Lamps Plus Announces “Outdoor Living” CEU Course for Design Professionals

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Single evening course examines essentials of decorating outdoors with emerging energy efficient lighting designs and furniture.

Outdoor Living Spaces Use Lighting and Furniture

Outdoor Living

This course gives design professionals all the essentials for designing an outdoor space.

Lamps Plus announces “Outdoor Living”, an exciting CEU course (Continuing Education Unit) opportunity for Southern California residential interior designers and other professionals in the residential interior design industry. The course will take place June 5, 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Lamps Plus corporate offices in Chatsworth, California. “Outdoor Living” will update practicing professionals on all the essentials for designing an outdoor space, including: the latest design trends, colors and patterns; outdoor lighting tips and best practices; space planning solutions; and an overview of current and forthcoming outdoor technologies, including solar and energy efficient LED outdoor lighting fixtures and more.

Manja Swanson, Chief Creative Officer for Lamps Plus, summarizes the impetus for the course: “The sophistication of today’s outdoor designs blurs the line between the indoors and outdoors, and as such, the outdoor space has become a vital extension of the home. This course utilizes the lighting and decor experts we already have on staff, to help professionals keep abreast of the trends in decorating outdoors with everything from energy efficient landscape lighting and fixtures to the latest furniture and accessories for the garden and patio.”

“Outdoor Living” will be presented by decorated design industry veterans Lynda Gould, Lamps Plus Certified Interior Designer, and Michael Murphy, Lamps Plus Design Content Producer. The evening class will last approximately ninety minutes. Light refreshments will be served prior to the start, and the presenters will be on hand after to answer individual questions.

“Outdoor Living” is designed to offer valuable insight to both practicing and aspiring interior designers and other industry professionals, and it is provided courtesy of Lamps Plus Professionals, a trade program offered by specialty lighting retailer Lamps Plus. The company plans to expand its CEU course program in the future. Noted Swanson, “we are planning new course offerings, plus we plan to hold the courses in other regions around the country where we have our retail lighting stores, including Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Northern California.”

Individuals wishing to attend the complimentary “Outdoor Living” CEU course can RSVP by emailing Pros(at)LampsPlus(dot)com with “CEU Class” in the subject line, or by phoning 1-800-304-8120.

About the Instructors
Lynda Gould CID, ALA is an award-winning designer: her design expertise and knowledge on many topics has made her a noted educator and industry spokesperson. Actively involved in the design community Lynda was chairperson of the Wellness Community Design House in Lake Sherwood. Her client list includes projects from businesses to private homes for top executives of Fortune 500 companies. She has served as president of the CCIDC certification board for Interior designers in the State Of California and is the past President of CQRID and Founding Member of the IDS Tri-Valley Chapter. She is certified by the American Lighting Association and the Corporate Design Manager for Lamps Plus.

Design Expert Michael Murphy is an interior designer, television producer and overall home design specialist. Michael’s education is vast, having attended the University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati’s prestigious Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAPP) college, and University of California, Los Angeles. As a core member of lifestyle guru Christopher Lowell’s corporate team, Michael was actively involved in every aspect of the CLE business, which included television and print production, branding, design and publishing. Murphy has served as Art Director for Heidi Klum’s AOL web series, Design and Business Consultant for HGTV’s Kenneth Brown and has appeared on Discovery Channel, Style network and Fine Living Network.

About Lamps Plus Professionals
Lamps Plus Professionals is the leading trade program for residential home furnishing and lighting professionals. Backed by more than 30 years of lighting expertise, the Lamps Plus Professionals team provides lighting, home decor and furniture styles to thousands of residential interior designers, decorators, builders and remodelers on their client projects. Members of the program are eligible to receive trade and volume discounts, one-to-one customer service, access to top designer brands, free shipping on over 35,000 designs, a 120% low price guarantee, and expedited in-store pick-up. More details can be found at Lamps

About Lamps Plus
For more than 30 years, Lamps Plus has been synonymous with excellence in the retail lighting industry. Established in 1976, Lamps Plus is the nation's largest specialty lighting store, with more than 40 superstores throughout the western United States. In 2013, was named a Top 10 Housewares/Home Furnishings e-tailer and a “Hot 100" world's best retail website by Internet Retailer Magazine. Together with its retail locations, the company serves customers nationwide with the largest selection of functional and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. This selection includes hundreds of products, ranging from traditional chandeliers to the latest in home decor, available exclusively from Lamps Plus. The company also holds several patents for innovative lighting. Services offered include in-home lighting consultations, in-store workshops and installation from expert, licensed electricians. American Lighting Association certified designers are available to offer product recommendations and advice in all our stores, by phone or online at The Lamps Plus family of websites also includes 55 Downing Street, Lighting Luxury Style, Builders Discount Lighting, and Lamps Plus Open Box. Visit the official Lamps Plus website:

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