We are still here! Onward we continue into the full-home renovation that we boldly took on 1.5 years ago. At this point, many of the rooms are just about done, allowing me to get to the fun part: decor.
Right now, we are working on the “dining room,” which is its own space, but also technically one of the wings in our L-shape kitchen area.
The control variables: the flooring itself that we already purchased and my late aunt’s custom dining room set. We did end up re-staining the dining room espresso/black set, though, because the cherry wood stain did not work with the colors of the room:
Ok, ok. So. For one of the final touches, I needed an oval shaped-tablecloth to complement both the chairs and the following home decor pieces that I already selected for the space:
I looked high and low, eventually realizing that most tablecloths on the market right now are seriously ugly! While I love Overstock.com, Target, Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc., as much as the next person, there is a huge gap in the market for really nice looking, modern, high-quality tablecloths.
Enter: Huddleson Linens. This place is amazing! As soon as I went onto the website, I immediately fell in love with one of the patterns, as it offers the “updated vintage” feel that we are trying to give our home:
When I read that the material was 100% Italian linen but sewn in the U.S.? My two favorites places? Well, consider me sold. There was just one problem: none of the tablecloths were close enough to the size of our table.
I noticed that the site had a “Custom Linens” tab, but I figured such an order would either be extremely expensive, or only available in bulk. However, I couldn’t get that pattern out of my head — it was exactly what I wanted — so I emailed customer service just to see.
Later that same day, the owner, Tim, got back to me with a price quote based on my rough dimensions. Surprisingly, the quoted price was less than that of the stock oval tablecloth because my table is actually smaller. (It stands to reason to charge less money for less material, but how many companies would charge you more just by virtue of it being a custom order? Most of them, I’d say.) After a few email volleys with Tim, who helped me make sure I was giving him the right measurements, I paid the invoice and waited.
What a pleasant experience.
My husband and I literally said to one another, “There’s no possible way it was that easy. He almost needs to make it more complex and annoying just to make this believable!” Maybe I’m just jaded, but customer service is really in trouble these days. Huddleson Linens reminds us that there are still GOOD companies out there who care about their customers.
A few weeks later, my custom tablecloth arrived– packaged adorably, and with a handwritten note, I might add. The Huddleson brand was communicated through every piece of the packaging, right down to the plastic wrap and ribbon.
The material is beautiful: a very lightweight, yet substantial linen with a nice saturation of color in the stripes. Of course, it fit my table perfectly, just as Tim assured me it would. I can’t recommend Huddleson linens enough. Now that I know this measurement is perfect, I can order any of the other linens (which I plan to do). I also can’t wait to check out their bed sheets.
And no, this is not a paid post at all. As a small business owner who prides herself on the lost art of customer service, I wanted to draw attention to someone else who really, truly cares about their product and the people that keep them in business. Thank you, Huddleson, for making our home a little bit more beautiful! We are almost there with our dining room, now!