Archive for April, 2010

Lancaster Lantern matches roof

EX-5908-A23, Lancaster Lantern Post Mount, with 8" Wide Roof

Think about style, scale, metal finish and decorative details, in that order, when choosing a post light to achieve tasteful curb appeal.

Consider the architecture of your home, whether it is a distinct period style or a blend of styles. I often recommend choosing a lantern that echos the roof pitch, general shape, or massing of the home. Note how our hand crafted Lancaster (shown right) compliments the roof line as well as gable of this French Tudor Home, circa 1920s.

Scale is equally important.  Determining the best size for your post will depend upon your preference, the lantern style and the surrounding architectural scale the lantern is meant to compliment. Avoid the “lollipop look,” when an over-sized lantern is placed too close to the ground.  Equally important, avoid the “pinhead look,” when too small of a lantern is placed too far off grade. Mocking up a cardboard outline of the lantern size you are considering and asking  someone to hold it up at the site for your contemplation, can also prove helpful in determining scale.

Consider metal finishes that either relate to exterior hardware, paint colors or brick & stone hues. Consider verdigris patina if you’d like the fixture to blend with the landscape.

Give yourself, your home and your neighborhood’s environment a lift by investing in the right choice for your welcoming post light on a walkway or curbside.

Uncertain of style and scale?  Email your pictures and dimensions — our professional design team can guide you in the right direction.  For more information on post lighting with illustrations visit our knowledge base article.

–Steve Kaniewski, President & Founder

Old lantern on left, is too small and doesn't relate to the architecture. Replacement Lancaster Lantern (right) adds scale and echos the home's roof line.

The old lantern (left) is ubiquitous and style-less. In comparison, the 10" wide London Lantern's classic design (shown right) adds richness and brings harmony to the homes mix of historic New Orleans and Eastern Seaboard Colonial styles.

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Featured Project: Enchanted Garden House

Outdoor Garden House

Entry to Garden House

Years of attention along with the assistance of a top-notch landscape architect produced a seamlessly integrated landscape for this traditional Georgian home.  Formal gardens encircle the main house, while less formal meandering paths lead you over rustic bridges to a wading pond and past beds of perennials. The latest addition to this fairytale landscape is a picturesque garden house (shown left).

Hydrangea vines on this three season space present a feeling of overgrowth, intentionally creating the look of a recently discovered archaic chapel. The structure was designed for entertaining family and friends, and served as a magical site for a wedding last fall.

Although less formal, this outdoor structure reflects the character of the 1920’s main house.  The walls, made of full granite boulders joined with mortar and in-filled with brick and small stones, echo the masonry fireplace of the nearby main house. The roof of the garden house is slate mirroring the original residence. Our London Lanterns were made with custom curved arms to project beyond the thick vines to light the exterior.

The casual yet elegant interior is one large airy room with furniture arrangements denoting entertaining and dining spaces.  In summer, warm breezes and garden fragrance waft through 8 foot tall arches.  The bluestone floor and interior masonry walls provide cooling relief from the hot summer sun.  For colder days, in early spring and late fall, a grand central fire-place provides heat.  A vintage antler chandelier is suspended from a wood-beamed ceiling, while Brass Light Gallery’s Canterbury Sconces in Verdigris finish with Sheepskin shades provide light for the  periphery.

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