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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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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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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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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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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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