Style Guide: Chintz

Right now, we are rebelling against everything minimalistic, and yes, that means a newfound appreciation of Chintz. I have been dreaming of this over-the-top style since we shot the apartment of our artist, Janie Kruse Garnett, for Volume II of our printed journal. Cherished for its vibrant patterns and floral motifs, Chintz boasts a rich history steeped in elegance and charm. Originating in India, Chintz gained popularity in Europe during the 17th century as a symbol of luxury and sophistication. However, during the Victorian era, Chintz truly flourished, adorning interiors with its opulent designs and evoking a sense of grandeur. Fast forward to the maximalist movement of the 1980s, where designer Mario Buatta, affectionately dubbed "The Prince of Chintz," propelled these patterns into the spotlight once again. Buatta's fearless embrace of Chintz epitomized maximalism, infusing spaces with abundant color, pattern, and joy. Today, we continue to adore Chintz for its ability to inject personality and whimsy into any room, serving as a timeless ode to vitality and the art of living boldly. While it's undeniably entertaining to marvel at images where a designer went ALL IN on Chintz, embracing the style in all of its glory,Ā  I prefer a subtle nod to its charm by incorporating a patterned plate or pillow amidst traditional silver, organic ceramics, and hand blown glass. As always, embracing the idea that "the magic is in the mix."

English Chippendale Dinner Plate

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Vintage FloralĀ Glass Vase

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English Chippendale Dish

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English Chippendale Scalloped Plate

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English Chippendale Bread Plate

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Rosalind Glass

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Vintage Floral Plate Set

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Arabella Glass Set

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