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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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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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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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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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Display Trophies and Treasures on Creative Mantels, Shelves, and Pediments

We all have our own, personal treasures. When we were kids, those might have been things like interesting rocks and shells from trips to the beach, a note from a special friend, or small gifts from grandparents. As we became older, treasures turned into trophies, photos, and any number of beautiful objets d’art collected over the years. Although some special items are best kept secret, most are meant to be put on display and shown with pride because they represent our achievements, what we enjoy in life, and anything held close to our hearts.

Whether the treasure in question is a photo of the family, a framed diploma, or a small exquisite accent, it will look best when shown in a beautiful setting. Since the importance of an item is reflected by the way in which we display it, we don’t want to put treasures on the top of a television, on a cluttered coffee table, or other place that diminishes their importance. This is why we reserve space for trophies and other important items on shelves, or on the mantel above the fireplace. However, these aren’t the only places where we can display fantastic decor and other personal items. We can also showcase their importance and beauty in a number of creative ways, including these ideas:

Themed shelves: Although the function is the same, the appearance is what makes these types of shelves stand out from regular pieces of furniture. For example, the Egyptian Columns of Luxor Shelves lend a classic, regal touch wherever they are put on display. Painted by hand and standing seven feet tall, this functional piece of furniture art is fit for the halls of any modern day king. However, the six foot long tempered glass shelves won’t be complete until they showcase small sculptures, trophies, or other personal items. Whether used for showcasing a collection of Egyptian art or anything else, these striking shelves are also an easy, excellent way to give any room a creative touch.

The same goes for shelves that follow classic, medieval, or Gothic decorating themes including beautiful pieces of furniture like the lovely Broadgate Grand Presentation Case. This and other, high quality themed shelves are also fitting additions to the office.

Curio Cabinets: Sometimes, we feel better about keeping accents and heirlooms behind glass, and there’s no better way to do that than with a beautiful curio cabinet. This type of furniture is specifically designed and crafted to display antique dishware, cutlery, and other highly valued items. As with other quality furniture, beautiful functional decor like the Rosedale Hardwood Wall Curio Cabinet lends a classy touch all on its own. Nevertheless, as with themed shelves, it and other hardwood, mirror-backed curio cabinets are at their best when displaying beautiful objets d’art, Faberge-style eggs, and other fine items.

Such cabinets also work well in smaller rooms, or when we don’t have as much space to work with. They can also act as an excellent, easy way to house our favorite books and other personal items in the bedroom, or as functional decor for a library or reading room.

Mantel pediments: Mantels aren’t restricted to the top of a fireplace. They can also act as fantastic, functional wall decor in the living room, and come in various sizes. The Dunbridge Soupiere Mantel Pediment is ideal for celebrating the beauty of fair-sized decor like framed art, vases, and small sculptures, and makes a classy, regal impression by way of hand-carved, rich mahogany. If a slightly smaller pediment is needed, The Bounty of Karnington Manor Wood Mantel acts as a fine Victorian addition.

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The Regal Beauty of Peacocks

Some bird species have plumage with so many colors; it’s hard to picture them as animals that actually exist outside of zoos. Macaws, parrots, and toucans come to mind although there’s one bird species that might have all of them beat. This bird is commonly shown in aviaries, is kept on many a farm, and has graced the gardens of Victorian estates for more than two hundred years. This special bird in question is none other than the Peacock.

Formally known as the “Indian Peafowl”, this large member of the pheasant family is actually quite common in reserves and other protected areas of the Indian subcontinent. Although we often associate this glittering blue, green, and golden bird with large gardens, no visit to an Indian Tiger reserve is complete without the vociferous calls of peacocks echoing through the forest. The males call to delineate their territories as well as sounding the alarm at the presence of a Tiger or Leopard, and are often seen foraging in the undergrowth. Rather like extra-large chickens, they search for insects, seeds, and even small snakes by scratching in the leaf litter, and can also eat berries and fruits picked off of trees.

A similar Peacock species lives in tropical forests of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and neighboring countries. Known as the “Green Peafowl”, it is similar in size and shape to its sister species but has mostly green plumage. Unfortunately, it’s also much more rare than the Indian Peafowl, is threatened with extinction, and only occurs in strictly protected areas. The Green Peafowl is also seen less in zoos and gardens probably because it wasn’t domesticated as often as the Indian Peafowl.

In much tamer surroundings, although Peacocks don’t need to worry about predators, they call just as frequently and fill the air of the garden with their exotic voices. Those calls complement the splendid plumage of the males; a blend of royal blue and iridescent greens and golds. The crown of the male is topped with a few ornamental feathers and distinctive “eye” patterns cover the tail. These are mostly shown during its magnificent display, one that has been featured on art since the times of the Babylonians, and has acted as inspiration for several other cultures in southern Asia as well as ancient Greece, the Romans, and even medieval Europe.

All of these cultures and others that have been inspired by the regal beauty of the Indian Peafowl have viewed the bird as something associated with deities, or at least as a bird species fit for royal company. In medieval castles, the Indian Peafowl was even served at royal feasts and was a demonstration of the wealth of the king. Sometimes, the meat of this special bird was only served to the king and the immediate royal family. Although we don’t see the meat of this amazing bird served on modern day tables, some still celebrate its stunning colors by keeping the bird on farms and large gardens. For the most part, though, we showcase the beauty of the Indian Peafowl by way of fine decor.

This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, each of which lends the home and garden a nostalgic, classic touch. Garden sculptures like the Staverden Castle Peacock on an Urn Garden Statue and the beautiful Regal Peacock Garden Sculpture are excellent additions to any garden, whereas the beauty of the Peacock can decorate the inside of a home by way of a decorative bowl, exquisite vases, stained glass, and other lovely accents.

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Decor and Resolutions for a New Year

Happy first day of 2017! For those who don’t have to get up early and go to work, this is the primary day of the year to sleep in, relax, and relish in the fact that another holiday season has successfully come to an end. Sure, there might be some left-overs and holiday chocolates to finish off but at least we can enjoy them without worrying about buying gifts, decorating, attending another party, or preparing our own houses for a holiday bash. While we relax with those remnant chocolates and watch our favorite shows and movies, we can also think about our resolutions for 2017.

Although we don’t know when this custom first began, resolutions at the start of another year or season are nothing new. People have been making them for thousands of years within the context of various belief systems and cultures. During the times of ancient Rome, there was a custom of making resolutions to the God “Janus” at the beginning of the year (the same deity after which the month of January is named). In later eras, knights renewed their vows, and several belief systems mark the first days of the year as a time to reflect, atone, and promise to be an overall better person.

This big change in the calendar acts as a fresh start and the perfect excuse for self-improvement. Those improvements can be anything from losing weight to quitting smoking, or just trying to smile more often. However, we don’t have to limit resolutions to changing habits or doing more for ourselves and others. We can also leverage resolutions to improve the places where we live and work. Improving the home, garden, and place of work can take the form of a major garden overhaul, changing up the decorating theme in the home, or just resolving to change the accents and statues on our work desks once a month.

Whether we make a resolution to get more exercise or decorate the living room, we probably won’t succeed unless the promise we make to ourselves is realistic. For example, if we don’t have the resources to install an in-ground pool and decorate the backyard with heirloom bronze sculptures and fantastic outdoor garden water fountains, it’s probably not going to happen during one garden season. But, if we can put in the pool this year or just opt for the bronze statue, we might make one of those resolutions come true.

The same goes for decor. If we make a resolution to change the wall decor in the home three times a year, there is a pretty good chance we can make that happen. That’s reasonable, especially so when we can choose from unique and beautiful decor like the Gears of Time Sculptural Wall Clock and the Sultans Elephant Sculptural Side Table. Promise to replace all of the garden statues with a dozen new, unique sculptures, though, and that may be more of a challenge. However, if it is, and we don’t have the resources for a complete garden make over, we can still resolve to get a stunning new angel statue for the backyard, or a fantastic animal garden statue like the Catch of the Day Grand Bear Sculpture.

Keep in mind that we can also go smaller with our decor resolutions and get a new welcome sign for the backyard, or funny animal statues like the Hanging Jungle Monkey Statue. It’s just as easy to get a few new accents for the home and place of work, or buy at least three new decor items to change the atmosphere of a room.

Enjoy the New Year and mark it with high quality beautiful decor in the home, garden, and place of business.

Tips to Make the Most of Post Holiday Sales

It’s the first day after Christmas but the holidays aren’t over yet? That doesn’t really happen until we have to use a new calendar in January. Until then, we still have several days to enjoy time with family, make a snowman or two, and admire the beauty of treasured ornaments on the tree. After looking for gifts for the past several weeks, we might also feel like we are through with shopping for a while. However, given the great deals and sales going on during these post-Christmas days, we really shouldn’t call it quits on shopping yet. There are just too many savings to be had and still plenty of wonderful items that would look great in the garden, home, and even places of business.

These are some suggestions to make the most of post-holiday sales:

Go shopping today: A lot of things will be on sale until the end of the year but the best discounts usually happen today and tomorrow. Since some items could go out of stock, it’s worth it to get some shopping time in today, December 26th. Not to mention, that same sale might not be happening in a few days. When it comes down to it, we shouldn’t wait to save a lot of money on purchases of fine decor and whatever other items we would love to have.

It’s also just as important to know where to shop so we can avoid crowds and find the best deals. Don’t leave online stores out of this equation because they might have just what we are looking for, we won’t need those items right away, and we wouldn’t have to brave traffic or wait in any lines to buy them.

Check prices first: We shouldn’t buy on impulse because we see the word “sale”. Some places have discounts for more, and others offer discounts that differ little from the ones we saw before Christmas. If you aren’t aware of the usual price for an item, check prices at a few places before clicking that “buy now” button. It will be worth it if we can save even 25% instead of 20% on beautiful wall art, an exquisite mahogany table, or other items for the home and garden.

It’s a long, dark winter: We are just getting started with the winter, and for folks who love sunny weather, unfortunately, we literally have a lot of dark days ahead of us. The lack of sunlight can be trying even if we do manage to break up the cold weather with a two week trip to Cancun, Jamaica, or Costa Rica. This is a worthwhile thing to keep in mind while shopping during these discounted days because we might come across some items that will lend the home a bright, cheerful look. Keep an eye out for discounts on sculptural floor lamps like the eye-catching Peacock Goddess Torchiere, and the fun Heads above Giraffe Floor Lamp. We should also look for deals on unique sculptural wall sconces, cute table lamps, and other cheerful interior decor.

Keep spring and summer in mind: It can hard to imagine the pleasant warm days of summer when the garden is a frozen landscape of ice and snow, but in a few months, spring will be here again and fresh green shoots of grass will be coming up in the backyard. It will be time to think about decorating the garden, and if we shop for decor now, we can be prepared for it while saving money on beautiful animal garden statues, sculptures of angels, and other high quality decor.

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Decor Ideas for a Medieval Christmas

Christmas is coming and if we want to feast on a goose for the holiday, we should hope that it’s getting pretty fat by now. Although roasted turkey and ham have replaced a big fat goose for a Christmas feast, during Victorian England, a goose was the holiday dinner of choice. Although records are scarce, the same might be said for folks who lived during medieval times in Europe. Lords and ladies probably feasted on geese and other wild game in their castles and keeps, whereas common folk made puddings, sweet breads, and other special goodies associated with the holiday season.

Just as it is now, the winter holidays were a time of feasting and celebration hundreds of years ago. During the medieval era, the winter holidays also included dancing, songs, and visits with family members. Although most folks nowadays probably don’t do a lot of dancing during the days of Christmas, we certainly still pay visits to other family members and sing carols. When cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family members visit our homes, we can also entertain them with fine decor. This year, instead of showcasing our favorite classic holiday statues and decor, we could spice up the holidays by treating them to a medieval Christmas.

These are some of the ways to help make that happen:

Use medieval-themed decor: The easiest way to make a modern-day home look like your very own castle is by decorating it with choice medieval decor. When guests are greeted by a gargoyle statue or a suit of armor after walking through the front door, they will feel like they are walking into another, much older era. Those feelings will get stronger when they see hallways lit with illuminated decor like the Castle Dragon Iron Wall Sconce, and other Gothic items that make use of candles and exquisite, medieval-themed details.

We can also impress guests with tapestries on the walls, small medieval-themed items on the mantel and table, and make use of Gothic furniture that would have looked right at home in the quarters of medieval royalty. We could also seat guests of honor in something like the fantastic Fitzjames Hand-Carved Solid Mahogany Throne Chair, as well as on the York Monastery Solid Hardwood Gothic Bench, and other medieval furniture items with an authentic, storied appearance.

Goblets and other accessories: During the medieval era, the people who lived in castles didn’t have plastic cups or even many regular vessels made of glass. They usually enjoyed wine and other drinks in metal goblets that were meant to impress and built to last. Serve guests with similar vessels and they will feel like they are being given the royal treatment. We can continue to make them feel like royalty by serving food on medieval-themed dishware, and can contribute to the medieval holiday atmosphere by serving holiday snacks and meals on a beautiful antique replica table decorated with a lovely candelabra.

Serve medieval dishes and drinks: Of course no medieval-themed Christmas would be complete without enjoying an honest to goodness Gothic feast. This is where we can enjoy dishes of roast goose and stuffed pheasant accompanied by traditional puddings, and other medieval era recipes. If pheasant proves to be too difficult to find, it can be substituted with recipes that make use of stuffed quails, roast ham, and home-made rye breads. Although potato-based dishes are tempting, to be authentic, we need to remember that potatoes are a New World tuber that wouldn’t have been seen in castle halls until the 16th or 17th century. Wash down the meal with mead and wine; serve a whiskey cake for dessert, and holiday guests will have an unforgettable Christmas.

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Unique Gifts and Decor for Folks who Love the Outdoors

December is here and the calendar is on a quick run to the holidays. This can be an anxious time for folks who are still looking for gifts but we shouldn’t worry too much because there are still several days left to find everything on our lists. Although it would certainly be better to shop sooner rather than later, preferably today, the reason why we still need to buy those final presents might be more related to knowing what to buy. If we don’t know what to give, we can have all the time in the world and it still won’t matter.

However, there might be easier ways that we realize to pick out the right gift. If that special person has a hobby, or loves certain activities, all we need to do is focus on that interest to find an excellent, much appreciated present. Whether they love birdwatching, knitting quilts, or just going for walks in the park, it’s actually pretty easy to find the right gift. The same goes for anybody seriously interested in the outdoors.

If that person in question loves to go hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, or doing other activities that make use of national parks, forests, and other wild areas, we are in luck because there are plenty of gift options. In fact, the high number of possibilities might even make it difficult to settle on the right gift. Since they love to spend time in the outdoors, they very likely already have many objects, gear, and apparel associated with their hobby. They certainly have favorite fishing rods, hats, and footwear, and might also be members of outdoor organizations, and have subscriptions to magazines that focus on their hobbies.

However, no matter what sort of things aficionados of the outdoors may or may not already have, there are still more unique options to choose from than we realize. We just have to know where to look and that means not going to the same stores where they have gone shopping because, in all likelihood, they have gone there on many occasions and bought the things they want. Sure, there should still be some good gifts ideas but to avoid giving them what they already have, we need to think outside the box.

Instead of browsing a big box fishing or camping store, we can save time by shopping for outdoor-themed accents and decor online. If he or she loves the outdoors, they probably also spend a fair amount time in their own backyard or garden and might do more with it than we realize. Whether they actually plant vegetables and flowers in the garden or not, folks who love the outdoors are going to be pretty happy with unique animal garden sculptures like a hanging bear cub statue, the Fishing for Trouble Bear Statue, and decor like the Agitated Alligator Swamp Gator Statue. This is because such detailed, high quality animal statues represent the wild, untamed places enjoyed by folks who love the outdoors.

We can also go with a variety of beautiful, detailed wall decor options, including the Freedom’s Pride American Eagle Wall Sculpture. This majestic wall decor item captures the fierce beauty and power of the Bald Eagle and immediately captivates with life-like, grasping talons that extend a full eight inches out from the wall. This and other quality outdoor-themed wall decor like the American Buffalo Wall Trophy make bold statements in a den, living room, furnished basement, or office, and will be much appreciated by folks who love the great outdoors.

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