Friday, July 23, 2010

Sex and the city - Lantern style!

Doesn't this look great! The Vietnamese Silk lanterns in caramel, champagne and orange are perfect for this promotional display for Sex and the City 2!
I wish they had used my lanterns in the movie - I would have gladly delivered them in person!



I loved the series and recently saw this second movie movie - it was ok, but I think the first was better.

Thanks to Jessica from Greater Union Castle Hill (Sydney) for sending this image. You did a great job putting all these lanterns together in a beautiful display.

Happy weekend :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Paper Lanterns - Decorating on a Budget

I've had a few requests to repost this article! I hope some of you find it helpful! PAPER LANTERNS - DECORATING ON A BUDGET

Paper lanterns are the solution you have been searching for!

Wanting to change the look and feel of a room without blowing the budget? This is a challenge faced by us all at some point in our lives, but one we can now easily overcome! Here is the solution for the most simple and effective way to add some colour, texture and excitement to your living spaces – paper lanterns!

Starting at just $1.85 per lantern, this is an inexpensive, do-it-yourself solution that can completely transform the biggest or smallest of rooms in minutes. All you need is a step-ladder, some fishing line, thumbtacks or hooks, and of course, some lanterns.

As an Interior Decorator and Colour Consultant, I find the biggest obstacle most people come across is indecision and fear - not knowing where to begin or how to make the right colour choices, so I’ve put together a few helpful tips to get you started:

Are you wanting to create a particular mood or vibe in the space? Here’s a list of the most popular colours, and the ‘feelings’ they evoke. This is really helpful for choosing paint colours or general decorating too!

WHITE - hope, purity, cleanliness, peace
BLACK - sophistication, elegance, mystery, power
PINK - gentleness, friendly, kindness
RED - love, vitality, passion
ORANGE - cheerful, social, warmth, creativity
YELLOW - optimism, sunny, happiness
GREEN - refreshing, balances energy, relaxation
BLUE - serenity, peace, cool, relaxation
PURPLE - richness, royalty, elegance, spiritual
BROWN - earthy, nature

Do you already have a colour scheme in place? Or is your room a blank canvas?? – either way its all very easy! A colour wheel is a great tool to help guide you. It will give you the confidence to create colour harmony.




• Are you looking to add an accent colour to a very neutral room? Think of using a colour opposite on the colour wheel to your existing scheme. This will give you the strongest impact and a real ‘wow’ factor. For example, if you have yellow/creamy walls and flooring – choose purple lanterns, or if your scheme is currently very green, decorate with red lanterns. By selecting an ‘opposing’ colour, this will make your accent lanterns the feature of the space.

• Are you wanting a more subtle lantern decorating feature? If so, choose a colour which is already heavily featured in the room. For example, if you have a monochromatic scheme(consists of one colour in various shades and tints) choose lanterns in the same colour too. You may already have various blue shades, so adding pale blue or sapphire blue lanterns would be perfect!

• Be inspired by nature. Take a look around at all the colour and beauty of our natural surroundings. Mother nature is the greatest colour consultant of them all – she puts colours together beautifully: blues and yellows at the beach, greens and blues of the grass and sky, black and orange on a tiger, or even the 7 colours of a rainbow all together – perfect!

• Maybe you just want to add lots of colour. Then, there’s no rules – just pick all the colours you like and go for it! As you can see from the picture below, lots of different colours look great together. Especially for childrens rooms or parties, the more colour the better!




Now that you’ve chosen the colours, here’s some some hanging suggestions to create different effects.

- hang smaller lanterns in clusters (uneven numbers work best)
- use a variety of sizes at different heights
- stick to one colour but mix up the shapes/sizes/textures
- combine prints with plains in same or opposing colours
- make a string of lanterns either horizontal or vertical
- keep it simple – a single large lantern in the centre of the room





images from here

Paper lanterns can also be a fantastic temporary make-over tool, great if you are renting or just wanting a particular ‘theme’ for a short period of time. For example, Christmas, or Chinese New Year. And, they are recyclable!! They fold flat when not in use for easy storage, so you can use them over and over again (unlike balloons)!

For more ideas visit the inspiration photo gallery at www.lanternshop.com.au

HAPPY DECORATING with paper lanterns!
Karen Gaffney
www.lanternshop.com.au

I'd love to see your lantern decorating DIY pics and post them here on the blog - feel free to send to me at info@lanternshop.com.au.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lanternshop Blog

www.lanternshop.com.au

Lanternshop Blog - welcome, and thanks for visiting!

My passion is lanterns - and we source all types of lanterns and decorations to make your event spectacular and memorable!


This blog will be a frequent update of news, happenings, events, special offers, and the 'behind the scenes' of the lanternshop team. We hope to bring you inspiration and ideas to help you plan and decorate your weddings, themed parties, Chinese New Year celebrations, or any other special occasion! Silk and paper lanterns also make interesting and functional home and garden decorating features, and are very popular with interior designers!

Some of you already know us from dragonfly, but for those who haven't met us before, here is the team!



Its mainly an all-girl team!! 

 There's me - Karen (an interior decorator by trade), and my two hardworking and loyal assistants Patsy and Frankie. They are shihtzu-maltese, and the sweetest little girls in the world. They help make every work day fun and interesting, and there's never a shortage of cuddles! Mr Lantern helps with the muscle power when required, and we are very thankful for that!!

We are based in Brisbane Australia, and we send lanterns all over Australia, and sometimes internationally too!

I travel to Asia frequently, mainly Vietnam and China to find the best quality silk fabrics, paper lantern designs and LED lighting systems. The next shipment is due early August, and will have some really exciting new things I found on my trip in May ..... silk and paper fans, parasols in great new colours, nylon solar lanterns, and some really nice wedding centrepiece lanterns - Can't wait. Of course, details and pictures will be on this blog the minute I've unpacked the container!! So stay tuned!

Not only do I find great things for my customers, I also got this beautiful fan for my warehouse/shop. It was hand painted (in about 5 minutes) by a very talented young man in Shanghai. It has the chinese characters for lanternshop, decorated with goldfish, lanterns and panda bears. So clever!! At the moment, my Chinese is very limited, but I can say the word for 'lantern', so I was able to convey my message of what I was wanting, what a miracle!! I'm so impressed!



If you'd like to see other pictures of my travels, there's plenty on my original blog. Click here
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon! To visit our lanternshop website click here

Cheers, the Lanternshop Blog team