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New Decor Ideas for the Spring Season

For some of us, spring is here! For others, well, it’s going to be a few more weeks before we see fresh green grass. Nevertheless, in terms of making plans for the garden, the spring season is definitely here because when we think about how we want to decorate the backyard, snow and ice won’t be part of the picture.

If the planning involves nothing more than taking the old garden statuary items out of storage and putting them back in the same spots they occupied last year, then planning isn’t really needed. However, if we want a fresh, new look for the backyard, we need to invest some time and effort into the process. This can be as little as a few hours, or, if we want to give the backyard a serious make-over, a few days. No matter how much or little we want to make changes to the garden, though, we are going to need a few new items. If we want to get really creative, we are also going to have to consider some novel ideas for the decor we display, as well as how and where we show it.

This spring season, try these suggestions to surprise and entertain garden guests:

Unique animal garden sculptures: Instead of sticking with the same angel statues and other garden sculptures as previous years, shake up the backyard scenery with an animal statue or two. Sculptures of animals are an easy way to give the garden a touch of humor, a bit of natural beauty, or to just give it a brand new look. Fun decor like the At a Snail’s Pace Garden Gastropod Statues: Large Snail lend a creative, easy-going look, and fit right in with just about any decorating theme. If we would rather go the cute route, we can’t go wrong with adorable decor like the Prized Pup Statues and other detailed sculptures of cats, dogs, and baby animals.

Flower planters: The garden is an ideal place to showcase natural decor, the most common of which are flowering bushes and plants, and floral arrangements. Although it’s too early to see them come out of the ground, we can still envision where we want them to grow, as well as where we would like to show flower cuttings. In addition to making plans for flowerbeds, we can also purchase new sculptural planters. The Art Nouveau Mystic Maiden Wall Pocket Planter Sculpture and similar detailed decor lend a classic touch of elegance to any garden, and can give an equally fine touch to the interior of the home.

Consider gargoyle statues: The good thing about gargoyles is that they can be displayed in a lot more situations than we realize. Although they often act as essential decor for Gothic and medieval-themed gardens, ironically, gargoyle sculptures also work well with angel statues, other types of classic decor, and a backyard decorated with nothing more than garden gnomes and a water fountain. They can take the form of wicked statues that entertain the imagination, sculptures that welcome guests with Gothic flair, and can also act as backyard wall decor. One such example of classic wall decor is Gnash The Grotesque Gargoyle Wall Sculpture. This intriguing wall decor item looks just as classy on the walls of spring and summer gardens as it does inside the home.

New Asian-themed decor: An Asian garden statue or two can also act as a novel addition to the backyard. Make an impression with beautiful, quality sculptures like the Praying Baby Buddha Asian Garden Statue and the Shenzhan Buddha Garden Statue.

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Quick, Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas

With Halloween just one week away, any decorating done now falls into the “last minute” category. That’s alright; some of us are too busy with work, family, and other aspects of life to decorate for the spookiest day of the year at the beginning of October. If time flies when you are having fun, it goes super-sonic when you have a bunch of responsibilities. However, since Halloween is fast approaching, one of those responsibilities is decorating for October 31st. The good thing is that we can get that decorating done in record time, especially by following these suggestions:

Get everyone involved: We might be used to getting everything done on our own, but this is one time when everyone needs to pitch in. Get the kids and spouse together and tell them about the decorating plan. If any frowns are detected, bribe them with pumpkin spice cookies and that old standby, fudge brownies. Seasonal specialty beer or mulled wine might also work for the spouse. In addition to having the family involved, we could also host a decorating party. As opposed to other main Halloween festivities, this would be an easy-going get together that could involve pizza, wings, and watching a scary movie or two.

It’s also important to allocate decorating activities accordingly. For example, the kids might do better at putting up posters, pictures, and other easy decor, while the adults can move statues around, make a scarecrow, or partake in other, more taxing decorating activities. As for carving the pumpkin (or pumpkins), the whole family can work together. With everyone working at decorating the home and garden, the house will be ready for Halloween in a jiffy.

Kids love to make decor: Most kids love to work on arts and crafts projects, especially if they are given enough freedom to make just about anything they want. All it takes is supplying kids with the right materials, a few ideas to follow, and some supervision, and we can end up with scary, cute, and hilarious Halloween decor. Give them construction paper, glue, glitter, and markers, and have them make Halloween masks that can be placed on the front door and hallways of the home. Given them cardboard, duct tape, markers, and paint and tell them to make a graveyard. There are lots of possibilities and the end results will be cute, funny, and appreciated by family and party guests.

Classic garden statues can also be Halloween statues: A Halloween garden will always look best when decorated with gargoyles and other scary sculptures, but classic statues can also play a bigger role than expected. For example, if the garden is already decorated with greenmen, these unique types of garden decor can be easily transformed into frighteningly good Halloween decorations. Just put them in the shadows, or accessorize them with sunglasses and guests might be too afraid to enter the backyard at night.

We can also transform angel statues and other garden statuary by draping them with fake cob webs, and decorating them with scary masks, paper ghosts, and other spooky accents.

Use the backyard: Last but not least, make sure to use the backyard for decorating. Don’t forget about this easy, potentially spookiest area to decorate while getting the front porch and inside of the home ready for Halloween. At night, the garden takes on a very different personality by merit of shadows and dark corners. Take advantage of the change and decorate the tree branches with fake spider webs and sheets that act as flying ghosts, and the ground with zombie statues.

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Tips for Decorating the Home with Unique Furniture

Interior decoration is an art form to some and a chore to others. For most, it lies somewhere between a necessity and a fun, creative way to beautify the home or place of business. Those who feel like it’s a chore might change their mind when they realize just how creative we can get with decorating the home. There can be much more to it than giving the walls a new paint job and putting up a few cheap paintings. Decorating an apartment or house can also include statuary, sculptural lamps, artistic lighting, and a variety of beautiful wall decor items including tapestries fit for a royal abode.

We can also leverage just about everything inside a home for interior decor including furniture. Desks, tables, chairs, and other items can be easily used to decorate the home, especially when the furniture items are made with high quality materials and show creative carvings and other features. We hope that these suggestions will help when using unique furniture to decorate any residence:

Unique chairs, tables, and other furniture: Before talking about where to put the furniture, we need to know what type of furniture to get. Unique, creative furniture and other types of decor aren’t usually found in a local mall or big box store. We usually need to visit specialty stores, the best selection being found online. This is where we find beautiful chairs that are replicas of antique items, stunning mahogany tables, and creative sculptural decor like the elegant Neoclassical Male Occasional Table or the wickedly detailed Hastings, the Warrior Dragon Glass-Topped Sculptural Table.  Both of these sculptural tables are very creative yet quite different in terms of style, and this leads us to our next suggestion.

Choose a decorating theme: Since unique furniture items can take a variety of forms, it’s best to settle on a decorating theme before making any purchases. An Egyptian theme pays homage to the regal, ancient beauty of Egyptian art with its striking contrast of bright gold and jet black, and symbols seen on the walls of the tombs of the pharaohs. Egyptian sculptures also play an important role and lend a unique, creative touch to pieces like the Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet Pedestal Statue.

We could also go with Gothic or medieval-themed furniture to help the place look more like a castle or an abode from our favorite fantasy novels. The handsome Lord Raffles Winged Lion Buffet Table and many other items are beautiful replicas of antiques seen in museums and European estates, or, are at least inspired by such works of art. Folks looking for furniture with more Gothic appeal might enjoy sitting in the Dragon of Upminster Castle Throne Chair.

How and where to display furniture: After choosing a theme, we still have to figure out the best way to display those unique works of functional art. Think about where each piece will make the best impact, and where it’s beauty can be most appreciated. For example, if we have a mahogany table, it will make a beautiful addition to a library or reading room, or it could be used as a royal dining table. If we have a new, sculptural chair, it might look best when displayed in a room with decor that pertains to a similar decorating theme. A unique chair or sofa also works well when displayed in an inviting corner of a cozy room, especially next to an equally creative sculptural lamp. Smaller furniture items, lighting, and other decor can be used just after the entrance to a home to essentially greet guests.

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