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Sorry for the lonnnngggg delay!! The holidays were so busy with get togethers!

But I did manage to sneak in few little decor related adventures.

I have been on the hunt for a chandelier for the office, but I am still out of luck.

But atleast I came across this previously dusty looking number at a local shop. I walked past it a few times, despite the $6 price tag. I was trying to figure out how it would look with a shade, since it didn’t have one at the time.

Then the lightbulb went off in my head and I realised it looked pretty chinoiserie to me and would benefit from a black pagoda style shade.

I like the way it looks in my office.

And it reminded me how much I love the chinoiserie look!

Pieces

Now if only I could find a chandy like this to complete the office look, I would be in heaven!

Pieces

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Just a little update on the whole Chinoiserie look I was talking about yesterday.

I happened to visit Gorgeous Shiny Things today and I nearly fainted when I saw this FANTABULOUS pagoda O’verlay!

Gorgeous Shiny Things

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Do some things make you go yuck and others make you go oh wow! Most of the time I can’t really explain why I am drawn to a particular clothing stlyle, work of art or a design style. I just know that it simply works for me.

One of those things that I’m always drawn to is Chinese Chippendale. No I’ve never been to China, but something about this furniture style calls to me.

It so easily fits into the whole Hollywood glam look that I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Here’s a little nerdy background info for you about the Chinese Chippendale look. It was created by English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale. This furniture craze started off in the mid 18th century and uses the architectural detail from Asian temples, palaces and pavilions. Think faux bamboo, latticework and pagodas.

Today you can find it on pretty much anything from mirrors and wallpaper to tables and chairs.

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The whole reason I was reminded how much I am obsessed with this look, is because yesterday during a trip to my favourite resale shop, I saw something fairly close to this dining set. Of course it wasn’t a bright red, but instead just brown. But I started daydreaming about what kinds of colours would give it a new jolt of life.

Ohh and I just discovered another FABULOSO overlay on Gorgeous Shiny Things.

Gorgeous Shiny Things

Right now I am staying away from spray painting since I don’t want to inhale any fumes that would hurt the little peanut, but once he or she arrives, I’ll be getting my hands on this pagoda overlay and getting this sucker onto a blah piece of furniture.

I’m also on the hunt for two faux bamboo nightstands that I can butt together and put a mirrored piece of glass on top to make it look like one long dresser for the office to store all the bills and other ugly fugly stuff.

I’m hoping I’ll luck out on Craigs or at Goodwill.

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Foo Foo

I don’t know when, and I don’t know how, but I am seriously in LOVE with foo dogs.

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I kept running into various shades of these little guys everywhere I went, but to my disappointment I never bought any. Now that I want to get my hands on some, I can’t seem to find them.

No offense to the pet lovers out there, but I’m not even a dog person.

Still there’s something about these Chinoiserie beauties that brings in a touch of the ancient and exotic.

Can you spy them in this gorgeous room?

And they come in all kinds of shades.

They look right at home on bookshelves, guarding your precious treasures.

The pop of the turquoise against the black is A-MA-ZING!! I am soooo tempted to paint a wall black now. After I find a foo dog that is.

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A Touch of Exotic

Weekends always go by so fast don’t they?

Today I”m focusing on my accent wall and trying to figure out what pattern to go with for the stencil.

I want the room to have an exotic flair.

The Foundary

The Foundary

I am seriously drooling over this office. I would be sooooo happy if I ever came across a Chinoiserie armoire like that.

Desire to Inspire

Ohhhh just looking at that picture is making me want to scour Craigs and the resale shops!!

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Big and Bold

I am almost ready for my big moroccan motif wall reveal! It has taken a while to complete because well I am a busy woman. 😛

But in the meantime I thought I’d share this blog find.

Gorgeous Shiny Things took painting a wall to a whole new level with this gutsy project. And it turned out incredible!

No this is not wallpaper, she DREW this Chiang Mai with a grid. Talk about talent!

Gorgeous Shiny Things

I”m not sure I am as brave to try this out, but it’s fun to look at right?

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Frame it

I am in love with the idea of framing wallpaper. It’s an easy way to make instant art.

But wallcoverings are worth a pretty penny.

So today I decided to look for a more affordable way to add some colour to my rooms. Paper Source has a wide array of gorgeous paper that I would love to get into my soon-to-be transformed office!

Once I narrow in on a paint colour, I’ll be snapping up some of these fabulous prints. Beauty like this does not deserve to be hidden in a stored away scrapbook.

And the best part is that 10% of the sales of these Japanese decorative papers will go to Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.

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Paper Source

 

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Paper Source

 

Paper Source

Aren’t they just gorgeous?

Tomorrow I”ll show you which papers reminded me of a very special day in my life.

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