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:
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.
A pierced sleeve, woven pattern or wavy glass as shown below will cast pretty shadows onto the wall or table surface.
And, while you can spend hundreds of dollars on beautiful and artistic hurricanes like this one 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?