Nantucket Chinoiserie Chic

Alright, how much full disclosure do I want to give you about my friend, Beth? She is probably one of the most personally private bloggers around. I have been teasing her all week that this is going to be the Chinoiserie Chic Roast. She didn't flinch one inch on my empty threat.  

Our unlikely friendship started over a guest post that I did on her blog. That should have been the death of it. I was new to guest posting, and sent the entire thing over in Word. You can't access pictures in Word, and she could not upload them. I remember her words clearly, "this has never happened to me before". To make matters worse, I was already in Florida on winter break with my family and had no way of resending any of it. So while she painstakingly figured out image by image what to do....I was sitting by the pool. Miraculously, we bonded over it....after some time went by.

Fast forward, and we have become quite chatty with each other. This may surprise you because she does not openly comment on my blog, but I kid you not, she lets me know exactly what she thinks of my posts via email. In fact, I can't begin to tell you the amount of banter we have shared over this particular post. She may even discover that some of the images have been photoshopped. Of course I give her an equal amount of unsolicited advice back. I think she is learning.

We are like two teenage girls sharing the same cabin at camp. Cracking each other up, sending emails with links....no words necessary, and exchanging ideas. Just yesterday, I gave her a dare....and from what I can tell, she has not done it yet. If it were not for blogging, there is no other way we would have met. I could not get into any of the Colleges she attended. She masters the English Language, and I butcher it. The most common bond that we share is the fact that we are both mother's of daughter's whom we hope will out shine us in every possible way. 

Although she has been blogging about Chinoiserie for years, the fact that the masses are now rediscovering it has me predicting that 2013 will be her most successful year. I better keep giving her advice. Beth has a heart of gold, and like gold....it just takes some digging to find it :-). 

If I know her, she will not be writing her post link over until after she is able to read mine, and then she will have her full rebuttal or plausible deniability....always the former Lawyer. 


Here is Nantucket Chinoiserie done by Beth from Chinoiserie Chic.



When I think of a home in Nantucket that would include elements of Chinoiserie, I see a palette of navy blue and white with pops of coral. I would incorporate lots of stripes for a nautical feel and because I love combining stripes and Chinoiserie. Blue and white Chinese porcelain, sisal rugs, and Chinese Chippendale designs would all be musts.

The Entryway - Jamie Meares

The Entrance Hall - Carolyne Roehm

The Stairs - House Beautiful

The Living Room - Ralph Lauren

The Dining Room - Coastal Living

The Dining Room - Michael S. Smith

The Bedroom - Kim Alexandriuk

The Bedroom - Ralph Lauren

The Bedroom - Ralph Lauren

The Child's Bedroom - Alessandra Branca

The Powder Room - Jennifer Dengel

The Bathroom - Coastal Living

The Porch - Carolyne Roehm

Thanks, Girlfriend....I'm still waiting on that dare.

You can see all of my Nantucket series, here....and if you are feeling lucky, you can enter my iPhone case giveaway!

15 comments:

Chic Coastal Living said...

All of these rooms sing to me! Love the blue!

Sadie + Stella said...

I totally dig it!! Loving the pagodas and all!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

So many gorgeous images! I am really looking for a place to include blue.

mrs. V { Chez V } said...

Been reading Beth's blog for ages - one of my first regular reads. My love for chinoiserie knows no bounds and was cultivated at an early age at the heals of my grandmother and mother while tagging along on their antique junkets. And in continuing that tradition I made my daughter her first pagoda shirt when she was two! She is now an avid fan at the ripe old age of 4!

Emily said...

That was a very nice tribute to your new friend abd one of the best things about blogging...the new friendships we make (and the old ones we rekindle ;))...I think Ralph Lauren rocked this post!

pam {simple details} said...

Just recently started reading Beth's blog (from the rug party). I loved her final rug post, she is one stylish lady! Wishing you both a wonderful weekend!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I expect nothing less than fabulous from Beth. Beautiful pics!!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Love the Ralph Lauren living room.....no surprise....black, white and gold!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

So much beauty here...Love Beths blog.

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

love that blue jennifer dengel bathroom! these intros on both of your blogs crack me up! love love love!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I love every single image! And the inspiration board, too!

Lisa Mende said...

Beth is awesome and so are you! Love following both of your blogs! So sweet that you are friends! Love every image! Hope your weekend is awesome!! Funny I was going to say I love that Jennifer Dengel bathroom but Heather beat me to it! She and I def love the same things! Take care!

fancyfreeme.com said...

Lovely images, I just sit and sigh, as each one is more beautiful. Can't beat such a classic style!

sybaritic stylist said...

Beth is so inspiring...her blog is easily one of my favorites -- you can always find an image to send your heart pounding in her bazillion fabulous posts! It takes a special person to share what they love with others in such a public way.

SHERRY HART said...

Yum to every one of those images. Loving the blue and pink together!

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