6.07.2010

more chinoiserie

I really apologize for making you look at more boring pictures of my dining room. I swear the changes I made look better in real life. We added bamboo blinds in here too, to combat the heat and damage done by the sun. Yesterday was in the high 90's and this room remained pretty cool.
I have had these candlesticks for some time. They really were not my style but I could not pass them up because they are very old and were only $10 for the pair. Now I'm thinking they have a Chinoiserie flair to them. If you click on the picture below, you can see that the leaves that hold the crystals drape in a pagoda style.


So all in all, it's more blue and white, bamboo blinds and some old candlesticks. Thanks for
continuing to indulge me and my venture into Chinoiserie.

36 comments:

  1. Dear Janet, your room looks lovely, so peaceful, I love your Chinoiserie style and I love all the little details, the candlesticks, the light fitting, the glass jars, the books, the hat! Are you sure you wouldn't like some Lego scattered on the floor though? I have plenty!Bx

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  2. Good Morning!
    I love the new changes...the small additions make the biggest impact. I think you have the style perfected. I could go on and on about everything I love about this room - it's the peacefulness of it that I like best and the mix of different styles. You have a very classic style and what I wouldn't do to have that cabinet!
    I love the view through the mirror of the other side of the room.
    Have a wonderful day...talk soon.
    Sarah

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  3. blighty - yes please send me some legos, i so miss those, wait a minute i think we still have about $10k worth in few rubbermaid bins.

    sarah - thanks, if you think it looks peaceful, well then maybe it is!

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  4. I absolutely love this room. You have done such a beautiful job. The candlesticks do work perfectly.

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  5. Look how neat and tidy it is in your dining room ! No dust bunnies or miscellaneous junk ( like mine ) lying about ! I have to get busy cleaning now , Gina

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  6. beth - i'm so flattered that you think so. thanks you very much.

    antique art garden - the fact that you cannot see any dust bunnies is a miracle, they are multiplying as i type.

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  7. Janet, It's a beautiful symphony of blue and white. And the candlesticks are a perfect touch.

    And the room stayed cool yesterday? The miracle of good styling!

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  8. Janet, there is nothing boring about this room! I adore your dining room and look toward it as the standard of how I want mine to be (especially in the new house). To me, it is perfection in decorating. The hutch and the umbrella stand are so cool. And, as Sarah said, I like the view in the mirror. Nicely done! Feel free to post some more. I, for one, would never tire of seeing it.
    xo,
    Anne

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  9. Your chinoiserie chic is very elegant and refined looking. Your room looks very cool even in the 90's...the bamboo blinds must be a great investment if they save the room from heat and damage.
    Your wicker table is wonderful and I love the slip covered chairs.
    The blue and white touches here and there are crisp too...I'd love to come by for a visit and a glass of lemonade!!

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  10. Hi Janet!
    The new changes look great! Really like the addition of the bamboo blinds in the room. I think blinds do a wonderful job of filtering out the hot sun and heat. I also really like the shells in your blue and white bowl- a lovely combination!
    joan

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  11. Hi Janet, I like alot...and by the way, everything looks better in real life...kelley

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  12. Janet,
    On the day you first posted about this, I had just gotten some new RL bedding for my guest bedroom that was blue and white. (He does some wonderful Chinoiserie patterns!) I've always loved those blue and white Chinese jars so it got me thinking. I wonder if I can make this room feel like one of those jars without there actually being any Chinoiserie in the room. It's a challenge.

    I like what you've done with the dining room. I think a little Asian goes a long way so I like that the candlesticks aren't so literal and I like that they bring in some green. And the RL book...how can you go wrong?

    steve

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  13. I really like the changes you've done to your dining room, so you can post more photos if you want. You did a great job!
    -marie

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  14. It's not boring at all-- it's charming. Good for you!

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  15. Never bored by your rooms, Janet! That table is gorgeous - why have I not noticed it before?

    xo
    Claudia

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  16. it is all so beautiful and attractive and soothing. Freezing here x

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  17. Gorgeous room! Your cottage is so charming...I have enjoyed my tour :o)
    ~Des

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  18. flwr jane & hostess - i cannot believe what a difference the blinds are making. why did i wait so long to do this?

    joan - i consider you the expert on blue and white and class. so if you like it then i'm satisfied.

    kelley - you haven't seen me in a bathing suit!

    steve - i can't wait to see your room. rl does blue so right.

    marie, scone and claudia - i figure if i'm bored looking at it everyone else must be too. thanks.

    ff - sorry you are freezing.

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  19. We never get tired of seeing your livig room----- But I want to see the chairs on both side of the cabinet and the table floating in the center painted black, and then this winter paint it back, white. I dare you.

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  20. omg kevin - paint that table! it's from the early 1900's and it has it's original paint. but i do love a dare...

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  21. Love love love both the blinds and the blue and white. (I love blue and white as much as you love black and white!) Also, your white walls set them off perfectly.

    By the way, have you ever considered becoming a photo stylist?

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  22. Forget the dare regarding the table, did not know it had the original paint. That would be a sin. Although, I'm still going to dare you on something, so watch out!

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  23. anon - no i have never considered becoming a photo stylist b/c i have no idea what i'm doing!

    kevin - i would love to get rid of the slipcovered chairs, what do you suggest? how do you think 2 ghost chairs would look?

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  24. Just found you....what a pretty blog. I have the same candlesticks.......only I spray painted mine a different color.

    Blessings,Jo

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  25. Love what you have cobbled together without having to buy new things! Dropped by yesterday to read a few posts of yours at the office but didn't log on to comment. I was not on a computer for 2 weeks - such a great break!!! But missed you....!

    I love the urn on the table!
    xo Terri

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  26. Love everything that you have done...Chinoiserie looks amazing in your cottage and I adore the candle sticks.

    ~jermaine~

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  27. Wow high 90's - very hot there Janet! But your room looks gorgeous and cool and calm - love the Chinoiserie touches - often the smallest things make the biggest difference...x

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  28. your dining room looks SUPER cool! have a great day..verbena cottage

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  29. I just found your blog!! I would never call your dining room boring...i think it is just beautiful!!! Love the toile curtains.. i am a big fan of toile. I also like the bamboo!
    Pamela from French Buttons

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  30. I mean't to add the toile drapes from Tuesdays post...I've been visiting all of your blog! It's lovely...I'm a new follower!

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  31. I think it's gorgeous! I'm not sick of looking at all, I love it when bloggers post pics of their own homes!

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  32. Just read about the history of your home...love it! Your garden and yoga room is out of this world!

    Lovely job on the Dining Room!!

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  33. Such a pretty room, Janet! I really admire your ability to edit. (I seem to be destined to live surrounded by ALL my favorite things ALL of the time and am slowly embracing it) Loved the wall of art in your last post too. (sorry I'm so late to say so) Hope all is well with you and that you had a fab weekend!

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  34. Hi Janet,
    The foxglove seeds are dry and ready for harvesting --some of my plants this year were 5-6 feet tall!

    E-mail me your address and I'll send you some. Do you want any of that old fashioned money plant seeds too?

    Julie

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  35. DO YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON THE CANDLESTICKS?? i HAVE THE EXACT SET THAT MY DAD FOUND AT A GARAGE SALE YEARS AGO. SADLY, HE IS PASSED AWAY SO NATURALLY THE CANDLESTICKS ARE EVEN MORE PRECIOUS TO ME. MINE ACTUALLY ALSO HAD A CENTER BASE THAT PERHAPS HAD A BOWL THAT SAT ON IT?? DON'T KNOW... BUT AGAIN... I DO LOVE THEM!!! THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL HOME. TERRI

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  36. hi terri,

    i got mine at a garage sale also. i don't have any information on them at all. they don't have any markings. they are old and heavy and i'd love to sell them to anyone who would want them. do you know anyone?

    ~janet

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