"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Just A Folly


I am decorating my new city bedroom in country French.  I have looked high and low for a French caned bed.  I have found very few and the ones I have discovered are all very expensive.  Some are antiques and even more expensive than the reproductions.

I finally found this one at Anthropologie.  It is ivory with a fully carved swag of cabbage roses though this photo doesn't show the detail well.   It is the one I want - it is also expensive in my book. 

I don't buy jewelry or baubles that would cost as much.  Other than sunglasses and the occasional handbag, I don't spend much on clothes.  I guess I am trying to justify purchasing it.
My husband would just die and it would even be stressful for me buying it as I guess I am just plain cheap.  I don't like to pay retail without a discount.  I guess buyer's remorse would be the more appropriate phrase.  Oh, and I  forgot to mention I need a new dining room table and chairs and wood floors.  Those alone will wipe me out.  Since I haven't moved in such a long time, I hadn't thought about how my old furniture wouldn't go with the new house.  The former owner had a very formal style of decorating.  Me, not.  The first thing to come down were the curtains and swags she left behind.  Deep blues and green and burgundy.  I'm more whites and creams and pastels.

I'll let you know if I get up the nerve to buy it.  Perhaps if I wait long enough I'll forget about it.


33 comments:

  1. Ooh, go on...have a little splurge, it's a gorgeous bed.
    I tend to justify prices when buying antiques, and not so much on baubles and bracelets also....
    Clothes are usually far down on my list of desires...lol
    ~Jo

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    1. I'm leaning that way Jo. My husband has his own bedroom, bath and rec room (his man cave) upstairs so he doesn't have to sleep in it. I rarely spend money on expensive things or I'd have a Chanel bag and watch.

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  2. You know what? I agree if this bed will make your room a little happy santuary for you..do it..Of course I have not checked the price;)

    Years ago..a client of mine..Philomena..was selling her bed.I adored it..but it was a double..and all our rooms were dne and I was not in the mood to redecorate around this GLORIES bed w/ swags of roses and a piante angel..I must have a pic somewhere.
    I still regret not buying it..as I have never seen another.
    We are in a Queen bed..I am ready for King..not sure what to do as we have had the same "set "for over 42 yrs..I just want a new bed .Might be hard to get something that could go.Love the bed Donna.

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    1. I don't see them very often either Monique. And, of course, since I started looking for one it became rarer still. This is my favorite and comes in queen and king. I have a king sized bed at the farm and you'll love it if you get one Monique. At the city house I have a queen sized bed so that's the one I'll get. I hope. I hope. I hope. I think it comes in other colors, but I need the ivory one. The old ones are twin or double and more expensive and probably more fragile.

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    2. I wanted to mention to you re books..you must have an online library..you check them out..read and return all online..free.
      Then you could buy the bed;)

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    1. I think that word regret is the key. I don't think I'll regret it. Hello, by the way.

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  4. I do agree with you Donna - it is rather grand.

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    1. Pat, I saw some beauties, some with beautiful tapestry backgrounds, but this is my favorite.

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  5. Yep, a little bit pricey - but OMG it's beautiful!
    I say go for it Donna - we only live once and sometimes we just need to splurge! Plus, we all need a good night's sleep and this may work wonders for your health too!
    I was in Anthro last evening - I looked at a lot of really silly things at big prices and resisted - but if the bed had been there I would have craved it too!

    Mary -

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    1. I just love that store. So original. The bed is online only.

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  6. It is very similar to the one we have, what is the thing with all the pillows? Every time I go to bed I have to unload all those damn pillows. I am not brave enough to say anything about them but geez.

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    1. Lucky you Doc. I'm with you on all the pillows. They are more nuisance than anything. I use them to prop myself up at night to read, otherwise they go on a bench at the foot of my bed.

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  7. It is gorgeous Donna - I would be tempted myself.

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    1. It is Elaine. I keep waffling. Today I'm like, it is just too much to spend on a bed. Tomorrow, I'll probably lean the other way.

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  8. Waiting long enough always has been me remedy.

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    1. The voice of reason you are Joanne. Hope you aren't in too much pain. I've never broken anything. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  9. That is a really nice bed and setting. Tempting, I'm sure. However...it's also tempting to weigh the purchase one way or another. I never like to buy anything unless there is a strong inner voice that says, "this is the one!" I guess it comes down to knowing yourself and your true inner taste as well as the issue of living WITHIN your means...

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    1. All sage advice Becky. It is my dream bed, but I wonder if I'll be able to prop myself up with pillows to read at night which I like to do. Wouldn't want the caning to stretch out. And, the pricing is the only thing holding me back. I think, well, my niece spent more on a LV handbag, but then she has far more money than I. I overthink everything and this bed is just one in a million things I do that to. Anxiety is a pain in the you know what.

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  10. Dear Donna - I can see why you would want this bed. It is truly lovely. I am sure in the end you will make a comfortable decision as whether to make this purchase. Please keep me updated. Hugs!

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    1. I will Debbie. I had buyers remorse before I even walked in to the new city house and made an offer. It's just me. Indecisive as always. Terrible at decision making. And, after all is said and done, it's just a darn bed.

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  11. I say go for it!
    Yes, Anthropologie is hideously expensive -
    but your bed should be your haven from the world!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. My husband had no hesitation going out to buy two 65" flatscreen televisions for the new house and they cost twice as much as my bed. I don't know why I can't do the same without feeling guilt. Guess I'm just crazy.

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  12. I think you'll find the sweetest dreams in this wonderful bed. By this way, I thank you most warmly for your lovable entry in my blog.
    Sleep well!

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    1. Thank you and what a beautiful blog you have. I love happening onto new blogs.

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  13. i say buy that bed in the color ivory. it would be perfect.
    and i've just been reading through many of your past posts.
    with what you've been through the past months... you deserve that bed. and more.
    my own darling husband died in 1979 from throat cancer. cancer of the esophagus they called it.
    they took half of his stomach to rebuild his esophagus. he had to go through the stretching too.
    a particularly nasty form of torture. he only lived for 10 months.
    i'm glad to see somebody finally beat that cancer... besides michael douglas. sometimes it's about life's timing.
    and the tick thing. OMG! i had no idea.
    so yes.
    buy the bed dear bean. and don't look back! ♥

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    1. Oh Tammy, so sorry about your husband but they have come a long way since then in treating this kind. Usually by the time they find it, it has gone too far. My husband beat it, I think, by going to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They actually have a whole floor just for head and neck cancer. He is suffering the effects of that treatment though. They even treat it different now than they did back in 2001. I am leaning toward the bed. I'll post about it soon.

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  14. How much do you love it? My biggest regrets are the things I don't do, or haven't done rather than the ones I have. And we spend a LOT of time in bed. If you love it, if you will smile as you climb in, and stroke those carved roses - BUY IT. And revel in it.

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    1. Oh, I do love it just want it for free.

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  15. Oh Donna ..... I LOVE it !! ..... BUY IT !!!!!!!!
    Hope that your husband is improving daily. Much love. XXXX

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    1. Thank you so much for your sentiments. He is and once he gets some weight on him I think he'll get his immune system back. He has had two bouts of pneumonia since he got out of the hospital and is getting a new kind of feeding tube system this Friday. Instead of the long tube, this will be a 'button'. I love that bed too.

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  16. Donna, you probably know by now my penchant for such gloriously-beautiful things as that bed, but also my cringe from what seems such extravagance. I seldom conquer that CAN-do-it-but-resist-the-urge feeling, so I always apply the Bread and Hyacinths rule:

    If it does not take even a crumb of Bread from your children, AND it's Hyacinths for your SOUL, it is meant for you. So sleep sweetly in your Dream Bed, my friend.

    rrrrrrr

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    1. Oh wise one Rachel, I always let my anxieties get the better of me. What if this and what if that???... Wouldn't you think I'd have outgrown it by my age? It truly is a burden that one can't control (maybe with lots of early therapy and psychotropic drugs.) And, isn't it ridiculous that a bed of all things could cause so much stress/distress? Oh well, maybe this will help others learn something about people with anxiety disorders. I can't believe I'm writing this.

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