• Wild About Walnut - Lighting & Home Decor

    As per the post title, at the moment I am Wild about Walnut! No the but, but the finish, especially in lighting and home decor.I just love how warm the tonality is, how much movement exists in the graining and how versatile it is between different design styles. Walnut can translate from vintage to...
  • 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...
  • 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 most reviews...
  • 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 the color gray can "go from cool to warm, inspired by stormy skies and stones on a boardwalk...
  • 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...
  • Asian-Inspired Home Decor to Spice Things Up

    The Olympics in China 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...
  • 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 creative and whimsical 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Energy Smart Accent Lamps

    Speaking of accent lamps, stylish and small table lamps are a hot trend. Consider this sleek accent light from the George Kovacs lighting collection . It also comes in white, green, and red, and uses an energy-efficient fluorescent fixture. Designs such as this one are perfect next to the bed for...
  • Get the Look: Table Lamps Inspired By Nature

    There's no doubt that "natural" is in. Not only are we looking for green products that tred lightly on the environment, but we also want decor accents that have been inspired by and reach out to nature. This includes colors such as golds, greens and browns, and the use of natural materials...
  • What Is Tiffany Style Glass?

    Tiffany lamps and lighting fixtures represent a classic American style. Popularized by artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1890s, these lamps feature brightly colored pieces of opalescent glass. In the production process, the pattern for the lamp is drawn out and colored glass...
  • Blue Is the New Green

    If you've got the blues you're not alone. Most major color prognosticators are predicting that the color blue will reign in 2009. It's cool, relaxing and environmental all at once. In spirit of the blues, we present some of our favorite new items that put us in a blue mood. Or take a look...
  • Lighting in a Glass Building

    Glass used as an architectural design element is perhaps the archetypal modern design statement. Glass walls, windows and even floors are showing up in townhouses, condos and suburban mega-houses with increasing regularity. The New York Times Home & Garden section recently ran a piece about...
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