The Moving History of Antique Secretary Desks

“Still, something about writing made me spend large hours of my free time at my desk.” –John Grisham The history of the “secretary desk” is a long and very interesting one. Originally taking its name from the French word for writing desk, secretaire, it is a term for a rectangular desk, usually taller than it […]

New Autumn Décor from Basil Street Gallery

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn is a mosaic of the all.” – Stanley Horowitz Basil Street Gallery, a diverse and comprehensive catalog of fine interior décor, extraordinary objets d’art and replica antiques, has recently been expanded and now this extensive collection is featured on Design Toscano’s website. Presented […]

New Autumn Décor from Design Toscano

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” –Anonymous As summer slowly slides into fall — my favorite time of the year — we have a lot to look forward to. And now it has gotten even more exciting as I just recently attended the Design Toscano Autumn New Product Launch. The […]

The Crystal Palace

The desire to embellish our homes with art was born in an ornate palace of crystal… Design Toscano is proud to offer many of the objects that first captured the imagination of the world in the lovely Crystal Palace in the park. Deemed the eighth wonder of the world by some, to the Victorians of […]

Fountain How-To Series: Part 7 – Maintaining & CLEANING Your Fountain

Fast fact: Water in dreams symbolizes emotions. Regular cleaning is necessary for extending the life of your fountain. The first important thing to remember is to keep your fountain clear; scoop out debris like leaves and seeds to keep the pump from clogging and running too hard. Always use a material appropriate cleaner: metal cleaner […]

A Fig Leaf For A Queen

“Man is the measure of all things.” –Protagoras A little noticed case on the back of the plinth of a replica of Michelangelo’s “David” in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London caused the art world to be turned on its ear. Here is the incredible “cover-up” story behind that Victorian inspired case. The National Gallery, […]

Hypnotized by Feathers: Our love for the peacock as home and garden décor

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” –John Ruskin We’ve all heard the phrase “proud as a peacock” but these colorful birds are only displaying what nature has granted them. The males’ stunning jewel-toned feathers have long been admired in legend, myth and lore. The peacock is the oldest ornamental […]

Interview Series: Gothic Artist Gary Chang

People are always asking, “Where do we get our ideas?” Our Design Toscano buyers search all around the world discovering unique antiques and incredible artists with distinctive ideas and innovative sculptures. We at Design Toscano took some time to sit down with acclaimed dragon and gargoyle artist Gary Chang to find out more about the […]

Design Toscano Garden Statues have a Rich History

Have you ever wondered how and why artists began to produce copies of figurines, wall sculptures and statues in three dimensions? 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 […]

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!