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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.

  • Candice Olson Takes on a Tiny Bathroom

    Small Modern Bathroom Picture

    Designer Candice Olson shares her ideas on updating a tiny bathroom in this Seattle Times article.

    Not only was it blue, literally, but it had to be remade into a more functional space with new bathroom lighting and plumbing.

    No Candice Olson lighting, but the end result is beautiful!

    Photo thanks to The Seattle Times.

    Post Update 1-5-11: check out our regular designer interview series, with chats with everyone from David Bromstead to Sandra Espinet.


  • Tips for Installing Mini Pendant Lighting

    Mini Pendants in Kitchen Idea Photo

    Something we hear all the time: "My new mini pendant lighting doesn't look!"

    There are two common mistakes behind this cry for assistance.

    1) For starters, mini pendants should be mounted so that the bottom of the glass or shade is approximately 66-65 inches above the floor.

    This height allows you to look across a room below the pendants, but still have the pendants be a dramatic focal point.

    2) The second mistake is that a lot of folks don't use enough pendant lights to fill a space.

    A good rule of thumb is to use one mini pendant for every two feet of counter space. You can always use more if the mini pendant is super slim or narrow.

    Wrought Iron Mini Pendant

    3) And no matter whether you have contemporary mini pendant lights or more traditional mini pendants, an odd number usually creates a more pleasing and balanced visual look.

    If you're shopping for pendants, give these tips a try and you won't go wrong!


  • Get Inspired: A Modern, Minimal House

    Contemporary Lighting in a New Jersey Home

    Spotted on, this contemporary house in New Jersey is home to a family of four. I love how clean and sparse it is, but I think I have too much stuff to live like this!

    Highlights include the the wood slab dining room table under a contemporary crystal island light (up top) and the bath space with a frameless vanity mirror (see below). 

    Contemporary Bathroom in a New Jersey House

    Take the tour here. Photos thanks to


  • New A'Homestead Shoppe Lamp Shade Designs

    A'Homestead Shoppe Lamp Shade

    A'Homestead Shoppe are renowned for their handcrafted lamp shade designs.

    Located in the tiny burg of LaPaz, Indiana, 40 miles south of South Bend, they've been creating beautiful shades for over 35 years. We've just added a bunch of their new clip-on and spider shades. Here are some of our favorites!

    Above is an eye-catching red toile clip-on shade. The clip shades are sold in sets of 6 and are perfect for giving a chandelier a new look.

    A'Homestead Shoppe Floral Lamp Shade

    Another colorful look is this cotton fabric multicolor floral shade.

    A'Homestead Shoppe Paisley Lamp Shade

    How about the Tide Pool Paisley Shade for a little (maybe a lot!) of paisley?.

    A'Homestead Shoppe Plaid Lamp Shade

    Or maybe plaid? Burgundy Tan Plaid Lamp Shade.

    A'Homestead Shoppe Parisian Lamp Shade

    Finally, here's a drum shade with a charming Parisian scene. Paris Scenery Drum Lamp Shade.

    For other styles, browse the complete line of new lamp shades at Lamps Plus.


  • Design Your Own in Better Homes & Gardens

    Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Photo 

    The October 2010 issue of Better Homes & Gardens currently on the newstands has a tips page abount drum shade pendant chandeliers. The featured product is one of our customizable white swag chandeliers (see above).

    Better Homes & Gardens October 2010 Cover

    The article has a couple of good tips. Look for the issue on newstands now.

    Antique Style Swag Chandelier

    You can view the swag and the pattern in our LAMPS PLUS Design Your Own Custom Lighting tool.

    And, if you like the green custom color Better Homes & Gardens came up with, I recreated it in the DYO tool (see above). I think I got pretty close, what do you think?

    Magazine images thanks to Better Homes & Gardens.


  • Three for Thursday: Zebra Stripes

    Zebra Table Lamp Picture

    A couple of weeks ago we showcased antlers and horns in our Three for Thursday feature. 

    Here's another call of the wild for you: lighting and decor with zebra stripes! The zebra stripe was wildly fashiopnable in the early 1960s, and has been a popular pattern for furniture and fashion for decades.

    From the National Geographic lighting collection, the African Zebra Table Lamp shows off a wonderful zebra-striped base. A natural-fiber-looking shade sits on top.

    Zebra Stripe Pillows Photo

    Zebra pillows offer a classic accent for chairs and sofas. Zebra Stripes Set of 2 Pillows.

    Zebra Stripe Ceramics

    Pull it all together with this set of three Zebra Striped Vases. These look great together in a group or used throughout a space as a room accent. 


  • A Custom Color Arc Floor Lamp

    Arc Floor Lamp in Room Scene

    Arc floor lamps have a cool, retro style to them that I love.

    They are also a really smart way to add lighting to seating areas and sectionals . The actual base of the floor lamp can be set out of the way, and the light itself positioned for optimal reading or lighting.

    Our new arc floor lamp design can also be customized with your own colors.

    For example, I took the shade pattern from the Abstract Giclee Shade Arc Floor Lamp (see above) and made the background color red to match the wall and pillows, then switched the squiggly line to black.

    Here's the end result:

    Custom Arc Floor Lamp Design

    I think it looks good!  Click on the image to customize it for yourself, or visit our Design Your Own Lighting Tool for quality custom lighting options.


  • August - September '10 Reading Roundup

     Apartment Therapy Williamsburgh Apartment Tour

    Here are some fun links we've found recently. Click away and enjoy!

    A double vision Polyvore set by user IndyIndy9 with one of our throw pillows.

    Apartment Therapy's home tour of Rebecca's chic Williamsburgh apartment (see photo above) reveals one of our lamp shades.

    A Modern Farmhouse Design

    A modern family farmhouse (see above), part of this Detroit News article about the Birmingham, Michigan, House Tour.

    Architecture and design blog Otto-Otto wrote about our Design Your Own lighting tool.

    Get your closets organized with these tips in the Chicago Tribune.

    Learn how to paint perfect stripes from this lesson in Sunset Magazine.

    Photos thanks to Apartment Therapy and The Detroit News


  • Three for Thursday: Currey and Company Table Lamps

    Blue Ceramic Table Lamp Picture

    Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Currey and Company is known for their elegant and refined lighting designs. The collection features handmade details, art glass and distinctive, hand-painted finishes.

    As part of our Three for Thursday feature, here are three Currey and Company table lamps to take note of.

    Up top, we have have the Dante Blue Table Lamp. It has a sculpted porcelain lamp body and a silk shade.

    Renaissance Table Lamp

    The Renaissance Table Lamp proves that a little bling from gold is always good! It has a gold leaf finish and a black linen shade with gold lining.

    Motif Table Lamp

    And last but not least, the Motif Table Lamp has a beautiful, clear blown glass body. A silver shantung shade up top plays off the brass accents.


  • Light-It! LED Floodlight

    LED Outdoor Floodlight Photo

    The Light-It! LED Light is a really neat LED design you'll find plenty of uses for. 

    Powered by four C-type batteries, it's weatherproof, has an adjustable lamp head, and has long-lasting, energy efficient LEDs.

    The clever design also has a built-in, motion-activated on-off feature, making it perfect for stairways, outdoor walkways and so on.

    Light-It LED Light Detail

    Pretty cool! It was recently featured on NBC's Today Show - check out the clip below. Skip to 2:57 of the clip to see the light.  (Post Update 8-21-11 - Sorry, but this video clip is no longer available online.)

    You can find similar designs in our home LED lighting sort.


September, 2010