Monday, August 27, 2007

A print that never gets old!

(Suzie from Palazzo Pizzo blog was kind enough to pass along this image from a recent Elle Decor issue for my post, thanks!!)

I find that toile is a dish best served with a side of toile...

(Designed by Alessandra Branca, featured in Elle Decor/Dec. '06)


Wouldn't you agree? Toile is such a graphic print yet it has subtle qualities, which is why it can be applied in so many ways and still come off fresh and charming. If you still can't imagine this to be true, I have saved some of my favorite "toile" rooms for inspiration...tell me what you think?


(Designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, featured in Rooms to Inspire book)



(Designed by Fiona Newell Weeks, featured in Southern Accents, July/Aug. '04)


(Designed by Heidi Friedler, featured in Southern Accents, Jan/Feb. '06)


If designing a room out of toile is a hard sale for you, check out this great idea featured in Elle Decor back in April. Owners Glen Senk and Keith Johnson (of Anthropologie), found a creative ways to display a collection of Toile de Jouy fabrics in antique frames, shown above.


Or you could simply use the fabric as an accent in a room, like what owners Mario and Anne Grauso have done in their dining room here, featured in Elle Decor/Sept. '06.

For a more modern twist on toile, check out Timorous Beasties (a fantastic fabric and wallcovering company) and a previous post of mine here...

25 comments:

Brilliant Asylum said...

Even though lower-end companies, like Waverly ran some of the more common patterns into the ground a few years back, Toile is something I always go back to. I am now liking the chinoiserie-influenced patterns. And I agree about how well it lends itself to repetition.

Mélanie said...

Toile is so lovely . it is never old fashionned . it is timeless. I have written a post about it also last week

A Year in Marrakech said...

Did you see the article on toile in last month's World of Interiors - the same issue has a particularly fabulous bath on the cover which certainly relates to your post below too! I can't wait to get our house in England next year and go bananas with toile (and, you know, marble baths...).

Sarah

The Peak of Chic said...

I agree with you- I think if you're going to use Toile you should be bold with it. Beautiful photos!

robyn said...

I grew up with toile, and have always had it somewhere in my house as a reminder... love this post Kate!

style court said...

Kate, I'm so glad you posted that Friedler room. I misplaced those tear sheets -- it was a really intresting house.

-Suzie- said...

OH, I love toile de jouy!
It just doesn't go with my interior at the moment. I am still waiting for that chance.

katiedid said...

I do love a good toile! I have a pretty brown and white one in my guest bedroom. Fun post Kate!:)

blushing apples said...

i really liked it but i would prefer to focus in one area only! like the curtains! lovely...

Anna said...

Oh, I love the image 3rd from the bottom!
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Anna

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks for the comment Brilliant Asylum, I have to say I've been liking the chinoiserie influenced patterns as well.

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Melanie, I have to check this post out! But, I have to be honest, I can't find your blog...and I've been meaning to check it out. Send me over the link, cause I'm bet it's fab!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Oh A year in Marrakech...you just may have to fly me in to assist you with your home! Sounds fantastic...toile, marble...you'll have to post images :)

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks so much POC! I loved your post yesterday, simliar topic of going wild with one print :)

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Thank so much Robyn!!!

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks Courtney, I just loved that house too!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Oooo, I bet your guestroom is fab Katie! Thanks so much for the comment and good to see you back!!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

I can see your point Blushing Apples, I can't say that I myself would have a room wall to wall with toile, but it is a lovely print just to use even in a small amount. Thanks so much for you comment!!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks so much Anna, I like that image too!

~Kate

annechovie said...

Toile never fails to attract me!

Lyn Spataro said...

it can be reinvented so many ways. great post. my favorite is the elle decor shot. the color mix is fab. ;)

beachbungalow8 said...

yep. you have to pile it.

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks for the comment Anne!! Have you painted any rooms with Toile? That seems like it would be challenging.

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Thanks so much Lyn, glad you liked this post!

~Kate

girl meets glamour said...

Megan, I always laugh at your comments!