We’re Obsessed: Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile de Jouy

As seen in O Magazine, December 2010

While decluttering recently, I came across a packet of magazine clippings with articles I’d been hoarding for decorating my dream house.  One of the articles was this October 2010 piece in People magazine which featured Gayle King’s lovely yellow kitchen.  What caught my eye was the toile wallcovering by consummate designer Sheila Bridges; French toile is linen or canvas ulphostery cloth which features a repeated pastoral scene.  But Bridges’  Harlem Toile de Jouy is unique; it features African-Americans in the scenes and has a satirical edge (sort of putting one in the mind of the art of Kara Walker.  Bridges designed the patterns to “lampoon some of the stereotypes deeply woven into the African-American experience.”  The patterns, which are used on wallpaper, bedding, fabric, glasses and plates, come in several cheery but subtle colors.  At $100 per yard, it’s unlikely I will be redecorating my boudoir in this fabric, but a set of the plates are on my shopping list.  Looking to find culturally affirmative  and chic wallpaper for a nursery or child’s bedroom?  Be sure to check out the “Hopscotch” pattern.

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For more on Sheila Bridges’ Harlem chic aesthetic, check out this piece by So Haute Style.

Image courtesy of O Magazine


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