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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This Girl's Toile Tale

This girl has been following so many beautiful blogs that have enriched my world.  I want to thank you wonderfully creative people for many hours of fine viewing.  The creation of this blog is in answer to the feeling that I probably have something to give back to the blogosphere.  It is my hope that some of you will be visiting me often and that you find that some posts speak to you in a way that you will want to share these musings with your similarly minded friends.  My friend Barb, of Somerset Manor Designs in Indianapolis (whom you will hear a lot about, I'm sure) is the one who turned me on to blogging.  Our husbands call it "decorating porn"!!!  I am so indebted to her.

My own home has a multitude of toiles incorporated into the design.  I just can't say no.  My favorite toiles have dogs in them.  Offer me any fabric with a toile influence and a dog and I'm finding a way to use it!!

The photo from the profile for this blog is a wallpaper by Thibaut that I have in a powder room.  When we bought this house it had a black toilet and a black granite floor.  Yikes!  I had to figure out a way to make them work for us, since I really didn't want to replace them.  When I found this paper, I realized that I already had it bookmarked into a "use someday?" file.  So up it went and it totally changed the room. Don't you just love the raspberry vines and fruit in it?  I don't use much wallpaper, but I feel that a powder room is the perfect place for this decorative statement, since you don't have furniture, or much fabric in those rooms.

This blue toile is my all-time favorite fabric and it is by Brunswick and Fils.  I have it in our tv room for the skirted table, a cushion on a wooden chair, lots of pillows, and anyplace else I could use it!

This is the same fabric in a different color way.  It is from a different part of the scene.  I have used it in our basement family room to cover a chair and ottoman. 

I used this toile in our master bedroom for the duvet, to cover two chairs, and on two large European shams.  It is so subtle and the colors are wonderful.  The dark color can read as black or dark brown.


This toile covers a sofa that I'm not really using right now.  It's an oldie but goodie by Waverley.  I will probably soon recover it in a cream linen slipcover so that I could go back to this print if I want, since it is in such good shape. 

I'll soon be posting about toiles I love to use on my tabletops.

Follow me into the world of design one post at a time and leave me a comment about each one. I'd love to hear from you.

Happy blogging,


P.S.  Thanks for all the technical help, Amy!


  1. Linda I hope I'm your first fan. I am so thrilled to have been given credit for your new adventure into the blog world. You have been such an inspiration to me over our 20 plus years of friendship on subjects like design, entertaining and cooking that I can think of no better way for you to inspire others with your creativity then to blog about what you know best. I look forward to your future posts and will add you to my list of "blog porn!!!!!" Much love. Barb

  2. Linda! I'm so excited for you and for all of us who admire and are inspired by you. In addition to your spectacular taste and unique finds, I hope you take us through your design process. As a young woman still new to interior design I can't wait to get inside your design brain. Love you!

  3. Dearest Linda,
    I hope you will share Larry's design perspectives as I am confident he is your muse. I was so happy to see this and discover what toile actually is. It is a beautiful creation, as are you. Much love, Michael

  4. I too am a toile lover and right now I have a sofa with both strawberry pink and yellow toile slipcovers. I have aqua blue toile, 2 patterns, in my dining room and I have pink and green toile draperies in my office! Thanks for the comment on my purple stemware....someday I will have purple toile!


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