Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!

If you live with Belgian linen upholstery, clothing, bedding, towels, or linens, then you already know what I know. Linen made in Europe is truly wondrous with slubby deliciousness, fine quality, and imperfect character. Yet when you dig a little deeper into the linen’s distinctive qualities and production, you may fall more deeply in love. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm shares a little education and a lotta love and affection for my favorite textile.

Belgian style in Hello Lovely Studio's living room with French fireplace, arched windows, and white oak flooring. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm! #Europeanfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #europeancountry #livingroom #interiordesign #belgianlinen
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Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!

Belgian linen yumminess lives in every room within our home (thanks, RH!) and does so much more than provide texture and calm color. Belgian linen also keeps us comfortable, well groomed, and warm.

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While I’m no expert on retting, scotching, hackling, and linen production, I am an eager student learning more about its charms and a cheerleader for living with linen’s timeless beauty, strength, and natural quality.

Knotty alder door in serene white bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Belgian Flax vs. Belgian Linen

What’s the difference between Belgian Flax and Belgian Linen? Belgian Flax Linen is linen made outside of Europe from European flax, while Belgian Linen is made IN Europe from flax which has been grown as a plant IN Europe and woven into fabric IN Europe.

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Western Europe offers the perfection climate and conditions for growing flax. In fact, Europe’s flax growing belt “is between Cannes, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands where climate and soil conditions are most optimal” (Barn and Willow).

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Be Amazed to See How Belgian Linen is Made

Isn’t it something how a little seed in a field becomes fiber, then yarn, then fabric!?!

Wabi Sabi Wonderful Belgian Linen

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Hello, Lovely Flax

Why all the fuss about FLAX? Oh, this plant, friends! It begins life growing humbly in a field before it can be worn and adorned.

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Here’s a particularly significant quality of the plant I learned about from Libeco: since flax loves Belgium’s climate, it requires no irrigation and can be grown organically without GMO’s, fertilizer, or crop protectors.

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Hello Lovely Studio…Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home!

So often, we do not give a second thought to the origin of the fibers surrounding us in our home or the costs to the earth their growth and production entailed.

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Flax has it goin’ on. ALL parts of the flax plant can be used for production (the seeds are ground for oil paints, the pulp is used for banknotes, etc.) so no waste is created. When I stumbled on this demonstration of working with flax by hand, I more fully understood the potential for waste.

See what I mean? So many steps for the harvested flax before it becomes yarn and cloth!

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Belgian Linen’s Sign of Excellence: Masters of Linen® Club

When Belgian linen comes with this sign and registered mark…ooh la la. The tag identifies the fabric with a mark of supreme quality and excellence.

Hello Lovely Studio's living room with Belgian linen upholstered furniture, white oak flooring, and French stone fireplace in living room. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Club Masters of Linen promotes certified European textile companies (spinners, weavers and knitters) who opt for 100% European traceability and a desire to be differentiated with this high honor.

Massive Belgian sideboard in Hello Lovely Studio's living room. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
Hello Lovely Studio…Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home!
DIY Chic French Script Stenciled Accent Wall in a bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…Your Sweetly Soft Texture Stole My Heart

Hello Lovely Studio's Belgian style living room. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Belgian linen armchair in bedroom with Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…Our Home is More Chic and Elegant Because of You

Breakfast room with round table and linen slipcovered chairs. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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European country inspired serene living room.Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…How Can You Be Pretty Yet Oh So Practical?

Dining room with European country style and farmhouse lantern. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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Hello Lovely Studio's French country and European inspired bedroom. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home! Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.

Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…Surely Sophisticated Simplicity is Woven Into Your Nature

Belgian linen covered counter stools in a Euro inspired kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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A great room, dining room, and kitchen decorated with Belgian linen accents by Hello Lovely Studio. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
Hello Lovely Studio…Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home!

Mixing Upholstered Belgian Linen Pieces in a Dining Room

European country inspired serene dining room. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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European country inspired serene dining room. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
Hello Lovely Studio…Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home!
Dining room with round table and easy, simple, serene European country decor. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen's Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
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European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor
Hello Lovely Studio…Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home!

Belgian Linen Dining Chair Becomes My Bedroom’s Accent Chair

Come tour our French Nordic Coastal Cottage style home in the heartland. We completely renovated the whole house DIY style and decorated with a white, serene and undone look. The interiors are sprinkled liberally with Belgian Linen! Hello Lovely Studio. #interiordesign #belgianlinen #frenchnordic #housetour
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Nordic French white bedroom with light grey, linen, and white. Stikwood on wall, alder doors, cottage style furniture, and white oak flooring. #hellolovelystudio #bedroom #frenchcountry #nordicfrench #stikwood #serene #romantic #whitebedroom
Hello Lovely Studio…Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm as well as Photos of My Home!

Belgian Linen Slipcovered Chaise Makes Napping a Pleasure

Rustic oak Belgian antique cupboard in European country styled living room by Hello Lovely Studio
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Belgian Linen Envelops Me in an Egg Chair

Come tour our French Nordic Coastal Cottage style home in the heartland. We completely renovated the whole house DIY style and decorated with a white, serene and undone look. The interiors are sprinkled liberally with Belgian Linen! Hello Lovely Studio. #interiordesign #belgianlinen #frenchnordic #housetour
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Belgian Linen is Durable Enough for Our Breakfast Nook

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor
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European country inspired serene kitchen with window seat. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor
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Belgian Linen in the Bath?

Yep. Though not pictured with my Turkish towel below, our everyday bath towels (RH) have a band of stonewashed Belgian linen. It’s not just for curtains!

Come tour our French Nordic Coastal Cottage style home in the heartland. We completely renovated the whole house DIY style and decorated with a white, serene and undone look. The interiors are sprinkled liberally with Belgian Linen! Hello Lovely Studio. #interiordesign #belgianlinen #frenchnordic #housetour
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Belgian Linen on a Side Chair in the Studio

French Nordic style in my studio with white piano. French Farmhouse Decor & Lightening Up for Spring.
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More of those chairs (RH) can be seen in the dining room.

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor
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Belgian Linen is Perfect for Tone on Tone Spaces Where You’re After a Timeless and Tranquil Look

Come tour our French Nordic Coastal Cottage style home in the heartland. We completely renovated the whole house DIY style and decorated with a white, serene and undone look. The interiors are sprinkled liberally with Belgian Linen! Hello Lovely Studio. #interiordesign #belgianlinen #frenchnordic #housetour
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Nordic French white bedroom with light grey, linen, and white. Stikwood on wall, alder doors, cottage style furniture, and white oak flooring. #hellolovelystudio #bedroom #frenchcountry #nordicfrench #stikwood #serene #romantic #whitebedroom
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple and serene indeed.

Belgian Linen is a Wabi Sabi Wonder

Because of the natural quality of Belgian linen, it is imperfectly beautiful and never flawless. There are all these very human steps involved in production and crafting the cloth. It’s part of why I feel so much affection for the material: the flaws tell a story – the history of the woven yarn whispers a tale too – and the hands and souls that brought the flax to life leave poetic imprints as well.

DIY Chic French Script Stenciled Accent Wall. Country French farmhouse style bedroom with French script stenciled wall by Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frenchscript #diy #stenciledwall
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly Euro inspired indeed.

Belgian Flax and Belgian Linen Finds for Home

I independently selected products in this post—some of the links are affiliate links, meaning if you buy from them, it won’t cost more while this blog may earn a commission.

Belgian Slope Arm Slipcovered Armchair
Belgian Slope Arm Slipcovered Armchair, RH…certainly classic indeed.
Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Twin/Twin XL, Flagstone
Ideas for a bed: Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Pottery Barn…certainly classic indeed.
Classic Belgian Flax Linen Curtain, Cotton Lining, 50 x 84
Classic Belgian Flax Linen Curtain, Pottery Barn…certainly elegant indeed.
Belgian Flax Linen Bed Skirt with Side Pleats - Flax
Belgian Flax Linen Bed Skirt, Pottery Barn…certainly sophisticated indeed.
Belgian Flax Linen with Ties Duvet Cover & Sham - Mineral Blue
A beautiful pale blue linen option: Belgian Flax Linen Bedding (Mineral Blue), Pottery Barn
Belgian Flax Linen Ruffle Duvet Cover & Sham - White
Beautiful Belgian Flax Linen Ruffle Bedding, Pottery Barn…certainly lovely indeed
Catuzzi Washed Belgian Linen 19" Placemat
Washed Belgian Linen Placemat Set, Wayfair…certainly pretty indeed.
Imane Ruffled Belgian Linen Single Shower Curtain
Ruffled Belgian Linen Shower Curtain, Wayfair…certainly practical indeed.
Belgian Linen Katina Chaise Sectional, Right
Belgian Linen Katina Chaise Sectional, Anthropologie…certainly charming indeed.
Belgian Linen Delaney Chair
Modern Belgian Linen Delaney Chair, Anthropologie…certainly lovely indeed.
This living room with serene decor features Belgian linen curtains made custom by this Etsy shop.
Custom Curtains, CustomCurtainsBeyond on Etsy…certainly lovely indeed.

Belgian Linen Would be Perfect in This Euro Inspired Dining Room

Find the details for this dining room mood board HERE.

HGTV Fixer Upper The Club House Dining Room Get the Look Mood Board - Hello Lovely Studio.
01: Wallpaper // 02: Mirror // 03: Buffet // 04: Chandelier // 05: Dining Chair // 06: Dining Table // 07: Stems // 08: Planter // 09: Vase Set // 10: Rug

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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