Thursday, 31 March 2011

A touch of Chinoiserie

Apartment Therapy

Bouquet in Flow Blue - NEW Fine Art Print
Driftwood Interiors

Jaspen Conran for Wedgwood(a wedding present from my Grandparents)

My table set for dinner for Mum's birthday

Bill Barr

Have you noticed alot of asian inspired home decor pieces floating around of late?

Is this Chinoiserie style (a French term meaning “Chinese-esque” or “that which reflects Chinese artistic influence”) popping up everywhere or is it a case of 'now I'm noticing it more!?'

It might be a bit like when you get a new car suddenly you start seeing them all over the road, or when you get an iphone then you notice everyone has an iphone, actually hang on . . .everyone does have an iphone!

The lovely thing about chinoiserie is that it works well with any type of style adding a touch of elegance & sophistication to the room. Whether it is wallpaper, porcelain ginger jars, bamboo furniture, ceramic chinese stools, tableware or fabric try a touch of chinoiserie to freshen up the space!

These designers appear to do it VERY well! Charlotte Moss, Alessandra Branca, Meg Braff, Ruthie SommersMary McDonald.
furnished souls

the fourteenth chair

DESIGNER PILLOW COVER 14 X 20 inch Chinoiserie Navy Blue and Cream Decorative Throw Pillow Accent Pillow Designer Fabric Cotton Bridge  in an Asian landscape with Dancing Men


Martha Stewart

Designer Mary McDonald

Verandah House

Mary McDonald

the not

Monday, 28 March 2011

A Brave new colour: Honeysuckle

Like it or loathe it, the colour Honeysuckle (PANTONE 18-2120 TCX) is a big player in the shops this year in home interiors, women's apparel & accessories. This bold, dynamic reddish pink has been named colour of the year for 2011.

I must admit I am a little tired of seeing the same French Decor time and time again , and this intense eye-catching hue certainly is captivating.
Makes me want to dig out the paint roller!
Enjoy xo


Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Soft Furnishings For The Study

My friend has recently asked for some help with some bits & pieces for her new study. Yesterday she bought this wonderful 3 seater from Ecochic.
That's right, she heard it here first! 

Pak Persian Rugs
 I love the rich colour & texture of this leather sofa! Reminds me of the British Aristocracy.

And this is similar to the floor rug she has also bought. Looking great so far!

So now we need some cushions, some wall art,a vintage book or two, maybe an old- school globe or wall map . . .

Vintage Union Jack British Flag Tapestry Cushion Pillow
Designer Cushions

Royal Crest Lions & Wreath Woven Tapestry Cushion Cover Sham
Designer Cushions

Thierry Poncelet Pug Tapestry Cushion Cover Sham
Designer Cushions

Decorative Pillow Cover 20 x 20 INCH - Designer Fabric - IKAT Pattern - Throw Pillow - Accent Pillow - Multi Colors
Turquoise Tumbleweed

Charles Darwin The Voyage of the Beagle Antique Book - Second Edition
The Vintage Cabin

Charles Darwin The Origin of Species Antique Book - Definitive 6th Edition
The Vintage Cabin

GINGER JAR No. 2 print     8x10
Art Print Annechovie

I Love Books, Vol. 2 4x6 Fine Art Print, Signed
Signed Fine Art Print The Light Fantastic

JACKSON - custom flat notecard set - MADRAS PLAID  (10 notecards & 10 envelopes)

No study is complete without fabulous paper products.

navy trellis - mousepad with custom monogram
And the final touch . . .an imperial trellis monogrammed mousepad . . .it doesn't get any better than that!

And do tell me the breakdown  . . .
  • Cushions - $200
  • Vintage Books - $200
  • Stationery- $12
  • Art Prints - $40
  • Mouspad - $16
So cull the books which makes the soft furnishings fabulous & affordable!

Do you think she will like it!?

Monday, 21 March 2011

"Isn't it a good thing that we all don't have the same taste"

Dorothy Draper quoted this line for Newspaper Decorating Advice Column, 1962.

Dear Dorothy,

I am besotted by your work. And I am ashamed that I have lived for 29yrs & have only just now found out about you. I hope you will understand 'google' was not around for maybe the first 20 of those years.

Your dramatic use of colour, bold contrast of floral chintz with black & white stripe, checkerboard tiles, chinoiserie furniture & animal print make my heart sing.

Wikipedia (you're probably not familiar with their work)reports your
style was big, brash, bodacious, bold, and bordered on what some would consider gaudy, shocking both men and women of your day.
Good for you. 

If you were alive today I would very much like to be your friend. I will alas have to settle with two of your famous books. Hopefully these might arrive wrapped in time for Mother's Day . . . if only my 6mth old could read this blog (another new age concept you would probably not identify with).

In an interview with designer Carlton Varney for House Beautiful he mentioned that in meetings you would wave your gloved hand & say, "Show me no gravy", meaning you didn't want to see any beige or creams. We have so much in common . . . I actually hate gravy, especially on chips. And I only like beige as a foundation colour. oh . . . yes, and I wore my Grandmother's crotcheted gloves on my wedding day. I'm telling you . . .you would like me.

So, with the little information I have gleaned about you from the internet I will attempt to draw inspiration from your amazing life & in the process enrich my own.  

Respectfully Yours,

Tina Maree Kent  xo

Via House Beautiful

Deliciously Determined

Cachic Design

Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess

Decorating Is Fun!: How to be Your Own Decorator