Ten Important Facts About Garden Gnome Statues

Some of the most interesting pieces that can be found in gardens and front lawns of many houses are the garden gnome statues. Cute, funny and adorable, a lawn gnome is the envy of many, especially children. They have their own way of tickling your senses and beautifying your lawns.

Why are these statues such a hit with homeowners? What’s with these statues that make them the favorites of many? How did the hype in these statues start? Well, get to know them better from these important facts:

1. Garden gnomes are woodland creatures known for their gentleness and hard work. They wear pointy red hats and live for more than 400 years.

2. These small creatures are known to help with the household chores, particularly planting and sweeping. No wonder that most garden gnome statues are seen holding garden tools! However, most of the statues we see today depict them as sleeping or sitting.

3. Garden gnome statues are believed to be harbingers of good luck, especially when they are placed in lawns or insides the homes. This is also where the practice of placing them in the front lawn originated.

4. The first lawn gnome came about in the 1800s during the Victorian age. Germany was the first country to popularize these statues which were originally made from clay. Later on, variations of these famous statues came in different materials such as polyresin and plastic.

5. It was in 1960 that these statues were mass produced. However, during that time, statues were made of plastic and badly painted. They did not last.

6. In 1997, gnomes appeared in a hit movie which paved the way for some people to have interest over these little creatures. The fad caught on because four years after, in 2001, gnomes appeared in another movie.

7. In some parts of Europe, gnome kidnapping has transformed into a practical joke. An ad campaign for one website was even seen depicting a kidnapped statue sometime in 2003. Gnome followers even proposed for a bill penalizing the act as a crime.

8. Some people have caught up with the hype on gnomes. This lead to another passion, which is garden gnome collecting.

9. Garden gnome statues are not only ideal outdoors. They are also perfect for display indoors. Since they come in different designs, a cute figure will come as the perfect decor.

10. One place in North Devon, England has been transformed into a gnome reserve. Unbelievably, the park is home to more than 1,000 garden and lawn gnomes.

Garden gnomes have gone a long way from being just a mythical creature into an iconic symbol. They even have their own following, whether on the internet or in the real world. As garden gnome statues, they have evolved from a mere plastic ornament into clay, concrete or of poly resin material. They come in different sizes too and with different moods. Let’s face it. Gnomes are making a big comeback. In fact, they have already …

5 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

Would you say your overall design style is sleek and chic? Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather that an overly adorned and accessorized space? If you’d like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.

1. Cabinetry

  • When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture.
  • To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece. Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet – which will cast a warm glow to the floor below.
  • Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area.
  • Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2. Fixtures

  • Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design. If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends – a free- standing bathtub.
  • They are available in all shapes and sizes and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3. Surfaces and Materials

  • Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look. Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style.
  • Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material. Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling. It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space.
  • Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style.
  • Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash. Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application. If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it’s shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe. Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4. Luxurious Shower

  • Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays. If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well. These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design. Don’t forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system.
  • Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space. This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall

Protect Your Bathroom Wood Vanities

Most bathroom vanities are wood and while this versatile material is commonly used in the bathroom, it’s important to learn how to take care of it properly. By taking the necessary steps to protect your bathroom wood vanities, you can ensure that your vanity will last for years.

Freshly cut wood is still almost half water. Manufacturers treat hard wood for furniture by drying it, leaving enough moisture so that the wood does not warp in the humidity of your home. When weather is very dry, moisture will evaporate from your hard wood and the furniture will shrink a bit as a result. Your bathroom wood vanities will have the opposite reaction and expand a bit due to the humidity in your bathroom. These natural changes should not affect the quality of your bathroom wood as long as you make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated to allow the wood to dry. Tips for cleaning your vanity include:

* Mild non-alkaline soap and water solution is fine to clean your hard wood furniture. Pretest the solution on an out of sight section to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish before you proceed. Dry immediately after you clean with a soft cloth.

* Wood cleaner and wax can benefit your bathroom wood vanities if they are not urethane-finished. Wax on urethane-finished surfaces will only collect dust, not repel it.

* Water spots are common on bathroom wood vanities. You can remove these spots by covering the stain with a clean blotter and pressing a warm iron to the blotter. Home remedies for water spots include buffing the stain with salad oil, mayonnaise or white toothpaste. Wipe your vanity dry and then wax or polish. Protect the finish of your vanity by testing an out of sight section of your vanity before you apply any cleaner to the outside.

Chances are that you’ll use your bathroom wood vanity every day. Whether you have an antique, rustic, or modern vanity, taking care of your vanity will ensure that it continues to be a lovely addition to your home despite daily use.…