February 15, 2015

Chinoiserie Love

"Chinoiserie Love"

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I have to say... I love blue and white Chinoiserie.
The patterns and colors are so pretty. 
Oh la la, so pretty!
I have no affiliation with any sources of these bowls, vases, trays, etc.
I am using these pics for  Illustration only. 

My heart seems to flutter when I see lovely pieces of Chinoiserie that can be dotted around the house. I have collected a few pieces over the years. I have some Spode, some Stafforshire, and some Johnson Brothers plates and platters. I have a few jars too...that I have picked up here and there over the years. 
Lily Blowl One Kings Lane
Recently there was an offering of some really pretty pieces on One King's Lane. I am not sure if they still have them or not, but you can take a look here. Some were quite pricey and others were more reasonable. All were beautiful. (see pics below.)

Earlier in the year I referred to an article in Southern Living Magazine that "traditional" style is back "in style." The article also mentioned several ways to make your home traditional....and one of those ways was to add some chinoiserie. 

Chinoiserie is available in many colors, as well as in fabric, wallpaper, furniture, etc. It has been around for hundreds of years...as items from China were exported to England and Western Europe. 

From Wikipedia....Chinoiserie (pronounced [ʃinwazʁi]French for "Chinese-esque") is a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration.
Chinoiserie in a broader scope refers to a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements for both the decoration and shape. The style held particular favour during the Rococo period and the court of Louis XV, with which its fanciful, ornate and idyllic imagery is commonly (for additional reading)

I think that my first exposure to the beautiful blue and white patterns was from my maternal grandmother's blue willow dishes. Take a look at the patterns I have included for you today and see if they make your heart flutter a little bit. 


Here is more shopping and looking ...https://www.onekingslane.com/search?q=chinoiserie

Grill Platter...source

"There’s a reason that chinoiserie designs—blue-and-white
porcelain, foo dogs and ginger jars, bamboo-inspired
furnishings—have never gone out of fashion. They mix
well with modern company, jazz up a neutral spot,
and are always charming." 
see here...

I love table tops laden with Chinoiserie pots, platters, and vases. And have you noticed that the blue and white patterns go with almost any wall color....additional plus when decorating.
This foot bath would work in my house as a planter.


Love this tray...!

All images are from One King's Lane website. onekingslane.com

Eeniemeeniemineymoe is what I am thinking!

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I will pick up the discussion of traditional and my "Chinoiserie love" again in a future post. I hope you liked these pretties today!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


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