Monday, July 12, 2010

Where Should the Foo Dogs Live?

Here I am smiling with excitement over one of my purchases from Scott's this weekend. While these Foo dog statues are not true antiques, they are a cool accessory that remind me of my travels to Asia for work. (Plus, I have seen them all over the design blogs recently, like here, here, and here.)

According to Wikipedia (the ultimate source of information!), Foo dogs, or Chinese guardian lions, are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China, which is believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces (like the Forbidden City in Beijing where I saw them!), temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD 220), until the end of the empire in 1911. The lions are always created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub. (Sounds about right!)

My question to you is this:

On our desk in the living room?

(Note: Be on the look out for big changes to this area of our house in the future- we've got plans!)

On the console table in the dining room?
(Also note: China cabinet coming in the next month. Yay!)

On the bookshelves in the family room?
(Note: I have plans to paint the back of the shelves a soft green.)

On the mantle in the master bedroom?
(Note: This room is also getting a makeover soon!)

So, where should they live? You tell me.

(Note: All of these "notes" make me realize how much "work" I have signed myself up for!)

Have a great day!



  1. I like them best on the bookshelves in the family room, particularly after the backs of the shelves are painted. (I think it was almost a year ago that we suggested you paint them at Chapin Group's first Wine & Design!}

  2. I agree...the bookshelves! I like them in the dining room as a close 2nd :) I think I need some Foo Dogs, now...

  3. I also like them on the bookshelves. Glad someone else besides me has lots of projects to start/finish!!

  4. I like them on the console table in the dining room. I like Lynne's comment about having lots of projects in mind but taking a while to get them started. Story of my life!