Lanterns…Two If By Sea

Yesterday I mentioned that I would show you the great mirror I snagged at Restore…Change of plans…I’ll show you that one tomorrow. Let’s talk lanterns…

Lanterns in home decor can add interest and variety to your home. They are available in all shapes and sizes and can serve a variety of functions. They can be old or new. They can be used indoors or out. They can be functional or used solely for decorative purposes.

I have lanterns in several places in my own home. Here I have two hanging candleholders that are not the traditional lantern, but incorporate the style of a hanging lantern. They are from Pottery Barn and I have used them to flank a large piece of artwork.


Another example of a lantern in my home, that is used solely for decorative purposes, is placed on one of my favorite console tables. Here I have simply placed a candle in the lantern. I wanted a very simple, clean, traditional look.

I found this lantern at Homegoods, which is the perfect place to look for lanterns because they almost always have a variety of styles and the prices are great! This one was $29.99 but I have seen many there for as little as $14.99.

Here is an old lantern that I found at a flea market years ago. It’s rough, but it’s red…how could I resist. I have placed it on top of my kitchen cabinets, where it resides with some of my old crocks and baskets.

The red gives a pop of color and the lantern mixed with the different heights of the crocks and baskets, add dimension and interest to the space.

Take a look at how Miss Mustard Seed used a pair of lanterns on her vignette, with lamps and a beautiful decorative plate. She has created a gorgeous symmetrical tablescape that is very striking.

Don’t forget to use your lanterns outside. They are perfect on the patio. You can use them to add ambience or add extra light to your outdoor entertaining space. The Bristol lanterns from Pottery Barn, act as the table’s centerpiece during the day and can then add some extra lighting when the sun goes down.


I love these hanging lanterns from BHG. What a great idea to use them in your outdoor kitchen space. I think they look great hanging from the pergola!

We can use lanterns in so many ways, that it’s impossible to not be able to incorporate them in your decor. Use them with candles or add some unique items to them. At Christmas, I place red berries around the candles in the hanging candleholders above. The lantern that I found at Homegoods could be filled with seashells and starfish. Just be sure that if the lantern can be seen from all sides, that all the sides look good. Don’t place something in the front of the lantern and nothing in the back, if the back can be seen.

Think outside the box. Lanterns can be so flexible. You can do so many things with them.

Go get a lantern! You could even get two!
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  1. says

    I guess this is my first to visit your blog. You are really a great blogger. I can see that in your previous posts.

    Lanterns is also my favorite blings. I even adorned my plum and apple tree with lanters. They are absolute cozy specially in Autumn.

    Happy TTT,
    /CC from rainy Stockholm

  2. says

    YESSSSSSSSS…LANTERNS ~~~that is on my “can always use” list right many places to use them; can’t wait for a fall gathring and tables to decorate…have them lining my front door steps…sooooooooooo good have fun~~~~~~~

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