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>> Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A little personal history on toile...

I am southern and toile is most definitely the first pattern I ever remember falling in love with, so much that the first major sewing project I took on in college was creating my own duvet cover for my junior year apartment. It was made of three wonky panels. Not one bit of the pattern aligned, and I thought it was awesome.

Fast forward through design school and somewhere along the way, probably at the first architecture firm I worked for, someone shamed me out of my love of toile. Probably the same architect who temporarily shamed me out of liking drapery (drapery, seriously!? that's like saying drywall is ugly). Apparently I was easily influenced in my early twenties.

Fast forward again to earlier this summer and my coffee shop client and I are having a design charette and she tells me she wants the interior to feel "country." I will admit, I was scared at first. I had no idea what her definition of country was. She is from Montana, which is country, but not the same kind of country I am from. We also live in Boston, where 99% of the people do not associate themselves with the word "country" in any way shape or form. But as we worked through schematic design there was one thing "country" that we both loved, that apparently makes people feel cozy on the inside whether you are from the deep South or the Midwest and that is toile! And what's more fun is, I feel like we are being bold by using toile in Boston, especially in a coffee shop and I love it. It definitely has the potential to feel more kitschy than country, but I'm equally excited about that possibility.
 As of last week we were here...
 So excited to see this one progress!


Design Esquire August 8, 2012 at 2:46 PM  

I love it! I can't wait to see how it all turns out when they open!

Plus, here's something you probably didn't know about me. I love radio station 102.5 and country music in general. I've even converted my husband who is from Boston, and has not been exposed to much "country".

I hope you're having a great summer!

pve design August 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM  

It is a little bit french country. I do love toile y'all!
I love it in black and white or wacky colors like pink n green.

Haus and Home August 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM  

Beautiful designs! I don't think I knew you were from the South. At first, I thought this post read something else.....for an SEC school! :)

l o v e l y t h i n g s August 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

I do love a little toile and in red no less...I love to mix toile with a bit of modern and industrial. They all just compliment one another.

Emily August 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM  

Okay, i LOVE this post. I also love Toile and cannot wait to see how this space comes together. Hope you're enjoying the summer!

LindsB August 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM  

Too funny, my first fabric obsession was blue toile! I totally forgot about that- wow, with my love of monograms and now toile I must have been Southern in another life :)

Holly August 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM  

I love the idea of using toile in the coffee shop. So many coffee shops I find are either really kitschy or industrial, but a country inspired coffee shop sounds delightful and comfortable.

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