Is there an Elephant in Your Room?

Moveover Buddha, monkeys, birds, peacock feathers, paisley, moroccan grillwork, baroque patterns, the butterfly and any design motif that offered a fleeting ray of false faith, hope and happiness in 2009 and make way for the Elephant. No, it’s not taboo, and if you don’t have one yet, now is the time to add this smart design motif to your home decor mix.

A timeless symbol of Buddhist strength and wisdom, the endearing elephant plans on staying for 2010 and with it the weighty promise that maybe this year will really shape up to be a wise one. The fifth of  seven jewels of royal power, the prescious elephant embodies the attributes needed for a King to stay in power, (aspiration, intention, effort and analysis). In other words, what we need to possess to make 2010 count. Certainly not one of the most beautiful motifs in design history, take a look at some ideas on how you can embrace the largeness of this icon in your home.

1. Make a BIG statement:  Can you imagine? HomeGoods on Rte. 22 in Springfield, NJ had this massive sculpture in their store at the highest price I have ever seen anything sell for at HomeGoods ($2000). I came back a week later and it was gone.

2. Enlighten: With Uttermost’s Abayomi elephant lamp designed by Carolyn Kinder. www.uttermost.com

3. Open Doors:  With an original Rosalie Sherman pewter cast elephant cabinet pull. Located at https://www.artfulhome.com/artist/Rosalie-Sherman/8082

4. Simplify: Jonathan Adler’s Peruvian stonefired porcelain elephant is pared down to beuatiful geometric shapes. What a great way to get rid of the bags. If only Joanthan Adler can figure out how to apply his approach to the face.

5.  Tsk Tusk: Not a huge elephant fan? How about a tusk table from Global Views in nickel.

6.  Relax: Luxuriate by your pool house, or add this elegant elephant side table to your living room and put your feet up. By Two’s Company.

7. A Clean Start: Wipe your hands free of any mess w/these exquisitely woven linen elephant napkins by Simrin. Part of the Raj series, you can find them at www.velioctyartanddesign.com

8. Add Angst: I didn’t know it was possible to make an elephant angry but still cute! Loubylou Stiches, a fabric designer and artist on Etsy created this sweet wall hanging in mixed mediums.

9. Bunta Block Your Own Linens: I recently started a collection of my own bunta blocks although I can’t say I have mastered the art of Indian block printing . This elephant bunta block seems to be on the rarer side retailing for over $100 on www.zanzibar-trading.com.

10. Last, Say OHMage to the Elephant: With this fabulous meditation pillow.

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