Things We Love—3 Easy Ways to Beautify Your Home with High Style

In case you ,just like us, feel Monday Blue after a long holiday weekend and need a little inspiration to keep a new fresh week going. We get you. From one-of-a-kind entertaining essential, authentic Turkish rugs, French antique linens, to bespoke wooden furniture, vintage art work, mid-century furniture, cozy hand-made pillows, we are kicking off our new blog series about things we love and inspire us. Because it is summer time and most likely we will continue to spend more time at home. So why not make our home one of our summer vocation retreats. Today we will talk about 3 easy ways to beautify our home with high designer style. Read on to find how and see if these ideas can help you to craft your beautiful summer home projects.

  1. Moroccan Hand-made Rugs

They are chic, fashion-forward and super comfy to step on. Well, Moroccan hand-made rugs have made their waves in the recent years and they are properly one of the easiest way to elevate your interiors with a touch of millennium freshness and sophistication thanks to their hand-made details, creative patterns and intricate design.

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35 Chic Ideas for 4th of July Tablescape

4th of July 2020 celebration officially starts now . Enjoy and get inspired by these 35 chic tablescape when you are preparing your own over this weekend. We have cakes and cocktails taken care of at the end of the post. So grab your keto cookies, Kabocha tea, coffee, wine or sparkling water , sit back and enjoy!

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25 Our Favorite Red, Blue and White Rooms for 4th of July Celebration

TGIF! We have been talking about the patriotic colors of red, blue and white for the whole week and if you haven’t read them, please click here for red, click here for blue and click here for white. Today we are going to share 25 our favorite red, blue and white rooms just to boost the 4th of July holiday spirit. Read on to see if you are inspired use these three color combos for your next home makeover project.

Blue is on the opposite of red on the color wheel and they complement each other while white is just such a universal color and good for every color palette. It really depends on your style and the mood you would love to create for a certain space to decide different shades and portions of each of them.

A touch of red in an all blue room to create a cool resort feel.

A touch of different shades of red on fresh roses enliven this cream and blue transitional dining room. There is always a romantic vibe between blue-and-white chinoiserie and roses.
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Celebrate White at Home

We have talked about blue and red, today we are going to talk about patriotic color white.

White is the lightest color and is achromatic (having no hue). It is the color of fresh snow, chalk and milk, and is the opposite of black. White objects fully reflect and scatter all the visible wavelengths of light. One of the biggest trends in 2020 is Off-White Color collections from different paint brands. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, Off-White collections often offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.

All White Kitchens

All white kitchen style has dominated the market for years and still stays strong with more evolving elements.

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Celebrate Color of Red at Home

We celebrate patriotic colors of blue, red and white at home this week. We talked about blue yesterday. If you haven’t read it, you can click here to learn more . So, today we are going to talk about color of red at home. Red is one of our favorite colors—it can be romantic, feminine, warm, energetic, cheerful, happy, fashion-forward. When used in kitchens and dining rooms, color of red can sure enhance our asperities. Red has the longest wavelength of any color. It’s the first color babies can see and it’s the very first color to vanish as the sun sets.

Alessandra Branca is one of our favorite designers who master using color of red in their work. We love her classical and whimsical way to decorate her clients’ home with color of red. Read on to take some inspiration from her gorgeous projects.

  1. Red textured wall-covering often gives a room a sumptuous and sophisticated classical vibe.
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Celebrate Color Of Blue at Home

This is the week we celebrate patriotic colors of red, blue and white at home. Today we are going to focus on blue. Blue is probably the most favorite color by people globally. There’s a reason we think of blue as relaxing: it actually tends to lower our heart rates, blood pressure, and even our body temperature. Studies of memory have demonstrated that memory is enhanced by blue light and blue light can even kill some bacteria. Blue often represents :trustworthy, dependable, tranquil,peaceful, calming. Here are 3 of our favorite blue paint colors this year:

  1. Sherwin-Williams color of the year 2020 —Naval (SW6244)

Naval is a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. And it is bold and fresh at the same time.

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Great Outdoor Living II—-Lu Lu Powers’ Charming Outdoor Kitchen

Two years ago, Quintessence visited Lulu Power’s home in Los Angeles. The house is full of color, pattern, books, greenery and fresh flowers. And we totally fell in love with her outdoor bar—small, neat, layered with full of charm. If you haven’t heard about Lulu Power, here is a little info about her on her instagram: The Entertainologist. Cooker,Creator,Cocktail maker. Food Editor for House Beautiful. She is a well-known entertainer and we were very lucky to go to many events entertained by her before COVID-19. With approaching of 4th of July, we probably will have to stay at home again and spend quite some in our backyard for celebration. So we all need some inspiration to make sure we will have some fun time. We kicked off our great out series last Friday. If you haven’t read it, you can click here to learn more. Today is our series 2. And yes we will talk about Lulu’s outdoor bar by sharing Quintessence’s youtube video below. Before we share the video, here are several things we think that really make her outdoor bar so cool:

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A Historic Palm Beach Villa with a Modern Twist

The first impression when we came across this 1920 estate in Palm Beach is that we really love its classical details in both its architecture structure and interior furnishings yet the house is quite clean and modern at the same time. Here are our favorite highlights for this home.

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Greater Outdoor Living I–Friday Vibes

Think about your 4th July celebration? We know that we will continue to stay at home and enjoy our backyard life besides earlier morning hiking. Just in case you have a similar plan, we will kick off our 4th July outdoor series from today. Why not? It’s summer time. New design styles and ideas for outdoor living is blooming like no time particularly under the current pandemic crisis. Read on for our thoughts on sprucing up your outdoor living game.

  1. Chicken coops are a thing now.
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Beauty of Timeless Chinoiserie

We were on Timothy Corrigan and Fromental Design IG Live this morning for their talking about Tomothy’s new collection —Les Folies.

“Spring Fever Exquisite botanical illustrations by 16th century Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel inspire the playful and decorative motif of Spring Fever. The interpretation of Hoefnagel’s drawings provide the foundation for the repeated design, which transforms the wallcovering from a delicate pattern to a powerful visual experience.” Timothy said that his Spring Fever collection has spirit of chinoiserie. We couldn’t agree with him more.

The beautiful China Porcelain vintage blue, the graceful and intricate details of hand-painted botanical blooms and butterflies are rather fascinating. The term chinoiserie, which comes from the French word chinois, or “Chinese,” denotes that chinoiserie did not, in fact, come directly from Asia but is instead a European interpretation of Asian culture and decorative arts. The style originated in the 17th century, in tandem with Europe’s flourishing trade with China and other countries of 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.

From traditional to modern, chinoiserie goes well with every look and adds a sense of timelessness and sophistication to any space.

We love how this classical chinoiserie wallpaper nicely contrasts with modern furnishings in the house.

We love the more modern approach for Chinoisseire wallpaper design in the past several years. It feels so fresh and chic in terms of color, scale and motif applications.

The Major Motifs in chinoserie include Foo dogs, pagodas, nature scenes and dragon.

Foo Dog: These date back thousands of years to Imperial China. And despite their name, foo dogs are actually lions, made to stand guard outside palaces and temples. Foo dogs typically come in pairs—one male and one female—to represent the balance of yin and yang.

Pagodas:While an integral part of East Asian architecture, pagodas actually originated as sacred sites in India. The spread of Buddhism brought them to China, where they were assimilated into the regional style.

Nature scenes: As wallpapers became popular in European homes, the upper class turned to chinoiserie designs, many of which were handmade and often very costly. Lighthearted nature scenes were all the rage, including lush garden vignettes and sprawling floral motifs. 

Dragons: Symbolizing strength and good luck, dragons hold a prominent place in Chinese mythology and folklore. Historical emperors favored dragon motifs in clothing and interiors; today, they surface on all manner of ceramics, silk screens, and works of art.

Ready to add a touch of chinoserie chic at your home for this summer? Shop chinosserie furnishings and objects We handpicked for you(click each image for details):