Affordable Gray Homegoods

When I moved into my first home in the US, in San Francisco (a long time ago),  I looked all over the nation for good gray linen to turn into 12 (!) non-frilly roman shades for my many living room windows. Ended up schlepping linen with me from Sweden and had shades custom made — simple Euro style. I don’t have to tell you that that little design adventure came with one hefty price tag…

I am happy to see that Restoration Hardware now offers wonderful ready-made roman shades in all kinds of pretty linen — incl. gray. Looking good! And the prices too.

Also liking Ikea’s new gray linen style fabric for its classic upholstery line, Ektorp (sofa, ottoman, chair). Bullet proof for rooms where kids (and messy husbands) rule! In my opinion, great value for the price.

And speaking of Ikea. My friend Erika Storm Wasser (also a good friend of Splendid Avenue) is on a roll. She hosts the design show “Spaces” on YouTube which quickly attracted some 3 million views. One of her fun segments is called “Splurge or Sweden“.

You can view it here. Pop over and say hello from me if you have a moment.  She is one fun gal to hang with!

Hugs to you all.

Note: to all my blog friends. I have had absolutely zero, zip, zilch time for blog hopping lately. Whatever you think, it is not you!
Somehow, somewhere I need to find more hours in the day…
Written by Splendid Willow in: Chic on a Budget |


  • Delishhh says:

    Great tips!! Love the room with the blue wall and gray ikea furniture!!

  • Charlotta says:

    Hej hej lovely sis!

    Erica is a scream! What a fun vibe she has, and what a great show. I watched several and am so glad you lead me there.

    Loving your grey blinds, and even more so knowing how much heart you put into having them made. So you! xx

    Big warm Autumnal hugs from home.

    xx C

    Erika Reply:

    Hi Charlotta – thanks so much!! So glad you liked the show — hope you subscribed to SPACES, we have a new Splurge or Sweden out tomorrow :) – Erika

  • If you ever figure out how to figure in more hours in the day, PLEASE tell me! I got up at 5:30 this morning to play “catch up” before the troops start waking up.
    Love gray…..and good to know that RH and Ikea are both in on it, nice to know you dont’ have to sacrifice good looks if the budget doesn’t allow (Ikea).

    Now I am off to watch Erica……

    Erika Reply:

    Hope you liked the show! Thanks for watching :)

  • I am so glad to see so many stores carrying an array of color in shades now. When we first moved into our home I couldn’t find what I wanted so I made all of ours and it’s a big house! I’ve since ordered drapes from RH and they’re so well made and the linen heavy.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Sherry Hart says:

    So glad I was playing catch up this morning! Of course I love that gray is finally going mainstream…..that you have found a new furry friend to keep you company…..and some trends like trim and nailheads are so HOT!!! Have a wonderful day! Sherika

  • of course I’m right there with you, mon, on those grays! love to you and don’t worry about getting around. take your time. we’ll be there! donna

  • I love the gray and white paired with the greayed down blue.

  • This post came just in the nick of time for me! Headed over to RH now.
    There is nothing more beautiful than linen shades, so I am happy to learn that one of my favorite stores has them. Look forward to visiting your friend tooHappy Thursday.

  • I love a simple roman shade and I had to laugh about you bringing it all back from Sweden – that sounds like something I would do! Hope things slow down for you soon. I know that for me ever since school started the days are just whizzing by! Hope to see you soon though. :)

  • RH has become such a terrific resource. Love a little crisp linen and can’t believe you had to cart yours over from Sweden! Happy Thursday! XO

  • grey linen. so timeless and charming. i’m crazy about restoration hardware, and thanks for the heads up about ektorp, mon.

    meet me at the place vendome?

    smiles to you.


  • Joe Clarke says:


    I love when you speak gray.

    Erika is very charming!


  • Loi Thai says:

    Gimme more gray, please! I was just in Ikea last week looking for a small apt sized oven for our basement. Checked out their upholstered pieces…..pretty cool….love the gray fabric options. Didn’t know about RH’s new Roman shades.
    Hope you are doing well!

  • Monika,
    Thanks for the heads up. I do love the gray linen and the room you share in the post is really pretty.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Tracey says:

    Loving everything you featured here. Funny how my house is made up mostly of black and white but oh how I love gray right now. Makes sense right? Black and white makes gray!!!

  • those gray shades are simply divine Mon! have a fabulous weekend, darling!

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  • OK…these photos stopped me in my tracks this morning. Stunning, stunning, stunning!! The white furniture really pops against the gray walls and that chandelier and kitties. I want to dump everything I have and replace it with what’s above!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Casey says:

    Ok, so I just discovered your blog this week and I have to say, it’s my new obsession. Your blog content and layout is wonderful. With that said, love these Roman shades, very clean, elegant, and refined. Great post, stop by whenever you can, and have a wonderful day!



  • michele says:

    still in paris (exhausted from strolling!) but wanted to pop by and say bonjour, ma cherie.

    am loving the marais especially here. our apartment is so white and bright, you would love it. and quiet! paris has so many paradoxes…even more mysterious than i imagined. inspiration everywhere.

    smiles, mama.


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