dramatic outdoor lighting

I’m on the hunt for some dramatically oversize lantern lights for my front porch-my current ones are beautiful, but they just aren’t cutting it for me, size-wise, and when it comes to making a fabulous first impression, bigger is almost always better!  While I go back and forth over front door colors (still don’t know if I can commit to light blue, but it’s definitely in my top three!), at least I’ll have some dramatic lighting until I can make up my mind!  Charleston has been a huge source of inspiration for me – so many of the homes in the downtown Historic District sport the most amazing gas lanterns that are lit 24/7.  Looking back on some of our trip photos has me even more motivated to get a move on and make a decision:

Here are a few other examples of how oversize lantern lighting can really make an entry so much more warm and inviting:




It’s been tough finding generously-sized lights that won’t break the bank, but here are a few that I’m loving lately:

I’m loving this copper beauty that I saw in Lowe’s of all places!  It’s size (24 inches!) and patina are so incredibly striking, the online image doesn’t do it justice: 

The Bishop collection from Quorum offers a 28 inch wall mount light and I’m loving its lines and color, as well:

This picture is crap, but this one is actually a beautiful matte black and the glass is a lot prettier in person, again from Lowes! 

Decisions, decisions!  Which one is your favorite?


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  1. Kate on March 12, 2013 at 2:33 am

    These are lovely! Makes me want to take another trip to Charleston!

  2. Kate on March 12, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Also! I vote for number 1 🙂

  3. Kelly Stivers on March 12, 2013 at 3:02 am

    That's my vote, too, Kate!

  4. Lizziefitz on March 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    We live in Charleston & love are gas lanterns 24/7!

  5. Joan Neal on March 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Beautiful collection. These are wonderful designs for outdoors. DiscountLightingSale.com

  6. Rosetta Garcillano on May 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

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