Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Toile with a Twist

Groovy Q pillowcase and gift wrap [via eye spy]
Take a closer look. You'll find no scenes of 18th century pastoral bliss, no French maidens and no powdered wigs here. Instead, Groovy Q took the traditional toile de jouey print so common in decorating and gave it quite a naughty spin.

I remember seeing Groovy Q's Girl Power bed linens on the Urban Outfitters website a while back, but it was only when I saw another unique toile pattern on my most recent trip to New York that I realized we've got a full-blown trend on our hands.

Groovy Q's Dirty Linen collection no longer seems to be available anywhere, but prints included (clockwise from top left) Suburban Sprawl Toile, Girl Power Toile, Vice Toile and Tom of Finland Toile. [via If It's Hip, It's Here]

I took a break from Fashion Week when I was in New York to visit the Museum of Arts & Design at Columbus Circle, which is where I saw Sheila Bridges' Harlem Toile de Jouey. The African-American designer created the pattern for her own Harlem home, and addressed some deeply embedded stereotypes in the process. Harlem Toile is available here as wallpaper, fabric, bedding, furniture, plates and glasses.

Jessica Smith's South Beach Toile wallpaper is exactly what I'd want in my imaginary Florida vacation home. It reminds me of something out of The Birdcage. [via shelterpop]

Timorous Beasties depicts another contemporary city scene (including muggings at gunpoint) with it's London Toile wallpaper. [via apartment therapy]

Dan Funderburgh designed Chinatown Toile for the NYC Chinatown Soccer Club's clubhouse in Vienna Austria, erected during the 2008 European Cup. [via Flavor Paper]


  1. fabulous! i especially love the harlem toile! these are so cool and modern!!!!


  2. That is super cute, I love this kind of wrapping paper, very chic!

    Miss Neira

  3. These are so well done. Worth framing some of them

  4. My parents have wallpaper in the foyer at their house that looks like this. I wish I had a picture of it to show you- it's pretty cool. I always thought it was weird when I was younger though :)

  5. How fun. They are cute but I think I will look funny having one.
    Lee x

  6. These are all so pretty, thanks for sharing.

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  7. Oh my...those are so beautiful:)What an amazing find, sweetie

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  9. I love these! I've always been a fan of toile. I really like the way the wrapped boxes came out.

    xoxo Maria

  10. these are really cool, definitely not your avg. paper!

  11. I LOVE those, those are so awesome!

  12. Gorgeous! The London Toile is speaking to me!

  13. Finally, toile I don't hate. Such lovely finds! Love the Harlem Toile.


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