Thursday, November 29, 2012
Some of the largest statues in the world are sculptures of the Buddha. Carved out of mountainsides, shaped from natural rock formations, or painstakingly sculpted from different stones that are then put together, huge Buddha statues never fail to leave most people in awe. This was one of the main reasons for making them so large in the first place but it's not the only size shown by the Buddha statue. Smaller statues are actually the norm and this is demonstrated by many Buddhist temples in Asia. Although the largest statue is the centerpiece of the temple, there is typically a number of other, smaller sculptures in various shrines here and there on the temple grounds. The different sizes of the statues make it easier to be reminded of the Buddha and the importance of striving for humility.
The size of the Buddha statue for your garden depends on how you want to display it. If it's going to be the most important of all your resin garden statues, then a large Buddha sculpture is probably the best one to get because such an item tends to take center stage. If you would rather have the Buddha sculpture act as a simple highlight to an Asian-themed garden that also features a large tiger sculpture and other decor, then you probably need medium or small Buddha statues.
Find an assortment of Buddha statues and other religious outdoor statues at Design Toscano.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Cranes are among the most noble of bird species. Stately and long-lived, these regal birds are also known for their fidelity and dancing courtship displays. Although cranes are found on many parts of the globe, the majority of species occur in eastern Asia. This is made apparent by their frequent depictions in Chinese and Japanese art. The innate elegance of Red-crowned, Japanese, and Sarus Cranes turns them into naturally good subjects for works of art and just as these birds are encountered in the wild, they are typically painted and sculpted in pairs.
The elegance and beauty of the crane has earned it a venerated spot in Asian gardens for hundreds of years. Since crane species are generally too wild to visit even the most beautiful of enclosed gardens, artists began to create bronze sculptures and stone statues of these birds to be used as garden decor. That tradition continues to this day and is wonderfully represented by our bronze crane statues. Available in three sizes, these verdigris patina bronze garden sculptures add a touch of classic elegance to any backyard.
To make an even bigger impression with beautiful bronze crane statues, get the Colossal Cranes Bronze Garden Sculpture. Water is piped through the beaks of both of these stately bronze statues to turn them into elegant animal fountains.
Order crane statues, resin garden statues, garden fairies, and anything else on our site by Wednesday, November 28th and get 20% off the regular price!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Bigfoot has several names. In the southern states, this large, hairy bipedal creature is called the Skunk Ape. In Ohio, believers in Bigfoot claim that the "grassman" roams the oak woodlands of the Buckeye State. In the wild coniferous forests of the west, it goes by the name of Sasquatch and in Asian mountains, a similar furry giant is known as the Yeti. An enigma for sure and one that deserved to be immortalized as one of the more fantastic animal garden statues.
The following are two reasons why it's worth it to buy a garden sculpture of Bigfoot:
Gentle Giant: Despite Bigfoot's massive size and obvious strength, the scarcity of sightings indicate that it might be the most shy creature in the woods. As opposed to being threatening, an animal yard statue of Bigfoot fills the garden with mystery and enchantment.
It's unique: While neighbors can claim that their backyard is inhabited by statues of pink flamingoes and garden gnomes, get a Bigfoot sculpture and you can show that your garden hosts one of the most unique and detailed sculptures in town.
Yet another reason for buying a Bigfoot Sculpture today is because you get a 20% discount as part of our Black Friday Weekend sale. This sale ends today, November 25th!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
A statue of the Buddha is frequently found in Asian-themed gardens. This reflects the tendency for Buddhist temples and shrines to combine the beauty of nature with the meditative, peaceful demeanor of sculptures of the Buddha. In keeping with the peaceful tenets of Buddhism, many temples also act as sanctuaries for wildlife by protecting natural habitat and feeding the animals that frequent the surrounding bamboo groves and forests. For this reason, in places like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, they can be great places to see monkeys, exotic birds, and other Asian wildlife.
Although you won't find actual Asian animals like tigers and cranes in your Asian-themed garden, you can come close with our realistic, detailed sculptures. Complete the look of your Asian-themed garden by displaying both Buddha statues and animal garden statues such as Tian Shan, the Panda sculpture. Just like a real Giant Panda, this adorable statue has bright, inquisitive eyes, and is keeping busy by chewing on a bamboo stem.
Tigers are another animal that have been the subject of paintings and Asian folklore for centuries. Highlight your Asian-themed garden with a tiger sculpture that showcases the grace and power of this beautiful predator.
Get 20% off the regular price of these animal statues and everything on the Design Toscano site through Sunday, November 25th as part of our Black Friday Weekend sale!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Design Toscano! We hope you are enjoying the turkey, stuffing, and Thanksgiving Day game. Get in plenty of relaxation because once the clock reaches midnight, the holiday shopping season kicks into gear with Black Friday. We are celebrating this most auspicious of shopping days with a 20% sale for everything on the Design Toscano site.
Why leave the house to look for resin garden statues when you can browse through the biggest variety of quality, unique sculptures right from your home? If you adore fairy sculptures (or know someone else who loves these enchanting statues), our beautifully detailed and lifelike Fiona the Garden Fairy makes for an excellent gift. Even people who never imagined putting a fairy statue into the garden will be enchanted by this high quality sculpture.
Or maybe one of our Large Buddha statue is in order? The monument-sized Buddha statue will be the jewel on the crown of any Asian-themed garden or room. This sculpture is closely modeled after Buddha statues from Thailand and shows the same serene, meditative look and flowing robes.
Animal garden statues also make for unique, wonderful gifts for both home and businesses. Mombasa, the Garden Giraffe demonstrates the artistic detail that goes into our animal sculptures.
Save 20% on these and everything on our site through Sunday, November 25th!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, taking advantage of every discount can add up to big savings. Speaking of saving money, if you want to enjoy a 20% discount on garden statue gifts, don't wait until tomorrow because the sale ends today, November 11th. All garden statue items are applicable and that includes classic Asian-themed sculptures such as the Jolly Hotei Buddha statue and the Bodh Gaya Buddha Statue as well as the more contemporary Basho the Sumo Wrestler.
You also get 20% off any of our animal garden statues if ordered by the end of today. Help loved ones and yourself pay homage to majestic lions with sculptures like the stunning Lioness with Cub Statue, the dramatic King of Beast Lion Sculpture and the strikingly realistic Lioness of Namibia Sculpture.
The savings also count for realistic sculptures of other African wildlife savannah like the South African Rhino Garden Sculpture and the beautiful Zairen the Zebra Sculpture. Both of these statues, lion sculptures, and sculptures of other African animals capture the wild, classic beauty of the African plains with exquisite details.
Family and friends will also enjoy the artistic and detailed beauty of our garden fairies and collection of stone garden angels while you enjoy the 20% discount. That discount only lasts until the end of today, November 11th though, so don't wait until tomorrow to order the best in garden statue gifts from Design Toscano.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Whether just getting started with a garden or maintaining one for several years, picking out the right decor can be a challenge. Do you go with greenmen sculptures for the trees or opt for statues that hang from the limbs? Do you limit your garden sculptures to topiary or go for a classic display of Greek-themed statues? Is decor in the backyard going to follow a certain theme or blend Asian sculptures with African animals? No matter how you decide to decorate the garden, the huge assortment of classic and unique decor at Design Toscano gives you a cornucopia of garden statuary options.
If the garden lacks any decor whatsoever, decide on a theme (or not) first and foremost. If going for an Asian-themed garden, Pagoda Lantern sculptures are a good choice. Their simple design and easy-going appearance make them a versatile and ideal addition to any type of flowerbeds.
Speaking of flowers, garden fairies also work well with just about any type of garden on account of their small size and naturally enchanting appearance. The detailed beauty of Fiona the Flower Fairy makes this one of our more popular fairy sculptures.
If you already have an established, well decorated garden, you might want to consider something unique like a life size tiger or Bigfoot.
Save on the best decor for both the backyard and the interior of home and office at Design Toscano.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The wall decor sale at Design Toscano ends tonight at midnight but until then, order any wall decor on our site and you get 20% off the regular price. That includes exciting, exquisite wall decorations found in our Basil Street collection.
The Ancient Tree of Life wall sculpture is one such item. This beautiful bas-relief sculpture captures the essence of the "tree of life" philosophy with long roots that make a strong connection to the Earth and ensure continued growth while the healthy branches of this old growth tree reach to the sky in all directions.
Aficionados of stunning Egyptian art will be happy to know that the discount applies to pieces like the Royal Cartouche Sculptural Frieze. Painted with glittering faux gold, this beautiful work of art is an accurate depiction of a scene from the Boy King's royal throne room.
Wall pediments will also be discounted at 25%, including classic pieces such as the four foot long San Galgano wall pediment. This impressive wall decoration will look great on a garden wall, above a fireplace, or above an archway.
Homes that display Asian-themed art can't go wrong with the impressive Serene Buddha Grande Wall Frieze.
Enjoy 20% off these and all of our wall decor until the end of today, October 24th!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Statues of the Buddha are a common sight in places like Thailand, Vietnam, and Nepal. Visit those and other predominantly Buddhist countries and you will be hard-pressed not to visit temples with huge, gilded sculptures of the Buddha. As awe-inspiring as those statues are, most of the Buddha sculptures in those and other places come in much smaller proportions. These are the statues that people place in their homes, businesses, and gardens to be reminded of spiritual quests and needs.
Statues of the Buddha can also be seen in many gardens in Europe, the USA, and Canada. Those sculptures find a place in those backyards sometimes because the owners subscribe to the Buddhist faith but most place them in the garden either because they have an Asian-themed backyard or because resin garden statues of the Buddha seem to fit in with just about any garden. Like many garden angel statues, sculptures of the Buddha are often depicted with a face that exudes tranquility. With closed eyes and a peaceful, gentle smile, the Buddha appears to be enjoying the most peaceful of dreams and plain happiness. No matter what sort of decorating theme is followed, a statue of the Buddha helps turn it into a place of sanctuary and peaceful retreat.
Find beautiful sculptures of the Buddha and dozens of other quality religious outdoor statues at Design Toscano today.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Asian garden statues are an essential part of every Asian-themed garden. Statues of pagodas and pandas add a beautiful, elegant touch to a backyard where Bonsai and rock gardens are put on display. However, as appropriate as such sculptures are for an Asian-themed backyard, some also work well with backyards where garden fairies hide in the flowerbeds. Take the Pagoda Lantern Sculptures as an example. Unobtrusive, elegant, and soothing, these pieces look right at home in any garden.
The Meditating Shy Yogi of Bali is another sculpture that fits in with just about any theme. As he hides his face in his hands and sits with crossed legs, this Yogi has a rounded shape that lends itself to an expression of peace and tranquility.
Tigers are animal garden statues perfect for most Asian-themed gardens but they also look just as dramatic and beautiful in other backyards. The Up a Tree Tiger Cub Statue is an accurate display of the excitement and near-panic shown by kittens (tigers included) when they climb just a bit too high.
The Power and Grace Sumatran Tiger and Grand Scale Bengal Tiger are also available for people looking for a less playful (and more dramatic) version of this beautiful, big cat.
Save on the best sculptures for any type of garden at Design Toscano today.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Certain animals seem to be right at home in different decorating themes. Gardens with an Asian theme look twice as good with Panda statues and sculptures of cranes. Animal garden statues of Cheetahs and other African wildlife fit right in with beautiful Egyptian decorations while a Winged Pegasus or Unicorn find their niche in homes and gardens with more mystical, magical themes.
The Gothic-themed abode also has its signature animal and although it would be tempting to give that title to the gargoyle, those creeping, wall climbing creatures are more of a monster than an animal. Although one could just as easily describe dragons as monsters, they still fit more comfortably into the animal category.
Dragons are the magical, fire-breathing animals that have fascinated people throughout the world for thousands of years. If they ever had a home in a decorating theme, Gothic fits the bill perfectly. In fact, a Gothic-decorated place without a dragon or two just doesn't look complete.
A dragon like the Falkenberg Castle Moat Lawn Statue will look perfect as it "swims" through your garden and provides that classic draco look with a horned head, toothy maw, and scaled hide. Inside the home, decor like the Wolfram Dragons Sculptural Wall Shelf will round out your display of Gothic decorations.
Find the best in quality dragon decor at Design Toscano!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The items in the Basil Street Collection cover just about every decorating theme. There are gorgeous, Egyptian decorations, classical pieces, garden statuary, and decor that pays homage to the animal kingdom. There are also a number of Asian-themed pieces that will earn the admiration of anyone who happens to walk into your home.
The Tibetan Sculptural Dragon Wall Mask is one of the more dramatic wall art items in the collection. Crafted after an old Chinese wooden original, this unique objet d'art captures and holds the attention of anyone who looks at it.
Match that dramatic mask with the beautiful Galloping Horses Sculptural Oliphant Tusk. Carved by artists from Guangdong, China, this pieces looks very much like the orginal ivory sculptures created by their ancestors. Although it looks just like real ivory, you can be rest assured that no elephants were harmed in the making of this beautiful piece because it's crafted with a special polymer blend that captures the look of real ivory.
The ancient Tang Horse Iron Statue will also add a classic, Chinese touch to any room where it is put on display. Cast from iron and given an aged patina, this decor is a replica of a 1,300 year old sculpture.
Order these Asian-themed objets d'art and anything else in the Basil Street Collection from today until September 13th and 20% off the regular price!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Garden statuary comes in so many shapes, themes, and sizes that it can be hard to pick out the sculptures meant to beautify your backyard. Although some of those big, Buddha statues look downright inspirational, most folks tend to feel like they look out of place in non Asian-themed gardens. The same goes for Greek garden statues in a backyard that already hosts sculptures of a Giant Panda and pagodas. If the backyard is big enough, you could probably get away with dedicating different corners of the yard to different decorating themes but mixing them together is likely to result in a confusing, crowded, conglomeration of statuary.
In the case of angel statues, though, their universal appeal helps them fit into a wide variety of decorating themes. As long as an angel is placed off to the side of Asian-themed statues, they don't cause much of an intrusion. The same goes for a yard replete with animal garden statues. Although the animal sculptures are more colorful and generally realistic than sculptures of angels, as long as both types of statuary are kept somewhat separate, they don't really disrupt the decorating theme.
Is your backyard graced with angel and animal statues? Do you mix them together or keep them separated? Tell us about your yard in the comments!
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
The garden statuary used to decorate the green space behind your house says as much about you as it does the yard. Put up a few classic Greek garden statues and you might have an appreciation for ancient cultures and art that lasts for ages. It might also represent pride in your Greek or other Mediterranean heritage and a tendency to appreciate realistic art forms.
A Buddha statue could show that you enjoy the neat appearance of an Asian-themed garden. This is almost certainly the case if the sculpture is flanked by bronze cranes or an animal yard statue of a panda. If the Buddha sculpture shares the backyard scene with statues of dragons and other legendary creatures, it might show that you have an imagination that appreciates fantasy novels and are intrigued by the many mysteries of life, or it could indicate that you are a practicing Buddhist.
However, if a look around the garden also reveals items as varied as garden fairies, animal statues, and water fountains, it could just be that you love to decorate your backyard with beautiful statues. No matter what the reason is for including a Buddha statue in the garden, both jolly and meditative depictions of the Buddha are a fantastic addition to any yard.
Find the best in Buddha sculptures and other detailed decor at Design Toscano.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The summer winds down in August and those dog days make more than a few of us ready for the refreshing winds of autumn. Even the trees seem ready to change the color of their leaves as you stroll through the backyard. Birds spend most of their time splashing around in one of your outdoor garden water fountains and you find yourself spending just as much time in the pool. However, despite the lazy, tired atmosphere so common during the last days of August, evenings can be downright enchanting.
As the sun once again turns the reins over to the dark skies of night, the shadows lengthen and the backyard takes on a different personality. Garden fairies seem ready to spring into action and animal garden statues like the Mystical Unicorn of Avalon turn the backyard into a place where magic still exists.
It's the perfect time for throwing enchanting backyard parties and the garden will reveal its true sylvan character with detailed sculptures like Simon the Fox or the Spitting Asian Dragon Bronze Garden Statue. These and other unique Design Toscano sculptures will turn your late summer backyard soirees into unforgettable evenings for all of your guests.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Dragons have fascinated people for thousands of years. Are they memories of ancient beasts that have since turned to dust? Are tales of winged serpents and monstrous, scaly creatures the products of imaginations inspired by instinctive fears in a pre-scientific world? Or, as in Asian dragons, are they symbols of good fortune and wisdom?
The reasons for the prevalence of dragons in cultures throughout the world will always be a mystery but that won't change their status as some of the most fantastic decorations on Earth. The Hastings Warrior Dragon Glass-Topped Sculptural Table pays homage to dragons with detailed, textured beauty. He also shows his strength by hoisting the table top high over his head. To keep with the dragon-themed room where Hastings serves goblets of mead and other Medieval drinks, provide lighting with the Marshgate Castle Dragon Sculptural Electrical Wall Sconce.
Out in the yard, if you love gargoyles but feel like the traditional versions are more at home on Gothic cathedrals, put up a few dragon-like gargoyles instead. Both Boden the Gargoyle Sentinel and Argos the Gargoyle sentinel look ready to pounce with flashing claws and sharp-toothed muzzles.
Save on these unique items, other fantastic Medieval home decor, and dragon garden statues at Design Toscano.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
We have had a small Bonsai garden for quite a few years. This year I purchased the Asian Panda Sculpture and placed it in the garden. This garden is right outside our 3 season porch and I just love seeing the Panda. What a perfect addition. See attached picture.Name:
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Asian-themed gardens aren't necessarily known for the comical side of life. Although they aren't exactly against laughter, the decor that is typically displayed usually lends to a general ambiance of peace and tranquility. Order is given to nature without overly disrupting natural lines and shapes. Statues of pagodas and Buddhas remind visitors that some aspects of life are timeless while bamboo fountains and animal garden sculptures of the Giant Panda are reminiscent of ancient, mystical Chinese mountains.
That said, humor can still be a part of any Asian-themed backyard. Laughter and smiles play just as much of a role in finding peace as meditating near a large Buddha statue. Sculptures of happy, smiling Buddhas demonstrate the importance of joy and fit into to any backyard decorating theme. For one of the cutest, funniest little Asian-themed statues, though, you can't go wrong with the ninja gnome sculpture. Yes, this little guy is both a ninja and a gnome and he's ready to use his magical stealth to protect your garden from squirrels, mischievous garden fairies, and other would be intruders. Although no true ninja needs any amount of back-up (they prefer to work alone), it won't hurt his ego to also deploy Basho the Sumo Wrestler.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Picking a theme for decorating the garden isn't easy. Animal garden statues can add a wild, natural touch to any backyard but classic statuary gives your place an ancient, eternal appearance. Angels are synonymous with peace and magical mischief is associated with garden fairies. Then there are the garden decorating themes that are meant to turn the entire backyard into a veritable work of art. This is one of the goals of an Asian-themed garden and the Japanese garden in particular excels at it.
Carefully placed stones and trees patiently trimmed with expert clippers are vital parts of every Japanese garden but no Asian-themed backyard is complete without a few quality statues. Get the Giant Buddha Monument sculpture for your garden and its peaceful demeanor will emanate throughout the backyard. Buy it from today until July 22nd and get an extra 10% off the sales price.
If the backyard could use a more rotund, happier Buddha, the Jolly Hotei Buddha Statue would cheer up a garden in the middle of a thunderstorm. Raising Chinese gold pieces above his head with outstretched arms and gleefully smiling from ear to ear, this large Buddha statue is supposed to bring good fortune to all who put him on display.
Get 10% off these and other on sale items until July 22nd as part of our Mid-Summer Clearance Sale.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Decor comes in many shapes and sizes. As befits their attributes, "life-size" statues of garden fairies and gnomes are usually small. That works out well because it adds realism to their place in the garden. Just as real fairies would do, they hide in leafy flowerbeds, dance on the lawn, and perch on pedestals. They make for wonderful decor but larger items tend to make bigger statements.
Put a big stone garden angel into the garden and it transforms your backyard into seriously classy green space. Large, Asian decor makes a proud, peaceful proclamation about the theme in your backyard and putting out a few life-size animal statues will give your garden the most exciting decorations on the block.
Decorations are meant to be seen and large items like a Yeti statue or giraffe express that sentiment with zest. You can't miss those amazing sculptures and given their artistic value, it would be a shame for guests not to see them. Just as beautiful works of art are proudly displayed in museums and in the homes of art collectors, your unique, detailed objets d'art and statues from Design Toscano should also be placed where they can be admired.
You will find great deals on big, beautiful items for the garden at Design Toscano any time of the year but expect the best discounts at the annual warehouse sale on July 14th (from 8 AM to 4 PM) and July 15th (from 9 AM to 4 PM)!
The warehouse is located at 1400 Morse Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007.