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  • Decorative Mirrors are a Beautiful Addition to Your Home

    If you were to look around my home - you would see that I am a big fan of decorative mirrors.

    Gold mirror in french style office with gray desk and white fireplace
    They reflect beautiful natural light from windows, bouncing it from room to room and also share pretty scenes like chandeliers and long views down hallways.

    Mirrors are definitely much more than just useful when it comes to a small space - they make those smaller spaces feel much larger. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite types and looks for decorative mirrors for various rooms.

    Up first is this gorgeous beaded beauty from Uttermost. The Palais Beaded Silver Wall Mirror is stunning for any room. I love the simple detailing that adds so much.

    Beaded framed silver wall mirror on wallpapered wall with flowers

    And if you are looking for something that is more simple and simply elegant - a frameless mirror such as the Adonia Crown Frameless Mirror is a perfect choice. Elegant lines and a gorgeous beveled edge are perfect for adding charm to a room without taking away from the rest of the design of the room.

    Frameless mirror on wallpapered wall with shells and flowers
    On the other hand - a mirror can also add a huge pop of color or texture to a room and become a focal point.  This Antique Gold Sunflower Mirror is a stunner all by itself, but when grouped on a wall - it becomes even more beautiful as it plays a part in the overall look.

    Gallery wall featuring decorative mirrors and metal wall art
    And for even more impact - consider something like a grouping of mirrors such as the Fairlee 9 Piece Wall Art Set.  It creates a gallery wall in just a few minutes with the ready to go design.

    Wall covered with 9 different mirrors grouped together
    And another always popular option is to use a large oversized mirror on the floor behind a piece of furniture or as a focal point in a room. I love the details on this 78" tall Baroque Vintage Gold Mirror.

    Large gold floor mirror leaning against wall with bench and Aloe plant

    No matter what type of mirror is your favorite -  beautiful decorative mirrors are always a wonderful addition to a room and adds an abundance of light to any room. Do you have a favorite style?

    Images: French Country Cottage; Lamps Plus

  • Decorating with Table Lamps

    Pulling together a stylish living space takes time, and one way to ensure your decor is eye-catching is with the calculated placement of  statement table lamps.

    On the practical side, they provide illumination in the evening hours, but in the daytime they can also draw attention with their unexpected shapes and textures.

    White porcelain table lamp on a mirrored vanity with acrylic side chair

    A well-integrated statement table lamp will complement existing furnishings and fabrics. To capture attention, shop for lamps that are larger in size and alluring in shape. Intriguing textures also go a long way - a well-designed lamp that begs to be touched will always qualify as a statement piece. 

    The Wexler table lamp from the Color Plus Collection on a brass and glass accent table

    Below are nine statement table lamps sure to steal the attention in any room. Capture a coastal vibe with the Couture Mother of Pearl Table Lamp or punctuate a space with the Couture Coral Gold and Brass Table Lamp.

    The Elsa Crystallized Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp offers the modern appeal of ombre colorization.

    Stone and mineral finishes are timeless but also very on-trend - get the look with the Parrish Faux Marble Column Table Lamp.

    Make a sculptural statement on a table top with the contemporary Arteriors Gordon Porcelain Table Lamp.

    The Spencer Table Lamp style comes in multiple colors with varied shades which makes it easy to complement your existing decor. 

    The Wilshire High Gloss Table Lamp offers contemporary styling with its stacked cubes and wood trim.

    Sophisticated clear glass table lamps are always stylish, and two modern looks can be found in the Illusion Mirrored Glass Table Lamp and the Adrian Glass Column Lamp that features stacked glass spheres.

    A selection of statement table lamps from Lamps Plus

    Lamps Plus has hundreds of table lamp selections available online, be sure to browse the galleries to find the perfect statement table lamp for your space!

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Outdoor Party Basics

    Somehow it is outdoor entertaining weather! It snuck up on me out of nowhere and bam, it’s time to have parties al fresco. Outdoor party basics, after food and drink, consist of creating a welcoming atmosphere and comfort for your guests. 

    A Festive Al Fresco Party at Night

    I was drawn to this party picture because of the shimmering glow of the lights that envelops the space as well as the ease in which a makeshift buffet/bar has been created from a dining table.

    For starters, festive outdoor party lights really create the mood and make the space look like a festive piazza sent down from heaven.

    In addition to your existing exterior lights or outdoor floor lamps, which are great by club chairs, don’t forget to supplement the electric lighting with candles or the blaze of a fire from an outdoor fire pit. The natural glows are flattering to the face and provide extra warmth.

    Naturally, I would always stress to use what you have, and if you don’t have an upright outdoor bar, any table will fit the bill. As long as you have fun friends and laughs, it’s sure to be a success.

    Playful Outdoor Lighting and Party Accessories from Lamps Plus

    1. These lantern string party lights will create a festive mood with a honey tone in a classic Mission Style.

    2. Call me a sucker for trends but I love the idea of decorating for an outdoor party with lots of lights like this star shaped lighted marquee sign with rusted finish.

    3. I would never force anybody to drink and socialize, but, on the odd chance you were tempted this 3-piece outdoor patio bar would be perfect.

    4. Everybody loves an outdoor fire feature, and the Real Flame Crestone Wood Burning Fire Pit is the perfect place to congregate with friends and family during the evening.

    5. I would set up the Bali Java Cordless Solar-Powered Floor Lamp besides club chairs for added illumination.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Create the Perfect Outdoor Conversation Seating Area

    The long summer nights beckon us to linger outside for hours on end. Making sure there is stylish outdoor conversation seating arrangements outside help to keep you and your friends and family comfortable all night long is a necessity.

    There are many elements that come together to create the perfect conversational setup including furniture, accessories, lighting and accents. Lets take a look at what it takes to create the ideal layout to enjoy summer all night and all season long.

    Outdoor conversation seating area with outdoor fire pit in the center

    I seriously just want to hang on this patio for the rest of my life. Beautiful rustic yet streamlined pieces come together seamlessly to create a look that anyone can appreciate and everyone will love.

    The addition of styling elements like outdoor accent pillows and a serving tray help to make this space feel as cared for and meticulously designed as the interior rooms in your home. Lets break down the look so you can easily recreate it in your own backyard.

    Two of the most important elements in the space are the outdoor fire pit and the tiered outdoor fountain. The interesting swap of a faux stone floor fountain inside the outdoor fireplace and a slate and steel fire pit as the anchor for the furniture arrangement creates interest and excitement in the space. 

    Arranging the outdoor furniture in a circle around the fire pit makes it easy to communicate with everyone in the group as well as add additional seating or rearrange if necessary. Adirondack chairs in a natural finish are a timeless and durable design that can blend with any style aesthetic.

    The ultimate addition to any outdoor space to make it feel the most like an intimate interior room is the addition of hardwired outdoor lighting. Slate and bronze outdoor sconces are contemporary but not cold. The modern lines and weathered finish mean the outdoor lights will age beautifully and illuminate your conversations long into the night.

    What elements do you combine to create a stylish outdoor conversation seating arrangement? 

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Gather Around an Outdoor Fire Pit this Summer

    Have I told you that I am a big fan of entertaining outdoors? From hosting dinner parties to relaxing on the patio to enjoying the beauty and ambiance of an outdoor fire pit in the orchard.

    Outdoor metal fire pit in orchard with wicker chairs and candles
    Being outside among nature and the fresh air is a favorite thing - especially during summer when the days stay light longer and seem to invite you to linger just a bit.

    Fire pit areas are super easy to incorporate whether your yard is large or small. They can be tucked into a corner with just a couple of chairs or placed in the center of your yard with a seating group for friends and family to enjoy. And one of my favorite looks for traditional or modern outdoor fire pits - is metal.

    Metal adds another layer of charm to a fire pit area - and this Copper Kettle Tub Fire Pit with that shiny metal and pretty ring accents on the sides is definitely a stunner. I can see this in a very serene space with a calming outdoor fountain running in the background.

    Copper metal fire pit withe large ring accents

    For smaller spaces - the Barbados Copper Fire Pit, measuring just 18" across, is perfect. Definitely one that you can tuck into a spot in the smallest of yards.

    Small hammered metal fire pit
    And for those larger, more indulgent spaces where you really want to gather a ton of chairs around - I am in love with this Glendale Round Steel Fire Pit with a tile surround. Measuring at 40" across - it will leave plenty of spots for chairs for friends and family.

    Large powdercoated steel fire pit with tile surround on patio
    From classic style to simple and sweet to knock your socks off - there are so many different options and styles of outdoor fire pits available at Lamps Plus. And they are a perfect way to wind down at the end of a summer day, and enjoy an evening by the fire out under the stars.

    I think I am ready for a few s'mores - what about you?

    Images: French Country Cottage; Lamps Plus

  • 4 Trends to Watch in 2016

    Naturally, trends come and go, and while some actually become lasting design standards they are all “hot” at some point and fun to consider. Here are four trends to watch.

    Trendy Lighting and Furniture from Lamps Plus

    1970s design is having a moment. Designer Kelly Wearstler started infusing this trend into her projects a few years back and it’s still going strong. While we may not love all of the clothes from this era, the shapes and aesthetic found in decorative items and furniture are great. 

    This Tuscan Gold Mid-Century ceramic table lamp captures the colors of the 1970s to a tee.

    Brass is the metal du jour and I love it. I was actually torn with what this trend should be. I originally thought the trend was metal lamp shades, but thought it really needed to be brass.

    Aged brass has visual weight and gravitas. It’s amazing on everything from bathroom fixtures to classic wall lights.

    Before I get too far down the road with this material, please make sure it’s not polished brass. While I would never stand between you and your chosen materials, it’s aged brass that is the trend!

    The Aiden Aged Brass Wall Sconce by lighting designer Robert Abbey is warm and would be perfect in a traditional living room, study, or powder room.

    Where has walnut been? Come hither! Throw it down on the floor or buy a chair made of the stuff, whatever you do, get it. The warmth of walnut is here to stay. The Lamps Plus Modern Mix section in the useful Shop by Trend area is a great place to see decorative items in this Mid Century style material.

    This brown upholstered club chair with walnut frame is as inviting as a piece of chocolate but with none of the guilt!

    I suppose acrylic styles could be part of the whole 1970s thing, but they really should stand on its own. The fact that this material can basically be turned into anything is reason enough to fall in love with it. Visually it takes up no space so is great for cramped quarters or for anybody who just likes beautiful furniture.

    The Port 68 Benton Gold Lucite Accent Table is genius. It’s glamorous, perfect as a pair in front of a sofa, and embodies the best of modern design.

  • Happy Memorial Day 2016!

  • Art Inspiration Series - Monet's Colorful Spring Gardens

    For my last installment of the art inspiration series we are hitting it hard with the master of the garden, Claude Monet. His depictions of gardens stemmed from his love of gardening himself  and the expressive, moving pieces he created are an easy inspiration point for interior design.

    Interiors, like fine art, balance color, composition and perception to create a visually pleasing final product. Using Monet's Water Lilies (1914-1915) as our inspiration today we get to dive into deep, rich colors and subtle, reflective surfaces as we use this piece for our home design inspiration.

    Monet's Water Lilies

    Some of Monet's most famous subjects were the now infamous water lilies he painted over and over again. They float freely with no constraints, appearing as being both present and reflections all at once. The deep, dark color palette magically intoxicating, with hints of bright, light pops.

    Creating this look in your home design means injecting rich hues, powerful color choices and soft lines. 

    Furniture, lighting and wall art inspired by Monet's Water Lilies from Lamps Plus

    True to Monet's piece, the major elements of your room should pack the most colorful, rich punch. A teal nailhead accent chair makes a strong statement in your room, while simultaneously being an approachable, comparable color. 

    The swirling aqua glass pendant light not only flows and floats like water, but the aqua color is so rich and vibrant. Beautiful glass pendant lights are an excellent way to bring a soft, flowing glow into a space.

    The faint hints of white and red flowers atop the lilies are small but utterly important. They inject contrast and depth to the image, and the same can be done for your interior design.

    Sophisticated mirrored wall sconces like the polished nickel double wall sconce hint at contrast while also having that reflective quality you see in Monet's piece. And the final addition of floral canvas wall art brings subtle, soft color contrast to your overall design.

    Be sure to check out my other posts from the Art Inspiration Series about Caillebotte's Colorful Spring Gardens and Parson's Colorful Spring Gardens

    Image Source: Allison Rosenberg

  • Lighting Up Your Outdoor Living Room

    I am a big believer in the idea that an outdoor patio space should be considered an outdoor room. A place where lazy summer days and warm summer nights are spent with family and friends. And that outdoor living room should be as comfortable and welcoming as any other room in your home. Complete with a sofa and comfy chairs and even outdoor floor lamps.

    Year round outdoor floor lamp glowing on patio
    All-weather outdoor floor lamps provide light of course, but they also bring a lot of charm and definitely make your outdoor living room feel more 'lived in'. If you aren't sure what the perfect type of outdoor floor lamp might be - I am sharing a few unique and fun ideas that you can find right here at Lamps Plus.

    Light Up the Night with a Tree

    Something fun that also provides a little light and definitely a lot of ambiance - how about this fun Cherry Blossom LED Tree?

    LED tree outdoor floor lamp
    Much easier to place this light on your patio than to spend hours stringing lights while on a ladder - and this one is easy to tuck in spots where you may not have a tree to light up.

    Bringing the Indoors OUT

    I am totally in love with lighting outdoors that makes it feel like your patio is a room - and the Phoebe Al Fresco Outdoor Floor Lamp from Robert Abbey does just that. The size and shape will make your patio feel like an outdoor oasis - and the shade is available in a variety of colors to match whatever style and color theme your patio has going on.

    Stately column outdoor floor lamp with coral shadeSun Powered

    Something that may be a concern for you when it comes to outdoor lighting - a lack of outdoor outlets. So in the case that you do not want to run oodles of extension cords from the house to your patio - think solar. Sun power is good - and it is definitely good for lighting up the patio with a bamboo look solar powered floor lamp.

    Bamboo look solar powered outdoor floor lamp
    And that very first lamp that I shared - that is the all year long Beach Outdoor Floor Lamp is a lamp that can withstand all kinds of weather - including rain and snow. And that definitely makes it a favorite for those open air patios and for enjoying year round.

    Year-round outdoor floor lamp with aluminum base

    No matter if your patio is covered or open to the stars - or if you have power available - there is an outdoor floor lamp that is perfect for you and your outdoor living room. Which one is your favorite?

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Art Inspiration Series - Parsons' Colorful Spring Gardens

    For the second piece in the Art inspiration series I chose a beautiful spring garden that has hints of both a spring and fall color palette.

    I love orange and salmon florals, and when I saw Alfred Parsons' piece Orange Lilies, Broadway, Worcestershire, c 1911, I knew immediately I wanted to take this piece and turn it into a beautiful interior design space

    Alfred Parsons' painting titled Orange Lilies, Broadway Worcestershire

    While this is clearly a beautiful, blooming spring garden,Parsons' color palette has a subtle sepia tone that feels both spring and fall at the same time. When translating this to home design, it means you can chose pieces that invoke a year round style.

    Bright orange hued flowers aren't a common sight, but they make a seriously wonderful visual impact against lush leaves and a bright blue sky. Playing on this contrast I created a living room that evokes fresh young growth as well as a timeless, classic garden palette.

    A Spring Garden Living Room with Style from Lamps Plus

    The contrast of the beautiful blue sky with the bright orange lilies immediately made me think of a graphic area rug. I was inspired by this beautiful Marrakesh Orange and Sky Blue Doormat that shows how colors that you wouldn't necessarily put together can compliment each other wonderfully. A rug with an unexpected color combination can become the statement piece in the room.

    Once we have decided that the rug makes the statement, a beautiful, neutral sofa builds upon the look. This Art Deco-inspired Cream Sofa is feminine and striking without competing with the graphic pattern of the area rug. The channel tufting mimics the layering lines of the petals amongst all the flowers in our inspiration image. Pair the sofa with a green shag throw pillow to bring in the presence of rich spring foliage.

    Finally, choosing a lighting option that fits in this interior garden scene is important. A soft yet structured fixture like the Planetarium Ceiling Light from Possini Euro imitates the movement of the clouds in our inspiration piece as well as the lines in the sofa. 

    Be sure to check out my previous post in the Art Inspiration Series about Caillebotte's Colorful Spring Gardens!

    Images: Allison Rosenberg

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