Oh Asia….. Me Love You Long Time!!
I have to admit something. I am addicted to Chinese furnishings. It is my absolute favorite design genre. The foo dogs, golden screens, delicate textiles and papers, and dynasty tables send chills down my spine. I don’t exactly know what draws me to this style but I feel it brings such a warm spirit that contemporary pieces can’t always achieve. The older and slightly distressed the better. As I always say, every room needs a natural or cultural presence with a hint of history. However, an overdose of Asian influence leans heavily on poor sanitation grade Chinese takeout more than it does chic. So just mix this in with your regular style and you will have gotten it just right.
The best places to uncover these finds are not always the shiny storefronts but more often the back alley second-hand palaces. Although more authentic and unique items can fetch values higher than your Sallie Mae student loan, anyone can find their own piece of the orient after a fun search.