Monkey Business

As I am sure many instagrams and blogs have told you, it is the Chinese New Year of the monkey! While the actual day of celebration was yesterday, we have the entire year and beyond to relish in the fun and quirky style of the monkey. For one, I have grown up around a bunch of monkeys. Literally, my family has a love of incorporating monkeys in pillows, patterns, and lamps. I find them to be sneakily chic. They seem like an unexpected animal to play around on your walls and in chairs, but there is something a bit whimsical and old world about their presence. If you don’t believe me, just look at these beyond beautiful patterns.

Fun Fact: The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Every 12 years there is a Monkey year. (Interestingly, Monkey years are all multiples of 12 — from 12 AD, through 1200 AD, to now in 2016.)

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Gegan’s monkey lamps are just the beginning on my future monkey inheritance.

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Yes, that is Mr. Monkey. I was terrified of him for years growing up. Eventually his coconut held candy and that made our relationship much better. I told my family loves their monkeys!

Singeries by Schumacher

Singeries by Schumacher

Antique-Chinese-Wallpaper from Neo Silk Road

Hand-painted antique wallpaper from Neo Silk Road.

Mizner Monkey Bar Boca Raton

Mizner Monkey Bar in Boca Raton

Monkey Wallpaper via House Beautiful

Scalamandre Venetian Carnival monkey wallpaper via House Beautiful

De Gournay Deco Monkeys in a Bathroom by Miles Redd

de Gournay deco monkey wallpaper in a powder room by Miles Redd.

Scenes Chinoise by Clarence House

Scenes Chinoise by Clarence House via House Beautiful.

Katie Scott Wallpaper for House of Hackney

Katie Scott designed wallpaper for House of Hackney.

Monkey Jars Fiesta

A playful pattern of ginger jars and persnikity

Pierre Frey Violet Monkeys and Bunnies

Vibrant violent makes a fun contrast on this beautiful pattern on bunnies and monkies.

Scalamandre Ouistiti in Majolica Blue

A lovely Scalamandre Ouistiti in a vibrant majolica blue.