A Touch Of Toile In The Dining Room

Decorating with toile - toile curtains pared with matching blue candle sticks

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...


Decorating with toile - touches of toile curtains and toile china in a neutral dining room

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...

Decorating with toile - detail on blue toile curtains

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!...

Decorating with toile - toile curtains contrast with a bright pink floral bouquet

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...

Decorating with toile - a neutral dining room with touches of toile accents

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


Decorating with toile - toile curtains, a bright pink floral bouquet and elegant blue candlesticks

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

Decorating with toile - candlesticks to match the blue accents of toile in the dining room

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

Decorating with toile - this bright pink rose flower arrangement is the perfect contrast with the blue toile

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...

Decorating with toile - reused glass bottles add pops of color and class to an elegant dining table

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

Decorating with toile - close up details of toile pattern on an antique french serving platter

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!...

Decorating with toile - silver and blue accents make the toile fabric pop in this dining room design

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


Decorating with toile - blue and silver accents complement the toile design

Decorating with toile - drapes of toile cover a neutral off-white chair

Decorating with toile - a touch of toile in the dining room

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

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