A few months ago, I decided I was ready to change out the drapes in my family room. I had wanted to for a while, but the idea of actually making eight drapery panels (the proper way…lined and hemmed) was overwhelming and prevented me from actually doing anything.
Enter a timely e-mail from Barn & Willow.
Barn & Willow’s founder, Trisha, contacted me to see if I would be a guinea pig for their new drapery line. When I learned that French pleats and Belgian linen were involved, I was happy to sign on. I also loved the idea of working with and supporting an entrepreneur who was pushing towards her goals. Trisha wasn’t new to textiles and drapery and home decor, but she had a vision that finding the perfect drapes for your home shouldn’t be difficult, so she launched her own company.
I know exactly what she means, because I’ve been shopping for drapes before, for myself and with my mom and it can be difficult to find something that’s just right. I always end up walking away empty handed and I just make my own. In the case of my mom, she ended up spending a lot of money at a home store and we still had to hem eight curtain panels to make them work for her space.
(As an aside, my curtain rods could stand to be lowered about an inch, but I’ve found with small boys, it’s nice to have drapes a little off the floor, otherwise Legos, Goldfish and fluff would be piling up back there!)
Barn & Willow is launching as an online-only brand and are initially offering only 100% Belgian linen drapes in different textures (weights) and colors.
They are currently offering the drapes in a rod pocket style, which can be hung on rings or slid directly onto the rods…
…but they’ve included a “talk to us” page where you can inquire about customized styles like French pleating or making drapes in a size that isn’t standard.
Apart from dragging my fingertips along some panels in a high-end home store, I’ve never really seen Belgian linen. I can tell you, the texture is really beautiful. “Barn & Willow’s 100% linen drapes are made from the world’s finest Belgian flax and carefully crafted by highly skilled artisans” and it shows.
I picked out heavy linen drapes in Oyster, French pleated with lining. They are functional and beautiful. So functional, in fact, that we took down our blinds. I just draw the curtains if we need privacy or to filter light.
I can tell you that through this process, I have been so impressed with Barn & Willow’s attention to detail and their commitment to providing the very best product. They recognize that drapes are an investment in your home and they want them to be perfect. There was a panel that was never even shipped to me, because Trisha said it wasn’t perfect and they needed to make another one. They are so committed to quality and so confident in their product, that they offer a 90 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.
I’m excited to help get the word out about an up and coming home decor company that provides a beautiful product, great customer service and really loves what they do. I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of Barn & Willow!
P.S. – Our home is currently on the market and these drapes do not convey! :)
While I had things set up to photograph the drapes, I had to take a few closeups of the “props”…
These sweet blue & white plates are actually ironstone! I found them when I was shopping in Virginia and couldn’t believe when I turned the plate over and saw the hallmark. I’ll share more on those later…
One last thing, if you’ve been missing my posts in your e-mail, you should be getting them now! I have switched from Feedburner to Mail Chimp to deliver my e-mail feed. The first one went out today, but we’re still making tweaks and need to add subscribe boxes, so I’ll share more details later to make sure you don’t miss your daily dose of “mustard”!
Disclosure: I partnered with Barn & Willow and received my family room drapes in exchange for being their “guinea pig” and promoting their brand. All opinions are my own.