• 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...
  • Searching by Color

    One handy thing on our website is the ability to search by color. You can type " blue " into the top right search field and then sort the results by category to find whichever blue type of thing you're looking for. Just for fun I tried searching for more atypical colors. Here are some...
  • Customize Your Look with Slipcovered Chairs

    Let your inner designer shine! These excellent chairs come to life when paired with specially tailored slipcovers. We're now offering the sleek, smart, and comfortable Parsons Armless Dining Chairs in a set of two. The fun starts when you take your pick from our large selection of slipcovers designed...
  • Five Unique Chairs with Character

    We all need chairs and we all have chairs, but do we really have unique chairs with character? Because our homes reflect our style, I think style should be a major factor in choosing furniture. As such, there are some hot trends in home decor that are reflected in the chairs I have selected. One such...
  • How to Translate NY Fashion Trends into Your Home

    Today is New York's big fashion event - Fashion's Night Out . Designers are going to come together to show off their collection for fall. Kelly green is a hot color on the runway right now. It is showing up in dresses, shirts, jackets, jeans, and even heels. The color makes a bold statement and...
  • A Brief History of the Sofa

    Interesting article in the New York Times suggests the French have given us more than just delicious fries and steak au poivre . A gradual shift in living arrangements around the turn of the 18th century led to the invention of sofa in Paris. Whether you call it a sofa, a couch, or a Davenport, there's...
  • Modern Decor Basics: The Louis-Style Acrylic Chair

    I think the Louis-style acrylic chair is a modern design basic. Based on one of the world’s most iconic furniture styles, the classic French chair, it’s been pared-down and redesigned for today’s home. This freshened-up Frenchman is lightweight, takes up very little room and has many...
  • 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...
  • Tips for Buying Bar Stool Seating

    From personal experience, choosing a bar stool for a kitchen counter space is harder than it seems! A quick rule of thumb to keep in mind is to allow for 10 to 12 inches of space between the bottom of the table or bar and the top of the barstool chair seat. Anything less than 10 inches and the...
  • 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...
  • Recap from the PDC's Westweek 2012

    This was my first time attending the PDC's Westweek (I know...embarassing being that I am an interior designer). I started off with the morning panel, Trends in Interiors Photography with Architecture Digest editor Margaret Russell. Architectural and interior photography God, Grey Crawford was one...
  • Get The Look: Modern Monochromatic Rooms

    Modern monochromatic rooms don’t need to be cold and sterile. I think this decorative play between an older room and modern furnishings is beautiful. One way this type of room stays comfortable is that it is filled with soft furnishings and curved lines. Avoiding sharp corners and edges makes a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Design Trend: White and Wood

    The new year is almost upon us, but before I start anticipating 2013’s newest home decorating themes , I’m taking inventory of the most popular looks from the past year. One of my absolute favorites is an interior scheme done in white and pale (even raw) wood. Its roots are Scandinavian,...
  • 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...
  • Adirondack Style Living

    I just took a trip to upstate New York to enjoy some Adirondack style living for a few days. For good measure I also did a quick trip to the Catskills to visit an old friend and check out that classic summer getaway for New Yorkers. Thankfully I got out just before Irene pounded the entire east coast...
  • Tips for a Perfect Autumn Picnic

    With the weather finally cooling off, autumn is the perfect time to have a gourmet picnic with someone you love. It doesn't require a lot of fuss, just a little bit of planning. Picking the location is crucial. It could be a mountain meadow, a local park, a community garden or even your own backyard...
  • One Slipcover Sofa: Two Holiday Looks

    Sometimes it’s not about adding an inflatable Santa but creating a holiday look that compliments an existing interior design scheme. I love taking a basic, like a classic off white slipcover sofa, and making it look custom as well as designer done. Timeless home decorating is about using things...
  • Hamptons Summer House Renovation-Living Room

    Please welcome interior designer Rob Levine to the Lamps Plus blog. Rob is a residential interior designer based in Los Angeles and has travelled the world working on projects. He will be contributing to the blog on a regular basis, so be sure to check back often to see more of his posts. Welcome, Rob...
  • Interior Design Inspiration From Winter Fashion

    As a designer, I'm always keeping my eyes open for interior design inspiration. Sometimes I find it in obvious places - blogs and magazines, for example. Other times it's more subtle - a metallic rainbow-hued oil spot on the sidewalk, or the intricate pattern on a city map. And sometimes - someone's...
  • Dorm Room Decorating Basics

    Sorry to say, but it’s that time of year. Let’s face it, dorm rooms are usually hideous and Spartan so here are dorm room decorating basics that will hopefully help personalize and spruce up your scholar’s space. I know college can drain the wallet but a few well chosen designer touches...
  • One Decorative Chair: Two Designer Directions

    I’m going to show how by choosing one decorative chair you can take it in two designer directions. This is why I’m a fan of neutral furniture...you will never be bored with your interiors because you can always swap out the less expensive decorative items to create fresh looks. This dark...
  • Barstool vs. Counter Stool

    Customers are often confused about the difference between bar stool seating and counter stools . So what's the diff? Barstools generally have seats that are around 30" high to fit under table tops of 40" to 42". Counter stools run 24" to 26" high for table surfaces that...
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