This weekend, millions across the globe turned their eyes to the sky for this year’s Lantern Festival. The Chinese holiday marks the Lunar New Year with three days of parades, food, fireworks and, of course, hundreds of beautiful lights and lanterns.
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Okay, we all know what happened at the Super Bowl last night. And we also know that you can dunk Oreos in the dark. But, over here at HGTV, we aren’t fans of blackouts. In fact, we’re all about lighting.
Here are a few of my favorite lighting concepts from HGTV.com designers:
Soft lighting is very comforting and elegant in any room setting. Designer Troy Beasley created a warm glow in this dining room with wall sconces and light dimmers.
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With fall just a few short months away, I’ll be spending even more time on my patio and I’m sure you will, too. There’s nothing quite like entertaining outdoors when the weather turns crisp and the leaves are falling. This week, we have the perfect DIY project to give your outdoor space ambiance and seasonal appeal.
How to Build an Outdoor Chandelier
Use a wood board, Mason jars and votive candles to create a rustic outdoor chandelier.
To create this chandelier, you’ll need these materials: wood board (any size), spray paint (any color), screw eye hooks, manila rope, Mason jars, seeds/beans and votive candles in glass holders.
First, paint the top, bottom and sides of the wood board and let dry completely. Then, screw eye hooks into each corner on the top of the board. Attach each Mason jar to the board with a hot glue gun, making sure they are equal distance apart. Begin filling each jar one-third full with seeds or beans, and then place the glass votive candles in the jars low enough to keep them in place.
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Once the jars are full, add your manila rope by threading it through the screw hooks and hanging it from your desired location on the porch. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>
Give this outdoor lighting project a try, and then tell us how it transforms your outdoor space!
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Creating the perfect outdoor ambiance can be a bit of a challenge — especially when it comes to lighting. String lights usually do the trick, but they can be a little ‘blah’ or too Christmas-y for this time of year.
How about just cover them up with colorful, recycled bottles? I personally use a lot of bottles — from dish soap to cleaning solution — but this idea would put them to good use. And if you happen to have bottles left over (and are feeling crafty), try one of Briana’s easy-to-do soda bottle crafts.
A few days ago, while rafting down the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, I thought to myself, “Wow, pool and beach stuff is damn ugly.” I guess I’d never really thought about it before, since I’m usually focused on having something called fun while enjoying the summer sun. Plus, there’s really no space plan for me to critique or fine tune when the space I’m staring at is a large blue body of water and infinite sky. “Shooting the Hooch” isn’t as fast paced and rowdy a journey as the Alan Jackson song makes it out to be, so after roughly three hours staring at ugly blue rubber tubes, towels sporting slogans like “Life’s A Beach” and primary colored beach balls, I figured I’d search for fun poolside stuff that’s as pleasant to look at as it is to use.
As it turns out, there are some purdy upgrades out there to give your pool (or lakeside) sun soaking that designer touch without breaking the bank. From towels to tables, beach balls to beach blankets, here’s an assortment of good lookin’ summer fun accessories available online. So the next time you are floating in the pool on a styrofoam lounge blazoned with a beer logo or eating summery snacks on a jagged rock, just remember that I tried to help, and you didn’t listen. Speaking of not listening, you know what I wish I would have listened to? The weather report before deciding to go rafting. Two words: Afternoon thunderstorms.
Lacoste‘s cotton “Court” towels from Macy’s sport the graphic lines of a tennis court and come in bold colors such as kelly green, red and orange. Once folded up, they look just as good with that timeless alligator emblem. Or is it a crocodile? Dammit, I always mix those up.
Ditch the juvenile red, blue or yellow beach ball for this doozie, the Bud Beach Ball Nautical Stripe Inflatable
from CSN Stores. It’s got a sophisticated navy/white color scheme with a bold graphic anchor front and center. The swim ring is sweet, too.
All month long we’re celebrating outdoor entertaining and living with four giveaways from Frontgate. Last week, we looked to help you to heat up the night with a copper fire pit. Now we’re lighting up the night with this week’s giveaway — the Lucina Lantern — a sophisticated take on outdoor lighting. One large pillar candle will fit into this solid bronze lantern, but I think a bunch of mismatched candles would lend a stunning bohemian vibe to your next outdoor party.
You’ve got until 12/11c Monday, May 16th to leave us a comment. That’s all you have to do for a chance to win one of these gorgeous outdoor lanterns.
This week’s question: What’s special about the place you spend most of your time outdoors at your home? Is it your favorite fragrant potted plants that surround you on a sunny patio? The vintage glider you refinished that’s perfect for cool evenings spent chatting with neighbors on your front porch? Or the perfect napping hammock you and a loved one strategically placed between two shady trees?
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Perfect your outdoor room with HGTV.com’s outdoor entertaining guide — filled with inspiration for preparing your patio, deck and porch for fun times spent with family and friends.