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June 3, 2015




Yesterday's post featured beautiful Japanese craftsmanship
and today is all about another oriental art that I adore -

Chinoiserie
 (pronounced sheen-was-er-ree, emphasis on the last syllable)

Until a few years ago I didn't even know how to pronounce Chinoiserie but thanks to the miracle of technology (i.e., the internet) I was able to hear the correct pronunciation on YouTube.


Chinoiserie is defined as a style, object or decoration that reflects
Chinese qualities or motifs.  Which, did I already say,  "I adore!"?





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Imagine the reaction of the wife of the first European merchant who brought back goods from China.  The Silk Road, a trading route from Europe to China, dates back to between 206 BC - 220 AD during the Han Dynasty.

Most people think that Marco Polo was the first merchant adventurer who imported Chinese goods to Europe but the Silk Road was well established by the 13th century.


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Even a nautical theme can incorporate a touch of Chinoiserie.


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A Mediterranean style house in Los Angeles needed freshening
up and the owners decided on an oriental motif.
Big door, before:

Big door, after:
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Take a vintage credenza and add Asian-style hardware.  Take it a step
further by painting it a brilliant color that makes the hardware pop:
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Whether you prefer Mid-Century Modern or are more of
a traditionalist, Chinoiserie compliments any decor.


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Turn an ordinary wardrobe into an oriental work of art:
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Be still my beating heart.  Isn't this fabric fab?!

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Chinoiserie wallpaper is flawless.

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Framed wallpaper makes beautiful wall art if
you're interested in a more subdued look.


Wallpaper was used to make the beautiful screen above.
It looks as stylish as this professional manufactured one: 
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An abundance of Chinoiserie accessories are a keyboard tap away.
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If you're looking to add a different flavor to your
decor consider Chinoiserie.  It truly is timeless.

4 comments:

  1. Fabulous post today !
    In love with the wallpaper.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. There's just something so elegant and mysterious about oriental decor. 8'm fascinated by it. -- Jan

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  2. Oh, my gosh - I was able to reply to a comment for the first time in months and months!!!! It has been SO frustrating to have my iPhone "hijack" my access to my readers' comments and not be able to reply.

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