Spring Fresh Makeover

The weather has been really nice lately.  The roses in my backyard garden start to bloom.  And there was Valentine’s Day.  Therefore, I decided to do some spring make over a week ago.  The color palette I used here is magenta, pink,  lavender, gold and neutrals.  Here are some vignettes I love to share here:

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Playing different shades of pink. Love the pale pink table cloth which makes everything look so soft and subtle.  Gold truly adds a touch of sophistication and class to any space.
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Beautiful blooms from my backyard. I mixed purple and hot pink together.  It’s fashionable, chic and cheerful.
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a little vignette for love!
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the corner of our dining room.

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corner of the dining room

 

 

 

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Just in case you want to see how these spaces looked before,  here is the post for our Christmas decoration.

 

Happy Wednesday

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From Victoria Secret Fashion Runway to Hallway—In Love with Chinoiserie

Victoria’s Secret fashion Show, Paris,  was broadcasted on Dec. 6th.  There were six themes for the show: Road Ahead, Mountain Romance, Pink Nation, Secret Angel, Dark Angel and Bright Night Angel. With performances by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mar.  For Road Ahead part, it was mainly about Chinese influence—Chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie , (derived from the French word Chinois, meaning “Chinese”) is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and musical performances. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and East Asia. As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure, while chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought to be “Chinese.”—Wikipedia.

 

We usually do the pairing From Runway to Hallway after major fashion shows.  Here  are our pairings for Road Ahead part(Chinoiserie)

  1. Dragon— Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.

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Dragon application in the interiors will bring your positive energy.

2. Phoenix–In ancient and modern Chinese culture, they can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons. This is because the Chinese considered the dragon and phoenix symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife, another common yang and yin metaphor.Victorias_Secret_011216_01-840x560.jpg

 

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2. Red—Red is considered the luckiest color in China, and it is widely used during festivals and important events.  It also symbolizes happiness and joy.

 

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Fashion Icon Diana Vreeland’s apartment

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Coco Chanel Paris Apartment

 

 

3. Blue—Blue represents the Wood element and also symbolizes spring, immortality and advancement.

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Valentino’S apartment

 

4. Green— stands for wealth, harmony, growth;

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Ann Getty’s house, the red-haired wife of Gordon Getty, fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty,designed by architect Willis Polk in 1906 

4. Pink—a shade of Red in Chinese.

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5. Purple—it stands for divinity and immortality.

6. Yellow—Yellow was the emperor’s colour in Imperial China and is held as the symbolic color of the five legendary emperors of ancient China. Yellow often decorates royal palaces, altars and temples, and the color was used in the robes and attire of the emperors.

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Wouldn’t you fall in love with Chinoiserie after all of these beautiful fashion and interior pictures?  Hope  you feel inspired for your home projects

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Halloween House of KHK Designs–Part I

I am totally in love with Halloween.  The more I work on our Halloween House project, the more I feel Halloween is the coolest festival ever.  It is so much fun to play with the decors and have a lot of creative spirits from all sorts of skulls, pumpkin crafts to the horror scenes.  I literally can find my inspirations wherever I go.  Here is what I saw wen I stepped in Target last night:

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So adorable. These little painted pumpkins put a big smile on my face when I did my weekly heavy grocery shopping.

 

For the year of 2016, we took a romantic approach on creating our Halloween House of KHK Designs.  Yes, we believe Halloween can be a little bit scary, fun  yet elegant and sophisticated.  The idea sparked me when I visited gardens.  I usually only like to go to gardens in spring time. But my recent visits to gardens make me deeply fall in love the gardens in fall–colorful pumpkins and foliages, warm sunshine and fun festive spirit.

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I love to get lost in the field of pumpkins.

 

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Just open the cabinet of curosity
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Always love to work with flowers.

All right, should we start the tour of our Halloween House?

 

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Pop of orange on the upholstered chinossorie chair, pillow, roses and pumpkin creates immediate happy , festive and inviting vibes.  The little greeting ghost hanging on the gold umbrella stand is fun and playful.  Pairing orange with gold adds a sense of chic elegance for the house.

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I am  obsessed with layering pink in different textiles, pattens and shades, on pillows, ottomans and velvet pumpkins.   A group of hanging ghosts are my favorite in this room.  They are rather cute than scary.  The settee, skirted ottoman and Louis XVI chair make the room very lady-like and elegant.

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Flanked by two modernized English chairs in muted dusted pink shade fabric with the contrasting blue piping , a hand-made renaissance gilded cabinet with dark blue turtle wallpaper inside displays a  group of blue-and-whites, pumpkin crafts.  A group of chinoiserie pumpkin floral arrangement creates a beautiful focal point on a white lacquered table. I really like to use a little touch of gold everywhere.

I will post the rest of house tour soon.

Here are some of furniture we used for this project, most of them are custom-made.  Please contact us if you are interested in any of them:

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Happy Wednesday!

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