An old favorite… TOILE

In my late teen years/early twenties I was obsessed with toile! I would buy anything that had toile on it. From napkins to trash cans and everything in between I had it.  I even consider toile bridesmaid dresses for my wedding, but even I had to draw the line somewhere with my obsession.


For the last couple of years my addiction to toile has slowly disappeared. I no longer pick it up everywhere I go, but it still tugs at my heart strings when I see it pop up in stores.


With my new budget project (sissy’s apt) looming I started to think up what I direction I was leaning towards and toile slowly starting floating back into my head.


Then I finally get the current issue of House Beautiful ( I swear I think my mailman is a closet decorator and likes reading them before me) and saw this:


Amazing white walls, white floors, black & white toile, black & white stripes plus a touch of animal print. A space that is totally not me and completely me all at the same time.


This space is actually a studio apt in NYC. It has to function as a bedroom:


An office:


A living room:


They even took advantage of the hallway and made a big wow with sketches and notes. Everything looks important in a sleek frame.


After seeing this I knew I was on the right track for a space mixed with toile, animal prints and stripes.


A quick trip to my fabric closet and I found some key fabrics that I could put to good use!



Images via House Beautiful. You can see more of the space here.


* Apparently I’m not the only one in love with this space. The stylish Erin could see herself calling this space home as well.


CBelle said...

What a lovely apt! Can't wait to see what you do with those fabrics!


Hannah said...

Wonderful! I have some black toile that I pulled our recently, but cannot decide where to use it. So classic!

Elizabeth said...

i used to love toile so much too, but then i just got burned out on it. i like those House beautiful pics! nice. can't wait to see your sister's apartment. she's lucky that she has you to help her

Bri Bromberek said...

I am excited to see what you'll come up with using these fabric selections! Can't wait to see the finished product!

We'd love to feature your budget-friendly breakdown on our site!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I loved this issue. That parasol frame above the fireplace just drew me in and I couldn't stop looking.

It will be fun to see what you come up with. Your sister is a lucky girl. :)

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Toile has never been my favorite...but I loved it in that space! I mean I LIKE toile, I just never felt the urge to ensconce myself in it. Cut velvet however...hold me back.

twolovelyspaces said...

I was OBSESSED with toile too. So funny. Remember the harlem toile from Old Domino?? I now only have a toile dish towel, but I think it would be an ok pattern to have in my hypothetical nursery. Great find!!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Toile was my first favorite fabric ! I never did use it in my house but I did in my best friend's and my mom's house.

KrzyKron said...

TOILE! I love toile! Such an interesting combination as well, I have been looking for ways to incorporate toile into a more modern type of decor. Thank you so much for posting!

susan's buzz said...

I fell in love with this apartment in HB and posted it on my blog a few days ago as well. I used to be toile crazy too but am less so now. I do love how subtle this toile is in this darling apartment.

Sweet Nothings said...

still dying to use toile in my home..i just cant get it right

Hello Lover... said...

My House Beautiful still has not come - I keep seeing all these great images from the current issue on blogs and it is driving me nutty!