• Eclectic Design Trends of 2012

    While each eye catches different interior design trends, in 2012 I personally have seen a huge boost of the "eclectic" in design. In both furnishings as well as design, mixing patterns, textures and styles has become increasingly popular and has been done incredibly well this past year. This...
  • Luxe Living Trends

    The luxe living trend is all about infusing your home with opulent finishes and elegant lines. It’s a philosophy that is rooted in Hollywood glamour but eliminates the “new money” feel with sumptuous textures and timeless shapes. While much of this design trend, at face value, looks...
  • Home Accessories for a Scandinavian Style Christmas

    Last year I visited Copenhagen during the holiday season. Already smitten with Danish furniture and lighting design, the trip cemented my obsession with Scandinavian style, especially in wintertime. Early sunsets make for long dark days, hence the practice of washing everything in white and light. Unlike...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 5 Fall Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Home

    Warm, breezy summer days are quickly disappearing in favor of cool weather, crisp breezes, and changing colors. (At least, I hope so somewhere...we're still having a heat wave in California!) Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, when shorts are switched out for sweaters and swimsuits are...
  • Table Lamps: The Gourd Lamp Three Ways

    In the world of lighting, where there are almost many options as there are rooms to welcome them, it can be hard to know where to begin. But there's one style to which I often turn. It offers clean and classic appeal; it comes in a seemingly endless array of colors and finishes; and it fits into...
  • Ceiling Decorating Ideas

    Did you know that ceilings are the new walls? It's almost 2013..... the year of the ceiling. So when you think about decorating a room in the new year.....just look up! I have decorated ceilings before. I've added decorative ceiling medallions and painted ceilings and added moldings...
  • Decorate Like Nate Berkus

    How would you like to decorate like Nate Berkus? While the TV personality is known for his charm and talent, there are a few designer tricks you can borrow from his most recent spread in Architectural Digest. His New York home is totally chic and thoroughly eclectic. His quirky palette is mostly masculine...
  • Mirrored Accent Table Round-Up

    Could a classic mirrored accent table be any more glamorous? Unless you painted over it, probably not. Lamps Plus has some great examples of mirrored furniture and are all either total classics or on-point with current trends. The Formal Mirrored Table is great in French-inspired rooms, bedrooms and...
  • Four Unique Window Treatments

    I think that window treatments are a lot like jewelry. Some are subtle and serene. Some are simple and classic. And some are colorful and full-of-life. I'm an over-the-top jewelry wearer. I never met a pair of blingy, sparkly earrings I didn't like. I'm drawn to the unique, the...
  • Using Neutrals: Caramel Colored Decor

    Caramel colored decor is sumptuously rich and delicious. It looks like how it might taste if it were edible and believe me, my current post-holiday diet is starting to make me hallucinate. Caramel, like camel and beige are wonderful neutrals. They pair beautifully with white, cream and black for both...
  • Gold and Brass Lighting for the Holidays

    One of my favorite features in fashion magazines is 'wear it now, wear it later' photo spreads that suggest tips for getting the most out of your wardrobe. (You know the ones I mean. A model snuggles fireside in a chunky cardigan and silk sundress, then on the next page she's in the same...
  • Make Your Own Lighting - A DIY Chandelier Project

    Lamps Plus just launched a brand new product that makes it easy to make your own lighting - a lamp shade adapter! A DIY chandelier project is now not only possible, but simple too. It's easy to create your own swag light by pairing our hanging swag adaptor with a stylish lampshade that suits your...
  • Styling a Beautiful Holiday Mantle

    Styling a beautiful holiday mantle can be frustrating. A long, narrow space of about five feet by six inches...that’s all? Wait, I have to make it fabulous? Quite a task, but one I’m totally equipped to handle. Obviously we all have our own way of decorating for the holidays so I’m...
  • Firewood Storage Solutions, From Trays to Totes

    We see (and admittedly, create) articles aplenty detailing gorgeous ideas for styling the mantle, but what about organizing what goes on below? Many contemporary fireplaces have firewood storage solutions integrated into the design, and Pinterest is rife with images of floor-to-ceiling built-ins stuffed...
  • Fall Decorating Ideas: Shades of Brown

    To me, fall decorating is scrumptious. Borrowing shades of brown found in bark and leaves, roasted meats and Indian pudding is a great jumping off point for cozy interiors. Additionally, fall fashion tends to influence how I see the fall-inspired interior. The tans and browns of handbags, attaché...
  • Elegant Chandeliers

    Design fads come and go, but glamorous, eleganct chandeliers are forever. Trust me, I had metallic wallpaper and brown shag carpet in the 1970s, so I know from what I speak. Chandeliers can render us speechless with their dazzling display of light, and can look amazing in both traditional as well as...
  • How to Style a Bar Cart

    Bar carts started popping up in the pages of shelter magazines a few years ago, and now it seems like they're everywhere. This spirited decor element is indeed a great way to display glassware , cocktail ingredients, and other entertaining supplies, but the thing I like most about it is how much...
  • Start 2013 Off with an Organized Home

    If the image of the meticulously organized home above makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, you are not alone! There are only a handful of instances throughout the year that we subconsciously find ourselves fiending for a clean slate, and the beginning of the new year is one of them. Starting off...
  • 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,...
  • Decorate With Winter Whites

    While some still feel like it's a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day, others embrace winter whites in fashion and home decorating. Winter white decor, whether permanently or decoratively for the festivities, is a gorgeous, glamorous way to go. Check out some super chic inspiration to decorate...
  • Four Creative Wall Decorating Ideas

    Have you ever had a conversation with the big blank wall in your room? Everyone has one. A big, blank, empty, design-challenged space. Waiting for inspiration. Waiting for ideas to decorate all that big empty overwhelming blankness. Well.... wait no more. Today is the day. The beginning...
  • 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...
  • How To Decorate Using Gold

    Gold can be a very modern color, so learning how to decorate using gold is key. While gold may not be platinum, beggars can’t be choosers, right? Try not to think of gold as a granny color or design element, rather as a shimmering accent that can hold it’s own in modern interior design. A...
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