{les toiles du soleil}

today was a day I've been looking forward to for a long time. I took an early train down to NYC (celebrating my mother's 70th this weekend) so I could meet up with my dear, dear friend and old roommate - Jennifer. Jennifer is on my personal board of advisors. Jennifer is smart and clever and Jennifer never disappoints.

Lunch was great (despite the unruly girls at the bar) and for dessert, we walked over to Les Toiles du Soleil - a place in Chelsea I've had on my 'craftyass TO DO' list since 2008. that's when I saw it an issue of ElleDECOR - a little store filled with wonderful espadrille-like fabrics from France. (note: part of my shelter magazine sickness includes stockpiling tear sheets for future reference or inspiration. I'd say my system works.)

I had a really hard time choosing (I wanted it all) and almost didn't get anything but thankfully Jennifer convinced me that needing a bigger needle in my machine shouldn't slow me down from making my dreams come true. I now have some narrow, 20" canvas yardage to bring home and play with but I've already got plans to order their 72" wide fabric to recover my dining rooms chairs. honestly, if I could wallpaper my bedroom in the Ecru St Colombe (top photo) I would.