Tag Archives: water fountain

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.

Discover the best selection of high quality Buddha sculptures at Design Toscano.

New Decor Ideas for the Spring Season

For some of us, spring is here! For others, well, it’s going to be a few more weeks before we see fresh green grass. Nevertheless, in terms of making plans for the garden, the spring season is definitely here because when we think about how we want to decorate the backyard, snow and ice won’t be part of the picture.

If the planning involves nothing more than taking the old garden statuary items out of storage and putting them back in the same spots they occupied last year, then planning isn’t really needed. However, if we want a fresh, new look for the backyard, we need to invest some time and effort into the process. This can be as little as a few hours, or, if we want to give the backyard a serious make-over, a few days. No matter how much or little we want to make changes to the garden, though, we are going to need a few new items. If we want to get really creative, we are also going to have to consider some novel ideas for the decor we display, as well as how and where we show it.

This spring season, try these suggestions to surprise and entertain garden guests:

Unique animal garden sculptures: Instead of sticking with the same angel statues and other garden sculptures as previous years, shake up the backyard scenery with an animal statue or two. Sculptures of animals are an easy way to give the garden a touch of humor, a bit of natural beauty, or to just give it a brand new look. Fun decor like the At a Snail’s Pace Garden Gastropod Statues: Large Snail lend a creative, easy-going look, and fit right in with just about any decorating theme. If we would rather go the cute route, we can’t go wrong with adorable decor like the Prized Pup Statues and other detailed sculptures of cats, dogs, and baby animals.

Flower planters: The garden is an ideal place to showcase natural decor, the most common of which are flowering bushes and plants, and floral arrangements. Although it’s too early to see them come out of the ground, we can still envision where we want them to grow, as well as where we would like to show flower cuttings. In addition to making plans for flowerbeds, we can also purchase new sculptural planters. The Art Nouveau Mystic Maiden Wall Pocket Planter Sculpture and similar detailed decor lend a classic touch of elegance to any garden, and can give an equally fine touch to the interior of the home.

Consider gargoyle statues: The good thing about gargoyles is that they can be displayed in a lot more situations than we realize. Although they often act as essential decor for Gothic and medieval-themed gardens, ironically, gargoyle sculptures also work well with angel statues, other types of classic decor, and a backyard decorated with nothing more than garden gnomes and a water fountain. They can take the form of wicked statues that entertain the imagination, sculptures that welcome guests with Gothic flair, and can also act as backyard wall decor. One such example of classic wall decor is Gnash The Grotesque Gargoyle Wall Sculpture. This intriguing wall decor item looks just as classy on the walls of spring and summer gardens as it does inside the home.

New Asian-themed decor: An Asian garden statue or two can also act as a novel addition to the backyard. Make an impression with beautiful, quality sculptures like the Praying Baby Buddha Asian Garden Statue and the Shenzhan Buddha Garden Statue.

Find the best selection of beautiful garden statues and unique decor for the home and backyard at Design Toscano.

Garden Fairies for the Home and Backyard

Summer is an easy time to decorate the garden. It’s much nicer outside than spring or fall, and we can’t really put statues in the backyard during winter. Well, we could but it’s not a good idea because the cold weather can damage the statuary and we can’t really enjoy much of the garden during the winter anyways. In summer, however, the garden and backyard beckons with shade trees, a refreshing dip in the pool, relaxing by the side of the pool, or just listening to the bubbling water in our outdoor water garden fountains.

After a long winter, the outside is where most of us want to be, especially when we can enjoy the outdoors in the safety and beauty of our own backyards. We also enjoy it more when we decorate the garden with high quality sculptures, cute statues, and other items that give the place character. One of those types of statues is that of the garden fairy, a sculpture that makes an easy, lovely addition to any backyard. Better yet, when the weather turns cold, those same fairy statues can also be used inside the home as enchanting, unique interior decor.

Before talking about garden fairy statues, though, in light of fairies being shown in a certain way in various films and books, we need to clarify how garden fairy decor differs from those depictions. While some fairy decor does show delicate little creatures with butterfly wings, the similarities usually stop there. They aren’t really statues of funny, cartoon characters for kids, but are more like sculptures of mythical, magical beings with an ancient history.

People have been telling tales about fairies and similar, nature-based supernatural creatures for thousands of years. Although we associate them with tales for children, many cultures throughout history and in many parts of the world have seen them in a different, much more serious light. Most times, the view is one of magical, small beings that cannot be controlled, and can cause a great deal of harm and trouble if they are not appeased. Keeping them happy ends up being a part of everyday life and is done by leaving small offerings in the garden. It really is a form of blackmail but to do otherwise is seen as a great risk.

Fairies can be good and they can be bad, but most of all, they are known to be mischievous, capable of wielding magic, and do not like being observed. Perhaps this is why the bad ones are frequently associated with wild, remote areas, and places where people aren’t meant to visit. The Stretch Garden Pixie Sculpture is one such depiction of a sneaky fairy that could cause trouble if it feels offended.

However, on the other hand, we also have fairies that help the garden grow, and would much rather protect the keepers of green space than bring them any harm. Statues of these types of fairies are more common in the garden and give it an enchanting touch. They are represented by valiant, powerful protectors like Rhiannon the Archer Garden Fairy Statue, beautiful, easy-going angelic fairies like the Daydream Fairy Sculpture, and adorable garden caretakers like the Fairies of the Meadow Garden Statues.

These and other statues of fairies can be displayed in just about any part of the garden but might look best when shown near flowers or other backyard vegetation. During the winter, they can be used to lend an enchanting look to a greenhouse, office, or even in a personal library.

Find the best selection of unique garden statuary, and fairy sculptures for the home, garden, and place of business at Design Toscano.

Maintaining a Garden in the Desert

Summer is the green season for folks who live in Canada, the east, south, and Pacific Northwest, but it’s the scorching time of year for many residents of the west. Aside from the high mountains, much of the west is arid, and in the southwest, desert is the predominant habitat. In terms of gardens, this means that most people who live outside of mountainous areas in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and southern California would be lucky to have a lush, green backyard cultivated with trees, bushes, and vegetable gardens.

Increasingly, in many parts of the west, it’s just  too hot and dry to maintain a lush, green backyard. There are exceptions but less available water translates to more restrictions on water use, and a green garden doesn’t have nearly as much priority as farm fields, or water used for bathing, cooking, and drinking. Nevertheless, there are ways to maintain a garden in a desert environment, especially by following these tips:

A wet, green garden might not be possible: If the home happens to be located in an arid region, this is the first thing we need to come to grips with. If maintaining a green garden is too much work and requires too much water, we should probably accept that it is not the right type of garden for the backyard. There are other types of gardens, including ones that don’t require a fresh, green carpet of grass. In fact, in desert areas, this might also be a bad idea because watered lawns tend to attract more Black Widow Spiders and scorpions. Instead of going against nature, it’s going to be a lot easier to work with nature and cultivate a garden suited for very low humidity and high temperatures.

Stick with native plants: This is the easiest way to maintain a garden in arid surroundings. Instead of using plants imported from other parts of the country, why not work with cacti and other plant species that already happen to be adapted to the harsh, local conditions? Cacti and other desert plants can show beautiful flowers, attract interesting local birds, and require very little maintenance. The types of plants we use depend upon where the garden is but should be available for purchase at local nurseries and might already grow in the backyard. As with gardens anywhere, we just have to decide where they should grow, and how much pruning they require.

Water at night: If we do live in an area where we are allowed to water the garden, we should do so at night. In the desert, the difference in temperature and evaporation between night and day is extreme. Use a sprinkler during the day and most of that precious water will be quickly lost to the air. Turn on the hose at night and a much higher percentage of that water will soak into the ground and be used by the plants. In addition, if we water plants already adapted to dry conditions, very little watering will be required in the first place.

Rock gardens: To make up for the lack of vegetation, we can work with sand, gravel, stones, and rocks. It just takes one look at a professionally sculpted Japanese rock garden to see that this is a fantastic, eye-catching option.

Detailed, desert garden decor: As with any garden, one in the desert will also look better when decorated with high quality decor. The same types of garden statues used in backyards elsewhere work just as well in the desert, although animal garden statues like the “The Great Roadrunner” Statue might work better than some other animal sculptures.

Find the best selection of beautiful garden statuary and other unique decor at Design Toscano.

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.

Find the best selection of unique garden statues and fine decor for every need at Design Toscano.

Five Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

As we gear up for summer, there’s one chore that some of us need to take care of before we truly kick off the garden season. The new, warm weather offers a chance to get all of that unwanted stuff out of storage and sell it right out of the garage. It’s also a good excuse to take stock of garden decor and whatever else happened to be stored away in the attic, garage, or other cubby holes, and see which items need to go. The best place to sell all of that stuff is right out of the garage or on the front lawn, but despite the popularity of garage sales, those items don’t always sell themselves. These are some tips to sell more during yard or garage sales and help clean out the house:

Hold it after spring cleaning: Make sure to clean the house before actually holding the sale and not because we will be inviting garage sale customers in, but because this is how we find all of the stuff we are going to sell. If we just grab a few things here and there to sell in the garage, there will be lots of other things that we overlook. It’s better to put in the time and effort to go through the entire house and gather anything that could be sold to offer more to customers and hopefully sell off a high percentage of unwanted items over the course of one weekend. 

Advertise: As with any business of selling things, advertising will bring in more customers. Although we could hope that word gets around without putting out a few ads here and there, unless you are already famous and have thousands of followers on social media, don’t expect many visitors. Attempting to sell without letting large numbers of people know about it usually ends up being a sad waste of time. To avoid that outcome, we need to place ads for the garage or yard sale that show the time, place, and dates of the sale. To know where to publish or show those ads, take a look around and see how other garage sales are advertised. Are the ads in the newspaper, on social media, or posted at the church or on phone posts? Go with one of these options or all of the above to get the word out and connect with your market. The better the connection, the more likely  you can keep the sale to one, successful weekend. 

Use signs and Categorize: Now that the sale is underway, we have to make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for. Save them time by organizing and categorizing the second-hand wares and put clear signs showing where they can find the garden statues, books, music, lamps, and so on. Essentially, treat the sale like an outdoor store because that it pretty much what it is.

A weekend sale: Don’t just host the sale for one day. Make the garage sale a weekend event that goes for either two or three days. Some folks might only be able to attend on Saturday, others on Sunday, and many might not hear about it until Saturday.

Final discounts: On the final day of the sale, give discounts on everything, bigger discounts on the stuff that needs to go. We don’t have much to lose on the last day of a temporary sale meant to clear unwanted stuff out of the house so we might as well give two for one discounts, 80% off, or whatever it takes to not put that stuff back into storage.

Find the best garden statuary and decor at Design Toscano to replace old decor sold at a garage sale.

Choosing an Outdoor Garden Water Fountain for the Backyard

Summer garden decor season has nearly arrived and this means that folks who spend a lot of time in the backyard need to make some serious decisions. One choice involves the decor that may or may not still be in storage. If those sculptures and other decor items are still in the attic or garage, the first thing we need to do is unpack them for a quick inspection. Next on the list is picking out the angel statues and other sculptures that still belong in the backyard, and choosing the ones destined for the next garage sale.

Once we have the statues and decor meant for this year’s summer garden, we can think about new decor. Animal garden statues are always an easy, fun addition, especially when they are crafted with fine, realistic details. A beautiful angel sculpture can also lend a classic touch, whereas statues of gargoyles and dragons pay homage to fantasy realms and fairy tales.

However, one of the best new additions for any garden is an outdoor water fountain. For many, the beautiful blend of sculpture and falling water is a crowning piece for the yard, and it also acts as excellent welcome decor for a hotel or other place of business.

Fountains have always played a special role when it comes to decor. During the days of ancient Greece and Rome, stone fountains decorated with motifs of deities and other accents were a focal point in plazas and estates. The first fountains were essentially wells and springs that were engineered to provide easy access to fresh, running water. As with many projects involving stonework and masonry, the craftsmen also gave their projects an artistic touch by sculpting the blocks of limestone and marble.

The presence of the common, town fountain continued long after the fall of the Roman Empire with more elaborate fountains being constructed during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The 18th century Baroque era marked the opening of one of the most spectacular fountains of all time, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. This magnificent sculptural display of running water marks the place where the “Acqua Vergine” bursts forth from the ground, an aquifer that was discovered during the days of ancient Rome and has been used for drinking water ever since. Many modern Romans still believe that the water issuing forth from the fountain has curative properties.

Although few of us have the resources, enough land, nor the commitment to build something as grand as the Trevi Fountain, we can still decorate the backyard with a beautiful, classic garden fountain. This can take the form of a classic, multi-tiered Italian-style fountain, a fountain that features sculptures of Saint Francis with animals, or one that neatly decorates the corner of the backyard (see the Saint Remy Lion Corner Fountain). Such classic-themed fountains are a fine addition to backyards that feature Greek garden statues, angel sculptures, and Victorian-themed decor, although they also lend an exquisite touch to any backyard.

Modern fountains are another option, especially for gardens that stick with statues of animals and other natural themes. A fountain in the shape of a pagoda or cascading bamboo can work well with Asian garden statues, whereas decor like the Chapoteo Del Sol Sculptural Fountain is a good way to decorate the backyard with a touch of modern class.

Find the best selection of garden fountains for every home at Design Toscano.

Five Tips for Showcasing Favorite Garden Statuary and Decor

Favorite decor can take many shapes and forms. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if there is one thing that unites favorite garden decor, it’s the high quality of the decor in question. A garden sculpture or other decor item often becomes a favorite when it shows a certain rare character, beautiful, life-like details, or other aspect that generates an emotional response. Some of us have a favorite animal statue because the sculpture looks as if it’s going to get up and walk around. Others prefer a stunning angel statue that wouldn’t be out of place in a European cathedral or museum, whereas some folks have a favorite that comes in the form of a small, yet creative and colorful, garden gnome.

No matter which type of garden decor happen to be a favorite, these are five tips to help showcase their beauty:

Display the statue in a prominent spot: Put the sculpture in a place where it can always be seen and its beauty can be enjoyed every time we enter the garden. If that beautiful statue of a child or impressive outdoor water fountain is placed in the middle of the yard or is always in view, it will also make an impression on every garden guest. One of the easiest ways to put the spotlight on a sculpture is by placing it on top of a column or plinth. This increases the height of any sculpture and turns it into centerpiece decor.

Welcome decor: What better way to make an impression that welcoming guests with your favorite, high quality garden decor. Place the sculpture within view of the entrance to the garden and guests can’t help but notice it. The type of decor that greets them might also make an impression on how they perceive their hosts. For example, if they are greeted by an eye-catching statue of a Celtic dragon, they may feel that the owners have a good appreciation of fantasy novels and movies, as well as medieval history. If the “Go Home!” Castle Imp Gargoyle Solar Garden Statue is the first sculpture they see, guests will know that their hosts have a good sense of humor.

Reserve the decor for a secret corner of the garden: Although a favorite statue will always look good when displayed where everyone can see it, we don’t have to show our favorite statues this way. Folks who feel that the statue merits a dignified place of honor can show its beauty in a quiet corner of the garden. This works well for favorite decor items that happen to be memorials for loved ones and pets, sculptures that have personal significance, or a fountain that acts as a private oasis for garden birds. This way, we can also show guests this favorite, private spot and decor when we are ready to share it with them. Likewise, it gives us the chance to reserve that special decor for ourselves and the people who will appreciate it the most.

Right next to the pool: Getting back to displaying decor in a prominent spot, the poolside can be a great place for showing a favorite garden statue, especially if it happens to be a sculpture of a mermaid, crocodile, or maybe even a shark!

Find favorite garden statues, beautiful angel sculptures, and other fantastic decor for the backyard and home at Design Toscano.

Fun Ideas for New Garden Decor

May is that beautiful transition between spring and summer that also happens to be the perfect occasion to buy new decor for the backyard. However, garden decor doesn’t have to take the same old shape and form as last year. We all have our favorite gnome statues, sculptures, and decorations for the garden, but we can also give the backyard a fresh new look with a few, new, unique additions. This garden season, instead of putting out the same old statues, put a few new items on display to give the backyard a fun, exciting new look.

When picking out new decor, the best place to start is in the garage, attic, or wherever we keep our old decor. Before getting something new, we need to assess what we already have and see where we could make some changes. Get all of the old decor out of storage and see which statues still belong in the backyard, and which ones might be better off in a yard sale. After doing that, pick out the ones you still want to display, keeping in mind that we want to have enough room for at least two or three new sculptures.

Once we have last year’s garden decor in front of us, we can also count how many animal garden statues we have, how many gnomes are there, and if we have enough angel sculptures for this year’s backyard. This assessment will give us a good idea of what to get for this year’s garden and save a lot of time when shopping for new decor. If we don’t have any animal garden sculptures, that would be a good place to start, and there are a wide variety of animal statues to choose from. Fun animal statues can come in the form of flying squirrels, sculptures of monkeys, and even dancing ducks! Dramatic sculptures of animals that remind us of the wild and beautiful side of nature are also possible and demonstrated with depictions of bears, forest animals, and detailed statues of tigers and other big cats.

When taking animal statues into consideration, this might also be the year to add a bronze animal sculpture to our collection of garden decor. A beautiful bronze lends a classic, high quality look to any garden or backyard, and can take the form of a galloping horse, frog, other animals, or even children at play. No matter which bronze we choose, it will give the backyard a fantastic, new look.

Those of us who love gnomes know that we can never have enough, especially when we can choose among high quality, creative gnome sculptures that are painted by hand with bright, enchanting colors. Such gnomes statues can take a variety of forms, including the fun Ringing His Chimes Garden Gnome Statue, and the easy-going Beach Comber Gnome Dude Garden Statue. Some gnomes also make for interesting functional decor, one such example being Stormy the Gnome Gutter Guardian Downspout Statue.

Of course, we can also go for unique, extraordinary decor that will leave a long-lasting impression on every neighbor and garden guest. To do that, look no further than a garden decorated with sculptures of an alien or two, a life-like dinosaur, and a bigfoot statue.

Find the best selection of new and classic garden statues and decor at Design Toscano.