Chinoiserie Chic: Ginger Jars

Well, Hello!

Somehow I managed to only do one post in the whole month of June (oops!) and I am looking forward to catching back up this month. Often times, I find that I am more apt to post to Instagram when I am super busy with work, etc. Last month was a prime example. Now that things have settled down a bit, I have some great new reveals coming up as well as a fun new series.

This will be the first installment of a new series of posts I am calling, Chinoiserie Chic. I’ll be highlighting accessories, furnishings and materials with a Far East vibe.

One of the most popular ways to incorporate an eclectic Asian feel into a space is with the use of Ginger Jars as accessories. These vessels were originally used to transport spices from the orient. Eventually, ginger jars became a collectable item themselves.



Frequently, ginger jars are used as accent pieces and usually can be found in decorative groupings. Blue and white are by far the most popular color combination…


Via PopSugar

 


Via Traditional Home


Via Calling it Home


Via House Beautiful


Via Wisteria


Via Nell Hills Blog

 


Via It’s A Wonderful Palmetto Life

 

Alternative color offerings are equally as striking and exquisite.

 


Via My Luscious Life


Via Etsy


Via Indigo Dreams


Via Eddie Ross

 

In addition to multicolor options, monochromatic ginger jars make a more modern statement while still alluding to a traditional profile.


 


 

 

Another popular use for ginger jars would be to use them as lamp bases. Their sturdy yet attractive shape along with their decorative finishes create an optimal aesthetic.

 


 


 


 


 


 

Last, the classic appeal of ginger jars has been inspiration for both artwork and wallcoverings. I think I like these beauties just as much as the real thing!

 


Via Etsy

 


Via Etsy

 


Via Stroheim


Via Kaffe Fassett

 

Ginger jars are an excellent way on incorporating a touch of Chinoiserie style into a space. I love that they are not a trendy Asian piece. They have been a design staple for so many years that they have become timeless classics!

Would you integrate ginger jars into your home’s décor? If so, how?

 

I hope you have enjoyed my first Chinoiserie Chic post. More to come soon!

 



Four Favorites – 4th Edition

Hi There!

Checking in this week with another Four Favorites post. I’ve been out of commission posting while the plumbing in our townhome was being replaced. The work was completed late last week and we are putting things back together slowly but surely.

I am certainly ready to get back to a few DIY projects I’ve had in mind and am excited to share them with you soon.

Here are some items that have caught my fancy over the past few weeks.

 


1) Pierced Porcelain Tealights, 2) Amaryllis Measuring Cups, 3) Monogrammed Garland Ring Dish, 4) Retro Magnetic Timer

More on some DIY projects in the works and our deck décor early next week.


10 Stylish Stairwells

I can’t believe that the end of the school year is already here! It seems as though this year flew by in the blink of an eye. We are saying goodbye to Christopher’s wonderful teacher and getting ready for the impending summer months.

Have any of you noticed the “picked for you” posts on Pinterest? Although I love this feature, I am slightly frightened by the clairvoyant accuracy of Pinterest’s predictions. A few months ago, I created a new board for Stairwells & Entries. Lately, I have gravitated to the pre-picked images of picturesque stairwells.

Sophisticated staircases often incorporate both architectural and decorative elements. For example, architectural features can include millwork and metal elements, while decorative items such as lighting, carpet and artwork finish the overall look. Here are a sampling of stairwells with style…


 

 


via Southern Hi-Life

 


via Better Homes & Gardens c/o The Decorista

 


via Better Homes & Gardens c/o The Decorista

 


via Luxe

 


via Luxe

 


via Luxe

 


via Provident Home Design

 


via The Foo Dog Ate My Homework


via Home Adore

 


via Traditional Home

 

Which stairwell was your favorite?

 

Four Favorites – 3rd Edition

It’s beginning to feel like we’ve been transplanted in the Pacific Northwest this week… rain, rain and more rain with no end in sight! Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful not to be having a drought similar to the one we had about 4 years ago. And yet, this wet weather has me daydreaming in cool tones… blues, aquas, and greens.

This week’s Four Favorites post is the joyful product of my imaginings:


Frosted Doily Plates, Glass Knots, Boxwood Trees & Wafture Planters

I love this lace/vintage inspired dinnerware at Anthropologie. It’s a funky fresh way to infuse color into a spring or summer tablescape. Next, West Elm’s glass knot is a elegant and contemporary accessory addition. It comes in a variety of colors, but I am drawn to the teal.

One of my favorite additions to any space is greenery. Whether real or faux, it brings an organic and natural touch to any space. When using faux greenery, quality is paramount. Cheap greenery looks like exactly that. These boxwoods would be optimal for year round use. Last, these Wafture planters remind me of two beautiful thrift store/estate sale finds I’ve snatched up lately.


via my Instagram

Chinoiserie accents are a fabulous way to incorporate eclectic yet timeless items into a space.

 

 via my Instagram

 

What are some of your favorite items around the web?

 

 


 


Chicken Quesadillas & Cinco de Mayo

Hola!

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, which is a big deal, but is a huge deal in Texas for many reasons.

1. We border Mexico

2. We are the Tex-Mex capitol of the world

3. Margaritas

… Enough said.

Instead of braving the crowds at a local Mexican restaurant, we stayed home and made my fool proof Chicken Quesadillas.

Deliciously Simple Chicken Quesadillas
Feeds 4

1 lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
20 Flour Tortillas (preferably fresh)
2 cups Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Onion Powder
½ tsp Cilantro
½ tsp Parsley
¼ tsp Black Pepper
¼ tsp Chili Powder
¼ tsp Cumin
¼ tsp Celery salt
Dash of Ground Red Pepper (to taste)
Aluminum foil

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Dice chicken breast in small pieces and cover with seasoning mixture. Brown in skillet over Medium-Low heat 6-8 minutes or until no pink showing. Meanwhile, lay out 8 sheets of aluminum foil approximately 16″ long each. Place one fresh tortillas on each sheet of foil and place a small handful of shredded cheese on each. Once the chicken has browned, distribute evenly over cheese. Sprinkle each tortilla with more cheese and top with a second tortilla. Fold aluminum foil into an envelope encasing each quesadilla. Place in oven for 4 minutes. Turn quesadillas over and bake for an additional 4 minutes. Allow to cool 3-5 minutes and cut each quesadilla into 4 pieces. Serve with your choice of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, etc.



This may seem like a lot of spices, but the end result is so worth it. Hubs comments on how great these are every single time!



Making the magic happen.


Dealing out tortillas.



 


Wrap them up…


… Cut them up…


… Eat them up!


We make these once every few weeks paired with one of our favorite local salsas.


Although this recipe uses quite a bit of foil, I’ve had a hard time with other recipes on the stove top or in the oven due to cheese leaking from the tortillas. This blend of spices also seems to work best due to the depth of flavor without being too hot. Try it out and tell me what you think!

How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?