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Dragons, Gargoyles, and Fairies

Creatures of myth and legend represent the fruits of the imagination, and hearken back to ancient tales told at hearths that kept the wild, unknown fears of the night at bay. Some of those creatures were good, but most were dangerous and best avoided at all costs. They took the form of fierce, scaled beasts, devilish creatures, and other concoctions of frightened minds. Most seem to have been inspired by actual fears of snakes, big cats, and other potentially dangerous animals but a few of the most famous creatures seem to have little relation with known wildlife.

One such creature is the dragon. While serpents do come to mind when speaking of dragons, most depictions of these magical creatures look more like dinosaurs or massive, winged lizards. However, they are much bigger than any lizard, some look rather like a combination of a lizard and a snake, and, in more than a few legends, dragons are highly intelligent, conniving creatures with magical powers. Most are also equipped with their own, personal flamethrower, and, like an evil tyrant, demand tribute from the lands over which they rule.

However, despite tales of dragons and dragon-like beasts in cultures across the globe, those same tales spoke of dragons in the past tense. They were said to be creatures that used to exist but haven’t been seen in a long time. No one knew if they still occurred but they were suspected to persist in remote, wild mountains, vast deserts, and the “wastelands” where few people dared to roam. As such places were explored, no one ever came across a single dragon, and none have ever been found outside the realm of fantasy. That said, the allure of these magical, powerful beasts lingers to this day and we see them in novels, films, and as mesmerizing garden decor like Sword, the Arthurian Dragon Statue.

The gargoyle is another intriguing, magical creature. Like the dragon, this beast is equipped with an array of personal weapons. It has long, sharp claws, a set of fangs, and a fierce, muscled appearance meant to intimidate any who oppose it. Also like the dragon, no one has ever laid eyes on an actual gargoyle other than the ones made of stone that line the ramparts of Gothic cathedrals. Compared to dragons, fewer tales of gargoyles exist, and most would agree that the modern depiction of these strange beasts were invented during the Middle Ages to guard churches against evil spirits while also trying to remind church-goers of the perils that can come from giving way to sin.

Similar to the dragon, nowadays, we see gargoyles in a lot more places than old, French cathedrals. Wickedly fun statues like the Boden Gargoyle Sentinel Statue can be seen accompanying sculptures of angels and other garden statuary in many a backyard, and some gargoyle sculptures also work well as interior Gothic decor. They can also be seen sharing garden space with what might be the most perilous of fantasy-themed creatures, fairies.

Garden fairies like the beautiful Fiona, the Flower Fairy Sculpture are representative of the modern, commonly held, elegant view of these magical creatures. However, before the Victorian era, fairies were never regarded as graceful, cheerful creatures. The old tales that speak of the fairy folk invariably refer to them as either mischievous, easily crossed creatures that should be avoided at all costs, or absolutely dangerous, evil beings that want to harm people. Since far more people swear to have seen and had negative experiences with gnomes and fairies than with dragons or gargoyles, fairies might actually be the most frightening of these three famous legendary creatures.

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Spooky Furniture Options for Halloween

Halloween is still more than a month away but why wait to plan celebrating one of the best holidays of the year! Not to mention, since decor is one of the most important aspects of Halloween, we can start decorating the yard with zombie statues, gravestones, and other creative decor at least two weeks before the 31st. Heck, some folks can’t wait and turn the front yard, deck, and garden into a fun, spooky display as soon as September ends. We can’t blame them because we love decorating for the spookiest day of the year too.

Although there’s nothing wrong with using statues and decor of scarecrows, witches, ghosts, and other classic Halloween symbols, we can get as creative as we want when decorating the garden as well as in the interior of the home. Take furniture for example. There’s more that we can do with some furniture items for Halloween than one might think. We can use a sheet to convert a regular, average chair into a haunted, spectral throne for a phantom, wicked jack-o-lantern, or a throne to showcase the intimidating features of a gargoyle statue.

We can cover a card table with butcher’s paper and write spooky slogans on it with blood-red paint. Artistic folks can also use that paper as a canvas for frightening scenes that show creepy haunted woods or a witch flying across a bright, full moon as a wolf howls nearby. Kids can also have fun with it and paint pictures of their favorite monsters.

Instead of covering the furniture items, we can also decorate them with Gothic decor and other items that give them a touch of Halloween flair. Use a small dragon statue or fantastic decor like the ©The Grim Reaper and the Orb of Death Statue on a night stand to entertain guests. Drape that same night stand with a black cloth for full effect. Guests will also appreciate other details like a vase of black roses shown on the dining table, as well as unique items like the Count Dracula Pedestal Table.

Other sculptural tables and furniture can also lend a fantastic look to any Halloween party. Serve drinks on the Subservient Dragon Glass-Topped Sculptural Table or other tables that include a detailed, intimidating statue of a dragon, and guests might begin to wonder if they actually have wandered into “Castle Dracula”. They might be convinced if they see the master of the home seated in the Dragon of Upminster Castle Throne Chair. This and other sculptural throne chairs are also fun to use with Halloween versions of musical chair games.

Certain furniture items can also be used in conjunction with Halloween displays in the backyard. Once again, sculptural tables can play a fun role in any number of spooky themes. Take the Odin Tree Stump Sculptural Table for example. Although it might look harmless during the light of the day, it can take on a truly sinister appearance in the shadows of the October night. Touch up this unique table with a wizard’s hat or other accessory and it can take on a truly unnerving appearance (especially if it shares the yard with gargoyle sculptures and other Halloween decor).  Dare Halloween party guests to approach it or use it to serve spooky drinks! Halloween guests will also be entertained by the At Your Service Glass-Topped Sculptural Table, and the Lono (Tongue) Grand Tiki Sculptural Table.

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Decorate the Home Like a Castle

We all have our own castles. It might come in the form of a big, historic house, a small yet lovely ranch, or a cozy apartment. It’s true that every person’s cherished home is his or her castle and there’s no reason why we can’t decorate it like one. Visit ancient royal mansions and estates in Europe and we might find windows framed with vibrant stained glass, exquisite antique furniture, and a variety of artistic, medieval accents.

High quality replicas of these and other accents can lend a regal look to any home, and many of these unique decor items are fit for a real castle. Try these ideas to give the home a royal, medieval touch:

Stained glass decor: This type of classic decor is a common feature in European castles and cathedrals. It takes just one look inside the cathedral at Reims to see why it was the preferred means of decorating windows during the Middle Ages. Although the colors might look muted from the outside, the interior of the church is another matter. As the sun shines through those same stained glass windows, we see a stunning display of brilliant reds, blues, and other colors. The hues are so intense, it’s as if the windows were made of rubies, sapphires, and other precious stones. The architects who designed the church wanted to make a long-lasting impression on anyone who walked past the threshold, and this apparently worked quite well because thousands of people continue to feel a sense of wonder when admiring the beautiful stained glass at Notre Dame.

In the home, stained glass can also be used to good effect, maybe not as impressive as in an old, French cathedral, but still enough to give the place a beautiful, classic touch. It can also be put into a home easier than expected. Although we could redo the windows, it’s much easier to decorate with hanging stained glass decor like the Fruit of the Vine Stained Glass Window .

Sconces: During the times of castles and keeps, electricity was centuries away from being invented. For lighting, people had to rely on windows that let in the rays of the sun, and nothing more than lit torches and candles. One side effect of this was the making of sconces and candlestick holders that could take on a variety of creative forms. These were usually crafted with iron and could have a hanging, pendant form, or act as upright candlestick holders. They could also be used to give the place a certain character.

Modern sconces can be made with iron or high quality resin and can be used with the same decorative effect as antique sconces. For example, if we wanted to give the home an easy, medieval touch, we could go with the Marshgate Castle Dragon Sculptural Electric Wall Sconce or the Castle Dragon Iron Wall Sconce for lighting. Beautiful hanging pendant sconces also lend a regal look.

Antique replica furniture: Visit just about any castle and most people notice the decorative chairs, tables, and other beautiful, artistic furniture. Royalty could afford to pay for beautiful furniture and the craftsmen who made those tables and chairs also wanted to make a good impression. The end result was furniture that continues to be shown in museums to this day, and for which antique collectors pay a very high price .These items acted as fine decor just as much as they were functional, and can still lend a lovely look to any modern home.

The only difference is that we don’t have to take part in an auction to acquire beautiful, unique furniture for the home. Antique replicas like the Louis XIV Glass – Topped Cocktail Table are carefully crafted to look like museum pieces, are often made with beautiful mahogany, and are built to last.

Dragon and gargoyle statues: No true castle is complete without at least one bit of dragon or gargoyle decor. We can go with a large gargoyle sculpture, a small dragon statue, or exquisite dragon-themed decor like the Dragons Thorne Twin Sentinel Dragons Mirror.

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