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Updating Bookcases with New Orleans Toile

Thursday, October 25, 2007

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In November of 2005, I posted about how I used fabric to change the look of a couple of bookcases. Since it's been a couple of years, I was thinking it would be nice to do it again -- and at just the right time, there was an article in...I think it was the last New Orleans Magazine but I might be wrong...about a shop on Magazine Street that carried this wonderful custom toile with scenes of New Orleans.

The shop is called Hazelnut, and one of the owners is Bryan Batt, who plays Salvatore Romano on the AMC show Mad Men (I love that show! And Damages on FX too. But they both just had their season finales and now there's nothing on tv until Lost. Well, except Curb and The Office. But anyway.).

So anyway, the New Orleans toile came in and it's just beautiful. Here are the bookshelves with the old fabric:
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...and here they are with the New Orleans toile (it comes in different colors - I got the 'magnolia' shade because I just thought it would make that end of the room appear lighter):
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...here it is, all done. I moved some different pieces in the room, just to keep things new, and I like the way it turned out. (BTW, I'm in the middle of decorating for Fall, so that's the Indian corn swag I made last year hanging in front of the fireplace):
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Hazelnut is also selling their Pontchartrain Beach fabric online. I'm trying to think of something I'd like to make with it. It's just this wonderful Lily-Pulitzer-meets-New-Orleans kind of thing, with the fleur de lis, crawfish, magnolias, Mardi Gras beads, and the thing at the top left looks like maybe the cornstalk fence from the Cornstalk Hotel on Royal:
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