I love how fire gives a warmth, coziness and intimacy to everything whether it's in a fireplace, a lantern, or just a burning candle. I wanted to bring this feeling to our back porch and actually got the inspiration from the previous owners of our house.
This is a picture that was used on the MLS when the house was on the market. I'm not sure who took it, I will assume it was their realty team. If you look above the table you can see little lanterns hanging from the beams.
I loved this idea and after we moved in I wanted to hang lanterns as well. I went to World Market and found the perfect lanterns. I love the Moroccan/Bohemian look but it doesn't go too well with the rest of our transitional home décor style...plus Mr. H finds large doses of it to be a bit too girly for his taste. It is perfect for the back porch, though! Stayed tuned to see if I can sneak this look in anywhere else ;)