Whether it's a Survivor-inspired tiki torch or a hard-wired low-wattage lantern, what the design trade calls landscape lighting (outdoor lighting hangs over your door) has the power to transform just about any outdoor domestic space into a fantasy realm. Perfect for summer parties.
The latest trend is solar-powered fixtures. A sculptural dragonfly (1) makes a practical -- if pricey -- conversation piece ($266.17, Union Lighting, 1491 Castlefield, 416-652-2200).
The selection of low-wattage landscape lights that run off your home's electrical supply is huge. We like Easy Lite's too-tasteful-to-be-novelty Rocklights (2, $129 for a kit of three, Union Lighting).
Nothing beats the romance of an open flame. Pier 1's Dragonfly Lantern (3, $22, 221 Yonge, 416-363-2131, and others) burns tea and votive candles, while Red Pegasus's galvanized steel hanging candle holder rings in as a real star (4, $50, 628 College, 416-536-3872).
At just 90 cents a stem, you can afford to plant a whole bouquet of Pier 1's floral citronella stalks (5). A classic beeswax candle stake packs a lot of class (6, $10, Red Pegasus), and a giant tiki torch wins with kitsch appeal (7, $8, Pier 1).
A bit of glass goes a long way to help keep your light burning on windy days. This blue hanging holder sports an industrial feel (8, $22, Urban Outfitters, 235 Yonge, 416-214-1466), while the Pagoda Torch feels very Japanese (9, $30, Pier 1). Both burn tea lights, or citronella to keep the bugs at bay.