LDV Loves: Toiles de Nantes

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{Alex Hitz via House Beautiful}

I have several favorite elements of design– chief among them: beautiful fabrics and textiles. One of my favorites is Pierre Frey’s Toiles de Nantes. Based on an 18th century document, this striking ikat pattern is often used in very traditional applications such as upholstered walls, draperies, and upholstery, oftentimes all at once the way that Chintz has been used in the most traditional of settings. While I prefer more contrast and enjoy mixing patterns and colors, I have come to appreciate this charming old school technique over the years. Estee Lauder’s bedroom at her iconic home in the Hamptons (now owned by her granddaughter, Aerin Lauder) features this beautiful fabric in exactly those applications. While I like it, I love seeing traditional fabrics used in modern or unexpected ways. I particularly love Alex Hitz’s powder room (pictured above). It proves that small spaces truly are the best canvases for daring fabrics and wallpapers. Perhaps my favorite space in which I’ve seen Toiles de Nantes used is the bedroom of London-based designer, Robert Moore. It feels so crisp and graphic against the neutral walls in the room. Which of these spaces is your favorite? Are you a fan of Toiles de Nantes? Which fabrics are your favorite?

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{Aerin Lauder}

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{Estee Lauder’s Bedroom in the Hamptons designed by Mark Hampton via ELLE DECOR}

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{Estee Lauder}

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{Celerie Kemble}

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{Diandra Douglas via Mark D. Sikes}

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{John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster | Image via Pinterest}

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{Sarah Bartholomew}

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{My Favorite: Toiles de Nantes goes Crisp and Modern in the Home of Robert Moore via House and Garden UK}

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{Robert Moore via House and Garden UK}

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{Robert Moore via House and Garden UK}

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{Toiles de Nantes goes Child-Friendly in this room by Shelley Cahan at last year’s San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase}

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  1. Thank you, Paloma! I’m seeing some of these images for the first time. Toile de Nantes is a favorite of mine, too!