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How to Show Buddha Statues in the Garden, Home, and a Place of Business

Statues of the Buddha are one of the best known forms of Asian-themed decor. Travel to eastern Asia and hundreds of Buddha sculptures of all sizes can be seen in ancient temples, on the sides of mountains, in gardens, homes, and in restaurants and other places of business. Although we will find more Buddha sculptures in Bangkok, Chang Mai, and Hong Kong, we can also find statues of the Buddha in some restaurants, gardens, and stores much closer to home.

Whether used in a religious sense or as Asian decor, this classic statue is popular because it acts as a lovely symbol of peace, good will, and inner happiness. There are also several ways to showcase the qualities of high quality Buddha statues including the following ideas:

A quiet corner of the garden: Since gardens tend to act as a peaceful oasis, this should be easy enough. However, if we also use the backyard to swim in the pool, play badminton, or throw occasional parties, the Buddha statue will probably be better off away from such activities. Adequate places to display it might be a spot between two bushes, in a corner of the backyard, or in other, more secluded areas of the garden. To highlight the importance and beauty of the sculpture, consider installation of a stone path that leads to it and is, in turn, decorated with Asian garden statues or any type of peaceful decor.

Beneath the shade of a favorite tree: Stories and legends of the Buddha have him meditating beneath a big, Banyon tree. Although large fig trees are absent from most gardens in North America, the sculpture will look right at home beneath a tree of any size. Whether it’s a pine, oak, or maple, a favorite tree works best, and the bigger the better. Place the statue on a small platform to accentuate its blend of class and beauty, or, for a more natural look, directly on the ground. This works especially well for a large Buddha statue.

In conjunction with water decor: A Buddha statue is a wonderful accompaniment to the peaceful sounds of flowing water, and especially with Asian-themed decor like the Cascading Bamboo Sculptural Fountain. The statue works best when placed close enough to the fountain to hear the sounds of the water, and if the statue is small, we might also want to put it right next to the fountain.

Inside the home: Many Buddha statues also work just as well when used as unique interior decor. The best spots to show such sculptures are in personal libraries and other rooms that lend themselves to a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Smaller sculptures can be displayed on shelves, with other fine accents, and lend an interesting touch when placed on a pedestal at the end of a hallway. Larger statues can influence the atmosphere of a room when they are placed in a corner or other out of the way spot where they can be admired by whoever walks in.

In a small alcove of a store: Place fine, high quality decor like the “Avalokitesvara Buddha” Garden Statue in a small alcove or other niche, and it can be easily admired by clients. Once again, if the statue is small enough, it will look better when displayed on a pedestal or other structure that puts it at eye level with most customers. Showing the statue like this also makes it easier to accentuate it with candles or small flower vases on either side.

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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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Garden Fairies for the Home and Backyard

Summer is an easy time to decorate the garden. It’s much nicer outside than spring or fall, and we can’t really put statues in the backyard during winter. Well, we could but it’s not a good idea because the cold weather can damage the statuary and we can’t really enjoy much of the garden during the winter anyways. In summer, however, the garden and backyard beckons with shade trees, a refreshing dip in the pool, relaxing by the side of the pool, or just listening to the bubbling water in our outdoor water garden fountains.

After a long winter, the outside is where most of us want to be, especially when we can enjoy the outdoors in the safety and beauty of our own backyards. We also enjoy it more when we decorate the garden with high quality sculptures, cute statues, and other items that give the place character. One of those types of statues is that of the garden fairy, a sculpture that makes an easy, lovely addition to any backyard. Better yet, when the weather turns cold, those same fairy statues can also be used inside the home as enchanting, unique interior decor.

Before talking about garden fairy statues, though, in light of fairies being shown in a certain way in various films and books, we need to clarify how garden fairy decor differs from those depictions. While some fairy decor does show delicate little creatures with butterfly wings, the similarities usually stop there. They aren’t really statues of funny, cartoon characters for kids, but are more like sculptures of mythical, magical beings with an ancient history.

People have been telling tales about fairies and similar, nature-based supernatural creatures for thousands of years. Although we associate them with tales for children, many cultures throughout history and in many parts of the world have seen them in a different, much more serious light. Most times, the view is one of magical, small beings that cannot be controlled, and can cause a great deal of harm and trouble if they are not appeased. Keeping them happy ends up being a part of everyday life and is done by leaving small offerings in the garden. It really is a form of blackmail but to do otherwise is seen as a great risk.

Fairies can be good and they can be bad, but most of all, they are known to be mischievous, capable of wielding magic, and do not like being observed. Perhaps this is why the bad ones are frequently associated with wild, remote areas, and places where people aren’t meant to visit. The Stretch Garden Pixie Sculpture is one such depiction of a sneaky fairy that could cause trouble if it feels offended.

However, on the other hand, we also have fairies that help the garden grow, and would much rather protect the keepers of green space than bring them any harm. Statues of these types of fairies are more common in the garden and give it an enchanting touch. They are represented by valiant, powerful protectors like Rhiannon the Archer Garden Fairy Statue, beautiful, easy-going angelic fairies like the Daydream Fairy Sculpture, and adorable garden caretakers like the Fairies of the Meadow Garden Statues.

These and other statues of fairies can be displayed in just about any part of the garden but might look best when shown near flowers or other backyard vegetation. During the winter, they can be used to lend an enchanting look to a greenhouse, office, or even in a personal library.

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How to Convert Water into Fun Garden Decor

It’s summer and in most of the USA and Canada, it already looks like it’s going to be a hot one. As the temperatures rise, we can spend a boring summer in air-conditioned malls and homes, or have fun and take advantage of the great outdoors. That’s easy enough when one of the greatest parts of the outdoors is right there in the backyard. If it gets too hot, we can just head back inside, or we can forget about that and stay cool in the pool. We can also make use of other water features to give the garden a cool, refreshing look for garden guests and backyard wildlife.

Try these ideas to turn this year’s summer garden into a fresh, green oasis:

Outdoor garden water fountains: If we haven’t done so already, the time has definitely arrived to get the garden fountains out of storage and fill them with water. Although we aren’t going to bathe in those fountains (that’s what the pool is for), the sight and sound of running water is a peaceful, cool addition to any backyard. To reduce water use, put the fountains beneath the shade of a tree, or consider covering them during middle of the day or when you leave the garden.

Another advantage of the garden fountain is that it can take many       forms. For example, to match the Greek garden statues and other fine, classic decor in the backyard, we could go with exquisite, classic sculptural fountains like the beautiful Portare Acqua Italian-Style Sculptural Fountain, or the Hebe, Goddess of Youth Garden Fountain. If a more modern, natural-themed fountain would look better, we could display water decor along the lines of the Staggered Rock Canyon Cascading Garden Fountain, or the Grizzly Gulch Black Bears Sculptural Fountain. No matter which fountains we put in the garden, the blend of sculpture and flowing water will give a lovely welcome to guests.

The backyard pond: A Koi pond is another classic water feature that works for any backyard. It might be easier to install than you think and is meant to be decorated with statues and other fine garden decor. A small sculptural bridge lends a quaint touch, and bronze piped decor can convert the pond into a fountain.

Fun decor for the pool: Make the most of pool time by decorating that important oasis with ocean-themed decor, and brightly colored, tropical sculptures. A mermaid sculpture can give the garden a fun, exotic look, while the “Beer Buddy Tiki Parrot” Statue will be the life of the party. Other suitable statues for the pool include realistic, detailed sculptures of crocodiles, sharks, pelicans, crabs, and other marine wildlife.

Water-themed games: Although it’s not decor, water-themed games are still an essential part of the summer garden experience. For kids of all ages, water and hot weather translates to tons of fun. All it takes is a hose or a sprinkler to stay cool on hot summer days but why stop there? Get a small slide for the pool, put out a long piece of plastic on the lawn and wet it down for slippery fun, and have random water balloon fights. Just get creative.

A bird bath: Last but not least, put out a bird bath or two so the garden can act as an oasis for birds. Bird baths bring more life into the backyard and are always fun to watch, especially when lounging in or by the pool with a cold drink in hand.

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