Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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.



Blogger CBelle said...

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



July 13, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

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

July 13, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger 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

July 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger 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!

July 13, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger 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. :)

July 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous 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.

July 13, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 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!!

July 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger 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.

July 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger 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!

July 13, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger 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.

July 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

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

July 13, 2010 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger 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!

July 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

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