Friday, September 21, 2012

Chinoiserie Decor Must Haves

Chinoiserie, according to Lisa Frederick, has become a fashionable top note in Hollywood Regency interiors, thanks to the fascination with Asian décor that arose in Old Hollywood. Whether it appears in the guise of wallpaper, furniture, art or accents, it features intricate detailing; traditional Asian motifs, such as birds, flowers and landscapes; and, as often as not, touches of gilt. It feels outré yet familiar at the same time. There's a difference between authentic Chinese décor and chinoiserie, which originated in 18th-century Europe. Chinoiserie represents a more flamboyant and whimsical interpretation of Chinese style, and this makes it especially well suited to a room with theatrical flair.

I've always loved a touch of Chinoiserie in my design, mostly to pay tribute to my roots.

Here are some Chinoiserie decor must-haves.

I. Blue and White Porcelain
1. My own collection; 2. Joe Nye Vignette; 3. Blue And White Porcelain Lamp from Finehomelamps. 4. Blue white porcelain prints by Driftwood Interiors via Chinoiserie Chic. 5. Jamie Meares of Furbish; 6. Blue white porcelain garden stool from Williams Sonoma Home; 7. Blue white garden stool with plum blossoms from Interiordesignpro; 8. Williams Sonoma garden stool; 9. Blue white porcelain ginger jars via Chinoiserie Chic.
II. Floral and Birds Wallpaper/Mural 
1. Kendall Wilkinson mural; 2. de Gournay; 3. Metallic Chinoiserie wallpaper via the Lennoxx; 4. de Gournay; 5. de Gournay; 6. Maison21 in Griffin and Wong wallpaper.
III. Faux Bamboo Carved Wood
1. Faux bamboo dresser from Nattybydesign; 2. Faux bamboo framed Chinoiserie print via Tatterandfray; 2. My own faux bamboo chair makeover; 4. Chinoiserie Pagoda mmirror from Horchow; 5. Faux bamboo tray from Highstreetmarket; 6. Jonathan Adler's faux bamboo dining chair.

IV. Mythical Creatures and Religious Figurines, Porcelain with Elaborate Paintings of Imperial Life
1. A heirloom in my family for four generations. I believe it's from Qing Dynasty. 2. Cobalt foo dogs from C. Wonder; 3. Another heirloom in my family, a Happy Buddha statue; 4. Blanc de Chine Kwan Yin statue; 5. Chinoiserie Decorative Birdcage from Cococozy; 6. Turquoise foo dogs.
If you are also into the Chinoiserie decor, here are a few sites that are very resourceful for both styling and shopping.
Chinoiserie Chic Blog is your one-stop shop for everything Chinoiserie.
Circa Who carries the most exhaustive range of Regency and Chinoiserie furniture and decor. Sadly it's in the US.

de Gournay, Chinoiserie wallpaper
Griffin & Wong: specializes in custom and hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper
With that, I hope you all have a fantastic fall weekend. Our main bathroom reno starts next Monday so remember to check back in for updates.

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