Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Italian String Lights

When we were in Italy a few years ago, I noticed that many of the trattoria's had lights strung around the outdoor dining areas.


Not the little twinkle Christmas style lights you usually see here, but strings of lights with clear glass round bulbs.  I knew that is exactly what I wanted for my pergola.

Mr. Comforts of Home even installed a dimmer switch on the lights so they could be bright enough for eating dinner, then dimmed for a romantic feel.  You can see the dimmer box in the picture above.  It is located on the outside of a back beam and can not be seen while in the pergola.

I love how the lights look.  It brings back wonderful memories of Italy.
edited to add....the lights came from K-Mart, I have also seen them at Target.
Welcome Home,
Penny

37 comments:

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I like that look too Penny~where did you get your lights?

Pat said...

These are wonderful Penny. We had these type lights on the deck, at the lake for awhile.

They really set the mood for your pergola. Beautiful!

Shelia said...

I love this look!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks really neat, Penny. I'd love to have something like this around our patio...so pretty! I am really loving your fountain, too!

XO,
Jane

camp and cottage living said...

It really adds "atmosphere" to your pergola.
You could even dine at midnight, if you choose!

W. Latane Barton said...

I absolutely love the pergola. And, the lights are the crowning touch. You will enjoy that space for years to come, I'm sure.

Donnie said...

You have really made your yard a lovely living space. Love the idea of the lights.

Kim said...

Omigosh Penny! When I saw the first picture I thought it was one you had found from Better Homes & Gardens website or something. I can't believe that is your backyard!!! It's totally gorgeous. I would live outside for sure.
xoxo,
Kim

Connie said...

O they are wonderful! I adore lighting such as this and twinkle lights as well, the coziness they add is perfection. I think you did good!

Adrienne said...

Fantastic! Love your lights. Now I wish I had a pergola with lights! (sigh) Someday.
~Adrienne~

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a beautiful way to enjoy the evening...sigh.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

debi said...

Just keeps getting better....lighting can make such an impact and determine a mood...


Hugs!

Snappy Di said...

Okay... now I am in full lust mode over your space. The lights just sold me. :-)

Darla said...

Love the romantic glow....:)

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
Beautifully done! Mr Comforts of Home is so sweet I think he loves Mrs Comforts of Home very much!!
Next summer Gary and I are going to be re-doing our patio off the living room. It already has a roof, I want to paint and re-do the lattice also the cement. I think the lights strung along the patio would be the finishing touch..Gary has a lot to do LOL
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful place. Your pergola does have the air of southern Europe. Sigh.

Becca said...

Your garden is so beautiful! I love the lights, and have some that are similar. The glow is so lovely and I bet you enjoy many peaceful evenings out there.

Stacey said...

I love em! Each year we talk about putting up lights on our pergola and we never have. Honestly, it's so hot here that there's not a lot of sitting out there...unfortunately.

Sarah said...

Penny, I like the addition of the lights. Great idea!

Cozy Little House said...

That man is truly a keeper!
Brenda

Every Day Blessings said...

That is darling and all I have to say is that I want to marry your husband! You have a gem!

Sherri said...

Penny, I love those lights!! They are awesome!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, Penny, this does look like the lights in Italy. Your backyard is looking amazing. Mine is dead and boring.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hello Penny,

I haven't visited in awhile . . Wow your backyard looks fabulous . . what a beautiful job you have done. Loving the lights and what a sweet husband. Blessings, Sandy:O)

Pondside said...

That's a great idea. There will be lots of imitation going on after this post!

see you there! said...

Your pergola just gets better and better.

Darla

Kathleen Grace said...

If there is one thing I love it is small lights hung outside on a soft summer night. Soooo romantic and beautiful. I love these Penny, where did you fond them?

Beverly said...

Penny, the two of you have created a magical place, and I love it all.

I'm sorry I haven't visited this past week. I've been so busy with the Miracle Makeover, but it has been a joy. Today is the last day.

Vee said...

That is a beautiful look. Everything looks great in your backyard. Are you telling where you found the lights?

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

How cozy....that would be so inviting to sit in on a summery evening!

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, I love your outdoor entertaining area. It's something hubby and I need to concentrate on this year! I love the idea of the lights.. yes, so very italian and I think I may have to pinch that idea from you.. lol!! take care, Maryann

Rhondi said...

I LOVE the way it looks!

All That Glitters said...

I just adore your lights Penny!!! I sure hope you invite us over again this year! So far the only ting I have planned is my HS Reunion. I think it's Oct. 5th I think.

Catherine Holman said...

I have these lights hanging on my gazebo. We bought extra and hung them between some trees out by our sitting area. A couple weeks ago high winds blew down the lights in the trees and several bulbs broke, leaving a mess to clean up. I still love them though and will definitely replace them.
Hugs,
Cathie

Eileen said...

The lights are wonderful. I really like the feel they give off ~ it's so welcoming.

Pamela said...

Oh Penny I just love how the space turned out!! It will be such a dreamy spot once the weather cools down! I could spend all fall out there.

karamichelle84 said...

What are the Dimensions of your pergola? Did you build it or have it built?