Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Chinoiserie Chic Turns Thirteen

Ruthie Sommers

Chinoiserie Chic has entered its teen years! This picture was my very first post on Chinoiserie Chic back in May of 2009. I just realized that I have reached thirteen years of writing Chinoiserie Chic. The term "chinoiserie chic" did not even exist before I coined it. I have published over 5,300 posts.

 To think about the changes in my life over this 13 year period of time is astounding (to me). I have lived through being the caregiver to my dearest friend who I lost to cancer, the sudden death of my husband, the loss of three beloved dogs - my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and my Tibetan Spaniel, selling a house I loved and leaving a city I loved and family and friends I loved, and then moving to Florida just before the pandemic and ending up living with a monster in an abusive relationship. Then moving again (escaping) to my new home.

But here I am in Venice, Florida, in a beautiful home with my two cherished Japanese Chins, single, incredibly happy, writing this blog and doing interior design. Life could not be better. I pinch myself every day that I am living this beautiful life.

Thank you to all who are followers of Chinoiserie Chic. Some of you have been with me from the beginning, others have joined along the way. I am delighted to have a growing group of Floridian followers too. 

If you do not already have my daily posts delivered to your email box, just fill in the box in the sidebar. Thank you again for your support and for joining me on this crazy journey.





44 comments:

  1. Hooray for thirteen years, and a toast for the coming years of Chinoiserie Chic adventures!

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    1. Thank you for being such a special follower.

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  2. Congratulations. You haven certainly brought back my childhood enthusiasm.......Wonder what she does today? Glad you are here to share my morning coffee.

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  3. Love your blog. Look forward to it every morning. ❤️

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  4. πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸŽŠ CONGRATS!

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  5. You've endured a vast amount of UP's & DOWN's in past 13 years - But you are thriving NOW :) Blessings to you on next 13 !

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  6. that first photo is fantastic,..no in-your-face harsh/bold coloring---so soft and subtle, a gentle breeze,,,,,,

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  7. Congratulations on ALL of it!
    I especially think "Chinoiserie Chic" is a brilliant moniker ~
    Carry on with all the best !

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    1. Funny to see how it has been used now millions of times and is an interior design term. Thanks!

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  8. P.S. I escaped once, too, so I can understand a little of what you went through.

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    1. Lots of survivors out there - thank you for your comment.

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  9. Congratulation on a job well done with so much love and passion. The photo from your first post is so timeless, it is just as fabulous now as it was then. I look forward to many more “Chic” chinoiserie posts in the coming years!

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    1. Thank you very much. The Ruthie Sommers photo is a great example of the timelessness of chinoiserie.

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  10. Beth, I've been with you from the beginning, loving that you shared your life as well as your design inspiration with us. There were many parallels to my life, which made your blog even more precious to me. You are my morning pick me up & reward after my exercises & what I look forward to reading as I have my coffee. You set the tone for my day. You are, indeed, a survivor & an inspiration. I love your suggestions for so many lovely things & have ordered many & been pleased with each thing that you suggested. I think of you as my on-line friend! God Bless!

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  11. I have enjoyed your posts for many many years. Always eager to read each and every post. Thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  12. Lucky 13...as in lucky for us. Thank you, Beth!

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  13. Happy Blogversary! I think I have been reading you since around 2011. I know I have had your kitchen stools on my Pinterest boards for many years. I, too, look forward to your posts every day. It is so interesting you now live so close, at least for part of the year. We are getting ready to go back north in a few days. I do hope we can meet in person upon my return in January. Have a wonderful summer! Big hugs!

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    1. Enjoy Michigan. Please let me know when you return and the dust settles.

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  14. Thank you Beth for your wonderful posts and pictures. So glad you are having a beautiful life

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  15. I cannot remember how long I've been following your blog. Not from the very beginning, but for quite a few years now. You have gone through some challenges, and exhibited enormous strength and perseverance. That's for sure. Congratulations on your anniversary, Beth. (I love that Ruthie Sommers room. It's just too pretty for words.)

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    1. I appreciate all of your comments very much.

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  16. Congratulations, Beth! You continue to be a joy to me each and every day! Looking forward to so many more!!!!

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    1. You must be one of my earliest followers - thank you so much for all your support.

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  17. Congratulations! I love all of your posts! Everything is so pretty!

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  18. Thank you for the inspiration, the elegance and the perseverance-both in the blog and in life. Regards from the Legal Lioness

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    1. Thank you for your support and for following.

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  19. Congratulations! You, of all people, deserve nothing but happiness. You are amazing!

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  20. Congratulations!

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  21. Dear Beth, You are phenomenal. A true inspiration. Hard-working. I love—and purchase—many of your good ideas. I am happy for you.

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