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I’m partial to lions.
I find it hard to walk away from just about anything lion decor related.
I have good reason for this though.
Grunt Labor and I met while we were both teachers. Our school’s mascot was the lion. Grunt Labor has always coached the lions. The Circus knew how to say “Go Lions!” before she left the womb. She had her one year old pictures taken on the lion paw prints surrounding that same school’s football field. Bill played for the lions.
So I’m partial to lions.
I have wanted a lion statue to go outside of our front door longer than I can remember. However, finding a good sized lion statue for a reasonable price was not as easy as I thought it would be. I had kind of quit looking.
But it was when I quit looking that I found my perfect lion.
I was in At Home a few weeks ago for no particular reason other than to take a much needed break from the renovation at the 70’s Landing Pad. It was then, while wandering through the endless Outdoor Decor Collections aisles, that I found my lion. He was white, of good size, and only $30. I could hardly contain my excitement and having no one else with me to celebrate with, I pulled that lion right off the shelf and gave him a hug. Given that I’d been searching for him for years, I felt this was completely reasonable.
Once I found my lion, my trip to At Home suddenly became a quest to whip the front door entry into shape at the 70’s Landing Pad.
I decided the lion would go on one side of the front door, but I would need something of similar size to the lion to even out the other side of the door.
I went through shelves full of At Home Patio and Outdoor Entertaining items and tried out no less than 15 different plant stands, garden stools and small tables right there in the store. I’m sure people hate to turn down the aisles I’m on, because I tend to take up half of it testing out what works together and what doesn’t.
After I found a garden stool that worked, I then did the same thing with flower pots.
And before I left, I figured I might as well get a new door mat while I’m at it.
Here’s what the front door space looked like before:
Now friends, you know I love me some green. But that shade of green with those bricks just wasn’t doing it for me. And so to really make my new lion feel at home and shine, I painted the front door and trim for him.
I went for a wine colored front door and opted for black trim because we have a lot of black in the house and that seemed to tie in well with the brick color and the front door color as well.
Of course, Mr. Lion is taking up residence on one side of the door. By the way, he also has a solar light built into him – that’s what the light and black thing are on his base! The new doormat also brought some of the black down to the porch floor.
On the other side of the door is a black and white planter on top of a garden stool I finally settled on at At Home to give it a bit more height and even out each side of the door.
I think Mr. Lion likes his new home – especially when the Circus makes him a crown out of rocks.