Category Archives: Toile


I’ve never been much of a phone person, but I have always loved writing and receiving hand-written notes. Several years ago, I invested in an embosser with my monogram. It was SO much less expensive than customized stationary.

Today, I picked up these little ecru & blue notecards by Crane from my local stationary store. I love the medallion print on the inside!


Off to write a few long overdue letters…


The Salon is coming together

One big impact that Paris has had is our slow transformation of the living room to a “salon,” with lots of inspirations from our tours of museums and mansions.

We had dinner one evening at Willi’s Wine Bar, a great little haunt that I discovered when I was in Paris in 1997. Every year, they put out a new poster of wine bottle art. Previously, I had created a collage of postcards of various posters. This time, however, we bought the 2001 poster and are in the process of having it framed in a heavy, Baroque-inspired frame. We are also having a map of Paris framed to go over the fireplace.

After searching for months, I also decided on a fainting couch. It is relatively inexpensive (especially considering that some were over $1000!), but I’m just hoping the quality holds. It comes in a variety of colors and is available from Urban Outfitters.


A final touch will be adding this cute padded bench from Ballard Designs as a coffee table (with a tray on top) or to serve as extra seating when needed.


I can’t wait to see the final results!

White as a Color

I am loving white this spring! I didn’t realize how much until I noticed that I had purchased a mostly-white & brown duvet cover, was using my white plates and napkins more than the others, and was nearly exclusively buying white flowers for the apartment. Here are a few photos.

Orchids in the bedroom

Orchids in the bedroom

Dinner table

Perhaps I’ve been inspired by the wonderful work of  Dreamy Whites and Absolutely Beautiful Things this spring. Thank you, ladies!

My love affair with toile

I can’t remember when I first learned of toile…perhaps from a table cloth Mama Chris had…perhaps from a paper napkin I recall from a tea party…but I remember loving the soft sketches of idyllic rural scenes and their coming in a variety of pretty hues. Looking around now, the print can be found in almost every room of my home.

Hermes scarf in Jardins des Metamorphoses


Soup tureen from The Twiggery


Toile apron from Williams & Sonoma (old)


Cute little paper napkins from Denver’s The Tended Thicket on South Gaylord


Tray that I lined with toile printed paper


Savannah print potholder from Working Class Studio


I love that anything toile adds a soft, Old World touch, yet seems unstuffy in that the scenes are almost always pastoral.

Today’s finds

Several years ago, I purchased a Sea Island golf towel to use as a hand towel in my downstairs bathroom. It continues to be a favorite, so I ordered this caddy towel today. An inexpensive way to bring a little of the Georgia coast to my apartment in Denver.

golf towel 

caddy towel

Sea Island Caddy Towel

I also found this great Savannah toile kitchen set on Amazon. I can’t wait to see the apron with Savannah images!


Savannah Toile Kitchen Set