I have always loved Asian art and design. Yesterday, I was thrilled and sad to stumble across the Japanese Garden at Maymont for the first time. I can't believe that we have lived here for 5 years and now that we are moving I have found, what may just be, the prettiest spot in the City of Richmond. At least I'll have a few months to explore my new favorite place while we are in transition.
I took a lot of pictures yesterday. As you can see the garden was filled with color, water, texture, and balance. Spending time there got me thinking about how that fact that although I love it, I haven't incorporated many Asian influenced items into my own home. I think what's holding me back is the fear that a room can quickly go from subtle touches to a trip to the far east. After scanning the web I found a few things that could add that touch I'm looking for without going over board. And yes, I know I am mixing Chinese and Japanese influences.
I love the bright red color of the Fu Dog bookends. They were one of many items on the CB2 site with an Asian influence. I could also see them as part of an arrangement of interesting items on a mantle. The chinoiserie pillow by Thomas Frank was found on my new favorite site Cherry and East. The green tray comes from there too. I know the tray shape and color doesn't sing Far East, but the influence can be found in the lacquer glaze. I think this white ceramic garden stool rounds out this little of collection of accessories nicely. Its crisp white color would be right at home in a modern or traditional setting. It could be used as side table, extra seating, foot rest, or simply as an object d'arte.