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My first product review!

So I’ve been shopping for some new bedding. The current duvet cover came with the husband, so I’ve been looking for a new one that I like. Frankly, I like the current duvet cover, but I wouldn’t mind having seasonal options, or options, period.

Here’s my first product review: West Elm’s Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet Cover.
In the catalog and on the website, this piece is a gorgeous, bright blue–it’s called steel blue, and that’s the color I ordered. I love jewel tones, and the ocean-y blue appealed to me.

Unfortunately, that isn’t what showed up in the mail. Instead of a lush, ocean-y blue, it was more of a flat cornflower blue. Which isn’t bad, but it also isn’t what I ordered. Honestly, I have no idea how they managed to light the photo shoot get the color they did, because it has nothing in common with the duvet cover I actually received. I suppose if I left the room half-dark and only allowed in natural light, I could kind of approximate the photo shoot. See for yourself…

Catalog shot:

Styled bedding, to the max

So this is what I thought I was in for...

And when I opened up the package:

Soooo, not quite what I had in mind.

...and this is what actually showed up.

Here it is on the current duvet cover:

And here we are with the bedding I thought would coordinate:
Not so coordinating, more matchy-matchy

I’m more than a little disappointed with West Elm at this point. And don’t get me started on the sheet set I bought that’s missing a pillow case. That’s another story entirely.

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Tacking another direction

My parents have this great dream of buying a big-ass boat when they retire and spending their golden years on the water. They aren’t really sailors, more like motorboaters, but obviously they’ll need to know a little bit about direction and all that.

My first inclination for this blog was for it to be a place for me to chronicle my and my husband’s DIY efforts on our house. Obviously, that’s still going to show up here. It has to–my coworkers, friends, and family are eventually going to get really tired of talking about my house.

That said, I’ve decided it would be more interesting to see how my DIY efforts in other areas start to happen as well. I’m not totally starting from scratch, but in some areas, I might as well be.

For example, my husband was teasing me on Thursday when he said, “You know, if we wanted to cook at home more often, we should have resolved to eat out more. Then it might happen.” He’s right–I have a lot of great intentions and fairly uneven follow through. Like, we got a Kitchenaid stand mixer for a wedding gift almost two years ago and it just made it out of the box for the third time ever on Tuesday.

Really.

It’s not like we have grand amounts of counter space, but twice in two years? Yikes. In my defense, it now has an actual home, but still.

So here we go–this blog is about to become my accountability buddy, and that’s a little bit frightening. Woohoo!

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