Monday, November 18, 2013
Sometimes it's hard to find gifts for the holidays because we just end up thinking about the same types of presents we gave the year before. It might be clothing or some useful item but we don't often think of giving decor for the backyard. This is a perfect gift for anyone who has at least some green space behind the house. If the person in question likes to spend time in the garden, that's even better, but anyone with a backyard could use high quality decor for the garden. Even if he or she already has a fine display of Greek garden statues or a fun bunch of garden gnomes, you can bet that they will love to take the wrapping off another statue for the yard.
To find the best garden statue for that special person, think about how they have decorated their yard along with their hobbies, what they like to read, and so on. If they only have gnomes and other cute garden statuary, garden fairies like the Dreamland Fairy Statue is a good bet. They might also like high quality animal garden statues like adorable Pongo, the Hanging Baby Orangutan. However, if that special person is a fan of science fiction or fantasy novels, buy gargoyles figurines like the Chained Cathedral Gargoyle Statue or a realistic dragon skull statue.
Find the best garden decor gifts at Design Toscano.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
There are many types of presents that we can give for the holidays but the key to a good gift is finding one that will be appreciated or even adored by the recipient. If someone on your holiday gift list happens to love stories with dragons, plays fantasy video games, or is an aficionado of the horror genre, they are going to love it when they open that gift wrap and find a gargoyle statue. Gargoyles are classic decor that can give home and the garden an enchanting, magical touch. The different types of gargoyle sculptures also make it possible to find a gargoyle that fits into every decorating theme.
Cute Emmett the Gargoyle will look right at home in a backyard replete with cheerful garden gnomes, animal statues, and other light-hearted decor. Whether you put little Emmett off in a corner or right next to the back door, guests will love this littlest of gargoyles.
If you would rather see a classic, fierce, and intimidating gargoyle, Boden the Sentinel fits the bill with sharp claws, half open wings, and a no-nonsense expression on its fanged face. Put Boden on one side of a garden path and Argos the Sentinel Gargoyle on the other for full magnificent effect. If those are too fierce, you can go back to the cute route with The Picc-a-Dilly Gargoyles Sculpture Set.
Buy these gargoyles and any of the unique items on the Design Toscano site by the end of Sunday, November 17th and pay nothing for regular shipping.
Free shipping ends on Sunday, November 17th and can't be combined with other offers.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Dragons can be mystical, enchanting, and wise, but we should never overlook their fierce nature. Many are the stories and legends of a powerful, dangerous dragon that needs to be avoided and/or appeased at all costs. To do otherwise might invoke its fiery rage and could doom the entire community. To resolve that perilous problem, the local villagers either send some sort of tribute or a hero to rid themselves of the beast. Hence, we have the legend of the dragon slayer but despite the danger associated with dragons, we continue to be spellbound by these mythical, magical creatures. They represent a fierce beauty that comes to life in fantasy novels and movies, and whenever they are depicted, the audience can't help but be impressed by their dangerous, majestic beauty.
You can bring that same detailed beauty into your garden with many of our dragon sculptures. The Mystic Dragon Avenger Statue shows the fierce side of the dragon with sharp details and a fanged snout. As it coils around its magic orb, this striking dragon somewhat resembles a gargoyle meant to protect your garden.
For a fierce and functional dragon, try Ranier, the Sculptural Dragon Rainspout. Put this unique garden statue at the end of a gutter and it will look as if the scaled beast is breathing fire every time it pours.
Find the best in beautiful dragon statues, gargoyle figurines, and other unique decor at Design Toscano.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Decor is an essential part of the holiday season. We decorate the home to demonstrate our beliefs and give the place the right type of holiday character. Many of us do the same for the yard and hope to impress holiday party guests with unique, funny, and stunning decorations. While it's pretty easy to head to the nearest big box store and buy average, everyday decor, finding high quality decorations and decor that makes a big impression can be a bit more of a challenge. To avoid the hassle of finding unique, high quality holiday decor, the best place to shop is at the Design Toscano site. While looking for resin garden statues that add holiday cheer to the backyard, it's also an excellent opportunity for buying unique and wonderful holiday gifts.
If you have family and friends who would rather get Medieval decor and Gothic-themed gifts than a toaster or other average gifts, you will find plenty of fantastic possibilities at our Medieval and Gothic gifts page. Give the Steampunk Skull Containment Vessel as a stocking stuffer or if you are in search of a more elaborate gift, thrill that special person with Hastings, the Warrior Dragon Glass-topped Sculptural Table. These are just two of many fine Gothic items in a unique holiday collection that also includes Medieval furniture and splendid gargoyle figurines.
Enjoy 20% off the wonderful gift items in our Design Toscano holiday collection!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Dragons have been immortalized in paintings, sculptures, and folk tales for thousands of years. Although we often associate dragons with European knights, stories of winged, scaled monsters date back much longer than Medieval times. Depictions of dragons have also been found on ancient Sumerian artifacts and even on much earlier rock art. Although the reason why tales of dragons are found in dozens of cultures continues to be a mystery, that doesn't stop fantasy writers from putting them into their own stories nor artists from crafting fantastic dragon statues. They also make a wonderful garden statuary statement, especially when depicted as realistic creatures that perch on top of a roof or crafty magical beasts that scale the garden walls.
Dread the Dangling Dragon Wall Sculpture is a lively winged dragon that is clearly happy to be climbing up the wall. His scaled appearance, toothy grin, and formidable claws make this a classic dragon sculpture suited for the walls, trees, or other perches of home and garden. Pair it with a realistic Stoker's Moors Dragon Skull Statue to add to the Draconian effect.
The Warsin Dragon Statue is another climbing dragon and one with a classic look that fits right in with a Gothic-themed backyard or a garden that hosts a fine display of Greek garden statuary and stone garden angels.
Find the best in dragons, gargoyle statues, and other unique, high quality resin garden statues at Design Toscano.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Gargoyle figurines have been used as decor for centuries. At first, they played a role as functional decorations used for scaring off supposed evil spirits and enemies of churches and castles but since then, have morphed into Gothic decor meant to act as classic decorations for home and business. That said, as with any type of decor, you can't just put a gargoyle on display and expect it to look both intimidating and incredible. The place where a gargoyle is displayed affects the nature of the decor just as much as the level of experience and imagination of the artist who made it. The best duo of places to put a gargoyle sculpture on display are:
Next to an entranceway in the backyard: Gargoyles are sentinels and guardian statues by nature. Take advantage of those characteristics and put gargoyles just past the gate to the backyard and just outside the back door of your home. Gargoyle statues like the Florentine Gargoyle and the Boden Gargoyle Sentinel are perfect for this purpose.
Hanging from a wall: Gargoyles are at home on the ramparts and walls of a castle, old cathedral, and your home. They like to hang out in high places to better intimidate and maybe even swoop down upon anyone who dares enter into their territory. Buy Gaston, the Climbing Gothic Gargoyle Statue to decorate the walls of your home or business with a fantastic classic climbing gargoyle.
Find these and hundreds of other high quality resin garden statues at Design Toscano today.
Monday, October 28, 2013
This is a very lucky day for anyone visiting the Design Toscano blog. For today, just one day only, anything you buy at Design Toscano gets a big 20% discount! Order any of our unique resin garden statues, Egyptian decor, and other high quality items today, October 25 and you can take 20% off. With a discount like that, this day is the best time to buy beautiful mahogany and hardwood furniture like the L'Escritoire Secretary Desk and the magnificent Lord Raffles Lion Throne Chair. Both of these items are crafted with care and fine details that turn them into beautiful functional decor. These heirloom pieces are inspired by antique furniture that graces the halls of European estates and will lend the same regal look to any room.
It's also a great day to buy and save on Gargoyle figurines that add a classic Gothic touch to any garden. For a bit of cute Gargoyle decor, get the "Beware of Gargoyles" Garden Plaque with Stake and Babble, the Gothic Gargoyle Statue. Both of these unique decor items will put a smile on the face of every garden guest. However, folks hoping for a different sort of reaction can't go wrong with spectacular gargoyle statues like the intimidating and very classic Cathedral Gargoyle Statue or the monstrous Abbadon Gargoyle Statue.
Save 20% on these beautiful items, animal garden statues, and anything else in our catalog today only!
This sale is for a Limited Time Only on October 25, 2013 and cannot be combined with other offers.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Gargoyles are an interesting, unique decor item that can look great in any garden. They aren't just limited to places with several Gothic Decor items or gardens that only put gnomes and garden fairies on display. The right gargoyle statue makes an excellent addition to every backyard by merit of its classic nature. As anyone who has toured the great cathedrals of Europe is aware, those stone depictions of leering guardian spirits are a common sight on the ramparts of churches and castles and you can add the same sort of classic Medieval look to your yard with high quality resin gargoyle statues.
From now until Friday, October 18th, you can also buy several of our gargoyles for a bargain because you get an extra 15% off any of the on sale gargoyles in our collection. That includes fantastic fiendish statues like the Legend of the Cambridge Hopping Gargoyle Sculpture and the amazing Scatheus, Guardian of the Shadows. Buy and save on these excellent gargoyles to give your garden a touch of intimidating elegance. Wonderful replicas of European gargoyles such as the Florentine Gargoyle Statue and the fantastic Spitting Gargoyle of Notre Dame are also on sale.
Get an extra 15% off these and all of our sale items from today until Friday, October 18th as part of our Fall Sale!
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Yesterday, we held a quick, 12 hour sale on garden statuary and everything else on our site. However, if you missed the Pre-Columbus Day Sale on the 10th, you can still get 20% off unique objets d'art and other unique decor when making your purchase by the end of today, October 11th. The sale went so well yesterday, that we have decided to continue offering a 20% discount on all of our items for just one more day.
Buy beautiful garden fairies and get 20% off such exquisite enchanting outdoor statues as the Twinkle Toes Fairy Statue, and "Fanny the Fairy" Sitting Statue. Both of these beautiful little statues are lovely decor for any backyard but work especially well in gardens decorated with flowerbeds and a variety of enchanting sculptures.
That 20% discount also goes for fun Asian garden statues like a Garden Fighter Gnome and fantastic Asian dragons such as the Benevolent Dragon. Speaking of dragons, we also have several detailed garden statuary dragons and gargoyles in our collection. it's not too late to buy a fiendish gargoyle to use as Halloween decor and an impressive dragon sculpture to decorate the walls of your personal keep.
Buy these beautiful statues by the end of the day and enjoy 20% off! Keep in mind that everything on our site is on sale but this offer is definitely over by the end of today, October 11th so place your order now!
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
While most of us are getting ready for the scariest day of the year, another fall holiday is just around the corner. Monday is Columbus Day and although there won't be as many parties and decorations as Halloween, several people will enjoy a day off from work or school. To mark this official holiday, we are hosting a pre-Columbus Day Sale for just 12 hours, today only! Order anything from our site on today, October 10th, and you can take 20% off! Take advantage of this quick 12 hour sale to buy and save on gifts for loved ones and yourself, garden statuary for the backyard, and fantastic last minute Halloween decor.
If you are looking for high quality gifts, browse the Basil Street Gallery to find absolutely exquisite objets d'art, stunning interior decor like the Berkshire Hall Dual Maiden Urn, beautiful Egyptian decorations, and much more. Basil Street is the perfect place to find the best in unique decor and other beautiful gift items but if you still need stunning Halloween decorations, browse our collection of gargoyle figurines, and terrify guests with the Zombie Gnombie statue!
All of our beautiful stone garden angels, Greek garden statues, and life-like animal garden sculptures are also on sale. Just make sure to order today to take advantage of our Pre-Columbus Day Sale because it only lasts for 12 short hours.
Order anything from our site by the end of today, October 10th, and enjoy a 20% discount!
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Fantasy and magical creatures have played a big role in garden statuary for much longer than most people realize. Statues of fawns and other magical beings were put on display in temple gardens of ancient Greece, sculptures of mystical animals are commonly seen on old Mayan ruins, and the ancient Egyptians sculpted many a statue in the likeness of deities that were half human and half animal. In the Middle Ages, sculptures of gargoyles and a variety of magical beings were placed on European churches and on the ramparts of castles. Many of the statues in Victorian era gardens were also based on beings that only lived in the realm of fantasy and similar sculptures continue to be popular to this day.
While we don't think of garden gnomes and garden fairies as being based on magical beings, they most certainly are and you don't have to go all that far in the past to find cultures and societies that believed in creatures like pixies, elves, and other forms of "little folk". In fact, some people and a few cultures still believe in strange, small beings that can play tricks on the unwary and cause problems for those who fail to leave offerings or respect the sacred places where they dwell. Although you can't expect to see any of the little folk in your backyard (they are notorious for staying out of sight), it's still fun to pay homage to those tales with beautiful garden fairies like the Daydream Fairy Sculpture and the Sunflower Fairy Statue.
Find these and dozens of other detailed, enchanting fairy statues in our garden fairy statue collection.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Stories of mermaids have enthralled and terrified sailors for centuries. The idea of irresistible beauties who charm men with magical voices to then drown them in the briny depths of the sea might sound like a ridiculous fairy tale in modern times, but in pre-scientific days, such superstitions were taken to heart. A lot of strange, unexplained things happen out on the open ocean and stories of mermaids were just one way of attempting to explain why some ships seemed to disappear without a trace, or why some sailors appeared to become enchanted and jump into the sea. Although we know now that rogue waves and bad weather are the forces that usually sink ships and that countless days on the sea with little food and water can cause hallucinations, mermaids continue to be a popular theme of cartoons, books, movies, and decor.
Although actual mermaids have yet to be discovered, you can find some of the more enchanting ones in our garden statuary collection. The Daydreaming Mermaid of Langeline Cove Statue is a classic mermaid statue that captures your attention with a finely scaled fish tale and other beautiful details. Measuring more than a yard in length and in height, this enchanting statue will charm both you and your garden guests. Pair this high quality garden statue withe colorful Melody's Cove Mermaid Wall Sculpture.
Find the best in mermaid statues, garden fairies, gargoyle figurines, and hundreds of fantastic garden statues at Design Toscano today.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
As everyone who has shopped for garden statuary knows, it's a challenge to find appropriate sculptures for your backyard. Although it's fairly easy to go to some big box store and find garden statues, they are usually over-priced, of poor quality, and don't look very nice. Nevertheless, many of us have opted for one of those cheap garden statues anyway because we just didn't know where else to look for them. However, that changes once you discover the wealth of garden statues at Design Toscano. The following are three of the basic reasons why so many people choose Design Toscano for resin garden statues:
Quality: You could say that we are really into decor at Design Toscano and that's why we only sell sculptures, furniture, and other items that attain a certain degree of quality. Many of our furniture items are hand-carved from beautiful mahogany, and we offer dozens of realistic animal garden statues. We only sell sculptures that we would use in our own backyards and that's why only offer stunning statues like Fiona the Flower Fairy.
Artistic value: Our sculptures, wall decor, and other items are designed by artists. This adds to the unique character and striking nature of items like Boden the Gargoyle Sculpture.
Price: We hold frequent sales, offer many of our high quality decor for a discount, and given the quality and unique nature of our decor, probably sell them for much lower than what most people expect.
Find the best in garden statuary and classy decor for great prices at Design Toscano.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
With so many gargoyle figurines in our collection, it might be tough to pick out the best gargoyles for your Halloween garden. Nevertheless, if you want to put out a truly frightening and unique display for this Halloween season, finding the best gargoyles for the yard will pay dividends in the form of screams, nervous laughter, and fun Halloween memories. Use the following trio of tips to find Gargoyle statues that convert your place into an amazing display of frighteningly good decor:
Go for realism: In general, the more real the gargoyle sculpture, the bigger the impact it has on guests. Your Halloween friends will love the look on the face of Socrates the Gargoyle Thinker Statue and will be impressed by its muscled appendages, sharp claws, and big bat wings.
Get at least one terrifying gargoyle statue: It's fun to have Halloween decor that provokes laughter and entertains our guests but what would this spooky holiday be without some truly scary decor? This holiday also calls for terrifying decor and Scatheus, Guardian of the Shadows plays the part with sharp, pointed features, a menacing glare, and intimidating details.
Buy a gargoyle that hangs off a wall: With their bat wings, Gargoyles are far from terrestrial in nature. They actually prefer to perch on the ramparts and hang off of walls. Gaston, the Gothic Climber does this with ease and stares down at guests with an evil grin.
Find fantastic gargoyles, dragon statues, high quality resin garden statues, and more at Design Toscano.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Halloween is much more than entertaining trick or treaters with candy and frightening decor. It's also a celebration and we show it by attending and throwing Halloween parties. These aren't just any old parties either but festivities that include Halloween-themed games, food, spooky music, and more. Two of the essentials for any Halloween party are costumes and decor. They help turn a regular get together into a memorable Halloween bash and decor plays a huge role in determining whether your party is a hit or one that ends up being forgotten a few days later. The following are three animal garden sculpture ideas to turn your Halloween bash into an unforgettable event:
Bigfoot, the Bashful Yeti Tree Sculpture: Yes, Sasquatch is an animal too and one that makes a perfect fit for Halloween. Display this detailed depiction of the North American Ape on a tree in the backyard and it will be a frightening reminder to stay out of the woods (or your backyard) at night!
The Bad Intentions Giant Warthog Garden Statue: Add character to your Halloween decor with this intimidating statue! Modeled after one of the roughest, toughest wild pigs on the planet, the sharp, long tusks and stout, mean look of our Warthog makes it look like a natural gargoyle!
Growling Gray Wolf Statue: Use this very realistic statue of a growling wild wolf to give your yard a truly frightening touch.
These are just a few of the many life like animal garden statues in our collection. Enjoy 20% off decor when purchased until tomorrow, September 20th!
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Yikes, it's Friday the 13th! This infamous date is ideal for buying the best in Halloween decor, especially when you can take 25% off the regular price. For just 13 hours on today, Friday the 13th, you can take 25% off resin garden statues and everything else on our site. Take advantage of these frighteningly good savings to buy fantastic decor for the scariest holiday of the year. This Halloween, instead of those mediocre, everyday decorations, entertain guests and trick or treaters with spooky greenmen that turn your trees into mysterious, sinister beings. Pair those greenman sculptures with an Odin Tree Stump Sculptural table for full mysterious effect and add to the perilous nature of your Halloween garden with a Black Panther animal yard statue that lurks in the shadows.
In addition to zombie statues and other appropriate decor for a Halloween flavored backyard, don't forget to also buy and save 25% on fantastic interior decor. Get Silas the Gargoyle and put it just inside the front door so guests can be greeted in proper Halloween fashion during your October festivities. There are also plenty of other equally intimidating gargoyle figurines to decorate the interior of your home.
Since this 13 hour sale isn't restricted to Halloween decor, and includes everything on our site, it's also the perfect occasion for buying gifts for birthdays and the winter holidays. However, this sale only lasts for 13 hours on today, Friday the 13th, so place your order now!
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
For most of the year, gargoyle sculptures play somewhat of a secondary role when it comes to garden statuary. Unless you have a Gothic-themed garden, they usually lurk in the background instead of being a centerpiece sculpture. That all changes during the month of October. As with so many other creatures of the night, the weeks leading up to October 31st are when gargoyles look best and these classic scary beasts look simply fantastic when used as Halloween decorations.The right type of gargoyle figurines can give your yard that extra bit of frightening, unique decor to make it one of the most memorable displays in town.
Greet guests with creepy gargoyle statues such as The Legend of Cambridge Hopping Gargoyle and Beelzebub the Prince of Demons to show that this isn't any old Halloween party. After they walk past and admire those excellent intimidating statues, turn your frightening gargoyle display up a notch with the incredible Scatheus, Guardian of the Shadows Gargoyle. Scatheus lives up to its name with fierce details, a terrifying face, looming pointed bat wings, and claw-tipped hands.
Halloween might also be the only time of the year when a host of gargoyles are welcome inside the home. Entertain your party guests with the fierce likes of Talisman, Gargoyle of the Eclipse, and cute gargoyles like Babble, the Gothic Gargoyle Sculpture.
Find fantastic gargoyles for Halloween and every time of the year at Design Toscano.
Enjoy 20% off decor when purchased from today until September 20th!
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Friday, September 6, 2013
When some people think of garden statuary, images of Greek garden statues or a beautiful stone garden angel may come to mind. While such sculptures certainly make stunning additions to the backyard, they aren't the only type of statuary that adds beauty to the garden. Some sculptures are functional in addition to acting as decor and one such very useful type of garden statuary is the stone garden bench. The stone bench has played a role as garden decor for more than 2,000 years and hasn't changed all that much since the times of the ancient Greeks except for being made of sturdy resin materials and cast stone instead of quarried materials.
Statues such as the Blair Castle Sculptural Gargoyle Bench are a wonderful addition to backyards that feature classic sculptures or follow a Medieval decorating theme. Use this unique bench as a place to put your books during warm weather and then bring it inside for use as a Medieval table during the winter. For an absolutely regal look, you can't go wrong with the stunning Giant Neoclassical Swan Garden Bench. Take a seat in this fantastic garden statuary item and you will feel as if you are living a Victorian dream. To round out your display of statuary, remember a loved one with one or more of our personalized memorial garden benches.
Find the best in unique garden statuary, functional sculptures for the backyard, and the best in decor at Design Toscano today.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
It might still be warm outside but the cool, crisp days of autumn are just a few weeks away. As the weather gets cooler, many of us start to think about putting our favorite garden fairies, gnomes, and other resin garden statues back into storage. However, at the same time, we also need to start thinking about how we are gong to decorate the backyard for one of the most entertaining holidays of the year. Halloween is going to be here in the blink of an eye and a big part of that fun holiday is turning the backyard into a temporary display of haunting, frighteningly good decor.
This Halloween, instead of sticking to the same old cut-outs of ghosts, glow in the dark skeletons, and pumpkin-themed decor, reward yourself and friends with the gift of gargoyle figurines and get serious with your spooky display. Shock and impress guests with detailed and realistic gargoyles such as Draga the Gargoyle Vampire Statue. Not only does this finely carved fiend watch over your Halloween party guests, but it also wants to bite their necks and shows it with a sinister look and sharp fangs.
While Draga watches guests from a corner of the yard, greet them at the door with fantastic sentinel gargoyles such as Argos and Boden. The sharp, regal details, toothy maws, and impressive appearance of these gargoyle statues will tell guests that they have just walked into the best Halloween party in town.
Find magnificent gargoyle sculptures and the best in garden statuary at Design Toscano today.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Part of the beauty of garden statuary stems from the ability to provide an actual function in addition to making your place look simply majestic. For example, the backyard is going to look stunning with a fine display of Greek Garden Statues but a couple of outdoor garden water fountains add a further, fantastic dimension to garden decor. The same can be said of creative weather vanes and rain spouts, especially when they come in the form of a dragon. The dragon rain spout continues the Medieval tradition of using gargoyles and dragon sculptures to channel rain off the roofs of cathedrals, castles, and other large buildings. While such functional sculptures during Medieval times were limited to the clergy and nobility, nowadays, such eye-catching Gothic rain spouts are available to anyone who wants to give their home a unique, Medieval touch.
The Giant Cross-Toed Dragon Rain Spout is modeled after dragon gargoyle spouts on Gothic cathedrals and thus shows a similar large, open muzzle, fierce expression, and craggy, crossed toes that grip its base. This stunning dragon statue can either be installed to funnel rain off of the roof or be used as a stand alone dragon statue that guards the entrance to your home. Complement it with such stunning sculptural dragon rain spouts as Ranier and Darian.
Find the best in functional and unique resin garden statues at Design Toscano today.