Take advantage of that Pacific Ocean breeze by entertaining outdoors of your Santa Monica beach house. Whether you're planning a casual get–together with friends, a romantic dinner for two or a dinner party for twenty, even the simplest of votives or a beautiful lantern can take on spectacular drama outdoors.
Begin with lighting that sets a mood and a theme for the event: paper lanterns have a playful look; pierced votive holders are another festive option. Fairy lights laced throughout a row of hedges or a patio pergola lend a soft, starry luminescence. When placed in hurricanes or luminaries, twinkling candles add instant drama to an alfresco dinner party under the stars.
Among our favorite outdoor lighting options are lanterns. Their soft, flickering light and eclectic character bring pure drama to the outdoors. Use them in multiples for dramatic effect to line a walkway or cast a glow on a summer table. Hang lanterns on stakes to light seating areas, or nestle them in the sand.
A location close to the house, like a porch, courtyard or other covered area, affords the luxury of standard sconces and lamps in addition to outdoor lighting fixtures. Tiki lamps dramatically light any outdoor location, from the tiniest backyard to the most expansive of landscapes.