Weekly love list – Mood lighting

lanterns Weekly love list   Mood lightingI’m getting all sexy on you this week! I’m big on setting the mood for events, whether it’s a party or just a dinner for two. And nothing does that quicker than the right lighting. Here’s some of my favorite resources for all things light and bright.

I just placed an order at Party Lights for globe lights and paper lanterns. As the heat rises, we spend more and more time outside (that is, until it rises so much that we have to go back inside.) Whether you’re sitting under them or looking at them through a window in an air conditioned room, these are beautiful and about as festive as you can get. I’m going the outdoor route, but you can also hang them inside. How gorgeous is the paper lantern grouping shown here? Arranged by Rebecca Thuss, a stylist for 10 years at Martha Stewart Living. And a big thumbs up for Party Lights. My email with a question was answered in under an hour and my order was shipped same day. How’s that for customer service?

I’m all for scented candles. But for a get together, I think groupings of unscented white votives are best. They let whatever you’re serving to eat take scent center stage and you don’t have to worry about burning the house down, both very good reasons! Low candles are good for dinner tables as well, allowing you an unobstructed view of your guests. I love this one from CB2 which holds 9 votives in white porcelain cups attached to a wood base.

I think a lot of people overlook this one, but I’m a big fan of a beautiful night light. It will lead your guests into a dark room (like the bathroom) with it’s lovely little glow. Added bonus, after the party is over it will eliminate toe stubbing in the middle of the night for you! And with one as gorgeous as this one from Amy Burhoe Designs it’s like a piece of electric art.

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  1. Profile photo of joan

    I love night lights. I have them all over the house. I love the one from Amy Burhoe, it would look wonderful in my new kitchen.
    I’m afraid of candles, I always think at a party someone will set themselves on fire. I think it’s a phobia from my hippie days when my long flowing sleeve was set ablaze getting to close to a incense burner.

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    Tyna Werner

    Hee – oh Joan, love the image of your hippie self catching your hippie sleeve on fire on your hippie incense! Glad you came out intact! My kitty might be a reincarnated hippie – he loves getting too close to candles, so I’ve had to limit my use of them lately. (When I first adopted him, he came with little stubbie whiskers – as a result of getting too close to a candle flame. Sadly, he learned nothing and puts his little head right up to candles when I turn my back – what can I say? He has the brain the size of a pea!) Anyway, I love these ideas for mood lighting from Miss Stef that do not involve flame! And how gorgeous is that red, Japanese lantern “chandelier” above the table? So simple and elegant!

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    Me too! I love that red lantern chandelier! we’re doing an outdoor party in june and i just forwarded her the link to show her. I love any kind of paper lanterns. and you can never have too many candles!

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