Design Toscano Garden Statues have a Rich History

Since ancient times plaster had been used to replicate art and sculptures to honor gods, study human and animal anatomy, and to produce masks, taken from the living and dead to capture the image of kings and famous people. Making plaster cast figurines had become the foremost way to preserve a visual history for future […]

Fountain How-To Series: Part 5 – Rewards of Adding a Design Toscano Pond Spitter

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”–Leonardo de Vinci Want to create a peaceful spot for meditation, add the lyrical sound of water music, and freshen up a pond, pool or water feature? Here are a few ideas that I hope will inspire you… Pond Spitters will fill the demand as they are available […]

When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? From a very young age, children seem to be fascinated by everything to do with these prehistoric beasts. During this time that children spend playing, they gain a better understanding of the natural world. This sense of wonder continues long after childhood, in fact some of these amateur paleontologists even grow up to become the experts who study them today!

The History of Uncle Sam: Patriotic Home and Garden Décor

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”–John Adams (In a letter to his wife regarding the 4th of July.) Hurray for the Red, White and Blue! While busy planning BBQ menus and parade float decorations to celebrate the Fourth of July, I wondered where […]

Fountain How-To Series: Part 4 – Fountain Installation

Welcome back to our Design Toscano fountain series; here is some practical information along with an introduction to Design Toscano’s Small Wonder fountain collection. To see the wide selection of other styles and sizes of garden décor try the Design Toscano website. So let’s splash right in! Quick Fact: Flowing water symbolizes cleansing, life and […]

Wild About Black Bears

“In every walk with nature, one receives more than he sees.” – John Muir I’m Sue Mell and I’ve been crazy about bears ever since childhood. As child I saw black bears up close and (almost) personal. My family took annual summer car trips and one year we were camping in the woods of Yellowstone […]

Fountain How-To Series: Part 3 – Choosing a Fountain Style That Suits You

“There is no life without water.” –anonymous Style is both one of the easiest and one of the hardest concepts to realize. Easy if you or your gift recipient already know what your style is and what you want it to convey about you. Hard if you’re not sure where to begin (hello, new home […]

Winged Messengers: Angels Spiritual History in Art

In many world religions and cultures, angels exist as attendants, guardians, warriors, and messengers of a supreme being. Artists took these interpretations and created paintings, sculptures, and other priceless masterpieces for churches, cathedrals, and cemeteries. The English word “cherub” is derived from the word “angel,” hence cherubs appearing as young, childlike angels. Most often, angels […]

Calm Zen Décor for Your Home and Garden

In the modern digital age, we are bombarded with a dizzying array of text and email messages, social media, 24-hour news, reality TV and politics, coupled with daily work and life stressors. This can make it challenging to find needed moments of stillness. Everyone needs time to unwind and disconnect from smartphones, computers and the […]