Jun 4, 2010

Outdoor Rooms

A current trend in decorating is to create outdoor rooms.  Not just pulling the garden chairs and tables out of the garage and setting them up in the backyard but actually decorating with outdoor fabrics, area rugs, fireplaces, colorful cushions, candles, fountains, wall art and just about any type of decorative accent you would use indoors.

Of course you want to make sure these accessory pieces work outdoors, which is why when it come to candles I like to put them in lanterns.  Not only do lanterns make it safer to light candles out doors (they are sturdy and not likely to get knocked over) they also prevent the wind from blowing the flame out.  Here are some of my favorites. The pretty etched glass lantern to the right is small enough (4"
x 4" x 5" tall) to place several around a dinning table

Statue Lantern ....Let the Wizard Shed Light in Your Garden 27" tall

Floor Lantern with a black metal stand

                                                                                                                     Chandelier Lantern

As  far as I'm concerned you can never have too many candles, especially when sitting out on your porch, patio or terrace enjoying a summer evening.  The gentle flickering of candle light creates such a relaxing atmosphere.  As you can see there are many different style candle lanterns to select from.  Place them on table tops or hang them from garden stakes or you can even hang them from a wall or ceiling on a porch.  Remember decorating an outdoor room is the same as decorating an indoor room.  Begin by deciding on how you want the space to feel...soft and pretty, casual, elegant etc. and then select furnishing to create the feeling you want.  When it comes to lighting make sure you have enough to illuminate the entire area.

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