Thursday, July 29, 2021

My One Year Anniversary

Venice, Florida

 One year ago today I moved (escaped) into my new home in Venice, Florida. For those of you who are longtime followers of Chinoiserie Chic, you know that I could write a book. I left 90% of the horror of it all off this blog, but looking back now I am amazed I made it out alive. Things could have ended far differently. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Decorating with Palm Fronds - Real & Faux

Bunny Williams

I really think that the combination of palm fronds and chinoiserie is a marriage made in heaven. I am so fortunate to have more than a dozen palm trees and massive philodendrons in my garden for cutting. They are gorgeous and I am saving a fortune not buying flowers every week at Trader Joe's. For those who don't live in a topical venue, I have some great faux picks. (Or move down here, and we can all chinoiserie shop together). Here is some stunning inspiration.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Chinoiserie Earrings


After posting pictures of my closet, several followers asked about my earring collection. I wear a pair of statement earrings every day - a caftan/maxi dress, a pair of dramatic earrings, and a great pair of sandals and I am good to go. (Underwear is optional in the tropics - LOL).


Monday, July 26, 2021

The Olympics & Chinoiserie

Domino Magazine

I bet you didn't think I would do a post on the Olympics and chinoiserie. Oh ye of little faith. Well here we go. Especially after local Sarasota girl Emma Weyant medaled in swimming. Florida is second only to California for the number of summer Olympians. There are six Sarasota natives competing.

Vintage sports equipment and chinoiserie are a wonderful combination. I find this look especially charming in beach and vacation homes that tend to be more casual and outdoorsy. Perfect for an entryway or for a mudroom.

Here is some inspiration. These are my badminton and tennis racquets from camp when I was a little girl.