This Innocent-Looking Toile Is Hiding a Naughty Motif

Sin in Linen's design is a riff on a classic motif.

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Sin in Linen

So maybe you don't consider yourself the traditional garden scene type, but there's just something so endearing about a good toile pattern. And as designer Kate Cummings of Freestyle Restyle recently discovered, the motif doesn't have to be all roses and parasols.

"Been looking for none-too-sweet black toile or floral bedding and to my dark delight discovered both at Sin in Linen," the designer shared on Instagram, alongside a photo of a bat wallpaper and a bedding pattern that, at first glance, looks like your classic toile. Look a little more closely, though... and you'll discover that in the place of ladies in crinoline skirts are scantily clad figures carrying whips and chains.

Fetish al Fresco Toile Sheets
sininlinen.com
$139.00

The pattern in question is aptly dubbed "Fetish al Fresco," and comes on duvet covers, sheets, and shams from Sin in Linen. With its climbing pattern reminiscent of traditional toile, you'd be forgiven for not noticing the naughty motif at first glance.

Fetish al Fresco Toile Sheets
sininlinen.com
$139.00

This is hardly the only pattern to riff on the classic toile; Sheila Bridges' famous Harlem Toile reimagines the motif using sights and themes of the New York City neighborhood for which it's named—and replacing the white, European figures typically featured in the pattern with African-American ones. Bridges followed that up with a Hudson Valley Toile, an homage to the upstate New York region where she has a home. Meanwhile, perhaps inspired by Bridges, Brooklyn wallpaper company Flavor Paper devised a Brooklyn version of the pattern for Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys, featuring such icons as the Brooklyn Bridge and Notorious B.I.G.

Of all these, though, the Fetish al Fresco is certainly the most R-rated—and undoubtedly a cheeky surprise for any guests in your home when they tuck in at night.

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