• My Favorite New Home Decor Products

    Who would have guessed that a lighting store would carry furniture and home decor products as well? I am always scavenging through the catalog to find just the right table lamp or chandelier, but I have to remind myself that I can also source a bar cart, headboard, or a great rug. Lamps Plus is really...
  • Undecorate: The Latest Buzz Word

    The latest buzz word in designing and decorating has many names including “Décor for a Recessionary Movement,” - The NewYork Times ; “Rise of the Personal” - The Wall Street Journal ; and Christiane Lemieux, the founder of DwellStudio , focused her new book, “Undecorate...
  • Bob Mackie Online

    I was excited about finding some really fun YouTube clips about Bob Mackie to share in this post from last month . And then... I looked today and there was a whole Bob Mackie YouTube channel ! Yay! Did you know that he is a guest judge on Project Runway this season? Below is a clip where Mr. Mackie...
  • 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...
  • Red Furniture - Trend in 2010?

    Huffington Post blogger Cathy Whitlock wrote a post about attending High Point in 2009 and identified red as an upcoming interior design trend. Specifically she mentions red furniture. Caught up in "flush" of Valentines Day glee, I decided to look through our assortment of red furniture...
  • Double Duty Furniture for Small Spaces

    Whether it's for a college dorm, tiny urban condo, or a room that has to provide more than one function (like an office/guest room), double duty furniture is perfect for small spaces! For example, a bedroom dresser doesn't have to be cumbersome - a stylish 3-drawer chest can serve two purposes...
  • Casual Dining: Breakfast Nook Inspiration

    Dining rooms are getting used less frequently and a lot of the meals are now being eaten in the kitchen either at the island, breakfast nook, or a casual dining table in the kitchen. I have always liked the look of a built-in nook with bench seating. It becomes a more permanent fixture and part of the...
  • Quick and Easy Kitchen Decorating Ideas

    1. Venti Adjustable Height Bar Stool 2. Jane Seymour 19" Three Hydrangeas in Clay Pot If you want to transform your kitchen without a costly demo here are 5 quick and easy kitchen decorating ideas that will help you achieve an updated look. (Plus, if you’re anything like me in the kitchen...
  • Rockin' Modern-day Chinoiserie

    When merchants and missionaries traveled to China in the 1600s, they returned with books and journals filled with accounts of their visual impressions. The European intrepretation of these accounts form the basis of the " Chinoiserie " style. It means "Chinese-esque" in French. ...
  • My Outdoor Seating Set from Polyvore

    Doesn't this make you long for a warm evening on the patio? Well, spring and summer are on their way, so it's not too early to start thinking about decking out your outdoor spaces. This is my idea of a modern-yet-cozy seating area with organic touches and a hint of Asian-inspired zen. I put...
  • Back to School Tips Every Parent Should Read

    "Back to School" is in full swing now, and not just for those headed to college; see last week's post How to Create a Dorm Room Worth Showing Off . For those with younger kids heading back to class, I found some great tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics at this link . The...
  • Get The Look: Hollywood Luxe in 5 Steps

    Hollywood Luxe is influenced by classic period designs. This style features a lot of glitz, romance and glamour. Modern and classic furniture are blended and related by common finishes and colors. Here is how to Get The Look: Hollywood Luxe in 5 Steps. 1. Color Palette There is a strong use of...
  • A Midcentury Catskills Cabin

    A cabin owner raised the roof and knocked down the walls to transform her old fishing cottage into a cool mid-century retreat. “I didn’t want it to be too country,” she says. “I didn’t want the farm bells and all the rustic old watering cans lying around. I have friends...
  • Decorating is Fun-Dorothy Draper Style

    Heaven knows I didn’t coin the phrase, Decorating is Fun , but it rings true, especially when revisiting the world of Dorothy Draper. I’m not sure what made me think of her and her design influences, but I was in a happy mood and thought introducing you to this icon of design was only fair...
  • Two in One Treasures - Cool Finds for Small Spaces

    Making the most of your limited square footage is a snap with what I call “two in one” treasures - really cool finds for small spaces. If I’m designing a tiny Manhattan pied a terre or even a sprawling Texas ranch, I always like working with pieces that perform double - or even quadruple...
  • Dwell on Design 2011: 5 Tips Overheard at The Designer is In Booth

    If you're looking to work with an interior designer or have ever wondered what that experience would be like, The Designer is In consultations at Dwell on Design were for you. Interior designers provided complementary consultations - all you had to do was sign-up online and show up. How easy is that...
  • Superbowl XLVI Style - Showing Your Team Colors at Home

    The words "Superbowl" and "home decor" aren't often paired together. But surprisingly, incorporating your favorite team's colors into your interior can be done with a little team pride and a lot of style! The New England Patriots and the New York Giants face off at Superbowl...
  • Home Decor iPhone Wallpapers!

    You decorate your home - why not decorate your tech too? Here's a round up of some fun home decor iPhone wallpapers to give your cell phone a little more style. Many of these wallpapers are also available for the iPad too, if you really like to coordinate. I sure do! (The patterned ones above are...
  • Mad Men Style

    Movies and TV have always influenced how we decorate, but creating a form of Mad Men Style at home is all the rage and can go in many directions. Now, I’m not suggesting you take three martini lunches or start smoking, but what I am asking you to do is open your mind to the idea of marrying mid...
  • Outdoor Dining Musts

    If I see another French-inspired outdoor table setting I may scream. Unless of course I am actually in Provence. Here’s the thing, I love France, truly, but trying to recreate it in a suburban American yard is not really a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I do love outdoor dining when conditions...
  • Top 5 Tips For Kids Organization

    Does the thought of entering your children's room make you shudder? Does the new school year and all the stuff that comes along with it make you think of the show Hoarders? I have 5 of the top tips for kids organization that are both decorative and practical. 1. The classic closet. If you don’t...
  • Trick the Eye with Trompe L'oeil

    Time Out New York magazine featured our Trompe L'oeil Booklover's Table in their Use Your Illusion product feature. So what if you couldn't finish that classic? This home decor look is the next best thing. Post Update 10-1-11: Sorry all, but it looks like the Time Out New York website...
  • Yellow Room: From Accents to Wall Color

    Yellow is all kinds of beautiful and comes in a range to suit every personality, from butter to crème brûlée to dark dandelion. It's one of the few colors that can act like a neutral. Especially in regions that are commonly overcast, a neutral version of yellow on walls is a good...
  • Inspiring Yacht Interiors

    It has been so hot recently that all I can do is dream of lazy days on the water. As long as I am dreaming, let’s go big with inspiring yacht interiors to tempt even the very rich. Boats are great fun, but give me the big guns. Coolers filled with beer and windless afternoons on the Mississippi...
  • Design Problem? Get Expert Help from Our Interior Designers!

    Have a design problem? Get expert help from the Lamps Plus interior designers! We're launching a new " Ask the Expert " feature here on the blog, and we want to hear your design queries and conundrums to provide you with design solutions to help you create the home of your dreams. Not...
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