Monday, February 4, 2013
Asian garden statues are a welcome addition to most backyards. Whether the yard already has garden fairies or classic Greek statuary on display, Asian decor can provide a peaceful, enchanting touch that reminds us of the need for tranquility in our lives. While quiet and peaceful depictions of a meditating Buddha are a common and fitting aspect of Asian gardens, Asian-themed decor also includes dramatic pieces like ornate and beautifully detailed bronze dragons. Some Buddha statues are also meant to inspire laughter and add a light-hearted touch to the garden.
One such easy-going Buddha sculpture is The Laughing Maitreya Buddha Statue. This jolly Buddha is all smiles as he contently sits and waits to hand out candy to lucky children. Rub his belly for good fortune and let his laughing face wash away your worries.
Another delightful, laughing statue comes in the form of a sculpture of Shou Xin Gong, the Chinese God of Longevity. Wise Shou Xin Gong expresses his happiness with an open smile as he offers the peach of immortality, a fruit said to bloom once every 3,000 years. This is the fruit that made the mischievous Monkey King immortal after he stole one and took a few bites. Shou Xin Gou holds the staff of longevity in his other hand and is said to grant a long life to those who put statues of him on display.
Get 20% off these and other lovely Asian decor items when buying them today and tomorrow, February 5th.
This sale can't be combined with other offers.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Asian-themed decor has a kind of timeless beauty and elegance that brings peace to any backyard. Put a statue of the Buddha near a bubbling fountain and the garden becomes a peaceful oasis. Such decor can help you erase the stress of the day as soon as you walk through the garden gate. That peaceful, beautiful Asian decor also becomes a bit more accessible from today until February 5th on account of our Asian Decor Sale.
All Asian-themed decor at Design Toscano gets a 20% discount when ordered between today and Tuesday, February 5th. Enjoy that discount on such lovely Asian garden statues as the Pagoda Lanterns or a statue of a Thai Princess. The faux stone Pagoda Lanterns make an elegant, tranquil addition to any type of backyard with simple, symmetrical lines. The Thai Princess Sculpture pays homage to the ornate art forms of the ancient Thai culture with a statue modeled after antique Thai works of art. By the tranquil look on her face, this princess has achieved inner peace and will act as in inspiration for you to reach the same goal.
All of our Large Buddha statue items are also on sale as well as beautiful bronze sculptures like our Dancing Asian Fish Spitting Garden Statue Collection.
Buy these and other Asian decor items from now until February 5th and get 20% off !
This sale can't be combined with other offers.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Backyards and gardens are meant to be positive places where we can escape the stress of everyday life. We spend time in those personal green spaces to "recharge" the mind and feel rejuvenated for life outside the garden walls. The right type of decor can be a great help in this regard and some of the best items for positive inspiration are religious-themed sculptures.
One of the most uplifting sculptures is the Basking in God's Glory Statue. With arms stretched out in exuberant jubilation and a look of joy on her face, this little girl reminds us of how beautiful it is to simply be alive. Her innocence and universal appeal make this special statue suitable for any faith.
Another beautiful garden sculpture is the Jesus Loves the Children Statue. The Christ shows his absolute love and care for the smallest of people with a kind, loving face. The realism of the flowing gowns and expressions on the faces of Jesus and the two small children are stunning.
Asian-themed gardens and any backyard in need of a cheerful touch will be suited for the Jolly Hotei Buddha Statue. The happiness shown on the face of this content, large Buddha statue will bring a smile to the faces of all of your garden guests.
Find these uplifting items and other quality garden statuary at Design Toscano today.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
We love it when our customers share their feelings about one of our Bigfoot Statues, our animal garden sculptures, and other unique items from our collection of quality decor. When you write a review, it lets us know if we are providing our clients with the type of high quality decorations and objets d'art that we strive to offer. However, we also know that it can take time to write those reviews so to show our appreciation, we are holding a contest for the next ten days.
From now (January 15th) until January 25, 2013, anyone who writes a review about any of our items is entered into a drawing to win a $150 gift card! All you have to do is review your favorite statuary, indoor decorations, or other item purchased from Design Toscano and you could win $150 to spend on exquisite, breathtaking decor like the Chateau Chambord Clock and Candelabra Ensemble, or beautiful furniture like the Hawthorne Collection Wing Chair.
It could also be used towards the purchase of Asian-themed items like a bronze replica of a Tang Dynasty Horse Statue or a monument sized, large Buddha statue.
Write a review for one of your Design Toscano favorites and get entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card! Reviews must be written between January 15th and January 25th and only one winner will be chosen at random. The lucky winner will be announced during the final week of January.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Asian-themed garden often plays host to bamboo (both living and sculpted forms), Koi ponds, and Buddha outdoor statues. There might also be a stunning Panda animal yard statue or even a Ninja Gnome but the most spectacular of Asian gardens usually showcase a bronze sculpture or two. Asian-themed sculptures tend to look more impressive and authentic when depicted in bronze because sculptures crafted from that ancient medium have adorned Chinese gardens for more than two thousand years.
The solid bronze Asian Dragon with Power Orb is one such spectacular sculpture. This writhing Asian water dragon is sculpted in the same style as classic dragons that adorn Chinese temples. The power orb is a modern touch but gives this beautiful bronze sculpture a magical, captivating appearance. Although it can be shown on its own, this fantastic, piped bronze sculpture is at its best when placed in a pond or fountain.
The Tranquil Buddha Statue is another stunning Asian-themed bronze sculpture. Carefully crafted in the traditional lost wax method, this Buddha statue is beautifully detailed and resembles many Buddha sculptures that grace temple grounds in Thailand and China. The peaceful, contented look on the face of this Buddha is timeless and inspirational.
Save on these fantastic bronze sculptures and hundreds of other statues for the backyard and the interior of your home and business at Design Toscano.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Gardens come in just about every size imaginable. They can be a large piece of land that extends into other open, green spaces or a postage stamp of vegetation in a crowded urban area. No matter what the size of your garden, there are ways to decorate and turn it into your own peaceful retreat. Garden statuary helps in that regard and there are sculptures of the Buddha suited for backyards of all sizes.
The extensive gardens of larger estates and big backyards are a perfect fit for our Giant, Monument-Sized Buddha Statue. Seated in the lotus position, this four foot tall statue of a meditating Buddha will hold a prominent place in even the largest of backyards.
The three and a half foot tall Enlightened Buddha Sculpture is another fairly large Buddha statue that acts as a centerpiece sculpture in large Asian-themed gardens. Its smaller footprint also means that it can easily fit into smaller backyards.
Speaking of small green spaces, statues such as the Bodh Gaya Buddha and the Baby Buddha Studying the Five Precepts can fit into very small gardens and help provide peaceful inspiration in cluttered, urban areas.
Order Buddha statues for the backyard, quality resin garden statues, and anything else on our site until the end of today, December 16th, and pay nothing for standard shipping
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The winter holiday season is here again and it can be an exciting time of the year but who doesn't breathe a sigh of relief after buying and wrapping the last gift? As we all know, paying for those gift items is usually much less problematic than finding the right presents for our loved ones. We want to give something that will be appreciated, enjoyed and that matches a person's personality. Fortunately, whether in search of a gift for the artist, distinguished gentleman, or both, our site is filled with hundreds of high quality, unique gifts for just about every member of the family.
Speaking of distinguished gentlemen, what educated, well read man would not like the Lord Byron Wooden Side table? With its hand painted "books", this unique table is a functional, trompe l'oeil work of art that adds a clever, artistic touch to the reading room.
If he plays chess, get him the Gods of Greek Mythology chess set to play on the Lord Byron side table. This beautifully carved chess set depicts various members of the Green pantheon in artistic detail and comes with a deluxe wooden chess board that is built to last.
Find these items, the best in Asian garden sculptures, greenmen, and hundreds of other heirloom quality gift items at Design Toscano.
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!
Save on beautiful angels and animals statues for the backyard at Design Toscano.