a "bracelet" design that hangs from a chrome finish ceiling mount. You'll get plenty of glitter and sparkle from it for bedrooms, hallways and more. Crystal Bracelet Ceiling...
  • Design Trend - Ostentatious Lighting

    Luxe, opulent, over the top, and commanding attention. This year, lighting is moving from a supporting role to a star player in the design world! One distinct design trend spotted at Toronto's Interior Design Show is ostentatious lighting, and I love this shift towards lighting becoming the design...
  • Crystal from Dale Tiffany

    New looks from Dale Tiffany put the shimmer back into table lamp design. The lamps feature classic profiles and shapes executed in exquisite crystal glass, such as the Port Royal Crystal Table Lamp pictured to the left. The entire collection offers a bit of sparkle and glamour for any room space...
  • House Tour: Jennifer Lopez's Hollywood Glamour Home

    Jennifer Lopez may have been crying when it came time to send contestant Chris Medina packing on an "American Idol" episode, but she shouldn't be crying when she heads home. This tour of J. Lo's home was spotted in the pages of Veranda magazine . Sophisticated and relaxing, it shines...
  • Swarovski Crystal on Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

    Swarovski crystal designs aren't just for crystal chandeliers . This year, a gigantic Swarovski crystal star will sit atop the Christmas tree in New York's Rockefeller Center . The thing weighs in at 550 pounds, is 9 1/2 feet in diameter and is made up of some 25,000 crystals - not really...
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