Crazy for Chinoiserie and we have a winner!

First things first, time to announce the lucky winner of the shoe ottoman…sure hope its going to someone who looooves her shoes:) So the lucky winner is (chosen via random.org)…….

Result: #97

Maggie Rozinski January 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM
OOO! The Warner chair and ottomon really caught my eye! It would look perfect in my husband’s home office. I however, would LOVE the shoe ottoman for my closet. The Safavieh site is beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us. Maggie R.
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Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize! More fun giveaways coming up…Also if you missed my “last supper” over at Haus Design, you must see it! Click here.?

Sorry but I have added word verification temporarily to hopefully ward off these pesty anonymous solicitors…its driving me crazy! I must get 50-75 a day!?

OK whether you have been following along with me for a year or 2 days you know one thing, actually lets make it two. No, three. I love food, I love blue and white and I love chinoiseire! I am really excited to be just getting started on finally choosing it for my long neglected dining room. I am the kind of person that knows exactly what i want. If it means having to wait to get it…wait I will.I am not one to easily compromise, and feel that all great things come to those who wait. So in my travels…I have been pursuing lots of pictures of chinoiserie and have included some of my favorites here. Do you like it? Love it? I feel its so timeless. It was as beautiful 100 years ago as it is today and as it will be in another 100 years. Not too many things you can say that about! So lets take a look, have a fave?

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And for anyone who cares to know the history of chinoiserie and its origins and namely how it became so popular and iconic, read on…(taken from Kravets website)
 

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? The Western fascination with all things Oriental began in the mid 17th century with trade between Europe and China.Imported arts and crafts had an exciting and different beauty from those made in the west, especially Chinese porcelain and lacquer. In the early 18th century, the term ?chinoiserie? was used to describe the European fantasy vision of China and the Far East. It is actually a French word for ?Chinesery? or ?Chinese-esque.?
It is an invented fusion of Asian motifs and European sophistication created by designers and craftsmen in the West. Since they knew little about far-off Asian cultures due to limited exposure, early chinoiserie is characterized by the use of imagery of a China that could only be imagined with pagodas, fabulous birds, monkeys, dragons and figures in exotic costumes. Decorative scenes may show a mythological creature in an oriental landscape, or an elegant lady with a Chinese parasol and Parisian hairstyle. Chinoiserie is often eccentric but most of all it is a fun mixture of fact and fiction of what seemed incredibly exotic to the people of Europe.?
This new playful style was popularized when the French court of Louis XV found the curves and whimsy of chinoiserie integrated beautifully with Rococo architectural features. It soon spread throughout Europe and could be found in the interiors and gardens of the royal palaces.?
 

 

Stunning and elegant….Albert Hadley
Ahh, the blues do it every time.Miles Redd
A fun mix with an old classic, Miles Redd
De Gournay at its most elegant. Stunning!
This is what I call a happy bedroom! Nick Olsen
Grand, baby grand!Yves St. Laurent
Love the colors…..imagine at sunset! Chinoiserie Chic
Big fan of green! Miles Redd
Always been a fan of this gorgeous room in New Orleans….Alexa Hampton
Metallics bring the ultimate glam factor!

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Elizabeth Dinkel used a gorgeous green to give a pop of color in this fabulous home
This soft gray/green remains one of my personal faves! Chad Thomas

 

Elegance personified. Patricia McLean
The soft golds are timeless and neutral….NSR
Really love this metallic…..spectacular!NSR
Even works in transitional rooms……
Stunning in this bathroom…talk about making a statement! Arch Digest
? OMG, for a blue and white lover like myself….this is seriously Nirvana!
Neutrals work with literally any color…totally timeless! Griffin and Wong
LOVE the handblocking detail…makes it feel old
So opulent and magnificent, don’t you think!
Adore this hallway, the neutral panels, the rich warm woods, the neutral soft billow drapes….perfect!!
And some of the ones I love and am considering…have a fave?
Always loved this one which looks tea stained from DeGournay….beautiful!
Love the softness and am a sucker for birds…..Stark
This is simple and understated, Stark
Adore this pattern, Kew Garden from Paul Montgomery
Long been on my “faves” list, Gracie
Paul Montgomery This one would work mighty well with my dining room rug, though I would opt for more open field and less leaves/blossoms……this would be beautiful handblocked.
This feels so fresh and alive, Paul Montgomery
?A more tonal approach, Paul Montgomery

?Well it this doesn’t make you a lover of it….don’t think its in the cards. I personally cannot get enough! So beautiful, grand, elegant, timeless…..loooove it! What do you think? Would you ? Could you? Or do you have it in your life? Love to hear your thoughts! Wishing you a wonderful day!
 

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Crazy for Chinoiserie and we have a winner!

First things first, time to announce the lucky winner of the shoe ottoman…sure hope its going to someone who looooves her shoes:) So the lucky winner is (chosen via random.org)…….

Result: #97

Maggie Rozinski January 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM
OOO! The Warner chair and ottomon really caught my eye! It would look perfect in my husband’s home office. I however, would LOVE the shoe ottoman for my closet. The Safavieh site is beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us. Maggie R.
Random number code based on JavaScript documentation on the Mozilla Developer Center.

?

Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize! More fun giveaways coming up…Also if you missed my “last supper” over at Haus Design, you must see it! Click here.?

Sorry but I have added word verification temporarily to hopefully ward off these pesty anonymous solicitors…its driving me crazy! I must get 50-75 a day!?
OK whether you have been following along with me for a year or 2 days you know one thing, actually lets make it two. No, three. I love food, I love blue and white and I love chinoiseire! I am really excited to be just getting started on finally choosing it for my long neglected dining room. I am the kind of person that knows exactly what i want. If it means having to wait to get it…wait I will.I am not one to easily compromise, and feel that all great things come to those who wait. So in my travels…I have been pursuing lots of pictures of chinoiserie and have included some of my favorites here. Do you like it? Love it? I feel its so timeless. It was as beautiful 100 years ago as it is today and as it will be in another 100 years. Not too many things you can say that about! So lets take a look, have a fave?

?
And for anyone who cares to know the history of chinoiserie and its origins and namely how it became so popular and iconic, read on…(taken from Kravets website)
?
? The Western fascination with all things Oriental began in the mid 17th century with trade between Europe and China.Imported arts and crafts had an exciting and different beauty from those made in the west, especially Chinese porcelain and lacquer. In the early 18th century, the term ?chinoiserie? was used to describe the European fantasy vision of China and the Far East. It is actually a French word for ?Chinesery? or ?Chinese-esque.?
It is an invented fusion of Asian motifs and European sophistication created by designers and craftsmen in the West. Since they knew little about far-off Asian cultures due to limited exposure, early chinoiserie is characterized by the use of imagery of a China that could only be imagined with pagodas, fabulous birds, monkeys, dragons and figures in exotic costumes. Decorative scenes may show a mythological creature in an oriental landscape, or an elegant lady with a Chinese parasol and Parisian hairstyle. Chinoiserie is often eccentric but most of all it is a fun mixture of fact and fiction of what seemed incredibly exotic to the people of Europe.?
This new playful style was popularized when the French court of Louis XV found the curves and whimsy of chinoiserie integrated beautifully with Rococo architectural features. It soon spread throughout Europe and could be found in the interiors and gardens of the royal palaces.?

 

Stunning and elegant….Albert Hadley
Ahh, the blues do it every time.Miles Redd
A fun mix with an old classic, Miles Redd
De Gournay at its most elegant. Stunning!
This is what I call a happy bedroom! Nick Olsen
Grand, baby grand!Yves St. Laurent
Love the colors…..imagine at sunset! Chinoiserie Chic
Big fan of green! Miles Redd
Always been a fan of this gorgeous room in New Orleans….Alexa Hampton
Metallics bring the ultimate glam factor!

?
 

Elizabeth Dinkel used a gorgeous green to give a pop of color in this fabulous home
This soft gray/green remains one of my personal faves! Chad Thomas

 

Elegance personified, Patricia McLean

The soft golds are timeless and neutral….NSR
Really love this metallic…..spectacular!NSR
Even works in transitional rooms……
Stunning in this bathroom…talk about making a statement! Arch Digest
? OMG, for a blue and white lover like myself….this is seriously Nirvana!
Neutrals work with literally any color…totally timeless! Griffin and Wong
LOVE the handblocking detail…makes it feel old
So opulent and magnificent, don’t you think!
Adore this hallway, the neutral panels, the rich warm woods, the neutral soft billow drapes….perfect!!
And some of the ones I love and am considering…have a fave?
Always loved this one which looks tea stained from DeGournay….beautiful!
Love the softness and am a sucker for birds…..Stark
This is simple and understated, Stark
Adore this pattern, Kew Garden from Paul Montgomery
Long been on my “faves” list, Gracie
Paul Montgomery This one would work mighty well with my dining room rug, though I would opt for more open field and less leaves/blossoms……this would be beautiful handblocked.
This feels so fresh and alive, Paul Montgomery
?A more tonal approach, Paul Montgomery

?Well it this doesn’t make you a lover of it….don’t think its in the cards. I personally cannot get enough! So beautiful, grand, elegant, timeless…..loooove it! What do you think? Would you ? Could you? Or do you have it in your life? Love to hear your thoughts! Wishing you a wonderful day!
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Chinoiserie Charm…..so chic!



Chinoiserie Chic…..






?But first, a reminder!?

Yesterday,I announced my very first giveaway to be held on Feb. 18th… ?and what a giveaway it is!



Safavieh Home Furnishings

has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!

(Retails for $395)


Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.
?(The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details…?http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695
Information on how to be eligible is at the bottom of this post





Good morning! I absolutely love, love, love chinoiserie. It is so elegant, timeless and regal looking. I hope to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. ?I have looked at Gracie, Paul Montgomery, De Gournay,Stark and recently met with Audrey Sterk, a talented artist from Nantucket who I am also going to consider to complete these rooms. I also had the good fortune to visit the Gracie studio and speak with them at length about their beautiful work and get a tour of their showroom and their ?many fabulous offerings. Still family owned and run, they employ a few dozen people ?who run the production department. I wish I had brought my camera but this was before I knew I was going to have a blog! I saw many many fabulous things.

?I have over time, collected many images, from books, magazines and the web that are “inspiration pictures” for the look I am after. So without further ado….here are some of those pictures, all to me, so very beautiful. They give a room a sort of magical quality. ?I have included sources where I know them, but several of these pictures I have had for a while (well before I had a blog and knew I would be using them:) Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which!




If money was no object…..I would use this fabulous antique limited number of ?french motif collection of panels from Gracie..aren’t the colors amazing! (I can see this with rich green, gold and red billowy silk panels with soft lighting only from sconces and a gorgeous chandelier…while I am dreaming, make that a Baccarat chandelier!) Also love anything with pheasants
Architectural Digest (love this smoky blue-gray color, makes it look so old)
Incredible stair hall done in fabulous pale blue chinoiserie by Diamond Baratta Interiors

Vibrant purple chairs adorn this classic room with an ivory colored chinoiserie..proof that you can pretty much pair any color with a classic like this!
Soft yellow chinoiserie in front hall is very elegant and soft by Markham Roberts

Foyer of Tory Burch (Gracie Paper)
Soft colors in a master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Gray chinoiserie is a twist on a classic in this transitional bedroom
Rich multi colored dining room by Greg Jordan
A pretty and muted chinoiserie graces the walls of Charlotte Moss’s study
Traditional meets transitional, great mix of the old and new with a burst of color!
Gold/silver leaf Stark chinoiserie gives an elegant look to this transitional dining room

Juan Pablo Molyneaux dramatic Chinese lacquered room in a grand Parisian apartment
Formal master suite gets dressed up with a pale green celadon
An opulent room in Ann Getty’s home
Opulent dining room by Diamond Baratta Designs
Stunning and cheery yellow sitting area is resplendent with yellow chinoiserie and balloon shades, what an inviting space! Diamond Baratta Designs

Blue and white looks spectacular against this gorgeous hand painted mural

A muted green chinoiserie gives an old world feeling to this dining room

Juan Paublo Molyneaux designed dining room?

Stunning light and airy dining room as seen in Traditional Home by Janet Simon

Soft chinoiserie is accented in the soft browns to accent the dark brown used on the chairs

Rinfret designs had this chinoiserie in neutral colors hand painted behind this tub surround….have never seen this but it looks fabulous!
One of my favorites..would love to remember where I found it! (If you know please tell me)
Dramatic chinoiserie in red painted by Lynn Rutter

Another view from the room I love, the colors are dreamy
Lynn Rutter hand painted this pretty little sitting area

One of my favorites…does anyone know whose this is or who designed this room? Love it!

This room is a classic in every sense…beautiful flow of colors

This is stunning…..the pale gray/green with a lot of ivory branches…beautiful!

Love the soft sage green

Aerin Lauder’s private dressing room, by Gracie in Elle Decor (its that gray/blue again..so pretty)

Taken in a private home…..love the metallic in the hallway, it reflects light beautifully

Thanks for looking..would love to know which is your absolute favorite! Now for the giveaway-

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to this blog to be eligible, you are automatically eligible if you are currently a follower or subscriber. For additional entries to win:



Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join?Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on their facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)


I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on?

Safavieh’s warehouse



Have a wonderful day!

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Chinoiserie Charm…..so chic!

Chinoiserie Chic…..


 But first, a reminder! 
Yesterday,I announced my very first giveaway to be held on Feb. 18th…  and what a giveaway it is!

Safavieh Home Furnishings

has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!

(Retails for $395)

Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.
 (The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details… http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695
Information on how to be eligible is at the bottom of this post



Good morning! I absolutely love, love, love chinoiserie. It is so elegant, timeless and regal looking. I hope to use it in my dining room and formal powder room.  I have looked at Gracie, Paul Montgomery, De Gournay,Stark and recently met with Audrey Sterk, a talented artist from Nantucket who I am also going to consider to complete these rooms. I also had the good fortune to visit the Gracie studio and speak with them at length about their beautiful work and get a tour of their showroom and their  many fabulous offerings. Still family owned and run, they employ a few dozen people  who run the production department. I wish I had brought my camera but this was before I knew I was going to have a blog! I saw many many fabulous things.
 I have over time, collected many images, from books, magazines and the web that are “inspiration pictures” for the look I am after. So without further ado….here are some of those pictures, all to me, so very beautiful. They give a room a sort of magical quality.  I have included sources where I know them, but several of these pictures I have had for a while (well before I had a blog and knew I would be using them:) Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which!

If money was no object…..I would use this fabulous antique limited number of  french motif collection of panels from Gracie..aren’t the colors amazing! (I can see this with rich green, gold and red billowy silk panels with soft lighting only from sconces and a gorgeous chandelier…while I am dreaming, make that a Baccarat chandelier!) Also love anything with pheasants
Architectural Digest (love this smoky blue-gray color, makes it look so old)
Incredible stair hall done in fabulous pale blue chinoiserie by Diamond Baratta Interiors

Vibrant purple chairs adorn this classic room with an ivory colored chinoiserie..proof that you can pretty much pair any color with a classic like this!
Soft yellow chinoiserie in front hall is very elegant and soft by Markham Roberts

Foyer of Tory Burch (Gracie Paper)
Soft colors in a master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Gray chinoiserie is a twist on a classic in this transitional bedroom
Rich multi colored dining room by Greg Jordan
A pretty and muted chinoiserie graces the walls of Charlotte Moss’s study
Traditional meets transitional, great mix of the old and new with a burst of color!
Gold/silver leaf Stark chinoiserie gives an elegant look to this transitional dining room

Juan Pablo Molyneaux dramatic Chinese lacquered room in a grand Parisian apartment
Formal master suite gets dressed up with a pale green celadon
An opulent room in Ann Getty’s home
Opulent dining room by Diamond Baratta Designs
Stunning and cheery yellow sitting area is resplendent with yellow chinoiserie and balloon shades, what an inviting space! Diamond Baratta Designs

Blue and white looks spectacular against this gorgeous hand painted mural

A muted green chinoiserie gives an old world feeling to this dining room

Juan Paublo Molyneaux designed dining room 

Stunning light and airy dining room as seen in Traditional Home by Janet Simon

Soft chinoiserie is accented in the soft browns to accent the dark brown used on the chairs

Rinfret designs had this chinoiserie in neutral colors hand painted behind this tub surround….have never seen this but it looks fabulous!
One of my favorites..would love to remember where I found it! (If you know please tell me)
Dramatic chinoiserie in red painted by Lynn Rutter

Another view from the room I love, the colors are dreamy
Lynn Rutter hand painted this pretty little sitting area

One of my favorites…does anyone know whose this is or who designed this room? Love it!

This room is a classic in every sense…beautiful flow of colors

This is stunning…..the pale gray/green with a lot of ivory branches…beautiful!

Love the soft sage green

Aerin Lauder’s private dressing room, by Gracie in Elle Decor (its that gray/blue again..so pretty)

Taken in a private home…..love the metallic in the hallway, it reflects light beautifully

Thanks for looking..would love to know which is your absolute favorite! Now for the giveaway-

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to this blog to be eligible, you are automatically eligible if you are currently a follower or subscriber. For additional entries to win:

Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on their facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)

I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on 
Safavieh’s warehouse

Have a wonderful day!

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