are putting out an array of chic lanterns that can
dress up a home or garden.
soft glow of candle-light twinkling through a glass
lantern is quaint and romantic. It harks back to an
earlier time, before electricity.
are about as ubiquitous today as they were back then,
especially where home retailers are concerned. Pottery
Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus — they
all carry variations of them. So do discount retailers
and hardware stores like Target, Walmart, Ace Hardware,
Lowe’s and Home Depot.
yesteryear’s lanterns, which often burned oil and came
in a handful of styles (most notably those round,
enamel-coated ones), today’s come in all shapes and
sizes, are made of wood, metal and glass, and range in
price from a few dollars (Ikea’s Rotera is $3.99) to a
few hundred dollars ($345, Restoration Hardware’s
Duomo). They’re coated in colorful enamels (Ikea’s
Gottgora is a lacy pink concoction), polished shiny as a
mirror (Pottery Barn’s Malta Lanterns) and created
with rustic materials (West Elm’s Wood + Rope
Lanterns). Some are frilly and Victorian in style,
others clean-lined and modern.
can be displayed inside and out and can be used to light
up a path, stairway, porch, backyard deck, dining table,
coffee table or mantel. You can hang them from trees
branches, pergolas and ceilings in your home.
lanterns can do a lot more than serve as candle vessels.
Louise Meyers, owner of Pryde’s of Westport, lent us a
trunk-load of beautiful lanterns — and one lantern-esque
bird cage — to play around with.
great for building vignettes around, particularly with
items displayed inside. It’s an easy way to add
interest, year-round, to dining room and coffee tables,
fireplace hearths and mantels, porches and decks. When
the season changes, just change the fillers.