Sunday, 24 April 2011

For the love of lanterns...

Long before electricity came about, ancient civilizations relied on lanterns as means of lighting.  Although they were purely utilitarian at the time, these glowing beacons have now become decorative staples in our homes. They are traditionally elegant, provide soft indirect lighting and make for interesting focal points. 

On a budget? Go to the lighting section at Home Depot - they have tons of choice. Want to splurge? Try Pottery Barn's Spencer lantern. For something more unique, go to an antique shop or flea market and have an old lantern rewired. From kitchens to entryways to patios to bathrooms, lanterns are a great addition to absolutely any space! 

Tommy Smythe 

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