Floor and Table Lamps Decorating Ideas 2011

Complement Your Decor

"Think of a lamp as part of the jewelry of a room," interior designer Judith Balis says. "You need to select the right piece to complement the rest of the room." When choosing lamps, consider the style you're going for in your home first. Is it traditional? Modern? Eclectic? In this bedroom, Balis adds a playful touch to a modern design with quirky, coral-base lamps.

Sleek Shades

If you're going for a modern or contemporary look, think simple and streamlined when selecting lamps. Currently in vogue, slim bases and drum-shaped shades can add height and drama to a space without overpowering its other decor. Design by Troy Beasley.

Timeless Appeal

Shades with a tapered shape tend to blend well with traditional decor. Designer Katie Leavy paired an antique ceramic lamp with colorful Indian textiles and a Chinese wall hanging for a look that's both worldly and classic.

Size It Up

"Like anything else in decorating, you want to be mindful of scale," Balis says. Make sure the size of your lamp is appropriate for its location. You don't want to put a massive lamp on a very small table — not only will it look disproportionate, but it might also be bumped into or knocked over. Likewise, a very small lamp will look out of place in a large room. As for the scale of the lamp itself, the shade should be one-half to three-fourths the size of the base and should hide the internal hardware of the lamp, Balis recommends. Design by Erica Islas.

Translucent vs. Opaque

Another important factor to consider when choosing a lamp shade is how much light you need the lamp to cast. If you want the lamp to illuminate an entire room or provide light for reading, a translucent shade is the best choice. However, if the lamp is strictly an accent piece, try an opaque shade for a dramatic look. Design by Joseph Pubillones.

Proper Placement

After selecting the right lamps, deciding where to put them is just as important. Generally, Balis likes to use floor lamps to illuminate corners and reading areas. "If you have a dark corner in a room, the simple addition of a lamp will work wonders for the way the room feels," Balis says. Table lamps are great for filling out the rest of the room, she says.

Up to the Task

In any room, make sure the lighting you choose is sufficient for the tasks and activities you want to accomplish there. Designer Shane Reilley illuminated this reading area with a geometric floor lamp — a great contrast against the wavy lines of the chaise.


Coordinate the Components

When pairing a lamp shade with a base, Balis says a good rule of thumb is to choose a shade that mimics the shape of the lamp itself. If you have a square base, try a square or rectangular shade. A round or drum-shaped shade works well with a round or bulb-shaped base, while a conical shade is a good fit for a tall, thin base. Design by Daniel Bodenmiller.


Choose Shades With Flair

"If you need to add color or texture to a room, an interesting lampshade will add just the boost you are looking for," Balis says. Look for a shade with a bold pattern, an interesting texture or decorative touches like beads or tassels. Design by Erinn Valencich.


The Importance of Lighting

Without proper lighting, even the most stylish space isn't truly complete. Every room needs a combination of general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to set a mood and provide sufficient illumination. Table and floor lamps, which typically fall under the task lighting category, are especially important because they play both a functional and decorative role in your home. Size, shape and style all need to be taken into account when selecting lamps to suit both your lighting needs and taste in home decor. Design by Lin Lee.

Living Room - Fabric Sofa Sets Designs 2011

Isn’t it time to refresh your living room? Find living room sets in a variety of styles at Living Room Warehouse. This stylish collection ranges from traditional to contemporary and have the comfort you want. Select contemporary living room sets from Italian and European top designers. Living Room furniture has a good track record of great services and quality of furniture. From unique and individual pieces through a complete living room set that is matched and balance for your space, you can find what you need at Living Room Warehouse. Sure to earn the best living room sets in your house today .











Comfortable and stylish, this beautiful sofa set is crafted from hardwood solids and made from high quality materials to last. With plush comfort and elegant design, the Dawson Sofa takes traditional style elements and creates a refreshing feel perfect for any living area. This collection captures a unique style that is as comfortable as it is beautiful. Capture for yourself the sophisticated look of this fabulous furniture for your personal living environment. Add elegance of traditional style to your home with this Dawson Sofa.



The traditional design of the Glory upholstery collection transforms any home environment with unique and fabulous style. The sophisticated beauty of this traditionally patterned nail head accented upholstery comes alive with the comfort of the plush rolled arms and supportive cushions. This Glory Chenille Sofa captures the true essence of grand traditional style. This elegantly crafted sofa is sure to catch your eyes for years to come. This gorgeous Glory upholstery collection will bring classic gentle look and it is sure to light up your living room.

luxury living room curtains Ideas 2011


A print on a half panama fabric.   Great value for money. A nice bright horizontal stripe brings a touch of style to your room. This design is fully lined with an eyelet heading. Matching cushion covers are available to give a finishing touch to the look


These timelessly elegant woven jacquard curtains would be a sophisticated finishing touch for any interior. The beautiful trailing tulips gives a traditional feel whilst the woven quality of the fabric adds a subtle touch of texture.


A geometric top border on a hop sack cloth, for an admirable design. The depth and clarity of the contrast colours on the natural hop sack cloth will fulfil anyone’s wish for a modern and exciting feel.


The ultimate in luxury. Traditional yet Modern. This silk inspired jacquard design is an elegant timeless classic. It will give a stunning finish to any room.


A  faux silk embroidered fabric which creates an ambiance of both calm and vibrancy.  An abstact swirl design with a subtle sheen will give a stunning appearance with great value for money.


This self patterned waffle effect curtain will enhance the ambience of any room they are located. They are lined with matching tie backs and cushion covers.


A  faux silk embroidered fabric which creates an ambiance of both calm and vibrancy.  An abstact swirl design with a subtle sheen will give a stunning appearance with great value for money.


Traditional yet Modern. This design can encompass the whole spectrum of window dressing. These curtains with their metallic yarn expertly woven onto a heavy weight textured fabric would give an excellent finish to any room


An effective spray pattern compromising of the most up to date colour pallet to give this design the real WOW factor. It takes its cue from the most modern trends and yet has its own air of originality. 


Contemporary leaf print design giving a warm autumnal feel.  Luxurious woven pencil pleat curtains with a soft sheen. These sophisticated colour palletts will suit any modern interior.


A large modern floral woven design. Inspired by some of the most up to date designs and incorporating modern manufacturing techniques, to give a contrast of a silk effect flower against a more natural base cloth.


A Stunning modern hopsack design with a faux suede appliqué squares running through the curtain. The density of the hopsack cloth and the faux suede appliqué combine exquisitely to provide a curtain that has a real touch of class and is truly value for money.


A stylish and elegant modern large floral print, printed on a cotton jacquard. This flowing design will make any room feel warm and modern


Classically elegant with timeless appeal, Capesbury is a beautiful vintage floral printed on a linen look ground, which adds a real touch of luxury and completes the antique feel.


A traditionally woven heavy weight tapestry design. This design will bring an air of grandeur to any room in the house, making it feel warm and homely.


A funky modern floral print with an eyelet heading set on a contrast border to give the design a luxurious look. With its blend of vibrant colours and unique design this is to make any room feel warm and look modern.

A contemporary cross stripe chenille and taffeta woven eyelet design which is enhanced with a metallic yarn to give a defining contrast yet delicate ambiance. Suitable for any room. This design is fully lined with an eyelet heading.

Kitchen Storage Ideas 2011


Storage-Savvy Island

Make the most of your kitchen island by converting wasted space into storage space. Here, drawers, cabinets, and arched cubbies with wicker baskets -- along one side of the island -- provide plentiful storage for kitchen essentials while adding interest to the room. A low curving snack bar -- that's at a safe height for small children -- allows for casual dining at one end of the island .





Pullouts that Please

Keep the space surrounding the cooktop clear. Here pullouts on either side of the range provide convenient storage for spices and cooking oils. The pullout shelves put these essentials near eye level, making it easy for the cooks to find exactly what they need. When closed, the tiered pullouts create a hearthlike surround for the appliance .


Store Dishes Down Low

Here a drawer has been outfitted with pegboard inserts. The boards can be sized to fit existing drawers and the pegs can be adjusted to secure stacks of bowls and plates. Store dishes in low drawers -- near the sink or dishwasher -- to minimize overhead lifting and make putting away dishes a snap .




Tackle Spills in a Snap

Meal prep can get messy around the cooktop. Tucked next to the range, this slender pullout with a towel rack keeps linens and paper towels out of sight but within easy reach should spills occur .


Keep Cookbooks Contained

Your cookbooks should be conveniently located without contributing clutter to work areas. Here's a great solution: At the end of this kitchen island, a built-in bookshelf keeps cookbooks off the counter and in one spill-resistant space. Besides giving the cook quick access to recipes, the bookshelf provides warmth and a pop of color to the all-white, fairly formal kitchen .




Hang It Up

Keep pots and pans convenient with a hanging pot rack. Here a stainless-steel rack -- just above the sink -- allows the homeowner to wash pots and pans and hang them up to dry in the same spot .


Store Stuff Below

If a hanging pot rack isn't your style, place pots and pans on a shelf directly underneath the cooktop. In this kitchen, a view-blocking hanging pot rack gave way to gridded shelves below the cooktop. This keeps the look of the kitchen clean. Plus, the open shelves give visual relief to the row of base cabinets .




Show Off Your Wine Storage

Don't have the space for a separate wine bar? You can still showcase your collection by incorporating a wine bar into your kitchen island. This wine center includes a wine cooler for chilling bottles, a built-in rack, and slots for glasses. Just make sure to situate the wine center on the opposite side of the cooking area so it's easily accessible to guests .


Small-Appliance Solution

Keep counters clear and the look of your kitchen flawless by stashing small appliances away. Here a spring-loaded shelf in an island cabinet easily moves the mixer to countertop height. An outlet inside the cabinet eliminates messing with the cord. A deep pullout drawer below corrals other small appliances into one central location .




Ingenious Island

Would a smidge of extra work space and storage be helpful to you? Here two rollout carts -- tucked underneath the island to stay out-of-sight yet easily accessible -- maximize the kitchen's storage and prep space. The carts are equipped with a laminate top to provide an additional work space and extra-deep drawers to accommodate trash and recycling containers in one and dry goods in the other .


A Simple Solution

Store even more in your cabinets by outfitting with organizational inserts and accessories. Here layers of adjustable door racks, shelves, and pullout racks allow the pantry to pack in twice as much stuff and find anything easily .




Mess-Free Message Center

Having a home office or message center in the kitchen can be extremely helpful. However, without sufficient storage, the area can easily be overtaken by clutter. Here a deep upper cabinet conceals a television and keeps books, documents, and office supplies organized and off the counter. A four-cubby desk organizer mounted beneath the upper cabinet functions as a mini mailbox for each family member .


Add a Window Seat

If you have the space in your kitchen, put in a window seat for additional seating and storage. Store special-occasion linens, glassware, flatware, serving pieces, and more in the seat's drawers .




No Wasted Wall Space

Maximize your kitchen's storage potential with floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Here a wall of cabinets with frosted-glass doors creates an open, modern look while concealing any bits of clutter. Inside the cabinets, each shelf has a U-shape cutout in the middle. The design makes it easy to see and reach both deep and shallow kitchen items