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Redecorate the House for Spring

A change of seasons is the perfect excuse to redecorate. As neighborhood trees gain leaves and temperatures climb, why not mimic those changes in the garden with modifications inside the home? It’s a chance to celebrate the end of winter and the concurrent start of spring, and an opportunity to mark new beginnings. This fresh start in redecorating can be carried out in a number of ways, and involve anything from a few indoor statues to a major make-over of every room in the home.

Before getting started with redecorating for spring, it’s worth it to take a walk through the home and think about the winter decor that can be put back into storage, and the extent to which we would like to modify the home. If we don’t feel anything good about the look of a certain room or hallway, we might want to go as far as changing the color of the room in addition to replacing the decor. More commonly, we notice a need for a few small changes here and there, and can make those happen with a variety of unique, high quality items.

We can also redecorate to match the change in garden decor. As we inaugurate a new backyard with classic outdoor garden water fountains and beautiful angel statues, we can also decorate the living room with angel-themed wall decor, and a cute animal statue or two. Angel decor for the interior of the home can take the form of items like the classy Guiding Angel Sculptural Wall Frieze by artist Ellen Mary Rope (1855-1934), and functional, elegant decor like the Brixton Abbey Angel Wall Sculpture.  These and other angelic sculptures and decorations lend a blend of class and peaceful elegance to any room, and many such items can also be admired on garden walls or on the back porch during the summer months.

Speaking of wall decor in general, the texture and storied appearance of a high quality frieze can lend a breath of fresh air to any room and augment its atmosphere. It’s also another easy way to give a home or place of business a touch of elegant class, and thus impress guests and clients.

Colorful decor also works well when we want to influence the atmosphere of the home interior, especially at the start of spring. Just as tulips and other flowers begin to peek out of the ground, and color comes back into the garden, we can match that natural palette with beautiful stained glass decor. The Fruit of the Vine Stained Glass Window and other, similar, high quality stained glass items glow with rich, cheerful hues when placed in a window. For this reason, they act as an easy way to give the home a beautiful touch at any time of the year although spring might be the most suitable month to enjoy their bright fresh colors.

In keeping with cheerful, fun decor, spring is also the perfect season to decorate with good-natured items like the Hog Heaven Twinkle Toe Pig Statue. The small size, colors, and details of this happy, dancing pig make it an ideal addition to a living room, mantel, or dining table. This and other happy decor also work well at the beginning of spring because they can match our relief that winter is finally over. As with any humorous decor, dancing pig statues and similar, creative, unique interior decor will also put a smile on the face of every guest and act as a conversation piece.

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Ideas for Better Meditation in the Backyard

The garden can be many things but most of all, it should always be a place where we can escape the stress and noise of everyday life. It’s a sort of green oasis and such places are naturally designed for rest and relaxation. Whether the garden is made of carefully raked sand, gravel, and stones, features stone paths decorated with a variety of garden statuary, or planted with herbs, vegetables, and flowers, we can always go there to just get away from it all. With that in mind, the garden also becomes an excellent place to meditate, pray, and reflect on various aspects of our lives. It can act as an effective place for revival and rejuvenation, especially if we design and decorate the garden with those goals in mind. The following ideas will help turn any garden into a better place for meditation, prayer, and reflection:

Reduce distractions: It’s always easier to concentrate and quiet the mind when we take away the distractions. This is why monks live in temples away from society, and dedicate a lot of time to just being quiet. The focus is on very few if any thoughts and being in a place of peace instead of one with televisions, constant radio noise, and fighting with traffic. This might also be why beautiful gardens can be found in monastic temples of many faiths. In addition to providing their communities with vegetables and fruits, the garden also acts as a place to focus on cultivating plants instead of being distracted with other endeavors.

For those of us who do not live in a monastery, we can’t expect to eliminate any and all distractions (and most of don’t want to), but focusing on garden duties like weeding, pruning, and just helping the plants grow might help calm the mind, especially when we are surrounded by beautiful, green surroundings. In addition, we can also take easy measures to eliminate some distractions in the garden by turning off the radio, and most of all, leaving all mobile devices back inside the house and just forgetting about them for a certain amount of time.

Use a designated spot: Reflection, prayer, and meditation are always more productive when we do it in the same, quiet, safe spot. To pick the best spot for sitting with our thoughts, we need to look around the backyard and find a place where we won’t see other people, cars, or other movement outside the yard, and where we can just feel comfortable sitting in private. Most times, such spots are in a quiet corner of the backyard or under a favorite tree. It also helps if we can sit on a lovely garden bench, or other lovely garden decor.

Sit near a garden fountain: Some sounds can help with prayer and meditation, especially the soothing sound of falling water. The quiet, constant, natural sound of falling water helps calm the mind whether we want to meditate or not. The sound of the water can also help drown out other, more distracting sounds that can filter into the backyard. The appearance of the fountain is probably less important than the sounds made by falling water but decor like the Cathedral Rocks Cascading Fountain might also help augment the garden’s peaceful appearance.

Display inspirational garden statues: People have used statues of angels and other sculptures for spiritual inspiration for centuries. Such sculptures can still play the same role in modern-day gardens, and can take forms as simple and carefree as the Basking in God’s Glory Little Girl Statue, or as classic as a high quality Buddha sculpture.

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