• Kids and Coffee Tables

    A recent New York Times article points out that the humble coffee table is a disaster waiting to happen in households with small children. As the article says, "The coffee table means your children harm. And when it attacks, results can be ugly. Last year, 143,070 children age 5 and younger visited...
  • Five Ottomans to Take a Load Off

    More 5 for Friday decorating ideas! Ottomans are small but they are big multitaskers in the home. They can used as seating, tables, footstools and step stools. Even better, they come in a huge variety of styles, colors and materials to suit everybody. Which ottoman makes you want to stop and put...
  • A Natural Fiber Coffee Table

    I spotted this accent furniture piece during a recent photo shoot, and it got me to thinking, when is a coffee table not a coffee table? How about when it can also be double as an ottoman! Made from natural woven fibers, this round furniture accent can without a doubt be used as a coffee table. Put...
  • 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...
  • Favorite Feature on LampsPlus.com: Shop by Room!

    Shop by Room is one of my favorite features on LampsPlus.com . It's a showroom that's available at the ease of your fingertips, rather than having to drive all over town at traffic's mercy. Better yet, you can shop from over 2,500 showrooms rather than the limited dozen or so available at...
  • It's Hip to Be Square - Stylish New Ottomans

    They'll rest your feet, hide your junk and give you extra seating for uninvited guests. Even if it is a little square, the humble ottoman comes in more colors and styles than ever. Here are a few of my favorites. The silver ottoman above comes in a faux snakeskin material. Just the thing for space...
  • Get Creative with Daybeds and Ottomans

    As found in the pages of the SFGate.com , the editors of Houzz gathered together some interesting pictures of stylish daybeds. As the article states, "There are lots of...styles available that look more like pieces of furniture, and many are still suitable for sleeping." The daybed offers...
  • Trend Alert: Nailhead Trim Adds Bold Modern Looks

    Nailhead trim was traditionally used to embellish the arms and edges of upholstered furniture, but today, this 400 + year-old detail is popping up in lots of new applications, creating bold modern looks. Today, nailheads paired with contemporary fabric colors and finishes like the Red Faux...
  • Only at Lamps Plus: Decorative and Storage Ottomans

    Ottomans serve multiple purposes in a space - seating, storage, and/or decorative. What I love most about ottomans is that you can tuck them under a console table, coffee table, or out of the way when they are not in use. When you entertain large groups they provide extra seating for guests. They are...
  • Ask the Expert: Decorating a Home Office - Bedroom

    Sarah M. from San Diego came to us with a question about decorating a small bedroom that also has to function as a home office. We asked Lynda Gould, our in-house design expert, to offer some ideas. Question : My home is on the smallish side. So I''ve decided to put a desk in the bedroom and...
  • It's All About Yellow

    This summer....it's all about yellow. What is it about yellow? The color of sunshine. The color of a tall glass of lemonade on a screened-in porch on a lazy summer day. The color of spring flowers in the meadow dancing on a spring breeze. The color of joy. Here are some easy ways...
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