My friend Katie has a tiny patio, which she’s transformed into a sweet little garden hideaway. She hung her sparkleball under the umbrella, and there’s no more perfect place for a summer glass of wine.
The “Hangover Lamp” by designer Luis Luna is one of the most popular photographs on sparkleball.com. It’s just got this incredible wow factor. For one thing, it’s red. Two, it’s made of cups everybody recognizes, but they’re arranged in a surprising way. And when you look at the photo and try to figure out how to copy it, it’s harder than it looks. (One of these days, I mean to try.) In an interview, Mr Luna says he woke up one morning with a hangover and saw all these red cups left from the party. So he gets up and makes a cool light fixture. Now that’s an artist:)
Read more about the “Hangover Lamp” and see other designs by Luis Luna here, here, and here.
I first saw sparkleballs used as backyard lighting on Apartment Therapy, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it. Inexpensive, easy to make, weather-proof — and with their own sparkly festive cheer. A few around the patio. A few in the trees. Sumetha uses sparkleballs on timers in her backyard landscaping. Even just one can spice up an outdoor event. On Memorial Day, when my friend Tate plugged in the dancing sparkleball out on his deck, it was like a celebrity had arrived. Guests were dazzled, and a few had sparkleball stories to tell, like Jeff whose dad had made them in Michigan. Sparkleballs do love a party, but they’re just as happy to spend a quiet evening under the stars.