Harlem Toile de Jouy
You may have seen Sheila Bridges in Essence, the Washington Post, or on her TV show Sheila Bridges: Designer Living. She is an amazing interior designer that gained recognition when she decorated Bill Clinton's office in Harlem. Her own home in Harlem is nothing to sneeze at either:
Sheila was having a hard time finding the perfect toile to use for her home, so she ended up having to design it herself. The result is Harlem Toile de Jouy which is available as wallpaper and bedding. There is also an exhibition featuring the wallpaper at The Studio Museum in Harlem through March 2007.
Sheila has said that she designed Harlem Toile de Jouy "to tell a somewhat satirical story about African American life as seen through the sometimes distorted lens of the media." In other words, to make people think a little harder about the various stereotypes that are continually associated with African-Americans from all walks of life.
Look closely: Sheila's design bypasses traditional (white) pastoral scenes and revolutionizes toile with black girls jumping Double-Dutch, black men playing basketball and and black couples having a picnic and dancing to music from a boom box!
My kind of fabulous...
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