Monday, September 16, 2013

Chinoiserie Inspiration

I'm using chinoiserie wallpaper in one of my upcoming projects and have completely fallen in love. According to Merriam-Webster, chinoiserie is a French term "reflecting Chinese qualities." In the 17th and 18th century, traders and tourists were fascinated by the beautiful eastern designs found in porcelain, sketchbooks, and lacquerware. As a result, Europeans started layering decor with Chinese inspirations and the practice was coined the term chinoiserie. European's take on chinoiserie is characterized as asymmetrical in format with fancy, detailed images and whimsical in scale, compared to the more traditional Chinese which is seen as less whimsy and fun.

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Aren't they gorgeous!? Such a romantic and fun vibe.  Stay tuned for what Caroline Lizarraga creates for me!

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