Saturday, January 23, 2010

Charlotte Moss on Chinoiserie


SA: Chinoiserie is a common thread in your work. How can people bring this element into their own homes and make it look appropriate?
CM: You can start with something as simple as a chinoiserie tea caddy, a tray, a screen, or a wallpaper panel framed as a piece of art. A black lacquered secretary is a good choice because it's not as bold as a whole room done in chinoiserie, like my dining room in New York. I'm drawn to this style for its exotic nature. I love the characters and landscapes because they all tell a story. The same is true for a chinoiserie toile; it wants to have a conversation with me, and I love that.

(Courtesy of Southern Accents)

10 comments:

home before dark said...

Anything that tells a good story count me in! It does begin as a mild flirtation only to erupt into an obsession.

Cristin said...

Great post! I love hearing what CM has to say about any element of design.

xo,
cristin

Sanity Fair said...

100% agree. It's such an adaptable look. EVERYTHING looks better with a little chinoiserie! :)

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Chinoiserie toile... count me as a fan! LOVE IT!

Style Redux 2 said...

Home Before Dark-It does indeed.

Style Redux 2 said...

Cristin-Lots of wisdom.

Style Redux 2 said...

SF-So true.

Style Redux 2 said...

Rebecca-Great!

Southern Aspirations said...

Great post. Love CM and really appreciate good use of Chinoiserie. My favorite quote- it wants to have a conversation with me.

So true!!

Style Redux 2 said...

Southern Aspirations-A great quote.