Design-Savvy Garden Gnomes

These garden gnomes break the mold with fresh twists on the old classic.

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July 26, 2018

Every home needs a mythical creature that protects the garden at night. However, for a design-savvy gardener, the traditional gnomes aren't just the right fit. If quirky little garden gnomes just aren't your thing, then you are in luck! Here are some unusual and stylish reinterpretations of the traditional gnome that will be well suited for your modern garden and home.

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Religious decor, lawn ornaments, kids' toys scattered around or even piled up in a corner are a huge no-no, says Laura Slyman, owner of Slyman Real Estate in Knoxville, Tenn. "Sometimes homeowners will have outdoor landscaping that isn't cohesive with the rest of the neighborhood or geographical area, like gravel in the garden in an area where everyone else uses mulch," she says. "Instead of being unique, it comes off as an eyesore."

Photo by: © ten Broecke

© ten Broecke

See nothing, hear nothing, speak nothing—all good advice, even for gnomes. These gnomes are made of durable plastic materials and are the creation of German artist Ottmar Horl. The trio is titled "Bearers of Secrets." BUY IT: Ottmar Horl, 130-300 Euros ($152.34-$351.55) per set.

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Baddy is a stylized version of the classic garden gnome by artist Joe Velluto. It's made of durable colored resin suitable for outdoor and indoor settings. BUY IT: Jardin Chic, starts at 36 Euros ($41.98).

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This green and black resin duo will add a contemporary flair to your garden. BUY IT: Garden4Less, 9.99 Euros ($11.65).

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Handmade out of bone china and tattooed with different graphic designs, these garden gnomes may be too nice to live outside. BUY IT: Generate, $96 each.

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This geometric-style gnome is hand-worked from monochromatic cement. He'd look great on a console table or next to your garden flowers. BUY IT: Etsy $107.45

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Made from earthen polyresin with a stone finish that gives the look of stone but without the weight, this gnome is perfect for tabletops or outdoors. BUY IT: Wayfair, $115.99.

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If you prefer the look of a traditional gnome but with a bit more mystical flair, get your zen on with Big Fred. BUY IT: Garden Fountains & Outdoor Decor, $154.99.

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For a slightly quirky and whimsical style, these little rock gnomes would make a fun feature in a pebbled area or nestled among plants. BUY IT: Gardens2You, 9.95 Euros ($11.62).

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These handmade mini garden gnomes are inspired by Scandinavian Folklore. Pop them in a potted plant, windowsill or terrarium. BUY IT: Esty, $12.22 each.

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These little guys are more of the traditional gnome variety, but with style and a bit of whimsy. They are made of fabric and plastic and outfitted in a vibrant green with wellies and a belt. They would make a cute addition to a fairy garden or around a Christmas tree. BUY IT: Bed, Bath and Beyond, $39.99 each.

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