Warning: $$$$ alert. Read ahead at the risk of your budget.
I have a weakness for linen. The 100%, made-from-flax kind. In fact, I’m at risk of dressing like my decor. Or is it, decorating like I dress? It’s in my wardrobe, it’s on my bed… table, cushions, oven rail. I’ve always loved linen, but it was at odds with my dislike for ironing. But now that the world is embracing the rough look, un-ironed, there is no holding me back.
I have big linen plans:
Curtains for the master bedroom
Possibly for the living area too.
We are talking double height curtains here!
And, for the beds.
I shall be looking in the green section, but I’m also keeping tabs on the orange section for sale prices. Andrea and Joen recently had 40-50% off linen bedding. Of course, if you are not as adverse to sewing as I am, you might make your own. Linen by the metre starts at about $25 and goes up quickly, especially if you’d like a nice print on it. If you prefer linen bedding with a pattern, try Moochie Lou or Nancy Bird. And if your budget doesn’t extend to 100% linen, Aura Home has bedding in linen-cotton blends. Nearly as good!
Since the Nice Wolf is probably already gagging by the time he’s read this far into this post, I might as well keep going. In for a penny, in for a pound! (Or dollars, as the case may be.)
I love the soft, romantic (see Nice Wolf, linen is in your favour) look of linen curtains in a master bedroom. We have 8 metres of full length windows in our bedroom. Yep, 8 metres! Two sets of windows, each about 4 metres wide. They join at the corner.
Given the limited area to draw the curtains to, I’m planning to use light linen curtains (to minimise bulk) for mood and we’ll add blinds for light and temperature control and privacy. Ready-made 100% curtains seem to be few and far between and really are only made for small windows. On my last trip to Sydney, Pottery Barn’s linen curtains caught my eye:
According to curtain rules, you need 2 – 2.5 times your window width in material. That equates to at least 12 of these curtain panels for our bedroom! $888 not including the curtain hardware. There is the issue of having to join the panels together but I reckon I could just about cope with that amount of sewing. I looked at some fabric options for DIY, but I’d be hard pressed to find some that I like for under $1000.
Have I missed your favourite source of linen? Do tell.
Or are you more of a flannelette kind of person? Silk? Cow hide?
Have you made your own curtains or found some goodies ready to hang?
Keep an eye out for plain linen curtains for me. Blue, grey, black, natural and any where in between, are all possibilities.