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12 July, 2012

Summery Seaside Lanterns

If you follow my blog, you know I love lanterns…but mine are all black and not very summery. Sooo…when I spied these wooden lanterns for a song, I snatched them up! Much lighter and more summery, huh? You will notice that each of them has a different colored chippy finish for a mismatched vintage look…love them! I decided to give them a seaside look with some beachy touches.

Lantern 1 I added a rope..always a nautical look… and a starfish to this one. I think it’s my favorite.

Lantern 2 Another starfish tops off this lantern. That sun and sea bleached conch shell was found by my dad during a trip to the Florida Keys many years ago…a real treasure!

Lantern 3aLike the others, this lantern is pretty simple…filled with a candle wrapped in rope…more nautical touches.

Lantern 4 And the last one is filled with sea shells that just say summer! Wish I could say that they bring back wonderful memories of trips to the beach and collecting them along the sandy shore…but I got them at Goodwill for next to nothing! lol

Summer Lanterns Here’s a last look at my summery lanterns. I am thinking I will enjoy them…perhaps on the porch or scattered around the house for some beachy accents.

beach bk Baby Kitty says all this talk about the beach is getting him fired up to pack up and head out! Me, too! How about you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my summery lanterns! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Amanda at Serenity Now for the Weekend Bloggy Reading party 
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Very Cute Debbie! I love the one with all the GW shells inside, that one is my favorite! Happy Summer!

  2. Debbie, this lanterns all dolled up for summer make my heart skip a beat. LOVE THEM! So cute grouped together with shells, rope, etc. Wherever did you find them? Do tell! :)
    xxoo Donna

  3. Those are great and I can't believe someone donated all those. Lucky you. That last photo is a hoot!

  4. Oh yes, I amready for a beach trip. I don't have one planned but you never know. :)

    If you click through to my blog you can see the beachy thing I made last week. I'm pretty proud of it. It's simple but it makes me happy.

  5. So darn cute. You know how to find the "bestest' stuff.
    The added shells are perfect. Baby Kitty is a hoot.
    Sorry to hear his adopted sister had to go. Your CEO is such a boss. :)

  6. Lanterns and shells...two of my favorite things. Love your beachy vibe. I just bought new flip flops..I'm ready to go to the beach. I can tell Baby Kitty is too..he's so cool in his boating hat.:)Do you think he'll give us a ride on his cat-a-maran? LOL Sorry, I'm getting silly.

  7. Pretty lanterns! That last pic cracked me up, too cute!!

  8. Love, love the lanterns... and the fact that they are wood!

  9. I love it all, just beautiful! ~Liz

  10. Debbie,
    WoW!!! You hit the Mother Load of lanterns, dear friend!!! Love them all! I can see in the very near future some very interesting vignettes!!! That Baby Kitty is too darn cute!!!
    P.S. I loved your wooden chippy box so much...that "Mr. Ed" made me NOT one, but TWO this past week!!! Drop by to see the newest one on the dining room table!!!

  11. Your lanterns are lovely. I really like that weathered look. If you are tired of your black lanterns . . . how about spray painting them some bright and cheery colors. I'm always surprised at what a can of spray paint can do to give a little new life to an old item. Sometimes you have something that you love, but are just wanting a change. Have a great week. Connie :)
    P.S. I have this delightful birdcage that I purchased a few years ago . . . I'm thinking about painting it white and going shabby chic with it.

  12. Baby Kitty looks beach bound. Love the cap and sun shades. ;-)
    Your group of lanterns was a real find. I love to use a few seashells for the summer look on our sun porch. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.
    Happy Summer to you and the staff.

  13. Definitely says summer to me! Love the lanterns and the dapper Baby Kitty sporting his shades!

  14. The shells and the lanterns make a great vignette!

  15. Love the colors and worn finishes and your special touches. Wonderful!

  16. Those are really cute and of course, so is that kitty. Hugs

  17. What great lanterns. I love them all. You did a nice job of beachifying them. Where in the heck did you find wooden lanterns though? I don't know as I have seen any that are not metal. Very sweet!

    When we re-built this house (on the bay) we were looking all over for a big nautical fixture for the "look out tower" (an oversized cupola with glass on top of our main roof). Anyway, I found a huge old lantern about 30" tall and wired it to hold a light. It comes on at night as kind a beacon to find our house. Hope you are having a great night- xo Diana

  18. Love the lanterns, they look wonderful. Love the rope and the starfish. Hugs, Marty

  19. Love you vignette of lanterns...I just love how you can dress them up for the seasons....they are all so pretty with all your wonderful creative touches....
    Love Kitty!!..."cool cat" !!

  20. Love your new lanterns! Mine are black, and it was so hot the candles I put in them melted out on the porch!
    I live at the beach, so I never leave. Sounds good, but it means we never go anywhere else, not good!
    Have a great weekend. Stop by my Seaside Bed and Breakfast if you in a beachy mood. The house boy is worth the trip!

  21. I love the lanterns! So summery. What a great job. Kitty looks all ready for the beach :) Enjoy the weekend!

  22. I love these! I want some lanterns for our porch but all the box stores are selling them for $50+ and I cannot do that - I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for some others. Jennifer

  23. I never find stuff like that at Goodwill. What a score. Love what you did with them too. Your cohost is sure getting in on the beach theme as well.

  24. The lanterns and shell combination looks great! Happy Summer!


  25. Wow, what a find! Love the lanterns, and the way you summered them up. Baby Kitty steals the show, though, I'm afraid- too cute! :)

  26. Hello Debbie: What a beautiful collection of lanterns, and I love that you got them for s song--well done. Baby Kitty is a total scene stealer. Have a great weekend!

  27. Hi Debbie,

    I didn't know where to post this, so I'm posting here. I've been visiting your blog for over a year now. The name of your blog attracted me to visit as I too am
    a plate addict! I want to say I throughly enjoy visiting your blog. Your posts are very interesting and creative. You have inspired me and given be
    courage to experiement with different ideas to decorate my home in a personal way. (I just purchased my own a few years ago).

    I also love visiting the other bloggers that link to your blog too! Now I would like to start my own blog too! So if you have any tips, I would greatly
    appreciate it!

    Thanks again!

  28. Thank you so much, Jeanne! You made my day! If you will email me at we can chat! Looking forward to it!...hugs...Debbie

  29. Love the lanterns, the rope, the shells, all so cute and perfectly done.

  30. Love the lanterns and the beachy accents!

  31. I love all things beachy!! The lanterns look perfectly weathered, and I love the rope around the candle. May have to steal that idea for my bathroom I'm re-doing right now in a beachy theme!

  32. In my can never have too many lanterns!!! Love the look! Blessings ~ Judy

  33. These are beautiful Debbie! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  34. Those are some great lanterns you found! Love the sea-side touches you did to them ~ lovely!!

  35. I love lanterns too, and all yours are very pretty and like the way you added things on to them. Looks great.
    Love that pic of your kitty, too cute!
    Blessings, Nellie

  36. Love them in a grouping, especially the one filled with gorgeous shells. thanks so much Debbie, for always coming to link up at Vintage Inspiration!!


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