TOILE DE JOUY
Toile (pronounced twahl) means "cloth" in French. “Toile de Jouy,” or “toiles de Jouy,” are terms that refer to fabric that was first manufactured at a factory in Jouy-en-Josas, a village located southwest of Paris, near Versailles. Founded in 1760 by German-born Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, (1738-1815), a textile entrepreneur, the factory site was chosen primarily because of its proximity to the clear running water of the Bièvre River. Oberkampf knew that water is a crucial element in the dyeing process. Only the highest quality goods were used in the production of the factory's printed fabrics made of cotton, one reason for the enterprise’s success.
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by Patricia Cummings
above & below: from "Charles Faudree Interiors"
I know, I know....it takes a lot of nerve to post a picture of my room after posting pictures from Charles Faudree's book. I just thought I needed to show you what toile is supposed to look like before I show you what it looks like at my house. If I could afford to have Mr. Faudree come do my toile, I certainly would. But, since I am a bargain hunter, I have to do what I can with a limited budget and limited decorating experience.
The room we use for our master bedroom was originally a formal living room in this house. I just thought we'd use it more as our master bedroom than we would as a formal living room. I think I was right, because, surprise, surprise, we use it every night.
Other toile fabrics from around my house:
This fun toile is in my sun room.
This Asian toile is on the seats of some chairs in my family room.
If you've read my blog before, you may already be tired of seeing this fabric.In my family room, it is the draperies and it lines the back of my bookshelves.
A chair in my back entry
The shower curtain in my guest bath
The window curtain in my bathroom.
The drawers on my dressing table
And blue and yellow toile in my front entryway.
I guess you get the idea that I LOVE toile. It's everywhere, and I didn't even go upstairs with my camera! There is just something about toile that I find so charming. I have no idea what made me say this, but one time when my husband brought me flowers in a toile bucket, I made the mistake of saying "toile just charms the pants off of me"! Do you think that's why he thinks it's okay to have toile in our master bedroom? (Again, I'm amazed at what I reveal in this blog!)
Now, I need to have my friend, Vanna, come tell me some pretty French words to use here, but I'm afraid she might use the word "merde", which is one of her favorite French words, and although it might be a good description of my decor, I'm not sure I want it used to describe my decor (even if it does sound a lot prettier in French)!!
So, I will just say:
for visiting my blog.