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):

9 Benefits of Acrylic Furnishings

One of the trends in home furnishing industry in 2020 has continued going strong is acrylic furnishings. They are just like glass, crystal clear, light and airy, injecting a very chic, versatility vibes to any room without adding too much visual weight. If you are looking forward to update your home this summer in a clean, modern and glamorous fashion, do consider acrylic furnishings–it can be a bench next to your king bed, a coffee table in your living room, a desk or chair in your study, a chandelier or a tray, etc… We feel excited every time when we incorporate acrylic pieces to our design projects.

So what exactly is acrylic material? Acrylic material is often referred to as Acrylic glass but it does not contain silicates like more common glass products. Acrylic is a chemical polymer and we often refer to it by the brand names: Lucite ( DuPont ) and Plexiglas (Rohm and Haas). The more clear and polished they look, the better quality they are. Polishing is the key process which enhances clarity and luster. Most large pieces and structural furniture components will be polished on a wheel by hand while smaller items may be flame polished. Now you know that hand-polishing always has the finest result. The material was developed in 1928 in several different laboratories by many chemists, such as William Chalmers, Otto Röhm, and Walter Bauer, and was first brought to market in 1933 by German Röhm & Haas AG (as of January 2019 part of Evonik Industries) and its partner and former U.S. affiliate Rohm and Haas Company under the trademark Plexiglas. The earlier application of acrylic material was in aviation. The acrylic bubble canopy was used on aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Westland Whirlwind, which gave better all-round visibility and reduced weight. We now know how durable acrylic material is!

 There are 9 benefits of acrylic furnishings:

  1. Acrylic has been classified as non-hazardous under OSHA regulations since it doesn’t outgas or release toxins when used as directed:—-Don’t expose to flame and don’t expos to acids.
  2. It is very durable and has much higher impact strength than glass. Under high impact, it will not shatter and if it does break, it fractures into large, dull-edged pieces .
  3. Acrylic can be used over a broad temperature range and has superior weather resistance compared to glass and other forms of plastic.
  4. Acrylic can be formed in a number of ways and create all shapes of beautiful design.
  5. Acrylic is lightweight and approximately half of the weight of glass.
  6. Acrylic takes little or no visual weight of any spaces.
  7. Acrylic furnishings will help update your home with a modern and sleek look.
  8. Acrylic furnishings will not inhibit lighting and this allows more daylight in the home and help promote wellness at home.
  9. Acrylic will help showcase other design elements in the space such as pops of color, patterns, textures.

Care of  Acrylic Furnishings?

Direct sunlight in a climate controlled environment will not discolor high quality acrylic. But it is always recommended to consult manufacturers recommendations for performance.

Cleaning

—Carefully dust surface with a fine duster

—-Use a clean soft cloth dampened with water

—Do not use the same cloth for other surfaces

—Avoid glass cleaners and solvents. Use ammonia free cleaner all the time.

Scratch prevention and restoration

—-Use anti-scratch pads on objects placed directly on acrylic surface.

— Novus 1/2/3 is highly effect product to get rid of scratches.

Shop Quality Acrylic Furnishings We Handpicked for You(Click Each Image for Details)

Pops of Color in Your Kitchen Appliances

One of the secrets to make a happy kitchen besides natural light is to bring pops of color to kitchen.  When designing a kitchen or contemplating a color palette, most people’s first thoughts go to the cabinets, countertops and backsplashes. And not without good reason, as these elements can dominate the space and will likely stay in it for many years.

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We love this blush, green and brass combo.

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Hiking In Nature

The weekend hiking is always such a get-away for us particularly  after we had hiked and camped so long  in our backyard during this pandemic crisis. Well, it is also good to see people start to appreciate more nature and really focus on their well being. We have never seen the trails are packed with so many crowds before by the beaches, in the mountains and deep in the forests and parks.  We human beings always feel good when we are close to nature.  And we often find stunning colors and scenery that make us super excited when we explore nature.

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House Tour–A Newport Beach Abode With A Modern Farmhouse Look

At the beginning of this year, we wrote an article about the trends in 2020 and modern farm house style is one of them.  You can click here to read this article.  Today, we will take you to a Newport Beach house with full of  design  features for a dreamy modern farm house.

The Front of the House

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9 Tips to Clean Brass

Brass is here to stay regardless how quite a few  influencers or bloggers said it is going to tone down for the home furnishing market in the year of 2020. First of all, not all brass products create equal. Second of all, brass is here to stay after we went to visited Las Vegas Market earlier this year and were invited over to many many trend reports for the past  5 months. Third, just as the design has been always evolving, this is the same for  brass decor objects. We have been seeing a lot of brass applications in  modern design in lighting fixtures, furniture, decorative plumbings, tiles, tabletops. Also,  brass can be a very timeless decor piece and it all depends on how you pair them with other materials and objects.  We love to use brass for our design projects since it always adds a touch of luxury to any space.
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The Magical Power of Textiles at Home

What makes a house home often is the coziness and warmth that we are feeling. Mid-century modern and stark minimalism have dominated our home furnishing market for a long, long time. When we pay attention to the details of these styles, the interiors usually ,from floor to ceiling, to walls ,  most of furniture are often hard-surfaced. They inevitably give us a very cold feeling. All of the hard-surface can hardly absorb the sounds. But textiles just do the opposite. So if we would like to create a soothing and quiet home, make sure you use different textile applications for our home. Today, we are going to talk about  7 benefits of using textiles at home.

1. They bring in fresh colors, textures and patterns. By doing so, they give depth, dimension and interest to any space. They simply make us feel excited.

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Global Home Tour IV—Frédéric Fekkai’s Gorgeous Vacation Home in the South of France

Today, we will continue our Global Home series. You can click here for Part I, click here for Part IIand here for Part III. 

 

May and June are the time for lavender blooming.  So today’s global home tour will be a romantic vacation home surrounded with beautiful lavenders in South France.

We don’t know about you. But we know this will be a perfect place for us to get away for the summer. Who wouldn’t want to do that in South France?

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4 Ideas of Mother’s Day Tablescape

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. And if you are busy with Zoom conferences just like us, we have some fresh ideas for your Mother’s Day tables capes since we are all about to celebrate every special moment to stay cheerful. Plus, our quantize life is about to end. So just relax and read on.

Classic Blue and White:

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Quarantine Lifestyle—Backyard BBQ &Cocktails

In case you haven’t read the news, here is California’s list of approved outdoor activities during the stay-at-home order:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton (singles)
  • Throwing a baseball/softball
  • BMX biking
  • Canoeing (singles)
  • Crabbing
  • Cycling
  • Exploring rock pools
  • Gardening (not in groups)
  • Golf (singles, walking – no cart)
  • Hiking (trails/ paths allowing distancing)
  • Horse riding (singles)
  • Jogging and running
  • Kite Boarding and Kitesurfing
  • Meditation
  • Outdoor photography
  • Picnics (with your stay-home household members only)
  • Quad biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller skating and roller blading
  • Rowing (singles)
  • Scootering (not in groups)
  • Skateboarding (not in groups)
  • Soft martial arts – Tai Chi, Chi Kung (not in groups)
  • Table tennis (singles)
  • Throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball (not in groups)
  • Trail running
  • Trampolining
  • Tree climbing
  • Volleyball (singles)
  • Walk the dog
  • Wash the car
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset
  • Yoga

And we have happily done some of them in our backyard from the very begining: gardening, meditation, excise, walk, outdoor photography, tree climbing, BBQ, picnic:

Shop the Life Style:

Weber 14501001 Master-Touch Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black

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BEAU JARDIN Premium 18 Inch Charcoal Grill for Outdoor Camping Heavy Duty 34 Inch High Round Charcoal Barbecue Grill with Thickened Grilling Bowl for Picnic Small BBQ Kettle Patio with Durable Wheels

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Wedgwood Intaglio 10-3/4-Inch Dinner Plate

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Wedgwood 40023857 Gio 16-Piece Set, White

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Renaissance Gold Dinner Plate 10.75”

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Wedgwood Wild Strawberry 8-Inch Salad Plate

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Wedgwood Arris Dinner Plate, 11″

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WEDGWOOD WHITEWARE INTAGLIO: SALAD PLATE 8″

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Wedgwood Nantucket Basket 260th Anniversary 26-Piece Dinnerware Set

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Wedgwood 5C10210222 5 Piece Place Setting, Renaissance Gold

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Wedgwood 40030418 4 Piece Place Setting, Wild Strawberry White

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Wedgwood Harlequin Butterfly Bloom Plates, 8.25-Inch, Set of 4

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Wedgwood 40003902 5-Piece Hibiscus Place Setting Set

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Jasper Conran by Wedgwood White Bone China Dinner Plate Swirl 11″

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Vera Wang Wedgwood Blanc Sur Blanc Accent Plate

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Wedgwood 5C10127730 Vera Wang Gilded Weave 5-Piece Place Setting

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Wedgwood Vera Simplicity Ombre Round Plate, 9″, White

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WEDGWOOD FINE BONE CHINA ENGLISH LACE: ACCENT SALAD PLATE 9″

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Wedgwood Cuckoo Cake Stand 2 Tier, Multi

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Wedgwood 40016026 Vera Color White, 16 piece set

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Happy Saturday

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