The Julie Neill Chandelier Giveaway Winner

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The Elizabeth Chandelier by Julie Neill – The Giveaway.

The Julie Neill Designs chandelier giveaway was extremely popular!   I had a funny feeling it would be.   Almost 1,000 readers entered, making it one of the biggest Cote de Texas giveaways ever, along with the lantern giveaway from BROWN this past July.  I only wish I had more chandeliers to give away.  These giveaways serve two purposes – first, they are a way for me to give back and thank you for supporting the blog.  And, second, for the donor, it’s a way to advertise their company.  In addition, the owner learns something about their merchandise with these giveaways.   I always require that in order to enter, you must first visit the company’s web site and look at their product.  Then, in the entry comment, tell what you liked best and why.   Your responses go a long way in helping the donors understand what particular product in their line is liked and why.  Giveaways on blogs are secret pleasures.  Even in a popular giveaway, the odds are great that you might win.   When entering a contest, odds of 1 in 1,000 are much better than 1 in 50,000 odds you might find in a magazine contest.    But on smaller blogs or less popular giveaways, your odds might be 1 in 35 or 1 in 100!!!

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The Ingrid – the contemporary choice in the giveaway.

Today, I am happy to announce the winner in the Julie Neill Designs chandelier giveaway!  The winner is also a blogger – THE CLUTTER DIVA.  She is a real estate agent turned home stager who hails from San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo.   Congratulations to The Clutter Diva!  Hopefully, we will soon see pictures of her new chandelier hanging in her home.   Some people have asked how I choose the winner.  First, I go to the web site www.Random.org HERE and enter the number of the total entrants.  The web site then generates one number which is the winner.  I go back and pick out the comment with the same number.  This time, The Clutter Diva was the lucky one!!

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The Mollie Chandelier by Julie Neill Designs

As the giveaway rules state, The Clutter Diva left her winning comment on my blog after first visiting the Julie Neill Designs web site.  There, the Clutter Diva said one of her favorite designs is the Mollie Chandelier – pictured above.   This Italian styled chandelier has become the trendiest look in hanging fixtures, after lanterns, so I am not surprised this was her pick.

                                       

As for the giveaway chandelier, I wonder which design she will chose – The Elizabeth or the Ingrid, the more contemporary fixture.  I have a feeling The Clutter Diva will be choosing the Elizabeth. 

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I want to thank the beautiful and talented Julie Neill once again for her wonderful generosity in hosting this Cote de Texas giveaway!  Thank  you Julie, so very much!!!!

And, in other giveaway news:

The last giveaway before Julie Neill Designs was the Harrison Howard print.   Harrison, an artist, has a wonderful web site HERE filled with all his creations.   The giveaway was one print of the winner’s choosing.   The winner of the Harrison Howard print was Kwana Jackson, the very popular blogger of Kwana Writes fame HERE.  Below is the  print that Kwana chose for her giveaway.

“Afternoon Watering” by Harrison Howard

Kwana told Harrison that she picked this particular print, Afternoon Watering, because it reminds her of her and her husband.  As soon as the print has been framed and hung, Kwana promises us a picture of it, in situ!  Congratulations Kwana. 

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inally, in the Paris Hotel Boutique HERE giveaway, Lynn Goldfinger Abrams most generously donated this beautiful antique convex mirror!!!   Much to my surprise, the winner lives about 1 mile from me in Bellaire, Texas, which is right next door to my own hometown West University Place.   Yes, we both technically live in Houston – just a few miles from downtown Houston in fact – but our addresses are in these two incorporated cities within the boundaries of Houston.  Both of our cities, West University Place and Bellaire, have their own mayor, police and fire departments, but we share school districts with Houston, amongst other things.   The winner of the Paris Hotel Boutique giveaway who goes by the name “Camplkidz” emailed me today to say her mirror has arrived and will be up shortly.  In the meantime, she sent me a picture of it awaiting its final placement.

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The giveaway mirror waiting to be placed at its Bellaire, Texas home.

I want to take this time to tell all of you who have entered these giveaways - thank you for your support.  I started writing Cote de Texas in 2007 – and it has turned out to be so much more than I ever envisioned or hoped for.  As must bloggers say, I only expected my friends and husband to read it, but truthfully, my husband rarely if ever reads it, and only a few of my friends do.  Yet, somehow, over 70,000 people a month do read it, a figure that staggers and profoundly humbles me.   The vast majority of readers are people I have never met – most are from Texas and the United States, but there are many from Australia and other parts of the world I will never have the privilege of visiting.   Writing the blog has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work too.   It’s not easy to come up with something worthwhile to say every week, but I do try to be original and interesting.   Sometimes it is, sometime it’s not.   Your positive, and even those not so positive comments, are what keeps me motivated to continue.   When I first started, I tried to answer each and every comment – which back then was a manageable feat.  Today, the comments are numerous and I have spent many hours feeling guilty about not being able to personally respond to all of you.  For that I can only offer my apologies and hope that you understand.   I wish I could still answer each and every comment, but know that I do read and digest them all.  

As for personal emails, I get an amazing number of emails a day – most are spam or cookies driven, but sometimes personal emails get lost in the shuffle.    If you have emailed me and I haven’t responded within a week, please email me again.   It’s probable I never saw the original message.  It’s hard to believe it’s already November and the holidays are quickly approaching.   I have a few more smaller giveaways planned for the end of the year.  I wish I could have one each week!

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The interior design of Greet Lefèvre, the woman behind the Belgian Pearls blog.

On another topic, there is a new Skirted Roundtable interview now available with Greet, the talented interior designer and cabinet maker from Belgian, who writes the only blog from that wonderful design conscious country:  Belgian Pearls.   To listen to this interview, please go HERE

And finally, speaking of lost emails,  will the person who sent me this picture below please email me again!  I don’t know who sent these pictures!!!  

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COTE DE TEXAS: MY BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!!!!!

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I am wild crazy over chandeliers.   One of the happiest days in my own home design history was when this chandelier was installed in my living room.   I love this style of chandelier – it’s one of my favorites.

 

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Another good day was when I bought this chandelier from a friend who was redesigning her house – taking it from English to totally Swedish.   This was in her bedroom and this Italian style light fixture didn’t mix with her new Swedish design.  Good thing for me!   This style is another favorite of mine and has gained greatly in popularity these past few years.

 

 

 

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There are few makers of chandeliers who get it right – consistently - and Julie Neill is one of them.   Her designs are based on the classics, yet she adds a youthful twist to each fixture.   I would have trouble picking one favorite – I love so many of her chandeliers!   She designs and crafts all her light fixtures from start to finish in her own New Orleans workshop.   Everything is customized to the job.   In fact, all the designs in her portfolio started life as a custom commission.    Julie is so creative – she began her career as a painter, then moved on to painting things for the home instead of canvases, next she tried interior design which lead her to this very successful career in 2000.   Her retail shop is on Magazine Street – one of America’s best streets for antiquing.  If you’ve never gone antiquing on Magazine Street – you should include it on your Bucket List.  

Besides designing chandeliers, Julie also creates sconces, furniture, and accessories.   New Orleans heavily influences her designs – a crown is an oft used element in her romantic and decidedly feminine creations.    Julie’s stamina and creativity is boundless.  Not only does she run her own successful retail store and workshop, she has employees and two children to watch over, and she maintains a charming 1800s shotgun house.    I first met Julie on the blogs – of course – where she writes The Bayou Contessa, a beautiful glimpse into New Orleans design.  If you are planning a trip to NOLA, a stop at Julie Neill is a must.  If you are in the market for a chandelier, give Julie a call.   She works with each client to create the exact fixture they desire. 

 

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Julie has just redesigned her web site and it’s gorgeous!  Here is a small sampling of her product.   Each fixture can be customized to any specification.  Her range is from traditional to contemporary.   All the finishes are hand applied and painted.

  

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Here is the glamorous Cinderella chandelier in a dining room. 

 

 

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This bedroom’s chandelier is a more contemporary design mixed with traditional elements.  Leontine Linens.

 

 

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Julie designed this lantern with matching sconces for Tobi Fairley’s Richmond Symphony Designer House.   I love this room!!!!  The red of the chandelier is picked up in the trim of the table.

 

 

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Seen in this month’s Elle Décor magazine – this fixture is one of the many Italian styled chandeliers that Julie makes.  Shown is the entry hall of Jane Scott Hodges’ house in Kentucky. Jane Scott is the founder of the fabulous Leontine Linens   Note:  the pillows are by BVIZ.    Just beautiful!

 

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The Sheldon Chandelier is reflected in this trumeau.  

 

 

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One of her most popular designs is the graceful and romantic Elizabeth chandelier.  Named after this client, the chandelier is great for lower ceilings – as it is more horizontal than vertical.   This couple commissioned several chandeliers from Julie and an article on their house appeared in the New Orleans Home magazine.   Shown here.

 

 

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For their dining room, Julie created the Denise chandelier.  I love the combination of the chairs and the bench around the square table.

 

 

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The Ingrid fixture is another popular design – more contemporary than Julie’s crystal chandeliers.  Room designed by Jeffery McCollough for the Acadiana Symphony Decorator Showhouse.   

 

 

 

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These charming Beatrice hanging fixtures and Beatrice sconces designed by Julie made the cover of House and Home.

 

 

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Julie Neill’s shop on Magazine Street is filled with her creations – chandeliers and sconces - along with the pieces of furniture from her line. 

 

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Here’s a close up of two chandeliers from the shop, one French and one Italian!   The trumeau and the cabinet under it are also in Julie’s line.

 

 

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Julie’s team hard at work – the chandeliers have to first be constructed, then hand finished, before they are able to be installed on the sales floor.   Each fixture goes through a long and laborious process to be ready for sale. 

OK.  OK.  OK.

ON TO THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

o, you ask – what is the giveaway?!??!?!?    I have been bursting at the seams keeping this a secret for the past month or two.   One day Julie emailed me asking if I would like to host a giveaway of her product.   What a silly question – of course I would love to!!!!   I thought maybe she would be donating a sconce, or a small accessory from her shop.   You can imagine how my mouth dropped to the floor when she so generously offered a CHANDELIER for a giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Yes!!!   An original, Julie Neill Chandelier will be given away to one lucky winner!!!   Oh My Gosh!!!!!   Unreal.   Seriously, y’all, I am SO excited about this.  It’s the biggest giveaway ever here on Cote de Texas and we’ve had some great giveaways in the past.   Read on for the deets (details to those of you over 30.)

 

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The winner will have their choice of either a traditional or contemporary fixture.   The ELIZABETH Chandelier is the traditional choice.   I was so excited about this choice because this fixture is one of my all time favorites of Julie’s.   Can you believe this giveaway?    Seriously!!!!!!   You can win this!!!!!  Retail value is $3,800.00

 

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Or, if you are a more contemporary person, the Ingrid Chandelier will be the second choice for the winner.   The mirror and table are also from Julie Neill.   Retail value for this chandelier is $3,495.00

Are you an Elizabeth or an Ingrid Person????

OK – HOW TO ENTER AND WIN EITHER THE ELIZABETH OR INGRID CHANDELIER:

Go right now to the Julie Neill Design web site  www.julieneill.com and look under the Chandelier, Sconces, or Lanterns sections.   Pick out your favorite item that is for sale.  Come back here and leave me a comment on what your favorite item is and explain why you like it so much.    That’s it!!!!

You have until Saturday night at 11:59 p.m.   The contest closes at that time.   One person will win either the Elizabeth or Ingrid chandelier – their choice.  BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU POST ANONYMOUSLY!!  And please, only one comment per person!!! 

  

 

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Your choice:  The Elizabeth

 

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Or the Ingrid!!!   Good luck to everyone!!!

And finally -  a huge, huge thank you, kiss and hug to Julie Neill for her generous giveaway.   From the bottom of my heart, thank you Julie!!!!!

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Becky Vizard and Ann Connelly at Watkins Culver this Thursday and Friday!!

NOTE:  Houstonians – I wanted to let you know that BVIZ and Ann Connelly Fine Art are back in town at Watkins Culver this Thursday and Friday.  Becky Vizard has the most wonderful pillows – many of which have been featured on the pages of the best design magazines (including the Elle Décor picture previously shown!!)   Her good friend, Ann, has a wonderful art gallery in New Orleans.     To read all about these two talented ladies from Louisiana, go HERE.  For details on when and where, call 713-529-0597.

What an idiot! At least I Admit It.

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The other night I was breezing through the grocery store and stopped at the magazine section, which is a rare occurrence for me these days.  Ever since www.Zinio.com – the digital magazine company – started selling issues online, I subscribe to as many design magazines that are available via the computer.  It’s so easy!   The magazine comes directly to your laptop and stays there – no more mailing in subscriptions or schlepping across town to a book store.   And best of all – there are no longer enormous piles of old issues staring  at you while taking up precious storage space.  But it’s not all great in Zinioland.   You would think that the digital Zinio issue would arrive to your computer faster than the supermarket racks, right?   But there it was – the new December issues of House Beautiful and Veranda sitting on the grocery shelves, while Zinio still hasn’t updated my computer.  I must say that I was so proud of myself when I resisted the overwhelming temptation to buy those two issues anyway instead of waiting for Zinio to update.  But, I digress.  

What really caught my eye that night was the new Architectural Digest.   The cover looked so fresh and so, how do you say…un-Architectural Digest-ish.  I eagerly flipped through it and got all giddy!   Finally!!!!  Architectural Digest is back!!!  There were so many features that looked interesting I could hardly wait to run home and read it.  Wow.  I haven’t said that about an AD issue in years.  In fact, everyone has been so down on the magazine lately, including all three of us on the Skirted Roundtable, that I was eager to spread the word that AD’s new editor Margaret Russell’s touch is really evident.  So many of the houses in this issue look like they could have been in Elle Décor – the magazine that Margaret had headed up during its entirety. 

 

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Former Elle Décor Editor Margaret Russell now on tap to head up Architectural Digest.

 

In case you were out of the country earlier this year, the magazine world was rocked when it was announced that Margaret was leaving Elle Décor for AD.  More shakeups was news that domino’s Dana Caponigro was coming to Veranda and Stephen Drucker was leaving House Beautiful for Town & Country.   Dara and Stephen’s influence on their new magazines has been subtle so far, changes haven’t seemed all that dramatic at either magazine – yet.  But, it’s all perception.  Still, Margaret at AD – wow, now that’s some change.  Looking at December’s issue, the differences are sooo obvious!  I just couldn’t wait to spread the good news.  Like I said - what an idiot!

Luckily before I printed this, I checked the Editor’s Page at Architectural Digest to discover that Margaret Russell hasn’t even taken over yet!  Her first AD issue won’t be until January!!!!   The egg on my face was dripping all over my computer.  All I could think was THANK GOD I checked that Editor’s Page!!!  I had totally forgotten that Margaret wouldn’t be at AD until January – the announcement had been made so many months ago.  I would have blabbed on and on about how WONDERFUL the new AD is because of Margaret Russell.   What a complete idiot!!!   Still, my assumption DOES tell me that the January issue is probably going to be fabulous, because the December is pretty damn good itself. 

 

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First, there is this house by Stephen Sills that really got me blood pressure up.  Look at those WALLS!!!!  They are burlap!  Pattern painted on burlap!!!!   Can you believe that?!?!   Gorgeous.  And look – wall to wall carpet.   Over stairs – when was the last time you saw that – and how fresh is it?  It looks so warm and inviting.  And those two globes.  The lantern.  The mushroom family.   This is a library for this decade, young and sophisticated.   It’s hard to see but there is a banquette against the shelves on the right.   Notice the fabulous library table – just waiting to be opened and piled up on.    But, those WALLS!!!!!!  Gah!!!

 

 

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Next, over in London, is this little townhouse by the incomparable Nicholas Haslam.   Owned by two art collectors, they wanted a home, not a cold contemporary museum.   I mean – is that just any painting over the mantel?   It’s a PICASSO!!!!!!!!!!!   I have never seen such a large Picasso handled so casually before.   And I love the color of the paneling – it looks like Iced Coffee.   Notice the chartreuse skirted table next to the fireplace.   The back to back sofas are divided by a console table that also picks up the chartreuse in the painting.  Light pink French chairs.   Total eye candy.   YUMMMMM.  

 

 

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A closeup view of the fabrics:  I love how Haslam still unashamedly still uses those blowsy English chintz fabrics.  I adore the curtain fabric.  He says this room is in the spirit of Nancy Lancaster and he is so right.   That chair!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Then, there is this little guest room in London by Haslam.   Notice the French curve on the alcove.  Is there anything in life prettier than a Louis XV inspired curve?    I love his mix of the two fabrics.   He is wonderful. 

 

 

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The next beauty is a beach house by Alexa Hampton in Bridgehampton NY.   Another view of what a library for a young family should look like.  Loving the striped rug and pillows.  So casual for a beach house, yet still sophisticated.  Not an easy mix to do right. 

 

 

 

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Alexa Hampton:  Great kitchen.   But something about this kitchen seemed familiar?   Those chairs with their plaid half slips, the two lanterns.  Seem familiar?

 

 

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Remember this blog famous kitchen in a showhouse?   The same exact chairs – with the same plaid half slips, similar double lanterns.   But it’s not the same house.   I wonder if the owners were influenced by this picture – or vice versa?

I thoroughly enjoyed this Architectural Digest even though it wasn’t edited by Margaret.  Now,  I can’t wait for her first issue next month.  I am so anxious to see her changes – I wonder what they will be?

 

 

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And for more idiocy from moi!   Last month, I blasted the new Veranda.  I think I spoke too soon.   The new December/January issue to TO DIE FOR.   The cover story is a house in Houston designed by the incomparable MILES REDD!!!!  YES!!!  This must be the first house in Houston that Miles has done and it’s a stunner.  Look at those rich green walls, with tufted sapphire blue velvet.   That floor!!!   Veranda always has the best photographers and this Miles Redd story was snapped by the world’s best Fritz Von Der Schulenburg.   For once, we can finally see big, huge pictures of Miles’ interiors – bright and clear, every tiny detail visible.   What a rare treat.  

 

 

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The Miles Redd Houston living room with stripes, icy blues, persimmon accents, chintzes, and a fabulous center table by John Rosselli Antiques.   Is there anyone out there that would or could do a fancy living room like this?   Every room Miles does is so different, so completely original and unique.   What a genius.   And what a coup that Veranda got this house.  

 

 

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A peek at the Saladino house shown this month in Veranda.   The Master.

 

Also in this issue is a new project by John Saladino – worth the price of the issue alone, and another one by Vicente Wolf.   Stellar issue!  A keeper.   The only ho-hum is the house by Veere Greeney seen a few times before, but it’s such a fabulous project it’s worth the second glance.   Dara – you outdid yourself!!!   I could have cried over this issue!!! Fabulous!!

And a note to Cote de Texas readers:

 

 

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Harrison Howard print – last week’s giveaway.

 

The Harrison Howard print giveaway is now history.   It was a great success – so many people entered it.  Be sure to visit his web site www.harrisonhoward.com if you are interested in purchasing one of his prints.

And – this week, I am having a NEW giveaway that will be the biggest ever.  EVER.   Think crystal, think lighting, think gilt.   

Look for it in the next few days.   You will be sooooo excited!!! I PROMISE you!  I can’t wait!!!!

NEW GIVEAWAY–HARRISON HOWARD CHINOISERIE PRINT!!!!!

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Chinoiserie.   OK.   Don’t laugh.  Every time I try to say the word OUTLOUD on the Skirted Roundtable, Megan cracks up laughing.  Shin-wah-zer-eh.  I think.

Definition of CHINOISERIE

a style in art (as in decoration) reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs; also : an object or decoration in this style

Origin of CHINOISERIE

French, from chinois Chinese, from Chine China

First Known Use: 1883

 

The origin of Chinoiserie dates back to the 1600-1700s when imports from China and Japan were extremely popular (not much has changed in the world.)   At that time, owners of fancy houses sought out oriental lacquer, silk and porcelains brought back on ships from the mysterious Far East.     This much beloved art form, most associated with Louis XV,  peaked during the fanciful Rococo period: 1740 – 1770.    One of the earliest and most famous painters in this style was Jean-Baptiste Pillement, whose engravings still inspire today.   Scalamandre’s famous Pillement toile inspired by the artist is one example of his longevity.   Interest in Pillement’s drawings helped to sweep Chinoiserie through the upper classes.   Upscale mansions and castles had entire rooms dedicated to Chinoiserie design.  Whimsical Chinoiserie follies and pagodas were built in gardens throughout Europe and Russia.   Chinoiserie eventually lost popularity when Neoclassicism came into favor in response to Rococo’s frilly, feminine romanticism.

 

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A rare and beautiful example of Chinoiserie:   This red lacquered chest from Paris, dates to 1740.  Gorgeous.

 

 

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This beautiful corner cabinet is a period piece.  I love these when  used in a kitchen or powder room.  Babs Watkins once used these in the upper corners of a kitchen in Houston.  It was stunning.

 

 

 

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A screen from the Chinoiserie period. 1st Dibs. 

 

 

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An museum owed original tapestry by Jean-Baptiste Pillement.   Beautiful!!!!!

 

 

 

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One of the more famous examples of a Chinoiserie interior is the Chinese Bedroom at Badminton House, Gloucestershire. The bedroom was completed in 1794, but in 1921, it was dismantled and sold off in pieces at Christie’s.    Another bed was built in the 1920s to replace the original, sold one.    Today the Victoria and Albert museum has recreated the famous bedroom.

 

 

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The original Badminton Chinese bedroom mirror – bought by Doris Duke in 1965 and sold at Christie’s after her passing.   The mirror used in the Victoria and Albert museum is not this one – but similar. 

 

 

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Interior designer Michael Smith recreated his own version of the Badminton bedroom with this pagoda styled bed. 

 

 

 

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Another lavish example of Chinoiserie interior design is the Royal Pavilion at Brighton Palace, built for King George IV while he was still the Prince Regent.  While the exterior of the whimsical and exotic castle is Indian inspired, the main rooms inside are pure Chinoiserie.   Here the Banqueting Hall is shown in a painting.   Notice the large Chinoiserie figures painted along the walls. 

 

 

 

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On the more famous of the Chinoiserie follies is the Great Pagoda located in Kew Gardens.  Built in 1762, there are 10 stories in the structure, each with its own Chinese styled roof.   The structure was reopened to the public in 2006. 

 

 

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Built for Frederick II, the Potsdam Chinese Tea House is on the more important examples of Chinoiserie.  Notice the charming figure on the rooftop.

 

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A look at the gorgeous paintings in the rotunda of the Potsdam Chinese House. 

 

 

 

 

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Many of the original follies are no longer standing.   Some were designed, but never built.   In the 1990s, Michael and Dodo Cunningham-Reid bought 500 acres as a game sanctuary on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kenya and built this nine story pagoda.  Originally, they lived there, but it now available to rent on holiday.   Amazing!

 

 

 

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Today, Chinoiserie still influences interior design.   Alessandra Branca uses touches of it in many of her designs.  Here, in her NYC pied-a-terre, a large lacquered screen adds an element of Chinoiserie.    The low coffee table is also Oriental. 

 

 

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In the same room, Branca uses a large 19th century Chinese armoire. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here, in another apartment, an 18th century armoire is retrofitted into a bar.   In the caption Branca describes the lacquering technique:  17 layers of lacquer, each a slightly different color, are added, after first being sanded.   What a gorgeous bar!

 

 

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Here, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill uses a screen featuring the art work of Pillement. 

 

 

 

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Here, one of a framed series of works by Jean-Baptiste Pillement.   Pillement is the best known artist of the Chinoiserie period and continues to be the most influential today.   Born in 1728, his work helped to spread the Rococo style throughout Europe.    His early art was mostly romantic landscapes and he quickly caught the eye of royalty such as Maria Theresa, Marie Antoinette, King Pedro III, and the King of Poland, whom he worked for, sometimes painting entire rooms.     He is most famous for his Chinoiserie drawings which  were also used on porcelains and potteries and tapestries.  He was quite prolific, and lived to be one month shy of 80.  

 

 

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An original work of art by Pillement. 

 

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An another. 

 

 

 

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Here is a detailed close up of the previous painting.

 

 

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Pillement is still relevant today – his influence is wide.  Scalamandre’s most popular toile, Pillement, is based on his work.  Here, a bedroom by Alessandra Branca is wallpapered and curtained in Pillement Toile.

 

 

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Interior Designer Phillip Sides also used the beautiful flowing Pillement Toile in this bedroom.

 

 

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Schloss Niederweiden – painted entirely by Pillement!

 

 

 

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Thomas Corrigan used original works by Pillement in this incredible living room at his French estate.

 

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OK OK OK – I KNOW this is a giveaway.   I’m getting to the juicy part now!!!!!

 

 

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One of my favorite prints by Harrison Howard is “The Fisherman.”

 

One artist today highly influenced by Pillement is Harrison Howard.   The son of a famous artist himself, Howard works out of San Diego where he paints the most wonderful, imaginative works of art.   Earlier in his career, he created murals, works of art and screens for the private houses of the rich and famous.  Some of the finest interior designers have hired him to create custom murals along with series of art works.    Today, his focus is more on smaller paintings, although he still takes on commissions.   I first saw Howard’s work on The Peak of Chic blog HERE and being that we are both the same age and both have only children of the same age,  Harrison and I  became prolific email friends.   Throughout countless discussions on design, child rearing and college choices, I had my eye on his wonderful art.  It took me a while to decide exactly which one I wanted, but I finally picked out four of his famous Chinoserie prints.   His art work entices.   At first glance, it appears to be serious work until you look closely at the details and realize how whimsical they  are:   an Oriental beekeeper – working underwater amid all the corals AND blue and white porcelains, his basket filled with shells but no fish!    Howard states that Pillement is an important influence in his work and that is easily seen, though Howard’s work seems more suited for today.   His technique and ability is formidable.   His imagination and talent fills up the canvas – leaving one wondering how does he conjure up these images????  Where do these ideas come from?   They are so fanciful, so innovative – so charming.   I gush.  

Harrison Howard has a wonderful web site, set up for easy perusal of his many works of art.   This week Howard is offering a 25% discount on all his limited prints.   AND, Cote de Texas readers have the chance to win a print of their choice!!!! 

 

 

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Another personal favorite – “The Astronomer”

 

 

 

 THE GIVEAWAY – DETAILS:

To enter this giveaway – all you have to do is go to www.harrisonhoward.com and pick out a print you like best.  Come back to the comment section and let me know what you  picked!  I will choose a winner this Friday at 11:59 p.m. – so hurry up!!!!   

 

 

 

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OMG!!!!   I could just die over how much I love this!!!!!  Notice the prints under the pens!    The characters walking out of the book – coming to life!!!  Whoa!  How does he think up these scenes??!!!

MY BEDROOM WITH MY OWN FOUR HARRISON HOWARD PRINTS:

 

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My bedroom – facing the bed is an armoire where I wanted to hang the Howard prints.

 

 

 

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On the opposite wall- besides the armoire, are the four prints, two on each side.  It’s impossible to get a picture of all four together!

 

 

 

 

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Looking at the other side.

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REMEMBER:   To enter the giveaway for the Harrison Howard print, go to the website www.Harrisonhoward.com and pick out your favorite print.  Come back here and tell me which one you want in the comment section.   You have until midnight Friday – so hurry!!!!  AND remember also – that all prints are now on sale at 25% off.

 

And, Harrison – a huge thank you for your generosity!!!!!!!   Thank you so very very much!!!