This is the time of year when shadows begin to lengthen and painted sunsets become an event. Glorious evenings beckon, and we want to savor every second.
Nothing extends our time out of doors more beautifully than the companionable flicker of firelight. We love dotting patios and porches, steps and sweeps of lawn with lanterns and torches. In the evenings, these ambient lights seem as magical as fireflies.
Used for millennia as signals and sources of light, lanterns have evolved from purely utilitarian to must-have mood-setting accessories.
Tabletop torches like the Pineapple Hurricane Lantern shimmer on a dining or side table. Larger versions like the towering Galveston Lantern make a statement along steps or on the ground near your seating area. Most lanterns work with either real wax candles or effortless outdoor flameless candles.
Aglow in the cool night air, garden torches are exuberant and exotic. Their dancing flames create an instant air of celebration and can feel as tropical as tradewinds. Taller than lanterns and fueled by paraffin oil,they shed a brighter light that’s ideal lining a walkway or edging a pool or garden.
In this shoulder season and throughout the year, let lanterns and torches extend your evenings outdoors. Go ahead … linger a little longer.