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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Outdoor Lighting Takes Your Party From Drab to Fab

Outdoor Lanterns from Pottery Barn

The night can be dark and dull unless, of course, you have some great lights to string about.

Over the past few years, indoor decor has made its way outdoors with more people designing and furnishing their yards as they would a living room or bedroom. Because of this, lighting is becoming a key component in defining outdoor living spaces, says Pottery Barn spokeswoman Kendra Stewart.
“I think people are using outdoor lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere beyond just wanting to illuminate a space so you can see at night,” she says.

Lori McLean, store manager for an Edmonton Canadian Tire, says many different lighting products are flying off the shelves this season.“(Customers) want their outdoors to look better than their inside,” McLean says. “People are really looking for things that nobody else has.”

McLean says customers are looking for lighting that does double duty as a decorative piece and a functional source of light. String and rope lights, for example, can be strung along fences, decks, chairs or even garages. Stewart says she’s even seen them hung across gazebos to create overhead lighting.
Solar lamps are another option. They come in many styles and colors and can be used along walkways or in gardens.McLean says one of the more popular solar lights in her store is the Moonlight Bug Killer & Solar Lamp, which lights your way while zapping pesky mosquitoes.

Stewart says lanterns are a great lighting and decor item, too. Pottery Barn carries the Malta Lantern, a chic streamlined design for a modern space, as well as the Park Hill Lantern that echoes the worn look of European street lamps. “I like using lanterns to create a much more intimate environment,” Stewart says. “I really like them grouped together, choosing lanterns at varying heights. You can arrange them on a deck, as a (table) centre piece, or maybe to illuminate a really nice flower bed. Lanterns are also a great way to illuminate a path and steer people in the direction you want them to go.”

And if you’re worried about breaking the bank but you still want to add a bit of glimmer to your yard, you can always dig out your winter lights.Think outside the Christmas box and hang them around your yard as you see fit.“People are so creative and it’s so subjective,” McLean says.“Outdoor gardens are almost like interior design.”

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