They're heeeere......

...........and I love every one of those darling horses. Thanks to our friend Ben for capturing such a lovely scene and for ordering the giant canvas. Besides his mad photog skills, he's a stellar guy which is why we love him (his wife Sara's pretty sweet too). I swear I'm not saying that just to suck up to his sister-in-law Anna so I can shamelessly invite myself to a Lonny Mag shoot. Who said that.

{ Here's a before from a different angle on the day we closed on the house. }


If you're sick of seeing Foo dogs in interior d├ęcor, I've totally got some. I'm Asian, so just pretend that these are more of a cultural statement than a style one. (I could also whip out my Domino book if that makes you feel more comfortable. Incidentally, Anna, mentioned above, used to shoot for Domino. Look at that, we've come full circle.)

When I told my Chinese mother that I found Foo (more accurately Fu) dogs, she said "Good, they keep the evil spirits out. Keep them by your front door like guardians."  What. 
Aw, they're so ugly they're endearing; they're uglearing.

Our mid century mod credenza is also uglearing. It was a Craig's List find from last year, is in impeccable condition, and is from 1959. Maybe I'll paint it one day but for now we're digging the retro Mad Men look of it, so if it's not your style and if you ever visit, just avert your eyes from its uglearing-ness.

Trying out a different vignette: books.
Hmmmm, things look a bit out of scale here with the credenza.
I swear that canvas photo is HUGE, it's just this thing is freakishly looooong. {twss}


Hiro's not amused.

57 comments:

  1. Well done! I love everything- the picture, the credenza, the foo/fu dogs...it is a beautiful space. I wouldn't paint away the wood grain, sometimes it's fun to have something that's truly retro and different in your house.

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  2. I'm totally with you on the Mad Men vibe of the credenza, and I loooove the horses. The colors are so rich. Great photo. And I would love to snuggle with Hiro! :)

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  3. what a great pic of hiro (the one w. nose front & center). those eyes!

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  4. the picture is awesome - looks so good in your home!

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  5. You crack me up! The art looks AAAAHHHmaaaaazing! Hey, I really like the credenza in all of it's mid-cent glory. I wouldn't change a thing about it. Everything looks gorgeous!!

    Teresa

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  6. I really can't get over how well the photo works! You have the eye, my friend.

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  7. I think that everything works so well in this space. And I love the foo dogs - I have the same ones except mine are orange.

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  8. So our house has a freakishly similar hallway/half wall area and I am on the search for a mid-century modern credenza like that for ours too. I'm excited to see the vision I have in my mind so clearly in someone else's home. Love how you placed the large canvas over the stairwell!

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  9. It is perfect! What a great spot for it too! Your friend is super talented. Love the credenza also, it is a beautiful piece!!

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  10. Your house is one beelion times prettier than when you bought it! I love the horse photo. But the star, in my opinion, is that fabulous credenza. Please don't paint it! It is totally 'tits' already. Yeah, I said that.

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  11. i love love love love LOVE the horse print! I must immediately perfect my picture taking skills, find a field of horses, and get a canvas made for my house. pronto. and the credenza is sick - such a great craigslist find!

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  12. I absolutely love the credenza! And lucky you for finding one in such great shape that it doesn't need paint! My husband actually makes a lot of furniture (mostly out of dark walnut) and we pay extra for pieces that have that swirly wood pattern. He might even be offended that you called it tacky :)

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  13. Great dog nose.

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  14. Beautifully done...as always!

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  15. I think the credenza is FABULOUS!!!!

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  16. I absolutely love that credenza, it's incredible!

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  17. Love the picture of the horse!

    Don't you dare EVER paint that credenza. It has too much character to be painted.

    LB

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  18. The canvas is GORGEOUS!!! We have a very similar set up with a large wall leading to the basement. Only we have an open railing as opposed to a half wall. I struggled for a long time on how to fill the space. I eneded up doing a collection of mirrors, but I LOVE this canvas! What are the dimensions of the canvas?

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  19. That image is amazing. It fits in perfectly in your space!

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  20. l.o.v.e the image of the horse. i've been dying to find one myself! love, love the idea.

    and that credenza. AH-mazing!!

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  21. How do you alwats manage to crack me up? Seriously...you're like the funniest EVER.

    On another note, I'm totally digging the credenza as is. Love the style and love the horses ;)

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  22. 1) that horse canvas rocks my world
    2) never heard of a foo dog
    3) your credenza is not tacky - it's awesome!
    4) love the close-up pic of Hiro - what a sweet face!

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  23. i personally would like a canvas of hero's face. too stinkin cute! looove the horse canvas and every detail you've acquired in that space. well done!

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  24. haha, this post has me laughing out loud- you are too funny. I love the whole explaining you're Asian that's why you have the foo dogs. The BF is Buddhist and I feel like I have to do the same thing when I post pictures of our apartment because we have Buddha statues all over. It's like, I swear people we're not doing it because its a trend :)

    Oh, and I love the horse canvas, great choice for such a large wall.

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  25. FC!

    I love everything about it. That credenza with the swirl totally does it for me. : )

    The horse print I would have never understood, but you worked it out.

    Love it!!!!

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  26. ohmyhell beautiful! The buffet and the photo! WOW.

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  27. The photo is awesome - that's why you are FC the Magnificent. And, I'm not. ;) It's so vivid.

    And, I love the word "uglearing" - but I woudn't call your credenza tacky. I kinda love it.

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  28. if i can just find a credenza...love your art....and the dragons.

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  29. hahaha! Love the "I'm totally Asian" and "that's what she said" comments!

    Also, your dog is hilarious looking and oh-so-cute! What kind is he?

    P.S. The canvas looks AMAZING! I am such a sucker for some pretty horses.

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  30. Such a great-looking canvas....Hiro's a dollbaby too :)

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  31. That's it...I am moving in. You can let me sleep on the credenza. I just love everything about this space. You ooze with style my dear....OOZE!

    Cheers~
    e

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  32. It looks fantastic! You know I'm a huge fan of large animal pictures already, but yours looks like it was made with that space in mind. It's perfect!

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  33. Horsies! I love pictures of them, just not actually being around them. Did you know that they reek???

    The colors of are justtttt gorgeous and it looks phenomenal.

    So if you you're allowed to have foo dogs bc you're Asian, I'm allowed to have a wall of beer bottles b/c I'm Irish, right? Not tacky, right?

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  34. O.M.G, you've done it again! It's breathtaking! The whole vignette is gorgeous! LOL @ uglearing!

    I love the swirly grain too and thank you for the obligatory Hiro pics! HeHe! :)

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  35. i like. we have a similar one that i need to sand and refinish. i have had it for 4 years...i do not like to sand:)

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  36. I wouldn't paint that credenza! I think it looks fab the way it is. And the foo dogs....I don't care if they're trendy. I LOVE them, but I'm a dog person so I guess that's part of the reason. Your pup is a cutie too!!!

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  37. I adore that credenza...and you cute pup,too!

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  38. LOVE the picture, and the credenza looks pretty fab too!
    LauraC

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  39. That looks so beautiful. It is an amazing picture.

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  40. Amiable post and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Say thank you you as your information.

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  41. That dog is sooo cute. He looks a lot like my dog did.

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  42. i love your credenza and hope you don't paint it! fab photo, too.

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  43. LOVE LOVE LOVE your style! Hi, Im Meme from Screaming Meme...It is so nice to meet you! I am crazy about that horse picture! :)

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  44. Hiro is adorable! What a great picture - so sweet. And love your before and after. The photograph of the horses is so beautiful. Trina

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  45. O no. I wouldnt paint it at all. I just looked at a few pictures on yesterday and when I visited your blog...BAM!

    Great space. I would love to craigslist again...but I just dont have a truk or van to transport the treasures.

    Really enjoying the blog.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

    http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com

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  46. "that's what she said" :) I have Fu dogs in my house too (from my mother naturally)

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  47. I love the horses! it adds so much drama to the room. It's really beautiful.
    And Im lovin your big dog!
    Londen

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  48. So glad to find your fun blog! May I add another thumbs up for the gorgeous credenza!

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  49. That credenza is a broyhill brasilia. Total mid mod classic and goes for much more than you probably paid for it! Bravo! What a find! If I could find one on craigslist (and one I could afford) I would snatch it up in a heartbeat. And definitely don't paint it. Its perfect just the way it is. And plus if you ever decide to sell it, you'll get more out of it if its original. Love it!

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