Tips to Help Backyard Birds During the Winter

The garden is a place to work the soil, coax vegetables and other plants out of the ground, and relax in the shade. It’s also a place to go for a swim, host outdoor parties, and decorate as we see fit. While we enjoy the beauty of a summer backyard, we can’t help but notice the songs of robins, cardinals, and other birds that make use of our green space. Keep an eye on the backyard, and we can watch those same birds along with woodpeckers, doves, chickadees, and other species, especially if we have bird feeders and bird baths.

When the leaves fall and the temperature begins to drop, orioles, vireos, wood-warblers, and other summer birds leave for warmer climes. They are, in turn, replaced by sparrows, juncos, and other species that breed far to the north. Although the winter can be harsh in the northern United States and southern Canada, the snow and ice is still a far cry from the Arctic conditions of the boreal zone. Many of our winter birds breed in those vast spruce and pine forests of the northern wilderness and this makes them somewhat adapted to cold weather. Nevertheless, grosbeaks, redpolls, nuthatches, other boreal species, and our resident garden birds could still use help as they ride out the cold months.

There are a number of things we can do to make things a bit easier for the birds that visit a snow-covered backyard. Try these tips to see more action at the winter feeder, and enjoy the beauty of birds during the next two or three months:

Keep the feeder stocked: The easiest way to keep birds coming to a winter backyard is by providing them with plenty of food. As we might imagine, winter isn’t the easiest time of the year for birds to find something to eat. Resources are scarce and although woodpeckers and most other species are adept at finding seeds, nuts, and insects hidden beneath the bark, this doesn’t mean that survival is easy during cold weather. Some birds make it and some don’t but the ones that do may have to forage over a large area to find enough food.

When we put a feeder in the backyard, and keep it stocked on a daily basis, this acts as a constant, reliable food source, and in doing so, probably helps several birds make it through the winter. They don’t waste as much energy because they don’t need to move as far, they have enough food for survival, and we can be entertained by their cheerful colors and sounds on the bleakest of winter days.

Try suet: “Suet” is basically pork fat and some winter birds love it. It acts as an excellent source of much needed energy and is eaten by woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, and jays. Since suet is a byproduct, it’s also cheap and easy to obtain from butcher shops. Bacon fat can act as an alternative to suet and is just as relished by the birds as it is by many people. Suet can be offered to birds by placing it in a small wire cage or on a small wooden platform. Make sure to put it where it is visible so we can watch the birds from the warmth of the home.

Shelter for the birds: Our avian friends don’t just need food to make it through the winter. They also need a place to take shelter from the snow as well as from hawks and other predators. Adequate shelter can come in the form of a brush pile, thick bushes, or even an old Christmas tree.

What about squirrels?: Many people have tried many solutions, some work, some don’t, and squirrels seem to eventually always find a way to get to that seed. To make things easier, we might just want to feed them too. If not, start with a squirrel baffle below the feeder.

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Beating the Winter Blues with Animal Garden Sculptures

Depending on the location, February is a month that can mark the end of winter, or a time when we still have to endure cold weather accompanied by short days and long nights. In southern states, the second month of the year often leads into the first mild days of spring. However, up north, rare mild days in February are usually followed by a choice of flurries, freezing rain, and a frozen backyard.

The bulk of the winter might be over but many of us still have to deal with a chronic case of winter blues. Vacations to sunnier, warmer climates are the best remedy, but if we can’t get away, we have to resort to other means of dealing with winter’s final weeks. One possibility is spending more time in a sun room. Whether the room in question acts as a greenhouse or as an enclosed back porch, as long as the place is bathed in sunlight, it can work wonders at this time of year. Decorate that warm, sunny corner of the home with house plants and cheery, summer decor and it might become your favorite spot to read a book, enjoy meals, or just wait until it’s warm enough to venture back outside.

In terms of decor, a vase and urn or two are easy, beautiful ways to showcase flower cuttings that remind us of picnics and walks in the country on warm, summer days. Framed paintings of spring and summer scenes also work well, and we can lend a vibrant look to the sun room by way of beautiful stained glass works of art. Other worthwhile decorations include any number of garden statues, especially ones that were used in last year’s backyard. Take a few of those favorite small garden sculptures out of storage and they can act as a useful reminder that spring will be back in a month or so.

We can also beat those winter blues by shopping for new spring decor. These items can take the form of any type of new statues suited for the backyard, including certain animal garden statuary that look just as lovely inside the home as in the garden. Although the best animal statues are always going to be the ones best suited to our decorating needs and themes, adorable animal sculptures are especially good at lending a fun, cozy touch to their surroundings.

Such “cozy” sculptures can take the form of functional decor like Pancho the Burro Planter and welcome signs highlighted with animals, as well as a variety of detailed, life-like statues. Even small statues can lend a cheerful look, especially when they happen to be sculptures of cute little baby chicks. By merit of their size, these and other versatile and adorable animal statues can be shown on tables and window sills, as well as in a corner or near the back door. When the time comes for decorating the garden, they work just as well near flower beds and as “pets” for garden gnomes.

Other farm animal statues also work well at beating the winter blues, including beautiful sculptures of lambs, hens, and even cute flying pigs! Compliment them with equally cute statues of puppies and kittens to ensure smiles during the final cold stretch of winter. Anything along the lines of the high quality, realistic “Lover Boy” Puppy Dog Statue is a good choice as is cute functional decor like the Bright Eyes Solar Bulldog Garden Statue, or a Jack Russell Terrier Dog Welcome Statue.

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Four Wonderful Gothic Gift Ideas

The holiday season might be over but it’s not the only gift giving time of the year. Plenty of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and other special occasions arise from now until next December. Not to mention, there are also times when we just feel like giving a little something to ourselves. The types of gifts that we buy depend on various factors, the most important one being the preferences of the people destined to receive them. If we aren’t buying that special item for our own home, garden, or place of business, we need to put ourselves in the mind of that person, really think about the things they love and appreciate, and search from that point of view. Do that and we can cut out time spent searching for the gift while also being sure that we are picking out the best one.

One of the strategies for finding the perfect gift involves focusing on the decor they use, and knowing about their favorite movies and novels. Sometimes, all it takes is thinking about those possibilities and we can quickly pick out a fantastic, unique present. It can be even easier if that person enjoys the fantasy or Gothic genres because there are a lot more wonderful Gothic gifts to choose from than most people realize. The following are four such gift ideas for all aficionados of Gothic and fantasy-themed items:

Gothic wall sculptures: Medieval and fantasy-themed wall decor are much enjoyed by big fans of the Gothic genre.  The fine details and mysterious beauty of such items as The Dragon’s Pentacle Wall Sculpture and the Horned Dragon Skull Wall Trophy make it easy to showcase appreciation for the genre. These and other high quality wall decor pieces are also perfect for influencing the atmosphere of a personal library, bedroom, or other place in the home.

Fun, functional decor: Another good Gothic gift idea involves any type of decor that can be used for more than being put on display. There are high quality Gothic accents that act as beautifully detailed pen holders, journals, and even bath tissue holders. The Vampire Bat Sculptural Hooked Wall Hanger is also an excellent place to hang a hat or set of keys, and the Celadon, the Sculptural Mp3 Player Sentry is an easy, fun gift for adolescents and a wide range of people.

Something wicked for the garden: Folks with a garden or backyard, and a penchant for Gothic decor, will love Gothic garden statues. These can take the form of gargoyle statues, garden sculptures of wizards, fantasy-themed creatures, or maybe even the The Vampire Demon Tombstone Statue. Greenmen statues will also be much appreciated especially when the gift is the intriguing Spirit of Nottingham Woods: Greenman Tree Sculpture. This and other greenman sculptures help transform the backyard from an average personal green oasis into a place where the very trees haunt the surroundings with ancient faces.

Gothic lighting: Another useful item and needed for every home, Gothic lamps and other forms of decorative lighting can break new boundaries when it comes to creative, functional decor. These can be small, beautifully sculpted lamps meant to inspire and illuminate the work desk of an aspiring writer, take the form of torchiere lamps held by a dragon’s sharp claws, or any number of decorative sconces fit for the halls of modern day royalty. We can also go for more extravagant forms of Gothic lighting and give that special person a sculptural chandelier or a fantastic lighted wall sculpture.

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Clocks Can Do More Than Keep Time

The clock is one of the oldest of human inventions. Although the first mention of a device to keep time dates back to the days of the Sumerians more than four thousand years ago, people were likely keeping track of time for much longer than that. People probably started keeping track of days and the seasons by making marks on the walls of caves, rocks, and sticks. Eventually, water was used to keep a more detailed account of time by allowing the liquid to slowly drain out of a container and pass marks on the jar that were correlated with certain hours of the day. Likewise, the same method could be used by slowly filling a jar with water.

The sundial is the other main type of ancient time keeping device, and it may have been invented around the same time as the water clock. In any case, this acted as an easy, popular means of measuring the hours of the day for many cultures, especially in hot sunny regions like Egypt, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. The hourglass was the third most popular type of time piece until advancements in mechanics and balance wheels were made in Europe during the middle ages. This resulted in the invention of mechanical clocks that kept track of time with oscillating mechanisms.

The next big step in the modern measurement of time involved the use of springs during the 15th and 16th centuries in Europe. This invention spurred growth in clock-making, and resulted in hundreds of beautiful, decorative clocks being crafted for royal families and estate owners throughout Europe. Although, we find decorative time pieces throughout history, including containers for water clocks and sundials, these “new” mechanical, spring and pendulum clocks marked a point where a profusion of clocks also acted as fine decor. This trend can be noted with the beautiful, artistic clocks on display in several European museums and castles. Equally decorative clocks continued to be commonly used during the American colonial era on through to the 19th century.

Although the production of large numbers of electronic clocks has made digital time pieces the most commonly used clocks in modern times, the popularity of decorative time pieces has never really ebbed. Beautifully crafted clocks continue to decorate the halls and chambers of millions of present day homes, work places, restaurants, and other businesses. Large pendulum clocks and works of art like the Templeton Regulator Wall Clock are also an excellent way of lending a seriously classy touch wherever they are put on display. Such creative, functional decor also acts as the perfect accompaniment to rooms that feature antiques, high quality antique replica furniture, and other types of classic, nostalgic decor. Other types of clocks can also act as excellent complements to rooms that feature Gothic Decor, fantasy-themed decorations, and Egyptian art.

Since clocks are used by most people, a beautiful time piece can also act as an excellent gift. Folks interested in creative decor will love items like the The Big Time Wrist Watch Wall Clock, and the equally unique Cogs and Gears Mechanical Wall Clock. If such time pieces might be a bit too creative for that special person, there are plenty of beautiful mantle and table clocks to choose from. When picking one out, we just need to think about the hobbies, likes, and types of decor favored by the person in mind. If he or she appreciates Egyptian decor, something like the Temple of Amun: Royal Egyptian Clock Statue can act as a splendid gift. If that person is interested in the fantasy genre, consider giving them the exquisite “Death’s Door” Dragon Sandtimer Hourglass.

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Why Beautiful Urns Are Decor for Every Season

In general, garden decor is meant for warm times of the year. Resin garden statues can be damaged by freezing cold weather, especially when subjected to cold weather for extended periods of time, but even if we did want to leave our favorite angel sculpture outside during the winter months, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. At least not when the backyard lies under a blanket of snow, the ground is frozen, and biting, frigid wind blows through the bare branches.

Fortunately, depending on where you live, winter only lasts three to six months of the year, and we can still use some of those garden statues inside the home. Although we might want to leave most of the high quality garden gnomes in storage, some of our garden fairies and animal garden statues can act as a suitable addition to the inside of a winter home. In general, small garden statuary works best as interior decor, but there are a few other types of garden decor that work for every season no matter how big or small they may be.

Urns and vases fall into this category. It doesn’t mean that we would want to leave such “all-season decor” outside during the winter months (not a good idea for any decor made from resin), just that there are urns and vases suited for every season.  During the hot days of summer, decorative urns play an easy role in gardens of every size. Their gestalt can help them fit in with everything from classic statuary to Gothic decor and backyards decorated with animals garden sculptures, and they can also be placed in just about any corner of the garden. In general, items like the Versailles Cherub Urn & Plinth just act as basic, classy decor no matter where or how they are displayed.

Another good thing about urns and vases is that they can also be used for displaying cuttings of flowers and other plants, and some can be leveraged as planters. This makes them suitable for the backyard during the summer months, as decor on the porch or sun room during spring and fall, and as a means of lending cheer to a winter home with brightly colored floral arrangements. An example of a beautiful, decorative urn that can be used outside during the summer and then shown inside when the weather turns cold is the Larkin Arts and Crafts Architectural Garden Urn & Plinth Set. This classy urn looks best when placed on the plinth, but still makes a regal statement when displayed without it.

We could also use certain urns for the garden, and then make use of other, more elegant urns as interior decor. While we might limit a large Versailles Cherub Urn and the Versailles Floral Oviform Urn: Set of Two to the outdoors, exquisite vases like the Peacock Centerpiece Sculptural Vase act as elegant interior decor during the cold months. This and other beautifully detailed vases make for easy, classy accents, work well with Victorian-themed decor and antiques, and lend a touch of beautiful elegance to any room.

The same can be said for the impressive Chatsworth Manor Sculptural Neoclassical Pedestal Urn. Although this detailed work of functional art works well for every season, in a warm spring or summer backyard, it can act as fine decor on its own or for showcasing favorite floral arrangements. During autumn, until it gets too cold, it can still be used in the backyard before eventually being placed in an enclosed porch, and when the snow starts to fall, it can host greenery in the living room.

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Giving The Home a Facelift with New Wall Decor

Making some changes to a home’s interior decor is one of the easiest ways to decorate. Put a few choice accents on display and we can lend an exquisite touch to the living room. Add a beautiful antique replica chair to the library and guests might spend most of their time browsing your book collection. We can also work with beautiful sculptural lighting, classic indoor statues, and celebrate the classic beauty of stained glass in the kitchen or sun room.

Of course, if we don’t want to stick to decorating with a few small items, we can also go for a more extensive change in decor. This could take the form of a new decorating face-lift for a room or two, or for the entire home. Either way, before making those major changes, we need to take a moment and figure out which decorating theme (or themes) we are going with. When making those choices, don’t be afraid to decorate one room with beautiful classic decor, and fantasy-themed statues and accents in the next. Alternatively, we could go classic on the ground floor, and decorate with medieval items upstairs. Keep in mind that no matter which themes we decide to work with, chances are pretty good that we will be able to use much of that same decor in the garden.

But, back to giving the home a new face-lift. Use certain types of interior decor, and we can decorate by literally putting faces on the walls of the house, apartment, or condo. Although that might not sound like the best of ideas, the “faces” in this case are beautifully detailed sculptural masks.

In most cultures, this type of ancient decor started out more as objects associated with religious and spiritual practices than decorations. Masks were commonly used to frighten away evil spirits and embody certain deities and ideas in cultures with animist beliefs. We still see masks used for similar reasons in some modern day cultures, and even see vestiges of this practice in the USA and Canada (such as Halloween). Since such masks were designed for important religious purposes, they were carefully crafted with fine details and imagery meant to capture the imagination, and developed into distinctive art forms in various parts of the world. Such captivating details are easily noted in stunning wall decor like the Tibetan Sculptural Dragon Wall Mask.

Masks from Africa are particularly known for their distinctive eye-catching appearances and details. Works like the Masks of the Congo Wall Sculptures are ideal for rooms decorated with other African-themed art but they also look just as stunning in a hallway, or in combination with other types of decor including masks associated with other cultures. Once such striking example is the Wei Chi Gong Sculptural Wall Mask although mask wall decor can also be associated with Japanese, Indian, and ancient Egyptian cultures.

Certain types of masks can also lend a colorful, royal touch to the home and work very well with Victorian and classic decor. Venetian masks in particular are perfect for any home in need of an elegant face-lift. Used by the citizens of Venice in “Carnavale” masquerades for hundreds of years, these fine masks are works of art that combine a beautiful face with rich colors and fine accents. The only problem that might arise from decorating with such beautiful decor is that of guests being tempted to take the mask off the wall and put it on. This becomes a valid issue when they come face to face with lovely decor like the Mask of Venice Wall Sculpture: Butterfly Mask.

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How and Where to Decorate with Mirrors

Although it can be said that every type of decor has a function, some items do more than act as beautiful works of art. Take decorative chairs and sculptural tables for example. These items are decor yet they are also meant to be used for seating and serving meals. If we like, we can just use them to decorate the house but they were also made for another purpose. Other types of functional decor include lamps, vases, clocks, and anything that can be used for more than just being put on display.

Since they are meant to reflect their surroundings, mirrors also fall into this category. The function might be one that is decidedly “hands off” but it is a function nonetheless, and one that can help extend the dimensions of a room by way of illusion. This and other interesting abilities of mirrors have made them coveted devices since the first ones were made around two thousand years ago. Before then, people hoping to see their own reflection probably looked into the calm waters of a vase or basin.

The first known mirrors were made of polished metal and stone, and eventually evolved into pieces of glass that used gold and other metals as a reflective backing. During the Renaissance, Venetian glass makers developed techniques for making high quality mirrors (considered to be highly valued luxury items) but the modern day mirror that uses silver backing didn’t appear until the 19th century. In present times, such modern, silver-backed mirrors are common, abundant, and available for a tiny fraction of the price that was paid by royalty and their courtesans for similar mirrors during the 17th century.

Advances in mirror making technology have also resulted in a wide selection of artistic and creative mirrors that can act as fine, functional decor. Such mirrors can be used to work with other types of decor in more than one way. For example, Egyptian-themed mirrors like the Wadjet Egyptian Wall Mirror with Cobra Sconces are an excellent addition for rooms, hallways, or homes that feature other forms of Egyptian art, whereas the Peacock Dreams Mirrored Wall Sculpture works well in rooms that feature Victorian and Art Deco items.

The reflective nature of a mirror can also be used to highlight the beauty of sculptures, floral arrangements, and other types of decor in a room or hallway. Place the fantastic Royal Baroque Mirror in front of or across the room from exquisite decor, and we can further showcase its beauty while decorating with a beautiful hardwood antique replica. This is also why a high quality mirror works well in a hallway that features sconces and decorative lighting, especially candles. Place the mirror where it can best reflect the candle or other light source and it will help with lighting as well as lend a creative touch to the hallway.

When putting a mirror on display, we should also remember that mirrors were first and foremost, meant to be looked at. A small mirror just past the front door, and especially near key and coat hooks, will be much appreciated by guests. Using a creative, decorative looking glass like the Lady of the Lake Art Deco Wall Mirror, or the striking Twin Fairies Mirrored Wall Sculpture can also act as an opportunity to make a fine first impression. Further down the hall, or in other rooms, we can use larger mirrors to keep up with the good impressions. These can take the form of anything from classic antique replicas to something along the lines of the exquisite Madame Antoinette Ebony Salon Mirror.

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Creative Wall Decor for Every Home

Whether big or small, a home isn’t really complete until it has some form of interior decor. We might have a few furniture items, a television, and other appliances but until we do some decorating, that new house or apartment could be any old place where anyone could live. We don’t just decorate to make the place look beautiful, we also get creative with decor to make the place our own. In addition to giving the walls and hallways a new coat of paint, and picking out new lamps and curtains, we use decor to lend the home a fresh personal touch and shape the atmosphere of the new living space.

Although just about any decor is better than being surrounded by sterile blank walls, we should still be careful about the type of decor we use. Until we change it, we need to remember that the interior decor we put on display is what we are going to see day in and day out, the paintings we put on the walls will be seen by all of our guests, and the decor we use will have an effect on us. This means that we should look around a bit before picking out new decor for a new home but it doesn’t mean that we need to limit our creativity.

On the contrary, a new home gives us a clean decorating slate and a chance to be as creative as we want. While we could put up some of our favorite decor items from the previous place of residence, we could also opt to limit a few of our favorites to just one room, or keep them in storage for a few months while we give new decor a try. If the new items don’t work out, we can always go back to the older items or use them in conjunction with our newest set of statues, stained glass, and sculptural furniture.

It’s also easier to get creative with new decor when we use items that can work with a wide variety of situations. Wall decor works very well in a variety of circumstances because it can be displayed in any room, and makes it easy to convert a blank wall into an interesting and unique landscape. Use the right type of wall decor, and we can also lend the home a detailed, Gothic look, decorate with the striking colors and symbols of Ancient Egypt, or pay homage to nature in the form of dramatic animal wall sculptures. Not to mention, when the time comes to decorate the garden, many wall decor items can also be used in the backyard.

For example, The Mermaid of Langelinie Cove Wall Sculpture lends a classic look to a bathroom, indoor spa, or any place that could use a combination of elegance, classic beauty, and fantasy. Once the weather gets warm, this and other detailed wall sculptures will look just as stunning when displayed next to the pool. The same goes for the eye-catching Phineas the Flapping Macaw Bird Wall Sculpture and other colorful, life-like animal wall decor. Use this and other exotic animal decor to be reminded of places with white sand, swaying palm trees, and hot sunny weather.

Speaking of animal decor, a wall sculpture of a raven or dragon is a wonderful way to give the reading room a Gothic touch, whereas the Lord Earl Houghton’s Elephant Wall Sculpture is ideal when we want to impart a Victorian look. It’s easy to be creative with wall decor because we can also choose from beautiful friezes, sculptural clocks, and dozens of other beautifully detailed works of art.

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The Many Benefits of Antique Replica Furniture

Furniture is essential for any home. Even the most ardent admirer of minimalist decor would find it pretty tough to live in a place bereft of chairs, tables, and other types of furniture. Although we make use of those items on a daily basis, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t also act as decor. On the contrary, the more we use something in the home, the more the reason to leverage it as something that lends character and beauty to our indoor environment. Based on the number of decorative and sculptural furniture items seen in museums throughout the world, this general rule seems to have been followed by royal families from the time of the ancient Egyptians to medieval Europe and the Victorian era. Many more people follow suit in modern times and do so by way of decorating with actual antiques or replicas of antique tables, chairs, Ottomans, and other types of furniture.

Although few could ever lodge a complaint about decorating the house with authentic, antique items, several good reasons exist for using replicas of antiques. The following are some of the many benefits associated with antique replica furniture decor:

High quality furniture: As long as the chair or table in question is crafted with quality materials and care, and is sold by a reputable source, it will act as beautiful, high quality decor. Factors to look for include furniture made with mahogany and other rich hardwoods, hand-carved, fine details, and an appearance that would look right at home in a museum or storied estate. Decorate with pieces of furniture that show these characteristics and the home will look a little bit more like a classic, royal abode.

More durable than actual antiques: Although old, classic tables and other types of furniture lend a lovely touch wherever they are put on display, they tend to be more decorative than functional. By nature, many antique pieces aren’t as stable as newer items. They might still work but after weathering two hundred years, there’s a fair chance that the exquisite chair or lovely side table isn’t quite as strong as it used to be. Even if it is, since it was probably purchased for a high price, we might be more inclined to put it on display rather than actually use it. That concern becomes a non-issue when decorating with a beautiful, sturdy, heirloom quality antique replica like the Lord Raffles Grand Hall Lion Leg Coffee Table, or the Bentley Grand-Scale Armchair.

A classic, rich touch for the home: Beautiful antique replicas can’t help but lend a seriously classy touch to any home. Unlike average furniture items, antique replicas showcase the beauty of fine craftsmanship on rich, elegant materials. Their historical appearance also has a nostalgic influence on the atmosphere of the home.

Impress at the office: Decorating the office with one or more quality antique replicas is one of the easiest ways of making an impression on clients and guests. Pieces like the La Voute Grande Crescent Mahogany Executive Desk, and the Mountbatten Hardwood and Solid Marble Desk demonstrate an appreciation for a combination of elegance and class, and might even make us look forward to a day in the office. Highlight a beautiful, antique replica desk with a majestic chair and sculptural side table for a classy, complete expression of success.

A fraction of the cost: Given the often prohibitive cost for antiques, this is probably the biggest benefit of working with high quality antique replicas. Better yet, when stunning replicas are on sale, we might save hundreds of dollars on fantastic heirloom quality furniture.

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Tips for Decorating with Sculptural Furniture

It’s January and it’s the dead of winter. In many states and provinces, the backyard has become a frozen, snow-covered place where we used to enjoy the pool, host garden parties, and just relax with a good book on a favorite piece of garden furniture. At this time of year, our favorite angel statues are safely stored in the garage, and it’s too cold to hang out in the garden. A lot of us end up spending more time indoors but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing because being inside gives us a chance to spend more time with family and friends, have fun with new board games, and host cooking parties.

Although we can’t go outside and see how new garden statues will look in the backyard, when it comes to decor, we can still be constructive and focus on sprucing up the inside of the home. It’s a good opportunity to try new decorating ideas and different types of decor, including sculptural furniture. By blending function with art, this type of furniture lends a creative, artistic touch wherever it is used, and is an easy way to inject a bit of excitement and elegance into the most average of rooms. The following are a few suggestions when decorating with beautiful sculptural tables and chairs:

Exquisite and stunning additions: Many sculptural furniture items are detailed, beautiful works of art. This makes them an easy means of lending an exquisite touch to the living room, dining room, library, or other parts of the home. One such example is The Muses Glass-Topped Sculptural Table. When guests see this classic work of art, they may wonder if it is an elegant indoor sculpture, or a small table. As with any piece of sculptural furniture, it’s actually both and thus acts as functional decor. The same goes for any number of other sculptural tables, including more colorful, splendid pieces like the Royal Golden Bastet Egyptian Side Table.

Go Gothic: This type of furniture tends to be either tables and chairs suited for folks who love statues of Ravens and other classic Gothic symbols, or items of a more medieval character. Either way, we can make use of these decor themes to give the home an intriguing, classic look. Fantastic Gothic decor like the Hastings, the Warrior Dragon Glass-Topped Sculptural Table acts as treasured art for anyone with a deep interest in the fantasy genre. The fine details on Hastings give this dragon knight a life-like appearance and make an impression on every guest. The Gothic flavor of this creative table is augmented when it can share a room with the Warwickshire Dragon Glass-Topped Coffee Table, and other Gothic or medieval furniture.

An easy way to decorate a hallway: It’s easy to overlook the decoration of a hallway when we have other, more visited rooms to think about. However, we also need to remember that although we may not linger as often in a hallway, everyone needs to walk through them to reach other parts of the house. The decor that we show in such places does leave an impression, and influences the overall atmosphere of the home. Fortunately, the limited space in a hallway also makes it an easy place to decorate. By decorating with sculptural furniture, we can impress guests and lend an extra, creative touch that will be appreciated. This can be accomplished with just about any high quality sculptural furniture item that can fit in a hallway without obstructing the passage of people. Since a hallway also stands apart from other rooms, it can also feature decor not associated with themes in other rooms.

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