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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]