Chiang Mai Dragon – Always and Forever a Classic

Ahhhh…Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon.  It’s just one of those things that many argue was once a trend, but in my mind will forever be a classic. Chinoiserie in general, is a timeless classic that never goes out of style.  Chiang Mai Dragon comes in 5 different colorways, but my favorite is the alabaster ground, as seen below, because the neutral background allows the gorgeous color to take center stage.
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The Chiang Mai Dragon print was interpreted from a 1920s Art Deco Chinoiserie block print, perhaps similar to these three Art Deco period items seen above.  Made of 100% linen and averaging about $150 per yard, it has been wildly popular since its introduction, with many enthusiasts scouring the pages of Ebay, Craigslist, and the likes, in the hopes of obtaining a piece or even a remnant of the much coveted print at a more manageable price.

Chiang Mai Dragon appeals to a wide audience – from traditional, to bohemian, to eclectic.  It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why the Chiang Mai Dragon print has been such a success, but my guess is that it is its colorful, lively, engaging, and whimsical imagery which tells a magical story.  All I have to do is look at it and I feel good, but then again chinoiserie in general has always made me feel good.
Chinoiserie encapsulates what the West fantasized life to be in the Far East at a time when European trade first began with China. – an idealistic life filled with colorful floral gardens  and  highly stylized Chinese imagery.  European trade sparked curiosity in what life was like in the distant land of China and it is perhaps these fantasies and the idea of living in a faraway land that resonates with people today and is the reason for Chiang Mai Dragon’s continued success.
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Chiang Mai Dragon à la Cozy•Stylish•Chic

If I were given Chiang Mai Dragon to work with, this is what I would do by incorporating today’s looks and trends.  Chinoiserie, colorful high gloss lacquer, cut velvet,  malachite, zebra , garden stools – I would use it all! Chiang Mai Dragon is the perfect print for a designer to work with, as it gives her the ability to pull out so many accent colors from the print to bring life to a room.  I love color, which is why I am a big fan of the Chiang Mai Dragon print, and each color works harmoniously with the others.

Update:  Valspar Paint Giveaway

As promised, today I am announcing the winner of the Valspar Paint Giveaway, and that lucky person is  Robby McCreary Watson.  Congratulations!!!  Please get in touch with me via email at jeanne@cozystylishchic.com so that I can get this wonderful collection of paint to you.  Love your color or change your color.  The Valspar Paint guarantee.

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