Wednesday, February 20, 2013

One Room Challenge - Week 3 - Chinoiserie!

A fantastic week for my little Chinoiserie powder room. The walls are done, art hung, all accessories purchased, and the window treatment ordered. Time for some R and R.

The walls in the powder room would not allow for wallpaper without a major tear up, with two walls paneled and one with plumbing access panels. When I saw this Charlotte Moss powder room below a few months ago, I knew this was a great solution for me - fabric hung on those two walls. At HomeGoods I found two queen duvets in this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Chinoiserie toile St. Honore. The duvets retail for $400 each and I got them for $100. The beautiful gray and cream Chinoiserie reverses to a wonderful houndstooth and so they were already lined! The cotton is so beautiful it looks and feels like silk. The dimensions were spot on for my two walls. I simply made a small opening at either end at the top and shirred them on cheapo tensions rods and voila! Two gorgeous walls with everything yucky hidden. Chinoiserie Chic heaven. This ugly duckling powder room has come a long way - click on the navy ORC button in my sidebar to see all my posts to date.

I also hung a beautiful antique watercolor and gouache Chinoiserie art deco painting from my collection with perfect colors for the space. That's all you get to see right now - I have to save something for the next few weeks! Still to come -
*Chinese Chippendale
*de Gournay
*foo dogs
*a pagoda
*Greek key
*a fabulous DIY project
*a gorgeous custom window treatment
*and the most chic toilet paper ever!

Charlotte Moss powder room that was my inspiration for the fabric on the walls

Now go see what progress everybody else has made -


  1. Oh so pretty ... and what a tease ...can't wait to see more! xo

  2. What a fabulous idea for transforming duvets. I always forget how useful tension rods can be. It does look like silk. Great score.

  3. Gorgeous! Love,love,love the art deco print!!! Those foo dog jars were a definite coup! WORK IT!

  4. Wow! What a transformation!! This is looking amazing!!! And those Ralph Lauren duvets were a great find. The fabric is absolutely beautiful, and you can't beat the price!

    The Glam Pad

  5. Gorgeous, Beth ~ and what great solution for your walls! Anxious to see everything on your list take shape!

  6. That fabric treatment is so awesome Beth! I can't believe you found those at Home Goods! Wonderful treasure and it looks so luxe! Looking great in there!
    xo Nancy

  7. What a great solution, I never would have thought of that. And in better news, what an amazing score, gotta love Homegoods!

  8. You are so clever to re-purpose the duvets!! Home Goods has really come through. I love it there! Looking good!!

  9. That fabric is lovely! Very clever way to work it out!

  10. that fabric and what a great idea to hang it like that. I just know this bath is going to be so great and all curated!

  11. Looking fabulous!! I can't wait to see more to come! Hope everything goes smoothly!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

  12. I love the chinoiserie duvet lined with houndstooth that you found - so gorgeous.

  13. I can't believe the transformation thus far, Beth! Those on the windowsill are perfect!

  14. Ooh la la! Love how this is coming together!

  15. I'm confused about the painting you mention - I've always been told that gouache is a type of watercolor, so what would a watercolor & gouache painting be? A watercolor watercolor?

  16. Jane - No, watercolor and gouache are not the same. Gouache is similar to watercolor but is modified to make it an opaque painting medium. This painting has both of these mediums.

  17. fabulous idea! It has such a nice softening effect. Really like that art too. I'm planning to hang a piece in my bathroom that is a similar motif.