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Transforming Backyard Gardens into Outdoor Sanctuaries

As our commutes to work become longer we find ourselves spending more time in the car than we’d like. It becomes more important for us to find a tranquil place to unwind after a long day at our fingertips. Maybe it’s time to consider converting that old backyard into an outdoor fantasy garden. Backyards are no longer just for barbecues anymore. They are a place to express your greatest creativity with the benefits of making you feel that you stepped out of your everyday life into you own personal Utopia.

Best of all you do not have to be artistic to pull it off. Red Carpet Studios has put together a collection of items that will take your mind off of every day stresses, while getting you in touch with nature. Their designs are visually pleasant to the eye and audibly soothing to the ear.

There’s no sound more pleasing to the ear than that of well-balanced, fine-tuned wind chimes. Strategically placed throughout the front and/or back yard they will entertain not only you year round, but all who love the symphony of sound. Even with the windows closed the subtle music they produce will offer a serene indulgence.

The wind chimes from the “Diamond Tunes” collection is available in two distinctive, diamond cut styles, herringbone and crosscut patterns. They are soothing to hear and pleasant to observe as they sparkle in the sunlight. Available in lengths of 31”, 37”, 48”, 62”, and 78”, there is one to suit any location. Collect several together to create a composition of sound.

Looking for a pleasant but more geometric pattern with color in your wind chimes? Consider the “Spiral Tunes” Wind Chimes are available in a variety of styles and colors. Choose from crystal diamonds, hearts, teardrops and multicolored marbles. These wind chimes, with their individual jewels, cascade and spiral for a unique visual affect.

Of course no sanctuary would be complete without the inclusion of nature. One of the most gratifying ways to introduce nature into your garden paradise is to include birds. Birds are fun to watch and offer a welcome alternative to the loud sounds of modern cities. You can spend hours viewing their beauty and their antics. Red Carpet Studios offers several colorful and artistic ways to invite a variety of our fine-feathered friends into your garden sanctuary.

The hand painted Tea Cup feeders from Karen Penner, are functional, colorful, and wonderfully whimsical. The cold cast porcelain tea cups are offered in two styles; stake mounting for low ground cover (can be scattered amongst the flowers, shrubs, or walk way paths), or as a hanging feeder supported from a garden hook or overhead soffit. Either style provides a beautiful splash of color while offering seed to attract a variety of birds. Each is approximately 4” in diameter and designed with saucer and cup. ‘Weep’ holes are provided to allow drainage. These artistic cups and saucers are available in many styles to suit every taste or home decor.

Another member of the aviary family is the magnificent hummingbird. Hummingbirds are remarkable creatures and watching their flight will entertain you for hours. No backyard retreat would be complete without them. “Crystal Dreams” makes having these elusive visitors possible with their colorful and decorative hummingbird feeders. Blown glass balls, adorned with copper and colored marbles, add a decorative splash of color and fantasy. What makes these hummingbird feeders stand apart from other blown glass hummingbird feeders is their ornamentation of copper and colored marble accents. Glass balls are offered in a variety of colors, ranging from blue, green, yellow and red and are approximately 5” in diameter. You have to check out their cherry glass blown feeders.

Now that you have attracted and invited these birds into your safe haven, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to offer them a place to set up home and stay awhile. Select from either the “Birdie In A Hat” or the “Wildlife Birdhouses” collections. The “Birdie in a Hat” Collection is inspired by the odd and varied places birds will nest. These artful and realistic replicas of authentic hats are hand painted and crafted of cold-cast porcelain. Truly functional as bird houses, they are available in a variety of styles that offer ribbons, bows and flower adornments to name a few. Each birdhouse hat is approximately 14” in diameter.

The ‘Wildlife Birdhouse’ Collection offers multi-colored homes that the birds will love. The colors of these birdhouses are rich and vibrant and will add a pleasant look to any area they are placed in. They can be hung or pole mounted.

Have an old tree in the yard and don’t know how to dress it up? The “Faces in the Woods” Collection will make your tree come alive. Bearded and graced with a smile these gems will add fantasy to your yard welcoming all that enter. Another creative look to your oasis is a pair of outreaching hands that are bird feeders and can be added along with the “Faces in the Woods” for a true fantasy look.

Last but never least, the “Wind Spinners” are sculptured metal artwork from Cosmix; combining old world with new age. Inspired by the old world art of metal sculpting, Red Carpet Studios brings to life a design to capture the imagination of the human spirit. Designed to catch the wind like windmills of old, but with a 21st century look, these Wind Spinners will inspire all of us who are taken by their magical spin. Lace these spinning wind mills throughout the yard and watch them catch the rays of sunshine as well as your imagination. They will shine bright and add a magical and dreamlike look to the yard.

Wind Spinners are available in bright shinny copper, polished chrome metal, and a variety of colorful finishes. They will enchant all who gaze upon them. Sizes range in height from 11” to 20”. Each Wind Spinner comes with an “S”- swivel spinner to provide smooth motion under the slightest breeze. Combine one or more of these artistic garden accents to transform any backyard garden into a fantasy getaway play land.

The playful and artistic spirit is alive and well in the products from Red Carpet Studios. Enjoy them in your home, backyards and gardens or give them as gifts to family and friends to enjoy.

The author, Nick Volpe searches for unique artifacts created from the imagination of the human spirit. These Garden Accents from Red Carpet Studios are a testament to that endeavor. The Garden Accents mentioned within this article can be viewed on his collectibles and home décor website at

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