Guest Picks: Year of the Dragon

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. With the dragon being equally amazing and symbolically rich (it’s the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and joy ), what better cosmetic part is there to add to your home this season? These fashionable dragon-related finds will hopefully enhance your household with good luck during the year.
— Lauren out of Fourth Floor Walk Up

Number Four Eleven

Dragon Napkins – $125

Adding these attractively embroidered napkins to any table setting will add a bit of Chinese flair.


Year of the Dragon 2012 Imperial Dragon by Brazen Design Studio – $45

A moderately priced bit of wall art is a great way to bring from the dragon flare. This print is a reproduction of an original sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) that boasts beautiful lines and brushstrokes.


Amazing Large Convex Mirror with Dragon

As you generally find convex, circular or oval mirrors with eagles on the very best, this mirror features a dragon, which is just divine.


Chiang Mai Dragon – $148

This beautiful Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by Schumacher was originally derived from a 1920s Art Deco–age block printing. I can envision the textile of now used on throw pillows with red fringe. Better yet, it would be so smart in pinch-pleat curtains hung on large brass rods.


Luna Metal Wall Covering

Luna by Studio E is a hand-painted metal background. Its stunning finish is a great way to subtly evoke the scales of a dragon.


Big Dragon Candle – $165

You cannot have a nod into the dragon without a fire. This elegant candle’s pink floral scent is simply begging to be lit. When the smell is gone and the fire has faded, it has the capability to become a practical vessel.

Lamps Plus

Off White Shanghai Dragon Ottoman – $305.91

I believe that everyone should have a minumum of one garden feces in their home. This timeless shape is enhanced from the dragons in relief, and the white paint is reminiscent of the mythical animal’s precious pearl.


Pair of Crackleware Vases, as Lamps

These antique lamps are timeless and chic in shape. One of these also happens to have miniature dragons for handles.


Chinese Dragon – $95

The white color of the figural dragon permits for the sculptural details to be the focus. It is a great object for a console table in an entryway, since it casts good luck on people who pass .

Rug Studio

Woven Legend Earth Tone Dragon Area Rug – $607.50

This handwoven rug with its rich colors and silky textures would make a beautiful addition to a female dressing room.

Asian Corbels – $48.99

This unfinished corbel invites a huge interpretation as it might be used in several applications, from an outside architectural element to a statement interior bit. I can only imagine how stunning it’d be in gold leaf.


Grande 19th Century Chinese Lantern

I love Chinese-style lanterns, and this one with its elegant lines and frosted glass would make a beautiful light fixture in a foyer or vestibule.


Dynasty 5 Piece Place Setting – $230

The Wedgwood Dynasty set makes for a traditional place setting that will be timelessly stylish. It is a grand setting for dinner parties and for adding a splash of color to any table.

Tiffany & Co..

Cirque Chinois Breakfast Cup and Saucer – $1,350

Among my favorite Tiffany & Co. china collections would be the Cirque Chinois collection. These ceramic bits are all hand-painted Limoges porcelain by the Tiffany Paris studio. It is luxury in a cup!



This book is a beautifully illustrated source for inspiration and instruction about the fantastic details of Chinoiseries.


Pair of Huge Vintage Chinese Ginger Jars

These enormous, matching ginger jars with painted dragons are large enough to make a bold statement, but nevertheless classic in form and color.

China Furniture Online

Rosewood Dragon Crown Oval Mirror – $279

Oval and round mirrors are among my favourite decorative accents. This one featuring dragons on its summit is a great way to pull some chinoiserie elements.

Restoration Hardware

Classic Imperial Clawfoot Soaking Tub – $4,650

This replica of this 19th century clawfoot tub is a lavish yet subtle way to add a dragon to your home.


Dragon Medallion – $139

This dragon medallion has the Chinese character for “double happiness.” It would make a striking accent on any console table.


Natori “Harmoni” Bed Linens

I love the blend of textures, embroidery and pearlescent tones that make this dragon bedding so luscious.


Foulards VP 681 02 Background

This background is really chic. I love the complementary colors of coral and turquoise.

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