• Home Decor Inspired by Winter Flowers

    Believe it or not there are some species of flowers that thrive in the cooler months. Whether or not they would survive the polar vortex and arctic chill going on now across the country is debatable - and by debatable I mean a definite NO NO NO while still trying to be nice to those freezing out there...
  • Sexy Kitchens: Lighting and Design

    The quickest way to my heart is through my stomach... So to celebrate a day meant to tug on our heartstrings(Yep, Valentine's Day is tomorrow), I figured I have a great excuse to swoon over some of the sexiest kitchens I could find. These stunners from Lonny Mag will get your heart pumping in all...
  • Vintage Bathroom Style

    Vintage bath style can be interpreted in many ways. From recreating an old-fashioned farmhouse bathroom to designing a slick Art Deco loo, as long as there have been bathrooms it could probably be considered vintage if the bathroom is ten years old or more! Lonny has wonderful interior pictures and I...
  • Get the Look: A Colorful and Eclectic Living Room

    Thank you, Pinterest, for your abundance of gorgeous interiors that inspire me. My jaw dropped when I discovered this colorful and eclectic living room by San Francisco designer Gary Spain. It's weird and wonderful, with layer upon layer of color and pattern that totally works . (Throw some deer...
  • 1 Room 4 Ways with Ceiling Lights

    The transformative power of ceiling lighting is pretty amazing. It can either be a subtle design element that recedes into the background, or a statement-making centerpiece that garners mega-attention. Take a look below at how 1 room can have 4 different looks with ceiling lights. Pictured: Possini...
  • Bright Lighting For Gray Home Style

    Here's some tips for how to light gray interior design. While Marsala may be the color of the year, gray is still hot and lighting gray rooms can be tricky. Naturally, A Prefect Gray had perfect pictures for us to enjoy. I’m crazy for gray in its many forms and think of it as a neutral...
  • Design Trend: Natural Elements

    Whether or not you're ready for it, pattern and color are celebrating a resurgence in current interior design trends. People are having fun with design and embracing new shapes, looks and eclectic styles. Something I'm majorly crushing on at the moment is the injection of natural materials...
  • The Uncluttered Kitchen

    Clean, modern kitchen without any clutter. The uncluttered kitchen is a thing of beauty, especially after several weeks of cooking and prepping for the holidays. Keeping a clean and clutter-free kitchen may seem daunting, especially if you have kids, but there are ways to make your kitchen appear...
  • Style Illuminated's Best Blog Posts of 2014

    In just a few short hours, 2014 will come to a close. Thanks for following along this year on the Style Illuminated blog! Here's a look at a few of our favorite posts on lighting, home decor, and design trends from the past year: Reinvent Your Decor with Modern Lamps Unexpected Style: Chandeliers...
  • White Interior Design Ideas

    With snow on the ground in most parts of the country, white is all around us. Many are drawn to a white palette indoors as well since white evokes feelings of calm and cleanliness. White interiors are never boring when layered with textural accents, a bit of metallic sheen, and the warmth of wood...
  • Moody Black Home Design

    We all know about the Black Friday that happens after Thanksgiving - but this year I'm making today my very own Black Friday - Black Interiors Friday to be more precise. These dark, moody, wintry black rooms will make you squirm for some delicious black wall paint in your home... Moody,...
  • Easy Organizing Ideas for 2015

    As the year draws to a close and the halls are un-decked and the trees are tucked away in the attic and the new year arrives with all of it's hope and promise..... ...I make a vow. This is the year I'm going to be organized. I know. I get it. I understand. Hope springs eternal...
  • Gifts For Entertaining That Are Unique & Fun

    Beautiful table decor for the holidays, but don't forget the gifts! My number one tip for all your holiday parties is, never show up empty handed! While party season is in full swing, chances are, if you're at someone's home for a holiday party they love to entertain... I've decided...
  • The Ralph Lauren Home Style

    A warm office style with the Ralph Lauren look. Autumn and Winter always remind me of the Ralph Lauren look, which I especially love for the home. Classic English decoration, clubby libraries, worn leather and classic oil paintings are the hallmark of this scheme and one that is cozy and welcoming...
  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween to the design obsessed! Halloween can be interpreted in so many ways. It can be a kitschy, old school affair with plastic decorations, a more autumnal affair with decorative gourds and smiling jack-o-lanterns, or can be a wet-your-pants situation with ghoulish props, severed hands and...
  • Tips For Decorating With Organic Elements

    Fall is my favorite time of year. The air is crisp, clear and cool while the hot chocolate is warm and the fire is toasty. The world smells like pumpkin pie. And when the trees don their coat of brilliant colors and the leaves start to fall.... ....it's time to start decorating for the season...
  • Top Five Decor Updates for Summer

    My top five decor updates for summer are inspired by the interchange between indoors and out. Yes, it might be a tad too chilly to lay in the sun, and yes, it’s not quite Memorial Day, but it’s never too soon to dream of lazy days and a sun-kissed glow on your cheeks. That said, nothing says...
  • Celebrity Home: Courteney Cox's Malibu Retreat

    Courteney Cox's Mailbu home was recently featured in Elle Decor -- including a big before and after, and a grand finish. An avid fan of architecture, Cox wanted to become an architect before beginning her path in acting. She had a clear vision for the look of her home. She wanted something “very...
  • Elizabeth Taylor Movie Posters: Classic Cool

    Movie posters are a cool way of adding personal taste and style to your space. To keep them from making your home look like a college dorm, just make sure to frame your posters before hanging them or leaning them on ledges. Today's post is in memory of Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 –...
  • Welcome to the 55 Downing Street App!

    We are excited to announce the release of the iOS App for 55 Downing Street ! Now, you can stay up to date with all sales events on-the-go! You'll never have to miss out on a home furnishing design deal with this new iOS app! You can use it to browse current sales events, purchase products...
  • Fourth of July Decor Theme: Ocean Blue with Jackie O.

    This serene photo of Jackie O., vacationing in Portofino in 1961, inspired this 4th of July decor theme. Patriotic style is typically characterized by military blues like navy or royal. Instead of those cold versions of blue, this photo of Jackie O. made me create a palette of warm blues like ocean,...
  • Decorating with Mirrors: Ambiance in your Valentine's Home

    Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that is for everyone! While you may think it’s only for couples in love it can also be a great holiday to celebrate your friends, family, children and those you hold dear. This Valentine’s day why not bring reflection and ambiance into your...
  • Get the Look: 3 Steps to City Chic

    Contemporary City Chic living features bright, airy and sophisticated living spaces that revel in all things current and chic, yet still offers quiet escape and comfort. Here is how you can re-create our contemporary inspiration room in three easy steps: 1. U se a warm color palette Set a warm welcoming...
  • 10 Summertime (or anytime) Uses for Rubber Bands

    Some people call it an elastic or elastic band, others a binder. If you’re visiting a foreign country, you might hear it referred to as a laggy, a lackey band or gumband. No matter what you call it, there are many uses for this dynamic and colorful invention. Here are a few of my favorites, for...
  • 10 Fixes To Make Your House a Home

    Making a house a home is not an easy feat. It takes time, dedication and the willingness to commit. One of my designer peeves is spaces that lack personality. There are some spaces that are “styled” impeccably but lack personal touches or memories which make a house a home. I believe...
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