Hey...want to know the quickest way to add a bit of worldly sophistication to your home decor? Look no further than Chinoiserie. This charmingly exotic decorating style has been around for centuries, but it's more popular than ever. Chinoiserie evolved from a European translation of Asian design influences as far back as the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - inspired by the wares that travellers and traders brought back their aquisitions from travel to the East. Designers began to interpret the unique style in all aspects of design, from ceramic to interior decorating to gardens and architecture. We love the way the Chinoiserie decor instantly adds a sense of history and travel to a room -- and all it takes is a couple striking pieces or upholstery at a bold pattern to perform the trick. Here are some of our favourite pieces in the Chinoiserie style.