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  • Hometalk & Lamps Plus Holiday Challenge 2013

    Hometalk and Lamps Plus Holiday Challenge 2013

    It's never too early to start thinking about holiday decorating, right? We've partnered with Hometalk to bring you the Hometalk & Lamps Plus Holiday Challenge 2013! You'll receive the lamp pictured above - the Color Plus Fillable Clear Glass Ovo Table Lamp - and you'll get to fill it and decorate it with anything you like.

    The top three winning designs will be featured in the 2013 Lamps Plus Holiday Catalog, plus they will each receive a $500 Lamps Plus shopping spree! Apply here for your chance to enter the Hometalk & Lamps Plus Holiday Challenge. Hurry - space is limited!

    Click here to download the official rules.

    POST UPDATE: The winners have been announced here!

  • Nautical Office Inspiration

    I love nautical styles in both my wardrobe and when it comes to styling a space. The summer and the sea, a place for relaxation and when its comes to design and décor, a style that’s both relaxed and yet preppy too. It’s a popular design style and not just for beach houses anymore, it can serve as office inspiration too - SWOON!

    Nautical Office Inspiration

    Its not always easy to bring nautical office inspiration in; I think of anything that’s navy, and reminds me of the sea or boating but I think there are three simple ways you can create a nautical workspace:

    Office DIY Makeover Idea with a Filing Cabinet

    1. The DIY Version

    If you’re a do-it-yourself kinda guy/gal, then you’ll love taking on a makeover project of one of your current pieces. A dresser, or much better, a boring filing cabinet can easily become a nautical piece for that added element of the sea and summer. Even a sea or boat-inspired temporary wallpaper on top of your desk would be a great pop of color without becoming too distracting.

    Lamps Plus Home Accessories for the Nautical Workspace

    2. Style your Space with Nautical Accessories

    Most likely the easiest way to get the nautical look is by styling your space with nautical accessories. Things like sea-inspired bookends, nautical desk accessories, navy table lamps, and even model ships work great if you’re going for the full look. If you get tired of the look, switch them out for something new and fresh, maybe even something for fall since it's just right around the corner.

    Nautical Office Inspiration

    3. A Pop of Paint goes a Long Way

    Navy is the official nautical color and when it comes to your workspace, even just a navy accent wall can bring in the nautical vibe. It’s a specific shade, you’ll know it when you see it. If you’ve got a landlord that won’t allow you to paint, there are also temporary wall decals/wall paper that have a similar color.

    Some more gorgeous nautical office inspiration:

    Navy Blue and White Striped Wall

    Nautical Office Inspiration

    Would any of you try the Nautical look in your workspace? Let me know in the comments below!



    Photo credits (from top to bottom): via Houzz , PoppyTalk, Lamps Plus, via Houzz, via Pinterest, via Pinterest.

  • Lighting and Decor for the Dog Days of Summer

    Grey Puppy Dog Inspiring Home Decor

    The dog days of summer are upon us. The country has been baking and all anybody wants to do is lay low and avoid anything strenuous. Choosing lighting and decor based on sultry summer days seems bizarre at best, however I have put together some calming home decor that is the essence of relaxation and good taste.

    The natural shade of a beautiful dog’s coat is my inspiration. I have chosen objects that reflect this natural aesthetic as they seem to be subdued and calming, just the way you want to be on a hot summer afternoon.

    Ceramic Lamps for the Dog Days of Summer

    Robert Abbey Taupe Ceramic and Brass Table Lamp

    Gray is a great summer neutral as it grounds whites and creams. Sophisticated bedside lamps in this shade can add interest to basic white bedding.

    Decor Inspired by the Dog Days of Summer

    Woolrich River Run Off-White Knitted Pillow

    Cool whites are a summer classic. From slipcovered sofas to white terry towels no summer home should be without some white.

    Patterned Rugs and a Patterned Dog

    Penngrove Collection Grady Grey Area Rug

    Neutral patterns will add visual interest to a monochromatic room, especially one with simply painted white walls.

    Linen Lamp Shades for the Dog Days of Summer

    Springcrest™ Natural Linen Shade

    Linen epitomizes summertime, and it's the perfect breezy fabric to adorn your lighting and decor in the dog days of summer. Decorative lamp shades look fabulous in linen and create a coastal feel.

    Black and White Dog Print Wall Art

    Dog Silhouette Animal Wall Art

    Using crisp black is a necessity in decorating regardless of the season. Like a deep gray, it grounds a space and adds visual weight to lighter colors. Black trim and borders on window treatment and furniture adds punch yet keeps the look cool and sophisticated. 

    Photos: The New Victorian Ruralist.

  • How to Decorate a Bathroom with Appeal

    Whether you live in a large home or a small apartment, when you invite a guest over there comes that inevitable moment in time when a guest must visit the bathroom. In many homes the powder room is designed for such purposes, so take the time to learn how to decorate a bathroom with an appeal that pleases both your design senses and 'wows' guests when they enter.

    A modern approach to bathroom design is to blend traditional style with contemporary pieces by choosing a stylish vanity and decorative bathroom mirror. Consider a bold geometric wallpaper in a small space bathroom. 

    How to Decorate a Bathroom with Appeal

    Bathroom design / Venetian Mirror / White Bathroom Vanity

    Introduce drama with contrasting dark and light tones, by mixing rich woods with pale neutral paint and textural tile wainscot on the walls. Achieve a similar look with an espresso vanity, wood mirror, and bathroom sconces.

    How to Decorate a Dramatic Bathroom

    Wood Frame Wall Mirror / Contemporary Bathroom Vanity / Faux Candle Wall Sconce / Bathroom Image

    Mirrored finishes always inject a dose of glamour – pair a mirrored bathroom vanity with a variegated wood tone mirror for warmth next to the cooler reflective finish. Accent with fresh flowers and luxurious hand towels to spoil yourself and guests. Add texture with grasscloth wallpaper hung above a traditional wainscot wall treatment.  

    How to Decorate a Bathroom with Glamorous Appeal

    Bathroom Image / Zebrawood Wall Mirror / Transitional Mirrored Vanity

    If your powder room features nothing more than a builder-grade vanity and plain mirror, no need to fret - transform it in a weekend with a fresh coat of paint and a sassy or sophisticated mirror to replace the frameless plain Jane that hangs above.

    A powder room is a space that can be remodeled in a few days with the assistance of a plumber to help you install a new vanity. New paint or wallpaper on the walls and a stunning statement mirror above will transform any drab powder room into a fab conversation-worthy space. Decorate with wood vanities and mirrors in metallic sheens (or ones possessing carved or textural elements like these three examples), mixing angular vanities with curvy mirrors and vice versa.

    Wood Vanities and Mirrors

    Shopping guideUttermost Spadola 30" High Hammered Copper Wall Mirror, Meridian Cut Corner 35 1/2" High Bronze Oval Wall MirrorQuoizel Monterey Mosaic 30" High Rectangular Wall Mirror, Knox Zebra Wood Black Granite 39" Wide Sink Bath Vanity, Kent Chestnut 39" Wide Sink Bath Vanity, Venisia Ebony Finish Vanity (currently unavailable).    

    Painted vanities in classic shades of black and white are also upgraded when combined with modern decorative mirrors in round shapes that that pair with their clean lines but also contrast with their sharp angular shapes. 

    How to Decorate a Bathroom with Black and White Vanities

    Shopping guideGreek Key 34 1/2" Wide Bronze Round Wall MirrorClear Petal Sunburst Round 28 1/2" Wide Wall MirrorHill and Dale 32" Wide Silver Wall Mirror, Elton Espresso White Marble 30" Wide Floating Vanity Set,  Chelsea 30" Wide Soft White Single Sink VanityUrban Loft 30" Wide Espresso Brown Single Sink Vanity

    Take a cue on how to decorate a bathroom from any of these spaces to make yours stand out in a sea of ordinary. Combine a stylish vanity with a chic mirror in an interesting combination, and welcome guests into your appealing powder room.

  • Outdoor Wall Light by Franklin Iron Works, High Style & Value – Design Dossier

    Outdoor Wall Light by Franklin Iron Works

    Welcome to our new blog series, Design Dossier – we’ll be sharing highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, unique, and interesting lighting choices straight from our showrooms. Since summer is in full swing and outdoor entertaining is on everyone’s mind, today we’re featuring the sleek and stylish Franklin Iron Works Framed Slate Bronze ADA Compliant 16" High Wall Light.

    Contemporary Outdoor Wall Light with Bronze Finish and Slate

    Although you may think that outdoor lighting isn’t affordable, think again! At well under $200 (with free shipping and free returns), this outdoor wall light is an affordable showstopper. Its high-end finish looks luxe, but it’s an affordable luxury that will accent the exterior of your home for years to come. Genuine slate is the centerpiece of this light fixture, and due to naturally occurring design variations in the slate, no two are exactly alike. This unique design detail elevates it above the rest.

    Franklin Iron Works Wall Light from Lamps Plus

    This ADA compliant fixture has a slim profile, extending just 4” from the wall – and its shallow projection allows for generous clearance in walkways or hallways for those individuals with physical disabilities. While we’re clearly proud of this design achievement, sometimes our customers just say it best: “Excellent light. Well made. Good material. Easy installation. Very happy with this choice.”

    Now that you know a little more about the Franklin Iron Works Framed Slate Bronze ADA Compliant 16" High Wall Light, be sure to follow along with our new Design Dossier monthly series for more showroom picks from Lamps Plus.

  • Coastal Decor in the Style of Frank Roop

    Back in 2009, I wrote about a spectacular house on Nantucket with its coastal decor designed by Frank Roop, one of Boston's most prominent interior designers (and my personal favorite). I absolutely love the rooms, done in Roop's signature style, with seaside colors, interesting but never fussy vintage finds, custom furniture, light fixtures with bespoke lampshades, and a sprinkling of Moroccan details. All the while, Roop manages to make it pure Nantucket, with chic references to this very sophisticated coastal community.

    Here's how he pulled it together, along with pieces you can use in your own house.

    Coastal Decor in the Style of Frank Roop

    The architectural details are fairly traditional, with its plank wood floor, unpainted beams, and wainscoting, but the the airy entryway is chockfull of interesting details. It's anchored by a painted, Swedish neoclassical table upon which sits a cluster of earthy accessories, including driftwood branches, a hunk of quartz, and a small succulent. Above, Roop hung a faux bamboo chandelier, infusing Chinoiserie chic.

    Shopping guide: 1 Disney Fantasia Nutcracker Suite Ferns Art 2 Square on Squares Outdoor Bench 3 Expressionistic Wood-Look Stallion Sculpture (currently unavailable) 4 Traditions Collection Hudson Dining Table 5 Succulent Arrangement in Stone Bowl 6 Quorum Salento Persian Chandelier

    Coastal Bathroom in the Style of Frank Roop

    This dreamy bathroom, which has the only tub in the house, is done in a pale, watery palette, complete with shimmer. The homeowner chose the coastal style chandelier for a slightly kitschy (it’s made out of shells!), but a wholly appropriate touch.

    Shopping guide: 1 Kathy Ireland Devon Antique White Crystal Chandelier 2 Blue Shells Coastal Wall Art 3 Olivia Polygon Shell Accent Stool (currently unavailable)

    Living Room in the Style of Frank Roop

    As is his custom, Roop designed all the upholstered pieces in the living room. Roop loves to do contrasting cushions, as you can see on the daybed. They frame is upholstered in linen and the cushion, which almost looks like a mattress, is in a cozy, blue-green linen velvet. It sits in front of the window, but since there's no back, it doesn't block the view. The drapes are also quintessential Roop, comprised of three swathes of softly colored vertical panels stitched together. They’re linen, with some shine, in three different colors. Finally, since the family have two dogs and three cats, sisal rugs are the perfect no-fuss floor solution

    Shopping guide: 1 Trace Collection Lagoon Armless Sofa 2 Sabertooth Seagrass Area Rug 3 Aegean Dandelion Print Armless Chair 4 Buchanan Industrial Style Nickel Floor Lamp

    Coastal Decor Master Bedroom

    The centerpiece of the room is the faux bamboo bed, which the homeowners found on their own in Maine. The green porcelain lamp on the far side of the bed echoes the bamboo look, as does the floor lamp, which is a vintage Jacques Adnet piece, finished with a custom lampshade constructed from string (another Roop specialty). Roop designed the slipper chair, the side table is Syrian, inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The Roop-designed sofa is covered in sand-colored linen and the vintage faux bamboo stool is topped with a cushion of silk canvas. There's a natural, no-nonsense sisal rug in here too, which is a coastal-style essential.

    Shopping guide: 1 Turned Candlestick Faux Wood Floor Lamp 2 Surya Tobias Avocado Throw Blanket 3 Uttermost Karline Natural Linen Bench 4 Thumprints Juicy Lime Green Glasswirl Shade Table Lamp 5 Safavieh Orson Blue and White Accent Chair

    Coastal Bedroom Decor in the Style of Frank Roop

    The homeowners wanted their daughters’ rooms to be reflect their individual personalities, so they were allowed to choose their colors. The youngest wanted lime green. The walls are somewhat pale, but Roop revved up the intensity for the niche, which is a more acid shade. Its Moorish shape echoes the silhouette of the headboard, and adds an ethnic note that’s found throughout the house. On the mid-century modern side table, he placed a 1960s studio pottery lamp with a custom shade white linen shade trimmed with grosgrain ribbon, another Frank Roop signature touch in his coastal decor style.

    Shopping guide: 1 Jamie Young Berlin White Marble Accent Table 2 Lime Green Moroccan Pillow 3 Ceramic Teal Mid-Century Table Lamp 4 Silver and Gold Leaves Branch Wall Art

    For more on these fabulous interiors, see StyleCarrot's two-part blog post: Design Diary: Frank Roop in Nantucket (Part I) and Design Diary: Frank Roop in Nantucket (Part II).

  • Home Decorating Ideas Inspired by the Australian Outback

    Home Decorating Ideas Inspired by the Australian Outback

    I have been lucky enough to see many sides of this big world.  One of the most beautiful and serene places I have visited recently was the Australian Outback - a vast area that is mostly uninhabited.  The colors, textures and lighting of this magical open space are so inspiring.  Here are some home decorating ideas to bring the duality of tranquility and vibrancy of the Australian Outback to your home design.

    Living Room Inspired by the Australian Outback

    Bright rusty reds really pop along the open pathways of the outback and bright blue skies offer a beautiful contrast.  To achieve this rustic, country look utilize textured fabrics, exposed brick and warm accent lighting.  

    Foyer Inspired by the Australian Outback

    Ayers Rock is a must-see in the vast openness of the outback, surrounded by wild plants and bush in neutral tones.  This entryway embodies the feel and palette with oversized wild leaves instead of a floral arrangement, rustic wooden furniture in buttery neutral tones and eclectic wall decor

    Flooring Ideas Inspired by the Australian Outback

    The vast open sky bleeds a beautiful rich blue color.  Try staining your wide plank wooden floors a deep turquoise for a fun punch of vibrant color.

    Home Decorating Ideas Inspired by the Australian Outback

    Formed from granite over 700 million years ago, the Wave Rock formations are the epitome of stunning texture.  Get the look with natural elements such as stack stone, staggered wood paneling and patterned fabrics in rich amber hues.

    Amber and Rust Colors Inspired by the Australian Outback

    The striking sunsets in the Australian outback are some of the most beautiful in the world, and are sure to spark some inspiring home decorating ideas. Re-imagine an outback sunset in your own home with soft, inviting fabrics, comfortable seating, rich amber tones and a wood burning fire (if you have a fireplace that is).

    All Images: Pinterest

  • Dorm Decorating Ideas

    Dorm Decorating Ideas

    Dorm decorating ideas may seem far off since it's only July, but I beg to differ. College terms usually begin in August so that means along with worrying if you will like your roommate, you need to start thinking about the aesthetics of your dorm room. 

    Dorm rooms are basically a step above minimum security prisons...not that I have ever been in one (a prison, that is!). The big question is how one creates a comfortable space of their own where they can live and study in style.

    There are two main ways to decorate a dorm room. The first is to add color, personality and try anything to cover up cinderblock walls and linoleum floors. The second, is to embrace the minimal space and go for rustic modern.

    Dorm Room Design Ideas

    Both looks can be chic. The first is all about experimentation with color and pattern. You’re young and the dorm room is probably the first space you can decorate as an adult so trial and error is OK. The second - the minimal dorm room - can be liberating and modern. Embracing the raw materials of the room can allow you to focus on the work at hand...studying.

    Regardless of the style, these dorm decorating ideas will get you started: make sure you have plenty of lighting like an adjustable desk lamp or swing arm lamps; buy a clock to make sure you get to class; invest in something soft under foot; and of course, purchase comfortable bedding.

    Dorm Room Must Have Accessories

    Shopping List: 1. George Kovacs Polished Chrome Arc Floor Lamp 2. Veranda VR-16 Tangerine Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug 3. Datekeeper Silver Round Wall Clock 4. Teal Mini Mandalas Decorative Accent Pillow 5. Set of 2 Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs 6. Koncept Gen 3 Z-Bar Mini Warm Light LED Desk Lamp Orange

    Photos: Apartment Therapy, Home Interior Fashion.

  • Colorful Lighting to Change the Look of Your Space

    Colorful Lighting to Change the Look of Your Space

    One of the fastest ways to change the look of your space is to inject a fresh hit of color—and there's no better source of color than eye-catching colorful lighting! After all, lighting does double duty in the home by not only adding visual interest but also by illuminating the entire room. Whether you want explore beyond neutral territory or you're already incorporating multiple tones throughout your home and want to add more, bold table lamps and vivid ceiling fixtures are the way to go.

    Table Lamps to Change the Look of Your Space

    Just as when you were a kid with a box of crayons in kindergarten, there's no right or wrong answer when it comes to playing with colorful lighting. A single splash of aqua from a colorful pendant light in a bright white room makes a striking statement, while a pair of bedside table lamps to complement your decor has classic appeal. Don't forget about lamp shades, too! They can be ordered in practically every hue of the rainbow, not to mention there are a growing number of custom lamp shade prints and patterns as well.

    Increasingly, the question isn't 'Will you incorporate colorful lighting?' but rather 'How will you decide on just one to change the look of your space?!'

    Colorful Lighting to Change the Look of Your Space

    Shopping Guide: Red Ceiling Pendant, Green Gradient Glass Pendant Lamp, Ikat Swag Style Chandelier, Yellow Acrylic Table Lamp, Robert Abbey Delta Table Lamp, Turquoise and Sand Striped Table Lamp, Guatemalan Print Drum Shade, Wooden Tulip Bulb Table Lamp, Tripod Floor Lamp with Red Shade, Color Plus Pink Gourd Lamp with Chevron Shade

    Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest

  • How To Decorate a Table

    Outdoor Dining Table Decorated for a Party

    Have you ever wondered how to decorate a table?

    Or is it just me? 

    It's easy to start with a table runner or tablecloth or dishes or silverware.....

    .....but then what?

    Where do you go next?

    Do you layer or stack or shine or simplify?

    If you're like me and you've ever thought a blank table top was a little intimidating....'s a few ideas to make your table top decorating a little easier.

    Tabletop Decor with Flowers

    1.  Bring the outside in

    Take advantage of the colors and scents of the season with this simple table top ideas that shines.

    Set the table with a neutral pallet of white linens, white dishes, polished silver and elegant glassware.

    Then select vivid blooms in simple containers to truly pop against the neutral table settings.

    How to Decorate a Table with Color

    2.  Think outside the box

    Why not decorate your table with unusual containers or re-purposed every day items.

    Baskets planted with spring flowers make an unusual and creative centerpiece idea.

    Cakes on staggered cake stands accompanied by a decorative tray of simple cake toppings creates an inviting dessert buffet table for your guests.

    How to Decorate a Table with Lanterns

    3.  Look up

    Don't forget the space above the table when decorating.

    String a banner or drape flowers or hang lanterns for visual interest.

    Complete the look by introducing tiered stands and decorative bowls filled with fresh flowers.

    Glass Vase Centerpiece on Outdoor Table

    4.  Add color

    Fill a table with color and texture for a summer afternoon gathering.

    Start with a brilliant hue for your tablecloth and begin to layer stemware and dishes.

    Create a simple centerpieces using simple glass vases

    Wrap a vase with a ribbon and place next to a tall vase filled with a single floating flower.

    How to Decorate a Dining Table

    But the when the dishes are placed and the vases are filled.....what's the most important reason to learn how to decorate a table?

    To create a place where friends and family feel welcome.

    Where the conversation dances across the table and laughter fills the air.....

    .....and the memories made last a lifetime.

    Photo credits:  Photo 1:  bhg  Photo 2:  Martha Stewart  Photo 3:  Martha Stewart  Photo 4:  Country Living  Photo 5:  bhg  Photo 6:  Apartment Therapy

July, 2013