Confession: I have a Pottery Barn taste on a Target budget. I lust after expensive linens but used to convince myself to settle for something cheap, instead. Until recently. In 2010 I fell in love with the anthropologie rosette quilt, and though it was far more that I was comfortable spending on a quilt, I loved the quilt, and once it was made up with the rosette quilt I loved my bed, and loving my bed meant I loved my bedroom- and in the end, after using that quilt happily for years- I decided maybe a bed I love is an appropriate splurge for the master bedroom.
The Rosette quilt lasted me for years, but when I sold just about everything I owned and left my job to move to Seattle to start a new adventure, I needed the new start to include a completely new look for my bedroom. In my studio apartment, the bed is a MAJOR feature of the apartment, so I wanted to make my bed look worthy of being the focal point of a stylish studio.
As I shopped for affordable bedding to build the bed of my dreams, I fell flat. Leaning toward the texture of linen, the reviews for all of the linen duvets I looked over indicated constant ironing was a requirement. So I kept looking… until I fell in love with Anthropologie’s textured chevron duvet. With a price that was about double my budget, I had trouble deciding if it would be worth it, but then the craziest thing happened…. my house in Missouri, which had been on the market for 10 months without an offer, sold to a cash buyer seemingly overnight. Saying goodbye was hard, but the sale put a little money in my pocket and creating a beautiful bed felt like an appropriate small splurge to indulge in before investing the remainder of the money.
I got “over” the chrevron craze earlier than most, so I was skeptical of featuring this pattern, however the tone-on-tone textured ridges spoke more to a classic pattern than to a trend, so I made the decision and waited for the duvet to go on sale. After religiously checking the anthropologie website for nearly three weeks, finally a 20% off coupon appeared as a daily special and I purchased the duvet, with a $50 discount as reward for my patience.
I ordered as I was packing for a trip to the Olympic National Forest. I’d never visited the Washington coast or the Pacific Northwest rainforests and my friend Carrie promised that autumn, when the fog is heavy and the bull elk are bellowing in search of the company of lady elk, is the best time to visit, so off we went on a girl’s weekend of adventuring through various short trails of the Olympic National Forest.
I came home to my package from Anthropologie delivered sooner than anticipated. I eagerly unwrapped my package but, since we were having an unseasonable warm spell in late October, I didn’t put my down comforter inside yet. Instead I used the unstuffed duvet as a quilt for a few weeks- and actually loved the look. When summer comes and the Pacific Northwest’s lack of air conditioning makes heavy bedding impossible, I’ll keep using this duvet as a light quilt, without the down liner.
The photo above does a great job of picturing what I like most about this comforter: the natural wrinkliness of the weave of the fabric. The fabric looks like linen, but isn’t. I like how this texture lends to being so forgiving- if i’d gone with a linen duvet wrinkles would be a problem, but this design makes any wrinkles that occur blend right in.
Lindsayanne is a professional artist, writer, and serial-DIY-er with a knack for solving problems creatively at home, in the studio, out in the garden, and even online. Learn more about Lindsay, her training, and her background here.