“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” – Elizabeth Kenny
PATINA LION ENTRANCE TO THE LOUVRE | PARIS
According to ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun rose in the east over the backs of two lions which represented the mountains. I have always loved their power and exquisite beauty. I even named my cat “Africa” when I was in college because she looked like a tiny king of the jungle. The city of Paris is filled with Lions everywhere you look and I get a kick out of finding new ones each time I am in that magical city. As guardians of museums, door knockers, or faces of fountains, these elegant beasts quietly roar as I travel through the arrondisements. When I got to London, I realized the lion was all over England as well, as it is an integral symbol of the United Kingdom, and part of the Royal Coat of Arms.
PARISIAN APARTMENT DOOR | MARBLE FOUNTAIN | ROYAL COAT OF ARMS, UNITED KINGDOM
This vintage sideboard was nothing but a piece of dull wood with rusted hardware. It had great design, and I wanted it for the lion head pulls if nothing else! We made a bold choice with the color, going with Emerald Green, the color of the year for 2013, and re-plating the pulls to restore them to their original grandeur. Hear it roar!
FRESHLY PLATED VINTAGE LION HARDWARE