Friday, January 28, 2011

Lantern Love...

What is the appeal of lanterns? Do they remind us of a bygone era, a simpler world of our great grandparents where guests sat on the front porch sharing stories? Or do they evoke memories of a sensuous and mystical place like Morocco or Istanbul and instantly whisk you away to some far away land? Whatever the reason, lanterns still hold a magical place in the world of lighting and design, and these glowing beacons still evoke the same warm, welcoming feeling. A pretty simple backyard becomes mysterious and enchanting with a few hanging lanterns, a bedroom takes on a romantic avatar with a lantern on a table, its lights casting flickering shadows on the walls, a dining table lined with a row of lanterns will make you believe you are eating couscous, eggplant and olives......

While the lantern's original design was purely utilitarian (the glass sides shield the candle's burning flame from wind and weather), today's lantern is not only functional, its beautiful as well. Here is some lantern lurvv for you.....



Exteriorscapes contemporary patio
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anne rue mediterranean family room
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Living Room Becomes A Work Space  living room
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A Beach Cottage traditional porch

Moroccan Candle Lanterns in bathroom mediterranean bathroom




Ahhhh, makes me want to close my eyes and dream I am on vacation in Casablanca!
Pics via.

10 comments:

PreeOccupied said...

Love all of them, K. Lanterns were such a functional, utilitarian thing in my Grandparents' home. I wish I had kept some from my Dida's.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I love lanterns!!! Lovely post.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

Superlike! Especially the photo of the bathroom setting!

Sound Horn Please said...

I can see you exercising self-restraint here K- I only spotted 1 image of Moroccan lanterns :)

GB said...

Sheer eye candy. Loved each and every one of those pictures!

Deepa Raman said...

nothing like the pieces hanging in your entranceway..

Iniyaal said...

Beautiful... Love the wild garden table with metal lantern centerpieces. It is amazing the way lanterns match every type of indoor and outdoor settings.

Emreen said...

Loved all the pics.. esp the 7th one... The lanterns in that pic are gorgeous... !!

Shalini said...

I love lanterns too, especially for relaxing evenings! I must use mine indoors too...must plan a nice lantern night one of these days.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I just got a lantern in picture 7. But I am hardly the kind that will soak in the bathtub with candles all around me :). So I have kept it under my jasmine plant and keep a candle inside it. I have quite a few lanterns but have no clue what to do with them :). I am terrified of having real candles when kids visit. So I am now putting those tiny little LED flickering candles. Only problem, I forget to switch them off!

My3