Tips to Creating Asian Inspired Décor

With all the hustle and bustle of living a fast paced, busy lifestyle sometimes you just need to retreat to a quiet place: a private refuge, a single room or a whole Feng Shui home that evokes an impression of serenity and tranquil calm. If you’re not sure how to start, here are a few […]

Halloween: From Superstition to Celebration

Have you ever wondered where Halloween and its traditions came from? Or what jack-o-lanterns are for? Or how trick-or-treating got started? Let us tell you a tale… CELTIC BEGINNINGS The beginnings of Halloween are found in an over 2000 year old Celtic celebration known as Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”) meaning summers end. This Celtic festival marked […]

The Mystery of Glass: Appreciating the history and preserving the beauty of stained glass

“For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world.” – Marc Chagall Glass is a sparkling, jewel-like substance made from ordinary materials: sand transformed by fire. It captures the light, glows from within and is colored by adding metallic salts and oxides. Minerals within the […]

The Ongoing Mysteries of Venus De Milo

“The Venus de Milo is an accidental masterpiece. Her lack of arms makes her strange and dreamlike.”– Johnathan Jones, The Guardian, 2015 How did one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture come to be known as the “Venus de Milo?” The story goes like this: in 1820 a local farmer on the […]

Haunting Halloween Gallery from Design Toscano

“Double double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth The witching hour approaches and now is the time to set the stage for the eeriest Halloween ever! To throw a spirited celebration, crate a bewitching pathway, or design the scariest front porch ever; you need to check out Toscano’s extensiveHalloween […]

5 Elegant Pieces of Art for Your Office Walls

It’s true most of us learn to see the world through our eyes, but art helps us see the world through our hearts. Art also makes the world go around. It transforms a room, evokes a wide range of emotions and allows us to experience a spectacular world beyond our wildest dreams! Every time an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feeling Nostalgic: Kitsch Art & Décor

Kitsch. We have all heard the word and probably used it, but what does it really mean? When kitsch was used for the first time in the art markets of Munich in the 1860s it was used to describe the popular, inexpensive and marketable paintings and sketches that were sold to tourists. The first mention […]

Fountain How-To Series: Part 6 – Accessorizing Your Fountain

Accessorize your Design Toscano fountain by adding that special sculpture or piece of garden furniture that will make your garden and fountain outstanding.