hanging lanterns
Lee Ann Thornton

Lanterns have played an important part in our nation’s history ever since the whole “one if by land, two if by sea,” Paul Revere thing. (Which would be super easy to reenact on this front porch!) But, if you ask us, these lighting staples are far from out of date! 

hanging lanterns in the living-room
Lee Ann Thornton

Statement lighting is a trend that, to us, is always in style. For a traditional feel whose style keeps hanging around (pun intended), look no further than lanterns. 

hanging lanternskitchen
Anne Decker Architect

In an open floor plan, a large lantern like this one becomes a major focal point.

hanging lanterns kitchen
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

If the typical lantern seems too staid for your home, we love a good play on the staple. Fun takes on shape make the look fresh and fun.

hanging lanterns gold
Alyssa Rosenheck

And adding a hint of gold ups the glamour quotient on any piece.

Elizabeth Schmidt DesignJ Werner Straube Photography

You know we love a little whimsical flair, and these lanterns really deliver that. They remind us of something out of a Dr. Seuss book–a really chic Dr. Seuss book, that is.

S.B Long Interiors

But, sometimes, you need your lighting to hang quietly, to make a softer, subtler statement.

hanging lanterns bedroom
Lee Ann Thornton

For those times, a wood lantern delivers an organic feel that complements the room perfectly.

hanging lanterns wood
Wm. B. Litchfield Design

An older home generally calls for a certain look. And these lanterns add a particular antique feel.

hanging lanterns porch
Lisa Sherry Design

There’s nothing like dining by the glow of candlelight. If you’re dining by the glow of candlelight outside, all the better! 

Today is the first day of summer so dining like this for months on end is all we can think about!

Thank you for stopping by today.  We always love it when you do!



The Secret to Southern Charm


If you are in the Raleigh area, I will be at Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, June 21 at 11am for a TALK and SIGNING with the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe. We would LOVE to see you there!


More The Secret to Southern Charm Events


June 21: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 11 am, Talk and Signing with Mary Alice Monroe

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event

July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event

July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner

July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public

August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public

September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA

September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA

October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event