Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

Here's to a new beginning in 2012: A collaboration with Houzz!

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So this is exciting! The editors at contacted me about being a guest contributor in their product section of the website!  Each month I will be creating Ideabooks showcasing special products that I find and love. For the first Ideabook I chose the topic of Lunar New Year, entitled Guest Picks: Year of the Dragon 20 ways to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac's animal sign of 2012.  It will be featured on the site on January 1st. On Houzz you can find my professional profile that shows other Ideabooks as well photos that I've uploaded of my apartments and other interiors.  Please feel free to follow me on Houzz for updates to my profile - to find my profile you click one of the Houzz buttons on the side bar of my site.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. With the dragon being both beautiful and symbolically rich (it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness), what better decorative element is there to add to your home this year? These stylish dragon-related finds will hopefully enhance your household with good luck throughout the year.  If you would like to read further please take a look at my ideabook on But here's a sneak peek at some of my favorites that I've listed in my Ideabook!

Amazing Large Convex Mirror with Dragon eclectic mirrors

I love convex mirrors, as you may already if you have read one of my earlier posts, Convex Mirror Update or Circular & Convex Mirrors.  This mirror is at the top of my list, it is very expensive but also just as very rare, as you  typically find convex circular or oval mirrors with eagles on the top.  This mirror however has a dragon, which is just divine!

Chiang Mai Dragon asian fabric
This beautiful Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by Schumacher was originally derived from a 1920s Art Deco–era block print. I can picture the textile of today used on throw pillows with a reddish coral fringe.  There are so much rich colors that pop, I may have to purchase a few yards for myself seeing how I have all of these colors in my current living room.  I foresee a stop to the D&D building in my near future to pick up swatches.  Better yet, if I had another room, preferably a dining room this fabric would be so chic in pinch-pleat curtains hung on large brass rods.
Chinoiseries asian books
This book is a beautifully illustrated resource for inspiration and education about the fantastic details of Chinoiseries.  There are several buildings that have detailed dragons as decorative elements.  This past week I used this book as a resource for designing one of my friend's business cards!
Off White Shanghai Dragon Ottoman asian outdoor stools and benches
I think that everyone should have at least one garden stool in their home. This classic shape is enhanced by the dragons in relief, and the pearly white paint is reminiscent of the mythical animal's precious pearl.
Once again, Happy New Year! I wish you all good luck, good health and fortune in 2012!