Decorating & Design - Outdoor Living

Entertain guests under the stars by getting inspired with these six ways to light up your backyard.

Capture the magic of faraway constellations by creating a starry wonderland in your own backyard. Armed with candles, string lights and lanterns, we fashion six simple ways to cast an evening spell and make your summer party glow.


1 String lights make a radiant focal point when massed around a wire obelisk and placed into a garden bed. Create even more impact by lining a garden pathway with a series of them.

2 Wind string lights up and over an archway for a warm and welcoming entryway to a space set aside for lounging. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough foliage to conceal them. As darkness falls their subtle glimmer will take centre stage and everything else will simply fade away.

Drop two or three star-shaped outdoor lanterns from overhanging branches to add some drama and to delineate the space. Make sure you choose large, sturdy branches for weighty lights like these.

Pierced ceramic hurricane lanterns give off pinpricks of light, lending a soft glow to the tablescape. Keep opaque lanterns low enough so that easy conversation can still take place over them.
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