Guest Picks: Portable Lanterns
The intricate filigree pattern on these orb lanterns creates a cool effect with the glowing light. They can work indoors or out, but my pick would be on a covered porch.
I'm always sad to say goodbye to my mercury glass ornaments after the holidays, so I'd love to have a mercury glass lantern for display year-round. These bottle lanterns are made of hand-blown glass with an antiqued mercury finish.
These lanterns are on my decorating wish list. I love the cool twine stripes that make them feel one of a kind.
Picture a string of these star-punched lanterns over a deck. I'm planning a rainbow-themed party for my daughter and would love a set hung over the food table.
This glass and wire lantern has a delicate style that's also modern. It's the perfect patio light for dining alfresco.
Many candle lanterns tend to be slightly girly, but these pierced ceramic ones have a rustic look that's more masculine.
One of my favorite sources for lanterns, Jamali Garden, has these antique gold ones. What a romantic look for a table.
This simple ceramic lantern is also affordable. I could see a row of them running down an outdoor table to create a Hawaiian-chic style.
These tall and skinny metal lanterns have an old-world style that spells drama.
Martha Stewart's paper lanterns can float over any celebration. Plus, they're easy to assemble — I know, I've tried.
This lemon yellow lantern has a cutout butterfly design that will look cute in a tween girl's room.
Perhaps not a design statement, this classic Coleman lantern spells functionality. I could see having one of these for during a blackout.
These classic Kerr canning jars have been stained shades of blue and green and turned into lanterns. I could see them hanging over a patio with flickering tea lights.
The matte black finish on this classic lantern adds a modern edge. I could see it working with many styles: modern, nautical, vintage and more.
This vintage red lantern would be perfect on an entryway table. Or display it on a bookshelf to do double-duty as a bookend.
I love the colors of this accordion Japanese lantern. It makes me want to get my girlfriends together for an outdoor party with a pitcher of sangria.
I'm a sucker for milk glass, and this vintage milk glass lantern is no exception. It reminds me of a kerosene light that my great-grandmother used to have.
Stripes seem to be everywhere these days, so it's not surprising that you can decorate a party space with striped paper lanterns.
These charming glass lanterns hold tea lights and would look so sweet at a wedding. I'd like a couple jelly jar lanterns in my bathroom, since they're just the perfect size.Next: Hanging Lanterns Cast Porches in the Right Light
These lanterns are made of aluminum and feature a pretty hand-cut geometric pattern. They have a Moroccan style. I'd want to cluster a few together in the living room.