de Gournay Chinoiserie Abbotsford design for 16 Queen Anne’s Gate
It really goes without saying that Chinoiserie, from the French word for Chinese, or “Chois,” is my favorite timeless item of all. I could easily have a house decked all in Gracie or de Gournay wallpaper and be perfectly content. There is something about Chinoiserie that draws you in with captivating attention to detail. While it looks good in classic homes, it can also fit in beautifully in a more modern setting as well, as you can see in the pictures below.
The history of Chinoiserie is also just as inspiring. Chinoiserie was first popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th century, when more trading began between Asia and Europe. Aristocratic women were strong collectors of chinoiserie porcelain and design. See some amazing facts below and gorgeous photos of the always inspiring chinoiserie.
Also shop some Chinoiserie items below!
Oscar de la renta bedroom via Vogue
Pauline de Rothschild
“Such designs began in the realm of fantasy,” Mr. Zega said. “Artists never went to China; only missionaries and traders went. China was closed to the West and remained a mystery. Out of that mystery chinoiserie was created.” -Historian Andrew Zega via NYT
Mario Buatta via AD
High society women helped define the style through their strong purchasing power. There was a fierce competition between Margaret, 2nd Duchess of Portland, and Elizabeth, Countess of Ilchester, for a Japanese blue and white plate.
Suzanne Kasler Bathroom via Veranda Magazine
Chinese Room designed about 1775 in the Museum Geelvinck-Hinlopen via Netherlands Tourism
Blue and White Chinoiserie Bedroom by T. Keller Donovan
Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest bedroom via Domino
Super chic hallway by McGrath
Miles Redd did wonders in Danielle Rollins’ former home. Via Veranda
Pink bedroom by Nick Olsen via Domino
Royal collectors of chinoiserie porcelain include Queen Mary, Queen Anne, Henrietta Howard, and the Duchess of Queensbury.
De Gouray Salon Vert inspired by Pauline de Rothschild via AD
Miles Redd chinoiserie perfection.
The most elaborate Chinoiserie interiors in England is the Chinese Room at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire. Designed in 1769 by Luke Lightfoot,
Aerin Lauder’s dressing room is forever a favorite via Elle Decor
Hannah Cecil Gurney home via Elle Decoration Spain
King Louis XV of France and Britain’s King George IV thought Chinoiserie blended well with the rococo style.
Amazing Chinoiserie panels and fabric.
Pink Chinoiserie in the Leicester Room, Chatsworth More via Pinterest
Tory Burch entry via Vogue
Melanie Turner designed home via Veranda
blue and white chinoiserie lamp
they are my bedside lamps
I never tire of my printed Chinoiserie Panels from Houzz. I had them framed in gold bamboo.
I love my new De Gournay shoes for Aquazarra. Ready to wear them with white jeans!