Welcome to the 25th "Sunday Favorites"

"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.


Hello my friends!

Welcome to the 25th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!
I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! You'll never believe what I woke up to this morning...SNOW!!! Yes...snow and lots of it!!! The weather man forcasted about 1" to 3" but we already have 6" and it's still snowing! I must admit that I'm a bit disappointed...Autumn has just begun...the trees have barely begun to put on their colorful autumn show and now they are heavily laden with snow! I have a feeling that we're in for a very long and cold winter in our parts! As I'm preparing for this Sunday Favorites post...a fire burns ever so bright and warm in our wood stove! I have no plans of getting out in this weather...I'm snuggly staying put next to the warm fire!!!
PS...if you'd like to see a few of our snow pics...just scroll down to Saturday's post! *
Well my friends...Thank you so much for coming by today! Have a super Sunday!!!


Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!

Love ya'll,

Sunday Favorites

My favorite post: March 24, 2009

It's a Party...It's a Toile Party!!!
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!!!
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!
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

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!


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.


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!!!

My Frenchy Studio/Office in Toile

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!



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!

I even found a pretty black & white toile decorative plate for my frenchy studio/office! I love Hobby Lobby...these pretty plates were marked 50% off...I only paid $5 per plate!!!
Craft Project using Toile...
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!!!



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!

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!


A close-up view...

For more photos and history on my Frenchy studio/office you can click HERE.

French Country Dining Room and Toile...
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!

A close-up view...you can click on the photos to enlarge them! I just love the pretty toile designs on these pieces!!!

Toile and Tablescaping...
I used some of my red & white transferware (dessert plates) in my Valentine's Day tablescape! They added just the right, romantic touch!!!

A close-up view of the place setting. For more photos of my French Country dining room you can click HERE.

Toile in the Tea Rose Bedroom...
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!

The newly reupholstered rocker in the Tea Rose bedroom. For more photos of the Tea Rose bedroom you can click HERE.

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!!!

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!
Happy Toile!




Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Hi Chari...I LOVE this post! It has everything in it...gorgeous fabrics, beautiful rooms and even a tablescape! What a steal on those wonderful toile draperies...really beautiful...as is everything you touch!

Sarah said...

Three cheers for Toile! Chari, I adore toile in almost any color way. Your rooms look so inviting. I'm so happy you let us revisit this post. As someone new to the world of blog, I haven't seen many of the great posts that you all have done. Thanks for sharing this again. ~ Sarah

trish said...

I just love all of your toile and I am dying over your gorgeous red plates! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Theresa said...

Sweet! Love it all but my favorite is the trunk... and the rocker:) Have a restful ret of the weekend!

Alicia said...

Chari! I can't believe how gorgeous your home is. I especially loved that green wall with the red Toile plates. And that gorgeous rocker you redid...wow. Thanks so much for sharing. I gathered so many ideas. I notice now when I'm thrifting and yard sailing I can see how certain objects will look simply by thinking back to photos posted by my blogging buddies! Thanks for hosting. This is my first re-post ever, what fun and how easy! OH, and thanks so much for following my blog. I so appreciate all my wonderful followers :-)

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh you know I love toile too!!! I can't live without it!!! Your toile is gorgeous...the curtains are stunning...just another item in your house you need to send to me;)!!!

I adore this post...I will be coming back again and again to take a peek...I can't get enough!!!

Have a wonderful evening sweet girl!!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I still love your toile!!!! You have some fabulous toile and I always enjoy getting to see it.

Glad it isn't snowing here. It was hot here today. We had cool fall like temps for about a week, but today it was almost back to summer.

We might get some rain next week. Keep your fingers crossed. California could use some rain.

Try & keep warm. Have some hot chocolate with marshmallows. And stay well.

I've been sick with the flu for the past week. It was not fun. Now hubby has it. I've got my work cut out for me.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Chari, I LOVE all of your toile. YOur office drapes are so pretty and I love the color. Every one of your wonderful toile items are fabulous. Thanks for sharing again, I love it. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Happy Toile... so cute! Love all your toile!!! Ooolala ;)

Melissa Miller said...

I just all of your pretty toile pieces Chari! Your office drapes are some of my all time favorites and your plates are gorgeous in the dining room. ~Loveliness everywhere.~

I can't believe you already have SNOW! ~WOW! How neat is that?
Well maybe not so early in the season though huh? You all get so much in Colorado.

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend! Come by when you can. I've missed you my friend! ~Melissa :)

xinex said...

I cannot believe you already have snow, Chari. I love all your toile but then again, I love your whole house! Stay warm!...Christine

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Oh, I just love all your toile! Love the plates and that sweet little rocker. Great bargain find! And the fabric , and even better great bargain find! LOL

Oh my gosh, the snow looks beautful but, I have to admit, I'm not ready for the snow yet!

Your office looks beautiful (Like I would expect anything less! LOL)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sue said...

Is there anyone who DOES NOT like toile? *grin* Your study is so pretty done up in the black/browns. Love the draperies and the plate display wall. Your dining room is lovely, too! I keep looking for both red and brown plates- so far, I only have a couple of pieces. Your home is just so nicely done, Chari! I like it all...
:-) Sue

Christi @ A Southern Life said...


Beautiful post. I love toile as well. I wonder why I don't have any?!

Really enjoyed seeing yours!


Lynn said...

Got your name in my drawing.
Checked to see if you were a follower.
Why not??!!

KBeau said...

I do love toile, and those draperies were a real steal. Thanks again for hosting.

Lynn said...

My Sunday repost is up now!

Lynn said...

Are you Tricia Ann or Chari?
When I click her name I get you?
So confused!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
I just love this awesome post! Girl, you've got the touch and it really shows in all your beautiful decor! The fabrics, the colors and all that fabulous toile! You have created such warm and inviting rooms, I bet hubby is in awe ! Stay warm today, our snow is coming from the West, must be coming from Colorado! heehe. Hugs to you, Cindy

j said...

I think your Sunday Favorites is a great idea. I would like to play along but I'm afaid I'll forget (my brain power is equal to a weak AAA battery). I'll really try to remember this weekend!

Beautiful toile photos Chari.

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for coming by my friend! You are so sweet with your generous and kind comments.

I am doing so well! Thank you for asking. I've lost 15 pounds so far and my B/P is perfect. I'm just thrilled!

Have a great day! ~Melissa :)

Dawn said...

I wish I had been here for that party! Lovely post. Wow, snow! We're just starting to feel like fall with our firt real rain storm today. It is snowing in the Sierras today though, just a few hours away.

Stay warm!

Barb said...

Hi Chari, thanks for your sweet visit.

This post is lovely. The thing I love most about your decorating is the grace.....it is hard to put into words. There is a gracious quality to all you do.


Hugs to you, sweetheart,
Barb ♥

Lynette said...

Hi Chari - I remember your Frenchy Office well - and how much fun you had collecting all the pieces, parts and fabrics!! It is just as lovely as I remember -

Come round to my place and enter my blogaversary giveaway if you get a chance!!

Happy Tuesday Friend -

Unknown said...

Hi Chari - thanks so much for letting me know that my Mr. Linky address didn't work. I had an extra http:// in there. Sorry about that... I'll be more careful next time.

Take care!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My Dear friend...Girl I'm so glad you picked the Toile post to do again...I just loved it the first time and even more this time...now you know I love those drapes girl...Oh I wished I could hand rods at my house...sorry it took me so long to get here my friend...I'm about ready to shoot the power company up here...Why they can't put in underground is beyond me...every time it rains or winds we have no power...I tried yesterday fo 10 hours to cook in my crock pot between power outs...any way girl I'm sorry your not doing good...I know what you mean about the weather change and all...Love ya sis..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, You know how much I love toile, and I never get tired of looking at your gorgeous decor, so this post was perfect for me! I loved every single photo and everything in every single photo! laurie

Anonymous said...

Chari- lovely lovely repost! You have such a talent for decorating and putting things together in such a creative way!

I am in love with your cloche with the nuts and ribbon on your header! Is this something you bought or a marriage of several glass pieces?

Has your snow all melted. It was warm here- low 70's i believe but the wind was howling like crazy!


Tootsie said...

I LOVED THIS POST!!!! I love toille and have none in my home....none at all....I so need to get some...maybe I should just come and get yours...since it is all the same things I would want anyways! lol
You have done such an amazing job with all of the spaces in your home...I wish so much that I could come and tour in person.

Unknown said...

Hi! I stumbled upon your blog while googling for "olive geeen walls". I am having a hard time finding that "perfect" olive green paint color for my great room, and this is beautiful! What color and brand did you use? THANKS!

A rootdigger said...

i think you could do this and have every submitter do toile. I was so very disappointed after I clicked and it was something else.