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Inspiration: 10 Beautiful Toiles

For those that know me know I love toile, the pattern changes and moves with it’s location or season from the illustrations to colors and they go so well with all the florals we’re seeing this season too.  Fun fact: Toiles were originally produced in Ireland in the mid-18th Century and quickly became popular in Britain and France. The term, Toile de Jouy, orginated in France in the late 18th century. In the French language, the phrase literally means “cloth from Jouy-en-Josas”, a town of north-central France.

So when I saw these hand-painted toile walls by Lilly Pullitzer print team designer, Paige Smith I was in pattern heaven.  Last spring Paige painted a few of the Lilly Pullitzer stores and somehow I missed it.  But so happy I came across it this weekend (via Pinterest) and had to drop in to share.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Makes me wish I was Paige’s BFF and she could come over for a painting crafternoon at my house.  I’d love our stairwell and bathrooms painted like this.  Since I’ve been collecting a few images of toile this season, I’m going to share a few of those with you too.  Check them all out in a little “toile de slideshow” below.

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  • Lilly Pulitzer Shop – Madison Avenue 1 of 11
    Lilly Pulitzer Shop - Madison Avenue
    A pretty grand piano and window fill this dressing room. Hand-painted wall in Lilly Pulitzer's Madison Avenue shop.
    Painted by Paige Smith.
  • Lilly Pulitzer Shop – Madison Avenue 2 of 11
    Lilly Pulitzer Shop - Madison Avenue
    A gorgeous New York Toile. Hand-painted wall in Lilly Pulitzer's Madison Avenue shop.
    Painted by Paige Smith.
  • Lilly Pulitzer Shop – Madison Avenue 3 of 11
    Lilly Pulitzer Shop - Madison Avenue
    Loving the images of cakes and cupkakes in this one. Toile painted wall in Lilly Pulitzer's Madison Avenue shop.
    Painted by Paige Smith.
  • Orange and Pink Bedroom Wall 4 of 11
    Orange and Pink Bedroom Wall
    This bedroom gets a pop of colour from an orange and pink toile. Featured in Livingetc's March issue.
    Photo by James Merrel.
  • Black and White Dining Room 5 of 11
    Black and White Dining Room
    Dine in an oversized Arcadian mural room. Featured in Livingetc's March issue.
    Photo by James Merrel.
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Toile 6 of 11
    Cloudy With a Chance of Toile
    Walls are hand-painted in a very achievable DIY idea; alongside a beautiful toile window treatment. Featured in Livingetc's March issue.
    Photo by James Merrel.
  • Cool Contrast 7 of 11
    Cool Contrast
    Toile works together here both walls and upholstery because of the different sizes of patterns and colors. Featured in Livingetc's March issue.
    Photo by James Merrel.
  • Cloudy Walls 8 of 11
    Cloudy Walls
    Another view of the DIY cloudy toile-esque wall. (Love the pillows). Featured in Livingetc's March issue.
    Photo by James Merrel.
  • Toile de Jouy for Vancouver (green) 9 of 11
    Toile de Jouy for Vancouver (green)
    A lovely fabric designed by Vancouver designer Danika McDowell of Locamode.
    Available at Spoonflower.com.
  • Toile de Jouy for Vancouver (pink) 10 of 11
    Toile de Jouy for Vancouver (pink)
    A lovely fabric designed by Vancouver designer, Danika McDowell of Locamode.
    Available at Spoonflower.com.
  • Oh Domino! 11 of 11
    Oh Domino!
    A tear sheet from an old Domino magazine post I did. (Photo by Coliena Rentmeester, Styling by Ashley Sargent).
    You can read my post on the return of Domino magazine here if you're interested.

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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