Design Inspiration: Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile de Jouy

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I’ve been trying to find a bit of inspiration for my upcoming $150 design challenge that I mentioned a few weeks ago; and I’ve been scouring the ‘net, my favorite shelter mags, pretty much anything I can draw some inspiration from-and I think I’ve found it in Interior Designer, Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper and bedding line.

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Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile de Jouy line is definitely out of my budget, however I have a plan for the bedding line…this is going to be so much fun! To me, toile can come off as boring and drab, but Ms. Bridges has found a way to intertwine artistry and history in a fun, yet thought-provoking way. Bridges, who was named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by both CNN and Time Magazine, designed the wallpaper “to remind people of the many stereotypes that have historically been and continue to be associated with African Americans living in rural parts of the country as well as urban parts of the country like Harlem”-love it!

Keep checking back after the New Year as I will be posting pictures of my room’s transformation! LOL. For more information on Sheila Bridges, and her Harlem Toile de Jouy line, visit

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  • Joan Williams May 2, 2009, 4:21 pm

    I have an idea that your Harlem Toile wallpaper might look great in my entry hall, but I waould need to continue the paper upstairs. It is difficult to tell what the actually color looks like on line. I’ve seen the paper featured in several magazines but the color looks somewhat different everytime. I would like to have samples of the yellow, dove and the white shade. Please send to Joan Williams
    1649 Galloway Ave., Memphis TN, 38112.