Entertaining at home tonight? Ring in the New Year with Chinoiserie style. Set the table with Chinoiserie as Joe Nye did here using a Chinoiserie tablecloth, blue Champagne flutes, Blue Canton dinner plates, and a red lantern.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
One of the hottest fashion trends this Spring will be Chinoiserie. Perhaps you have a silk kimono, a brocade sheath, or another one of these great looks already in your closet that you could wear for New Year's Eve.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
For fabulous and easy New Year's Eve entertaining, buy Champagne splits (a quarter bottle) in one or more of these great colors and coordinate with matching Chinese lanterns.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This week we are looking at some of my tips for ringing in the New Year with Chinoiserie flair. My favorite drink is Champagne and my favorite liquer is Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liquer with its stunning Chinoiserie bottle. Combine the two in this Canton Royale with 1 part Domaine de Canton, 3 parts Champagne, and the juice of a lemon wedge or a dash of lemon bitters in a Champagne flute and serve. For more on Domaine de Canton, click here.
Monday, December 27, 2010
With New Year's Eve approaching and perhaps entertaining friends, this is the perfect time to think about adding a Chinoiserie bar to your home. I love the idea of a suspended faux bamboo version like the one above from Lonny or John Robshaw's antique one just below also from Lonny.
Antique examples from 1st dibs
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
A lovely last minute gift for the Chinoiserie lover on your list would be Carolyne Roehm's new book A Passion for Interiors. Shown below are some of my favorite rooms of hers showing her wonderful use of Chinoiserie.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Check out the Chinoiserie wallpaper in this Kate Spade ad. Everyone loves Chinoiserie! (And yes, I do know where you can get the wallpaper-it is vintage wallpaper available at
Monday, December 20, 2010
The tulipiere or tulip holder is constructed to hold one flower stem per spout. Popular in the 17th century to display tulips, crocuses, and hyacinths, they are a rarity today, but a favorite of mine. A pair makes a wonderful display on a sideboard, mantel, entry table, or as a centerpiece on the dining table. I love using white or red tulips in my tulipieres at Christmas, but many other cut flowers will work as well. Check out the lovely Windsor Smith example below. Be on the lookout for a pair of antique or new ones for yourself for beautiful Chinoiserie flower arrangements, with no flower arranging skill required!
Friday, December 17, 2010
House Beautiful shows us how 15 designers set a holiday table. My favorites have Chinoiserie touches, of course! Above, Phoebe Howard uses Blanc de Chine mandarin figures. Below, Eric Kohler sets a bamboo breakfast tray with Greek key napkins.
Turquoise blue foo dogs enhance this table by Miles Redd.
Martha Angus has taken scraps of de Gournay covered with Plexiglas for a gorgeous table.