Saturday, October 1, 2016

Masculine Chinoiserie

Peter Durham

This is a wonderful example of Chinoiserie with a more masculine edge, combining black walls and floors with a Chinese Coromandel screen, blue and white Chinese porcelain, an Hermes blanket, custom chaise, and an antique rug. This palette of black, beige, and blue is masculine, modern, and elegant.

Here is the same room styled a bit differently. Can you spot the differences?

The patterned pillows have been changed out and rearranged
A blue and white Chinese ginger jar in one, a blue and white Chinese vase with branches in the other
The chaise has been moved
The Hermes blanket is tucked in one, untucked in the other
Fresh flowers in the one above
The Chinese screen is angled differently
The pedestal is on the rug in one, on the floor in the other
A brass floor lamp in one, a pair of hurricane lamps in the other
An embroidered textile sash on the chaise above
The pedestal has been turned

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Chinoiserie Vignette

Ruthie Sommers

This vignette by Ruthie Sommers uses so many of my favorite combinations with Chinoiserie-

A palette of pink, blue, white, and green
A spool chair
A sisal rug
A pair of blanc de Chine lamps - love the pink lamp shades!
Brass - is back


Thursday, September 29, 2016


Celerie Kemble - Veranda
I love aubergine rooms. My office was aubergine until I decided to change it for a One Room Challenge and lightened the deep purple to a pale lavender.

The collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain in this Celerie Kemble room really pops against the deep walls and floor. The console and mirror are antiques. The lamps are of course Christopher Spitzmiller. The sconces are Ralph Lauren Home. The pendants are Vaughan. The fabric on the chairs is Holland & Sherry.

More aubergine and Chinoiserie inspiration.

Ruthie Sommers

Mario Buatta

Mario Buatta

Alex Papachristidis

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blue and White Perfected

Bunny Williams

One of my favorite blue and white living rooms by the incomparable Bunny Williams in her home in Punta Cana. The room is layered yet not cluttered. Her use of scale is wonderful, especially the blue and white ginger jar on the library table with the foliage - a very dramatic focal point. Lots of blue and white Chinese porcelain. I love the uncovered windows bringing the outdoors in. The striped rug lends a casual note.

Off to Press Day at the DC Design House today and looking forward to it.