Walking through hundreds of exhibits at the international builder show (IBS) can be overwhelming, so it's relaxing to stop and explore products you recognize but don't know much about. Thus my visit at the Lantern & Scroll exhibit where I learned about decorating with lanterns.
To be honest, my expertise in home products is more functional than decorative. That's because I started blogging for my handyman business where I learned how to replace doors, windows, siding and more wood rot repair jobs than I can remember … and that's just outside.
So I was intrigued by two articles I found on the Lantern & Scroll website.
The History Behind Copper & Street Lighting
- The Brilliant History of Copper Lighting in the US – was fascinating as copper has been popular since I began attending the International Builder Show, so I wanted to learn more about this beautiful metal.
- Copper is beautiful, strong and durable. Where cheaper metals like tin deteriorate in extreme weather, copper holds up well with minimal maintenance.
- Copper is a great choice for marine applications and lighting along the seacoast because it's anti-corrosive properties allows it to withstand the salty air.
- Many coastal cities like Philadelphia, Charleston and New Orleans have continued using lanterns.
- Learn more about evolution of street lights from candles to electric lights, reading this fun article about the history of copper and street lighting in the US.
Wherever I travel, I try to take photos of houses to learn how they're similar and/or different across the US. After reading this article I wondered how many photos in my New Orleans collection included lanterns. The answer is lots of my New Orleans photos have lanterns decorating homes, buildings in downtown New Orleans and street lights too. Hope you enjoy the photos I picked to share below …
Decorating with Lanterns
- 12 Reasons Lanterns are Better than Lamps – made me laugh, as they're equally functional. I'll admit that lanterns are more artistic than many basic light fixtures and the industrial look is definitely popular today. Here are a few other points made in the article which I enjoyed reading:
- Lanterns offer nostalgia with memories of US history dating back to colonial times.
- Lanterns have lots of details that are easy to see, from the geometric shapes of the side panels to more intricate cutouts in the metal. These shapes also create light patterns on walls and the ceiling.
- Lanterns can be built using a variety of metals to match your home's decor.
- Lanterns from Lantern & Scroll can be created in many different styles and sizes to match your room's size and lighting needs.
Houses & Decorating with Lanterns
Do you take lots of photos when you go on vacation? And then forget about the photos once you dive back into your day-to-day life? This happens a lot for all of us, so it was fun to go back and look at all my New Orleans photos to see how much decorating with lanterns they do and …
You'll laugh when I tell you what I focused on when taking these photos.
- Most homes had elaborate iron fencing and gates in front of the house.
- Almost all the houses had front porches which are no longer common in many parts of the US.
- New Orleans homes have lots of decorative trim and I especially love how they've decorated the porch ceilings which is rather unusual but obviously a local custom.
- … and now I know that many of the houses have one or more lanterns!
New Orleans Still Using Lanterns to Light Their Streets
It's a lot of fun to walk the street of New Orleans, and at night you'll find lots of musicians out playing, people on tours and the shops stay open late. Of course I also like to walk the streets during the day … to take photos.
Know other cities with lots of lanterns I could photograph?
Love if you'd share your ideas below & thanks.
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