Category Archives: Garden Seats

Take Your Home Décor On An Exotic Voyage With Chinoiserie

The word “Chinoiserie” is as beautiful on the ears as the pieces of décor it represents. It is a term borrowed from the French word for Chinese, “Chinois,” and is used to describe the European interpretation and inclusion of Chinese and East Asian art.

It all begins with a little blue and white.

One of the most popular ways we see Kellogg customers bring Chinoiserie to their homes is with blue and white ginger jars – but this is just the beginning. Decorating with Chinoiserie is about experimenting and being bold. It’s about contrasting your space with a punch of flavor from the Far East.
Add Asian fabrics and patterns to incorporate this exotic feel to your aesthetic:

Subtle details: The cream threads on the green pillows reveal two formal Asian women…

…which is the same fabric as the upholstery in this room!

The duvet and shams on this bed are covered in chinoiserie fabric.

Look for Asian shapes, like pagodas, to bring a new curve from the other side of the world to your traditional space.

A gold pagoda lantern adds exotic flair to this vignette in our Richmond shop.

Bamboo and pagoda come together beatifully in this headboard.

Asian wall art is bold, beautiful and elegant. Everything from photography and paintings to calligraphy and bamboo frames will make a room feel more exotic. Even if the artwork isn’t technically Asian, but captures a certain Asian essence, grab it, and remember it is your home and you should decorate the way that makes you feel happiest.

Bold blue-and-white Asian paintings and a gold bamboo mirror decorate this upper hall by Diane Litz.

It’s no secret that Chinese culture and most of Asia loves the color red. Red has never been the most popular color for home décor in the Western world, so Chinoiserie is your chance pull red, blacks, golds, and glossy finishes to your space.
Jog your memory for Asian trinkets or gifts you’ve collected in life. Gifts from friends, or souvenirs from your own travels to Asia, should be pulled out of storage, shined up, and put on display. It’s those bold, quirky-but-elegant pieces that tend to solicit the most glances and compliments, especially if you have a good personal story to accompany the piece.
Or perhaps your story is that you got it at your favorite store (wink wink).
We hope we’ve inspired you to let your home décor travel to new lands! Come to The Kellogg Collection to see our latest pieces inspired by Asia that you’ll want to have in your home.

What Is A Garden Stool, Anyway?

Garden Stools

Garden stools: They come in so many colors, they look great in a room, yet it might be tough to figure out exactly how to decorate with these unique pieces of furniture once you buy one. It turns out these ceramic (and sometimes metal or wooden) stools are actually quite functional and versatile and can serve a variety of decorative uses in a home.

Garden Stool

Thanks to the waterproof finish on garden stools, these pieces do well functioning as their namesake: a stool in a garden. Leave it on a deck, in a garden, or out on a porch with little worry about water damage. Should you buy a metal or a wooden stool, double check with a Kellogg employee that it will do well outdoors.

Garden seat in a shower

Garden stools can also serve as a seat in a bathroom, and it can add a punch of color in the process.

Garden seat set

Bring several together with a glass or wooden top for a colorful and interesting table indoors or out. If you’re expecting extra guests, simply remove the top and voila! You have extra seats for the soirée.

Garden seat

The stools can function as decorative side tables ready to hold books, drinks and other knick knacks.

Garden seats living room

Or, just keep a few stools nearby to use as extra seating when company comes over.
Come in to the Kellogg Collection’s stores in Richmond, McLean, Baltimore or Washington, D.C., to see the many different stools we have and see what looks good in, and outside of, your home. You may also browse some of our garden stools here.
Images via Houzz and the Kellogg Collection