• Marry this Lamp: Pure Alabaster

    This torchiere table lamp from Martha Stewart's Lighting Collection is a keeper. Genuine alabaster, it has been carved into an uncomplicated, classical shape that defies trend. It's breathtaking when lit and it comes with a dimmer switch so it works for any occasion. A natural...
  • Decorating the Debt Ceiling

    Recently I was asked my opinion on the debt ceiling. As a designer, and obviously expert on timely issues affecting the U.S. Treasury, I immediately said it should be covered in gold-leaf! Needless to say I received blank stares and will never be asked an opinion that requires a cerebral answer from...
  • Inspiring Thanksgiving Tables

    Everybody has their own take on what Thanksgiving means to them and their family. For some, it’s all about the food. For others, it’s all about the football. Considering that this blog is about design and lifestyle, it would seem a tad odd to show you a group of pictures of “Turkey...
  • Home Decor Inspiration: Jewelry

    Bring on the bling! While jewelry may be an expensive obsession, home decor inspiration can come from jewelry - and can be as just as rewarding but much less expensive. From rings and pins to bracelets and necklaces, the shimmer and sparkle of jewelry can easily translate to home fashion and lighting...
  • Quick DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

    Hi friends! Merry Christmas from my home to yours. By now I suspect all your stockings are hung by the chimney {with care of course} and you're spending time with loved ones. Or, if you're like me, you're frantically wrapping those last minute gifts you bought over the weekend! If you're...
  • When in Provence, Use Lighting as the French do!

    Never have I ever been to such a magical place as Provence, France. Everything about it was beautiful, peaceful and enchanting. From amazing culinary experiences to beautiful design, my time spent in Provence will not soon be forgotten. Here, I am offering up some tips on how to bring the magic of France...
  • TV Host, Designer & Author Christopher Lowell Shares His Interior Motives and More

    Emmy Award-winning host and best selling author, Christopher Lowell's mix of practical advice and infectious enthusiasm has made him one of America's most recognized and trusted authorities in the home improvement category. Dubbed the Doctor of Design by U.S News & World Report, Christopher...
  • Table Lamp Featured on Apartment Therapy

    Apartment Therapy included one of our gorgeous table lamps in a recent post. Ceramic table lamps like these are perfect for Asian motifs and more formal traditional rooms, but they're also a smashing accent for chic, eclectic spaces. Browse our wide selection of beautifully crafted ceramic table...
  • For All the Romantics Out There: Jessica McClintock

    Jessica McClintock is familiar to many as a dress designer . Her specific niche is undeniably feminine frocks complete with lace trim, ruffles, and fabric rosettes. Check out Jessica's line of lighting to see how her nostalgic sensibility translates into warm, traditional looks for both indoor...
  • Elle Decor San Francisco Show House

    From the pages of the SFGate newspaper, I see that Elle Decor has unveiled a new show home full of designer decor and lighting. Article link . Located in San Francisco's St. Francis Wood neighborhood, the home embodies what Elle Decor Editor in Chief Michael Boodro calls the magazine's...
  • 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...
  • Made By Girl Picks Some Lighting

    Inspired by lighting design in Jenna Lyon's townhouse (Jenna's the it-girl creative director for J. Crew), blogger Jen of Made By Girl went looking for some chandeliers and found some great selections on our site. Her favroite (a Schonbek crystal chandelier ) is shown above. Take a look at...
  • 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...
  • Keep the Holiday Decorating Spirit All Year Long

    With such a fun and familiar theme, decorating for the holidays is a snap. It's so easy to create a festive feel with colorful lighting and charming decorative objects. Now that the season is winding down, let's not lose that decorating momentum! Here's a tip: As you pack away the holiday...
  • Kitchen Design Inspiration

    I'll admit it - being a renter, I haven't put that much thought into kitchen design. Inspiration struck, however, while browsing Pinterest - there are just so many beautiful kitchens on there that I had to peruse and daydream about my future kitchen for a little while! My design style falls somewhere...
  • 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. ...
  • Quoizel Video

    President and CEO Rick Seidman introduces some of the latest Quoizel lighting designs in this video. The clip includes some nice shots of their Quoizel chandeliers and Quoizel Tiffany lamp designs. Just click below to view.
  • Questions With: Minka-Lavery

    One of the most respected names in the lighting industry, Minka-Lavery is part of the Minka Group of companies (which also includes Minka Aire ceiling fans). The Minka-Lavery lighting collection centers on ceiling lighting and wall lights featuring strong, elegant designs. We spoke with company rep Tim...
  • Renovation Ideas - Bettershelter Traditional Bungalow: Part 1

    Steve Jones of bettershelter recently purchased a traditional bungalow that was in major despair. When I saw it for the first time the floors were barely in place and electric wires were hanging from the ceiling. It was very dark, dirty, and hard to envision someone living in the home at some point....
  • Citizen Decorating: Your Photo Submissions

    Last fall we decided to add more product information to our site by posting feedback from past purchasers. One of the neatest things to spring out of this is the photo submissions we've been receiving. This photo comes from a review submitted by saguarosam in Sedona, AZ. I like the way the...
  • Rethink the Look of Your Guest Bath

    The bathroom needs plenty of even, shadow-free lighting for shaving, grooming, and applying makeup. In a smaller bath, mirror lights will illuminate the entire room, but in larger spaces an additional ceiling fixture is needed for general lighting. Placing light fixtures on each side of the above...
  • Vintage Wall Clock

    With the daylight savings change-over fast approaching, vintage clocks caught my eye. On the first Sunday in November, Nov. 4th, clocks will be set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time to become 1:00 a.m. Managing your time is always difficult but staying on track should be made easier with...
  • A New Look in Track Lighting

    When you hear " track lighting " you probably think of a modern, contemporary look. New track heads from W.A.C. offer a more classic, traditional look. They come in an antique bronze finish and have an adjustable arm. A nice look for more traditional rooms. Check it out: W.A.C. Rialto Antique...
  • Romantic Bedroom Decor Inspiration for Valentine's Day

    What's your style when it comes to Valentine's Day indulgences? Do you prefer light and frothy or rich, dark, and delicious? Yes, I am referring to food, but I'm also talking about bedroom decor. The culinary arts are one of my favorite unexpected arenas from which to draw design inspiration...
  • 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, fluorescents usually don't offer much in terms...
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