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Friday, September 13, 2013

Mad About Chinoiserie. . .9/13/13

I love love love chinoiserie. There isn't much of it in my home at this point but that's more an issue of space not of choice. It's fanciful, fun and almost always colorful. . .or at least can be. But if you've never met my friend chinoiserie, which is by the way a mixture of eastern and western style elements recurring in shape and decoration, you might find you're a fan once you do. Here's a quick bit of information of this style which you might confuse for Asian but is in fact European in birth. 
Chinoiserie is a French term, signifying "Chinese-esque" and it refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration.
Take a peek a some images below and tell me what you think? Yay or nay? Would you style it in your home? A little or a lot?

This dining room is simply grand. It reminds me of something from a film.; the kind where the entire movie takes place in one room; of english nobility. 
A lone chair or some pillows (in photograph below) are a great way to throw in some chinoiserie into your home without committing to the style in an overly styled way. The simplicity of this keeps it eclectic versus themed.  
This room adds a little more with the table in addition to the pillows but as any eclectic designer will tell you, mixing styles gives a room and a home more personality than something matchy matchy. It gives the impression that there is a history and a home has been designed over time and with love as opposed to decorated in a weekend. 
If you LOVE chinoiserie like I do or at least appreciate it in any way, like to throw  a splash of it here and there, try something fun like this personalized ice bucket. I think this would be a lovely gift too!
There is something so sophisticated about cobalt blue and the fact that your home's first impression is a cobalt blue door with antique chinoiserie mail slot and knocker takes sophistication to an entirely new level. It's bold, sexy, and formidable. 
I truly LOVE this bathroom. From the pedestal sink to the wallpaper to the blue painted chair. It's so clean, crisp and cheerful. 
Clarence House Chinoiserie Baroque wallpaper. Subtle but sublime. 
This hallway has great defining floors that drawn the eye's attention to the ground but my eye tends to drift upward and to the middle to the fabulous wallpaper. I only wish there were more of it. 
This pillow is a fabulous little touch to any room. A splash of pink never hurt anyone anywhere. 
I love love love this look. It's so bright, so fine. The branch drapery rods are so interesting against the antique chinoiserie hutch. The chair and the bright pink and reds together and incredibly bold choices. Walking into a home that looks like this is almost like a version psychiatry. . . you can tell a lot about someone just by looking in their home.