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We’re a little over a month into 2013, but the year is only just beginning for our friends to the East, or more to the West for me here in Seattle.  February 10th marks the New Year, and more specifically the year of the snake.  I was inspired by a lot of things when conceiving this post, but it’s really just a great excuse to share my favorite Asian obsessions, from their amazing decorative arts and ceramics, hand-painted wallpaper, and gorgeous textiles.  China and Japan always find their way into fashion as well, with kimonos at Prada, and dragon heels at Pucci for spring 2013.  It’s easy to see why we love the East!  It’s also a bit older than us and more steeped in history…just a little!

a blue and white porcelain tulipiere

a blue and white porcelain tulipiere

The tulipiere may not necessarily originate from China, often made from Delft which is from the Netherlands, but they are commonly created with Asian designs in blue and white, and the flowers that were often found in them throughout Europe had been brought in from China, like tulips, crocus, and hyacinths.  I’ve always loved these, but they’re more on my mind at the moment.  How gorgeous is this arrangement by Carolyne Roehm?!

www.carolyneroehm.com

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

If I were to have a celebration of my own for the Chinese new year, it would ideally be in this high-gloss space by Jeffrey Bilhuber.  I believe 14 coats of lacquer were used to create what Bilhuber described as an ‘Orient Express’ kind of feel.  There are those tulips again, in beautiful crackled blue ceramics, with openings for the flowers much like a tulipiere.

www.bilhuber.com

Chinese porcelain

Chinese porcelain

I love a gourd shaped vase, and better yet a gourd shaped lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller.  This colorful and whimsical porcelain would be pretty with or without flowers.

Oscar de la Renta home

Oscar de la Renta home

I love Oscar de la Renta’s always pretty fashion, so I can’t resist his home offerings, like his tabletop collection here.

www.oscardelarenta.com

citrus with blue and white

citrus with blue and white

Blue and white porcelain is always a favorite of mine, and the freshness of citrus seems appropriate for the beginning of a new year.  This would be a simple and pretty way to decorate for the holiday.

www.marthastewart.com

a De Gournay-covered table

a De Gournay-covered table

Hand-painted Chinese papers depicting common scenes, birds, and flowers of the country are an obsession of mine.  Amazing on walls, of course, but covering a table is just as lovely, and maybe less of a commitment.  How chic would a small side or coffee table be covered in this?

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

A de Gournay-covered bedroom by Miles Redd gets more chinoiserie essence with a grand tented bed.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Miles Redd loves these wall coverings as much as I do!  This little hall with a sweet Giacometti-like chair looks even richer with a black glossy door and bamboo trim.

De Gournay wallpaper

De Gournay wallpaper

A montage of de Gournay covered rooms, with Miles Redd second from the left, and Jeffrey Bilhuber far right.  I love the fire-red lilies in small ceramic vases second from the right, perfect for the new year!

www.degournay.com

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

A collection of celadon vases sitting on shelves are right at home with a Venetian mirror, and Moroccan rug.  The dining table has been customized by Redd with a faux bone inlay.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

I’m crazy for all this color, the faux tortoise table, rock crystal lamp, turquoise ceramic dragons, and oh, everything else!

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

The living room of the previous house by Miles Redd.  The Moroccan rugs unite all the spaces, and act as a great neutral backdrop to all the rich color and furniture pieces.

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

One of the first things I thought of when I started thinking about the Chinese new year were chrysanthemums.  I had just seen this image of a space by Kelly Wearstler with a grouping of small chrysanthemum filled vases.  This space is so fantastically graphic!

dinnerware by Kelly Wearstler

dinnerware by Kelly Wearstler

This dinnerware by Kelly Wearstler would be lovely to set your New Year’s table with.

www.kellywearstler.com

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

How about a New Year’s dinner on these staggered brass tables in a dining room by Kelly Wearstler?

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

I’m insanely in love with this dining room by Kelly Wearstler near where I live here in Washington.  It doesn’t have as much of the Asian influence of her typical spaces, but the purple is what I really can’t resist, from the flowers, to the chairs, to the pair of Murano glass chandeliers.

Kelly Wearstler's former Beverly Hills home

Kelly Wearstler’s former Beverly Hills home

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler's former dining room

Kelly Wearstler’s former dining room

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler’s own (former) home in Beverly Hills was rich with Asian antiques, textiles, and furniture, all combined with Wearstler’s unique take on decorating, collecting, and color.

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Tiger-prints are also on my mind more than normal, from a more natural shade like the slipper chairs in the space by Miles Redd combined with chinoiserie walls, to the bright pink and lime green used by Kelly Wearstler and Jeffrey Bilhuber.

www.scalamandre.com For some of my favorite tiger-prints!

a bar at Miles Redd's

a bar at Miles Redd’s

A bar at Miles Redd’s own home is ready for the new year, or any celebration!  I love the pink walls, that marble-topped carved console/bar, and the bit of white porcelain in the form of a large ginger jar and garden stool, the latter being something rarely missing from any Redd interior.

Miles Redd in his chinoiserie bedroom

Miles Redd in his chinoiserie bedroom

Miles at home (in a tux, of course) in his mirror covered bed with a definite nod to the East, with other details like the elaborate window valances and a gourd vase on the wall.  I should also note in reference to the Oscar de la Renta tabletop collection I mentioned previously, Miles Redd is the Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta’s home collection.  How idiosyncratic!

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Various Asian antiques find a home with European furniture and modern art in this large living room by Miles Redd.

www.milesredd.com

Ileana Makri blue diamond and ruby earrings

Ileana Makri blue diamond and ruby earrings

The perfect thing to wear for the new year!

www.barneys.com

Emilio Pucci bag

Emilio Pucci bag

It may be the year of the snake, but I couldn’t resist this carved dragon bag from Pucci’s spring collection.

www.emiliopucci.com

Lanvin necklace

Lanvin necklace

Lanvin always has such amazing jewelry, with snakes often being used.  The signature house grosgrain ribbon intertwines with chain and connects to a turquoise encrusted serpent.

www.lanvin.com

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