Monday, February 7, 2011

Chinoiserie 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...

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 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 pretty)

Taken in a private 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 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 to pick the lucky winner..... this wonderful giveaway will take place on 
Safavieh's warehouse

Have a wonderful day!