Sure, the Chinese New Year doesn't officially kick in until Jan. 23 but it's never too early to ring in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, by sprucing up your abode with a few mythical fire-breathing lizard-centric decor items. Now I fully, realize that incorporating dragons into your interior decor scheme may be a bit more tricky than, let's say, rabbits. Still, there are some tasteful, handmade/eco-friendly options (most found at Etsy) for Chinese Zodiac-themed decorating out there that won't leave your living space looking like a dim sum palace, head shop, or role-playing teenager's bedroom circa 1985. And we wouldn't want that would we?


Ron the Dragon Bookend by Zuny @ EmmoHome ($56)















Binth Pixel Dragon Print @ Fawn&Forest ($28)















Jonathan Adler Ceramic Dragon Sculpture @ Jonathan Adler ($350)















Oolong Tea Tin Clock @ ReigrucheStudio's Etsy shop ($20)




















Vintage Rice Grain Sack with Dragons Pillow @ Sublime Surprises' Etsy shop ($43)











2012 Year of the Dragon Calendar @ BaseMint's Etsy shop ($26)













Dragon Salt and Pepper Shakers @ TerraBellaPottery's Etsy Shop ($10)


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The girl with the dragon throw pillow: Chinese New Year decor
Get into the spirit of 2012, the Year of the Dragon, by outfitting your lair with these handmade, fire-breathing serpent-themed items (and no, they won't make y