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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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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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Three Ways to Welcome Guests with Unique Decor

Tomorrow is the official date for Halloween and we have other holidays happening during the next two months. With that in mind, we are reminded that this is the time of year when we welcome more guests into our homes. Folks who happen to be hosting a Halloween party today or tomorrow will greet a fair number of guests with their favorite spooky decor, and most of us can plan on visits from family and friends for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. We want all of our guests to feel special when coming over for a party, dinner, or other activities, and there are various things we can do to make that happen.

We can start by greeting them with certain types of high quality decor as soon as they approach the front door. A unique greeting will make a lasting impression and set the stage for a fun, memorable night. This holiday season, try these three ways to welcome guests and make an impression that lasts all year long:

Unique door knockers: The doorbell is an easy, modern convenience but it just can’t compare to the classic appeal of a beautiful, artistic door knocker. These functional accents are always a fun, easy way to entertain guests as soon as they arrive. The only possible problem is the door knocker becoming so popular with kids of all ages, they they feel compelled to use it over and over, even after they have arrived. However, we can easily solve any such potential issues by telling guests that folks who use the door knocker after walking through the front door have to recite a poem, tell a story, or do a dance. Actually, depending on the guests, that might actually be an incentive for spontaneous entertainment. Either way, it will work out because we will either not hear the door knocker over and over, or hear it and be treated to a fun, and more lively party than we ever imagined. To make guests feel like they have arrived at a castle, try the Vecchio Greenman Authentic Foundry Iron Door Knocker.

The gargoyle treatment: Yes, gargoyles are meant to be intimidating, medieval creatures with a ferocious appearance but no, we don’t want to frighten guests into leaving. By the “gargoyles treatment”, we mean greeting them at the front door with a gargoyle sculpture. There are three main types of gargoyles, one that perches on top of castle or cathedral walls, another that actually climbs the walls, and one that crouches next to an entrance way. All are meant to act as guards of some sort, especially the one that sits next to the front door. Put the Boden Gargoyle Sentinel Statue just after the entrance to the home and guests will either be thrilled to have entered into an abode where Gothic decor is taken seriously, or wonder if they have come to the right place. Reassure them of either possibility by introducing them to the gargoyle sculpture in question. Keep in mind that the other two types of gargoyles also work just as well for greeting guests, including cute little Emmett the Gargoyle.

Angel sculptures and holiday decor: Angel statues aren’t just limited to churches, cemeteries, or beautiful gardens. Some sculptures can also be used as fine decor to greet guests in elegant, classic fashion, and these work especially well during the holiday season. We can also lend the angel some holiday cheer by topping the statue with an elf hat and decorating it with garland. If we would rather go with some other type of holiday decor, we can also give guests an entertaining greeting with a statue of an elf or nutcracker.

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Reasons to Shop for Halloween Decor Today

At the end of the summer, for most people, Halloween is one of the farthest things from the mind. Families with young children and adolescents are focused on starting a new school year, and most of us are thinking more about celebrating Labor Day than worrying about costumes and decorations for the end of October. However, although this fun, scary holiday is still far off, there are some pretty good reasons for picking out Halloween decor today. These include such reasons as:

Stress-free shopping: The sooner we start shopping for any holiday, the less stressful it is. As we all know, time truly takes flight during any holiday season, so it’s always worth it to look for decor and gifts with more than enough time before the special day. Otherwise, we risk shopping at the last minute especially if our shopping schedule ends up being compromised by unforeseen circumstances. We can avoid that last minute anxiety as well as buying average decor for higher prices than normal by looking for Halloween decor today.

Finding unique, memorable decor: Another major benefit of shopping early for Halloween decorations is having more opportunities to find truly fantastic decor. We all know that there are plenty of options to buy regular Halloween decor, especially from the seasonal stores that open a month before October 31st, but why do that when we can buy truly memorable decor that can also be used in the garden at other times of the year. Such options include incredible, intimidating gargoyle statues, frighteningly real decor like the Zombie of Montclaire Moors Statue, the heart-stopping Harvest of Evil Garden Scarecrow Statue, and even realistic animal garden statues like the Shadowed Predator Black Panther Statue. These and dozens of other high quality Gothic and unique garden statues lend an impressive look to every backyard and Halloween display.

Shop for a fantastic party or event instead of an average display: We also need to think of how we would like to celebrate Halloween. If we plan on throwing a party meant to entertain guests and leave a lasting impression, it’s never too early to shop for the event. In fact, since the big night is just a couple months away, it would have been better to have already started the search for high quality Halloween sculptures and decorations. To have the best Halloween bash on the block (or even in the entire city), we can’t put off shopping until late September. We need to begin now so we can have a better idea of how we want to impress and frighten guests, as well as know what our options are. For example, if a bevy of life-like dinosaur statues is too much for the Halloween budget, maybe we could settle on one dinosaur along with several gargoyles and other types of decor. Or, we might realize that we would rather have a display with zombie statues instead of one with classic angels and other Gothic statues.

Saving money: The best part of shopping for decor in advance is saving money. While we could wait for last minute sales on Halloween decorations, that’s a huge risk to take that usually results in paying low prices for average, left-over items that nobody wanted. Instead, try looking for sales on fine garden decor now, especially when the collection of statues in question includes a variety of unique, fantastic statues.

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Late Summer Suggestions for Garden Decor

At the end of summer, it’s hard to imagine that the weather can be anything different than hot and muggy. Walk outside and in many places, the warm air feels downright tropical. However, it only takes one look at the calendar to know that cool weather will be here before we know it. In a couple of months, temperatures might even be cool enough to wear a jacket. We will have closed down the pool, might start putting up Halloween decor, and will be getting ready for the much colder weather of winter.

For now, though, we can still enjoy hot summer weather and take full advantage of it by spending more time in the backyard. Go for a swim every day because that won’t be possible in a month or two from now. The same goes for birds coming to the bird bath, and outdoor dinner parties. When the weather turns cold, we will also have to put resin garden statues back into storage. But, before then, we still have plenty of time to showcase favorite sculptures and enough time to change up the decor in the backyard. This change can help give the backyard a fresh, new exciting look for this last bit of summer and early fall. Try these suggestions to help make that happen:

Change every statue or just a few?: The number of sculptures we remove and add depends on how much we want to change in the garden. We might want to consider removing a few gnomes or fairies and replacing them with animal garden statues. We might want to only replace sculptures that remind us of spring or early summer, and replace them with statuary and decor that are associated with harvests and other aspects of autumn.

Instead of switching over a few sculptures, we could also change the entire look of the backyard by putting every piece of decor back in the garage. This is a good option if we want to change the decorating theme, make room for Halloween decorations and statues, or to just decorate with a few sculptures to facilitate getting the yard ready for winter.

Try a new theme: This is the perfect time of the year to change over the decorating theme in the backyard. More than enough time has passed to enjoy the previous theme, and a new set of sculptures and decor will impress garden guests. If spring and the first part of summer already played host to statues of angels and classic decor in the garden, we could switch to a display with more animal garden sculptures. We could also get really creative and use realistic dinosaur statues to turn the yard into an amazing display of prehistoric creatures. That change works especially well for a hotel or restaurant, and can be complemented by a Bigfoot statue.

Tree decor and hanging statues: We could also go with statues and decor that literally hang from the trees. These dynamic decor items work well when we want to decorate a backyard with just a few pieces of decor. Such hanging decor items can take the form of anything from fun sculptures like the Hanging Jungle Monkey Statue to colorful statues of parrots on a perch or even Gothic decor fit for the scariest of Halloween displays.

Items meant to decorate trees don’t have to hang off of them either. Greenman statues literally put a face on a tree or garden wall, and character can also come in the form of animal statues like Simone the Squirrel.

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How to See More Hummingbirds with Garden Decor

It’s June and it’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy the outdoors. We take advantage of the warm, summer weather by spending more time in local parks, going camping, and doing other, fun outdoor activities. Although we often take vacations at this time of year, we don’t really need to travel very far to savor these beautiful summer days. All we need to do is step out the back door and we can relax by the pool, work in the garden, host fun, outdoor dinner parties, or just admire the natural and sculpted beauty of backyard garden statuary and decor.

Although we all love a classic angel statue, and beautifully detailed sculptures of deer or other wild animals, the natural, green factor is just as important. Trees, flowering bushes, and other vegetation help turn the garden into a private green oasis, especially when they attract beautiful goldfinches, woodpeckers, robins, and other wild birds. One of the most interesting types of birds that can visit the garden is so unique; it hardly seems to be a bird at all. This special avian animal is the hummingbird, and there are things we can do to attract more of these miniature beauties to the garden.

With quickly beating wings and flashing colors, hummingbirds are probably the closest thing to real garden fairies any of us will ever see. Although just one species lives in the east, it’s pretty common and can occur in any garden close enough to woodlands or other natural vegetation. Out west, there are more species, especially in the deserts and mountain forests of southern Arizona and New Mexico. However, no matter where a garden happens to be situated, there are certain things we can do to bring more of these feathered dynamos into the backyard. These are a few tips to see more hummingbirds in the garden:

Red decor: Since hummingbirds feed on brightly colored flowers, they are often attracted to bright red decor. They will also check out orange, or yellow decor in search of nectar. Put out a statue or two of a gnome, and we might see a hummingbird come to investigate. As soon as it realizes that it cannot feed from that garden gnome or other colorful sculpture, it will leave but we might be able to keep it around with other aspects of the garden.

Outdoor garden fountains: Just about every small bird is attracted to water, including hummingbirds. Since they are so small, they will probably wait until other birds have left, but once they see their chance, hummingbirds will come in and bathe. They do so by hovering and dipping into the water as well as sitting on a surface that is washed with a very shallow stream of water. This is why although they will come to classic fountains like the Lovers Under Umbrella Sculptural Fountain, hummingbirds seem to prefer ceramic fountains like the Burnt Umbra Ceramic Jar Garden Fountain, or the Ceramic Rippling Jar Garden Fountain.

Planters: While hummingbirds love to visit feeders with sugar water, they also love feeding from a variety of small flowers, including sage and honeysuckle. These and other suitable flowering plants can be planted in various parts of the backyard, but they look even better when placed in a sculptural planter. Hang that planter next to the back door and we might be greeted by hummingbirds every time we step into the backyard.

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