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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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):

5 Ways to Create a Peaceful Space with Wicker Furnishings

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We all have that moment at some point or another—stressed, anxious and overwhelming. When do you do when you are stressed?  Take a long walk by the beach, in the mountain or woods?  When  I am stressed, I often start doing house cleaning and  try to look for or create peace in my environment. This morning, I found this IG post by @yoyokulala
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I feel this photo really makes a point—Destination: the couch. At current post-Covid19 period, we probably still cannot travel like before.   But there is a possibility that  we can create that type of global traveling experience right at home—the natural wicker global-influenced sofa, the wicker curtain in the background, the wicker wall decor objects, wicker Fendi handbag and that beautiful and relaxing small-floral pattern printed long dress all create such a perfect resort get-away scene.  I wouldn’t mind spending my summer time here just chilling out.   What about you?

 

Nature organic wicker  furnishings are in  trend now.  They satisfy human being’s need to close to  nature.  Yes, we, human being, feel good when we are in nature.  Just think about how soft morning glows put a big smile on your face!  That is all biophilic designabout.

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Project of the Day—Large-Format Tile Applications in Our Project

Many years ago, we already started to use large-format tiles from Italy since their designs are always stunning and fashion-forward with elegance.

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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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Art for Home

There is a magical about art at home. It brings the unique meaning and energy to a room. It enlivens any space. And it can trigger a conversation.  Although art often is about a personal taste, sometime, we choose one for our clients thanks to their trust and confidence on us.  If so, we would love to consider the color scheme, scale and theme to either elegantly blend in the room, or create a nice contrast and some surprises. The purpose is always to please the eye, bring pleasure to the heart, encourage a conversation or deep thinking, inspire imagination or inject a fresh energy to the space. Or it can be something that is very special to our clients.  Believe it or not, sometimes, we just want to relax a little bit. There is no particular reason to choose this art over others. Maybe it’s the love at the first sight. That might be the magical of the art.

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7 Ways to Design Wellness at Home I

With most of us staying at home over 7 weeks, we more and more realize how important our home is to us, specially a healthy home. By this coming Friday, some businesses in California will be re-open. But we know it will take a while to go back the normal. And  one of the facts of the new normal is that we will  still have to  spend more time at home. That being said, it may be a good idea to think a little bit deeper on how to create a home environment that makes us feel relaxing, soothing, comfortable and healthy.  Rooms that inspire wellness create more comfortable and livable space for our daily routines.  So, a  healthy home is the foundation for a healthy life.

From today, we are going to talk 7ways to design wellness at home

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Home

In the United States,   is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. We usually have some big celebrations across Los Angeles from food, music to all sorts of drinks. However, because of current stay-at-home order, we will have to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home but in style.

If you are reading my blog now, @Dnice is  hosting a house party on his Instagram live and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

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It’s All in Details

One of fun things for us to do an interior design project is to customize a piece of furniture that not only fits into client’s space, satisfies client’s needs, but also brings in intricate sophistication by focusing on details. Yes, small details truly matter and they are the final touches to create a dream home with sophisticated interiors you have being desired for many years. Those details can be if your LED chandelier is warm-dimmable, or your home office chair gives your options to recline with comfort, or the sizes of your sofa is long enough and deep enough for you and your family chill out on it or the structure and cushion of the sofa support ultimate comfort  and durability.

Here is an example how we focus on the details of a  lounge chair we customized for the client for her home office. The client wanted a super stylish chair she was able to seat on and relax during her stay there. And the challenge is that only space  that is available is a small corner   and the office door is  pretty narrow for any large scale of furniture to get in.   In order to satisfy client’s needs, we decided to do our own design from scratch and customized the pieces locally. There are a lot of behind-of-door work and one thing I can share here is all of the trims and piping we used on the chair, ottoman and pillow to delivery that glamorous designer-look.

 

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Our Quarantine Life on Saturdays

One of the things we are trying to do now is to find a little bit joy in every special moment. Here are things we are doing today from our morning workout, backyard garden, flower tea making, home-made cocktails, shabushabu and etc… . And this is live blog. So  please come back for update.

 

Morning Workout

It is truly a time for us to double down our wellness to boost our immunity, metal health and fitness. And we feel it is also important to have a routine workout despite all of public gyms are closed.

 

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