Friday, November 13, 2009

The Chinoiserie Fireplace

As the temperatures drop and thoughts turn to the holidays and winter decorating, the fireplace and mantel become even more important focal points. Here are ideas for decorating your fireplace with Chinoiserie panache. The first gorgeous example above is by Carolyne Roehm.

1. A Chinoiserie style fireplace mantel
2. Blue and white Chinese porcelains-think vases, ginger jars, tulipieres
3. A Chinoiserie fireplace screen-can even be made from Chinoiserie wallpaper
4. A Chinoiserie fireback
5. Blanc de Chine
6. A Chinoiserie mirror
7. Chinoiserie wallpaper on that wall
8. Asian antiques
9. Pagodas
10. A Chinoiserie oil painting, framed silk fragment or panel, or framed Chinoiserie wallpaper
11. Flanked by one or a pair of Chinese screens

Kensington Palace

My Family Room

My Family Room decorated for Christmas

Freer Gallery The Peacock Room

Terri Long of La Dolfina

Domino-Osborne & Little Summer Palace

Charlotte Moss

Ames Ingham

Coco Chanel's Apartment

Antique fireback-Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Shelly Riehl David via HGTV

Phoebe Howard

Buckingham Palace via The Peak of Chic

Charlotte Moss via Cote de Texas



  1. That is one heck of a great post Beth. The Carolyne R. fireplace is hard to beat with it's magnificent impact. Terri Long's room is my second favorite with it's Chinoiserie detailed fireplace and high pitched ceiling. But truth be told, nobody can out do Ms. Chanel. I was thrilled to know I have that same gold sheath coffee table as CC. Now if I only had her mirror. Happy weekend to you. Do you have some magnificent planned?

  2. LOVE your blog!! I cannot wait to see holiday decorating...I need ideas.

  3. Loving the new redesign of your blog, looks fab! I'm particularly taken with the last picture of the painted fireplace surround.

  4. If your peke topped vases ever go missing - I have them! He, he.

  5. more of your chinoiserie vignettes for the season, please!

  6. Deb-I think these are great inspiration. Your table sounds perfect. Have a great weekend.

  7. Kristin-Thanks so much. You'll see lots of holiday decorating ideas here-stay tuned.

  8. Michele-Thanks so much-glad you like it. That last one is from Horchow and very well priced. I love it too.

  9. Terri-Thanks and have a lovely weekend.

  10. Lady Jicky-I'll have to watch out for you!

  11. What an honor to see my fireplace on Chinoiserie Chic among such stunners!
    Thank you so much!

  12. Terri-Thanks for sharing it-it is stunning!

  13. very nice examples ir this look! I love it and already have an idea for my fireplace mantle....

  14. Karena-Happy to provide some inspiration.