Thursday, August 27, 2009

Clare Fraser and Chinoiserie


I think many people assume that because I have a passion for Chinoiserie my philosophy as to decorating with Chinoiserie is more is more. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have many rooms with no Chinoiserie whatsoever, while others have well edited pieces. You don't want your home to look like a Chinese restaurant or a store like Pearl River, as much as I love them! An interior designer who uses Chinoiserie with an expert hand is Clare Fraser. These photos from her home, from New York Social Diary, show wonderful examples of combining Chinoiserie with French furniture, beautiful wallpaper and fabrics, antiques, and a classic feminine approach in her sumptuous home. If you are a fan of interior designers like Joe Nye and Charlotte Moss, I think you are about to become a follower of Clare Fraser.


























17 comments:

Fabulously french said...

What a fabulous post, I love all the photos!

Leeann x

home before dark said...

Such loveliness in passionate restraint. She certainly knows how to use mirrors to make more of more.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

What can i say. Beautiful post. Yes we are fans of both Charlotte Moss and Joe Nye( could not look at their rooms at Kips Bay enough this year)So thank you so much for this post on Clare Fraser. She is just wonderful.

Kitty said...

regarding the shot of the wine table: i must have the pagoda wall sconce...NOW!

Style Redux 2 said...

Leeann-Lots of gorgeous French pieces.

Style Redux 2 said...

Home Before Dark-Every room needs a great mirror.

Style Redux 2 said...

CC-Joe Nye, Charlotte Moss and Clare Fraser create timeless, elegant, sophisticated and comfortable spaces that will stand the test of time unlike so many popular trendy designers who shall remain nameless. Someday I may do a post on overrated designers, but I'd probably regret it.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-It has to have the bells.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Loving the portraits!!

Sanity Fair said...

Great post Beth - the chickens and pagodas made me laugh. As would having a room that looked like something out of Pearl River! Wonderful balance, and I'm so delighted with the display in the last image - beautiful greens.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Simple, understated beauty. Thank you for sharing ~

Style Redux 2 said...

Mrs. Limestone-Really lovely collection. Thanks for stopping by.

Style Redux 2 said...

Sanity Fair-The pagodas and the chicken are such a charming vignette-very amusing. A really stunning place.

Style Redux 2 said...

Dumbwit Tellher-Timeless elegance.

home before dark said...

Back again to look at the stunning vignettes and to say to have courage (about post on overrated decorators). It's your blog. It's your opinion. As with the carefully constructed Nye post, I'm sure you present a balanced view of what doesn't work. I appreciate good manners. I revere truth more. I also respect people with well thought out opinions.

Style Redux 2 said...

Home Before Dark-"But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail."

home before dark said...

Gotta love a girl who loves decor, fashion, and her Shakespeare. Be bold. No one will remember anything else!