• The Devil is in the Details

    Imagine creating an interior that is reminiscent of a still life, something worthy of being captured in print or in a painting. The term, the devil is in the details, can be applied to many areas of one’s life, but can also interpreted within the world of interior design. It’s one thing to...
  • Area Rug Size Guides From Decor Mentor Founder Lisa Ferguson

    Interior designer Lisa Ferguson is the founder of Decor Mentor , a "collaborative, educational online community for interior design pros and consumers". Lisa and her team of designer mentors are seasoned professionals who know the ins and outs of the design world, and have come together on...
  • Designer Ideas for Spring Style

    As much as I love cold, wintery weather, by this time of year I'm always looking ahead to designer ideas for spring style. And while it may be a bit premature to kick off your snowboots and hit the beach, that doesn't mean you can't dream of warmer days or bring a little bit of springtime...
  • 4 Key Elements to Creating a Designer Dining Room

    I truly feel for you if you have done nothing but cook for friends and family over the last two months. I can also understand your not wanting to see the inside of your dining room either. I am a firm believer in using every room in the house all year, and that includes the dining room. So many of us...
  • Traditional Minimalist Design

    I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the holiday bloat. Bloat not only around my middle from too much food, but domestic bloat from the excess of gifts and decorations. A good cleanse is in order for both health and home. I’m not sure whether traditional minimalist design is an actual...
  • Beach House Design Ideas - From Malibu to the Hamptons

    Regardless of the coast I’m mad for beach house design ideas. Today we're going to take a look at two homes. One in the Hamptons, the other Malibu. Many people do play favorites and can’t understand why anybody would visit the other...snobs! I like the overall informality of both spots...
  • Living Room Decor Ideas

    ‘Tis the busiest time of the year-Is your living room decor ready to see the action of the season? By taking a few simple steps with a minimal investment, you can create a rich new look in your space. These living room decor ideas are great for the holidays or everyday living. One of the...
  • Bold Color in Unexpected Places

    At the end of December, the color outside is often dreary. And although yellow may not be a typical color you associate with winter, I think a little dose of bold color during a drab time of year is good for the eyes! I love when a designer or homeowner is daring enough to not only use bold color, but...
  • 5 Tips For Bathroom Organization

    If you think about it, one of the smallest rooms in our houses requires the greatest need for storage. Because the average person uses their bathroom roughly six times a day it’s important that our bathrooms function just as well as they look. While I would normally stress that aesthetics outweigh...
  • London Design Inspiration: Black and Gold

    Greetings from London. I think I look a little fuzzy here. Perhaps it’s the camera man or most likely the jet-lag. Regardless, I’m always at the top of my game in London because, quite frankly, it’s my favorite English-speaking City in the world. I love that everything is so civilized...
  • Designer Jenika Kurtz Shares Tips for Personalizing Your Home

    Interior designer Jenika Kurtz bought her first house a little over two years ago and took on a major renovation project fixing up each room. Personalizing her house was very important to Jenika and over time she has been adding small touches such as throw pillows, personal pictures, DIY window treatments...
  • Designer Storage Solutions for 2012

    Cheers to the New Year! It’s resolution time and time to get organized. So here are my favorite designer storage solutions for 2012--stylish and full of personality, they’re also sure to leave your space feeling tidy and looking terrific. Maximize your space. I designed this hip bachelor...
  • Getting Ready to Get Organized in 2012

    It's that time of year where lists of new year's resolutions get jotted down in notebooks, on whiteboards, and on blogs. And let me guess...one of your resolutions is to get organized! ( Whoa! I'm a mind reader! ) January is a time for fresh starts, and it really is a great time to conquer...
  • Indoor Lighting

    Knowing how to balance indoor lighting can be tricky. Unless you are a vampire, most people love light in its many forms which means sunlight during the day and ample artificial light at night. While a combination of both is usually ideal, there are times when natural light is ideal and times when artificial...
  • Home Decorating Ideas Under $50

    Major redecorating can get expensive, so I have 5 home decorating idea for under $50. Impossible you say? Have faith! Home Decorating Idea 1. Add metallics. From gold and silver to warm bronze, metallics will add much needed texture and weight to a space. This designer sconce costs under $50 and looks...
  • Designer Debbie Talianko's Dramatic Before and After With Lamps Plus Lighting

    We rarely have the opportunity to see Lamps Plus products used in real interior spaces, so we were thrilled when interior designer Debbie Talianko, principal of Talianko Design Group , shared these before and after photos of one of her recent designs. Debbie's work is clean, modern, and tasteful...
  • Creating an Art Gallery at Home

    Most people like art. At least I think they do. Heaven knows there are always throngs of people at every museum I attend. Hence, if we go on that premise, one must assume people like art at home. I’m a firm believer that people should buy what they love unless of course it’s on velvet! Your...
  • Stylish Small Spaces

    Coming off the heels of my post on the perfect closet, I thought the New Year would be a perfect time to talk about life in close quarters. Stylish small spaces can be achieved in any size domicile if you know a few tricks of the trade and commit to a life of ruthless editing and turning organization...
  • Spring Home Decor Trends Preview with Lamps Plus Tastemaker Veronika Haddad

    Here's a little good news for your Friday morning: two months from today is the first day of spring! ( Hurrah, there's an end to winter in sight! ) Back in December, Lamps Plus's stylish buyer and tastemaker Veronika Haddad shared hot holiday tabletop trends and her top gift recommendations...
  • Harmony and Balance: Symmetrical Design

    No doubt most of us crave a little peace after the hectic holidays. While we still have New Years to look forward to, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about the coming year and ways to create more balance in our lives. To some, balance may be the amount of time we spend with family relative...
  • Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas

    Happy Thanksgiving. For me, today is about being cozy. Fall decorating plays a big role in that agenda. Let others break limbs at turkey bowls, I want to savor the end of fall by helping mom mix some stuffing, curl up on the sofa with a throw and soft pillows and then gorge on gravy and sweets. Don’t...
  • 5 Practical Tips to Help You Out of the Decorating Doldrums

    The great English designer William Morris, who founded the world’s first home decorating firm, once wrote that we should have nothing around us that “is not useful and beautiful.” Morris and his friends thought life simply was better lived according to those principles—and...
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