Showing posts with label SUNDAY FAVORITES. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SUNDAY FAVORITES. Show all posts

Sunday, May 24, 2009


My re-post for Sunday Favorites was originally posted on November 6, 2008.

To find links to see other bloggers' favorite past posts, be sure to go to Chari's blog, Happy to Design, and get all of the links. Thank you Chari for this fabulous meme.




What is 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.
Quilter's Muse Virtual Museum
by Patricia Cummings

above & below: from "Charles Faudree Interiors"

I know, I 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.

I am not a new "toile lover". I've always loved toile, even before it came back into popularity. Fortunately my dh doesn't object to it (I think he even likes it, but I don't think he would admit that). When I was a little girl, my sister and I shared a blue and white toile bedroom, and I loved looking at the scenes on the fabric and just imagining far-away places and people.

I guess I never outgrew that love, because my master bedroom is black and cream toile. Of course, it's not ALL black and cream toile...that would require going out to buy all new everything and/or having everything reupholstered, and as a bargain hunter, I could never do that! Bargain hunter may just be nice way to say "I'm tight". I have trouble getting rid of anything or changing anything if it's still in good shape (even if it doesn't go with anything else in my house!) In order for me to get rid of something, it has to have a hole in it (and that's only if it can't be turned over where the hole doesn't show!) Oh my, I'm amazed at the things I admit on this blog.

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.

My window treatments were an accident. I found black and cream toile tablecloths at Tuesday morning for $9.00 each. I bought two of them, thinking I'd have a big black and cream toile dinner party some day. It wasn't until I put one on my table, that I thought it looked sort of strange to have a print that only ran in one direction on a tablecloth (couldn't decide which direction the print should go). (You think maybe that's why they were only $9 each?) So I put them up to think about it another day. I had made black and cream valances for the windows in our bedroom, and I was using draperies that were formerly on these windows when it was a living room. They were just plain cream, and they just weren't doing it for me. One day, I was just standing there, looking at those creme colored draperies, wishing I could afford some new toile draperies. That's when I remembered the tablecloths! I decided to hang the tablecloths with clip-on rings in front of the existing draperies. I just did it like a shower curtain with a liner (every other ring held the tablecloth, and the ones between held the thicker drapery). This gave the tablecloths a liner (so that the toile did not show from the outside) as well as more fullness and body. Of course, I only had 2 tablecloths. I had to rush back to Tues. a.m., but there was only one more tablecloth left. For awhile, I just used one tablecloth on each window (pulled to one side). My friend, Susie, somehow came up with one more tablecloth from a Tues. a.m. on the other side of the State, and I had enough for the two windows. This was supposed to be my temporary solution until I could afford real draperies, but that was six years ago, and I've kind of become accustomed to them now, and since they don't have holes in them or anything, I'm going to keep them awhile longer.

Now this has nothing to do with toile (I know you are shocked that I'm not staying on point--so unlike me to wander off into another subject), but in case you are wondering if it is Mardi Gras at my house, I'm going to tell you about the chandelier. I had pearls (faux and real-I can't tell the difference) that had belonged to my mother, my grandmother and my mother-in-law. One day, I decided to hang them from the chandelier over our bed. It was weeks before my dh noticed them, and when he did, he asked if we were celebrating Mardi Gras. When I explained that they were pearls from our families, he wasn't at all sure he wanted the "family jewels" hanging from the chandelier! However, he hasn't said anything else about them, so that is where they are staying.

Other toile fabrics from around my house:

This fun toile is in my sun room.

This Asian inspired 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.

My dh has his own bathroom (without any toile)

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:

"merci beaucoup" for visiting my blog. (Don't forget to go to Happy To Design to find other favorite posts.) laurie

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I am again posting a Sunday Favorite. Chari at Happy to Design is our delightful hostess for this event.

Today, I am re-posting my friend, Connie's English Country style sunroom. If you missed this the first time I posted it, you are going to be so glad I am reposting it!

(originally posted on 11/28/08):

I DO HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND! Last Saturday, I told you I had run out of friends. My good friend, Connie, is going to let me share her lovely sunroom. Connie's decor is English Country style. The first time I saw her decor on RMS, I thought: it looks like a beautiful and happy person lives in this house. Her love of the color "red" makes everything look so happy. (Of course, her wonderful mix of toiles and plaids-two of my favs-didn't hurt either!) I've never met Connie, but she is a wonderful cyber friend, and I can testify that I was right about her decor being a reflection of her personality. She is a beautiful and happy person. I'm going to let Connie take you on a tour of her sunroom now.


Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My dear friend, Laurie has asked me to share one of my rooms with you. It's not fair, having to follow her's and Vanna's gorgeous rooms, but here goes. My name is Connie, or puddin07 on RMS. A lot of you have seen my rooms, but for those who haven't, I need to explain that I love the color red, and I have to have lots of it, or I'm not happy, and Laurie thinks SHE needs psychiatric care! I also collect blue and white porcelains, and apparently red lampshades! LOL! I also like lots of stuff, like Laurie does.

I have chosen my sunroom, I guess it is my favorite room. To get to it, you come through the french doors in the Dining Room, and down a couple of steps. To the right, is a bookcase, and a small table, that is really a stereo speaker, which is full of stuff, naturally!

At the bottom of the steps, is this sitting area, which is two recliners, and a table. There is also a small TV. I am overrun with recliners, don't ask me why, I don't know! They're pretty comfy, and Hubby likes them. I better explain, this room used to be a deck that we had enclosed, but Hubby wanted some of the deck left for flowers, and the space is pretty tight, I wish we hadn't done it, now.

This is the table at the end of the room, with a spare DR chair beside it. That is my little kitty, Puddin asleep on the back of the chair.

This room consists of two sitting areas with just a hallway like area in between. On the right is an old stereo cabinet sitting under the kitchen window.
On the left is a hope chest, that I've tried to make look like a window seat, by covering it with a tablecloth (toile, of course!), and putting throw pillows on it.
Now you come to the main room. to the right is my computer. I can also watch TV,which is behind me, in the mirror. I call it multi-tasking. LOL

This is my sofy, as Vanna says, and the lamps my Hubby made from candlesticks we got from Hobby Lobby, and, of course, my red shades. lol My artificial ficus tree leaves have changed, cause it's Fall! Silly, I know!
At the end of the room, is a little chest I tried to make a focal point, out of. It is actually an old night stand.
There is a garden seat, to the side of the TV. On top, is a rooster I sprayed white. On the other wall is the gas fireplace, that allows us to use this room year around. The shelves on either side are filled with family photos, and some of my blue and white collection, and decorating books.Here is yet another recliner, and the door behind it is Hubby's bathroom, and behind that, the laundry room.

This is the whole room. I got the coffee table from Big Lot's, and the rug came from K-Mart, half price, so Laurie isn't the only bargain hunter. lol
This has been fun, I hope I didn't bore everyone. Thanks for visiting me, I have enjoyed having you, and Laurie, thank you for asking me to do this, It's nothing special, but we enjoy it. Connie

Connie, Thank you so much for sharing your English decor with my blog readers. You may think it's nothing special, but I do, and I'm sure those who visit my blog will think so too.


I'm sure you'll want to go get links to other participating blogs at Happy To Design, because you know if bloggers are reposting their favorites, they are going to be some great posts. Thank you Chari for sponsoring this event, and thank you visitors for coming to my blog. laurie

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I am participating in a great new meme, sponsored by my sweet friend, Chari, at Happy To Design (This is just the MOST brilliant idea, Chari. Thank you). For "Sunday Favorites", we re-post a previous post from our blog. How great is that? I know some of you may not have visited my blog when my good friend, Vanna, let me feature her family room on my blog for my first Share a Space Saturday on November 14, 2008. At that time, she didn't have her own blog, but since then, Vanna has created her own beautiful blog, "Delusions of Grandeur". So today, I thank Chari for this great meme and I thank Vanna for allowing me to feature her great family room (TWICE)!

My good cyber friend, Vanna (LVROFTIQUES on RMS) has some of the most beautiful and interesting antiques I've ever seen. That is why I asked her if I could feature a room in her home as my first "Share a Room Saturday". Vanna graciously consented, and I am so excited to show you this room. Hopefully, she is the first of future "Share a Room Saturday" guests on my blog, as I hope to share beautifully-decorated rooms of some friends who don't have a blog (Oops! I may have just lost all of my non-blogging friends!). Vanna not only has beautiful tiques, she is also a hoot, so I'm just going to let her take you on a tour of her gorgeous family room. I'm tellin' you, you're gonna love this.


My French Country-ish Family Room:

Howdy y'all!!My dear friend Laurie asked me to be her first guest for her "Share a room Saturday" And I'm so thrilled to be asked!This is the most country french of all my rooms (at least I think it is.....)And the room where I spend the most time. I'm so happy to share it with her (and you!*winks*)

I've decorated it almost entirely with flea market, estate sale, garage sale and Goodwill finds. So if it looks like junque? Well y'all know why! Lol!

The french armoire was a craigslist find at $250, and houses all my TV stuffs.The french chair by the window was a $125 find at a local antique store. And the antique table sitting next to it was $65 at an auction.The sofy was a consignment find at an antique store for $300. It was love at first sight! There's a whole long story that goes with it that can be viewed on RMS. But I digress.... The art nouveau planter of a mother and daughter is one of my favorite things! (You'll hear me say that a lot! *winks*)

A closeup of the coffee table (A $135 antique store find) and the mother daughter planter. Isn't it sweet?

Moving clockwise is the fireplace flanked by some of my antique 12 months of the year prints. Found at a garage sale for $10! I have them scattered all over my house.

A closeup of one of the prints. This one is September.

Still moving clockwise, one of my favorite slag lamps with one of my beloved french spelter figures.

Here is my sofy. Not the most attractive shot but you get the jist *winks*

My 1840's secretary. One of my favorite pieces of furniture. I found this at an auction for a steal, and when my hubby saw what I'd purchased he was shocked and said "It's so not you!" But I really love the beautiful old flame mahogany. Oh....and if anything sits still for very long...I'll put a tassel on it!*winks* Lol!!

Yet another favorite...Yeah I know!...AGAIN!..... There's a whole long story to go with this one too. As there are most of my stuffs *winks*But I'll give you the shorter version. My sister and I were discussing one day, which piece of art in our homes was our favorite? I told her this carved portrait of a young girl was probably mine. She said "Oh honey, I hate to break this to you...But that's a boy! He has an adams apple" And danged if she wasn't right! (Don't ever tell her I said so *winks*) Guess I'm not very observant! But WHATEVER!! It's still one of my faves! Lol!!

View from the back side of the sofy. Another one of my beloved french spelter statues. This one titled "Fleurs de Printemps" (Flowers of spring) And a bouillotte lamp that I found at the Goodwill. My DH said "The last thing you need is another lamp!" Silly man! As if anyone could ever get enough charming lamps *winks* And while I do appreciate my DH's opinion, I have found that if I love it...or even like it strongly? Well, better safe than sorry right? Lol! I'm glad I took it home. What do y'all think?
Here is a shout out for help! I have tried for years to identify what this bronze box was used for? It's victorian and features hunting motifs 8"x5".I thought maybe a cigar box? Or maybe a gentleman's dresser box? If anyone here knows please give me a holler.

On the other side of my sofy (yes I know it's a sofa....I like sofy better...I'm quirky like that. and yes....other words have also been used lol!)is my treasures armoire. Full of all kinds of whoosy whatsits. No rhyme or reason here...If I like something?...In it goes! Lol!

Some of my treasure...Oh boy, lots of stories in here!

Some plates given to me by friends and family. I love old plates!

A couple of my busts...Yep yet another collection. "What don't you collect?" you ask. Well NOT MUCH! That's fer sure! Lol!!

Love this handsome boy by the name of Virgile. And the little french general is a sweet little painting on ivory.

On the opposite side of the room is a billiards table (hubby HAD to have it!) The two dogs lounging are two of our four fur babies. Shelby (lrg) and Jewel aka/ Juju bear (pom)
In the far corner is a working telephone booth that came from a boutique hotel.It was an anniversary gift from me to my hubby (He's quirky too!)

The right side of my billiards area features a 1912 upright grand piano. One of two grands in my house...And I don't play a note! Found at a garage sale for $200. A closeup on the french hunting relief plaques above the piano. Aren't they wonderfully detailed? I carried this french bust titled litige (litigation) home in my lap on my last trip to france. I thought my legs would never work again! Anyhoo I collect sheep figures also. For those of you who already know me...Ya'll know I'm a bit of a black sheep *winks*

The left corner of my billiards room with a darling little bird (Rexy) from my dear friend Lynne's shop (decorator101 on RMS & you can visit her shop at Lynne's Gifts From the Heart blog) And some pix of my mom at 16.
Behind the library screen hides a pinball machine (much to my dismay) Another one of those things that hubby just "LOVED" What could I do? Some concessions had to be made for all the lamps.....Chairs....sheep......chandeliers.....Well you get the picture *winks*

Other side of the room.

Close up on the table with a darling cherub found on ebay. Sometimes you can find the neatest things for cheaps!

We've come full circle. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Are your eyes still working? Would you like a refill on that hot spiced cider? Perhaps some more cookies? Come on! Just one more won't hurt ya! Vanna


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and thank you, Vanna, for letting me feature your gorgeous family room the first time, and I hope you don't mind that I've re-featured it, because it is one of my favorite posts on my blog! Thank you Chari for this great idea. Be sure to go by Chari's blog to see other blogger's favorite posts. laurie