Magazine Club: The Chinoiserie Baby Shower
Some magazine features are not only worth clipping, they warrant discussion with other like-minded design-obsessed friends. For example, coverage of the chic and creative chinoiserie-themed baby shower hosted by Mary McDonald (House Beautiful, May 2005.)
Pictured in part above, the shower was really a dinner party for couples. Since the baby was a girl, McDonald opted to decorate with pink, navy and white. The navy and white kept the pink from being to saccharine, and perfectly complemented the designer's garden filled with blue-and-white Chinese export pottery.
McDonald designed the invitations using a photocopy of the Scalamandre print, Chi'en Dragon, to line the envelopes. Guests were asked only to bring a hardback copy of their favorite children's book for the new baby's library. Tucked inside the invitations were pretty bookplates on which guests could write a short personal note.
The entire feature can be viewed on Mary McDonald's site in the portfolio section.
Below, I've added an image of McDonald with her signature large-scale Chinese ceramics, as well as a room she once designed mixing the versatile blue-and-white ceramics with chocolate brown.
Blue Canton by Mottahedeh, as seen below, replicates the centuries old blue-and-white "Canton" ware, made mainly for Western markets, and named for the Chinese trading port from which it originally came. Available online, these reproduction Blue Canton dinner plates cost around $50 each. Wisteria also offers a great selection of reproduction Chinese pieces similar to those shown in the magazine feature.
If you're interested in collecting antique Chinese export ceramics, or just want to learn more, visit Gotheborg.com or Sultan's Lost Treasure.