Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chinoiserie Office


Don't resign yourself to living with an ugly metal filing cabinet in your home office. With a little money and effort, you can have a stunning Chinoiserie piece instead.




This is a marvelous Mary McDonald DIY for the Chinoiserie office. Featured in the January/February 2006 issue of Domino Magazine, interior designer Mary McDonald photocopied/enlarged Chinoiserie wallpaper and glued it to her filing cabinet.  I have even found a tutorial for everyone on Pink Mohair and more tips on Style Court from Mary McDonald herself so you can do a professional job. This will work with a favorite piece of wallpaper or fabric. eBay is a great source for fabric remnants and wallpaper as well.

10 comments:

The Antiques Diva™ said...

THIS IS SUCH AN EXCELLENT TIP!!! We've recently moved and my office is now in a public space in our home. I entertain clients in the room as well as have to use it as a functional office space... I've managed to put the room together with a minimal degree of "office look" however my stupid bright white filing cabinets have driven me to insantiy! Thanks to you, problem solved!!!

Style Redux 2 said...

The Antiques Diva-It is quite clever. I think many of us will be trying it.

Scott Fazzini said...

Thanks for the GREAT idea! Maybe I could cover the face of my refrigerator is chinoiserie...?

Style Redux 2 said...

Scott-There is a good video online of Nick Olsen covering his refrigerator and what you need like rubber cement and a squeegee so you do it right-I think it would be fab!

Sanity Fair said...

G*A*S*P - this is just fantastic! Seriously, it looks incredible. Beth, I propose the Chinoiserie dream house - something for every room! If I'm not mistaken you have the nursery, the office, bedroom, and vestibule already - keep the rooms coming!

Style Redux 2 said...

SF-I have done an office, nurseries, sitting room, vestibule, foyer, bedrooms, library, hall, and dining room to date. The best is yet to come!

Sanity Fair said...

P.S. YES on the wavelength thing! Yours is a lot more couture, but it's the same vibe - just let me know if you start craving dove chocolates or reading a lot of de Botton - we'll know there are serious problems!

Style Redux 2 said...

SF-I'll keep you posted.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

This is one fabulous idea! Love this look and think I might try it.
Thanks for sharing it.

Style Redux 2 said...

A Gift Wrapped Life-So many of us probably have nice home offices with ugly metal file cabinets. This is an inspired and cheap fix. Thanks for stopping by!