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.

  • Loving Chrome Table Lamps

    Blogger Cecelia at sincerely cecelia wrote a nice post about our Chrome Stack Table Lamps.

    She writes, "...during a browse for affordable, chic lighting i came across these stylish little beauties at lamps plus! the image makes them look sort of mercury-glass-ish, but they are actually chrome and at $69.95 for a set of two..."

    Thanks for the mention, Cecelia! These are great for creating a unified look when rededcorating, or for placing around sofas and beds. If chrome table lamps aren't your thing, you can browse for more deals in our collection of best value table lamps.


  • Designer Candice Olson Makes a Small Home Big

    Small Living Room Picture

    Designer Candice Olson knocks down walls and works her magic on the living space of a small, 100-year-old home.

    Writes Candice, "To bring extra brightness to the room, I put in a beautiful crystal chandelier above the pedestal table, two mini drop pendants in the hallway and a couple of crystal sconces in the dining area. These all work collectively to make the new open space feel light and bright, with a touch of elegance."

    I especially like the colorful accent pillows and the contemporary decor accents.

    Check out this Seattle Times article for the full story, then browse the Candice Olson lighting collection.

    Photo and quote thanks to the Seattle Times.


  • A Halogen Lamp for Your Fortress of Solitude

    This new accent table lamp somehow reminds me of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. If you don't get the reference, it still makes an eye-catching decor accent!

    From our contemporary table lamp collection, the design has three cylinders in a brushed aluminum finish. Each offset cylinder has a halogen bulb behind frosted glass. It even has a built-in dimmer for mood lighting. Very cool! Icicle Accent Table Lamp.

    Need more? Check out all our halogen table lamps.


  • Korean Design Style in a Queens Apartment

    Check out this New York Times article about a pair of Korean American designers who have created a cool and sophisticated oasis of style in their Jackson Heights, Queens, apartment.

    "The apartment has a distinctly Korean atmosphere...During the couple’s Korean wedding trip, they bought several pieces of antique furniture, among them a 19th-century chest studded with iron hardware, a low scholar’s table that now does duty as a television stand, and an armoire made of Korean pine, notable for its densely detailed grain."

    I especially like the look of the traditional cabinets mixed with contemporary sofas, and the use of contemporary floor lighting accents.

    Photo and quote thanks to the New York Times


  • Outdoor Porch Lights - Bigger Is Better

    Arroyo Park Collection 10" High Outdoor Wall Light

    When it comes to outdoor lighting for a porch or front entryway, many people get it wrong when sizing a new outdoor wall light.

    This is because it's hard to judge how a product will actually look when installed by just looking at it online or even in a store. So what many folks end up with is a fixture too small for their home.

    A simple rule to remember is that the height of the fixture should be based on the height of the entryway or door opening.

    • If a single light is used, it should be around one- third the height of the door.
    • For two lights you can go smaller, about one-quarter the height.

    To check the size of something, use a cardboard or paper template cut to the height and width of the fixture.

    Many of our outdoor lights have a life-size image  you can print right from the product page. Check out this Bellagio collection wall light (pictured above) as an example. You can also make your own template based on the given size of the fixture.

    Position the template on the wall where the fixture backplate will be over the junction box. Tape it in place, then head to the street to see how it looks. If it looks small, go bigger!

    For more info, read our quick guide article on choosing exterior lighting.


  • Three for Thursday: LED Outdoor Lighting Accessories

    Summer is here and it's time to start livin' in your slice of the great outdoors...comfortably, of course. Here are three nifty products that will add a little spice to your outdoor evenings.

    1) Help your guests navigate to your outdoor soiree with an eco-friendly solar LED address light. These power on at sunset (see above) and will operate year-round.

     2) Add some light to pathways and gardens with a solar-powered landscape light. These charge by day, then light up at night, and are particularly effective at providing reference lighting for garden plantings throughout your yardscape. Find more Black Finish Pole Solar Lights.

    3) See how hot it is with this solar-powered LED thermometer. A built-in sensor switch automatically lights the numbers at night. A spike allows you to position the thermometer anywhere in your lawn or in a strategically placed potted plant.

    For more summer outdoor living ideas, browse our outdoor furniture selection and check out our full range of landscape lighting.


  • A Deal of the Day That's Out of This World

    It's not really from outer space, but this LAMPS PLUS Deal of the Day does have a space-age retro feel. The floor lamp has four uplights in beige speckled glass and comes with a handy foot dimmer that controls all four lights.

    Get it while it's hot! The special Deal of the Day pricing is valid for today only. Don't like what you see? Check back tomorrow for our next deal.

    If you like the style, the lamp is from the Possini Euro Design lighting collection, or you can check out all our contemporary floor lamp designs.

  • Stuck in Neutral -- Working With Colors from Design Sponge

    Neutrals are hot right now -- see our recent "Super Neutrals" post with style guru Lynda Gould.

    Design*Sponge recently posted some great images of interiors in neutral hues. As a brilliant bonus in order to help you "get the look", they included color swatches with corresponding Pantone numbers. I immediately thought of our Design Your Own utility, and before you can say "Super Neutrals!" I whipped up a couple of lamps to match their room scenes.

    Check out what I put together to match the colors in these rooms:

    You want to give it a try? Read through our how-to blog post on color matching to learn how to do it. It's easy! When you've finished creating your own custom lighting, email us the design at or snap a screenshot and post it to our Facebook page. Get creative!

    Read the whole post at

  • A Colorful LED Chandelier

    Changing Colors LED Pendant Light

    New from the Possini Euro Design lighting collection, this LED pendant chandelier is nothing if not eye-catching. 

    The contemporary chandelier look features color-changing LEDs at the center of the pendant.

    The LEDs illuminate art glass forms at the touch of a remote in hues of green, blue, pink, purple and red. Eighteen halogen bulbs offer bright lighting when you get tired of the LED light show.

    We've just shot a video for this stunning design; we'll let you know when it's been posted online so you can see the LEDs in motion. In the meantime, check out our expanding line of LED lighting.

  • Paris Decor Style


    If you love Paris, you'll fall for writer Claudia Strasser's "The Paris Apartment" blog posts.

    Full of beguiling shots from the City of Lights, it offers inspiring photos and home decorating ideas that draw on all things Parisian. From antique style ceiling lights to traditional seating, wall mirrors and candlesticks, there's sure to be something to delight your eye.

    Author of "The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea-Market Budget" (find it here at Amazon), and owner of an East Village shop, Claudia has a wonderful sense of style and storytelling.  

    You'll be checking airfares to France in no time! 

    Photo thanks to "The Paris Apartment" blog.


June, 2010