working class studio: toile

by Grace Bonney

i’m not afraid to admit i love toile. i think for some people toile seems a little too traditional or fancy- even snooty. whenever i suggest it for someone i tend to get a “that seems like old-lady fabric” response. but i love toile– especially when it’s personalized for an area or specific story. so when i heard that working class studio at the savannah college of art and design produced an entire line of “savannah toile” projects i was SOLD. my favorite place in the world + a pattern i love = heaven. designed by morena guzman, an mfa student at scad, the collection features classic savannah imagery worked into a traditional toile pattern, used for a lovely range of kitchen goods and pillows. i love the colors they chose, and that the prices are all $50 and under. to check out the full collection and shop online, click here. thanks, jessica!

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  • Thanks for sharing!! I have never really been a big fan of toile, but love these!! I graduated from SCAD in 2002, and Savannah is definitely my favorite place, and where I consider “home”. I am definitely going to purchase something from this collection :)

    On another note: there is a great etsy seller (truche) who makes these GREAT ” I heart… ” necklaces. I had one custom made with the state of Georgia and the heart punched out over Savannah. “I heart Savannah”. I love it and wear it almost every day. Here’s the link:

    Tell them nicNikkiNicole sent you

    Thanks again for sharing all your great finds! I look forward to reading your blog daily!

  • i love little old lady fabric! its simply fabulous! the aprons are to die for!! i am trying to find a cute one right now and those seem like they would fit the bill. thanks for sharing your adorable style!!

  • I too love toile. Here in Hungary it’s neither traditional nor common.
    These prints are a lot bolder tho, and I like the use of bold, basic colors. The aprons a really lovely.

  • I redid my bedroom in high school and made my own toile curtains.

    Wow it looks pretty neat in the primary colors.

  • Ditto, la Terra, on the Harlem toile—it is amazing. LOVE these SCAD designs (but really, can you ever go wrong with SCAD?) and as a very mod woman, I declare my devotion to toile and have even covered the interior door to my garage with it. And my kitchen cabinet panels. And the dining room closet door. What’s next? the entire interior of our walk-in closet (which will require a long business trip on husband’s part so I can “surprise” him when he gets home!

  • Oh how I love this. I am certified “Toile Junky”. I can waste way too much time surfing ebay for toile remnants. I have it in various forms and mixes all over my home and always on the lookout for new interpretations of it. This is fantastic! Thanks for showing.

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