metal candle lanterns
Photo: Wendell T. Webber

Illuminate Your Home

Here at This Old House, we love accents with purpose. These decorative metal lanterns with faceted glass panels look charming but also supply subtle illumination. Precursors to electric and gas lights, lanterns guided the way along dim paths and from carriage to front door. Modern versions still have handles for carrying or rings for hanging, as well as designs that echo centuries of use around the world, from Morocco to the English countryside. Some lanterns are meant for indoors or to be taken outside just for the duration of dinner alfresco, but others are built of weather-resistant materials to be left in the elements long-term. Here are 13 glowing options.

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