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Egyptian Decor and Accents for Every Home

Decorating the home is no simple matter. While it’s easy enough to put a few paintings on the walls and a statue or two in the living room, that doesn’t really compare to the art of interior decoration. This is why those who can afford to do so sometimes hire interior decorators to plan the beautification of the home. The decorator might go with certain themes for different rooms or follow the suggestions of the home owner, but will always find creative ways to make a living space look fantastic.

One of the ways they accomplish this is by using unique accents and stunning decor in every type of decorating theme. If a room follows a medieval theme, it might also feature an exquisite classic statue in addition to Gothic decor and antique replica furniture. Likewise, a hallway that follows a classic theme might also be decorated with a few modern items as long as they augment the decorating objective. Egyptian decorations and statues can also be used as accents for just about every theme because they combine a striking, regal look with classic appeal.

This aspect of Egyptian items also makes many of them suitable for every home and just about every decoration situation. Although something as large and regal as a stunning replica of King Tutankhamen’s Egyptian Throne Chair might be better suited to a room dedicated to an ancient Egyptian theme, the following accents and decor are much more versatile:

Small Egyptian accents: Small statues of Egyptian deities and other accessories are an easy way to lend a royal touch to any situation. With its striking combination of jet black and golden colors, a sculpture like the ©”Isis, Goddess of Egypt” Statue gives a bit of detailed beauty to a living room, office, or any space in need of artistic, classic decor. This and other small Egyptian statuary work well as desk accessories, when displayed on a mantle, or in accompaniment with other types of small decor.

Other Egyptian-themed accents can take the form of colorful decor like the Egyptian Eye of Horus Offering Vessel, decorative treasure boxes, clocks, and other items that blend fine details with the regal and mysterious symbolism of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian lamps: Decor that also acts as lighting is an easy way to lend a touch of fine, unique decor to any room. In providing a necessary function, sculptural lamps like the Egyptian Goddess of the Night Illuminated Statue and the Egyptian Torch Offering Table Lamp can also find a place in rooms already decorated with or bereft of Egyptian decor. The smaller sculptural lamps can be displayed on tables to act as eye-catching accents and conservation pieces, while larger forms of decorative lighting can do the same when shown in a hallway or corner of any room.

Egyptian sculptural tables and furniture: Sculptural tables that showcase Egyptian-themed art are another excellent way to decorate with unique, creative, functional decor. The mesmerizing Royal Golden Bastet Egyptian Side Table entertains with detailed depictions of the Egyptian goddess of joy and the royal colors of the ancient Egyptian palette. Since this takes the form of a beautiful golden colored feline, it will also be appreciated by anyone with an appreciation for cats.

The rich colors and fine details of the Egyptian Goddess Eset Glass-Topped Table will also turn heads whether it is used in an office setting, library, or sitting room of a home. It also acts as a lovely complement to the luxurious Cleopatra Neoclassical Chaise and other examples of high quality Egyptian furniture.

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Four Interior Decor Ideas for the Winter Months

The holiday season is over and with it comes a promise of cold weather for much of Canada and the USA. In many places, a green garden is a memory covered by a cold, white blanket in the backyard, and, in most places where snow is lacking; it’s still too cold and wet to enjoy the backyard. This will eventually pass but it will be a month or more before fresh green shoots of grass peak out of the garden soil. The good news is that in the meantime, we can fulfill all of our decorating desires right inside the cozy warmth of the home while we make plans for our spring and summer gardens. Try these five ideas to make the most of fantastic interior decor during the cold months of winter:

Indoor statues: Who says that sculptures can only be used outside? Many a refined home also features one or more statues. These can take the form of classic statuary, African sculptures, and even detailed, realistic statues of animals. With dozens of indoor sculpture ideas to choose from, the best statues for a winter home depend on the decorating theme already inside the house. If Egyptian art is on display, eye-catching, quality Egyptian statues like the ©”Isis, Goddess of Egypt” Statue, and larger sculptures like The Egyptian Grand Ruler Collection: Life-Size Thoth Statue lend an additional, stunning, splendid look to the home.

Likewise, a Venus of Arles Sculpture is an easy way to give a touch of class to any home or place of business. This can also be achieved with small statues of angels, a fairy sculpture or two, or other small statues that were used in the backyard during warmer days.

Unique wall decor: Sometimes neglected, often decorated with nothing more than a few average pieces of decor, the walls of the home offer more decorating opportunities than many people realize. This winter season, get creative, think outside the box, and try decorating with various types of animal-themed decor, Egyptian items, and wall sculptures that also work in the garden. We can give character to a blank wall with minimal materials like decals and adhesive patterns, as well as large, eye-catching decor like the Freedom’s Pride American Eagle Wall Sculpture, and augment the classic beauty of other decor in the house with beautiful sculptural wall pediments.

Exquisite lighting: It might be darker during the winter but that’s the perfect excuse to decorate and experiment with beautiful, indoor lighting. We can light up the hallways with medieval-themed sconces that help turn any home into a personal castle, use Gothic-themed lighting to give the place the character and personality we have always wanted, and give the home a lovely vintage look with fantastic floor lamps like the Peacock Goddess Torchiere. Other floor lamps can also be employed to decorate the home with sculptures of animals, dragons, and classic themes. Augment the beauty of those floor lamps with stained glass illuminated pedestals, and exquisite table lamps.

Antique replica paintings: Framed art has acted as classic, staple decor for centuries and with good reason. A beautiful painting can capture nostalgic, timeless scenes, represent a range of emotions, or just lend a lovely look to the rooms of any home. Thanks to the skills of modern day artists, we can also decorate the home with detailed, high quality replicas of paintings seen in museums. These include replicas of Impressionist paintings, works that pay homage to the Renaissance era, and American West themed artwork.

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How to Host a Unique New Year’s Eve Party

Happy New Year! Not quite yet, but sharing this happy phrase with friends and family is only a few days away. Depending on how the change of the calendar is celebrated, it might be accompanied by loud horns, fireworks, party hats, and kisses, or in a more quiet and intimate setting with close family and friends. However you happen to celebrate the end of 2016, we hope that it’s a great time and that you have had a wonderful year.

If you plan on celebrating by hosting a New Year’s Eve party, here are some tips for throwing the most interesting end of the year soiree on the block:

Host a theme party: Instead of the regular New Year’s bash, entertain guests with a party that follows a theme. Throw a party with a medieval theme and we can treat family and friends to an evening that features mead, and appetizers and recipes fit for a king. We can also encourage folks to dress in their favorite royal outfit, to wear a Venetian party mask, and even attempt to host an Austrian waltz contest. The winners get a bottle of champagne or a box of chocolates. For a medieval or Gothic-themed party, we should also remember to decorate with replicas of antique accents and put a party hat on the gargoyle statue.

We could also go with an Egyptian theme whereby guests are encouraged to dress in their best ancient Egyptian styles and wear make-up that would rival that of the pharaohs, or even throw a Wild West New Year’s party. This would require guests to dress as cowboys, Victorian ladies, and frontiersmen, and we could play games like pin the tail on the horse, serve apple pie and appropriate drinks, and host a square dance.

Keep people’s car keys: Since champagne and other libations often play a main role in ringing in the New Year, we want to be extra careful about the safety of our guests. Take people’s keys when they arrive and don’t give them back unless you are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so. This suggestion also leads up to the next one.

Prepare some spare rooms: If we foresee that it would be better for some guests to abstain from driving once the party ends, we should prepare extra rooms and couches for people to sleep on if needed. We need to take care of that well before the party starts because we will probably be having too much fun to prepare rooms after the clock reaches midnight.

Use new and unique decor: Of course we also want to impress guests with the way we decorate the home. In addition to New Year banners and other regular decorations, we could get a new sculptural floor lamp, elegant wall decor, and indoor statues for the party. A bonus of putting out new decor is that we won’t have to put it back into storage on January first either. We can keep using it to decorate the home whether we have the walls decorated with the Little Author Lunette Wall Sculpture, the Ham & Bacon Retro Advertising Pig Sign, or other fun decor.

If we throw a theme party, this is also where we can impress guests with medieval home decor like the Sir Percival’s Illuminated Sculpture and use the King Arthur’s Vessel of Avalon Centerpiece Bowl to serve treats. Guests of Egyptian parties can enjoy the atmosphere of a home decorated with stunning Egyptian wall decor, and luxurious Egyptian furniture like the Cleopatra Neoclassical Chaise.

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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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How to Create a Medieval Garden

There are many ways to decorate a garden and summer is the time to do it. Actually, spring is the best season to pick a decorating theme and highlight the backyard with beautiful garden statues but if that hasn’t happened yet; we can still have a lot of fun decorating it during the summer months. As far as picking a theme, this year, why not go with something different? Instead of a garden with three or four cute animal garden sculptures, why not give the backyard a Gothic look, turn it into a place that pays homage to the plazas of ancient Rome and Greece, or go for a medieval appearance?

If we opt for a medieval-themed garden, we can make the backyard look like green space that belongs to a castle, or like beautiful gardens from our favorite fantasy novels. These are a few ideas and suggestions to help make that happen:

Where to start: When decorating for any theme, we need to start by checking out the backyard to see where decor would work best, and how much space we have. We need to do this before buying garden statues and getting them out of storage to avoid buying sculptures that won’t fit or work with the overall theme. Take a look around the garden and imagine where sculptures would look best as well as functional decor like garden furniture and outdoor garden water fountains.

Medieval garden statues: Since we will be sticking to a medieval theme, we don’t want to get Buddha statues or sculptures that would take us away from that (at least not for this garden). We are better off focusing on medieval decor and sculptures that remind us of castles, keeps, and fantasy realms. For example, instead of putting a modern bronze sculpture on display, try something like the Celtic Circle of Life Sculpture, or the Nature’s Wanderer Sculpture. Classic angel statues also work especially well, along with a garden fairy sculpture or two.

Dragon statues and gargoyle sculptures: Statues of both dragons and gargoyles are near essential decor for any medieval or fantasy-themed garden. These mythical creatures are strongly associated with tales of castles, kings, and magical realms, and add that imaginative touch to help the garden display truly stand out. When guests are greeted by truly impressive gargoyles like Silas the Sentry Gargoyle Sculpture followed by dragon statues like the ©”The Dragon of Falkenberg Castle Moat” Lawn Statue,  they will know that they are entering a unique place with a strong appreciation for fantasy. Crown the medieval atmosphere with a dragon skull or two in the flower beds.

Outdoor medieval furniture: Although sculptures act as the most important part of the medieval display, garden furniture can also play an important role. In addition to augmenting the medieval look, they also provide us and guests with places to sit and rest. A variety of Victorian-themed chairs and benches work well in just about any garden, including ones with a medieval appearance. Put the elegant Roundabout Architectural Steel Garden Bench around a favorite tree, and admire the garden while sharing the magnificent Giant Neoclassical Swan Garden Bench with special garden guests.

Where to place decor: Once we have our statues, furniture, and other garden decor, we have to figure out where they should go. Hopefully, we will already have that in mind but if not, it’s easy enough to pick prominent spots for eye-catching sculptures, and the best places where chairs and benches can be used to admire the backyard.

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