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Chinoiserie Chic

by habituallychic

12 . 04 . 12
As a follow up to my Griffin and Wong post, I thought I would post a little chinoiserie wallpaper inspiration.  I also learned more about the history of the wallpaper from their site and thought you might like to read it as well. 

Chinese silk wallcoverings are one of the earliest global luxury products. Originally, the exclusive domain of Ming Dynasty Chinese nobility, by the 18th Century, the papers  had also been widely adopted by the English and French nobility as the high-water mark of interior design. In France, they were known at the Louis XIV Versailles court as” papiers peints panoramique”. 

 Chinoiserie wallpapers that depicted flowers, birds and butterflies subsequently became the rage of the day with the affluent 18th and 19th Century European Commercial class, and became a standard of elegant living during this period. With the gradual shift of wealth and power to the New World, silk wallpapering followed, and the look became closely associated with the rise of the railroad and manufacturing dynasties of the Vanderbilt, Huntington and Carnegies (many fine examples of silk wallpapering still exist in Newport and other Eastern US historic homes). 

via de Gournay

via de Gournay
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berger residence. 

de Gournay

Marjorie Gubelmann apartment via Elle Decor. 

De Gournay wallpaper in Balfour Castle. 

Tory Burch residence, 

Pauline de Rothschild

Aerin Lauder dressing room. 
Elsie de Wolfe residence. 

via Thomas Jayne
Elsie de Wolfe bedroom. 

via Michael Smith

Pauline de Rothschild residence. 

Ann Getty residence 

Abbotsford House

de Gournay

Aerin Lauder dressing room again. 

Ann Getty residence via Harper’s Bazaar.

Martha Angus

Miles Redd via Elle Decor

Jeffrey Bilbuber

Thad Hayes room with Gracie wallpaper. 

via Thomas Jayne.

Janklow residence. 

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  1. Tiffany Leigh Interior Design December 4, 2012 | 7:26 pm

    So in love with this style of wallpaper ever since I got my hands on domino’s book of decorating! I’d love to frame a big piece above my bed. Thanks for sharing your great new sponsor!

  2. Ivy Lane December 4, 2012 | 9:28 pm

    I love the photo of Ann Getty’s residence.

  3. therelishedroost December 5, 2012 | 1:42 am

    Absolutely love!!! Especially the Rothschild room!!!

  4. Fashion-isha December 5, 2012 | 2:48 am

    I always loved this look. It’s so rich and elegant but I’m not sure I could live with it!

  5. MJH Design Arts December 5, 2012 | 10:06 am

    De Gournay is wonderful, but Gracie, a New York company, has my heart. These are amazing rooms. Thanks. Mary

  6. Tabitha December 5, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    This is glorious, green chinoiserie paper is my absolute favourite, my friend just go the De Gourney, it’s beyond luscious.

  7. Kate Luella December 5, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    This post just goes to show what a spectacular wallpaper can do for a room, although the other furniture is pretty amazing, the wallpaper is what sets it off. Absolutely gorgeous – Thanks Tobi for doing this lovely post for me to drool over… 🙂 Kate

  8. Preston Davis December 6, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    Love love love De Gournay wallpaper!!! I need you to come decorate my office.

  9. Dave Black March 8, 2013 | 11:45 pm

    Can anyone tell me the name of the chinoiserie wallpaper with the gold framed mirror on it that precedes the famous rooms with chinoiserie on the walls. Thanks so much