Inspired By Claydon House?
Above, Mary McDonald's master bedroom designed for the 2003 House Beautiful showhouse benefiting Children's Action Network.
Image above, Claydon House, copyright Britain's National Trust.
I've always wondered if the fret work that crowns Mary McDonald's dramatic canopy bed, top, was slightly inspired by the famous Chinese Room at Britain's Claydon House. Designed in 1769 by Luke Lightfoot, the Claydon interior is viewed as the most intricate chinoiserie room surviving in Britain. Highlights include elaborate pagoda motifs above each door, and an almost theatrical tea alcove painted with latticework and covered in lush Asian-inspired details.
This Kelly Wearstler-designed yellow bedroom at Maison 140, above, is intended to have a Paris-meets-Far East vibe. It feels a little like a modern, clean-lined version of those stately 18th-century European bedrooms that were loaded with chinoiserie.