Too Exotic? Too Elegant?

When we received the preliminary sketches of the architect’s design for expanding the Glade included were front, side, and rear elevations. As I showed you here we would like to have an uncovered porch, also called our “rooftop terrace” on the plans, just outside the master bedroom.

Rooftop terrace at back of house outside Master Suite

 How delighted was I to see the railing of the terrace drawn in the Chinese Chippendale style! This style was invented by Thomas Chippendale, an English furniture and cabinetmaker, and was first published in a book of his work in 1754.  

From the backyard the Chinese Chip railing is elegant.

 My only hesitation is whether Chinese Chip is too fancy for the humble Glade after all it’s used on the upper story of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia.

The style can be simplified.

Then I was driving to work and I saw that townhouses near us sport a bit of CC and I became more open-minded.

A simple Chinese Chip design.

Chinese Chippendale is really a style more than an actual design. 

Source: via Jo on Pinterest



I was convinced to go ahead and try it when I saw this fabulous tutorial on how this railing was designed, laid out, and built. The scale is very similar to our installation.

Source: via Jo on Pinterest


What’s your take? Are you a Chinese Chip fan? Is it too much for our little place?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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