The Year of the Dog: Smile into the New Year

This year, the Lunar New Year lands on February 16. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog year. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: gold (metal), wood, water, fire, and earth. So an element-specific zodiac animal comes once every 60 years.

Pug Pillow Cover

Chinese New Year lasts 16 days filled with celebration, festivals, and cleaning house. A deep-seated tradition is to sweep out all of the bad things from the past and to start the year with a fresh, clean home.

In the spirit of this tradition, I have selected my favorite, smile-worthy home decor items on our site to give your newly clean rooms a boost! 

French Bulldog Pillow Cover

Ceramic Elephant Figurines

Westie Ceramic Planter

I hope that you find these as fun as I do! I would love to see what you are working on and what is making you cheery and feel happy at home. 

Happy new year, and here's to breaking into a smile when you walk into your rooms. Please share your projects with us at #myobjae. Your projects inspire us.