|Photo Credit: Designers Call Lara Fishman A & V Pink and Red Chinoiserie Pillows|
Let’s say that you have already put away all your winter decor and brightened your living room with neutrals, greens and white. What else can you do to liven up your home for Spring? Spring is a great time to open your home to show hospitality. Why not host a ladies’ tea, baby shower or party for a bride-to-be?
|Photo Credit: Designers Call Lara Fishman A & V Purple and Green Chinoiserie Pillows|
|Photo Credit: Designers Call Lara Fishman A & V Pink and Magenta Chinoiserie Pillows|
I called up Lara Fishman of Designers Call last month, on March 21st, to ask for 3 of her best tips for DIYers. I knew to interview her because she chose to feature a red lacquer Chinese Chippendale arm chair on her Storm Interiors site. Disclosure: I have not been paid to endorse any company, brand, product or blog.
If you are in Los Angeles, visit the Getty Center Museum for French home decor ideas. I was such a fan that I saw the “Imagining the Orient” exhibit three times.
A visitor can see many European home accessories with an Asian flair on exhibit. This is called Chinoiserie. The French popularized blending European home decor with influences from Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Japan.
|Photo Credit: Designers Call Lara Fishman A & V Pomegranate Chinoiserie Pillows|
How can Chinoiserie interior design be interpreted for the apartment?
If you are looking for a small inexpensive change, choosing Chinoiserie for Spring may be a good way to go. For example, Lara Fishman recommends Chinoserie home decor accessories as opposed to Asian-inspired floral wallpaper for all walls. Think of decorative pillows, mirrors and wall art says Lara Fishman.
Where can we find inspiration for Chinoiserie for our home as DIYers?
Lara found lovely Chinoiserie plates while dining at a restaurant. She says that interior design follows fashion and florals are popular right now. We agree that Asian art features many floral designs. Cherry blossoms, peonies and orchids are just a few flowers to consider.
What other accessories can you use besides wall art?
Lara recommends seeking out reverse painting. As a child, living near Oakland Chinatown, I remember seeing pendants and miniature vases with nature scenes painted on the reverse of glass. Lotus flowers and nightingales appear in folktales and I think they create a cool, dreamy atmosphere.
What other design style used Chinoiserie?
|Photo Credit: Designers Call Lara Fishman A & V Blue Chinoiserie Pillows|
From my Smartygirl research, Victorians were fond of eclectic references to Asian design. In the Chinoiserie spirit, Victorians mixed Japanese art with Chinese embroidery and Vietnamese fabrics. Chinoiserie can also be found in Art Nouveau. Look for highly stylized flowers in assymmetrical wood carvings and stained glass panels. Even the Arts and Crafts movement, drew some inspiration from the sleek lines of Japanese design. Chinoiserie is obviously more like French home decor than Zen interiors based on contemporary perspectives.
Are we limited to fragile fabrics such as silk then?
Lara suggests a hardier material such as velvet and embellishments including sequins for Chinoiserie pillows.
The decorative pillows by A & V, that I used to illustrate Chinoiserie can be purchased through her.