I generally don't like Pottery Barn. Even though taking a tour through the store at Christmas Time HAS to be done, just for the over-the-top festive spirit that their retailing elves are so good at creating, I generally don't buy anything there. Why? For the simple reason that most of their stuff is cheaply made and often disappoints after you get it home.
That said, I like their curtains. I have bought curtains from PB for myself and clients for years, and I have sometimes cut the tags off so that no one would know...
For the price, the simplicity of style and the ease of purchase, I like them as an option, and my favorite style of late is their sheer linen curtain. I bought these in white for our new apartment (see pics) and love the way they filter - but do not block - the light. And I'm a sucker for linen. I find the rawness and openess of the weave sexy and natural. I think it livens up a room AND it's cheap (linen, that is)!
So these are my tips:
1. always cover your windows in some way to soften the frame
2. for "filtering," but no "blocking," go SHEER
3. always use natural fibers
4. let your curtains be TOO LONG
5. linen rocks (naturally)
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