Hooked on Toile


Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of every week to celebrate the things we love. Today I’m hooked on toile. I keep hearing that it’s “out.” Passe. Dunzo. But I’m just not ready to give it up yet. I think it’s a classic look that can really pull a room together. When a friend of mine moved into a run-down, one-hundred year-old farmhouse, the mudroom was piled with garbage. She cleaned it up, gave the woodwork a fresh coat of white paint, and hung some red toile wallpaper in the small space. Now it’s such a charming little corner of her house that you can’t help but linger (or, if you’re me, snap a picture!):

Another reason I want toile to stick around for awhile: my family room! I love my toile chairs:

Now the true toile-lover can even wear it in the garden with these rubber boots (wellies) from Tamara Henriques in the U.K. But I haven’t gone that far. Yet.

Pretty Organized Palace is hosting a Toile Blog Party on Tuesday, March 24. It’ll be fun to see the whole blogosphere decked out in toile for a day!

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on today! If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address.
  2. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see what everyone else is talking about today!
  3. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what a blog party is all about!
  4. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted! If you come back and see your link is gone, re-read these rules and try again next week.

(Also check out Fifi’s Fashionable Friday and Melissa’s Beautiful Life parties, happening today!)

Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Remodeling Guy (Hooked on Islands)
2. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home
3. DesignTies (Hooked on copper)
4. Amy @ Finer Things (Hooked on Small Towns)
5. songbirdtiff-hooked on Spring decorating
6. Living With Lindsay (Hooked on Tassels)
7. susan (“new” Your home, only better.)
8. Jill (Bedroom as an Oasis!)
9. Terry – Chadsworth Columns
10. Mary Beth {Easter Centerpieces}
11. PamperingBeki (hooked on COLOR)
12. Rock Garden | Gennaro
13. Edie @ lifeingrace
14. Melissa – Off The Wall
15. Making This Home – European Entryways
16. Fifi Flowers Fashion in the Kitchen
17. Heather\’s hooked on Amy Butler fabrics
18. Amy is Hooked on Pink Houses
19. Suzy Homemaker (FoodFest)
20. Wayfaring Wanderer
21. Christy – Aprons!
22. Styling by Coty Farquhar – decorating with birds
23. Mrs. Petrie (Hooked on Bird-Inspired Gifts)
24. Linda @ Restyled Home
25. Pretty Organizer
26. Frippery
27. Holly@Homebody(Spring Decorating)
28. Katie @ Clean and Classic Interiors (A Lotta Latte Bowls/Anthropologie)
29. Jen R hooked on my new chandelier!
30. Lacy @ Tatumfam (Storybook Homes!)
31. Forever Wherever (Hooked on REAL Islands)
32. Our Nifty Notebook (ABC & 123)
33. The Inspired Room (stylish organization)
34. Maya@Completely-Coastal (Inspired by Art)
35. Onlinehandyman ( Hooked on Laminate Floors )
36. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (Hooked on My Amazing Mom!)
37. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Hooked on FREE Gift Cards ~ $150 Worth)
38. A Simple Walk
39. Kerri @ Few Joys Can Equal That (Blue & Green)
40. Liz@VioletPosy (Easter Decorating)
41. Puna – hooked on party food
42. Things That Inspire (New on the Market in Atlanta)
43. Pam @ GardenDesigns more
44. Angela @ Peonypatch – March Madness!
45. Christy (Redecorating Family Room)
46. Newlyweds (Remodel)
47. Linda @Lime in the Coconut (finishing the pool area)
48. Kimm at Reinvented (Great Deal!)
49. Michelle @ Creatively Dreaming
50. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (building character in kids)
51. Jane @ Beach House
52. Phillips Phamily Mama
53. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage (Vintage-inspired Spring Decor)
54. Laura @ Decor to Adore
55. Bella Casa – I\’m Hooked on Virtual Design Makeovers!
56. Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land (spray paint!)
57. Narda @ Cemaya – Hooked on Marble
58. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm
59. Bonnie M
60. velvet and linen (hooked on shingles)
61. Deb/Dumbwittellher
62. Diana@TheDevineHome (hooked on Blair Hill Inn)
63. Janet@Its an Evolution (hooked on vintage cotton lace)
64. TidyMom (Twitter&Twilight)
65. DebraK@Bungalow isHooked on Spring GiveAway
66. black eyed susans kitchen
67. Elodie (volunteering with kids)
68. Love Where You Live
69. sue@solsticehome
70. Cass at That Old House (Curtains, Guestrooms and Chili!)
71. Scribbler
72. Ramona
73. Daly Essentials (hooked on outdoor spaces)
74. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality – Spring!
75. 50s Housewife (Milk Glass)
76. Tamara
77. Carolina Mama (Living With Children)
78. House Favorites (DesignerFaucets)
79. Eileen@Star\’s Fault
80. Dagny @ Beautiful Living (hooked on new Art Deco dining room table!!!)

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  1. says

    Hi Julia. I love toile, too! And one of these Fridays I’ll be hooked on toile at your party. ~Arleen

  2. says

    I say who cares if toile is passe & dunzo — if you love it, then use it!! And keep on loving your toile chairs :-)

    The pink & white bedroom is so pretty… a room like that will always be in style :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  3. says

    Hi Julia! Before getting into blogs, I wasn’t really very aware of Toile, and even after I knew exactly what it was, I was saying it wrong. But I finally got it now… I just think of a wall. Like “you hang the picture on Toile”… does that make sense? At least it made me laugh! Thanks! Tim – OH…I actually do love the pictures you showed…your friends mud room looks great and those boots are TO DIE FOR!

    Remodeling Guy’s last blog post..Hooked on Islands – Kitchen Islands that is!

  4. says

    Toile is a classic and never goes out of style! I love your family room chairs, the boots and your friend’s mudroom…oh my! I bought toile fabric years ago…still have it…not quite sure what to do with it but I like to pull it out and just look at it every now and then.

    Mary Beth’s last blog post..Easter Centerpieces

  5. says

    LOL! I am still cracking up at Remodeling Guys comments on the boots “to die for”. He is hilarious! The room pictures are beautiful. I too have a love of toile. There are bits of it all over my house. Thanks for doing the party. I will just be visiting this time around.

    Misti England’s last blog post..Chair Repair: A Dog Story

  6. says

    Hello Julia, I am a toile lover as well! And I think it can be one of those traditional prints that never really goes out of style.I thought your family room looked terrific and totally diggin on those gardening boots too-I would sooo wear those!

    Tam’s last blog post..Wishin you all The Luck of the Irish Today!

  7. says

    Toile – is it really considered “dunzo”?? Maybe toile upon toile but used sparingly I think it will always be a classic. I love your chairs by the way and your friends mud room – gorgeous!

    Christy’s last blog post..sweet vintage aprons

  8. says

    Hi Julia,

    Love, love, love your Toile post,
    My sofa is covered in Black toile,
    I have a handbag covered in black toile, (I don’t use it all the time, but it is gorgeous)and I had a few little dresses made for Bec when she was little in Toile,

    I am delighted to join your party this week, sorry I missed last week’s party, I just ran out of time. This week I am totally hooked on little birds, fake birds, bird cages, birdie things in the garden, come and visit me and my birdie world down under in Australia.

    xx Coty

    Styling by Coty Farquhar’s last blog post..A little birdie told me

  9. says

    I still love toile! I don’t have much in my home but I would like to add more. I say do what you love. Right now I am hooked on buying local at Findlay Market so I am posting about that tomorrow.

    Pam’s last blog post..Thrifty Thursday

  10. says

    That mudroom is absolutely adorable…, and I can’t even say that I love toile…, and I do like your chairs too, and the boots…, hmmmm, maybe I do love toile?!

  11. says

    Oh how I love Toile! Love, love, love it. Unfortunately Germans are NOT into Toile and it is almost impossible to find. Boo! BTW, I actually squealed over the wellies. I must have them (or a reasonably priced knock off).

    Mom in High Heels’s last blog post..You Send Me

  12. says

    I have a black and white toile bedroom and I absolutely love it. I just need to add some color I think.

  13. says

    I love all three rooms! The living room is my favorite. I could sit there drinking my coffee and eating breakfast while wearing my matching toile boots! Ha! Even though paint is where it’s at these days, I do think toile is still in, especially in the accessories.

  14. says

    Ooh I love toile. Now I want to add some to my house – I think it would lovely in our powder room…and I would totally wear those boots! I love your toile chairs and curtains too. And I think your friend’s house has such gorgeous moldings around her door and window – I’m glad you snapped that picture Julia! Hope you have a great weekend!

    christy’s last blog post..The Irish Are So Polite

  15. says

    I heart toile!! My parents have that red toile wallpaper in their kitchen (which has white cabinets/appliances), and it’s amazing! As always, thank you for hosting this fun Friday party!!

    Angela’s last blog post..Hooked on: March Madness

  16. says

    Toile’s been in and out since it first went up on a wall. I had a toile wallpaper in my bedroom when I was little girl and it was definitely not “in” then but it was much admired because it was so unusual. That pink room is so pretty I don’t think you should worry about trends. BTW the chairs are gorgeous and so are the wellies

    Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..Still wood obsessed

  17. says

    I love to see what other people love! :) The toile is amazing!


    P.S….I’m having a giveaway to celebrate 100 posts! 3 signed photos and 1 large chandelier wall decal from Wilson graphics! Thought you might be interested!! :)

    ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage’s last blog post..100th Post Giveaways!

  18. says

    Toile is a classic! It may not be a big trend right now, but it’s never out of style or something you would laugh at another person using. That’s the difference between classic/traditional and a trendy fad.

  19. says

    Hi Julia~
    I LOVE toile, too…which has been around for how many centuries??? don’t think it’s going “out” any time soon! Thankfully for all of us who love it!
    Happy Spring!

    Kathleen Ellis’s last blog post..Fashionable Friday…

  20. says

    Adore your tribute to toile. I covet the pink toile. That bedroom is spectacular.

    I only wish I could paper a room with Sheila Bridges, “Harlem Toile de Jouy”. Now that would be a room I would be hooked on!

    Thanks for the fun today & have a great weekend.

    Deb Milne’s last blog post..Decorating Dictum

  21. Kathy :) says

    NEVER…it is a classic…I love it :)

    Your chairs look so nice in your room !!!

    Have a great week-end Julia, Happy 1st Day of Spring to you, I hope it’s warming up in your neck of the woods, cold here. I saw it was snowing in NY. Old man Winter will not give up !

    Kathy :)

  22. says

    I am a huge huge fan of Toile. I have a bolt of green silk toile in my basement and can’t figure out where to use it….It’s so special to me and I don’t ever want to have to change it…stick with your chairs. I think they are timeless (that’s my opinion).

  23. says

    The photos are delicious! I love toile, too…and decorated my guest room in red and cream toile, with red, black and white accessories. The intention was for it to look like a bed and breakfast room and guests love the cozy charm when they stay over night. I even bought some beautiful Spode china in a red/cream toile pattern for that room! Toile is beautiful and casual, forever classic and blends well with all decor.

    • Stephen 007 says

      Your guestroom is gorgeous! Would love to discuss further with you…

  24. says

    oh, I absolutely love toile! And now you can find it in a lot of different colors, I love to use classic fabrics like toile with modern furniture/interior, it adds this elegant touch that I love!
    thanks for hosting this great carnival.
    have a nice day :)

    Elodie’s last blog post..Hooked on volunteering!

  25. says

    There’s no way toile could be “out;” it’s just such a classic and lovely look. If it does go, it will be only temporarily. I say what a great thing to be “hooked on.” cheers, -susan

    susan’s last blog post..Black and Brown in Harmony

  26. says

    I have ALWAYS loved toile. And even more so now. I have some red toile, like in her mudroom (LOVE that!) that I’m going to make a valance for my shower curtain with. I can’t wait to start on it. It will just complete my bathroom. In my other bathroom, I’m wanting to do a blue toile for the mistreatments. I can’t wait to finish that, either!

    Heathahlee’s last blog post..While I’m Down and Out

  27. says

    Julia, Toile will never go out of style! Anything that’s survived for centuries is here to stay; your family room chairs are safe.

    I first saw toile in an issue of House & Garden about 30 years ago — it was a spread on an old house, and an attic bedroom was covered — walls, ceiling, linens, curtains — in red & white toile. My first reaction was, “What whackadoodle did THAT?” but then — I kept going back to it; it was hypnotic. Toile de Jouy is as beautiful today as it was before the USA gained its independence!
    Thanks for a fun blog party!

    Cass’s last blog post..Hooked On Curtains & Guestrooms, And a Foodie Friday Trainwreck!

  28. says

    Hey there Julia ~ I love your post…toile over…no way! I love to mix this elegant fabric with animal prints and checkerboard…Heaven!

    Have a great SPRING weekend!

    Smiles ~ Ramona

    Ramona Owen’s last blog post..Hooked On Plate~olas

  29. says

    Hi Julia ~ My “hooked on” for this week was a bit more literal than usual. I got out my trusty crochet hook and made lovely cotton washcloths, just like Grandma taught me. I made four in the most lovely, silky cotton yarn. Now I think I need more, so will hunt for a couple more skeins tomorrow ~

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star’s Fault

    ileen @ Star’s Fault’s last blog post..Grandma’s Washcloths ~

  30. says

    love love love the toile and just would love a mud room – when I move back to NZ I will be sure to get one and embrace the muddyness :) le

    le’s last blog post..Let them Eat Cake

  31. says

    What a great post. I love toile and don’t worry, it’s been around for ages, and although its popularity ebbs and flows it will never really go out of style. Lately I’m hooked on estate sales and I posted about an old silver cruet set I found yesterday.

    Laura’s last blog post..Cruet Set

  32. ida says

    well i read this the other day. and i was like noway for toile. i love fabric that is baltic. or an india/asian look. right now i am hooked on cleaning up my computer/spear bedroom lol perhaps you inspired me a little. plus my glass computer table had seen better days.

    take care

  33. says

    Hi Julia :)

    More pictures of your friend’s farmhouse pleeeeeaaaaase….. that was blatant begging right there 😉

    I love toile, so I can’t figure out why I don’t have even one bit of it… hmmm… something to remedy :)


    rue’s last blog post..PB lights up my life

  34. Dawn says

    What’s the difference between toile and chintz? Is that chintz is always on cotton and toile can be on any fabric? I love both and am confused.

    I absolutely love the pictures that you posted. I would love to spend time in any of those rooms.

  35. says

    Oh wow! Beautiful! I’m such a toile wanna be!!! LOVE the bedroom! Looking forward to checking out the posts!!!

  36. says

    While I can appreciate the points in Hooked on Toile | Hooked on Houses, I am sick and tired of hearing about the “US economic recovery”. The US government borrowed and spent $6.1 trillion during the last 4 years to obtain a cumulative $700B increase in the country’s GDP. This means we’ve borrowed and spent $8.70 for every $1 of nominal “growth” in GDP. In constant dollars, Gross domestic product is flat, we got no “economic growth” at all for the $6.1T. In constant US dollars, the GDP in 2011 might get back to the 2007 level, if the US economy continues “growing” at the same rate reached in the first 90 days of 2011. If not, then the Gross Domestic Product will in reality be below before recession levels. There is no economic recovery, the numbers prove it.