A Touch Of Toile In The Dining Room


Sometimes you just need a piece of fabric to inspire a home styling update, and since I'm on the organizing task here I found my muse today while going through some bins. A simple vintage piece and a color that I have always loved...
and the dining room looks freshly revived for winter...



One thing that I always do (yes, always!) is to remove all of the accessories after the holiday season and after a good old fashioned cleaning I let the rooms that I'm going to restyle sit empty for a couple of weeks. The furniture remains, everything is organized and put into cupboards. I've pared down my collections over the years and am planning on doing a show (if all works out) keeping just what I love...


I flew up to the big show in Atlanta for a few days last week and the color blue was prominent in so many of the showrooms and the French influences really caught my eye and fancy. Today I was cleaning out my studio and found these yummy vintage toile drapes that I had forgotten about...circa 1950's or so. They are buttery soft. I wish that you could feel them!...


I didn't want to overpower the room with blue, so I simply drove a nail into the wood casing surrounding the dining room door on either side (you only are seeing one) and let it drape naturally...


 It's a dreary rainy day today and I'm loving how the blue brightens things up...



A vintage silver candelabra with some equally vintage blue candles that I bought a box of at a tag sale awhile back...


By changing out the candles that you use for various colors it can really impact the look of a setting and a room...


A French enamelware pitcher (my favorite one:~) holds some grocery store roses and bougainvillea cuttings to fill out the arrangement. Adding in cuttings from the garden really stretches the floral budget...


Do you ever buy beverages just for the bottles? A few French soda bottles in pink and blue...


A very old French platter that I brought back from a brocante and got for free due to it's condition...with staples on the back holding it together. If the plate could only talk...what a life it must have had!...


 Silver and blue...the perfect marriage...





All inspired by a simple pastoral drape found in "shopping" my own stash...

I'll be sharing more winter touches later this week...