Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Room Challenge - Week Three

Society Social

Welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge. Here is Week One and Week Two if you missed them. I have 6 weeks to convert our previous family room into a stylish Chinoiserie Man Cave for Mr. Chinoiserie Chic.

This past week I made great progress in the Chinoiserie Man Cave. The focal point of any man cave is a flat screen TV. I decided on the Ikea Besta Burs TV cabinet in the high gloss black and it was delivered and set-up. I got my husband a Samsung flat screen smart TV - his birthday was yesterday - and he is a very happy camper.

I am totally surprised by how much I am loving the palette of gray, black, and white, since I am such a color girl. I am adding lots of wonderful texture and it is more than making up for the lack of color.

On tap first this coming week is to style the bar cart. You may recall that I found a wonderful silver faux bois bar cart at HomeGoods. It's not huge, but it's the perfect size for the man cave. We have a large bar cart in the living room for entertaining, so this is ideal for my husband's private libations of choice.

I want to style a masculine but chic bar cart. Here is some inspiration.

Society Social



This week I picked up the following for my masculine bar cart :

Some of my husband's favorite bottles of liquor - and even in my room colors of black and white!

I fell in love with that bronze bust of JFK in the top photo - my husband is from Boston. Miraculously, it took me about two seconds to find the identical one - signed 1964 - Austin Productions - in mint condition on Etsy.

I love adding a bit of safari chic whimsy - a pair of vintage Fitz and Floyd giraffes I won on eBay -

A leather flask -

J.Crew Leather Bottoms Up Flask

Shot glasses in their own denim carrying case -

J.Crew Bottoms Up Shot Glasses

 A cocktail shaker -

Ralph Lauren Equestrian Braid

A bar set -

Ralph Lauren Equestrian Braid

Stylish glassware -

Ralph Lauren Herringbone

Accomplished to date -

1 .Select the color palette - done.
2. Select the wall paint color - done.
3. Have the room painted - done.
4. Choose and install the TV and TV cabinet - done.
5. Style the bar cart - in process.

Still on tap -

6. Style the fireplace mantel.
7. Buy art and create a gallery wall around the TV.
8. Replace the chandelier.
9. Accessorize the room.

These are things I love to do in a room, so I am looking forward to these projects.

I am excited to see the progress everyone else has made this week -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mystery Chinoiserie Fabric Revealed

Mia at Calico Corners

Last week I did a post on using large scale pattern Chinoiserie fabrics on chairs to create statement pieces of furniture. The two chairs below I had saved from One Kings Lane and they did not tell the name of the fabric. I got many emails asking about it.

I was able to track it down and it is very well priced and on sale right now at Calico Corners. This wonderful Chinoiserie fabric is named Mia and is on sale at $19.99 a yard. I also found it here for $18.99 a yard, with a 3 yard minimum. The manufacturer is Golding. It is a blend of 90% cotton and 10% linen.

Make sure to stop by tomorrow for Week Three of the One Room Challenge. I have had a busy week with lots of progress to report.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Custom Chinoiserie Upholstery for Less

Target Custom Upholstered Curved Back Armless Chair

I was delighted to learn that Target has a line of custom upholstery. Fabric choices are wonderful and include fabrics like this Robert Allen Crystal Lake Chinoiserie toile above as well as more Chinoiserie and fabrics that are great paired with Chinoiserie like ikat, linen, velvet, and zigzag. Prices are excellent too, this chair is $325 to $350 depending on the fabric selected plus 15% off now. Free swatches can be ordered.

I love the legs and the elegant lines of this timeless slipper chair. The slipper chair is my go-to chair - it works in any space. Here is a sampling of just a few of the fabrics available.

There is also a stunning Custom Upholstered Armless Loveseat for $575 to $600, plus an additional 15% off now. Here are some fabrics I love - I adore the coral pink linen -

Custom Upholstered Armless Loveseat

And a very elegant settee - look at those legs - for $800 - $850 plus 15% off.

Custom Upholstered Settee

This Custom Upholstered Box Seam Bench at $215 to $250 with 15% off has some great options -

Custom Upholstered Box Seam Bench

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Inspiration - Setting the Chinoiserie Table

Alessandra Branca/House Beautiful
 In this fun and chic table setting, Alessandra Branca mixes a blue and white striped tablecloth (fabric from her collection for Schumacher), with Chinoiserie china she has designed for Pickard. Her Fiamma and Pagoda china patterns combine Chinoiserie motifs with vibrant and colorful borders.

I love combining stripes and Chinoiserie and I love the color palette of blue, white, and pink. Small containers of flowers in lieu of one arrangement add to the casual vibe.

Alessandra Branca/House Beautiful

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Inspiration - In the Chinoiserie Garden

Michael Devine
The fabric is Michael Devine's Garden Folly. I love the blanc de Chine monkeys. The seated guy is Chelsea House - I have a pair. I would love to be having lunch there.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fabulous Friday Finds

Welcome to the third edition of Chinoiserie Chic's Fabulous Friday Finds. Thanks for all the emails with positive feedback - so glad you are enjoying this new feature.

I love wonderful Chinoiserie fabrics at great bargains, so let's start again with one. Florals are HUGE this season. This Ralph Lauren Kikko in Onyx is so spot on - a Chinoiserie floral in neutrals. It retails for $330 a yard and I have found it for you for $17.95 a yard! This fabric is 100% linen. It would be absolutely stunning for curtains or a pair of chairs.

Ralph Lauren Kikko

You know my laundry room is dying for one of these pineapple laundry baskets. A must have for me.

Pineapple Laundry Basket

Pineapples in My Laundry Room

More Pineapples in My Laundry Room

Speaking of pineapples, check out this vintage silk fabric from the 1950s/60s with palms and pineapples. This is fantastic. A yard or two would make fabulous pillows.

Vintage Silk Pineapple & Palm Fabric

And a fabulous pineapple print on sale now.

Pineapple Print

Another wonderful print, a pink cheetah from The Pink Pagoda. So chic and fun.

Pink Cheetah

Next up are the most chic enameled ball point pens in amazing colors. I want these for my desk.

Enameled Ball Point Pens

I posted on this on Tuesday, but didn't want anyone to miss it. The cutest Chinoiserie wrapping paper ever, perfect for framing or gift wrapping.

Caspari Monkey Business

Jonathan Adler giraffe highball glasses for your bar cart.

Giraffe Highball Glasses

A darling set of animal wine stoppers also by Jonathan Adler.

Animal Wine Stoppers

This beaded flamingo nightlight is so Palm Beach Chic.

Beaded Flamingo Nightlight

Charlotte & Ivy has just introduced this navy blue Chinese calligraphy wing chair. A pair of these next to a fireplace would be sensational. Note the gorgeous legs and the brass nailheads.

Navy Blue Chinese Calligraphy Wing Club Chair

From Marquin Designs, a beautiful pair of earrings made from vintage Asian - inspired bakelite in green.

Chinoiserie Earrings

I love this next one. Cameroon juju hats are such a great decorating item but can be very expensive costing several hundred dollars. Here is an example of one. I'm crazy about them and have three! I love them used with Chinoiserie - mixing African pieces and Chinoiserie was one of my trends to watch for 2014.

Pottery Barn Kids has this great version made in Turkey and at excellent prices. I love the small coral pink one and it is only $39.00. I have a Pinterest board on juju hats for more ideas.

Feathered "Juju" Hats

And last, two great finds from my girlfriend Andrea at The Glam Pad. An amazing pagoda bed ($100 or Make an Offer) and pagoda mirror ($75 or Make An Offer) dirt cheap from an eBay seller. These would be amazing painted in a high gloss white or another great color of your choice. Thanks Andrea! The seller is located in New Fairfield, Connecticut in case any of you in the New York metropolitan area could do a local pickup.

Pagoda Bed

Pagoda Mirror

Kelly Wearstler