The Funky Buddha!

by Katie on April 28, 2011

Within the past year or so, I’ve been diligently practicing yoga! It’s proved to be a great workout and a much needed stress reducer!  Through this practice, I’ve really become influenced by zen design and Buddha-like statues and bookends. These stylish items evoke calmness and serenity! And in my book, anything that can help with that is always welcome! These stylish and trendy items really pair well with modern,  Mid-century modern, Arts and Crafts and many other beautiful design styles. If the thought of  Buddha statues and zen design  just evoke thoughts of bamboo and bonsai trees, well look again!
 Buddha statue in my kitchen/nook from Home Goods.
My Buddha (Home Good's)
My Buddha (Home Goods $39.00)

 This Buddha-like statue in my guest bedroom is also from Home Goods. I guess it’s obvious I’m also a huge fan of chrome lamps! The lamp above (located in my kitchen/nook) is vintage from the mid 1960’s. It’s actually one of my favorite things! I’ve had it for going on 15 years now. The lamp below (located in my guest bedroom) is from Target.

White Buddha Staute
White Buddha Staute (Home Goods) ($79.00)

The geometric wall paper and the unique lamps are sheer perfection, not to mention the cool Buddha statue.
Decor Pad
Decor Pad
Gorgeous pair of antique Buddha lamps!
Rara Forma Lighting
Interesting factoid: Foo Dogs (or Fu) comes from “fó Buddha” (Chinese (Beijing))–from the use of lion dogs as guardians of Buddhist temples.
 West Elm Foo Dog Pillows
Buddha with books - Decor Pad
Okay, at first glace, this vintage 1960’s lamp looked extremely gaudy, a bit tacky if you will!  It reminded me of the “leg” lamp from A Christmas Story!  But it kind of grew on me. It’s very unique and funky. Definitely a conversation piece!
living rooms - Benjamin Moore - Grant Beige - Pier 1 Imports honeycomb mirror Borghese mirrored chest West Elm silver leaf canisters Bombay Company Buddha
Foo Dog Lamp
Such high-style! I have to say, I love every part of this bedroom!!
House Beautiful
  Buddha Bar in New York City. Pretty cool huh!
Buddah Bar in NYC 
  What do you think? Could your house hold use a few of these hip and  funky Buddha statues?
Thanks for reading!
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber April 28, 2011 at 2:14 am

I LOVE the Mirror! (5th pic up), and in that room-love the Idea as books being or looking like the night stands! You have such a great eye for this stuff! I think I’m missing the whole design/creative gene. My best guy friend takes me shopping and tells me what looks good and what looks retchid. Now my next door neighbor, a single batchlor, who graduated 9th grade and is an ice cream man for a living (hey, I’m not judging in any way I’m just making it a point) is helping me choose colors for my room to help draw “the eye” to my extremely odd, yet it’s so odd it’s cool, color blue sheets. We’ve discussed Chocolate brown, black, white, and tan and are leaning towards a cocoa brown??? see I’m just lacking the gene! Do you think if I took a pic you could suggest some of your fantastic Ideas??? Keep it up katie! Love your blogs!


Katie April 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

Hey Amber! Thanks so much for tuning in! I also love the round mirror in the picture you are talking about. You can purchase that mirror at Pier One. I would be happy to help you with selecting a color and a few ideas! Just email me a picture. Just a thought, sometimes blue can pair really well with a brownish/charocoal gray color…
Email me a picture to.


Jared Fleischer April 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

I think we all could all use a little Buddha-Zen philosophy and inspiration in our lives. Calm, peaceful, and serene is far better than manic, agitated, and angry! Good job!


designchic April 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Most definitely…been wanting buddha bookends for a while!! Love this post ~


Katie April 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thank you so much!! 😉


Susan May 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Katie — great blog. I’m a big fan of Buddha figures, too. In fact, I just bought a really cool set of antique Buddha bookends, made in about 1920. I’m giving one to my sister and keeping one for myself so now they’ll be statues rather than bookends!

Like Amber, I really love that mirror in the fifth picture from the bottom. You said it can be purchased at Pier One, but are you sure about that? I looked for it on their website and couldn’t find it anywhere. Or maybe it’s just sold out?

Thanks for the great Buddha photos. They’re all really beautiful.


Katie May 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Yes, I adore Buddha statues especially antique ones! What a great gift to give to your sister!

I thought I saw that mirror at Pier One about 5 months or so at Pier One. They may be sold out. It is a great mirror!


Miel September 29, 2011 at 6:06 am

I really love it. Could u please help me to get them? Im from Vietnam… :-)


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