Chinoiserie Style: Blue and White Porcelain

In tend to gravitate toward more traditional design, and the classic combination of blue and white is no exception.  In particular, I am drawn to blue and white pottery (also known as ginger jars and happiness pots).  They are really fun to collect as each piece is unique.  Group them together on a table or bookshelf and you have instant elegance and sophistication.  They also work well in many different color schemes from black and white, to red, to green.

A real antique ginger jar or happiness pot will set you back big bucks.  The good news is there are reproductions all over the place.  I have found some of my pieces at thrift stores, and very inexpensively at stores like Homegoods and Ross.  Online retailers Ballard Designs and Wisteria also have reproductions of these timeless beauties.

Here is my take on this classic collectible.  See below how other designers have incorporated them into their decor.

Chinoiserie Blue and White 2

Chinoiserie Blue and White


Blue and White 2

Mary McDonald

Blue and White 1

Carolyne Roehm

Blue and White 7

Wemer Straube via Traditional Home 

I am drooling over this outdoor living room.  Can you imagine decorating like that outdoors?

Blue and White 5

Mary McDonald

Blue and White 4

House Beautiful

Blue and White 6


I love the photo below because the modern lucite table is such a nice juxtopostion against the traditional blue and white porcelain.

Blue and White 9

Jenifer Jordan

What do you think?  Do you decorate with blue and white?  With elements of Chinoiserie?  I think it is such a fun thing to collect and they don’t have to be matchy matchy to make a statement!

Have a wonderful Monday!  xoxo

Linking up to the Blue and White bash over at The Pink Pagoda.

Blue and White Bash


  1. I’ve been loving the blue and white pottery trend! It’s so beautiful and upscale looking! I had a chance to buy some at Hobby Lobby at a deep discount but I couldn’t think at the time where to put them. Darn practical side!:-)

    • That happens to me all the time. I fall in love with something that doesn’t go with my existing scheme or I simply don’t have room for it. Good for you for exercising restraint Tamara!

  2. WOW. What a gorgeous post. And I love the combo of the porcelain with the acrylic so much! Thank you for linking up to The Bash! I hope you’ll be back next month!

  3. Love your entry way collection! I am scouring Home Goods now to try to get so lucky.

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