Sunday, October 3, 2010

A New Look: Toile Wallpaper in My China Cabinet

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit!    I extend a warm welcome especially to my new followers.
Welcome everyone!   In August, I was wondering how I could make my studio look
a little more summery, but I didn't want to do anything permanent.
Then, I remembered this roll of pretty grayish-blue toile wallpaper I never used for the
library in my old house.

I simply cut it to size for each quadrant in my china cabinet, then taped it in.
Of course, it'll curl up and look natty someday soon, but who cares?
I'm taking it down in October, anyway.

Once gold, this $5 yard sale urn was easy to spray paint white.
I love the classical motif.

The wallpaper is Ralph Lauren's Saratoga Toile.  You are quite right to guess it is 
horribly expensive--$40 per roll--and they make you buy two.  
Very sad I decided to sell the house before I could hang it,
and even sadder I couldn't unload it on Ebay.  
At least I can enjoy it in some fashion today.

Theodore Haviland Limoges china with a pink and green unmarked saucer
with a stylized violet pattern.

As I often do, I pretend I have a kitchen in my cottage, where I would use my blue
and white glass cloths in the summer, on a salvaged counter made from my old dresser
and its delightful neo-classical pulls and appliques.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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chateaudelille said...

I love it! Just so gorgeous. Ive not heard of these kitchen pulls you refer to. Im very intrigued.Im definitely going to use some of my wallpaper now in one of my cabinets. Fiona

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~*LOVE it~*~Just beautiful~*~* ;)Rachel~*

Anonymous said...

Such a subtle but beautiful difference!! I do adore the different doors you used on this neat built in. I am sure you are so enjoying your beautiful nest!

bee blessed

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

The toile wall paper is so pretty and the damask glass-towel is a perfect match with the blue roses! Who cares what the brand is; as long as you find your matching pieces!

Have a great weekend!
Greetings from Georgia,


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Its just lovely! Toile is timeless.

Allison said...

I love the toile and the hint of blue in your cabinet. I think it's beautiful and I agree....toile is timeless. I think your glass cloth was a find! I have always adored damask. Your studio is so feminine, sweet and cozy.

Fabulously french said...

It looks gorgeous, love toile de jouy.

Leeann x

Sarah B said...

Just so so pretty!

Fågel Blå said...

I really love your photos!
And your lovely blog!
So nice it is!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sandy,
That wallpaper is gorgeous, and looks so pretty behind your china. I have
a kitchen towel like that but mine is pink and white. Everything is beautiful as always.

Mette said...

Lovely! Don't take it down yet! ;-)

have a lovely Sunday!


tove said...

Hi hi
Lovely wallpaper. Perfect...
Have a nice sunday

Villa Klaraberg said...

Ooooh! Sandy, the wallpaper looks adorable in your China Cabinet. Love the appliques and pulls as well, they sure makes a differences. I have btw some appliques I bought many years ago and still hasn't used, seeing this reminding me how decorative they are.
Keep inspiring us, you are amazing! Wish you a great Sunday!

Passionate for White said...

You didn't sell it on eBay because it wasn't meant to be!! It looks fabulous in your cabinet!

A Cottage Muse said...

Looks absolutely perfect there!!

Moa said...

That wallpaper is so beatiful, and looks so pretty behind your china. Thank you for sharing this, but taking it down in october?.. You have to have this a little longer than that... I*m glad that I found your beatiful blog... Moa in Sweden..

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Such exquisite paper. I'd be tempted to leave it up :) Just beautiful!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

High Street Cottage said...

Sandy, I might have said there is no way to improve on an already perfect China Cabinet, but you found a way. The wall paper is stunning. What I love about it, is the pattern is so subtle, soft and feminine. It's the perfect compliment to your studio. tami

cityfarmer said...

I think you accomplished your goal and then some!!

beautiful said...

Perfect wallpaper choice for that cabinet. And the dishes work beautifully too! Good job.

Ozma of Odds said...

...oh Sandy! It looks as if it has always been there!! Proving once again that Toile is timeless ~ and HELLO.......RALPH ~ The epitome of Romance!!
xo, Rosemary

Linda said...

I love the idea of using wallpaper for other reasons than walls! Looks so pretty and you had it on hand, too!

elsamarianne said...

The cabinet looks absolutely fantastig with the toile in the back.
have a nice sunday

Snertne sneller og små nøster said...

Beautiful! I really love what you have done with your cabin :-) I'm now one of your followers - I want to see more :-D

Have a nice evening from Siv (Norway)

NanaDiana said...

Sandym That is absolutely beautiful. I love it. It is wonderful to come here and dream a bit! Hugs- Diana

helle - said...

I just love toile de jouy, your wallpaper is especially nice and romantic and looks fantastic in your cabinet!

Hi from Helle

Debbie said...

So pretty. Great idea to use the paper in your cupboards!

Italian Girl in Georgia said...

Hi Sandy!

So pretty, as is everything in your little spot of shabbiness.

Ciao bella,

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

The toile wall paper is just gorgeous, and I love your dishes, very lovely!!! Blessings~~~ Daphne

Burlap Luxe said...

Loved seeing you featured in Romantic Home's Novembers Issue, I was featured in Octobers and can not tell you how thrilled I was.

My 17 year old daughter Hannah is in love with your little getaway cottage :)

Beautiful inspiration.
Congrats you so deserve it!

La Maison Reid said...

It's amazing that every time I see your little cottage I see something new in it and can't get enough of it. The toile is sweet. I'm slipcovering a chair half in toile right now. Love the idea of papering a china cabinet. Mine has an ugly mirror in the back and I was thinking of doing something like this after I paint it. Thanks for having such a sweet place to show us!

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

You would love the vintage(1930's) wallpaper in my lil pink shack, bits of lathe and old plaster showing through here and there. I'm about to begin a new venture there by painting a white wash over it to subdue the pink flowers and green palm leaves.

This is what I love about my old home 100% totally being my studio, I can create anywhere I want and nothing matters...when I first bought this house, my husband said "tear it down and start all over", my Dad said "are you serious", but I had a vision and my artistic spirit said, 'yes', this is your 10 years later I'm still creating out of and loving my lil' pink shack, but now I have a tiny shop/studio to display and sell out of just outside my back door.

Life is good for us venturous souls, aye!


Dolly said...

I love it!
And it does'nt take away from the pretty china!
Its the perfect back drop!

Hugz, Dolly said...

It looks so beautiful! Everything you touch becomes beautiful. What a talent you are:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Curtains In My Tree said...

That makes my mouth water. I love the wallpaper, but I love your cottage more. Oh I love those drawer pulls and love the dishes with the little roses on them?

What a dream.


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PIONPIA said...

How lovely pictures!! And what a lovely blog you have;-)
I am now a new follower...
Have a nice weekend!
Love from Norway;-)

Passione Helena said...

What a great blog with beautiful photos you have!

The beautiful cabinet is very nicely decorated. It looks very nice with the wallpaper background.

I'll follow you, so I have these beautiful items do not have to miss

Have a nice Sunday

Dear greetings,
Helena from the Netherlands

Fiona Designs said...

both your china and the cabinet are absolutely stunning!


Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hi Sandy! Thrilled to have found you and that you write a blog! Just added you to my blog roll...a few posts back I threw in some pics of your lovely cottage. My dad clipped out the NYTimes article this summer and brought it to me, saying "this girl reminds me of you"...what a compliment. I adore this toile in your china cabinet. Going to poke around now here for awhile and see what else you have that I can absorb. You are such a talent!!

Bohemian said...

It's always nice to change things in subtle yet pleasing ways like you have done with your lovely China Cabinet background. The sweet Toile looks just beautiful. I always enjoy your photographs and how much impact you create in a cozy space!

Dawn... The Bohemian

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Taping it in temporarily, brilliant! I have two rolls of beautiful blue & white toile wallpaper that I have never been able to use. Now I know — what to do with it. Just came over from Dreamy Whites - I love your blog.

Karen said...

I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog. I'll be back again to look at all your beautiful posts!

Carol said...

Magically beautiful~

Pretty Pink Cherub said...

Absolutely beautiful and elegant!! Also, I have been meaning to comment on how stunning your cottage is! It just looks so beautiful and peaceful inside and out!!! Can you say oh so jealous ;O) You sure have given so many such lovely inspiration and it is greatly appreciated that you were willing to share!! Many BIG hugs!

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

Hi, I found in New York Times article about your cottage. I was so amazed. I spent few hours at Saturday staring at pics and reading your history.
Your history is very touching, you are tough and talented woman. I also used to live in small space. I've always dreamt about bedroom in that style you made cottage, but I couldn't, because I didn't have bedroom...Now I have, but we sleep with our child, and didn't furnished our home yet. As soon as I move younger child to older sister I will start to make my own shabby kingdom! I prefer white and amaranth in colouring, but your green is perfect!

I will visit your blog with pleasure again and again...
Stay shabby and beautiful!

Catharina Maria said...

Love all the things that I see on your beautiful blog !
Love from the Netherlands ♥RINI♥


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