Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Fabulous Chinoiserie DIY


This wicker elephant table sold this week on One Kings Lane for $355. As you can see, the wicker is damaged on top at one spot. I just bought the exact same one on eBay for $42 in natural wicker in perfect condition that is going in my One Room Challenge Chinoiserie Man Cave. I have seen painted ones listed on One Kings Lane as high as $450. The color on these is not original; they are newly painted.

This is a no brainer. Find one on eBay, Etsy, CL, an estate sale, or wherever and spray paint it yourself and save hundreds of $$$. I do think it's fun and functional that this one above has a glass top which of course makes it more practical for drinks.

Here is some color inspiration. In the bottom photo is one in natural wicker styled by Jamie Meares that looks exactly like the one I just scored.








Jamie Meares

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week Four

Mark Sikes
Welcome to Week Four of the One Room Challenge. Between Easter weekend and my neighbors from hell fence crisis, this week really flew by. Luckily, I was able to get quite a bit accomplished in the Chinoiserie Man Cave.

I finished setting up the bar cart and it is great. You'll have to wait for the reveal to see it in all its glory.

Inspired by this wonderful masculine fireplace by Mark Sikes above, I styled the fireplace in the man cave and am very happy with it. It's a chic mix of abstract art and Chinoiserie. Here are some pieces I used to give you the idea.

This great vintage Fitz & Floyd dragon -




A black Harry Allen pig bank, one of my signature accessories -



This beautiful Chinoiserie lantern in black -




Other finds this week include a white juju hat and a Beni Ourain rug -




A black leather butterfly chair -




A Scalamandre black zebra golf umbrella -




A star like this one in the late Albert Hadley's apartment -




And I've started putting together the art -




I also did a great DIY. OK, so I didn't actually do anything myself, but it is a great "I came up with the idea and had someone else do it for me."

I bought this fringed lined burlap table skirt from Ballard Designs. It's $65.00 for the 90" but I got it on sale.


I had a bunch of black and white Greek key trim hanging around that I had gotten at JoAnn's for $5.00 a yard. I had my dry cleaners sew it on just above the fringe and it looks AMAZING. Masculine, textural, organic, elegant, and dirt cheap.

You'll see the table styled in the reveal, but here is a peek.


This coming week I'll be -

1. Hanging the art
2. Installing the new chandelier I had custom made

I hope everyone else has been busy -

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Favorite Chinoiserie Wallpaper Ever

Garden & Gun

I have posted a couple of times about this wonderful Chinoiserie toile wallpaper. I first saw it about five years ago on eBay and I was outbid. The eBay listing did not identify the pattern name or manufacturer. I looked everywhere for it. Then I saw a bedroom by Suzanne Tucker using the green colorway and was able to find out through her that it is Enchanted Forest by Grey Watkins.

The other day a follower of Chinoiserie Chic gave me a head's up that it was featured in the latest issue of Garden & Gun. I thought you might enjoy seeing it in Garden & Gun as well as the Suzanne Tucker bedroom. I also "used it" in the kitchen of my Chinoiserie Chic "I'm a Giant Challenge" dollhouse for those of you who have been following long enough to remember that Emily Henderson debacle. Here are the reveals of my two Chinoiserie dollhouses if you've never seen them - the primary residence and the Dragon House.

I still don't have this wallpaper in my home - at the time, the blue and white colorway had been discontinued and I would have had to buy the entire remaining stock and it is super expensive. Still hoping I find it some day again on eBay. It would make great framed panels too.

Thanks for all the comments and emails from as far away as London on my fence issue. In honor of Earth Day, I'm happy to report that we have kept the scoundrels at bay and the trees are all still safe as of now. We have identified two strong legal arguments to hopefully prevent it from happening at all. Onward and upward.

Tune in tomorrow for my One Room Challenge update, I hope.

Enchanted Forest by Grey Watkins

Garden & Gun

HS2 Architecture

Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne Tucker

The kitchen of my dollhouse

The kitchen of my dollhouse

Monday, April 21, 2014

Entertaining with Chinoiserie

Susan Gutfreund - Veranda
 I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend. Mine could not have been more stressful. We discovered late Friday that our next door neighbors intend to put up a massive fence between our yards. Their insisted placement of it on the property line will destroy the beautiful boundary line border of gorgeous mature trees and wonderful shrubs like camellias and viburnum that have served as a divider for many decades. Our neighborhood is one of old historic homes, small lots, and large mature trees, close to DC, and this would have a terrible impact on our property.

My husband is off to try to get an injunction while I have to keep a watchful eye out for the fencers and call the police as they have no permit which is required. Not a fun week in store here.

Let's look at some Chinoiserie beauty to distract me - the home of interior designer Susan Gutfreund from Veranda filled with Chinoiserie. The full article is here.

If my posting is a bit shortened or erratic this week, you will understand why.

Susan Gutfreund - Veranda

Susan Gutfreund - Veranda

Suan Gutfreund - Veranda

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter
























Some of my Herend bunnies


All bunnies are Herend.