"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, February 4, 2016

To Be Or Not To Be


Sometimes, things come and go, as in my beautiful bed I ordered from Anthropologie.  They sent a gray bed; I ordered an ivory one.  It is still beautiful, but for the cost of an arm and a leg I think I should get what I ordered.  That, and it gave me the excuse to get my money back.  Just too much to spend on a bed I've decided.

See, I'm not the kind to return things: I usually keep it instead of going through the hassle of a return. Not this bed though.  First, wrong color, second, it is slatted and can only use the top mattress.  The use of a bottom box springs leaves the headboard nearly covered up when the pillows are added and I still need new pillows.  At the footboard end, the bed sticks up too high if both mattress and box springs are used. The delivery man said, Señora, you need a bungbid.  A what, I asked.  A bunyaup he said.  It went on and I finally gave up trying to figure out what he was saying.


It was beautiful though.


 I found these two night tables at a decorator's assignment store and just loved them.


With a drawer and a cabinet on spindle legs, it had glass inserts atop old velvet where I could put an old Rolling Stones concert stub and antique postcards.  Just love these night stands.


I still have not put hardly anything up on the walls.  Vexing.  I think the strangest thing about moving to a new house, is how most of the stuff you have doesn't work anymore. This large old trumeau mirror that I've had for a long time just doesn't fit anywhere in the new house.  The picture at the top is chickens scratching around in barn hay.


This large dressing mirror, though it matches the bedroom perfectly, doesn't fit, literally.  It sticks out about a foot from the wall because of its legs/footing.  With one wall all windows, there isn't room for such a large piece. As I said, vexing. 

Nevertheless, the bed went back and after the initial angst, I don't regret the decision. 



21 comments:

  1. Can you put the mirror at an angle?It's ttoo lovely to not use..I love the night tables..did I tell you I met the Stones? I worked at the Ritz Carlton here for a record company and was sent as hostess/press thing..cannot even remember what I did..I was 18!
    I am not one to return things either..but a bed a very $$ thing that came in the wrong color yes..
    I can complain though..like if something arrives broken ..it will bug me:(
    Ex..I ordered a set of Grumbacher watercolor pans a couple of yrs ago..through a friend of my daugheters...long story they used to live here but visited family in the states regularly..he was nice to bring t home for me:) He has moved..to this day I am sure one of the colors was missing from the box..but I only noticed after..it certainly wasn't his fault..:)...Amazon..blablabla..US..so I never said anything..but it bugs me..

    trying to use a new Coastco charge card for 6 months..never having it work..after 3 pin # changes..oy..that bugged me..now they are sending a new card saying the chip must be off..

    How can I be crabby for such stupid petty things?
    That bugs me most.;)

    PS Make holes! WE moved here 16 yrs ago.. new home we built..I even used some of those 3m things..all the curtains I have..very few..are on Spring rods to not make holes..I am not moving until we have to..so why be so picky..says me now..make holes.. wear your new pj's.

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    1. Monique, I guess I'm going to have to make holes, many of them as I will constantly be moving things around. I did put the mirror at an angle after the bed left. It fits there nicely now. Hostess to the Stones at 18? Gorgeous and young thing you were I am surprised you weren't Mrs. Jagger. Costco and Trader Jo's just now being finished in the city. I look forward to seeing what they are all about. My son buys everything on Amazon. When I go there, I can't find anything on the site.

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    2. Ohmygosh..I just clicked order now..on Amazon;)
      Go look..closer;)
      Yay on the mirror..and btw ..chickens..they go anywhere! Soap fills nail holes;)

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  2. Sad to see the beautiful Anthro bed returned but can understand. An expensive purchase like that needs to fulfill all one's dreams!
    If I was closer I'd be knocking on your door begging to buy the mirrors - both are lovely.
    Stay calm and be good to your precious heart dear.
    Mary x

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    1. Oh thank you Mary. I will try. I'd put the mirror in my booth but it is much too small for the mirror. Like I said about things not working in the new house, I did put two old samplers in the booth. One had dogs on it. I kind of hope it doesn't sell as I love everything dog. They just don't go with the city house decor/style.

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  3. "Bunky boards" may be what the man was trying to say. I had never heard of them either but ordered a sleigh bed from Pottery Barn in 2002--after having bought the mattress and box spring to go with it without having realized that with the box spring, the gorgeous new bed-frame/headboard would be invisible--and I learned of bunky boards then. They take the place of box springs but support the mattress better than slats alone would.

    Anyway, the bed looks pretty, but not to feel vexed is much nicer, I'm sure. :)

    Those night tables are a find!

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    1. Thank you Val for solving the mystery. I could not figure out for the life of me what he was talking about. At one point I asked him, bunk beds, so I was close. Yes, they should have figured out by now to make the beds higher to allow for the box spring set. How hard could that be?

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  4. It was sad about the bed, but if it doesn't bring you joy, it needs to go.
    Isn't it strange the way some things just fit and belong and others refuse to?

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    1. Yes Child. Guess my wad of cash called to me louder than the bed. They said they'd have the headboard only version out in ivory in Feb. Half the price of both pieces. Hmmm...

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  5. We moved from a generously sized farmhouse to our present home, a small cottage seventeen years ago and have been dodging around our furniture ever since. It's my usual problem of things having sentimental value so that I'm unable to part with them. One of these days I'm just going to have to shape up and sort out! For a recent move you look to be wonderfully well organized.

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    1. So nice to meet you. I too have had a hard time parting with things, but as of late, almost nothing is off limits. My new mantra is, if it has to be in a closet or cabinet and hasn't been used in eons, it is gone.

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  6. I love the night stand; glad it's not going back. You're right about the grey--it needs to be ivory.

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    1. And, my little elephant lamps on the night stands were from Wal Mart. All the molding in the room is ivory and though the gray was pretty and I could live with it, just couldn't abide spending all my savings stash on it.

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  7. Donna, good on you to have made that difficult decision to return the bed to Anthropologie. If it was not the right one, it would not turn into the right one.

    I think that you will have many adventures finding items that will suit your city house. As the daylight lengthens as we approach spring, I am guessing that you will gain more of a sense of how that light reaches into your rooms and what its effect on colors will be.

    After the blizzard, our weather continues to grow warmer with showers. Odd sort of start to February. As you continue to select items for your new home, I continue my steady declutter activities. Little by little, I am bidding farewell to treasures that no longer hold their charm. (Of course, it must be said that only I notice that this clear out is continuing. Minimalism has yet to reign.)

    xo

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    1. You are right about the light changing, but since the city house is in whites and creams, I'm not sure how much that will affect the decor. I have become a terror in ridding myself of things I formerly considered treasures. I put two old samplers in the booth that no longer fit and never thought I would. My blueberry bushes are swelling and signs of spring are in the air. Yay!

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  8. Simply the most gorgeous bed what a shame it isn't right - you have wonderful taste Donna.

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    1. It is Elaine. But it's gone back. I actually saw some nice beds on the Restoration Hardware site, which is notorious in pricing, yet is cheaper than Anthroplogie. Who'd a thunk?

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  9. I've missed a bunch of your posts it seems. Glad you went to the doc, don't mess about! My middle name is also WORRY, I get it. You will probably be relieved after the tests are done. I love the bed too, but if half the headboard disappears from view when you add bedding, what's the point, indeed! Your delivery man may have been telling you to get a BUNKBED??!! , too funny!

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    1. Well, if I don't have a heart attack worrying up to and during the appt. and tests, I'll consider that a positive. If the Doctor walks in and is 20, I'll just put my face in my hands. My big sis is going with me, so that will help. I am a big baby about these serious kind of things. I always go alone and think I'll remember what was said, but it goes in one ear and by the time the door closes, I can't remember a thing that was said. That, and I don't like following protocol and want to just cut to the chase (or gold standard in this case) and just go up through the femoral, but they don't ever do what you want them to. Want to make all that money on other tests first. If the old ticker holds up through all that, well, I'll diagnose my heart as sound.

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  10. this is why I don't buy much on-line. I hope you didn't have to pay return shipping.

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    1. I don't usually, but couldn't find a bed I wanted. They tried that, but I called and they credited the shipping back. Thanks for dropping by Ellen.

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