I’ve got a motley collection of things that don’t get their own posts today.
1. New blanket! If you’ve ever read the comments section on Apartment Therapy (or, umm, anywhere on the internet), you’ve probably noticed that being incredibly kind and giving is not everyone’s top priority when making comments. I’ve usually gotten off fairly easy over there, though, and I try to be good at distinguishing between comments from people who simply have different taste than I do, people who want to be jerks because they think that’s fun, and people who have a genuine, well-intentioned critique to give.
I’ve had stuff on Apartment Therapy a handful of times, and my bedroom makeover has elicited the most mixed reviews by far (also the most page views by far), especially on facebook. Oddly, people take it really personally when you replace your ceiling fan with a regular old light fixture. They could never sleep without a ceiling fan, and they assume you’ve taken down yours because you only care about things looking pretty and not about function at all. Truth is I can’t stand to sleep with a fan blowing on me. The old one was just a fan with no light, and we wanted an overhead light, so it needed to be replaced. And it didn’t make a lot of sense to replace it with a ceiling fan we’d never turn on.
At any rate, one of the comments I got was mostly complimentary, but suggested that the West Elm duvet cover didn’t really fit in with the rest of the room. I took this critique to heart, partially because it was couched in the helpful constructive criticism format I learned to use when grading papers in grad school: “it’s great, but it sucks, but it’s great” (i.e. lead and close with something positive and sandwich all the negative stuff in between)….and because I’d actually been thinking the same thing myself.
Back when I first started planning out the master bedroom, I was thinking it would be a lot more gray….lots of cool grays and blues. So I picked out the scrollwork duvet cover from West Elm (looks like it’s no longer available on the website), stalked it until it went on sale, bought it, and doggedly stuck with it even as the rest of the room evolved to have a lot more warm colors and a less modern vibe than the duvet cover. Because it was not cheap, and I liked it, dammit!
But. I gave in. I think. I took off the cover and left the plain white duvet, and picked up this Threshold blanket from Target to go over it. Nothing fancy–just a warm brownish-gray cotton blanket. But I’m thinking it works better.
What do you think? I will take your opinion very seriously as long as you surround it by praise and make me feel special ;).
2. New Dishwasher:
Our old dishwasher broke. I can’t say I was too sad about this, because our kitchen came with an almost comically mismatched collection of appliances (white refrigerator, black dishwasher, black and cream stove, stainless steel built in microwave. Talk about motley!) and I’ve been itching to replace them all since we moved in. The dishwasher was the first to go. We went with a Kenmore because there was a good sale on Kenmore stuff at Sears (or, it seemed to be a good sale at least) and it had good reviews. And then my mom offered to buy it for me for my birthday! Yay! Sears made up for having the best sale by also having the slower and more expensive installation than Lowe’s or Home Depot, and our dishwasherless period fell during our visit from Dave’s extended family. But we persevered (by which I mean we ate out a lot) and so far so good with the dishwasher. Except the fingerprints. They’re sort of driving me crazy, just like my mother said they would.
3. This bowl:
I’m not sure why I feel compelled to write about this bowl. I almost didn’t even buy it at the thrift store, but then I got it home and it was so much prettier than it had been at the store. Like something out of a Renaissance painting! Especially with mangoes in it. Anyway. I like my new bowl.