This entire house was featured in Traditional Home and is obviously a lovely home. However, to me there is too much blue and white and too much blue and white Chinese porcelain and I feel like they are soldiers in a Chinoiserie Army all lined up in rows. The Traditional Home website is no longer up, but every room in the house is blue and white.
I never thought a house could have too much blue and white and too much Chinese porcelain, but IMHO this does. I know this collection of blue and white plates below is not Chinese, but again too much and all in rows. To me, the styling gives the home a rigidity and sterility that comes across to me as cold and uninviting as well as a bit boring. For me, this overly formal style misses the entire point of Chinoiserie, which is adding whimsy and personality.
Here below an example of styling with a collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain by the master of blue and white, Mark Sikes. Note the dining room sideboard above versus the dining room sideboard below. Both are dark brown wood with a collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain. In the example below, the pagoda, basket, shells, glass orbs, and palm fronds give it texture, warmth, and personality. The greens of the Chinoiserie wallpaper and the palm fronds make the blue and white Chinese porcelain pop.
|Mark D. Sikes|
What is your opinion? Do you love the Traditional Home rooms, or do you agree that they lack personality and charm?