Design-Savvy Garden Gnomes
These garden gnomes break the mold with fresh twists on the old classic.
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.
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."
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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.
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.