Time for Toile…….

For those few people who have never heard of Toile, it is a French name for a fabric meaning linen or canvas cloth, dating back to the 16th Century. Nowadays it predominantly refers to the design printed onto the linen or cotton fabric, usually a pastoral scene in a single colour, mostly black, blue or red. It is also available in wallpapers, of course…..

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It is a fabulous way to add a traditional touch to a room yet without overpowering the room with colour and pattern, because although the design of the pattern is usually quite complex, because of the monochromatic colour scheme, it looks deceptively simple and chic.

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This one in coral and grey is just beautiful….although not strictly traditional in that it is two or possibly three  colours, it still has a lovely feel.

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Very different-Toile medallions…an unusual take on the concept.

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A very traditional red with just a highlight of white.

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Again, a very unusual take on a traditional theme…this time pink and grey with white highlights.

Whenever I browse blogs or fabric sites, the Toiles definitely catch my eye every time…I would love to do an entire room in a toile in my country cottage (the fantasy one of course!) one day…perhaps the guest room?Oh a girl can dream…….

 

Grey love…..the new white?

It seems to be that every lovely neutral room that catches my eye at the moment, has touches or shades of grey  in it….I have spent the last couple of days going through one of my favourite blogs Greige . This blog is gorgeous and full of the most inspirational images about……..yes……. grey in all its shades and hues….

I found these two images below on Greige and I was just bowled over by the gorgeous dress which I believe is vintage Dior…how can anyone go wrong with Dior…..

image via Greige
image via Greige

 

Then I also found  this magnificent room……

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image via Greige

This room really speaks to me…in a calm , peaceful, harmonious way. The other thing I love about it is the textures….the rug combined with the linen upholstery make this room tactile and interesting, despite the muted palette ….and the books….need I say more?

I am currently working on a home for a client with a French feel and I want to show her this image for inspiration…it is exactly the look we are trying to achieve….a relaxed family home with a French flavour and a lived in feel.