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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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Why Beautiful Urns Are Decor for Every Season

In general, garden decor is meant for warm times of the year. Resin garden statues can be damaged by freezing cold weather, especially when subjected to cold weather for extended periods of time, but even if we did want to leave our favorite angel sculpture outside during the winter months, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. At least not when the backyard lies under a blanket of snow, the ground is frozen, and biting, frigid wind blows through the bare branches.

Fortunately, depending on where you live, winter only lasts three to six months of the year, and we can still use some of those garden statues inside the home. Although we might want to leave most of the high quality garden gnomes in storage, some of our garden fairies and animal garden statues can act as a suitable addition to the inside of a winter home. In general, small garden statuary works best as interior decor, but there are a few other types of garden decor that work for every season no matter how big or small they may be.

Urns and vases fall into this category. It doesn’t mean that we would want to leave such “all-season decor” outside during the winter months (not a good idea for any decor made from resin), just that there are urns and vases suited for every season.  During the hot days of summer, decorative urns play an easy role in gardens of every size. Their gestalt can help them fit in with everything from classic statuary to Gothic decor and backyards decorated with animals garden sculptures, and they can also be placed in just about any corner of the garden. In general, items like the Versailles Cherub Urn & Plinth just act as basic, classy decor no matter where or how they are displayed.

Another good thing about urns and vases is that they can also be used for displaying cuttings of flowers and other plants, and some can be leveraged as planters. This makes them suitable for the backyard during the summer months, as decor on the porch or sun room during spring and fall, and as a means of lending cheer to a winter home with brightly colored floral arrangements. An example of a beautiful, decorative urn that can be used outside during the summer and then shown inside when the weather turns cold is the Larkin Arts and Crafts Architectural Garden Urn & Plinth Set. This classy urn looks best when placed on the plinth, but still makes a regal statement when displayed without it.

We could also use certain urns for the garden, and then make use of other, more elegant urns as interior decor. While we might limit a large Versailles Cherub Urn and the Versailles Floral Oviform Urn: Set of Two to the outdoors, exquisite vases like the Peacock Centerpiece Sculptural Vase act as elegant interior decor during the cold months. This and other beautifully detailed vases make for easy, classy accents, work well with Victorian-themed decor and antiques, and lend a touch of beautiful elegance to any room.

The same can be said for the impressive Chatsworth Manor Sculptural Neoclassical Pedestal Urn. Although this detailed work of functional art works well for every season, in a warm spring or summer backyard, it can act as fine decor on its own or for showcasing favorite floral arrangements. During autumn, until it gets too cold, it can still be used in the backyard before eventually being placed in an enclosed porch, and when the snow starts to fall, it can host greenery in the living room.

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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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New Uses for New Decor

No matter how much we love the decor in our home and garden, there eventually comes a time when we need to replace one, two, or all items. Those statues and other items might be getting too old and worn out, or we might just need a change of scenery. Either way, new decor is an easy way to inject a breath of fresh air into the home and office. While that new decor will give the place an automatic, fun, new look, it can also be leveraged in a variety of interesting ways, including the following:

Complement antiques with high quality decor: Antiques are a fine, classy means of decorating any home or place of business. They represent another time and place, and stand on their own in terms of creative beauty. However, they look even better when complemented with other types of high quality decor. For example, creative decor like the Grand Plumage Peacock Sculptural Vase, or pieces that pay homage to the Art-Deco era lend a lovely touch to a room decorated with antique furniture or other items.

It can also be worth it to think outside the box and augment the beauty of an antique display with unique statuary. The Celtic Fairy’s Perilous Perch Garden Statue and other equally exquisite garden fairy statues act as an easy, fine complement to a room with antiques. After enjoying their beauty during the winter months, we can out them outside to give the garden a fresh look.

Use offering vessels to lend a touch of class to the home and place of business: Offering vessels are an easy, fun way to lend a beautiful touch to a home or place of work. They can work as table centerpiece decor, or be placed on a bookshelf, on a mantle, or other surface. Since it’s very easy to find a place for an offering vessel, the most important thing to keep in mind is choosing one that lends a true touch of class. For example, if we put something like the Pharaoh’s Treasure Offering Vessel on display, we can highlight the room with a touch of beautiful royal Egyptian colors and classic ancient Egyptian symbols. The offering vessel itself can be used to display a bouquet of flowers, the scent of fresh potpourri, or a cookie jar.

Lend a touch of fantasy to the home: Folks who enjoy fantasy movies and novels might enjoy updating the home with new, fantasy-themed interior decor. This can take the form of anything from an indoor statue of a raven to a unique sculptural table of a unicorn. Since the unique appearances of such creative, fantasy-themed items stand out, we might only need a few such pieces of decor to give the place a fresh, new look.

Beautiful furniture: Chairs, tables, footstools, and other furniture items can lend a wonderful new look, especially when they are beautiful antique replicas and sculptural works that blend function with decor. The Saint-Lazare Petite Metal Daybed is a unique piece of furniture that can act as a wonderful place for an afternoon nap, a lovely spot to get lost in a good book, or a cozy corner to share with that special person.

Creative lighting: Illumination doesn’t have to be restricted to average track lighting and lamps. We can also combine lighting with decor through the use of beautiful Tiffany-Style lamps, decorative works of art like the Peacock & Wisteria Tiffany-Style Stained Glass Window, and creative sculptural table lamps. These artistic items are an excellent, easy means of lighting a room with detailed, eye-catching decor.

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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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