fabric crush: pierre frey's toiles de nantes

i've noticed a little bit of a pattern when it comes to fabric/wallpaper patterns (how's that for a confusing sentence?). it seems that every few months, i stumble across a textile that steals my  heart. y'all know i'm a complete sucker for anything that even rings of art so naturally i have an ongoing love affair with beautiful textiles. even when it isn't a fabric that i'd necessarily want in my room or a project, i still find myself so mesmerized with the color, texture, movement, lines of the textiles. truth: i'm a horrible person to send into a fabric showroom. i'm completely unable to stay focused and instead i leave with bags and bags of memos with no clear purpose. always, easily distracted by beautiful things. 

back to the topic at hand... i've recently found my newest fabric/wallpaper fixation. and since this is a design blog and you are readers of a design blog, i thought that you just might want to hear about it. warning- if you don't want to hear about the many, many reasons i'm head over heels for pierre frey's toiles de nantes, i'd stop reading now. but since you're already here.. might as well go on, right? 

so as i was saying, i am totally enamored by this fabric.  there is something about the history of the pattern that really sparks the art history nerd inside of me. i love that it is a textile with so much history. originally designed to imitate an 18th century scroll, it has been used in beautiful rooms by talented people for years upon years. in fact, mark hampton used it in estee lauder's bedroom in the hamptons and it is still in tact (and gorgeous) today. i just love that. i love that this pattern unites us with designs of the past and informs the styles of the future. i love to see the many different ways it has been used over the years. for example, it has sometimes been used in excess- a bedroom as the wallpaper, bedding, drapery while at other times it has been used to add a punch to a club chair or a pillow.  i think the fabric translates so easy into so many different applications because it has an organic motion to it. (aka pierre frey was doing ikat before iikat was cool). i also think that the way it pairs color (blue, red, brown) with crisp white is effortlessly fresh and chic.  even when there is a lot of the pattern, the eye doesn't really grow weary and somehow even after all these years the fabric still reads "fresh."  you might think that this pattern is a little too much or too traditional for your space (i'll admit i wondered this myself), but its all about how you use it! 

if this was my dream situation, i'd use the fabric as drapery in a bedroom with crisp white walls and bedding, beautiful wood furniture, natural fiber rug, a linen settee, and a big bunch of white hydrangea (hey, a girl can dream!). but honestly i really appreciate all the ways this fabric is used. remember- i'm still in the stage with it where it can really do no wrong. check out the pictures below and i think you'll agree with me...