Monday, May 4, 2009

East meets west....in my home

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was spent with my little man and we had a lovely time. I have been very happy, as he managed to get through his first week back at school this term without getting into any trouble! Yay!

Anyway, last week I posted about how much I like Asian touches in a home, here. So now I'm posting some pictures of my own Asian pieces I have around my house.

First up, my little Buddha head, which I've posted about before, because it was a bargain buy from a discount store.


Then there's my antique Chinese table, which was also a bargain buy as it was 50 per cent off. It caught my eye from the moment I saw it, but it was too expensive for me. I waited patiently for months, going back to the store from time to time to see if was still there, then one day, finally, it was on sale and I snapped it up. It fits this little corner in my hallway perfectly. I'm always changing the stuff that sits on top of it.


This next little table sits under my plantation shutters in my bedroom and holds a rustic wooden container filled with shells. Again, this table was a steal and it adds a bit of colour and texture in my all white room.



Above my bed sits my first ever Asian antique - a beautifully carved Chinese screen. I always struggle to find large scale artwork that (a) I love and (b) can afford, so using this screen as 'art' was a great solution for me. I love big bold things on walls that make a statement. Large and dramatic!


Lastly I have an antique rice carrier which looks exactly like this one. I forgot to take a picture of mine in the daylight, so this photo had to do! Currently mine holds fruit and sits on top of my microwave, but I've also been known to use it to hold toilet paper in my bathroom.


I also have my eye on an absolutely gorgeous Asian trunk that I've seen in a store here, but I don't really have a spot for it, so I keep telling myself no. I really do try and stick to the principal of only buying things I need, love and have room for, but this trunk is tempting me. I shall endeavour to stay strong!
Enjoy your week.
Best wishes,

20 comments:

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I had to laugh when I saw you last photo. I am doing the same thing. They have that same peice here at Tues. Mornings and I go and look at it and then say to myself you have no where to put it...but I just love it. Let's make a pack and go buy them together....

Blue Muse said...

East meets west perfectly in your beautiful home! I love it all - especially the screen above your bed.
I'm glad your little guy had a good week, here's to many more. :)
xo Isa

Leigh said...

I love your Asian touches, especially the table with the gorgeous soda syphon and the mirrors. Mixing a few different things from different countries throughout your house makes such an interesting and welcoming place to be! Love it. Leigh

A Touch of Country said...

Love the piece over your bed & the rice bucket. Great textures!

Lee said...

Catherine, you have a wonderful knack for mixing Asian pieces with other styles - your home looks gorgeous! Lee :)

P.S. I feel very chuffed that you have the same 'sticks' as me because I really admire your style. You'll have to post yours soon so I can see how you've used them in your home.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

It's always nice to get a peak of someone's home and your's looks so calm and relaxing. You have some lovely pieces. I shouldn't encourage you to spend, but I say.. buy that trunk... after all it can serve many purposes...storage, coffee table and a good reason to show us more of your home.

the7daggetts said...

I like the rice carrier. And what a clever idea to use one as a holder for extra bath tissue. And I'm so glad to here that your son did well in school this week! That's great!! :)

Marie said...

Luv the buddha head and the antique rice carrier...You have a wonderful collection!
-marie

Sabina said...

You have so many lovely things at home and your taste is so good!

Rachel said...

That carved screen is such a treasure!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for the sweet note that you left in my garden.

sealaura said...

i love those touches and the fact they are touches not overdose. Your house is so clean and crisp, I hope I kick my sniffles so I can get back to nesting!

Brenda said...

I keep shifting things around. But every time I bring furniture in here, I end up taking something else out. Your Asian touches are soothing.
Brenda
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Rachel Follett said...

Love all your Asian touches!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Catherine,

I was happy to hear that you had a good weekend with your Son.

I love all your Asian pieces around your home.
The area in the hallway is so lovely and what a wonderful Chinese cabinet and to get it in the sale, how lucky.
I like your "C".

Have a good week.
Hugs
Carolyn

My name is PJ. said...

I am a big fan...used to have a bunch of asian themed things and handed them all down to my sister a few years back. I can still see and appreciate them. That's good enough for me. My favorite of yours is the screen over your bed. LOVVVVVVVVVVVVE IT!

River said...

I love the rice carrier, it looks like such a versatile piece. Things that have more than one possible use are a great bonus I think.

lily-g said...

Love your home Cath you should be so proud of yourself, thank you for sharing your home with us xx

abeachcottage@typepad.com said...

i love the eastern feel with the neutrals and I love trunks too, kinda addictive!

sarah

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