Jul 172015
 

World-class equestrian sports rely on FauxColumns.com!

Horse jump designs made spectacular with faux stone columns.

Faux columns are a great way to make imposing competition jumps.

Faux columns were originally envisioned to bring the look of authentic stone and brick to houses, without the cost. But like all great products, people outside of that sphere have spotted their advantages, and are quick to create new uses for our products.

One particually exciting application is in equestrian sports. More and more world-class showjumpers and eventers are using the columns to create stunning horse jump designs for competitions and events.

There are many great reasons for ‘going faux’ when it comes to horse jumps. In shows especially, there’s a demand for jumps to be light and highly mobile so that they can be moved around to create entirely new courses time after time; and obviously that’s not something that would be possible with real stone or brick!

Horse jumps made with faux stone or brick columns are much safer for the horse and rider in cases of impact.

Lightweight, the columns make a much safer jump than using real stone or brick.

The jumps can also be designed to be adjustable – with pole mounts that allow you to increase or lower the height of a jump depending on the level of competition.

Traditionally, jumps have been created from wood, or even hay bales or other lightweight materials. Using faux columns also adds a fantastic visual element to them; providing the look and texture of real stone or brick.

This is especially useful in the higher tiers of equestrian competition, in which companies can actually sponsor individual jumps. In those cases, there’s a competition between sponsors to have the most visibly striking jump on the course; and our products allow for all sorts of incredible looks that you wouldn’t be able to achive otherwise.

Polyurethane columns flank a competition horse jump.

Polyurethane columns can be cut with regular wood tools, making them almost limitless in their versatility.

But perhaps the most important aspect is that they’re safe. Made from lightweight polyurethene foam, and mounted to wooden frames, the jumps won’t injure a horse in a collision, unlike real stone or brick. This is a serious safety concern; which is why most professional show jumps are designed to collapse upon impact.

Safer, cheaper and more versatile – the advantages of using our faux products keep adding up.  Whether you’re a fan of horse competition or not, make sure you keep an eye out the next time equestrian sports are on TV. Chances are increasingly likely you’ll see one of our columns out there!

May 152015
 

Enhancing your poolside decor is a great way to make a nice backyard environment for entertainment, dining, playing, and sun bathing.  It’s easy to add simple touches to make your experience at poolside enjoyable.  With just a little planning, you’ll be able to turn your pool deck into a comfortable extension of your home.  Before you know it, you’ll have a warm and inviting place to relax and have fun with friends.

Poolside decor can be enhanced easily, and just in time for summer.

Poolside decor can be enhanced easily, and just in time for summer.

Below are seven ideas to create a lively and enjoyable setting.

1. You can start by adding decorative interest to your pool deck by installing a border, also called a pool coping, in a vibrant color and contrasting pattern.  Some attractive styles include concrete tiling, limestone, hand-scored concrete, broom-finished concrete, and limestone.

Pool coping can serve to create an attractive borderline.

Pool coping can serve to create an attractive borderline.

2. Decorate the area by placing plants and flowers in colorful pots in different areas around the pool deck, such as around seating areas, along the fence or poolside.  Add visual appeal by using plants with varied colors and textures.  Plants are great, too, because they can also create privacy by adding height and blocking out unwanted views.

Enhancing poolside decor is easily done by putting down flowers in planters.

Enhancing poolside decor is easily done by putting down flowers in planters.

3. Bring evening lighting to the pool by hanging string lights along the fence.  You can also place tiki torches around the perimeter for a more tropical look. For added effect, you can also place lighting in surrounding bushes and trees.

Add poolside lighting by placing string lights in bushes and plants.

Add poolside lighting by placing string lights in bushes and plants.

4. A unique way of adding appeal and character to your pool area is by hanging metal art on the back side of the house that faces the pool.  You can also add sculptures of different sizes in various places to create a more complete look.

Unique metal art adds character and sophistication to poolside decor.

Unique metal art adds character and sophistication to poolside decor.

5. Another good idea is to add a terrace, creating separated areas for relaxing and recreation.

Adding a terrace to your pool deck instantly brings charm and grace to the area.

Adding a terrace to your pool deck instantly brings charm and grace to the area.

6. Architectural elements that can enhance the look of the terrace include pillars, a trellis, and column wraps.  In particular, faux stone column wraps, with their meticulous imitation of real stone, give terrace pillars an eye-catching and impressive look.  They’re easy to install, too.  The result is an elegant new look that will lend an exquisite touch to your pool area.

Decorative elements such as faux stone column wraps elevate the appeal of poolside terraces.

Decorative elements such as faux stone column wraps elevate the appeal of poolside terraces.

7. Another decorative element you can’t forget is landscaping.  Beautiful landscaping will soften the edges of the pool deck, and provide an organic look.  Having a nicely mowed lawn and manicured bushes also provide a lovely backdrop.

Attractive landscaping  is another great way to ensure a comfortable poolside area.

Attractive landscaping is another great way to ensure a comfortable poolside area.

These are just some examples of ways you can upgrade the look of your own pool area.  Do you have any other ideas you’d like to share with us?  Let us know!

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May 012015
 

While you’re planting your garden this spring, you may want to think about some decorative elements that could be added to enhance its look; elements that personalize your garden and reflect your individuality. Below are six great garden decor ideas to get you started:

Wind Chimes

Wind chimes come in all kinds of sizes, shapes and colors.  One popular type that’s easy to hang from a branch is a metal coil wind chime.  These kinds of chime designs are simple, yet unique.  Many have a colorful glass design inside the coil, with the actual chimes hanging from the bottom of the coil.  Also called wind spinner chimes, these designs are eye-catching, as they twirl in the wind while the chime sings.  Wind chimes look great among your flowers and trees, adding color and visual interest to your garden year round.

Wind chimes are a great way to add a personal touch to your garden design.

Wind chimes can add a personal touch to your garden design.

Garden Trellis

Transforming your garden into a charming sanctuary can be done easily with a trellis.  These decorative elements are typically a wooden frame of latticework that plants can grow through.  They can be splendid for your clematis or climbing roses.  They add not only visual appeal, but are also a wonderful accompaniment to outdoor living spaces.

Adding a trellis to your garden is a great way to bring charm to your yard.

Adding a trellis to your garden is a great way to bring charm to your yard.

Fountain

Introducing flowing water to a garden is always an excellent way to bring vivacity to the overall design, particularly with fountains. Water fountains can be large or small, and take on a variety of interesting designs.  They can be placed inside the garden or accent an entrance or perimeter.

Water fountains make your garden a peaceful place to be.

Water fountains can add peace and tranquility to a garden

Garden Statues

Garden sculptures and statues always give gardens unique charm.  They are a wonderful way to add more cheer to vegetable patches and flowerbeds, or lend playfulness to a corner of your yard.  Common statues are angels, leprechauns and gnomes.  Some garden statues even double as stools or birdfeeders.

A statue always adds a whimsical feel to your garden.

A statue always adds a whimsical feel to your garden.

Bird Feeder

Bird feeders not only add beauty on their own, but they also attract birds of many kinds – bringing life to your garden with visits from humming birds and cardinals to warblers, sparrows or orioles. Types of feeders range from tables, trays and hanging tree feeders.  Successful bird attraction usually depends upon where the feeders are placed, as well as the kinds of foods you offer, because every species has a different preference.

Bird feeders are always a nice touch for your garden decor.

Bird feeders are always a nice touch for your garden decor.

Faux Stone Columns

Faux columns are a wonderful way to add elegance to your garden, with style variations including brick, cobblestone, river rock, castle rock, stacked stone and more.  Their wide range of attractive color choices also enable you to match the natural colors of the plants and stones in your garden.  The result is a lovely addition to your yard that showcases your garden and adds a wonderful look.  Some column styles can even be stacked to your desired height, so you can create the garden design of your dreams.

Garden decor ideas such as using a faux stone column enhance visual appeal.

Garden decor ideas such as using a faux stone column enhance visual appeal.

Artificial stone columns are a lovely addition to gardens.

The Windsor Random Rock column makes a lovely addition to this garden

Fake stone columns add style to any garden design.

Windsor Slatestone column with cap

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Apr 162015
 

Easy to install, Windsor polyurethane foam columns can be used in a wide variety of ways to upgrade your property.  The Windsor line features one-piece post covers, column wraps and mailboxes.  Each will suit any exterior design beautifully.  The three styles of drystack, random rock and slatestone each come in attractive, earthy color choices that transform the visual appeal of any property.

Polyurethane foam columns make great mailboxes.

Easy to install, polyurethane foam columns make great mailboxes.

The mailbox also makes for an impressive accent to your home’s property.  In addition to its practicality and eye-catching look of genuine stone, it’s very durable. The wraps also make a very stylish design statement thanks to their realistic imitation of real stone. You can use them to decorate posts on your porch, patio, entrance way, deck and more.

Use polyurethane foam columns to enhance your home's interior.

Use polyurethane columns to enhance your home’s interior.

The ultra-realistic appearance of our columns is achieved by molding the material from real stone and rock. As genuine as they look, they’re extremely lightweight and can be assembled by any DIYer.  They are so easy to install, they can be up in an afternoon. Made of high-density polyurethane, they are carefully built to withstand weather extremes such as snow, rain, moisture, heat and more.  They also will never fade or deteriorate over time.  Years will go by and they will look as good as new.

Polyurethane foam columns withstand even the harshest weather.

The columns are made to withstand even the harshest weather.

The video below shows step-by-step instructions on how to install the Windsor Mailbox Column.  You’ll see how simple the installation process is.  The DIYer in the video assembled his mailbox in just one hour and 20 minutes.

If you’d like to see more impressive images of our columns, be sure to check out our Windsor photo gallery.

Feb 272015
 

Square columns made of polyurethane offer an impressive variety of design possibilities for your home.  Easy to install, they make it easy to bring added beauty to support columns and pillars for your home and property.

Polyurethane square columns add the impressive look of stone to a home's entrance.

Square columns make a colorful difference for a home’s entrance

Our Wellington and Carlton lines both have attractive wide styles that will add a new dimension of beauty to your designs.

Wellington Square Columns have wide dimensions for all kinds of projects. Carlton Square Columns can be slid over existing posts easily.

The Wellington wide columns measure 18 ½” on each side, and look great indoors and out.  The four sections interlock, and allow for easy assembly for your next DIY project.

Wellington square columns with the look of real dry stack stone.

Wellington square columns have the stunning look of real dry stack stone

The Carlton columns measure 20” on each side.  Shipped as one piece, they are easy to slide over existing wood pillars or posts.

Cobblestone style columns make great accent pieces.

Carlton columns in the cobblestone style make great accent pieces.

Carlton brick style column with base and column cap.

Carlton brick style columns can add visual appeal to driveway entrances

Both column styles are made of highly durable polyurethane foam that is extremely robust, yet lightweight and easy to install.  Crafted from molds made of genuine stone, the wide columns boast the exact texture and appearance as the real thing.

Carlton ledgestone columns installed on a poolside fence.

Carlton ledgestone columns add grandeur to a pool fence

Allowing for a cost-effective and practical remodeling project that resembles the work of a professional stonemason, the columns are an easy way to give your home an aesthetic upgrade you’ll love.  Able to withstand all kinds of wear and tear, they’ll look like new for years to come.

Wellington Dry Stack wraps upgrade the look of supporting porch columns.

Wellington Dry Stack wraps upgrade the look of supporting porch columns

Whether you use them to enhance your home’s front entrance, upgrade a driveway, add visual appeal to a porch or spruce up a property fence, wide columns will make a true difference for your home.

Dry stack columns with lamps attached adorn a patio entrance.

Wellington Dry Stack columns in Quarry Gray adorn a patio entrance

Where can you see columns enhancing your home or property?  We’d love to know!

Feb 132015
 

Wellington faux column wraps are a fantastic element for practically any design, indoors and out.  In addition to being practical and budget-friendly alternatives to real stone columns, they realistically convey the same striking look.  Another great feature of these columns is the range of beautiful colors available. From a choice of ten elegant colors, you’ll easily find a style that suits the décor of your home or business.  Whether you use them to upgrade your driveway entrance, add visual appeal to your porch, or enhance a doorway in your home, Wellington wraps will give you an impressive result.  Browse the photo examples below and see for yourself.

Canyon’s tones of cream and brown look great in kitchens and on patios.

Faux column wraps in Canyon color, great for kitchens.

Faux column wraps in Canyon color are great for kitchens.

Earth works perfectly for exterior designs, like outdoor kitchens.

The Earth color faux column wraps are ideal for outdoor kitchens.

The Earth color style is ideal for outdoor kitchens.

Espresso will give your porch design a fabulous wakeup call.

Faux column wraps in Espresso color make porches classy and inviting.

Faux column wraps in Espresso color make porches classy and inviting.

Light Gray can add a cool, uniform look as a yard accent or anywhere indoors.

Faux column wraps in Light Gray color are excellent as yard accents.

Faux column wraps in Light Gray color are excellent as yard accents.

The mosaic of Quarry Gray adds natural appeal to patios or entrance columns.

The Quarry Gray color style looks great on patios.

The Quarry Gray color style looks great on patios.

Saddle Beige inherently suits designs in the Southwest style,
and looks wonderful in outdoor pergolas as well.

Faux column wraps in Saddle Beige are nice as entrance columns.

Faux column wraps in Saddle Beige are nice as entrance columns.

Sand’s understated stones are ideal to offset a business sign.

Faux columns wraps in the Sand color make gorgeous sign posts.

Faux columns wraps in the Sand color make gorgeous sign posts.

Sierra Moss can beautifully accent a garden; the surrounding greenery highlighting its elegance.

Sierra Moss is an elegant color that goes well as a garden accent.

Sierra Moss is an elegant color that goes well as a garden accent.

Tierra Gold is a wonderful color for a home’s interior,
and looks great when flanking doorways, like in the photo below.

Tierra Gold faux column wraps make great interior columns.

Tierra Gold faux column wraps highlight this archway

Washed Bisque is one of our newest colors and would look lovely in
living areas like kitchen nooks and foyers.

The Washed Bisque faux column wraps make a sophisticated addition to kitchen nooks and foyers.

Washed Bisque will make a sophisticated addition to kitchen nooks and foyers.

Made from highly durable polyurethane; these wraps are maintenance free and weatherproof.  They also won’t crack, chip or rot.  They’ll last throughout the years, and still maintain their gorgeous colors.

Because of their light weight, Wellington columns are extremely easy to install, and are perfect for a weekend DIY project.

Any color you choose will bring new life to your property or interior. Which one do you like best?

Jan 302015
 

A driveway could be thought of as your home’s calling card. Typically it’s the first thing visitors and passerby see on your property, so its design should reflect how you want your home to be perceived – whether you’re going for a cozy cottage look or something luxurious and grand.

There are many types of driveways that can enhance your home’s curb appeal beyond the standard blacktop – stamped concrete, brick, cobblestone, pea stone gravel and more.

Below are images of a few kinds of driveways that you’ve likely seen before that may work nicely for your own property.

The driveway below is made with decorative bricks, and goes nicely with the brick siding on the home.  The lighter color of the driveway contrasts well with the house.

Decorative brick is a great way to add elegance to your driveway.

Decorative brick is a great way to add elegance to your driveway.

The next driveway is made with cobblestones, and flanked by stone walls.  It has a cozy English countryside feel that draws a visitor in.

Cobblestone types of driveways have a welcoming feel.

Cobblestone driveways have a cozy, welcoming feel.

Below is a long gravel driveway of a country estate.  The trees line the length of it beautifully, and make for a stunning view.

Pea gravel is a timeless design material for all types of driveways.

Pea gravel is a timeless design material for all types of driveways.

The next driveway is made with stamped concrete, and has a classy, organic feel that blends in with the surrounding gardens.

Stamped concrete is a sophisticated design material for driveways.

Stamped concrete is a sophisticated design material for driveways.

Lastly, below is a driveway with a luxurious gate flanked by faux stone columns.  Both the columns and the gate serve to differentiate both the driveway and the entire property.  The best part is that the columns are lightweight, and easy to install.  Attaching a gate to the sides of the columns is also a simple procedure.  Without the owners of the house having to replace the driveway material with a more sophisticated material, such as cobblestone or decorative brick, the columns and gate add a new elegance to the whole property.

Faux stone gate columns are a great way to upgrade your home's curb appeal.

Faux stone gate columns are a great way to upgrade your home’s curb appeal.

What are some ways that you’ve given a unique look to your driveway?

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Nov 262014
 

Installing a faux column isn’t as tough as it looks.  In fact, it’s quite easy.  With the simple, step-by-step instructions that are included with these orders, you’ll be able to install them on your own in no time.

As with all of our products, there’s no need to hire a mason at all.  By following the instructions below, your column will be up and in place before you know it.

Cut out the top and bottom of your artificial ledgestone columns.

Start your stone column installation by making the necessary starting cuts.

1. Begin the installation of your stone veneer column by cutting out the top and bottom of the column/stack section.

 

 

 

 

 

Attached stack and column sections together as needed

Ledgestone columns and stack sections allow you to create taller columns

2. When using a stack section, turn the column upside down and place the stack section on top of the column. Drill holes in the corners and then bolt the column section together.

 

 

 

 

 

With a shovel or post hole digger, make a hole for your structural post

A properly set structural post will enhance the durability and lifetime of the column.

3. Dig a post hole for the structural wood portion of your faux ledgestone column. Set the post and then fill the hole with the right amount of concrete.

 

 

 

 

 

Fill with required amount of concrete to solidify the base of the installation.

Added concrete to the base of the ledgestone columns strengthens the construction.

4. Set your column over the structural post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide your ledgestone columns over their set structural post.

The structural post gives added support to your faux stone column installation.

5. Fill the column with at least 10″ of concrete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level your columns and sure the cap to the top.

Your faux stone column installation is now complete!

6. Finally, level your column and then secure the cap with screws.

 

 

 

 

 

You now have a beautiful artificial stone column that resembles the work of a professional mason.  The look will enhance your property’s visual appeal, no doubt.

Nov 142014
 

The new Slate Stone columns by Windsor are an exciting addition to our selection of decorative columns.  With the stylish look of real slate, they give your designs an added flair that is sure to catch the eye of passersby.

For enhanced curb appeal, they are ideal design elements to flank your driveway’s entrance with.  Also use them to decorate your porch design, upgrade your patio, accent your garden, improve your interior spaces, and more.

Made of highly durable polyurethane, they stand up over time to severe weather, and will always look as good as new.  Crafted from molds made of authentic slate, they look and feel just like the real thing.  Outdoors, they resist moisture and harsh temperatures.  Indoors, they withstand wear and tear and high traffic.  With a robust, maintenance-free construction, they’ll never chip, crack, split, or fade.

Their one-piece, lightweight construction also makes them extremely easy to install.  To ensure you get them up quickly, we include an easy installation guide with your order.  In no time, you’ll have an attractive new element elevating the beauty of your design.

Offered in five beautiful colors, you’ll easily find a style that matches your design preferences.

The Brunswick Brown Column is an elegant tone that looks great as a porch column, and will easily improve your property’s visual appeal.

Slate stone columns in Brunswick Brown make attractive porch accents.

Slate stone columns in Brunswick Brown make attractive porch accents.

The Canyon color gives you a flavor of the Southwest, and looks great as a design element on your patio.

Slate stone columns in Canyon finish make relaxing patio accents.

Slate stone columns in Canyon finish add comfort to your patio.

The Midnight Ash color is a sophisticated tone that looks fantastic as a fence column in your yard.

Slate stone columns in Midnight Ash work beautifully as fence columns.

Slate stone columns in Midnight Ash work beautifully as fence columns.

The Slatestone column in the Mojave color is a nice way to touch up the décor of your interior designs, and looks great as a decorative element in entranceways in your home.

Slate stone columns in the Mojave color add a desert feel to your interior decor.

Slate stone columns in the Mojave color create a cozy interior decor.

The Slatestone column in the Pewter color is a great way to touch up your driveway entrance, and will be sure to add considerable appeal and beauty to your property’s exterior.

Slate stone columns in the Pewter color look great at your driveway entrance.

Slate stone columns in the Pewter color look great at your driveway entrance.

Cost-effective and indistinguishable from real stone, the Windsor Slatestone columns offer a fabulous way to help you create truly outstanding designs for your home and your business, indoors and out.

Aug 222014
 

Pillar caps are the perfect finishing touch for your columns.  When you add a cap to your decorative column, you not only enhance the appearance of professional masonry, but you also greatly improve your property’s curb appeal.

Pillar caps make your accent columns and fence posts look stunning.

Pillar caps are fantastic additions for your accent columns and fence posts.

For an impeccable look, caps are available for the Ashford, Wellington, Carlton, and Norwich column lines.  The Windsor columns arrive in one piece with the accompanying cap, which comes fitted with a solar-powered lighting kit that lights up your columns in the evening.   This way, you are guaranteed a beautiful property accent.

Whether you wish to make a standalone accent column more attractive, or give your fence posts more elegance, column caps are probably the easiest way to accomplish that.  Make use of these cost-friendly column accessories, and the appeal of your home, business or office will be instantly upgraded.

Like the columns, the caps are all made of the same durable, weatherproof, and maintenance-free polyurethane material.  More budget-friendly than real stone, they are lightweight and a breeze to install.  There’s no need for you to hire a professional at all.  In no time, you’ll have increased curb appeal.

In the additional photos below, take a look at how each decorative column is given an enhanced look by its accompanying cap.

Pillar caps in wide design make the appeal of accent columns stand out.

Pillar caps in wide design create outstanding entranceway columns.

Pillar caps are a tasteful finishing touch to Ashford columns.

Pillar caps give elegance and allure to Ashford columns.

Pillar caps put the perfect finishing touch on fence posts.

Pillar caps give fence posts a nice finishing touch.

Pillar caps accommodate lamps for great outdoor use.

Easily install outdoor lamps on your pillar caps.

Pillar caps easily increase the appeal of fence posts.

Pillar caps seamlessly enhance the appeal of fence posts.

Pillar caps for Windsor columns come with a lighting kit.

Pillar caps that accompany Windsor columns come equipped with a solar panel kit.

Pillar caps amplify the curb appeal created by accent columns.

Pillar caps do a great job of enhancing the curb appeal of accent columns.

Pillar caps on Windsor columns include a lighting kit for continuous visual appeal.

Pillar caps on Windsor columns include a lighting kit for continuous visual appeal.

If you’re thinking about adding a cap to your column, make sure to take a look at the Column Design Ideas page.