Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Shyloc from PA reviewed the Desk-Sized Catapult
Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.
Comments: Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend who loves medieval weaponry. He loves it! I was surprised at the weight and solid construction of the piece. No problems with any of the mechanics and is a great conversation starter.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Dragons have stalked the imagination for centuries. Those huge, scaled beasts inspire, enchant, and terrify us in hundreds of fantasy novels, movies, and folktales and never seem to go out of style. In fact, there might be no other mythical creature that measures up to the fire breathing dragon when it comes to prowess and popularity. Majestic, intimidating, and awe-inspiring, statues of dragons also add an enchanting touch to any home and backyard.
Fans of Gothic decor and fantasy will love the Mystic Dragon Avenger statue. A gothic, scaled dragon coils around a faux stone power orb and snarls in an expression of intricate danger and beauty. This sculpture makes a magical statement when placed on the edge of a garden path, in a flowerbed, or next to the backdoor.
Sword, the Arthurian Dragon Statue is another dragon sculpture that will take your breath away with its intricate details. The intelligent dragon in this statue crouches atop a Celtic base as it guards a magical sword. Heighten the enchanting atmosphere in your backyard by pairing it with Shield, the Arthurian Dragon Statue.
Order any of these sculptures and the best in animal garden statues from Design Toscano between now and February 14th and get 20% off the regular price.
This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Monday, January 28, 2013
January is the cold heart of winter. The temperatures outside are well below freezing in many parts of the USA and Canada, and shoveling snow has become a daily part of the exercise routine for lots of people. It's tempting to just stay inside but at least that gives you the chance to go through the house and take stock of items that you would rather sell than put into storage. We pretty much do the same thing and call it the Mid-Winter Clearance Sale. This January sale is a great chance to save 20% on any of our sale items and goes on from today until February 1st.
It includes gargoyle figurines like the classic Florentine Gargoyle Statue. This sculpture of a staunch Italian gargoyle is modeled after medieval gargoyle statues that perch on Tuscan churches. It comes in two sizes and both are fine examples of Gothic decor.
The clearance sale also counts for on sale Egyptian decorations like the stunning King Tut Sculptural Floor Lamp. This functional work of art adds lighting with an ancient, royal touch to any home and business.
Order any on sale item from now until February first and enjoy 20% off as part of our Mid-Winter Clearance Sale! This sale cannot be combined with other offers.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Fine decor can turn an average room into a chamber fit for royalty. It can help to inspire conversation in a home, office, or business and can be a reflection of the person who lives and works there. The right type of decor can also affect our moods and those of our guests and clients. For these reasons, it's worth it to pick out decor that is both unique and of a certain, high quality. These are the types of decorations found in our Basil Street collection and when you order anything from the gallery today or tomorrow, you can take 20% off the regular price!
Breathtaking new decor such as beautiful Count Nicolay Faberge-Style Enameled Eggs are included in this sale. These beautiful objets d'art are modeled after 17th century works of art created by Carl Faberge and add a stunning touch to any room with sparkling faux crystals on a bright, shining blue field.
You will also get 20% off beautiful furniture items like the Forbidden City Asian Console Table. This Asian-themed decor is inspired by antique Chinese console tables from the Ming dynasty era and is carved from solid hardwoods.
Find these beautiful items, Egyptian art, Medieval home decor, and hundreds of other high quality decor in our Basil Street collection.
Order anything from Basil Street today and tomorrow (January 24th) and get 20% off the regular price!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Different types of decor lend different feelings and character to a home. When a house is decorated with Egyptian art, it demonstrates classic, royal elegance. Use medieval home decor and the interior of your place begins to take on the appearance and storied sentiments of a noble's castle. Animal garden statues add a bit of natural beauty to a backyard while other types of decor can turn your home into a place of magic and enchantment. One such type of decor is the greenman.
In blending a human-like face with wood, stone, or other elements, Greenman decorations look nothing short of magical. It seems as if they might talk at any moment and challenge the observer to touch them to see if they will respond (or maybe even bite!).
Greet guests at the front door with the Sutherland House Door Knocker. Cast from foundry iron, this classic, authentic door knocker is a replica of an original, bearded greenman, nineteenth century English antique.
Inside the home, put your own magic mirror on display with the Forest Spirits Wall Mirror. This greenman decor will remind you of ancient, legendary forests where gnarled old oaks come to life and tall Sugar Maples whisper as you walk beneath their leafy boughs.
Find the best in greenman decorations and hundreds of enchanting items at Design Toscano today.
Monday, January 14, 2013
If you haven't taken advantage of our furniture sale yet, don't wait until tomorrow to order stunning replicas of antique furniture and other unique furniture items because the sale ends today! This is the last day to get 20% off of the regular price of any of our beautiful furniture so don't wait around to buy magnificent medieval home decor like the Effingham Gryphon Library Table. As with several of our tables, this heirloom furniture item is crafted from solid, gorgeous mahogany. This is a stunning sculptural piece that can be used as a writing table, hall table, or for other purposes, and will last for generations.
It's also the last day to get 20% off any of our beautiful chairs. When you put something into your house that is as stunning and comfortable as the San Lorenzo Renaissance Cross-Frame Chair, guests will spend just as much time admiring it as sitting in it (if they can pry you out of this beautiful, cozy seat).
Egyptian tables are also on sale and include such functional works of art as the Royal Egyptian Cheetahs Sculptural Glass-Topped Console and even a detailed, stunning replica of King Tutankhamen's Egyptian Throne Chair.
Order these beautiful items and any of our furniture by the end of today, January 14th, and get 20% off the regular price.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The office doesn't have to be a sterile place with bare, bland decor. In fact, your personal work space shouldn't be like that at all or it might affect your productivity and attitude. Although an office shouldn't be filled with distractions, most people work better when they feel comfortable and happy with the decor. For those who appreciate the rich history of Medieval Europe and fine, antique furniture, that special decor will include items like the York Monastery Solid Hardwood Gothic Bench. Hand-carved from beautiful hardwoods, this Gothic bench will turn any office into a regal, inspirational place to work. It can be used as a bench as well as for storing files, books, and other items in the compartment beneath the seat.
No one should have to work in an impersonal, office and the Saint Thomas Aquinas Gothic Wooden Bookstand will ensure that your work space has character. This beautiful bookstand is a fine replica of a gorgeous Gothic bookstand from the eighteenth century and is hand-carved from beautiful hardwoods. Use it to show one of your favorite books and to hold any number of small office items.
Buy these beautiful furniture items for office and home by Monday, January 14th, and get 20% off the regular price. This sale is also applicable to Egyptian tables, Gothic tables, and all of our furniture!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Today, January 10th, kicks off the start of a five day sale on furniture at Design Toscano! From today until January 14th, you get 20% off any of the furniture items on our site. This is a great opportunity to save on exquisite replicas of antiques such as the Antoinette Loveseat and the Carved Rocaille Chair. Hand-carved from gorgeous hardwoods and upholstered with jacquard tapestry, both of these pieces are an expression of elegant comfort.
Buy the unique Lady Alcott Victorian Balloon Chair to impress guests and relax with a favorite book and get 20% off the regular price if purchased between today and January 14th. Get a Dragon Sculptural Glass-Topped Table at the same time to increase your savings and add a bit of Gothic flair to your living room.
Speaking of Gothic, since all of our Gothic-style tables are on sale, this would also be the best time to buy stunning, heirloom furniture items like the fantastic Lord Raffles Lion Leg Coffee Table or the elegant Chateau Chambord table. Both of these medieval home decor items are hand carved from beautiful, long-lasting mahogany and are destined to be centerpiece items for any castle.
Order any of these, Egyptian tables, and hundreds of our other beautiful furniture items from now until January 14th and take 20% off the regular price!
Monday, December 17, 2012
We all need that place in the home where we can have some time to ourselves. That need to get away and relax with a favorite book in the confines of one's own home is especially desired during and just after the holiday season. It's not that we don't like our family and holiday guests, it's just that you sometimes feel the need to be surrounded by your own quiet thoughts, to work on that novel you always wanted to write, or to just self reflect upon what you want to accomplish in the new year.
The room known as the den was pretty much created for this purpose and it very much needs its own set of appropriate decor. This would be artwork, furniture, and other items that provide inspiration and reflect your hobbies and strengths. Historians and aficionados of the fantasy genre will get positive inspiration from the Raven's Perch Wall Sculpture or a Greek Spartan Helmet.
The Raven Sculpture is crafted with realistic detail and will remind you of dark tales written by Edgar Allen Poe and will hopefully inspire you to be as clever as this enigmatic bird. The Spartan Helmet may, in turn, inspire you to be more courageous and determined.
Order these Gothic décor items, objets d'art, garden statuary, or anything else on our site by the end of today, December 17th, and pay nothing for standard shipping costs!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Decorating for the holiday season is in full swing but you don't have to stick to traditional decor. Whether interested in giving your decorations some Egyptian flavor or decking the halls with Medieval home decor, we make those and other creative decorating themes possible with high quality, unique items and objets d'art.
This holiday season, get several sets of three Skelly Claus II Ornaments to hang up on the tree, on the front door, and over thresholds. Use this combination of modern Gothic decor and Christmas as a replacement for mistletoe and to show guests that you aren't going to be throwing any ordinary old holiday party!
Buy wall decor like the Celtic Warriors Sculptural Wall Shield. This beautiful, captivating item makes a statement any time of the year but looks simply wonderful when surrounded by garland and other winter holiday decor.
No Gothic theme would be complete without a gargoyle statue or a dragon sculpture. Why not get both for this holiday season? They also look great during every month but make for fun seasonal decor when topped with an elf hat, crown of mistletoe, or draped with lights. Most gargoyles will play the part but cute little Emmet the Gargoyle will be a hit at any party! As for dragons, try dressing up Desmond the Dragon Statue as one of Santa's tiny reindeer.
Find the best in Gothic and Medieval decor for the lowest prices at Design Toscano.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Furniture items lend themselves to being functional works of art and this tendency was often shown in Medieval home decor. European royalty and artistocrats dined at beautifully carved wooden tables and sat on ornately carved chairs that could have just as easily been put on display in an art museum (exactly where many of those original pieces are found today). Although museums are the rightful homes of true antiques from European castles and keeps, artfully crafted replicas add a beautiful royal touch to any home.
To find the best prices on quality Gothic and Medieval inspired furniture this holiday season, go shopping at our furniture blowout page. You will find fantastic discounts on quality furniture like the Victorian Rococo Faux Leather Wing Chair and Ottoman and the Victorian Style Gossip Bench. Both of these stunning items are hand carved from solid mahogany and would look right at home in a stately Victorian mansion.
Save on a set of Toulon French Rococo Armchairs to accompany the Lord Raffles Lion Table for a dining room fit for royalty. These masterpieces of carved mahogany furniture command attention and look almost too good to use!
Shop at Design Toscano for the holidays and find the best savings on high quality Medieval home decor and furniture.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Christmas tree has been a tradition for millions of American and Canadian families for well over a hundred years and for much longer in Germany. Originally decorated with apples, nuts, and other small edible items, ornaments on present-day trees can include everything from tinsel and blinking lights to exquisite works of art. At Design Toscano, we take the Christmas tree ornament a step further with truly unique, collectible items that will match rooms decorated with Egyptian Art, Medieval home decor, and more.
Add a Gothic touch to your tree with the Dragon with a Sweet Tooth holiday ornament and the Twist and Twirl Dragon Ornament. Both of these unique collectible ornaments do a wonderful job at blending the mystery of dragons with the spirit of the holiday season. Humdinger the Bell Ringer Gothic Dragon ornament is another fantastic holiday dragon ornament and Skelly Claus will be a hit with your holiday party guests!
To infuse the tree with the beauty of Egyptian decor, get the Icons of Ancient Egypt Holiday Ornament collection. These ornaments are hand painted in the rich colors of the ancient Egyptian tradition and will add to the unique beauty of your tree. Bastet the Egyptian Holiday Ornament also adds elegance to any tree and is a perfect little gift for cat lovers.
Order these unique ornaments and anything else on the Design Toscano site until tomorrow, December 4th and get 20% off!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Medieval castles and keeps were decorated with some of the more interesting art and decor. Wall tapestries told stories in beautiful woven form. Paintings were commissioned along with sculptures of angels and other religious outdoor statues. Gargoyles perched on the tall stone walls and beautifully carved furniture contributed to the atmosphere of the castle.
Antique statues and tables that used to grace European castles and manors have become items for display in museums rather than for practical use. Nevertheless, you can still find fantastic Gothic tables, chairs, and even gargoyles on the Design Toscano site.
Get the gorgeous Raffle's Lion Leg Coffee Table to impress guests and live in Gothic splendor. Carved from Mahogany, this beautiful table is distressed just enough to resemble antique furniture. The lion paw legs and carvings of lions and heraldic crests on the sides of this table will make it one of the centerpiece items in any room.
For a truly Gothic touch, put a sculpture of a Raven on the wall of your den. Ravens have been honored for their intelligence and clever antics for centuries and became symbols of the Gothic genre after being immortalized by Edgar Allen Poe. The Raven's Perch Wall Sculpture captures the foreboding, cunning look of this bird in realistic detail.
Get 20% off the finest Gothic items and everything else on the Design Toscano site through Sunday, November 25th as part of our Black Friday Weekend sale!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's that time of year again when we have to shop for presents and have no idea what to get! It would probably be better if our family and friends could just post a list of possible gift items than having us go on an annual quest to find the gifts that they might appreciate. This year, instead of pulling your hair in frustration, save yourself time and money by shopping at Basil Street. To get to Basil Street, you don't need to go any further than the link on our website to this fantastic selection of unique decor and objets d'art.
At Basil Street, you will find everything from beautiful furniture to stunning wall art. Family and friends who have a penchant for sculptural furniture will love the Entwined Mermaids Floor Lamp and the Sultan's Elephant Sculptural Side Table. Both are functional works of art that will provide any room with a fantastic, unique touch.
For people who enjoy religious art, try giving the Saint Michael the Archangel Sculptural Wall Frieze. Modeled after a seventeenth century painting by Guido Reni, this sculpted work of art depicts the famous archangel triumphing over the master of evil.
If by some chance, you don't find fitting gift items in our Basil Street collection, you might find that special gift among our wide selection of animal garden statues and Medieval home decor.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Getting ready for those holiday festivities that take place in December and January is more than just buying strings of lights and decorations for a Christmas tree. You also need to buy plenty of food and beverages along with appropriately decorated cups and dinnerware. To throw a truly memorable holiday party, though, raise the level of your decor and buy quality, creative furniture. We aren't talking about seats that look like reindeer and tables that look as if they came from the North Pole.
No, the tables that will make an impression on holiday guests and act as treasured items for decades to come are furniture like the fantastic Lord Raffle's Lion Table. This stunning table is carved from gorgeous Mahogany and at seven feet long, can comfortably provide places for six people. Use it to serve a holiday-inspired repast at your Christmas dinner parties. It can also be used as a desk or artistic furniture that imparts a regal, noble feel to any room in the house.
Match this big table with Lord Raffle's Lion Leg Side Table and Lord Raffle's Lion Leg Tea Table and holiday guests will feel as if they are being treated like royalty.
Find great prices on high quality furniture, Medieval home decor, and garden statuary for the holidays at Design Toscano.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It's time to start thinking about gifts for family and friends and for some people, this represents an annual challenge. While one friend might like everything from furniture to a stone garden angel, there are always one or two people who have much more restricted tastes. If you happened to see Medieval home decor in their place, they might be the perfect candidate for gargoyles. Although that might sound like some odd Medieval curse, it actually refers to one of the most unique and enduring sculptural items in history.
Gargoyle statues aren't just meant to frighten evil away from the thresholds of cathedrals and castles, they also make for excellent backyard sculptures, some of which are downright cute. Take the Picc-a-Dilly Gargoyles Sculpture set for example. This little trio of easy-going, comical gargoyles aren't likely to scare anything out of the backyard but they will put a smile on the face of the grumpiest of holiday visitors.
Match that little trio of imps with your very own gargoyle warning sign and Oscar, the Gargoyle with Attitude statue. Unlike his much more threatening, clawed brethren, it looks as if Oscar might have given up on being scary. The look on his face shows that he makes no excuses for his lazy, carefree attitude.
Find these and dozens of fantastic gargoyle statues at Design Toscano today.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Now that October is over and done with, it's time to start thinking about the winter holidays. Christmas is just 50 days away so it's definitely not too early to start the shopping and making preparations for holiday festivities. Do a little bit each day and take advantage of sales and you should find yourself sitting down with a mug of spiced eggnog instead of doing last minute errands on December 24th. For shoppers at Design Toscano, today happens to be one of those days that should be taken advantage of.
For just 12 hours, everything on our site gets a 20% discount. Why wait to buy stunning Egyptian tables and enchanting medieval home decor when you can get 20% off the regular price today? Get the beautiful Royal Egyptian Cheetahs Sculptural Glass-topped Console for friends or family interested in Egyptian art, animals, or unique sculpted furniture. Finished with faux gold leaf, the cheetahs in this sculptural table are a work of art all on their own.
Order today and save on classy, elegant furniture like the Neoclassical Egyptian Revival Chair or the beautiful Saint Thomas Aquinas Gothic Wooden Bookend. You could also get 20% off an actual, functional Celtic Rosewood Heather Harp.
Find the best in unique decor for any decorating theme as well as unique objets d'art, and animal statues at Design Toscano. Place your order today, November 5th, because this sale only last for 12 hours!
Friday, November 2, 2012
The 20% discount sale on new holiday arrivals only started yesterday but ends today at midnight CST. Don't wait to order any of the beautiful new holiday bonded marble resin garden statuary or unique holiday gift items after today if you don't want to pay full price. Although there are enough items on sale to fit every taste and decorating theme, if you have friends or family with a penchant for Gothic items, this is one sale you don't want to miss!
You can save 20% on several Gothic decorations suitable for both the winter holidays and throughout the year. To decorate your desk or mantel with one of the more dramatic and colorful dragon statues, see the Red Devil Dragon Sculpture. Painted with striking blood red and pinks hues, this classic, formidable dragon is a perfect expression of the original fire-breathing, evil scaled monster. Look underneath its clawed feet to see the remains of knights bested by this beast.
Gothic dragons also adorn the exquisite Death's Door Sandtimer Hourglass. Black sand inside this Gothic timepiece empties after five minutes and makes for a magical means of counting out the time while playing card games with friends or cooking a five-minute meal.
For the ultimate in Gothic holiday decorations, get "Skelly Claus II" to hang from the tree! This faux bone skull ornament topped with a Santa hat will be one of the most original tree decorations on the block.
Find the best in resin garden statues and medieval home decor at Design Toscano. Order any of the new holiday items until midnight CST, November 2nd, and get 20% off the regular price!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween! Today is one of our favorite holidays and we are celebrating it with a a Halloween Happy Hour sale that takes 25% off of everything on our site! Order anything on the Design Toscano site from 2pm to 7pm CST today only (October 31st) and you get a 25% discount. That includes unique spooky decor like our Gothic Zombie Wall Sculpture, and the terrifying Harvest of Evil Garden Scarecrow Statue.
Shop during the Halloween Happy Hour sale and save big on gifts for the winter holidays. Friends and family who enjoy Medieval home decor will love items like the Gothic Greenman Cast Iron Door Knocker or a detailed statue of a full suit of beautiful, sixteenth century Italian armor.
Get high quality, realistic animal garden statues for folks who appreciate nature and the great outdoors. The Catch of the Day Bear Sculpture captures the hunting technique of a bear with incredibly realistic detail. Put it next to your Koi pond to heighten its realism.
The dog lovers in the family will get a kick out of Buster the Bulldog Sculpture. A must for any English Bulldog owner, his hoard of dog biscuits makes this adorable statue realistic both in terms of appearance and setting.
Order these unique items and anything else on our site from 2pm to 7pm CST on October 31st and enjoy 25% off the regular price!
Friday, October 26, 2012
There are some good reasons for following our blog. One is that you get to hear about Medieval home decor and exquisite items that you may not have been aware of before. The other main reason is because you get to hear about our sales, some of which last for a few days or less. The best sales only last for 15 hours and there happens to be one of those going on today! For October 26th only, you can enjoy 25% off the regular price of anything on the Design Toscano site!
Yes, a whopping quarter of the regular price is removed from the bill towards anything on our site when you place your order during this fifteen hour sale. That includes the captivating Nunsmere Hall 16th-Century Battle Armor collection. Wealthy families and knights of the Middle Ages put armor and valuable weapons on display as symbols of their success and influence. Now you can do the same with this authentic replica of Italian battle armor and swords.
The big discount also turns these twelve hours into the best time to order impressive resin garden statues like the Garden Yeti, Mombasa the Garden Giraffe, or heirloom bronze garden statues such as the beautiful Sunshine Delight bronze statue that shows an innocent little girl reaching to the sky.
Save 25% on these unique items and everything on our site for just 15 hours on October 26th!