If you or a loved one lives in a hurricane-prone part of the country, download the hurricane app from the American Red Cross. It tracks hurricane watches and warnings, lists Red Cross shelters and lets you create an “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
To add textural appeal and color to clear glass hurricanes, update them with tree cuttings, ribbon and spray adhesive. To do this, gather several branches together, thinning them out until nearly flat. Next, cut the ends of the branches to size so they’re all relatively even in height and width. Add spray adhesive to the exterior of the glass hurricane, then position each branch in place. Once the adhesive takes hold, add an extra layer of visual interest on top of the tree cuttings with ribbon.
This white concrete “table” is a large pillar hurricane from Serena & Lily, with the glass portion removed, placed next to an African daybed. This space is a part of the covered porch designed by Yvonne McFadden in the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace.
Two white pillar candles in matching hurricane glasses and other well-chosen accessories help dress up the mantel in this transitional living room from designer Elizabeth P. Clarke. Tips from the designer: The fireplace is one of the most striking features in a room and should be a focal point. The mantel is a great place to accessorize. Small groupings of artwork can be added above the mantel for some punch, and smaller accessories on the mantel help tie in the fireplace with the art. Lighting and candles are another fabulous way to create visual focal points.
Dress up hurricanes or pillar candles with miniature wreaths used as chargers. The key to achieving the proper look is a snug fit. First, pick up pillar candles or hurricanes, then based on the diameter, choose a wreath with an inside opening no more than 1/4-inch larger than the diameter of the hurricane or pillar candle.
Screened porches serve as another living room, and these mantels can be stunning as well. Simply paint your mantle a color that complements the rest of the fireplace. Then separate a pair of hurricane candleholders to help fill the space. You can find hurricane candleholders for less than $25, and stores such as World Market sell them for less than $10 each.