To ring in the New Year, we are starting a new series on what's new in Chinoiserie. We will be looking at everything new under the Chinoiserie sun, including new Chinoiserie products, new Chinoiserie rooms, the hottest colors in Chinoiserie, and trends for 2012. One hot trend in Chinoiserie decor is beautifully illustrated here by Mark Sikes and Bunny Williams. Dining rooms with Chinoiserie wall treatments and blue and white Chinese porcelain can be quite formal. In the dining room above featured in the latest issue of House Beautiful, Mark Sikes tones down the glamour of the Gracie wallpaper, Venetian mirror, blue and white Chinese porcelain, and a grand chandelier, by combining it with gingham on the Cabriole chairs and a parchment finish on the Linwood armchairs. He even uses a very informal bamboo blind. So too, Bunny Williams tames this grand dining room in France below with its framed Chinoiserie, collection of antique blue and white Chinese porcelain, crystal chandelier, and massive antique table with twelve chairs by slipcovering the chairs in a very casual blue and white gingham. This trend of melding the formality of Chinoiserie with informal elements is a look we will see more of in 2012.
I grew up in Europe and Lake Forest, Illinois. After graduating from The Ferry Hall School, Bryn Mawr College, and George Washington University Law School, I practiced law in Washington, D.C. Now I am finally devoting my time to two of my great passions - interior design and Chinoiserie.
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