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Enhancing Your Home with Outdoor Lighting

copper lanterns - timeless and beautiful outdoor lighting that only looks prettier with time

One of our priorities when we purchased our current home was to have a large, flat driveway. We succeeded! In fact, we joke that we have an airport landing strip with our double circle drive and another that leads to the garage doors. While I don’t love asphalt, it is perfect for this season of our lives. We spend countless hours on our driveway watching the girls use the runway/race track with their bicycles, tricycles and scooters. I wanted to pull into the driveway and feel a sense of peace, so we used outdoor lighting and seating to add charm and function to our driveway.

First, a before and during. I didn’t think to take a photograph of the side of the house before we painted it, but you get the idea!

before-light

After:

Beautiful outdoor lighting, perfect between garages or to frame a front door

All of the garages in our neighborhood are on either side of the home. Our garage is the first thing you see when you turn the bend on the street approaching our home. Let’s face it, garages and driveways can be boring. We opted to replace our garage doors with basic doors rather than carriage doors to save on cost and painted them the same color as our house. All I could see when we pulled into the drive was old, dated black light fixtures which only seemed to highlight the blacktop.

Beautiful outdoor lighting, perfect between garages or to frame a front door

Beautiful outdoor lighting, perfect between garages or to frame a front door

We selected custom copper lanterns to make our garages more of a feature than an eyesore, placing them between each door. Natural metals are timeless and I just love the details of these! I used candle light bulbs to mimic gas lanterns encompassed in a hurricane. The new lanterns draw your eyes up away from the asphalt. It’s almost like they’re calling me home!

outdoor decorating ideas - garage design

outdoor decorating ideas - garage design

Simple garage makeover

I also added planters between the garage doors to compliment our home and filled them with gardenia topiaries, distracting from the drive. It makes the area feel more like a relaxing patio, especially when paired with weathered wood chairs for Chris and I to enjoy a glass of wine while the girls play.

home design | outdoor decorating ideas to minimize eyesores and highlight features

outdoor decorating ideas - garage design

outdoor living - outdoor decorating ideas

Day and night, our new outdoor lighting has transformed the side of our home and adds so much ambience! It’s amazing what a little lighting can do. You may recall that we also used these fixtures on our deck and created a similar, but larger style for our front porch. It’s fun to watch them weather over time and add character to our home.

outdoor living - outdoor decorating ideas

outdoor living - outdoor decorating ideas

traditional outdoor lighting - copper lanterns

Beautiful outdoor lighting, perfect between garages or to frame a front door

Simple garage makeover

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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

20 comments on “Enhancing Your Home with Outdoor Lighting”

  1. What a difference lighting can make! Gorgeous finish on the lights, the copper adds a warmth to the glow. I love how enticing and inviting they are, and along with the paint and the planters, they truly make a beautiful first impression!

  2. So so pretty, Julie! I love it!! (Can you come decorate my house for me? Kidding…not kidding! 🙂 )

  3. What a gorgeous transformation! I love the light and airy paint color, light fixtures…..well, I love it all!

  4. I love the lights and the planters! You’re driveway is awesome!

  5. Hi Julie –

    What a nice update, the copper will only get better looking with age. Love the molding on each garage door. It is a nice touch. It all looks so welcoming.

  6. beautiful ..love the stairway.

  7. Beautiful! Love those chairs and table. Is there a link for purchasing?

    • At the bottom of the post – they fade, which is what makes me love them so much! The table was a random find at Home Goods in the bathroom section.

  8. So neat, clean and simple, yet very elegantly done. Thanks for sharing

  9. Could you let me know what paint color you used on your garage? Love your style!

  10. Do you mind sharing if you purchased raw copper or antique copper? LOVE them!! Looks absolutely adorable!

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  12. Gorgeous!!!
    Do you think the copper lights will oxidize and turn green or did they come already protected/sealed?

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