Hosting a holiday party this year? Line your walkway with these simple DIY luminaries. Fill clear glass or plastic vases with stones or sand and add tea lights or votive candles (we prefer the battery-operated kind). Finish each luminary with a cute yarn bow.
Paper luminaries can serve as beautiful, simple decor for various holidays and events, and icicle lights can be used to illuminate a long running strand. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag and insert an “icicle” into the bottom of each bag. You may not need or want to cut a design into the front of the bag, but we do like these Halloween-themed luminaries, which light a sidewalk nicely for trick-or-treaters.
Repeating colors give your room a designer look. Add napkins and a few choice decor pieces, like a bowl, that match your dining area chairs. An aqua candle in the table luminary ties in with the decor in this new construction kitchen, and the contrasting yellow along the counter in the lemons and pasta creates balance.
Instead of the time-consuming chore of stringing endless Christmas lights, save yourself some time and just line your porch stairs (or the porch itself) with luminaries (battery-powered candles are safest) and pretty glass or plexi vessels filled with ornaments. When Christmas is over, remove the ornaments but keep the winter-themed deer luminaries.
Eighteenth-century stone pedestals hold luminaries strung with bamboo and seedpods rather than crystals, while an antique Murano glass chandelier hangs overhead in the entrance to this eclectic living room. The blue-green Fortuny draperies, overpainted with gold, add metallic gleam to the space.
Keeping personal connection in the design, the homeowner wanted to incorporate the dining table and chairs she had inherited from her grandmother. The chairs were recovered in a warm, visually-textured fabric selected to harmonize with the open-plan living-dining area. The set is supported with a custom-sized wool rug below and a “sculptural luminary” above.
Put a whimsical spin on everyday lanterns with colored lights in place of candles. Used singularly, the lanterns can work as centerpieces by filling them with battery-operated string lights. Outdoor luminaries for steps or walkways can be made with groupings of lanterns placed along the perimeter of an area, with strands of lights running from one lantern to another.