Style Illuminated

Our home decorating blog offers interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Enjoy professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Bathroom Style Ideas

    We can't help but emphasize how important it is to dress up your bathroom style. Adding a little bling with lighting and accessories will quickly and easily upgrade your bathroom decor.

    Glam bathroom with mirrored sink vanity and mini crystal chandeliers

    Bathroom furnishings are important to a bathroom's design, but well-placed home decor will bring an added layer of style to the space. Don't forget guest bathrooms or powder rooms when updating your bathroom - add some flair to these spaces to make your guests feel important.

    Glam bathroom accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. This Mercury Glass Canister 4-Piece Set is perfect for hiding those necessary bathroom products.

    2. The only thing better than pretty flowers, are flowers you don't have to worry about, like this faux floral arrangement.

    3. You can keep your favorite pieces of jewelry in a beautiful jewelry box.

    4. We think your best perfume will smell even better if you apply it from a glass perfume bottle.

    5. Now, we know applying make up isn't always a lady's favorite thing to do, which is why providing ottoman seating will make the task a little more pleasurable.

    Accessories and furniture are just two ways to update your bathroom style. New bathroom lighting is another great way to update a space. You can even go one step further and change your bathroom sink vanity.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Designer Details: Tufting and Nail Heads

    Nothing says designer details like furniture with a tufted back and nail head trim. These details are what professional interior designer have been using for years and now you can have the same details in your home at affordable prices.

    traditional tufted sofa in green velvet in living room with silver and white accents 

    Designer Detail: TUFTING 

    The classic tufted detail accentuates the texture and lushness of upholstery fabrics and sophisticated tufted furniture is always on-trend. 

    Upholsterers achieve this look by threading through layers of fabric or leather, often in a pattern, and securing the ends of the thread with a knot or button.

    The dense clusters that this technique creates are known as “tufts."

    Classic tufting on emerald green sofa

    Designer Detail: NAIL HEADS

    The decorative use of nail heads on furniture is believed to have begun in 17th century France with the ornately carved wooden seating of the Louis XIII period.

    During this time when the most luxurious furnishings were coveted, craftsmen would use decorative nails to secure fine upholstery such as velvet, brocade, tapestries or leather.

    Today, both traditional and contemporary furniture feature nail head trim, such as sofas, chairs, headboards, ottomans and even accent tables.

    Now you know how to add that designer polish to your own interiors, which detail is your favorite? Tufting? Nail head trim? Both?

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Hotel Style For Your Bedroom Design

    When you travel, do you wish you could live in your hotel room? You can! It's really simple to apply hotel style to your own bedroom design.

    Stylish hotel-style bedroom with tufted headboard and modern table lamps.

    Pay attention to the color tones, fabrics and accessories when you're at a fabulous hotel. Take pictures, write stuff down, whatever you need to do to remember what you felt while you stayed there. When you get home you can find one or all of the elements you loved.

    Linen Gray Diamond Tufted Wingback Full Bed

    Pay attention to form, color and feel to achieve the right look for your bedroom design.

    Of course the bed will impact your space the most, as it's the largest piece in the bedroom. A beautiful tufted headboard will definitely give your bedroom that stylish hotel room vibe.

    Nightstand in a parchment finish with gold ring hardware.


    If you're happy with your bed, or don't want  to make a large investment, try just switching out your nightstands.

    Get hotel style at home with these accessories from Lamps Plus.

    The simplest and most economical way to add a little hotel style to your bedroom is to include similar decor items, like fashionable table lamps, and eye-catching vases .

    If what you loved most about your hotel room was the bedding, then just invest in some fabulous bedding of your own and you're golden!


    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Traditional House Facades

    I was just in Sag Harbor, New York and was dazzled by the sheer volume of traditional house facades that capture the essence of early American architecture.

    Timeless Sag Harbor Homes

    Classic American domestic architecture is rooted in a design that heavily favors the Colonial and Federal Styles. Straightforward, sturdy and symmetrical is the basic formula and is in abundance on the East Coast.

    I think I was most taken by the attention to detail with regard to the exterior design elements. Classic outdoor benches flanking the front door of the lower right image was such a “throw back” and so unexpected that I had to pull over and take a snap.

    Another item that is never overlooked? Black outdoor lighting fixtures. Whether there were nautical Style wall lights or colonial style hanging lanterns, each house had some version, but were used sparingly as would have been the case 200 to 300 years ago.

    I loved my trip back in time and hope you are inspired by the time-honored look of these traditional house facades.

    Classic Colonial Style Lighting and Exterior Decor from Lamps Plus

    1. This colonial-style outdoor wall light captures the true nature of East Coast traditional architecture.

    2. The matching Henry Street Outdoor Hanging Light from Troy Lighting  above would be ideal if you have a covered porch, stoop or landing as seen in the Federal Style homes in the first image.

    3. I love this timeless ash gray outdoor wood bench inspired by the English landscaper Lutyens.

    4. Traditional homes generally have a welcoming vibe, so why not put it into writing with this Home Sweet Home Printed Coir Doormat.

    Images: Rob Levine

  • The Mediterranean Style Entry

    I’m having a bit of a Sunset Boulevard moment right now, and nothing is more Old Hollywood than the Mediterranean style entry. This classic warm weather architectural style is grand, welcoming and will never grow old...unlike the stars that inhabit tinsel town.

    A Classic Spanish Inspired Mediterranean Entry

    This entrance has all the hallmarks of classic Mediterranean style architecture. The arches are low and wide and echo the arched heavy wooden door. I like the symmetry of this portico which features ornate metal outdoor wall sconces and matching pendant.

    Because this form of architecture can appear overpowering and monolithic, I like the idea of matching decorative planters filled with flowers. If you have space to plant, try training bougainvillea to climb up the side of your entrance.

    Wrought iron is an important material to use in Spanish inspired homes, so make sure that it is featured in lighting, decor, rails and furniture. It pairs nicely with stucco, creating a balance with weight and light. 

    Timeless and Ornate Mediterranean Outdoor Lighting and Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. The Ellington Mediterranean Outdoor Wall Light would be ideal flanking a front door.

    2. If you have a landing with enough space think about adding this outdoor black and gold bench which is great for resting or placing packages.

    3. The Ellington Mediterranean Outdoor Hanging Light would be beautiful if you have a tall enclosed veranda or terrace.

    4. Match the above Ellington Mediterranean lighting with the coordinating outdoor post light for the top of pilasters at gates.

    5. I like the idea placing a pair of these Burnt Terra Cotta Square Planters by Uttermost on either side of a Spanish inspired front door.

    6. This tiered Tuscan-style outdoor fountain adds a soothing trickle of water.


    Image: Lamps Plus

  • 3 Times the Perfect Floor Lamp Made All the Difference

    Let's talk about floor lamps. Do you have a floor lamp in your home?

    Floor lamps are one of those things that you might not realize you need.

    Those dark corners in the living room for example?

    A perfect spot for a floor lamp to light up the corner.

    What about next to a sofa where you don't have room for a table?

    A floor lamp fits in and does the job, while taking up little space.

    And another thing?

    They are gorgeous and they add style.

    Transitional living room with matching cream linen sofas, crystal chandelier and brass and glass coffee table.

    Today I am sharing 3 times when a floor lamp was perfect.

    Style-wise, light-wise, all around-wise.


    #1. That Dark Corner

    Monochromatic gray living room with lavender accents and traditional brass floor lamp.

    That corner over there on the left?

    It could be a dark cave in this room, soaking up all the shadows - but with a floor lamp placed there - the corner comes to life with bright airy feelings and light.

    If you have a dark corner in your room - consider a floor lamp to fill that space and light it up.


    #2. No Room for a Table

    A stylish and relaxed living room with tufted gray sectional, crystal chandelier and white-washed wood coffee table.

    In a room with an extra-long sofa or even just a placement that doesn't allow for a table without cramping the room - do you just go without light?

    Not a chance. A floor lamp is perfect.

    With a narrow base - you can easily tuck one in a small spot.


    #3. Style

    Soft industrial-style living room with industrial bronze floor lamp behind a cream tufted sofa and wood coffee table in a natural finish.Maybe one of the best reasons to choose a floor lamp is style.

    Lamps are accents.

    They are pieces that add personality and a sense of style to your space.

    Art Deco-inspired living room with gold sofa, crystal chandelier and gold floor lamps.Just look at this room - those gold floor lamps with their beautiful silhouettes against the dark walls are definitely doing more than adding light - they are a huge design statement.

    So as you can see, a floor lamp is much more than just a simple lamp in your room.

    It adds light and warmth and personality and fits in all kinds of rooms and styles perfectly.

    What about you - do you have a style of floor lamp that is your favorite?


    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Two Table Lamps Might Be Better Than One

    Do you think it is true?

    That two lamps are better than one?

    Better for illumination - of course but also better for style.

    I am a huge symmetry girl - I love pairs.

    Pairs of topiaries on the window sill and pairs of chandeliers in the kitchen.

    Kitchen with barstool with a cane back and crystal swag chandeliers.

    Pairs of candlesticks, pairs of pillows and pairs of lamps.

    To be honest, pairs speak to me.

    And often times when I am shopping - I will scour where I am shopping to look for a second matching item because I like to have a pair.

    And when talking table lamps - it is no different.

    Pairs are perfection.

    Traditional living room with wrought iron console with a pair of table lamps. This room is beautiful with that gorgeous backdrop of blue and pops of gold.

    The pair of  table lamps on the console table softly and subtly round out the look.

    Contemporary teal living room with cream sofa, teal and gold chairs and large orb chandelier.

    The pair of oversized mercury glass lamps in this space definitely make a statement.

    They frame out the space behind the sofa and fill in part of the windows without obstructing the view.

    Contemporary bedroom design with tufted headboard, mirrored nightstands and modern chrome table lamps.

    Often in design - designers will choose to have lamps that do not match to make a statement.  

    But in this bedroom - the matching lamps flanking the bed make a statement on their own.

    Matching and symmetry creates a quiet serene feeling that's pleasing to the eye and is less visually chaotic - if you love symmetry like I do.

    Contemporary gold and black sideboard with a pair of industrial buffet lamps and ceramic vases.

    The tall buffet lamps on this sideboard definitely make a huge statement.

    With their unique shades - they speak volumes about design

    and paired - they echo each other and make a much larger impact than just one lamp all by itself.

    So next time you are looking for an amazing lamp for your home, why not look for two amazing lamps for your home?

    Because two lamps are better than one, don't you think?


    Images: French Country Cottage; Lamps Plus

  • Choosing the Right Style of Bar Stool

    Bar stools are kind of like any other piece of furniture - they come in several sizes, several styles and several finishes. And choosing the right one can be a daunting task.

    Rustic wooden bar stool near counter with wicker storage basketsFrom backless to partial backs to full size upholstered chair styles. Simple or detailed, wood or iron,or upholstered and detailed, the list goes on and the options are seemingly endless.

    As you can see,  bar stools come in many shapes and sizes and when it comes to choosing the right one for your style - there are so many things to consider - and the overall style is just one of them.

    French-style bar stool in kitchen with crystal chandelierToday I am going to talk a little bit about two of the most popular styles of bar stools - a backless stool and a stool with a full back - and share a bit more about why each are fan favorites.

    Backless Bar Stools

    Backless bar stools might be my favorite.

    Why? Very simply because they can blend in seamlessly in so many spaces and styles.

    Without a back that is visible - their style plays the most important part in their look. And they are perfect for tucking into areas where a larger more prominent bar stool would take up too much room.

    On top of that, backless bar stools are easy to climb up onto so it makes them a perfect choice for island seating.

    1. I love the simple, classic construction and upholstered seat on this Harper Bar Stool.

     Simple whitewashed bar stool with upholstered seat
    It has the upholstered seat for comfort while keeping a rustic chic vibe and simple lines.

    2. Another classic backless favorite - the Zuo Anaheim Bar Stool. The attention to details is what caught my eye with this one. The carved frame and nail head accents are perfect and bring a bit of style while keeping a low profile.

    Backless bar stool in a cerused finish with a beige linen seat

    3. For simplicity - you cannot go wrong with an antiqued black wood saddle seat stool.

    Black antiqued bar stool with a saddle seat

    4. And for a more modern look - the California Adjustable Acrylic Bar Stool takes the cake while keeping a clean minimalist look.

    Adjustable acrylic bar stool with chrome base
    Bar Stools with Backs

    The other style of bar stool I wanted to delve into today is a bar stool with a tall back. These bar stools are made for comfort and are perfect for gathering around a bar where guest might gather, or for a home where breakfast at the kitchen island is common.

    Comfort is king with this style - and they are often upholstered, much like any other chair would be in your home.   And while bar stools with backs have been known to take up quite a bit more space visually - they don't have to with the huge amount of styles available today.

    1. The cousin to the acrylic backless stool is the  acrylic Malibu Counter Stool. With more functionality for sitting in and leaning back - while keeping a quiet presence.

    Clear acrylic counter stool with chrome base2. For gorgeous mid-century modern lines and appeal - you can't go wrong with a rounded streamlined bar stool like the Andre Bentwood Counter Stool.

    Bentwood Danish Modern-style counter height stool with cream seat and back
    3. For both a modern and traditional look - try an upholstered bar stool such as the Villa Avenue Belgian Linen Counter Stool. I love the nail head details on this one - but you can also find tufting, wing backs and all types of styles to fit you perfectly.

    Stonewashed counter stool with linen seat and back with nail head trim

    Another very popular style right now is the cross back chair - and it comes in bar stool height as well. The Powell counter Stool is ideal for adding a bit of vintage charm while giving you a comfortable place to sit.

    Industrial counter stool with metal frame and wood seat and back with crossed back detailAnother consideration when choosing a bar stool is height. They generally come in two height ranges, bar stool height and counter stool height, and when shopping for new stools, make sure to measure your existing ones first - or measure the counter height ahead of time. You need room for legs and knees to keep the comfort and conversation coming.  

    What style bar stool would you choose for your home?

    Images:French Country Cottage

  • Close to Ceiling Lights: Low Ceiling Lighting Solutions

    I know I have talked about chandeliers covered in crystals and pretty details before - and while I have a huge love affair with chandeliers - I have to admit that those big chandeliers...Well, they aren't always practical for every space.

    Take a room with a low ceiling for example - a long hanging chandelier hanging down and blocking the room just isn't practical. And in places typically with low ceilings like hallways and bathrooms  - a ceiling fixture that is oversized is going to cause issues with flow and usability.

    Enter the solution - close to ceiling lights: low ceiling solutions.

     Living room with black sofa and blue walls

    But just because your space isn't ideal for a big chandelier or pendant light - you don't have to resort to a boring light that doesn't do anything for your style.

    You can add charm and beauty with close to ceiling lights just the same.

    Take for example the living room shown above - if a chandelier was hung above the sofa you would hit your head every time you stood up. 

    If you are looking for something with the same pizzazz as a chandelier - think about crystal close to ceiling lights with elegant lines. It will really stand out and make that drama filled statement. 

     French style room with bench and silver mirror

    You can also choose a close to ceiling light that is similar to a pendant with a shade around it.

    Shaded ceiling lights are hugely popular and add an ambient soft diffused light in a room.

    Industrial style ceiling lights in bathroom

    In a low ceiling bathroom, simple is key. You definitely don't want to be stepping out of the bathtub and hit your head on a light - this industrial style close to ceiling light is perfect for lighting the room while adding a ton of style.

    So as you can see, just because you have low ceilings that can't take a large chandelier or pendant light - you can make a statement just the same with a close to ceiling light in any room.

    What do you think? Do you have any close to ceiling lights in your home? What style is your favorite? Leave a comment. 

  • Seasonal Ambiance with Outdoor Lights

    Outdoor lights serve many practical purposes, they extend the use of outdoor spaces into the evening hours and spotlight the location of the front door to nighttime visitors.

    Outdoor lighting is just as important as indoor lighting for illumination and creating ambiance. Outdoor lights come in many shapes and styles including sconces, pendants, motion detection, and pathway lights, and they all work together in all different seasons.

    In summer, outdoor wall lights on the front porch or patio allow you to linger while the weather is warm even after the sun goes down. Installing a dimmer switch gives you greater control when setting the mood.

    Patio featuring lion head wall fountain, outdoor wall lights and outdoor ceiling fan.
    Though summer’s blooms fade in the fall, planting beds layered with evergreen shrubs can still benefit from strategically placed landscape lighting. Illuminating your pathway makes travel to your front door safer for trick-or-treaters in October and visiting family at Thanksgiving.

    LED landscape lights embedded into faux rocks along a flower bed.
    Energy efficient decorative options are available in many styles from low to the ground LED rock lighting to path lights in a variety of styles and finishes.

    Lantern-style bronze pathway lights along a hedge.
    A pair of outdoor wall lights adds to the curb appeal of any home’s facade. As winter and the holidays approach, update your home’s front entrance with attractive outdoor lighting to create a welcoming entry.

    Barn lights flank a front door with a Christmas wreath.
    Consider the style of a home when choosing outdoor lighting. Classic exteriors look best when more traditional outdoor lights are on display. Cottage-style lights capture the ease of coastal or country living, and modern structures will benefit from contemporary outdoor light fixtures incorporated into their lighting plan.

    The right combination of outdoor lighting will allow you to enjoy your home year-round while increasing its curb appeal at the same time!


    Images: Lamps Plus

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