Tuesday, January 31, 2012
What could the three things in my post title possibly have in common? Well, one of my all time favorite Chinoiserie rooms is this one by Michelle Nussbaumer for the Greystone Estate-Veranda Show House in 2009. The twins daybeds are show stoppers as is the hand painted "Fairington" wallpaper by Paul Montgomery Studio. This also gives you a little preview of one of my inspirations for my new I'm A Giant Challenge dollhouse reveal tomorrow. As you may recall, on December 15th, the date of the reveal, Emily Henderson, the creator of the dollhouse challenge, extended the date to tomorrow, February 1, 2012. As I had already revealed my dollhouse, I decided to have a little surprise for February 1st. I am excited to see what Emily Henderson and the others have done with their dollhouses. I will show my new creation tomorrow as well as a recap of my original Chinoiserie Chic dollhouse.
Here in DC, spring is in the air with it 65 degrees outside right now. It has me thinking ahead to home decorating projects I am itching to accomplish. If you are like me, curtains may be on your to do list. If so, you need to check out the Chinoiserie Collection at CurtainsMade4U. In three steps - choose your style, chose your fabric, enter dimensions, you are done! In 3 - 4 weeks, your curtains will ship to your door with free shipping, unbeatable prices, and outstanding quality. What could be easier or more fun?
Arthur Court Designs has offered the chic dragon photo frame above (4"x 6") as a giveaway on Chinoiserie Chic to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Each of the following gives you one chance to win, with four total chances possible. For each one you do, leave a comment on this post. Comments close midnight EST on Friday, February 3, 2012 with the winner announced 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 4, 20102. Best of luck!
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Arthur Court has a beautiful collection available at fine retail and online department and specialty stores. I especially love the elephants, monkeys, and faux bamboo. Visit their site here to see their entire collection and to locate a store.
Monday, January 30, 2012
This gold faux bamboo server by Baker is one of my favorite all time Chinoiserie pieces - fabulous but also fabulously pricey. It is pictured here in the first three photos. The bottom photo is my new great find at a fraction of the price. It is somewhat smaller, but still a great size for a bar. Both have the gold bamboo frame and the mirrored shelves.
|High - Baker|
|Low - Lamps Plus|
Sunday, January 29, 2012
*Canopy bed by Oscar de la Renta Home for Century Furniture
*Leopard carpet by Stark
*Chinoiserie wallpaper by de Gournay
*Bed linens by Schweitzer Linen
*Yellow double gourd lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller
Saturday, January 28, 2012
These vintage gold foo dogs are on sale today on One Kings Lane for $1,165.00. The retail price is listed at $2,300.00. Why not take a very similar pair like the ones below at Z Gallerie at $39.95 for a pair and paint them gold? Just make sure to select a gold paint suitable for glazed surfaces.
The Pink Pagoda is having a weekend sale with 15% off everything in the store through midnight Sunday with code WEEKENDCC15OFF at checkout. Check out all of her new additions including this blue and white floral Chinoiserie vase giclee. This wonderful collection of chic and affordable Chinoiserie art is even more affordable this weekend.
Friday, January 27, 2012
As we head towards February, we have some fun things on tap coming up-
* A Chinese Year of the Dragon giveaway
* DIY David Hicks The Vase wallpaper
* Valentine's Day Chinoiserie
* A new surprise for my I'm A Giant Challenge dollhouse (some of you may not know that on the day of the reveal December 15th, Emily Henderson without notice extended the deadline to February 1st after many of us had revealed our dollhouses - I have something amazing up my sleeve!)
A common conundrum is what patterns combine well with Chinoiserie wallpaper and fabrics. A favorite of mine is faux bois (from the French for false wood). Its subtle organic quality makes it a perfect choice as shown in this gorgeous Chinoiserie dining room by Andrew Raquet with its Gracie wallpaper and Quadrille's faux bois - Alan Campbell's Meloire Reverse on the chairs. Here is a wonderful and very affordable choice - faux bois window panels from West Elm. These would be lovely by themselves or layered under curtains.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Vintage faux bamboo mid century modern brass and glass nesting tables like these are readily available at thrift stores, Etsy, Craigslist, flea markets, and the like. I picked up a beautiful set of three in mint condition for about $75. I never thought about using them opened up as a coffee table instead of stacked as a side table. This is another wonderful idea from the Vanessa De Vargas apartment.
I was so inspired by this idea in the Vanessa De Vargas apartment I posted about on Monday. Take a glass or lucite side table and stack books underneath all the way up. I especially like the price and styling of the Peekaboo Nesting Tables from CB2. Great for book storage too! Add a vintage blanc de Chine figure available for a song on Etsy and a Chinese lamp (check out HomeGoods) and you are done.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Do you recall my post on the elephant console table? Somebody should start manufacturing these I got so many emails on how to find one. Tracy of the fabulous shop Circa Who has caught the pachyderm fever too after my post found this gorgeous vintage desk version above which has unfortunately sold. Check out the post and the wonderful Chinoiserie filled store here.