We've finally given our bed a face lift with new linens. It's embarrassing to admit, but we've had the same comforter, shams, throw pillow and bed skirt for a very long time. I tend to keep things until they wear out -- clothes, cars (I had my last car for 16 years), appliances, televisions ... you get the picture.
So the story of our old comforter goes like this. Remember when Martha Stewart first came out with her line at Kmart back in '97? Well, it was probably a year later that we bought our comforter set there (yes, Martha Stewart brand). To be honest, my poor husband never really liked the pattern and would complain about it from time to time. But since the comforter was still in good condition, I always talked myself out of replacing it, figuring we didn't really "need" something new.
I guess I finally got to the point my husband had been at for some time. I had grown tired of the pattern on that old comforter set and it was time to pull the plug! The two of us sat down at the computer and browsed various sites. We like what Crate & Barrel carries, but the patterns tend to be more modern, and we agreed that modern wouldn't work as well in our room.
Pottery Barn has nice patterns and good quality, and the dimensions of their queen duvets are the same as what we had (C&B's queen size duvet is larger). So we chose Pottery Barn's "Charlie Paisley" organic duvet cover and shams in natural, and a PB classic bed skirt in linen. As a finishing touch, I ordered a beautiful feather and down-filled accent pillow from Room & Board in a color called wolf. The front of the pillow is mohair and the back is linen. It's simple, but elegant.
We are both very happy with our new bedding. But the best part for me is hearing my husband exclaim over it when he walks into the room. Our bedroom has finally gotten the face lift it has long needed. Oh, and in case you're wondering what I did with the old comforter, well, it's inside the new duvet cover, of course!
P.S. Happy birthday to my hubby, whose big day is this weekend.