I know others have blogged about the virtues of antique outdoor lanterns before, but I just have to weigh in. I first fell in love with them in this kitchen when it was featured in a magazine a few years back. I didn’t even realize that they were originally French outdoor lanterns, I just knew that I loved them.
I absolutely adore the kitchen, and the lanterns just take it over the top. Here is a close-up of the lantern.
|Does it get any more gorgeous than this?!|
They are so beautiful, and they add such depth to a room. They can literally change a room from ho-hum to truly gorgeous. They are especially great in pairs in a kitchen, usually over an island. But they work in a dining room, family room, entry way…. really anywhere you want to add some character.
|Beautiful here used in pairs in the kitchen|
|Here Joni Webb used one in her family room|
|Again, the charming pair over a kitchen island|
|Used here in an entry way, it is truly the focal point of the room|
|I love the black lantern against the brick walls|
|This breakfast room is an old favorite! Love the greens of the antique lantern which tie in with the room|
|And here Donna Temple Brown uses one in her non-traditional kitchen|
|Another great lantern used in a non-traditional kitchen!|
Of course, the antique ones are quite pricey, but since they are so trendy now, you can find reproduction oversized lanterns that do the job for a pretty decent price. Here are a few I found online:
The Pottery Barn lantern is a great buy as it is huge, but it was actually too big for my space. Shades of Light is actually a great source, and I loved the galvanized one above but the size wasn’t quite right for my room. I ended up going with the Ballard Design’s one. It gives a great look, and for the size, you really can’t beat the price.