Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Chinoiserie Chic Turns 2 & a Giveaway


Chinoiserie Chic turns two years old today-can you believe it? This is my 795th post. I have truly enjoyed it all, and my life is the better for it. I also find it quite fun that the term "Chinoiserie Chic" that I created to name my blog because I liked the Ch-Ch alliteration has become common parlance in interior design. I get many Google alerts daily with the term Chinoiserie Chic, from posts, posts, posts, posts, posts, and more posts, to magazine articles, Etsy items like here, here, here, and here, eBay auctions, weddings, more weddings, fashion, fabric, online stores, even the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show lecture series, and a workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, all being called "Chinoiserie Chic" to convey the modern approach to using Chinoiserie. Pictured just below is a lovely dining room by Ruthie Sommers that was the subject of my very first post. To celebrate, I am giving away two wonderful books that reflect the best of this interior design style. The first is Mary McDonald's book Interiors, The Allure of Style, and the second is Domino The Book of Decorating, with its de Gournay cover. The winner will receive both books. Leave a comment on this post by midnight Friday, May 6th for a chance to win and to say hi. If you are a follower or become a follower, mention this to double your chances. The winner will be announced Saturday. Thanks to all for following Chinoiserie Chic and for your comments, emails, and suggestions.




75 comments:

Hellohello baby said...

Hi! How lovey! Congratulations om your two year celebration and also congratulation on comming up with the term Chinoserie Chic.

Two chanses for me. I am also a follower. I soooo hope I win, but I know beeing the first to comment do not better my odds.... Well we will see :)

Have a lovely da!

Jess said...

I am doing a Chinoiserie dining room and love looking at your blog! Thanks!

graceabounding said...

congrats - i just picked up a beautiful pair of black lacquer lattice-back chinoiserie chairs (from a consignment shop!) and thought of you!

graceabounding said...

oh, and i am a follower of ch ch!

Izzy said...

Happy Birthday! Your blog is always first on my list to check.

John J. Tackett said...

Congratulations and best wishes for another great year off Chi Chi! __ The Devoted Classicist

Parker said...

What a fun give away! I love your blog and added you to my Reader as soon as I found you.

Brandon said...

I stumbled across your blog nearly 2 years ago and have followed every day since for the wonderful posts! Chinoiserie is a slight obsession of mine...so looking towards the future. Congratulations!

Vickie H. said...

Happy, happy birthday to you my dear friend! Love this blog and CANNOT imagine it not beginning my every day with your offerings here.
This is a nice giveaway...two books that every lover of Chinoiserie should own!! Page after page of eye candy!
And the cake is FABULOUS!!!

Brandon said...

Must have discovered Chinoiserie Chic in it's infancy as I've been a daily follower for almost 2 years now! I'm a self-confessed chinoiserie junkie and enjoy the great posts. Here's looking toward the future - Congratulations!

Carol said...

I only discovered you a few months ago. I have your blog bookmarked and check it every day. Congrats on 2 years, and I hope for many more.

AubreyLaine said...

Congrats!!! Thanks for the lovely giveaway :)
aubreyfick@yahoo.com

AubreyLaine said...

I'm a follower.
aubreyfick@yahoo.com

Ann said...

Congratulations on two wonderful, inspiring years. Yours is my favorite blog, and the first one I check every day (and I do mean every day, as you often offer additional tidbits on weekends!). Thank you for sharing your passion for, and knowledge of, chinoiserie.

Ashley the Bride to Be said...

Happy Birthday, and thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas, photos and sales with us. I have been following you for a few months now (around the time I purchased a new house) and continue to be inspired!

sheryl said...

Love your posts and great photos. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary!

H.G. The Countess said...

Love your blog and would love these books!

bugsbstarnes said...

What an inspiration your blag has been for me!!! I love your eye and style. Happy birthday!!!
Anne Starnes

Butterball said...

Daily "Ch-Ch" means "cha-ching cha-ching" for me as I am always inspired to follow your lead! I must say I am still not over the scare on April 1st & do hope that never happens. HB 2 Ch-Ch & many more!

Duchess Fare said...

many, many thank yous for highlighting my post of chinoiserie chic finds on ETSY ~ congrats & looking forward to another 795 lovely & inspiring posts!

Tamisha said...

Congrats on two successful years of blogging. I'm renovating and decorating a 90 yr old wreck and it will be done with much Chinoiserie Chic. Keep up the good work!

Tamisha said...

Congrats on two years of successful blogging. I'm currently renovating a decorating a 90 wreck of a house and it will eventually be done with a great deal of Chinioserie.

Keep up the good work!

The enchanted home said...

Happy double birthday!! Wishing a double dose of all good things and continued success over at your wonderful much enjoyed by many blog! Would love to win either of these two wonderful books! I am a loyal follower and always enjoy visiting here!

Christian said...

Beth, Congrats! I read CC every morning with my coffee. It is always fun to see your great finds.

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Heather said...

I read your blog daily for the Chinoiserie inspiration, warm congrats on your second blogiversary! It is well past time, I am becoming a follower today!
Heather (greenwayacre.com)

Muffy said...

Your blog was one of the first I followed, and I still read it daily. Happy blog anniversary!

maison21 said...

happy blogiversary!

Jade said...

Hello! I love your blog! Have a great birthday! Mine is tomorrow the fifth! Cheers!

Jade said...

I love your blog! Happy birthday to your blog! My BD is tomorrow, the fifth of may. Cheers!

Pat said...

I read 7 decorating blogs and Chinoserie Chic is one of them. I found your blog when I did a search for Chinoserie about a year ago. Thanks for your wonderful blog and Happy Birthday!

Pat

rpayne said...

Love this blog!

Vickie J said...

So glad it's your 2nd birthday. Absolutely love your blog.

Danika Herrick said...

Happy Birthday!! Seriously kicka$$ giveaway!

Danika Herrick said...

And I follow your kicka$$ blog too!
xo
Danika

Lilly said...

Congratulations on your blog turning 2!! How very exciting! I love your blog, you have taught me to love chinoiserie, thank you:) Please pick me, I'd love both those books, especially Domino!!
xo
PS: My birthday is tomorrow, May 5th too!

Jeanette said...

I became a follower a few months ago and your blog has truly inspired me to decorate! Initially my home had an imposing asian decor but with the help of chinoiserie chic it now has more of eclectic, timeless feel. It is pure joy to read your blog daily. Congratulations!

EBB said...

Congratulations from all your fans over at Manners for Modern Mothers!

W said...

Congrats!

Ch Ch is a source of great inspiration and a delightful surprise every day... It's been a thrill to have had my jewelry featured on the site too!
Much continued success!

- Ward

New York State of Mind said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

SO excited about the contest-how nice!

Thank you for the special treat!

New York State of Mind said...

I am a follower of BOTH your blogs-I look forward to them everyday. Thank you for adding a little extra sunshine each day!

Al said...

I am a new and recent follower of your wonderful blog. It has really been fun to see all of the fabulous things you showcase here. I have been collecting some new Asian pieces because of your influence. Happy Anniversary to you! I hope you have many, many, more. Would love for you to follow my blog too :)
www.skylarkmanor.com

Pam said...

Happy birthday. Special wishes for many more. :))) I love your blog. It has been a great influence!!!!! Thank you!!!!
Plamena

stran13 said...

Hi :)

Congrats on the blogiversary!

sharing photos said...

Congrats on your 2 year anniversary- all the more special when considering how often you post. That is absolutely amazing. And the cake is gorgeous. I check your blog every day and am delighted that you taught me so much about the design aesthetic that I had not even realized had a name :) Thanks again for all the joy you have brought to so many - Tricia

cosmicdancer said...

Found your post a few months ago and fell in love!!! I've spent hours viewing every single one of your blogs. The Chinese esthetic is so exotic and beautiful, it makes me swoon. I now shop obsessively for anything that looks like a pagoda or bamboo or Chinese Chippendale. I am a fanatic follower. My absolute fave: the modern chinoiserie office. Excuse me, I have to go collapse with ecstasy!

kira said...

Félicitations on your second anniversary! As an avid follower of Ch Ch I'm always excited to see what treats you have in store for us.
Thank you for all the inspiration, tips and tidbits, Ch Ch is truly helping to define my home decorating and made it a heck of a lot more interesting!

cosmicdancer said...

Discovered your blog a few months back and fell in love! I now shop obsessively for anything that looks like bamboo or a pagoda or Chinese Chippendale...Have spent hours reading ALL your blogs. My fave: the modern chinoiserie office. Excuse me while I go pass out with ecstasy! Ahhh, the hand-painted wallpapers ...Thank you for making me swoon on an almost daily basis. You bet I'm a follower. Woohoo!

Lauren said...

Happy blog anniversary!!!! Congratulations! Love reading your blog everyday.

Sogni Siciliani said...

Happy Birthday...May you have many more. I enjoy you blog very much!!!

sophia said...

I have been following your blog since I redecorated my kitchen last June. I read and enjoy your site every day. Thanks for bringing so much beauty and joy to us every day. I'll keep my fingers crossed...Friday is my birthday - I hope that brings me good luck!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! What a wonderful accomplishment. You've definitely been a motivational influence in helping me acquire chinoserie inspired items for my home!

(I'm already a follower!)

Jenna said...

This is hands down my favorite blog! Ever since a trip to China in '02 I have been hooked on all things Chinoiserie! Thanks for all your tips and beautiful, inspiring photos! Just became an official follower.

Gindora Dux Deluxe said...

Yes I too am an avid follower. You should create another interior term that you can be quoted on!

Regards
Karen

deabs8 said...

Happy Birthday! Always so fun and Inspirational! Thanks so much for the being the best way to keep up with sales, deals, and ideas on all things Chinoiserie!
Followed you for while now, and still I got taken by your April Fools Day post! I was so sad thinking that you were leaving: then so Happy the next day when it was a joke!
Congratulations!

deabs8 said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for being the best place to find deals, sales and ideas on all things Chinoiserie! Very Fun and Inspirational.
FYI: I got so taken in by your April Fool's Day prank! Glad it was just a joke! Whew!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on a very well-done blog. I enjoy it very much!

Edward @ Turn This House Into A Home said...

Congrats on the two year anniversary! I've followed your blog for over a year, and it remains one of my favourites. Keep up the great job!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on 2 years! I'm a follower too.

Kate Nisbet Design said...

happy blog-o-versary! i celebrated 3 years of creative posting at my original blog, barefoot in the park, a few months ago. bloggy birthday's are always a fabulous benchmark!

i'm a new follower under my new blog of your lovely piece of the interwebs! i'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to win!

Mary said...

My morning isn't complete without reading your blog. Thanks for the inspirations!

sgleland said...

Love,love,love your blog...

Digs Inside & Out said...

Happy 2nd Bday! I'm a follower and a fan.....always lovin' all things chinoiserie!

Chinoiserie Cheep said...

Happy Second Anniversary/Blog Birthday to you! I discovered your blog last year during a search of the term "Chinoiserie" and have been following you ever since. I had shown a decorator friend of mine the few items I had inherited from my mom; her blue onion china, her gold dragon tea set, and her pagoda lidded candy dish! She said "your mom must have loved Chinoiserie". Who knew? Now I love it too. I have since learned so much from you that has definitely added a fun new facet to looking at magazines, shopping for my home, and remembering my mom. I like that Chinoiserie works whether it is a single item accent or the foundation of a whole room or house. Does any other style do that so well? Thank you so much...

Chelsea said...

Congratulations on 2 years! I am a new follower to the blog and, before reading, I had no idea there was such a style as Chinoiserie. I love antiqueing and decorating, but I'm an ammature. I always loved this style, but I didn't know there was a name for it! Thanks for broadening my decorative horizons!

AtelierModerne said...

Love Love Love your blog ! Keep up the GREAT work ~ I am very happy to have your blog my open page for my computer ! thanks for your insight ~ The books giveaway is spectacular ! As Usual .....

Betty said...

I've read your blog daily since I found it! And have added more chinoiserie to my own home, too.
Great giveaway!

Melissa Lin said...

Thank you for writing this fabulous blog. Very inspirational!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Congratulations! The world is a better place because your blog is in it :)

Mandy said...

I didn't know what my style was until I read your blog... and then I was like ohhh... I have a category to go in now. THANK YOU!!!

sarah.alyea said...

I had no idea how much I loved Chinoiserie until I found your marvelous blog! Congrats on your 2nd birthday! (BTW, when you posted your April Fools joke I was so sad, because I had just found you! Thank goodness was a hoax!)

HeatherS said...

Been following you AND following your advice on my chinoiserie questions/direction (brick walls, bookcases). So glad I found you! Happy Anniversary!

bobandlisa said...

お誕生日おめでとうございます
(Happy Birthday in Japanese!)

My daughter told me about your blog many, many months ago. You have been on my "favorites" list ever since. Domino was one of my favorite magazines, so it was a sad day when it ceased publication - happily you stepped in with your blog to take up the slack!!

Kim said...

I've been working asian into my design aesthetic for years, calling it "Asian Fusion." I've been so happy to find your site for inspiration. Happy Birthday!

Cara said...

Hi -- I have been following you for a few months now. I love, love your blog. Great inspiration. Cross my fingers!