Are you ready for hurricane season?

Let me begin by saying that it is not my intention with this post to make light of or lessen the seriousness of hurricane season, especially for those who have dealt with these weather monsters in the past.  That being said, my real intention is to talk about the decorative version of a hurricane:

Glass hurricane sleeves from Pottery Barn

Glass hurricane sleeves from Pottery Barn

A decorative hurricane is defined as a glass sleeve designed to hold a candle and prevent the wind from blowing out the flame.  I cannot find any reference as to why it is called a hurricane but it is certainly a handy decorative item to have in your home.

There are as many styles of hurricanes as there are females names for them.  You can choose a classic sleeve style like those shown in the photo above or you can find pierced metal styles for an ethnic look or a fun shape wrapped in rope, banded in metal or etched with a design.  Truly something for everyone.

This wooden base hurricane from Crate and Barrel will be right at home in a rustic setting

This wooden base hurricane from Crate and Barrel will be right at home in a rustic setting

A pierced sleeve, woven pattern or wavy glass as shown below will cast pretty shadows onto the wall or table surface.

 

Wavy glass and a pretty fluted design on this hurricane from Target

Wavy glass and a pretty fluted design on this hurricane from Target

And, while you can spend hundreds of dollars on beautiful and artistic hurricanes like this one from Neiman Marcus

A hurricane becomes a beautiful piece of art from Neiman Marcus

A hurricane becomes a beautiful piece of art from Neiman Marcus

there are many affordable options at large stores like Target, Walmart, Ikea and even the drugstore.  And don’t overlook the treasures to be had at your local thrift store.

Not only for candles, you can fill them with fruit, potpourri, a collection of wine corks or seasonal and/or holiday items.  A very subtle distinction can be made between a hurricane and a lantern….handles; but that may just be a matter of semantics.  So what is your favorite way to use hurricanes in your decor?

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About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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4 Responses to Are you ready for hurricane season?

  1. That Crate & Barrel one is just beautiful :).

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  2. Love “hurricanes” too…the “glass ones” that is!…There is a hurricane about 150 east of us now!…Love the Pottery Barn Hurricanes!

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  3. Eddie Ross says:

    Looks like we share a love for a great Hurricane! I love using them inside and out, for candles or even for displaying birds nests. So many uses just as you mentioned!
    E+J

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