Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Do we still love it? : Foo Dogs

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to swing into the city and visit with my sisters.


My youngest sister, Danay moved into the Upper East Side a couple of months ago so we decided to hit up the thrift stores near her.


I must say that I wasn’t that impressed. I do better shopping on LI, but there was one thing that caught my eye!




Can you believe how massive they are! Last year Foo’s were a major passion of mine. A couple of months ago the obsession started to slow down, but seeing these guys made me love them all over again.


I don’t think I could go that big, but I could stand for a little bit of Foo in my life, but for Jon (you know the man that decorates with construction paper) they are a big no, no.


Here are some of my favorite rooms that share my love for Foos:


{Ivanka’s apt via Style Court}


{Here is a much smaller pair on the vanity via Domino}


{Not only does Palmer Weiss have the perfect sized Foo’s, but how amazing is the trim on that skirted table!}


{ I know there is a lot going on in this picture, but I can still spot my Foos!}


chelsea apt 023

{ Since I can’t use them in my own home I tend to use them with clients.}


So, dear readers what’s the verdict? Do we still love them or should we sending them off to our local thrift shops?



Blogger Claiming Our Space said...

I love a little foo (or two). It reminds me of my trip to China. But a big foo, I think that is too much.

I am looking for a pair myself to peep from other accents, like delightful found objects. (Hubs doesn't know yet)

The larger ones (like the ones you fond) are a little in your face, for me, and turn them from an accent to the focal piece.

January 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger brynalexandra said...

I have to admit, I'm not a fan! They are kind of scary to me. Maybe if there was a teenie tiny little cute one.. sort of like in the Domino picture. I love miniature anything!

January 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Personally...they scare me. But I guess that's why your the interior expert and I am not!!

January 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

I don't have any but I don't mind the little ones. They are really cute. Especially the colorful ones. I don't really like a big one.

January 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I still love them! :) I hope they aren't going out of style, because I have two!!

January 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger my favorite and my best said...

keep, but store.

January 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

I'm a fan in small doses - and I got an olive green Foo from Home Goods for a steal - gotta love that place!! :)

January 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Chic Geek said...

Still loving them! I just posted about a pair, and I am still trying to find just the right spot for my foo dogs. They just look great everywhere I try them! :)

January 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Katie (Refresh Design Studio) said...

hmmm, I've never really found the appeal in them, but I guess to each her own!

January 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

NO WAY mine are heading to the thrift shop! They are a classic design element - you may find them on your grandma's built-ins, and that may scare some people, but I believe they've been around long before they were deemed trendy. If you love 'em - keep 'em! I don't buy into what the designerati claims is In or Out...

January 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger A Diary of Lovely said...

i too think they are a bit scary, or at least That's what I thought when I first saw them, now there are growing on me (just a tiny bit) and I would gladly add a couple of small ones, like the cute Domino ones.

January 12, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger ~Chandelier No. 4~ said...

If you love 'em, GET 'EM! But I say you go at it Palmer Weiss style.

~ Joanna

January 12, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger One Love said...

You know, I've never been a fan. They're kinda weird look. However, when I spy them in design I can appreciate them!

January 12, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

send them to the thrift shop...so I can find them for cheap! I like the small ones. The big guys remind me a little of the Nutcracker with those large teeth.

January 12, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

My hubby HATES them and I am over them, but at one time did think they were pretty cute!

January 12, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

You gave me mine, of course I love them!!

January 12, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wes hates them. The tiny turquoise ones are darling, but if they are big they are a tad frightening to me!

January 12, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Visual Vamp said...

Step away from the Foo Dogs!
They are way over ha ha.
But stick them in the closet for a few years, and they will probably come back into fashion.
xo xo

January 12, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger A Refocused Life said...

Classic, and they work in the right space. Just not me.

January 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Averill said...

I love Foo dogs! They remind me of my grandmother, who was a big fan of chinoiserie and had several sets. My mom was a fan, too, and now I have two sets in my own house (one red-orange pair I picked up thrifting and a second larger pair I got from my mom). So yeah, I guess it's a family thing for me, but it does show they have some serious staying power!

January 12, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

To be honest, I had no idea that was what they were called! How interesting :)

January 12, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Risley said...

My uncle is an antique dealer.. I'm a foo dog fool! lol

January 13, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Anonymous laurakelli said...

I passed up a chance at buying some turquoise foos at a shop in Shanghai while I still lived there. I've regretted it ever since and I'm afraid I'm going to want them until I can find them again.

January 13, 2010 at 12:47 AM  
OpenID urbansardines said...

Happy New Year, Camila! Hope you had a great holiday! I LOVE the foo dogs still! I think it's past trend for me and into enduring love...

January 13, 2010 at 1:36 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I too am fond of the Foo. I own several pairs, small to medium though.

January 13, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

good ol' jonathan adler says you should always buy a foo when you see it! :)

January 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

still love but will love them more when everyone else stops!! ;)


January 13, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous thezhush said...

Love em, check out the cute little red ones that CB2 has, great price too.

January 13, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

men hate anything that doesn't feed them...LOL...I like them...with a great new paint job they could fit into lots of spaces. We are doing a different more defined eclectic these days, it seems...like everything, it's personal.

January 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Ginabee said...

STill LOVE!! :-) dont think i'll stop i just love the pop of color they bring to the room

January 17, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Keelin said...

If you have a Homegoods near you, I found them there! $30 and in multiple colors; white, teal, yellow, red!

January 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

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