September 20, 2011

Girly Decorating Post - Beware...

Five years ago, I bought THIS bedding for my bed
(dark picture -
try not to notice the electric blanket with cord at the foot of my bed.
Christmas gift from Aaron last year. Best Christmas gift!).
I have absolutely LOVED it. It is me. I love the colors, the girly florals, & the mix-matched patch work. But it is looking worn and tired.

A few months ago, I bought a new quilt.
I got it home, put it on the bed and immediately knew I didn't love it. It got returned.
This process has taken place several times in the past 6 months. If I am going to spend the money - I better at least sort of love it.

Last week, I decided to go looking again. I started with a solid.
I tried to use my old quilt with a new solid under... Not my favorite. Packed it up and went back to the store to return it.

While there I saw some Euro pillows (the big square pillows). I know that Euro pillows are anywhere from 50 to 100 bucks per pillow. Stupid!!! I have better things to spend my money on.... But not THESE... they were on sale :o)
These were normally $62.00 for just the cover - the filler pillow is another $25.00. So for 3 Euro Pillows it would be $87.00 times 3 = TOO MUCH!! Today they were $9.99 each.... That's it!!! I was determined to make it work! I even had my neighbor, Kim, who decorates DARLING - a lot like my mom's style, come give me her opinion. She loved them!!!

Option 1
Instead of returning the red solid, that I packed up and hauled around the store, I kept it and added pillows.
Focusing on the BROWN.... Nope. Too drab. Too much like my brown bed.

Option 2
Bringing out the Blue ... Closer, but not my favorite.

Option 3
Yellow!!! I love Red and Yellow. They are my two favorite colors... Nope not quite right either.

I packed everything up AGAIN, including my Euro Pillows. They were a great deal, but if I can't use them, why keep them?? I hauled everything back to the Quilt Shop (in Gardner Village) with a frustrated and defeated look. The poor sales lady, Jenny (we were on a first name basis now) saw me come in and knew it wasn't good. I put it all on the counter and told her I was returning it all and would be back in a few months to try again. She pulled out the Euros. (She wasn't the sales lady that sold them to me days earlier.) She looked at the price tag and then looked at me. She asked if I was crazy!!??!! She suggested putting them on my couch or chairs... anything... for this price - she insisted I keep them.

I told her to hold them for me for a few minutes as I walked the store

Then I saw a quilt that I had seen many times. It was a quilt that I loved months ago but the price tag was a JOKE!! ... Today it was on sale, not a great sale but still a sale. If I returned the Red Quilt and the 2 red shams AND the Euros then maybe I could buy the Quilt.
I stared and stared and called Aaron. (He was on a business trip.) I told him what I had been doing while he was away and asked if I could buy the new quilt.
He said - "Do you like it?? ---- Do you LOVE it??"
"Then PLEASE just buy it!!! I am so tired of hearing about it."
Permission granted.

I carried it up to the counter and laid it next to the red quilt, I was returning. They were a perfect match and I needed the red shams anyway.... The only thing left to return were the three Euros. Again, she looked at me like I was crazy. I am such a sucker.... Okay! Okay! I'll keep them and find a place for them.

I returned nothing!!! AND bought the new quilt (....with ONE new sham... and a blue throw pillow.) Remember, Aaron said yes. I was excited ...and sick. I got home - put it on my bed - added a few pillows from around my house - viola! I LOVE IT!!!

It is me! It's Bright! It's Patchworky! It's Lots of colors!!
AND.... --- .... ---- Notice the 3 yellow pillows in the back???
Those are the Euro pillows turned backwards. I found a spot for them... :) I did have to change a few things on my walls. I'll have to take a picture later. It came together - Finally!!!
I love walking into my room. I love how my bed looks.

Months ago, when I told Aaron I wanted to change our bedding, he said - "Could we go with something less girly?? Maybe blue this time??" I searched and searched for blue. The throw pillow was the best I could do.
Yesterday, I went back to the Quilt Shop to tell "Jenny", the sales lady, about my Euro pillows, Low and Behold... I found the Cutest King Size Quilt with Navy Blue, Khaki, Robin Blue, Teal, and Green - Darling!!. It is a King Quilt WITH 2 shams included in the price... I pulled it out to see how much... $89 for the set... ugh...... Now what??? Buy it??? When this one gets "worn and tired" in five years, then pull it out??? Murphy's Law.


amanda said...

It turned out cute. And totally you!! The solid color with the stripe pillows are not you--sorry!!
We have Euro pillows. They add a lot to the bed (when we use them:)

Alyssa said...

So perfect! I love Euro pillows, too. We have them on our bed. I think the final result turned out great (and very true to your taste/style). Thanks for posting.

Shauna said...

Very cute and it does remind me of you. So colorful and pretty.