The “Upper Third” Never Gets Enough Cleaning Attention—Here’s What to Do
With Spring Cleaning for Your Mood, we’re helping you get your housekeeping done no matter what state of mind you’re in. For 20 weekdays in April, we’ll focus on cleaning a new area of your space, with three different ways to get it done—so it’s easy to stay on track even when you’re busy, tired, or away from home. Sign up with your email now and enjoy a better space by the end of the month.
May 3, 2019
Shop 2019's Most Popular Lamps for Less
Shop less expensive versions of 2019's most stylish and popular lamps and light fixtures.
May 1, 2019
How To Hack a $10 IKEA MELODI Pendant Lamp
IKEA’s MELODI pendant lamp is a really great blank slate — there are a million ways to tweak and hack one to make it yours. Weave the plastic shade with natural round reed get a contrasting mix of materials that’s both organic and modern. IKEA MELODI Pendant Lamp Natural Round Reed Scotch Tape Spray Paint (optional) Tools Drill & Bits X-Acto Knife Measuring Tape Pen 1. Wrap the tape measure around the diameter of the lamp and put an odd number of pen marks on the shade.
Apr 30, 2019
How Do I Light My Windowless Bedroom?
Q: I live in a loft apartment with one great big wall of windows. Much of my home is well lit with natural light. The exception to this is my bedroom, which has no windows and receives no natural light (it’s like lighting a basement room). I can’t quite figure out how to light this room so that it doesn’t look dim and dingy. The walls are a bright white, my bedcover is white and my furniture is mostly white or at least white colored.
Apr 30, 2019
No Room is Too Dark: New Terrarium Pendants with Grow Lights
Gone are the dark and dreary days of courtyard-level studio living with nary a plant in sight to green your place. Thanks to the innovative combination of LED-powered grow lamps and mid-century modern pendants, one designer has created a terrarium that everyone can keep alive — and in any space. Globe Terrariums are hanging, hand-blown glass orbs masterminded by designer Richard Clarkson, featuring an LED light integrated and hidden right inside the slim stainless steel cable.
Apr 30, 2019
A Solar Eclipse Experience For Everyone: DIY Wall Sconce Using HEAT Trivets
Whether you’re in a prime location to see the solar eclipse or not, this easy wall sconce is a sight to see, and it doesn’t require any protective eye wear. This project is the perfect way to add layers and depth to your home lighting (can anyone say hygge?!). To top it off, it requires absolutely no wiring, and no outlet. Count me in. With the simple push of a button (or remote) you can enjoy your own “eclipse of the home” for far beyond 2 minutes and 40.1 seconds.
Apr 30, 2019
A $30 IKEA Lighting Hack You’ll Want To Make Right Now
I’ve been on a lighting kick lately. Maybe it’s because I just re-read The Little Book of Hygge. To me, light — whether it’s natural or created — is king when it comes to your home. Not all of us have floor-to-ceiling windows or an expansive budget for beautiful light fixtures. And many DIY lighting projects require at least a little bit of electrical wiring. Not in the case of this Paper & Stitch IKEA globe light hack, though.
Apr 30, 2019
Love Bread? Prove It With These Baked Goods Lamps
Do you love bread? Now you can—ahem—prove it, not just with a GIF of Oprah or by obsessively watching and rewatching every Bread Week episode of the Great British Bake Off, but with a lamp that’s actually made from baked goods. This glutinous carbo load of design decadence is the brainchild of Japanese artist Yukiko Morita, a former baker who has turned her love of yeasted dough into a design object.
Apr 30, 2019
Riihitie 20: The Aalto Family Home, Studio & Laboratory
Name: Alvar Aalto & family Location: Munkkiniemi neighborhood of Helsinki, Finland Size: approximately 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 40 years Alvar Aalto’s first building built in Helsinki was his own home and architecture studio.
Apr 18, 2019
House Tour: Laura’s Pared Down Perfection
Name: LauraLocation: Boerum Hill, BrooklynSize: 450 sqft, one bdrm rentalYears lived in: 7.5 years “I’ll show you the closet, it’s really nice!” When Laura said this, I knew this house tour was going to be different than nearly any other from the past 3 years.That’s because Laura is a professional organizer and she puts her money where her mouth is….
Apr 14, 2019
It’s Official: 2019 is All About Globe Lighting
We pay special attention to lighting. The glitzy chandelier featured in that historic house tour. Those coastal-inspired pendants along the bar at that airport restaurant. The single Edison bulb that illuminates your favorite hotel’s bedroom. “Lighting is one of the most important parts of a design—both the physical fixtures, as well as the quality of lighting,” says Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design.
Mar 24, 2019
Amazon Has A Whole Lot of Lighting on Sale Right Now
We’re always on the lookout for Amazon sales, many of which happen quietly and without a whole lot of fuss. Their current deal on lighting is no exception: right now, you can get select Amazon-exclusive lighting for 15 percent off. Whether you’re a night owl who works best in the evening, or someone who lives in a space that doesn’t get a whole light of natural light, now is a great time to think about refreshing your lighting situation.
Feb 22, 2019
I Keep My Holiday Lights Up All Year Long—Here’s Why You Should, Too
I wish I could tell you about the first time I realized that holiday lights look great as year-round interior decor, but I don’t remember a specific incident that acted as a catalyst here. Perhaps—in fact, most likely—it was when I was still in high school, living with my parents in the woods of Appalachia. Without much to do as a byproduct of living in a remote place and being a teenager, my bedroom became my sanctuary, just as it is for other teenagers across the world.
Dec 30, 2018
Don’t Make Vanity Lighting an Afterthought in Your Bathroom
There's nothing spa-like about squinting in the dark.
Nov 28, 2018
The Simple Home Habit You Should Steal from Prince Harry
Ever find yourself as an adult copying your parents’ behaviors? Yeah, us too. But at least we’re not alone: Prince Harry recently said in the new documentary “Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70″that he has picked up the same habit as his father. Just like dad, Harry is always flipping off lightswitches, PEOPLE reports. “He’s a stickler for turning lights off,” Harry said of his father, Prince Charles, in the doc.
Nov 8, 2018
3 Lamps to Snag from Wayfair’s Semi-Annual Lighting Sale
Looking for a quick way to brighten a room? Look no further than Wayfair’s semi-annual lighting sale. Running until 9 a.m. on Friday, August 10, you can snag lamps of all kinds for up to 70 percent off. This comes on top of Wayfair’s already reliably low priced products (like this couch with 4.5 stars for under $400).
Aug 9, 2018
5 Side Table and Lamp Pairings to Try in Your Home
The right accessories can really make or break your living room. Sure, the big ticket items—your sofa, rug, chairs, etc—are what set the tone in the space, but it’s the littler pieces that really make it feel like you. Your side table and its accompanying lamp may not feel like the centerpiece of the room, but that doesn’t mean you should sideline this important design aspect.
Jul 31, 2018
10 of Our Favorite Lamps to Shop on Prime Day
In the immortal words of Brick Tamland from Anchorman, “I love lamp.” I just don’t always love the price tags that accompany most of the lamps I fall for. Luckily, Amazon Prime Day is finally upon us, and with it comes deep discounts on high-style lamps from some of our favorite Amazon home brands: Rivet and Stone & Beam. Starting July 16 at 3 p.m. EST, Amazon is offering up to 30 percent off furniture and decor site-wide, including these lamps.
Jul 16, 2018
Anyone Can Make This Cool Wall Light for Under $20
The project is super easy to complete.
Jun 21, 2018
9 Summer Outdoor Lighting Solutions
This summer is about to be lit.
Jun 8, 2018
Why We’re Stealing the Pendant Lights from Mandy Moore’s Bedroom
And just like that, you can reclaim your nightstand.
Feb 1, 2018
West Elm Recalls Task Lamp for Shock Hazard
Have one of these popular West Elm lamps? We have some news: they are being recalled due to a shock hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Here’s what you need to know if you have one.
Dec 5, 2017
Pantone’s Here To Light Up Your Life With Its New Collection
Apparently, the design gods want everyone to kick off the holiday season on a well-lit high note because Pantone has just released its first ever light collection. Created in collaboration with Danish company e3light, Pantone’s Light Collection offers five styles to choose from including the drop pendants, pendant lamps, lamp shades, the “Antares” floor lamp and the “Capella” table lamp.
Nov 11, 2017
Real Life Rental Challenge: A Genius Update For A Bad ’80s Bathroom Light
There’s nothing worse than those builder grade vanity strips in bathrooms, the ones that absolutely scream “HI, I’M CHROME AND WAS SENT FROM THE ’80s TO DATE YOU!!” As a renter your options are limited, but I came up with a smart way to deal with these common eyesores. Instead of swapping it out with a new light fixture, I decided to instead embrace the challenge and work with what I had. I couldn’t paint it, because that was permanent.
Nov 9, 2017
How To Light Up Boring Lampshades: 12 DIY Ideas
I love lamp, but now I can love my lampshades too!
Aug 17, 2017
Decor Superhero: A Perfect Lighting Solution for the Bedroom
Never underestimate the power of a good wall sconce. Not only will these beauties save you tons of space, they allow you to customize a unique lighting scheme to suit your specific needs. Unlike bulky table lamps, a properly placed sconce or two can offer loads of reading light without taking up any valuable nightstand space. Because we believe in showing and telling, here are nine of the chicest bedroom wall sconce scenes we could find on the web.
Jul 19, 2017
One of a Kind Style: A DIY Tree Branch Floor Lamp
Numerous studies support the fact that being surrounded by nature is good for your health, but who knew that getting out into the wild and foraging about could also up your home decor game? In a Chicago home brought to life by two artists, we saw homeowner Caroline Robe design this genius foraged-turned-functional floor lamp out of an untouched tree branch, causing us to wonder, “why didn’t I think of that?”.
Jul 16, 2017
8 DIY Ways to Upgrade Ceiling Lights
There's even one trick that gives you a whole new look for free.
Jun 20, 2017
Style Makers: Chandeliers & Pendant Lighting (for Every Style!)
Have you been thinking about refreshing your lighting? Designers are always referring to chandeliers and pendants as the jewelry in any space, and they are right. Fresh fixtures are the perfect way to ramp up ( and vamp up!) any room. We’ve taken the liberty of pulling together some really great looks for a variety of tastes. From classical crystal chandeliers to blown-glass pendants, traditional fixtures offer a touch of glam without being too overt.
Mar 12, 2017
30 Home Finds Under $50 From a New Best-of-Amazon Curation Site
Amazon is like an adult playground. It’s a magical land where anything is possible—or at least where (most) anything can be delivered to your doorstep in two days. But, it can sometimes feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack sandbox with the vast variety of sellers and products. Stylish home decor can easily get lost in the sea of, well, not stylish home decor.
Mar 7, 2017
CB2’s Latest Collection is a Calming Dose of Zen
CB2’s newest collection is calm, cool, and collected. The modern retailer partnered with designer Ross Cassidy, who took his inspiration from Japan for the luxe-meets-minimalist line. The LA-based, South African-born Cassidy—whom you might recognize from Bravo’s 2011 show Million Dollar Decorators—has worked with the likes of Sia, actor Alex Pettyfer, and model Amber Valetta, and his collection adds a refined twist to utilitarian design.
Feb 8, 2017
Instantly Cozier: 9 Ways to Warm Up Your Winter Lighting
If the long, dark winter days have got you down, it may be time to warm up your home’s lighting. While adjusting your lighting may not be something you think about on a daily basis, you’ll be surprised how much adding an extra table lamp or switching lightbulbs can alter the mood of a room. Don’t believe it? Take the challenge: Try one of these nine lighting tips, and we’re willing to bet you’ll find the results to be illuminating. Nothing screams “dorm!
Jan 12, 2017
Design Editor’s Short List: New World Market Items I’ve Got My Eye On
In the early 2000s, Pier One Imports was the epitome of worldly sophistication for me, what with its exotic wood furniture, beaded throw pillows and Buddha statues galore. When I redecorated my post-collegiate bedroom, I hit up the store for unique international treasures. “Why yes, these ruffled dupioni silk throw pillows are from the foreign land of Kissimmee, Florida.” Fast forward a decade, and I’ve discovered a new local mecca for global goods: World Market.
Nov 16, 2016
10 DIY Art Projects That Really Get Your Message Across
Lightboxes allow you to add a soft glow to your home whilst communicating whatever’s on your mind, be it your all-time favorite tweet, a declaration of love, your current prediction for Gilmore Girls‘ final four words, or a gentle reminder that rent is due. Every bedroom needs this one—it provides a lovely glow, and allows you to share sweet, dirty, and/or practical messages. Also lead image above.
Oct 21, 2016
Light Show: 10 Pendant Lamps Under $100
I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last two years shopping for affordable, attractive ceiling lights for two successive houses…and it’s rough out there. However, these 10 pendants, many of them available for well under $100, prove that it’s actually possible to shed light without shedding too many dollars. The marble trend is still going strong, right? I love that this light plays with that classic material, folding it upon itself and making it sheer and lighter than air.
Oct 21, 2016
3 Small Effort/Big Impact DIY Ideas to Steal from this Small Providence Condo
Sometimes it’s not the wall knocked down or the whole room painted that’s the visual impact your room needs — a small detail can pack a decor punch, too! The proof is in Erin and Tobin’s cute Providence condo: I spotted three small but mighty mini DIY projects in Erin and Tobin’s home — the kind of ideas you can do without a lot of time, tools or money. See if they’re small DIY details that could add personality to one of your rooms.
Oct 20, 2016
Under $50: The Best Lighting for Your Dorm Room
Of course you need sheets and towels and a mini fridge and maybe one of those little shower caddies, but one of the most important things you will buy for your dorm room is lighting. Trust me: when you’re awake and frantically studying at 3AM, your roommate will be glad that you bought a lamp. So without further ado, here are 12 of our favorite picks, all under $50. Above: Penn task lamp, $29 – 39 from PBteen. FORSÅ work lamp, $19.99 from IKEA ÅRSTID table lamp, $24.
Jul 21, 2016
How To Make Your Outdoor Space Feel Like Another Room In Your Home (for Less than $100)
As soon as summer hits, you may feel the urge to move everything you own outside so you can live under the sun and stars. Utilizing whatever outdoor area you have is especially important when you call a small space home, because it can give you the dining room, living room, or reading nook your place typically lacks. Whether you have a balcony, a rooftop, or an entire backyard to work with, these $100-or-less details will make it feel like an extension of your home. Give your space a glow up.
Jul 4, 2016
Eleanor’s Bedroom Light Choose Your Own Design Adventure: The Winner
Last week, I shared with you the sad story about my recent lighting mishap (moral: always double-check the voltage on those bulbs!) and how it left my bedroom light-less. I found some good replacement options which ranged from mere pennies (ok, pounds) to spend-ier, and photoshopped them into my space. Now it’s time to see what I went with… Somewhat surprisingly, it’s IKEA for the win!
Jun 5, 2016
The Bedside Bare-Bulb Pendant: Get the Look
Somewhere along the way, the trend of hanging, bare-bulb light fixtures went from being a new trend in the bedroom to a look that’s here to stay. Read the reasons why this look has gotten so popular, see inspiration from gorgeous bedsides and find ways you can buy or DIY this look. For one, the bare-bulb look is incredibly versatile; it’s a simple look that works with a lot of very different decor styles.
May 10, 2016
Real Life Design Lessons: Creative Ways to Use Lighting
Light fixtures are great in the home for illuminating things, of course, but they can also be used successfully to inject drama and boldness in a room, too. Consider these novel ways to use lighting in your home to make a bold design statement. You can use lighting in your home to illuminate areas that you need to see better and to highlight interesting design elements. Nothing quite catches the eye in a space like something that’s lit up.
Apr 7, 2016
Lighting Problems Renters Can Relate To (And What To Do About Them)
Rental apartments aren’t known for crystal chandeliers and beautiful statement lighting. Instead you get (almost always) awful and (frequently) unflattering light with shadows that turn even the prettiest people into Bela Lugosi — not to mention dated fixtures desperately in need of an aesthetic upgrade. Learn how to improve your lighting situation with one of these solutions.
Jan 29, 2016
Top Ten: Best Modern Chandeliers Under $500
I’ve recently been given the enviable task of picking out a chandelier, and I have to say—chandelier shopping is the next best thing to tiara shopping. Here are my top 10 finds, each of them sparkly, fun, pretty, and far more affordable than most respectable tiaras… I’m not sure why I love chandeliers with adjustable arms so much, but I do.
Jan 18, 2016
Style Spotting: Statement Lighting From Our Tours (& Where to Buy It)
Do you often scroll through our house tours and think, “Where did they find that?” Me too. So I found out. Each one of these amazing photos has a chandelier that you could buy today. We’ll tell you where! Above: Grant and Gabriel in Chicago bought the Crown Major Suspension by Nemo Lighting. See the whole house here → Gabriel & Grant’s Warm Minimalism Jennifer picked out a chandelier from Anthem San Francisco.
Aug 9, 2015
Before & After: Overhead Light Gets Luxe Starburst Treatment for $13
In terms of basic overhead lighting, Alison’s fixtures were unoffensive and unobtrusive. But that didn’t mean she didn’t want more style from them.
Jun 22, 2015
IKEA Hacks: Eket Stackable Side Table
IKEA Hacks: Eket Stackable Side Table
Apr 7, 2017