Friday, October 23, 2009

The Perfect Chinoiserie Dining Room



I was thrilled to have been contacted by Donna Benedetto, a follower of Chinoiserie Chic, about this gorgeous Chinoiserie dining room she just completed for a designer showhouse in Weston, Connecticut. Donna is an interior designer, a decorative artist, and an antiques dealer. Her hand-painted walls are a modern interpretation of Gracie. She used a silver metallic strie with a chartreuse metallic Chinoiserie design. There are six different stencils on the walls which she plans to have available for purchase on her website. Please click on the photos to enlarge. I love the feel of this room-the mix of fresh clean colors, antiques, and modern pieces. And don't miss all the beautiful elements in this dining room.

1. Blanc de Chine
2. Reindeer moss balls in the white urns on the mantle and sheet moss on the table
3. A neutral rug
4. A casual table and chairs
5. Gorgeous green and white trellis fabric on the chairs-notice the nailhead trim
6. Three mirrors-a white pagoda mirror, a Venetian mirror, and a sunburst mirror
7. The white plates surrounding the white pagoda mirror
8. The mirrored insets on the ceiling
9. The framed botanicals-be sure to check out the marvelous Chinoiserie frames
10. The crystal chandelier and lamps-imagine those reflected in the ceiling mirrored insets and the three mirrors
11. The Chinoiserie china

Please be sure to visit the website of this very talented designer and artist. This is my taste and style in a nutshell-mixing antique and modern in a classic, timeless, elegant, and sophisticated way. Bravo!






22 comments:

Mary @ JPM Design said...

WOW. This room is absolutely breath taking! My favorite details are the inset mirrors on the ceiling (I've never seen that before!) and the subtle green banding on the drapery panels. Stunning!

My Notting Hill said...

Beautiful! So light and elegant. Thanks for the eye candy.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I love the subtlety of it the most. While some chinoiserie can be so in your face, this is really elegant and peaceful. I would LOVE to have a meal in this room, wouldn't you? Great post!

Sanity Fair said...

Wow. This room is STUNNING. It's so elegant and so subtle - I've had to go over the pics several times to take in all the details and I STILL keep finding stuff I missed. That's the best sort of design! My favorites? The walls, certainly. The mirror ceiling detail. The pattern covering the chairs. The ornate mirror surrounded with neutral plates and a stunning side board. There are so many other things going on in this room than chinoiserie - but the Asian influence pulls it all together. On my way to bookmark her website. Thanks Beth!

DoxaHome.com said...

Love the mirror inset in the ceiling! And of course, all the sparkle...crystal, venetian mirror, nailheads and all the glossy white finishes, thanks for sharing.

Averill said...

GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing, Beth. I particularly love the mirrored insets in the ceiling and the way she's decorated the fireplace.

Kitty said...

When I look at this, I hear Babs singing, "There's a place for us..." love it, love it, love it!

lady jicky said...

I do like the green detail on the curtains - very clever.

Style Redux 2 said...

Mary-Yes-attention to detail is the mark of an excellent designer.

Style Redux 2 said...

Michele-This is definitely your palette.

Style Redux 2 said...

Stefan-I have never posted a room that I thought was in your face and I disagree that Chinoiserie is more prone to that look than any other style of decorating. That being said, different people have different color palettes. I can't stand white and beige rooms, what Tony Duquette called the refrigerator door syndrome. But I also personally dislike bold colors like designers such as Kelly Wreastler, Jamie Drake, and Jonathan Adler tend to use. You will not find much of it here either. I love pastels personally. That's what makes the world go round-different tastes. But no, I think Chinosierie is the ultimate in elegance and taste and not in your face at all, unless you are talking about Chinese restaurants which have nothing to do with Chinoiserie.

Style Redux 2 said...

Sanity Fair-That's why I called this the perfect Chinoiserie dining room-every detail is wonderful.

Style Redux 2 said...

Doxa Home-I would love to be in that room at a dinner party at night!

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-Both those would work with your Hollywood Regency style.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-It does have a lovely serenity.

Style Redux 2 said...

Lady Jicky-The green banding is very subtle and elegant.

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

It's a beautiful dining room. I almost wish she had gone a bit darker on the walls though. It looks like a beautiful pattern, but it's so hard to see.

Style Redux 2 said...

Rebecca-I'm sure it is just difficult to capture in photographs, but is quite wonderful in person. I always have the same trouble when I am trying to photograph light colored things.

fauxgirl said...

Hi Girls,
Beth, you are correct the green stencil is darker than it appears in the photographs. It is an impossible room to shoot based on the metallic background. Unfortunately it doesn't show up as nicely as it is in person. Also in the evening the room has a beautiful shimmer that it does not have during the day

Style Redux 2 said...

Faux Girl-Thanks for clarifying this. I'm sure the room is stunning during the day and absolutely magical at night.

Cote de Texas said...

this is stunningly beautiful. plus - you did such a wonderful job pointing out what to notice in the room, which I love!

Love the mantel and the table especially - but all the white is just dreamy.

really beautiful!!!

from JOni, premier blogger of the Southwest

Style Redux 2 said...

Joni-I knew you would love this room. It really is wonderfully done.