Monday, February 25, 2013

Chinoiserie Chic in Florida: The Dining Room

Beth from Chinoiserie Chic is back in Florida, guest posting for The Glam Pad!  Over the past few weeks, we have been writing about a home that is available for sale here in the Chinese Village of Coral Gables, Florida. While my husband and I are in the midst of renovating our recently purchased Coral Gables home, I still enjoy keeping an eye on new MLS listings in “The City Beautiful,” such as this 1925 Chinese home with amazing bones, but in need of a face lift. Enter Beth from Chinoiserie Chic! Each week, Beth will take a different room in the house and provide an inspiration board as part of a virtual renovation. Last week, she shared her vision for the entryway, and today... the dining room!

As always, Beth never ceases to amaze me. Today's inspiration board is exquisite and in keeping with the spirit of the home. I am also partial to hand painted blue Chinoiserie wallpaper, which I recently wrote about here. Good fortune surely awaits the new owner of this home…starting with Beth’s Chinoiserie Chic inspiration boards!

If you only use Chinoiserie wallpaper in one room of your house, make it the dining room. Nothing is prettier. I have chosen a vivid blue hand painted silk wallpaper by Griffin & Wong called Song Sassoon. I have gotten rid of the tile in the dining room, bringing in the black ebony hardwood floors that I used in the entryway and hall. I  have chosen a large sisal rug trimmed in black. The shelves will hold a collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain.

The table is mahogany and brass by Michael Taylor for Baker's Far East Collection circa 1959. It extends to ten feet for dinner parties. The eight chairs are Frances Elkins loop chairs painted blue with blue leather cushions. A red Chinoiserie secretary picks up the red in the dining room's original red fretwork doors. The drawers of the secretary can hold linens and silverware and the fold down desk is a perfect spot for a light meal for one or two people. The dramatic crystal chandelier is antique, replacing the ceiling fan.

Next up will be the kitchen.

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  1. Oh my gosh! Love, love, love. Beth does such a great job.

  2. Boy would I love to see that room come to life! Stunning....

  3. Im so in love with chinoiserie ♥


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