Chinoiserie: the one that got away and my own OKL design challenge

July 18, 2018

I had absolutely no intention of writing a post today.  In fact, my husband is traveling and I was looking forward to binge watching some design shows and hitting the sack early.  But I felt compelled to write after I wimped out on buying a really cool chinoserie screen today and it is bugging me.  


I have no problem pulling the trigger on smaller ticket items but I miss out on some really great furniture and larger scale finds because I don't want to spend the money when I don't have a spot for something and also I don't have a good storage solution right now.  As my business grows, this is something I'm going to have to deal with down the road.  


Anyway, today I came across the most amazing chinoserie screen and I am having major (and I mean MAJOR) regret for not scooping it up.  Not for me but for some lucky someone.  



It was so unique and absolutely massive.  I can just imagine how stunning it would look in the right space.  But alas, I didn't pull the trigger.   I did however tip off a couple of my favorite sellers in Raleigh in hopes that someone will go scoop it up!


The afternoon went along and I just haven't been able to stop thinking about this thing.  Then I opened my email and had one from One King's Lane about a chinoserie collection they were selling.


 image from OKL


So of course I had to click on it.  And there was another totally awesome screen staring me in the face:



I felt like the thing was mocking me for not having the gumption to pull the trigger on the other screen.


But as I kept perusing the collection, I fell in love with some other pieces like this bamboo lamp (might be one of the most beautiful lamps I've ever laid eyes on):



...and this killer antique dim sum basket (that I don't even know exactly what it is but it looks so cool):



And sure there's plenty of blue and white in the collection but I especially loved this umbrella stand:



And I have a good friend who I'm going to be helping with a project remotely.  She's Burmese and I had to send her this awesome Burmese vintage rattan chair:



The more I looked at everything, the more I wanted ALL of it.  So, to satiate my need to buy things that I have no where to put and can't afford, I designed a room with all the things I wanted to buy.  And made sure that the screen was in there!  Because I enjoy a good challenge, I only allowed myself to use pieces from this exact OKL collection.  Nothing else.  So here's what I came up with:


It's definitely of the more is more vibe.  It's not for everyone.  But that's what I love about design.  I can appreciate a space like this that feels worldly and collected and oh so maximalist but I can also love, admire and appreciate (and design!) a space that is much more minimalist, subdued and modern.  I didn't design this room for anyone and it isn't like anything I've ever put together before so I enjoyed stretching my design wings a little.  But, I'm totally digging it and feel a TINY bit better about not buying that screen.  This helped get it out of my system....a little.  


Do you ever have non-buyer's remorse?  Is there something that you are still kicking yourself weeks, months, even years later for not scooping up?  


xo, Cameron



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