Do you ever wonder how a company like Lamps Plus becomes a huge household name? Recently, I was given a peek behind the curtain at Lamps Plus ‘ corporate headquarters in Los Angeles along with my fellow design mavens: Courtney Allison, Roxy Sowlaty, Kristy Wicks, and Orlando Soria. Each of us has been chosen to join forces with the nations #1 lighting manufacturer and retailer, Lamps Plus, as one of their five brand ambassadors! 

The five of us share a love of the brand and have utilized their products in our projects for decades, but we had no idea a visit to their headquarters would result in so much more than simply seeing how pretty lamps get made.  Keep reading, I’m sharing major takeaways from my visit which I’m applying to my business, my designs, and my life overall:


Pretty & Practical

But Lamps Plus manages to please both designers with their incredible trade program and retail customers alike. Most companies choose to focus on one of the other. Lamps Plus brings a designer’s eye and a consumer’s practicality to their home furnishing and curated collections, always keeping the end user in mind. Lamps Plus challenges the notion that ‘you can’t please everyone’ because, well… they can!

Lori Dennis for Lamps Plus

Possini Euro Marya Chandelier from Lamps Plus

Can you say glamorous? The Possini Euro Marya Chandelier from Lamps Plus is perfect for adding a touch of glamour to any home. We just installed one of the lights from this collection in a Bel Air home’s master bathroom. Click to Shop.

All In The Family

Lamps Plus has been family-owned since 1976 which means two things for customers and trade professionals like me: They’ve had a lot of practice at offering world-class customer service and decades of design expertise to curate their exquisite collections.

Outdoor Sconces 98999

You know how much I love designing outdoors! A great lighting scheme is half the job. I recently installed these John Timberland Bronze outdoor sconces from Lamps Plus in a Hollywood Hills home. Click to Shop.

Company president Dennis Swanson led a private tour for us through their warehouse and we got to see how it’s all done. It was fascinating, personal, and cultivated a level of accessibility, often impossible to achieve in a company this big. (That kind of warmth wasn’t just emanating from the bulbs on the gorgeous chandeliers!) And who doesn’t love a peek behind the scenes?

Possini Euro Xane Bronze Dark Sky

Another outdoor lighting favorite from Lamps Plus: The Possini Euro Xane sconces are perfect for lighting a walkway from above. Click to Shop.

Varied and Diverse

I have used Lamps Plus lighting or furnishings in nearly every single one of my projects. Whether for a modern farmhouse with an industrial flair or a Bel Air mansion with traditional glamour, anytime I get stuck thinking about the best place to source a piece for a project, I know Lamps Plus has what I’m looking for.

Hawking Pendant from Lamps Plus

This industrial chic Hawking Pendant light from Lamps Plus is perfectly on-trend for a modern farmhouse! Click to shop.

Contemporary Crystal Chandelier Lamps Plus

Looking for the perfect crystal chandelier to give an entry way that “WOW!” factor? Lamps Plus has so many incredible options but I think this Contemporary 21″ Wide Silver Entry Pendant is my favorite! Click to Shop.

The variety of their lighting, furnishing, styles and custom options originates with the points of view represented within the company: If you take a look at who’s been selected to be their brand ambassadors you’ll see diversity of design styles and perspectives represented.

Each of us has been chosen to join forces with the nations #1 lighting manufacturer and retailer, Lamps Plus, as one of their five brand ambassadors!

Lamps Plus Brand Ambassadors Pictured left to right: Courtney Allison, Roxy Sowlaty, Lori Dennis, Kristy Wicks, Orlando Soria

The same applies at the corporate level, which creates an incredibly rich texture within the company’s internal structure and that is reflected in the designs of their lighting and home furnishings. Thank you Lamps Plus for welcoming us into the Lamps Plus family! 

Meet the Lamps Plus Brand Ambassadors

Yes, the Lamps Plus Brand Ambassadors had time for selfies ;)

Yes, the Lamps Plus Brand Ambassadors had time for selfies 😉

This is Courtney Allison. A photographer with a keen eye for Country-chic. You can keep up with her on her blog, French Country Cottage

This is Courtney Allison. A photographer with a keen eye for Country-chic. You can keep up with her on her blog, French Country Cottage

Orlando Soria

Designer and Blogger Orlando Soria just published a fabulous new book I spent all last weekend reading, “Get It Together” you must check it out!

Kristy Wicks Design Blogger

Whenever I need a dose of a bright white room and some fresh pink tulips, I turn to my girl Kristy Wicks. Follow Kristy and the adventures of her cavalier spaniel @KristyWicks

Roxy Sowlaty

You might remember Roxy Sowlaty from her stint on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills on E!, but did you know she’s an awesome interior designer too? Love her edgy glam aesthetic.