Toile de Jouy

As the design world returns to all things maximalism, I can’t help but crave some good old-fashioned toile. The epitome of granny chic, copperplate fabric printing originated in Ireland in the early 18th-century before spreading to Britain and France (where the term “toile de jouy” meaning literally “cloth from jouy” was eventually coined). Jouy-en-Josas was the small French town in which the first major toile factory was built. Today, toile typically refers to the single-color print of a pastoral scene (though not always). Though toile prints originally featured a white background, these days the pattern comes in a multitude of color combinations. Below, find some of my favorite uses of toile in contemporary interiors and my suggestions on how you can get the look. READ POST

Le Mas des Poiriers in Provence, France

I haven’t been to the South of France in over ten years and this needs to change. Le Mas des Poiriers is an 18th century farm house turned luxury hotel in Provence. Located near the magical Medieval city of Avignon (I saw a ballet there once inside the Palais des Papes!), the property consists of 65 acres of pear orchard and sunflowers. Newly renovated, the property now boasts nine bedrooms, a tennis court, and swimming pool. The gorgeous rooms were decorated in a classic French country style by designer Susan Bednar Long using all Pierre Frey fabrics (talk about the dream!). Below, explore more of the secluded French escape.

A Portuguese Villa by John Stefanidis

The latest issue of Architectural Digest has me itching to get back to Portugal. Miguel Flores Vianna (one of my favorite photographers) shot the Portuguese villa of winemaker Noemi Marone Cinzano and the result is wanderlust inducing. The home, which sits on a 50 acre parcel of land on Portugal’s Tróia Peninsula, was decorated by the legendary John Stefandis (love his books). I admire how tasteful, yet sunny and relaxed the interiors feel. Below, explore more of the coastal getaway, and read the full story here. READ POST