Add a Little Pagoda to Your Life!

I've loved all things Chinoiserie well before everybody else jumped on the bandwagon.

Anything with bamboo (or faux bamboo) design elements, Chinese Chippendale fretwork designs, and especially pagodas make me a little weak in the knees.

Last year, I redecorated our small den in a big way. I found whimsical toile wallpaper, at Ricciardi Paint in Morristown, with an Asian-inspired design loaded with (of course) pagodas. After I hung the first run, my husband thought I was out of my mind. But once I finished the room in the exuberant chocolate-and-vanilla design, he was crazy about it. Just this morning, I noticed that Ballard Design is now selling exactly the same wallcovering in a bunch of colorways for $79 for a double roll. (That made me smile because it validated my unconventional choice…must alert my hubby immediately.)

What a nice convenience to be able to order this wallpaper directly from ballarddesign.com. In fact, if you like to use Chinoiserie elements in your interior design, here are a few other fun finds, all available online from my favorite retailers…

Our friends at wisteria.com are fans of the Far-East look, too. I adore this Pagoda mirror that comes in blue, white and black and sells for $799. It’s perfect for just about any space and would be especially dramatic in a foyer or powder room.

Ballard Design is right on trend with the Macau armchair in black, red and white for $279 each. This lovely rattan/mahogany piece makes a fine desk chair, or splurge and buy a whole set for your dining room table. Cushion is included.

And frontgate.com has added all kinds of Asian-inspired decorative accessories to their summer catalog. One of the sweetest pieces is this pagoda lantern in blue, black and white for $99.50 and $129.50. I recommend snagging two in the taller size to make a dramatic statement on your indoor or outdoor dining table.

Once you begin collecting Chinoiserie pieces like these, you’ll get hooked like I am. That’s why my basement is quickly filling up with estate sale finds just begging to be refinished in a high-gloss finish and added to my funky home.

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