HAPPY YEAR OF THE HORSE!!! Awesome Chinoiserie Decor To Inspire

It is the year of the horse, and that is particularly auspicious for me because I was born in the year of the horse. (I hope I get a great job this year! And finally graduate with a interior design degree too!) To celebrate, I wanted to share some of my absolute FAVORITE feel-good Chinese-inspired pictures (and a few that aren’t really Chinese but still Asian, but I like them, so I threw them in). Hope you also love what you see here. For way more Chinoiserie awesomeness, check out the Chinoiserie Chic blog. Many blessings and happiness in this New Year of the Horse!

Hooper Humperdink Not Him Chinese party lanterns jfromtheb com

Let’s get this New Year’s party started! I always loved these Chinese party lanterns from one of the best illustrated books EVER, Hooper Humperdink By: Dr. Seuss and illustrated by: Charles E. Martin (artistic genius). Photo From: http://jfromtheb.blogspot.com/2010/08/hooper-humperdink-not-him-or-me.html

1 cocokelley coom chinese deliciousness

One of my ALL TIME favorite pictures from the internet, this photo is just a riot of beauty. Just rad awesomeness. Apparently, it was a picture from Anthropologie. From: http://www.cocokelley.com/2011/10/from-fantasy-to-fete-asian-persuasion/

chiang mai dragon baltimorefishbowl com

Similar Chinese Dragon wallpaper to the photo above, this is Chiang Mai Dragon Wallpaper by Schumacher. LOVE. From: http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/dragon-design/

HAUTE COUTURE PRINTEMPS ETE 2010

Amazing Chinoiserie outfit by Jean Paul Gaultier for Haut Couture Printemps Ete 2010. From: http://cupcakepunk.com/?p=1344

emilio pucci dragon wedges
Emilio Pucci Dragon Wedges, 2013. Oh. My. Goodness. But seriously, at over $4,000, it would be far more cheaper and more fun to commission an artist on AliBaba.com from India or Indonesia to carve and cobble you a pair. From: http://hauteandre.tumblr.com/post/32247972882/emilio-pucci-spring-2013-the-shoes
loveisspeed blogspot com Tony Duquette table placesettings mini coral trees

From the AMAZING designer, Tony Duquette, this fabulous exotic tabletop centerpiece collage. From: http://loveisspeed.blogspot.com/2012/01/best-of-best-tony-duquette.html
Beware, the loveisspeed blog plays music. This picture is near the very end of the post. The post is AMAZING, though, so you should really look through the whole thing, especially if you are unfamiliar with Tony Duquette.

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BEAUTIFUL glass flower mosaics from company SICIS. To me, this photograph is wondrously perfect. A glorious mosaic of a Asian bouquet, with a lunar-inspired lamp. ❤ From: http://stylecrave.com/2008-12-09/flower-power-glass-tiles-from-sicis/

frankbarrchairs comOrchid_Chair_001_fs

Orchids are prominent in Chinese culture, including names. How amazing is this carved wood orchid rocking chair by Frank Barr? I think it is far out. From: http://www.frankbarrchairs.com/gallery.html

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Kaleidoscope Tibetan silk by the Kasim family of Varanasi, India. $105.00 per yard, but so exquisitely beautiful that, if I had the money, I would buy and buy and buy.
From: http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/textiles/kaleidoscope-SF76/

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YURTS! Yurts have become a favorite of many even in the West. Doesn’t this look lush and cozy? From: http://www.yourtes-de-domette.com/our_yurts_…_073.htm

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I think this Mongolian girl is so pretty, and so is her blue del. I can’t find the source of this picture, so if you know, please let me know so I can link back to the source! Thanks!

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This amazing Tibetan silk rainbow floral brocade reminds me of the Mongolian girl’s blue rainbow floral del! From one of my favorite clothing sites: http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/textiles/banarasi-hand-woven-brocade-fabric-with-large-multi-colored-woven-flowers-SF20/

Tile Chinese dragons at Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing

Detail of 2 tile dragons from the incredible Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine-Dragon_Wall

reflectionsofanartaholic com Great Wall Of China

This harmonious cool picture of the Great Wall of China is from confessionsofanartaholic.com, which appears to not have been paid for and is now defunct: http://www.reflectionsofanartoholic.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi Which is a shame major because it was a short but awesome blog.

primaltrek com chinese lock charm

This is a Chinese lock charm, used for good luck and protection. These are really cool and you can buy them quite cheaply on eBay. From: http://primaltrek.com/locks.html

D morewaystowastetime com ram heads

These awesome brass ram’s head table bottoms are so cool (and they would be rad for the Year Of The Ram). From: http://morewaystowastetime.blogspot.com/2009/07/ebay-finds_10.html

pagoda-fireplace chinoiseriechic

Oh man, just check out this amazing plasterwork pagoda mantlepiece. Too cool, like something out of a book or movie set. From: http://chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com/2014/01/saturday-inspiration.html

Pagoda Door HB chinoiseriechic

And the pagoda motif continues around the door! 😀
From: http://chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com/2014/01/saturday-inspiration.html

doyoudesigntoo wordpress com The Rescuers Miss Biancas Porcelain Pagoda Dollhouse Mouse House Garth Williams

I always loved Miss Bianca’s magical and elegant little dollhouse mouse house, The Porcelain Pagoda, drawn by Garth Williams and Erik Blegvad talented hands (Garth Williams is better though). First picture from “Miss Bianca In The Orient” illustrated by Erik Blegvad, right 2 pictures from “The Rescuers” illustrated by Garth Williams.

charlesphoenix com the golden pagoda

I LOVE mid-century Chinese restaurants, they are my favorite for sure. This is the Golden Pagoda in Los Angeles, California, one of the coolest mid-century American-Chinese restaurant exteriors ever. If you ever get the chance to go to Galveston Island, Texas, you definitely should, it’s a pretty magical place, and while you are there, be sure to eat at the dreamy Happy Buddha restaurant.
Photo of the Golden Pagoda from: http://www.charlesphoenix.com/2006/11/golden-pagoda-resaurant-chinatown-los-angeles-1975/

bottlinglightning com china palace decor

I LOVE mid-century Chinese restaurants, they are my favorite for sure. The interiors are even better! Like these Chinese palace lanterns. Occasionally you can even find them for sale, like on eBay or antique stores. LOVE. Picture From: http://bottlinglightning.blogspot.com/2010/12/tj-tjs-tar-jay-and-china-palace.html

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Super fancy Chinese lantern from expired eBay auction.

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This is SO COOL. Artist Yu Chiao Wang uses neat clothing to create sun tattoos. This here is yet another reason I love the internet. From: http://chungdesigns.freehostia.com/drupal/pic-day/07-28-09/sun-tattoo-yu-chiao-wang

4 dwiseman com david wiseman ceiling

I positively love this ceiling installation by David Wiseman. It reminds me of the traditional iconic Chinese cherry tree in bloom. A great modern take on the amazing elaborate plasterwork ceilings of yesteryear. From: http://www.dwiseman.com/dwiseman/_INSTALLATIONS.html

Sakura-Deep-Ellum blue by minnie for flavor paper wallpaper

Sakura wallpaper in color “Deep Ellum Blues on chrome mylar” by Emily Minnie for flavorpaper.com. From: http://www.flavorpaper.com/wallpaper/sakura

inside avenue com yellow flower garden stool chinoiserie

I can’t find this exact yellow Chrysanthemum floral bouquet ceramic Chinese garden stool anymore, but it definitely came from: http://www.insideavenue.com/Search.aspx?itemcount=120&sort=default&iconSize=large

ovestock com floral ocean ceramic garden stool chinoiserie

No Chinoiserie blog would be complete without some loverly Chinese stools. This ocean blue and yellow Chrysanthemum floral ceramic garden stool from Overstock.com is $85. From: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Floral-Ocean-Ceramic-Garden-Stool/3898733/product.html

CHRISTMAS TREES!:

lotushaus com martha stewart asian tree

This beautiful bonsai Christmas tree was an idea from Martha Stewart and her marvelous idea crew. From: http://lotushaus.typepad.com/lotushaus/holiday/

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This stunning Asian-inspired Christmas tree from 2007’s Southern Living is just PERFECTION. Seriously, I love this tree SO MUCH it’s unreal. Amazing, impressive job. From: http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/holidays-occasions/christmas-tree-asian-flair-00400000007506/

2001 Origami Holiday Tree at American Museum of Natural History

The incredible 2001 Origami Holiday Tree at American Museum of Natural History. Isn’t it terrific?! From: http://members.bellatlantic.net/~finches/OrigamiTree2001.html

JUST FOR FUN:

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Be a total badass by wearing these Samurai underpants under your ninja suit. From: http://www.japantrendshop.com/FR-samurai-underwear-p-667.html

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Isn’t this FABULOUS?! Makes me smile every time 😀
Sari how-to instructions tee shirt from: http://sareedreams.com/category/saree-humor/page/2/

MORE HEADDRESSES:

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AH-WOOGAH. Who doesn’t love this? Who wouldn’t want an elaborate hair-do full of Chinese lanterns? WHY DON’T WE DRESS LIKE THIS EVERYDAY?
Blue lanterns geisha hair runway fashion hair arrangement by Galliano. From: http://kiefferceramics.com/2008/03/26/influence-haute-couture/

WOULD MAKE A GREAT DOLLHOUSE (TRADITIONAL CHINESE PALACE):

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Beijing, China beautiful summer palace throne room.
From: http://www.globe-trotters.ch/en/logbook/beijing.html

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Beijing, China summer palace bedroom.
From: http://www.globe-trotters.ch/en/logbook/beijing.html

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Beijing’s summer palace art display cases and carved wood chairs.
From: http://www.globe-trotters.ch/en/logbook/beijing.html

MUST READ:

I Rode A Horse Of Milk White Jade By Diane Lee Wilson

One of my favorite books. Oyuna, her horse Bayan, and her cat Bator have many adventures on the Mongolian steppes during the reign of the Kublai Khan. http://www.amazon.com/Rode-Horse-Milk-White-Jade/dp/1402240279

MUST WATCH:

Chris Chappell China Uncensored

NTDChinaUncensored on YouTube hosted by Chris Chappell. https://www.youtube.com/user/NTDChinaUncensored/videos

MUST BUY:

Rangzen Free Tibet bracelet by Buddhist nun indiemerch com

BONUS ROUND:

There are 5 Elements that cycle through the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. I wanted to do a pictorial representation of them:

EARTH HORSE:

Uffington-White-Horse- chalk Celtic earth geoglyph horse

The Uffington White Horse is a geoglyph made by the Celtic peoples around 800 B.C. It is 110 m long (374 feet). It was featured in the May 1977 issue of National Geographic Magazine, in a article about the Celts.

METAL HORSE:

doyoudesigntoo wordpress com CraftyCelts Year of the Horse Torc

Bronze horse torc made by the Crafty Celts. Wolflund also has some GREAT torcs.

WATER HORSE:

lindagrimes com horse-ice-sculpture

I like how the ice horses look like they are treading water, only their heads and withers are showing above the snow. From: http://www.lindagrimes.com/2011/01/have-ice-hump-day.html

WOOD HORSE (this year):

FIRE HORSE:

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This is a painting of the Horsehead Nebula, so technically more plasma, dust, and empty space than actual fire, but it is so stunningly beautiful and, well, fiery, that I thought it fit well enough.
Picture: http://tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.com/art/The-Horsehead-Nebula-308269715
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsehead_Nebula

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