Last week, Ed and I took a spur of the moment vacation to South Carolina and got back this past weekend. We are hosting Thanksgiving so I had to quickly leave vacation mode behind and get into holiday entertaining and decorating mode.
When we arrived home a package from Barn & Willow was waiting for me. I was excited to open it since I knew what it was…
A few weeks ago, Barn & Willow’s founder, Trisha Roy, contacted me to see if I would be interested in her drapery line of gorgeous Belgian Linen drapes.
You may remember I recently took down the white curtain panels I had in the room. They had yellowed and it was time to say adieu.
I repainted the room and left the windows bare. I knew I wanted something simple and elegant, but figured since we don’t need privacy in the room, the search for new drapes could wait until I could find something I truly loved.
I like subtle treatments for my windows. This is especially true in my dining room where I like the focus to be on the table, food, and people around it. I learned this over many years of decorating. I found when I had patterned window treatments that coordinated with the room’s color scheme, I always had to coordinate the table setting to the room and not the occasion. Doing this always felt off to me.
I learned that to make the most of the table setting and food, I needed to leave the decor in the room neutral. This allows me to add occasion or seasonal decor and color to the room without it clashing with a color scheme. Since we only use this room around the holidays or on special occasions this made even more sense.
When the email from Trisha arrived in my inbox it felt like the “decorating-powers-that-be” sent her my way. :-)
If you are unfamiliar with Barn & Willow, they are an online-only brand that exclusively offers 100% Belgian linen drapes in different styles, textures, weights, and colors at affordable prices.
I chose unlined sheer Belgian Linen in Off white. I didn’t want anything to block the light. These sheers gently filter the light in the late afternoon when the sun comes glaring in.
With the “holiday-ready” time clock ticking, it was nice that the drapes were custom made to my specs. Their artisans custom stitch every drapery to your specifications to perfectly fit your style. I didn’t have to sew a thing. All I needed to do was press each panel and hang them.
The drapes come rod pocket style, which can be hung on rings or slid directly onto the rods.
Drapery hooks are included that you can easily attach along the ribbon on the top back of each panel.
I initially thought I would use the rod pocket, put then decided to use clip-on rings. I made the curtain rods using vintage glass doorknobs. You can find the post here: Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods.
I love the classy, casual, breezy look and feel of the unlined linen. The off-white color is perfect with just a hint of warmth. It is cold outside now, but I look forward to when I can open the windows and let the breeze billow them into the room.
With the new drapes, the wall between the windows needed something. I decided to go shopping around my house to find something to place there. I found the chalkboard in my mudroom. It looks much better here since it was on a wall that gets hidden behind a door in the mudroom. I will have a lot more fun with it here in the dining room. I will have to get something drawn on it for Thanksgiving.
The linen drapes beautifully and feels soft and luxurious. I wanted each panel to slightly puddle on the floor, but you can have them made to just skim the floor, land on the sill, or puddle fully on the floor. Custom made means you get exactly what you want. Trisha will make sure of it.
I keep looking into the room so I can see how the drapes look – you know how you do that when you get something new? They are exactly what the room needed to feel light and airy – yet warm and cozy. They are making me smile…simple and perfect for my style.
I partnered with Barn & Willow and received the Belgian linen drapes for my dining room in exchange for my review and post. All opinions are my own.