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A water feature — a bamboo fountain — for my home tiki bar — it’s perfect!

Every home tiki bar needs a water feature — and I finally found one I liked: The Design Toscano Cascading Bamboo Sculptural Fountain, found on Amazon (affiliate link). I love it — and my husband took one look and said, “It’s perfect!” 

Details on this fountain:

  • I paid just under $400, free shipping.
  • Dimensions: 14.5″Wx13.5″Dx57.5″H 51 lbs.
  • Hand-cast using real crushed stone bonded with high quality designer resin
  • Each piece is individually hand-painted by our artisans
  • Includes a UL-listed indoor/outdoor recirculating pump
  • Exclusive to the Design Toscano brand and perfect for your home or garden

Some tips if you get one, and a few nits:

  • I thought the fountain was too noisy: The water hitting the resin in each of the receptacles was too loud. I MacGuyvered the problem by putting pieces of small mosaic tile in each “cup” to shorten the height of the water-drop; then, put pieces of sponge on top of the pebbles. I’ll switch the tile out for pebbles when I get a chance. The sponges are visible, so need to rethink that, but they do do a good job of letting me “tune” the sound of the water. 
  • Similarly, inside the water receptacle, the water drop was long and making too much noise. I stuck something in there, too, to create a sort of “slide” that the dropping water falls on to so that it can glide, not plop, into the receptacle.
  • To get the water all the way to the top of this nearly 6′ tall fountain, the only pump setting that would work was “high”. I might try to hunt a stronger pump in the future, as it might be nice to dial down the water volume at some point. I did not have any issues with the pump noise; you can hear it, but not much given the tinkling of the fountain and usually, what else is going on in the room.
  • There were a few quality defects, but nothing that forced me to send it back. I need to put a bead of silicon on one of fountain beaks (I don’t know what you call them); there was one hairline crack at the back but fortunately, not anywhere anyone would see it; and, there was a tiny chunk-bite taken out of the resin at the bottom, also in the back and also not really visible. The fountain was large and heavy — it was packed well, but given its travels, I can see how there might be damage.

None of my nits are major — I am very happy with this piece! The size and scale suit the space: The living room is quite long, and I’m splitting it into a sitting and bar area. The fountain sits in the planter area that will delineate the split, and the fountain’s height is terrific 2/3 of the way down the room. I also like that the fountain is of just bamboo — no creatures or other decorative embellishment.

Happy happy, the Mahalo Lounge is coming together pretty quickly now! 

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  1. Ben says:

    Hi Pam,
    Could you share any more photos of that chair? I think I have the same one and don’t have any info about it.

  2. I am so enjoying seeing the progress of your tiki lounge because you and I are in exactly the same place, taste-wise. It’s even a little eerie! We both have that same barkcloth print, and I even have an almost identical bamboo fountain, purchased online about a year ago. This one is more petite, though, only three feet tall, and much less expensive. It’s had to be turned off until I can repair a leak somewhere inside. When it arrived, I didn’t know to use distilled water, and the room took on the distinct whiff of moldy water after a week of use! Since there were no directions with the fountain and I had never had one, I had to do some fast research on how to combat this problem!
    It looks as though I’ll have to break down and buy the larger and (presumably) better-quality version now that I know it exists, and I look forward to hearing how well yours holds up over time. My tiki living room has all its original c.1955 features, including a brick planter that I have restored. I’m creating this room to be an exotic backdrop for my adopted parrots and cockatoos! In fact, a parrot may be just the thing you need. for your Mahalo Lounge. Just don’t let him anywhere near your new sofa.

  3. Pam Kueber says:

    With parrots and cockatoos flying around, you’ll need plastic slipcovers for sure. tee hee

    Email me when you are done — I’d love to see the room!

  4. Grama Robin says:

    Toscano has a catalog of all sorts of interesting stuff, from women coming out of walls, to dragons, to chair and table sets that look like books, to suits of armor.

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