3/24/2009

It's a Party...It's a Toile Party!!!
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Hello my friends! Ohhhh boy...it's time for a party...and it's not just any ol' party but it's a TOILE PARTY!!!
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Yes...you heard me right...Pretty Organized Palace is hosting a March 24th Toile Party! I must admit, I had never been over to the Pretty Organized Palace blog before, but when I heard that she was hosting a Toile Party...it didn't take me long to find my way!
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If you haven't ever been to this wonderful blog...you've got to go! You will also find a list of Toile Party-goers...you won't want to miss out on all of the fabulous frenchy toile!!! I know a short cut....just click HERE and I'll show you the way
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I Love Toile!!!

I love toile...I just adore it! I don't know what it is about it...is it the pretty pattern? Is it the fact that it's sooooo French? Hmmm...maybe it's a little of both!

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The History of Toile or Toile de Jouy

Toile...pronounced "twahl"...is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as (for example) a couple having a picnic by a lake. Toiles also often consist of an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion consists of a single colour, most often black, dark red, or blue. Greens, browns and magenta toile patterns are less common but not unheard of. Toile is most associated with fabrics (curtains and upholstery in particular), though toile wallpaper is also popular.

Toile or Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town of north-central France.


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Without further ado...Oh, and did I mention that I LOVE TOILE? Hehe!!! For those of you dear, sweet, faithful followers of my blog...I do apologize, for these are all photos that you've seen before! Please forgive my excitement but I just had to participate in this March 24ths Toile Party!

I have always just adored toile but just didn't have any at my place...well, until recently! A couple of months ago, I reclaimed my step-son's bedroom and made myself my very own studio/office! It was the perfect opportunity to redecorate...and you guessed it...using toile! My new little Frenchy toile studio/office is still a work in progress but I have enjoyed planning each and every little detail!!!
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My Frenchy Studio/Office in Toile

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I just adore my new Waverly toile drapes!!! They are a beigey-olive green and black! The toile pattern is called La Ferme...with country scenery and chickens...but not just any ol' chickens...these are French chickens! hehe!!!

I found these beautiful drapes on sale in the JC Penneys close-out online. They were originally $270.00...marked down to just a mere $77.00! WOW...I just couldn't believe my good fortune!!! I also purchased a new frenchy decorator drapery rod and hung these drapes as close to the ceiling as I possibly could. The panels measure 95" in length. This is a "Juliet" style valance...I just love how it hangs on the rod...and look at all of the pretty black tasseled fringe!

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I found this beautiful old chair at the antique shop. The best part...it already had a pretty black & white toile fabric seat! This little "treasure find" was only $19!
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I even found a pretty black & white toile decorative plat for my frenchy studio/office! I love Hobby Lobby...these pretty plates were marked 50% off...I only paid $5 per plate!!!
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Craft Project using Toile...
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For one of the walls in my Frenchy studio/office, I wanted to do a museum/gallery wall art grouping. I needed just one more small piece to complete the wall grouping so I made this piece using an old family photo. I wrapped black & white toile scrapbooking paper around the picture mat. I love how it turned out!!!
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This was a gift from my honey...isn't he just the sweetest? And he has such good taste!!! I'm not sure how old this hunch-backed trunk is...but it's pretty old! I just love the embossed metal inserts...the pretty black & white pattern remind me of toile!!! This trunk has found a home in my studio/office...I use it to store my "Old World" Santas. Don't forget...you can click on any of these photos to enlarge them to get a better view!
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The museum/gallery wall...

Here it is...all put together! Now you can see the pretty decorative toile plates, the little picture that I crafted using the toile scrapbooking paper, and the antique trunk!

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A close-up view...

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For more photos and history on my Frenchy studio/office you can click HERE.
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French Country Dining Room and Toile...
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I have started collecting red transferware dishes. They go beautifully in my red and olive green dining room. While redecorating this room awhile back, I decided to use some of my red transferware as wall art. I made this grouping using some of my favortie pieces....I think the red transferware looks so pretty on the olive green wall...they have that frenchy toile look!
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A close-up view...you can click on the photos to enlarge them! I just love the pretty toile designs on these pieces!!!
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Toile and Tablescaping...
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I used some of my red & white transferware (dessert plates) in my Valentine's Day tablescape! They added just the right, romantic touch!!!
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A close-up view of the place setting. For more photos of my French Country dining room you can click HERE.
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Toile in the Tea Rose Bedroom...
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I found this darling little rocker at a yard sale for just $5. I reupholstered it using an olive green & beige toile! I found this pretty toile fabric at JoAnn's...it was on sale for just $1.50 per/yd. The total cost to redo this rocker was $8...not bad!
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The newly reupholstered rocker in the Tea Rose bedroom. For more photos of the Tea Rose bedroom you can click HERE.
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Well my friends...it's been quite a party...a toile party that is!!! hehe! I hope that you enjoyed all of the toile! Did I mention that I just LOVE TOILE? hehe! I hope to incorporate more of it into my home in the future...so stay tuned, we may just have to have another Toile Party!!!

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I would just like to thank Pretty Organized Palace for hosting such a lovely Toile Party...don't forget to go by her place and see more of the lovely French Toile de Jouy!!! Thank you so much for coming by...I just love it when you visit, please leave me a comment to let me know you were here!
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Happy Toile!

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26 comments:

Happy To Be said...

GM Girl Friend...Now you know I love all your Toile..no matter what color it is its just beautiful...Now those drapes are to die for girl..and what a bargain price you got them for..
I want a toile bedroom so bad girl..but I also want a Shabby chic one and a Victorian one...oh the list goes on..How is that wind today...I see you still have power at least..Hope you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

marty39 said...

All of your toile is just stunning. I love all the fabrics and dishes. Gorgeous. Your home is just beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Susan said...

You know I love your office! Love what you have done with the red and white plates! If I ever find any I would like to do the same!

Maya said...

There are some great pieces here, the black toile chair, very nice find!

Marie said...

J'adore everything in the tea bedroom...absolutely frenchy! And luv the trunk too!
-marie

Bo said...

Chari, without a doubt you head the toile parade or at least you should!! You have incorporated toile beautifully in each of your rooms...it is a favorite of mine even though I'm practically toile-less if that's a word...LOL ;-) Bo

Attic Gal Rachelle said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Those red transferware plates look great on that green wall! And that Frenchy French office with the Frenchy French chickens is simply toile-licious!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hey Chari! I love all your toile! I really like what you did to that picture and that trunk! I loved looking at your room again! And your dining room is beautiful! I haven't seen those plates on the wall before! What a great grouping! And I'm not even going to tell you to move something! (LOL!) Love ya! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Chari,
You have a lovely toile-accented home! Thank you for your tour! Have a lovely toile day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Amanda said...

Oh wow! Your home is beautiful! Just beautiful! LOVE all the toile! Thank you so much for sharing. I'll definitely be back!

Felicia said...

Your drapes are awesome and I especially love that toile trunk!

Janelle said...

Oh, that sweet little rocker is precious! You have a lovely home!

Kim Chalfant said...

Chari,
I still love seeing photos of all your toile and your fabulous rooms. I love it!!!! We definitely need to have another toile party as I just thought of a whole bunch more toile items in my house I didn't post about (I was too lazy to go around my house & take new photos, I just showed my bedroom again) & hopefully I can get my toile projects finished to show off another time.

pammiejo said...

Loved seeing all your toile and I do believe you are a "Toile Fanatic"! You have bunches! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I do see by your profile that we do indeed have a lot in common. It's fun to see how many interests we do have in common. PAM

Carolyn said...

Loved all your toile! Those drapes are very elegant.
Carolyn

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Chari...love all your pretty toile...and girl, you stole those drapes! :-) They are beautiful! I love it...French chickens...hee, hee. Love your post, Chari...you always make me smile! Susan

Leila said...

Of all your pretty things I think I love that rocker the most!

But it's all great!

Melissa Miller said...

Oh how pretty Chari!

I do love all your toile.

I don't think I had ever seen the trunk or the Red dishes.
They are gorgeous!

I wish I had some toile to have joined in with the party. I'll have to find something soon.

Have a wonderful evening
my friend.
~Melissa :)

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Hi Chari!
It's so nice to meet you too. I just love all of your toile pieces. You did a great job on them. Enjoy the rest of your week! And thanks so much for stopping by!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

So much toile, so little time today! I am in love with your drapes. They are gorgeous! That is one color of toile that I haven't seen. LOVE IT!
~Misti

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Chari, your Frenchie office looks SOOOO pretty. Of course, you know how much I love toile! Those draperies are gorgeous, and how smart to cover that picture mat with toile paper. I've always loved your dining room. Both of these rooms are perfection. laurie

mishebe said...

Those drapes are to die for. i love Jcpenneys. I love those plates too, gosh i wish we had a Hobby Lobby in Washington, so bad... great pictures. mishelle

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Chari! It's all wonderful! I love your wall of toile (plates) in the dining room and SCORE on those drapes. Wow!
I have toile in my bathroom :0)

xinex said...

Your room is so pretty, Chari! are you done decorating it yet? Love all your toile in it....Christine

Pretty Organizer said...

IF I had an office outside of the roll top desk in the kitchen... it would be like yours. Frenchy, Toile, with a hint of all my family heirlooms and things I love. What a great space to work in! The drapes... holy cow. They are gorgeous. Girl, you got yourself a plate collection and I want it! So beautiful! Thanks for joining my little Toile Soiree!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Just beautiful. You did a wonderful job of decorating.