Here’s a fun project for kids and grownups alike: Upcycle empty bottles to create solar garden lighting. The Solar Bottle Lantern Kit, $12.95 from Gardener’s Supply, consists of a rubber stopper with three short LED light strings attached. Just insert the light strings into a bottle of your choice and place the stopper in the top of the bottle. A small solar panel on the top charges the battery so that when dusk falls the twinkling LED lights begin to glow. Display the weatherproof project anywhere you like, year round.
This sprawling backyard features two, modern seating areas with spare furniture that is signature of modern design. A string of outdoor lights hangs between two large trees that offer shade in the open space.
For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
Interesting shapes and textures can be a great way to liven up a neutral room. Here, strings of tulip-shaped lights make up the white chandelier above the dining table. Along the back wall sits a Moroccan-style metal buffet table.
The simple foundation of this conference room becomes an ideal backdrop for an infusion of color and whimsy. A bold black and white striped rug pairs harmoniously with pale blue chairs. The metallic pendant lights recall Christmas ornaments set off by brilliant purple string.
This boy's red and white bedroom was designed to match his love of LEGO bricks. It includes a red and white striped area rug with matching cornice, a white window seat with cabinet storage, a clear acrylic play table, a blue and white striped bed with custom pillows, and a creative bundle hanglamp pendant light that looks a group of light bulbs suspended from red strings.
An arched, frosted glass window with ornate detail not only is a beautiful addition to the master bath, but allows light to filter through the space without hindering privacy. Thick, floating glass shelves display gorgeous pieces of glass art, and a colorful string chandelier with strands of glass dangles from above.
Outdoor dining is easy and breezy in this outdoor dining area of the backyard. A string of bistro lights above the table lets the party go on after dark while red and white blankets add a touch of softness and warmth after the sun sets.
This garden shed has a sloping roof on one side, and, on the other, a partially-covered porch. Stone steps lead from the ground to the porch, which has railing on two sides. Strings of exposed bulb lighting stretch from the house to trees.
Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. You'll need: 4x8-foot sheet of luan; latex paint or water-based stain; staining pad (if using stain); drill; 1/2-inch paddle bit; colored craft string; upholstery tacks or push pins; 6-foot strand of 12-gauge wire; tennis ball; picture nail; hammer; battery-operated LED twinkle lights; duct tape in metallic finish; scissors; chalk.