• Gazebo Bird House on the Today Show

    I was home sick earlier this week (sniff, sniff) and I caught this segment on the Today show. They gave some great tips on reviving and protecting your yard during the winter months. Near the end, George suggests adding a bird house to attract fair feathered friends to your garden. I perked up from...
  • Warm Up With Dimplex Electric Fireplaces

    We're excited to introduce Dimplex electric fireplaces at LampsPlus.com! Dimplex has created and patented a uniquely life-like flame effect that offers all of the visual appeal of fire without the drawbacks of real wood. It's clean, energy-efficient and requires no maintenance. No chopping...
  • 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...
  • Dazzling Deck Lighting with LED Rope Lights

    If you've ever wanted to host a dance party on your deck, the folks over at Instructables have you covered. Using LED rope lighting, these guys have created a party-ready patio. Check out this video: As spring and summer approach, it's time to get those outdoor spaces spruced up. We've...
  • Kathy Ireland on CBS News Sunday Morning

    Kathy Ireland appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning this past weekend in a featured called "From Swimsuit Model to Mogul." She talks about her first job selling painted rocks at the beach (at age 4!), and her journey "from the beach to the boardroom." Read the article at CBSNews...
  • Holtkoetter Lighting Video

    We blogged last week about a video showcasing the Holtkoetter dimming system; see Holtkoetter's Punkt1Dimming System . Here's another Holtkoetter lighting video, this time a company overview from President Paul W. Eusterbrock. What caught my eye in the vid, apart from the cool examples...
  • LAMPS PLUS Labs Presents "The Closer"

    A couple of the younger staff members who work at LAMPS PLUS thought it would be fun to start a project called " LAMPS PLUS LABS ". The idea is to make little grassroots video clips related to what we do here. Our first one is called "The Closer" and features a designer who is...
  • Don't Miss this Rerun

    In November a documentary on design called "Objectified" aired on PBS. One of the designers interviewed is Karim Rashid, whose lamp designs we feature on our site. I missed the original airing but came across it on the PBS website today. Hopefully PBS will rebroadcast it soon so stay on the...
  • Blogging and Design

    On Fashion Blogs from Mary Scherpe on Vimeo . Looking around at the design field, I have noted the increasing reliance on blogs and other social media in exposing new work, whether it be prototypes, architecture, or finished items already in production. These vetted design news outlets are apparently...
  • A Candice Olson Bedroom for Teens

    You may think of her as sophisticated and stylish, and she is, but TV designer Candice Olson can work for kids as well! As seen in this HGTV video clip she turns a basement space into the ultimate teenager's bedroom and family TV room. I like the use of the TV stand and the swank Candice Olson...
  • Tips to Green the Bathroom

    The folks at HowCast have posted this video on quick tips to make your bathroom more energy efficient. Click above to take a look. Their first step? Install energy saving CFL light bulbs (have you made the switch to CFL bulbs yet?) To their list of tips (like lo-flow shower heads) we'd also...
  • Creating the Harry Potter Magic in Your Home

    On July 15th the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, arrives in theaters. Be you a fan or not, the mastery of Academy Award–winning production designer Stuart Craig and his team have provided inspirational designs...
  • The Muppets: The Fuzzy Pack Is Backy Back

    The fuzzy pack is backy back. That's right, this November The Muppets are returning to the big screen. With their parody videos getting so much attention, the movie is sure to draw crowds of all ages. Right about now, you are probably wondering why you are on a design blog and I am talking about...
  • Yo, Vanilla Ice Is a Home Renovator!

    Rapper Vanilla Ice is back, but not in the way you might think! He has a new home renovation show called (not surprisingly) The Vanilla Ice Project. It airs on the DIY Network every Thursday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). From Ice Ice Baby in the early 1990s, Mr. Ice, aka Robert Van Winkle, moved to buying property...
  • Automatic LED Stairway

    File this under totally cool. A fellow in Germany named Edo Kriegsmann posted the first installment of "Interactive Furniture" to his new YouTube channel . It's called "Automatic LED Stairway Lighting." The weight of one's footsteps turns on the integrated lighting keeping...
  • Holtkoetter's Punkt 1 Dimming System

    Holkoetter lighting has developed a really amazing dimming system know as the DimmSystem Punkt 1, or Punkt system. A simple touch of a finger raises or lowers the light level. It offers hours of amusement, I swear! This type of dimmer is available on a wide range of Holtkoetter line-voltage table lamps...
  • Switch to LEDs with New LED Recessed Lighting Retrofit Downlights

    Have a lot of recessed lighting in your home? It's time for a style update that will give you better lighting and save you money at the same time. Cree's LED retrofit lamps offer a soft white downlight and use a mere 10.5 watts of power, but they deliver the same amount of light as a 60 watt...
  • How to Use a Single Table Lamp to Style Your Home

    We found this video from Laurie Smith, an interior design expert with the American Lighting Association. Laurie shares how the use of a single decorative table lamp can add style and complement a room's color scheme. She then goes on to talk about other sources of lighting, such as wall sconces and...
  • Meghan Carter Shares Video Tips on Overhead Lighting

    Author Meghan Carter explains how to use overhead lighting to make you and your home look beautiful. Whether it be in your kitchen or bedroom, overhead lighting can make your home look heavenly or horrendous. Check Meghan's quick fixes, filmed at Lamps Plus to solve common lighting mistakes with...
  • Questions With: Flambeau Lighting

    We recently caught up with the folks from Flambeau Lighting . Based in New Orleans, Flambeau draws on the vibrant art and attitude of the "Big Easy". Founder Joe McKearn and original designer Paul Gruer spoke about the unique style and artistry of their brand. Here's what they had to...
  • Jonathan Adler Video

    Found on YouTube, GQ's Adam Rapoport visits the Jonathan Adler's NYC showroom and pottery studio. The clip has a nice behind the scenes look at the Jonathan Adler empire, and there are a couple of related videos in the series. I always love seeing this type of thing about designers. I think you...
  • Happy Valentines Day

    In the spirit of amore , here's a TV commercial LAMPS PLUS had produced years ago but never aired. Have a lovely (and well-lit) Valentine's Day!
  • Childhood Winter Pastimes - the Spirograph

    This vintage spirograph commercial brought back a flood of childhood memories. Cold winter afternoons spent pressing pens and pencils into small, toothed disks and then lamenting the loss of said disks... To enjoy the nostalgia on a more permanent basis, consider our Spring Buds Handmade Rug . The...
  • Besa Lighting Video

    The Besa Lighting company is known for its creative, contemporary designs using beautiful art glass. Besa wall sconces , pendant lights and accent lighting offer bright and colorful room accents for the modern home. We came across this video with company rep Jake Neal that lets you view Besa lighting...
  • Ringing Your Bell with the iChime Doorbell

    Here at the office, we've been playing with the iChime Doorbell . The iChime is a digital doorbell that comes pre-loaded with dozens of chimes, holiday rings, halloween chimes and more. Unlike other doorbells and chimes , with the iChime you can also record your own greeting or input sounds...
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