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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 4

    Today is Day 4 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution. We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, talented designer and blogger, Kevin O'Gara has selected today's holiday gift guide.

    Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products he selected:

    1. Large Gray Birdie Carafe

    2. Tic Tac Toe Black and White Game Set

    3. Ivan Edison Bulb Accent Lamp

    4. Clare Polished Nickel Decorative Mirrored Tray

    5. Chocolate Herringbone Design Throw Blanket

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Kevin as he shares his home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration on his website, Thou Swell.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 3

    Today is Day 3 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing designer and blogger, Kirsten Grove has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Lite Source Kade Black Gooseneck Desk Lamp

    2. Glasses Silhouette Wall Art

    3. Pierre Small Clear Glass Faceted Terrarium

    4. Jaipur Parade Pale Blue Cotton Throw Blanket

    5. Ivory Mongolian Fur Decorative Pillow

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Kristen as she shares eye catching design and decor from all over the world on her website, Simply Grove.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 2

    Today is Day 2 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides.

    Our friend, and amazing blogger, Angela Ricardo has selected today's holiday gift guide.

     Instagram & Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016

    Here are links to the products she selected:

    1. Caryn Gold Pillar Candle Holders Set of 2

    2. Adriene Acrylic Metal Accent Table Lamp

    3. Fluer de Lis Two Tier Gold Cake Stand

    4. Deer Antler Polished Nickel Pillar Candle Holder Set of 2

    5. Linn Gray Faux Fur Throw Blanket

     

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes! Join Angela as she shares her fashion, beauty, lifestyle and tech insights on her website, Angela Ricardo.

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Instagram and Facebook Gift Guide Sweepstakes 2016 Day 1

    Today is Day 1 of our Facebook and Instagram Sweepstakes!!

    Are you looking for the perfect gift, but sometimes want it for yourself too? Well, we have a solution.  

    We have partnered with some amazing bloggers and designers to come up with the perfect holiday gift guides. 

    Our friend, and amazing blogger, Kelly Elko has selected today's holiday gift guide. 

    Gift Guide

    1. Square Glass Fillable Table Lamp

    2. Godinger Chesterfield  High Domed Glass Cake Plate 

    3. Grimm Large Gold Leaf Lantern Votive Candle Holder

    4. McArthur Distressed Wood and Metal Round Wall Clock  

    5. Frontporch Flowery Frenchy Red Square Outdoor Pillow 

     

    Head over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page to learn more about this fun sweepstakes!

    Join Kelly as she shares her adventures about her 100 year old home on her website, Love Where You Live

    Psst....Double your chances and enter on Instagram too!  

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  • Holiday Lighting with String Lights and Candle Holders

     

    At this time of the year the evenings become darker and cooler, the lure of a oozy home makes so many want to cross the threshold and enjoy the warmth inside. 

    The holidays are here, and now is the time to take action to create ambiance indoors in simple ways.

    There are two types of holiday lighting that create that warm glow during the holidays, twinkle string lights and candle light illuminating within stunning candle holders.

    Prepare for this upcoming holiday season by adding both and you’ll have yourself a warm and welcoming abode.

    Holiday Tree

    Capture the allure of twinkling party and string lights with your tree, up the banister, or around a doorway with basic globe lights.

    Here are four styles that are great for the holidays:

    1. The White Wire Holiday Party String Lights will add a warm glow to any interior.
    2. Make your spaces colorful and festive with the Multi-color Black Wire Party String Lights.
    3. Mimic mother nature by stringing up the White Pinecone Lights around your home.
    4. If you seek something more sculptural, consider the Snowflake Battery Operated String Lights with the added bonus of not needing a plug.

    Party and String Lights

    For centuries, candlelight has provided illumination and flickering flames in the evening hours. In modern times, candles aren’t just practical, they’re stylish too, especially when housed inside or placed above strikingly beautiful candle holders.

    Here are seven candle holder styles that will add pizzazz to your holiday.

    Candle Holders

    1. Botanical shapes are timeless, get the look with the Faux Branch Gold Leaf Candle Holder set.
    2. The Flare Matte Black Pillar Candle Holders are a chic way to inject a modern vibe into any space.
    3. The two Carlino Bronze Pillars make a bold contemporary statement.
    4. Add elegance to your living room with lit candles with the Metallic Gold Leaf Votive Candelabra
    5. The Fiona Taper Crystal Candle Holder will add some sparkle and shine to any table.
    6. You’re sure to introduce drama with the Golden Flowers Tealight Candle Holder.
    7. Equally as dramatic are the Lucy Gold Hanging Table Candle Holders.

    Holiday Candle Holders

    Set the scene this holiday season by adding twinkle lights and candlelight to the interior of your home to bask in the glow of warm low lights flickering in the evening.

    Image sources: Centsational Girl and Lamps Plus

  • Simple Charm with Wall Lamps and Sconces

    Have you ever thought about how in both small spaces and large spaces - something that you might otherwise overlook because it is small can have big style impact?

    When we remodeled our bathroom recently, I searched and searched for THE perfect sconce lights for the sink area.

    I wanted something vintage inspired. Something that made a big statement and added to the overall charm and look of the bathroom - and also something that fit in seamlessly so that it was not the only thing you saw when you walked in.

    Bathroom with gold mirror and rope sconce lights
    A tall order, right? But when you are working with a space and looking for the perfect wall lamps- it can be hard to know just what style is the right one for you. Vintage? Industrial? Modern? Simple and classic? Unique? How do you choose?

    Start with your room.

     Hallway with bench and window

    Consider the style and colors in your space - and also the light needed. Some rooms are naturally light filled with plenty of windows - but others are not. This room is flooded with natural light and doesn't need a lot of lighting - so a wall sconce works perfectly.

    French style wall lamps

    In this space - the style of the lights is the most important thing to consider.

    These lights are very vintage and French in style, and if you were to choose modern lights - it would change the whole look. Which comes back to if the lights stand out or mesh with the space seamlessly and what you prefer.

    Bedroom with plush carpet and coral colored bedding

    In this room - the wall sconces are far from simple.The metal finish and the shades speak volumes about the style of the decor - but keep thing simple on the nightstand. With no lamps taking up space - there is more room for flower and reading material.

    Whether you keep wall sconces cohesive with the rest of the room, or you choose something that stands out - consider your lighting needs and your style and then have fun finding your beautiful perfect lamps.


    Do you have any wall lamps in your home? What style is your favorite?

    Images from French Country Cottage and Lamps Plus .

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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