Chinoiserie

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Have you seen the (not so) new Gucci campaign? It stopped me dead in my tracks. Patterned, bejewelled, embroidered. All some of my happy words! And it made me realise that our fascination with the Orient has never really stopped. It’s as if it serves as a little reminder – the world is way to colourful and pretty to just drown in a sea of monochrome. And isn’t it just cunning how fashion follows interiors – I’m seeing Eastern influences everywhere. It is just so damn utterly timelessly, classy. 

In the West, we look at art through life. Well, that’s one way of living. In the Orient they look at life through art.  

            Paul Rand

You might ask, when did the fascination with the Orient start? We can thank good old Colonialism (again) for this. The Brits started importing Japanese art & artefacts, soon after founding the East India Company. Artefacts had to wait – first on the whishlist was tea and a boat load of good ol’ Opium (last one, not such a wise choice in the end). Thus the Japanese style of decoration was established in Great Britain well before 1894. It even got given a name – Chinoiserie.

In short, it means the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions – specifically focussing on the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature.

Lets look at some other Chinoiserie examples, other than these fabulous Gucci frocks. 

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Walls

Slap on some wallpaper in the Chinoiserie style. Yes, it’s pricey, so why not invest in just a roll or two and frame them as panels of art? Works for me. Or turn your cupboard into an Orient masterpiece – wallpaper the doors!

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Bathrooms

Always one of my favourites – how beautiful is this pagoda-style mirror against the china blue wallpaper?

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

In Unexpected Places

Just love the scenic choiserie mural in this nursery – so diferent and most definitely something they can grow into.

Chinoiserie

Ming-style vases, greenery – a winning combo – always! But what if you supersize the ming vases and place them next to water? Genius!

Chinoiserie

What is nicer than this happy scene in an entry way? The garden stools almost make you feel as if you’re in a conservatory.

Chinoiserie

Furniture

Bamboo, garden stools, pagoda mirrors – take your pic. Mix it up! The unexpected, becomes the admired.

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Tablescapes

Probably the easiest way to show off some Chinoiserie style. This table setting is from a very traditional Southern home. The monogrammed linen says it all. But the Pagoda-style monogram and mix Oriental patterns just transports your to somewhere magical. 

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Plantlife

Bring the outdoor in! Ming-style vases paired with orchards, citrus are just instant crowd pleasers.

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

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Happy 4th!

I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine and festivities! If you’ve had your fill of g&t’s, bbq’s and pool time, here’s some 4th of July armchair inspiration. And most of these beauties are on sale! Grab them while you can!

4th July entertaining

Easy-Peasy to ooze style while entertaining – table, beach or porch side.

  1. Leather cooler – no reason to be bland & carrying plastic 
  2. Bamboo Flatware – so preteeeeeeeee
  3. Fever Tree Tonic – for making the best G&T… ever! Promise.
  4. Rattan Placemat – been eyeing them for some time.
  5. Vintage Record Player – James will be getting this for his birthday
  6. Fringe Hammock – cause you need to look stylish having that afternoon snooze
  7. ‘Tiles’ napkin – cause nothing looks better with white crockery

Stylish 4th

Spit & polished for the 4th celebrations

  1. Boater Straw Hat – for you to unleash your inner Hepburn
  2. Birkenstock Madrid Sandal – stylish & practical
  3. Rayban Cat Eye – back to the Hepburn comment….
  4. Geometric Earrings – just the right amount of edge to balance the prep-factor
  5. V-neck swimsuit – sexy & stylish
  6. Red Bandana – you need that pop of red
  7. Garden shorts – to also pair with a navy jacket – why not?
  8. Woven Straw Tote – a stylish place to store your wallet, keys, etc.
  9. Hippy Key Fob – cause you’re worth it!
  10. Essie – for you  need to repeat that gorgeous red on your bandana & it’s instant color!

  Happy 4th of July!

Just do something active, for crying out load – even if it’s peddling to the next soiree…

  1. ‘Bobble’ Water Bottle – infuse whatever takes your fancy!
  2. Beach cruiser – for you need to roll with stylish wheels
  3. Lawn Croquet – off with their heads!
  4. Beach Bats – for they’ll have a bikini bod, much longer than you…..
  5. Bicycle Basket – the classic Nantucket – where else are you going to put that cute straw tote?
  6. Beach Towel – for when you have company! Yeah! 

 

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