Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Chinoiserie Pied-a-Terre


This stunning Manhattan pied-a-terre of Chicago interior designer Alessandra Branca was featured in the May Elle Decor. I love the elegant palette of red, black and beige. Alessandra says that "Black gives rooms depth, and a shot of red is the kick you need in life." Chinoiserie abounds, including the 1940s red lacquer cocktail table, the parrot tulips, the antique screen, the 19th century armoire, the English Regency chair, the black lacquer table, the porcelains, and the botanicals above the custom banquette. For a very well done in depth look at this apartment, please visit the post done by Joni Webb of Cote de Texas.





16 comments:

Kitty said...

omg, omg, omg! the entire joint is perfection! thanks for making my morning more fabulous!

home before dark said...

Can't get enough of this. Does Branca have a book? If not, why not? I have been a fan of these colors all of my life I think. There is such balance and depth. It calms and excites and welcomes you home with an exclamation point at the end of the day. No fear of color commitments here!

Jill said...

I adore this too. One of the few that I love every single room. I have a Baker chinoiserie entertainment cabinet that I just adore. Actually I have quite a lot of chinois pieces...probably why I adore your blog so very much!

Averill said...

I love the red insets in the white built-in bookshelves. Gorgeous.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-This place really is perfection-I wouldn't touch a thing.

Style Redux 2 said...

Home Before Dark-So glad you asked about her book-it is due out in November. I posted the Amazon link above.

Style Redux 2 said...

Jill-Baker and Chinoiserie-you said the magic words! I'm sure I would love your things.

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-An easy and elegant touch-I love coral pink, red, navy, or yellow depending on the room.

Alicia said...

As much as I adore the look I hate to be hit over the head with a heavy hand of chinoiserie. I've seen so many rooms done by professionals (so called), that look like a Chinese restaurant.
This being said this is how to do it so beyond right its stunning.
I'm definitely going to preorder her book.

Style Redux 2 said...

Alicia-Her work is stunning. I have done my best to avoid the Chinese restaurant look. LOL

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Can anyone live without ANY red somewhere in their home? Certainly not I!

Style Redux 2 said...

Alison-I have come to realize this more and more-it does add life to a space.

Sanity Fair said...

Gorgeous - every inch. I do love the use of red, but also the chinoiserie combined in places with an Indian influence - it gives chinoiserie a new edge.

Style Redux 2 said...

Sanity Fair-I can't wait for her book.

Cote de Texas said...

Thank you so much for the link!!!! much appreciated. can't wait to read the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Style Redux 2 said...

Joni-She is very talented. I love her style.