• Aging-in-Place Remodeling

    Our LAMPS PLUS Professionals Team attended the 2007 Remodeling Show this past month in Las Vegas. They reported that there are still areas of growth within the remodeling sector. Aging-in-place remodels, which increase ease of accessibility and control for those with decreased dexterity, are becoming...
  • All the Flavors of Bickett Tobin Lamp Co.

    New on the site are these beautiful table lamp designs from Bickett Tobin & Co. The lamps come in yummy flavor colors like pumpkin, plum and butterscotch, and all feature hand-sewn Shantung silk shades. Use them to create drama on a bedroom side-table or make a color splash in a seating area...
  • Sophisticated Style from Arteriors Home

    The current look in contemporary is sleek, glamorous and sophisticated. For all of that, the look is still accessible and able to blend with a wide range of accessories and furniture styles, it just has a little pop to it. These designs from the Arteriors Home table lamp collection are a perfect...
  • Decorating with Fountains

    Using fountains, both indoors and out, as a decor focus has been a growing trend for the past year or so. Fountains help create a sense of relaxing natural serenity and they also create white noise that helps muffle distracting sounds. There are a number of wonderful new fountain designs available...
  • Mini-Chandeliers Bring Maxi Style

    The hot trend of the moment? Mini-chandeliers ! The look makes a great accent for smaller seating areas or dining rooms or anywhere you need to make a big style statement. Designers are also using them to create extra sparkle over bedroom nightstands. Used in this way the they eliminate the need for...
  • Nesting Tables - Small Tables, Big Space Savers

    What's a nesting table? It's a series of side tables (usually three) that neatly store one under another when not in use. Very versatile, they can be used as end tables, serving tables, drink tables and more. The space-saving design allows them to be easily stored away when not in use. When...
  • Oscar De La Renta's 2008 Spring/Summer Collection

    I found this video from Oscar de la Renta's Spring/Summer 2008 runway show. It made me go back and look to see how his understanding of color and fabrics has been translated into the line of Oscar De La Renta table lamps we carry. Post Update: Oscar De La Renta table lamps are no longer available...
  • Ed Begley Jr. on Lighting

    Actor and environmental crusader Ed Begley Jr. talked to Residential Lighting magazine about the difference energy efficient lighting can make in your home. They've also posted an short excerpt from his new book, Ed Begley, Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living (available at Amazon ). Read...
  • 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...
  • Most Popular - A Look at What's Well Liked

    Now that we've had our product review feature available for about 6 months, I thought it would be interesting to see which products were getting the most responses. Here some of the results: Most Reviewed: This Mission-style table lamp with a nightlight feature currently has had the...
  • What's New in Chandeliers

    Our staff design expert, Lynda Gould, was interviewed by Memphis Online about trends in chandelier design and decorating. What's hot? Mini pendants , swag chandeliers and contemporary chandeliers . And the bottom line: "I think chandeliers are still the grand dames -- they're still the...
  • The Many Shades of Gray

    Or is it "grey"? Depends on which side of the pond you're on, but let's not nitpick. Better Homes and Gardens published a quick nod to neutrals in its September issue, explaining that gray can "go from cool to warm, inspired by stormy skies and stones on a boardwalk." Well...
  • IBS Update - This Year's Buzzword: LED LED LED LED

    The number one request at IBS this year was for LED bulbs and fixtures . This cost-conscious environment is making the energy-efficient LED even more appealing. Builders and remodelers are searching for the latest technology and the best light output. As manufacturers rush to meet this demand, we should...
  • Asian-Inspired Home Decor to Spice Things Up

    The Olympics have been a visual feast so far. With the spectacular opening ceremonies and all of the images of Beijing , I'm inspired to post a couple ideas for working a little Eastern flavor into an interior. These great boxes, made with reclaimed walnut shells, are a quick, inexpensive way...
  • What to Look for in an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

    Nothing adds comfort to a porch or patio setting more than outdoor ceiling fans . Many shoppers, however, are confused by the "damp" vs. "wet location" ratings of outdoor fans. Damp rated outdoor ceiling fans are for use under a covered porch or patio. They should not be installed...
  • Swag It!

    Swag chandelier lighting is a great option for when you don't have any ceiling junction boxes handy and you want to install overhead lighting. These chandeliers hang from hooks you install in the ceiling and can be plugged into any nearby outlet. Many of the designs have a cool retro look,...
  • Return of Vintage Hollywood Style

    The International Home Furninshings Market was going on last week in High Point, North Carolina. One big trend we've spotted this year is a return of the Hollywood glamour style in furnishings and lighting designs. Clear glass table lamps , such as this stacked ball lamp design , and lighting...
  • Some Questions With: Kathy Ireland

    From supermodel and actress to business entrepreneur and charity leader, Kathy Ireland has done it all. In addition to her personal success, her brand was named by Women's Wear Daily as America's 7th most popular. Kathy recently took the time with us to give feedback about herself and her product...
  • Questions With: Allison West of Thumprints Lighting

    Allison West is the artist-designer behind the chic Thumprints collection of lighting. Thumprints table lamps offer unique, artistic looks with mouth-blown glass, ceramic bases, and sumptuous fabrics. We recently chatted with Allison about her collection, and her design philosophy. Q: We love the...
  • Flight of the CFLs

    I found this video the other day while researching CFLs . The city of San Francisco set up a whole channel of Let's Green This City videos with all sorts of animation and interesting graphics. If you're inspired by all this, check out our selection of energy efficient CFL bulbs .
  • 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. ...
  • Some People Call Me Meurice

    We love Jonathan Adler's "quirky modernist" style. He's the celebrity designer from Bravo's Top Design , and he recently created the look for the fabulous Parker Palm Springs resort (check out his Parker Collection for lighting inspired by the hotel!). Speaking of Adler, his Meurice...
  • Best of 2011 - Top 10 Home Decor Trends

    As 2011 draws to a close, I know we're all eager to move forward into a new year with new home decor trends. But before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, let's take a look back at what trends have impacted our home this year and will continue to influence our design decisions...
  • LEDs from Ann Arbor to Buckingham Palace

    Here's an interesting overview of the cost-saving promise of LED lighting in the New York Times: Green Promise Seen in Switch to LED Lighting . The technology is on a very fast learning curve, becoming more efficient and less costly every year. LED light bulbs have even found a home in Buckingham...
  • Some Questions With: Rachel Simon

    The LIGHTS UP! collection of table and floor lamps offers an elegant, modern esthetic combined with a beautiful line and form. We caught up with LIGHTS UP! designer Rachel Simon to learn more about herself and her line of lamps. Says Rachel: “I grew up in Rockland County, NY in a house built...
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