Chinoiserie in Small Doses
Interior design, Mary McDonald, as seen in House Beautiful, October 2002.
I've always liked how Mary McDonald used low doses of chinoiserie in the relaxed pool house above. One of my favorite pieces is the black-lacquered box on the coffee table. Serious collectors can find similar antique chinoiserie boxes at The Gables Antiques, on Miami Circle in Atlanta. Below is an exquisite example: a 19th-century box from England with ivory ball feet (price: $3100.)
Less expensive, not-so-old options can often be found at flea markets and through online shops such as Wisteria.
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