• Year-End Good Reads

    As 2010 draws to a close, here are some tasty links that we've been enjoying. Have fun reading! Builder magazine profiles three Green-energy homes in the San Francisco Bay area. Among them is the O’Neill Passive House (see photo above) in Sonoma, Calilifornia. Built to the 2006 International...
  • Big Style in the Sooner State

    Builder Jeff Click, a member of our Lamps Plus Professionals program , sent us some great photos of a house he's just completed. The home is located in the SilverHawk development in Oklahoma City. Says Jeff, "You can check out a cool photo tour of some of your fixtures we've used...I...
  • Industrial Hanging Pendant Lights in the Home

    Large industrial size pendant light fixtures were normally reserved for restaurants...until now. In the last year or so, I have seen a trend toward incorporating industrial lighting into the home. The scale of the hanging pendant lights is generally larger; therefore, it becomes more of a statement piece...
  • Schoolhouse Style Lighting

    Schoolhouse style lighting refers to a specific type of ceiling fixture that re-creates the look of lighting used in public buildings and schoolhouses in the early to mid-20th century. They most commonly refer to lighting with the distinctive "orb" glass. Designers have been re-discovering...
  • Oversized Lighting Commands a Space

    The first design element I noticed when I visited my friend's home for the first time was his 24" x 24" oversized hanging pendant lights in his living room. Because of their size, the fixtures demanded attention and became the focal point of the room. Extra large furniture and lighting...
  • Get Inspired: Big Style from a Small Home

    This Sunset Magazine photo feature proves that you don't need to have a big home to have big style. The home in question is a tiny, cottage-style 900-square-foot home in Santa Monica. Starting with the 1930s floorplan, owner Julie Hart raised the roof, added new windows and created bright, loft...
  • Inspiration Roundup: All White Interiors

    As a designer, I am always asked what color scheme looks best in a space or how to add more color. Recently, I have been inspired by the simplicity of the all white interiors of homes in Sweden. The spaces feel relaxing and fresh, and any small addition of color is a great contrast. Another psychological...
  • Inspirational Bright White Contemporary Kitchens

    There is something to be said for an all white kitchen or bathroom. White is often associated with cleanliness, so it makes since to use it in both spaces. When I moved to Southern California from the Midwest I noticed a big difference in the style of kitchen cabinetry in homes. In Southern California...
  • Idea for Replacing Kitchen Fluorescents

    We recently got a great tip, that's both smart and stylish, from Nora, in Los Angeles. Fluorescent fixtures are commonly built into kitchens and bathrooms because they're incredibly energy-efficient and emit comfortable, ambient light. However, fluorescent lights usually don't offer...
  • A Fresh Look at Black and White Checkered Tile

    The first use of black and white checkerboard tile dates back to before the Renaissance. Fast-forwarding many years, the tiles resurged in the 1920s and 1930s with a more modest appeal. The market for the black and white tiles turned to using linoleum vs. marble or another more expensive material. ...
  • Tips for using mini-pendants in the kitchen:

    1. Add a dimmer switch to increase the versatility of the pendant lights. They can provide either task or mood lighting. 2. Take into account the height of those in your household when deciding how high to hang the pendants. If they are hung too high then you may see a glare from the bulb. 3...
  • Top 10 CA Modern Magazine Kitchen Finalists

    For a little kitchen inspiration, check out CA Modern magazine and their top-10 contemporary kitchen design finalists. Open, contemporary floor plans, functional counter tops, and beautiful kitchen lighting are common elements in all the designs. I could be happy in any of these! View them all...
  • Citizen Decorating: Check Out Our Talented Customers

    We are always grateful when you take the time to submit photos with a product reviews. Here are a few favorites: In the recessed lighting category, "GIl R" used our energy efficient bulbs to brighten their kitchen without creating additional heat. They did a good job of placing the recessed...
  • 5 Tips for Kitchen Lighting

    The biggest mistake made in kitchen lighting is trying to illuminate the entire kitchen with one ceiling light – I should know, I do it too! In looking for new kitchen lighting, I made this list of quick tips to keep in mind. 1. Use a mix of lights. Like any room, a kitchen should have a...
  • Update: Convert Your Recessed Lights Into LEDs

    John recently did a post on these energy-efficient LED recessed lights on February 27th. In the meantime, our the team from the Lamps Plus Professionals side attended a trade show. They had a booth next door to the display pictured above with the recessed lights actually installed. They were really enthusiastic...
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