Tailored Touches to the Master
February 24, 2014
One of the biggest luxuries for Matt and me is sleeping past 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. Monday through Saturday it’s go-go-go but Sundays we delight in those extra minutes of repose. In the baby years the idea of both of us sleeping in was completely unheard of, it was always a crying baby or eager toddler or bouncing adolescent demanding what they needed immediately at that moment no time to wait or “waaaaaah”, and so like most parents we had to take turns. Now we don’t have to anymore and we love it. Parents of youngsters know this, it will happen someday for you too.
Our kids, now 8 and 10, totally get that Mom and Dad do NOT want to be disturbed until the clock ticks past 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Which means fetch your own bowl of cereal. And which means we’re always late getting to church (yes, we are that family) but it’s a luxury we won’t deny ourselves even with the daylight is streaming through the windows reminding us that life’s obligations await.
Last Friday I took a trip to HomeGoods in search of a new set of plain white sheets, nothing fancy, I found a set by Ralph Lauren, brought them home washed them and made the bed with them. Perfect.
I also visited HG at the chance I might find a patterned quilt or a pair of lamps to upgrade what we have in our master bedroom. As we all know, HomeGoods is a dangerous place for a decorating obsessed but on a budget place for a gal to be. I left with a few lamps to try out.
The first crystal lamp was too traditional and I didn’t care for the shape and it weighed 4,567,895 pounds. I knew if a bouncing kid or a clumsy me knocked it over someone might die, or be knocked out cold. The blingy mercury glass jug on the right was nice but too shimmery next to the other accessories and took up too much space and I didn’t like the cord coming out of the top or the cork peeping out (which could of course be painted) but they were both not quite right so they were both returned.
Then I passed by my daughter’s room like I do every day and saw her pale jade Target lamp and said to myself, “what if…” and so I tried out her Target lamp on my nightstand and of course, of course her lamp was exactly what I was looking for.
Two problems: it’s hers and there was only one. Grrr. What to do? Coaxing her into trading for something else was easy, there may have been cookies involved. #ikid #maybenot Actually, she has a very similar lamp on her desk (seen here) that we moved into its place so now all she needs is a new white desk lamp. Easy.
The more complicated problem is we only had one of those perfect lamps. When one has mismatched nightstands like we do I think it’s best at least the lamps are the same so I really needed two. Where does one turn when one wants to find a desirable yet discontinued item? One hopes and prays it’s to be found on eBay.
Well what before my eyes should appear on the second page of a search for “green Threshold lamp” but the very same lamp from the Target line from last year – the last one at a discount and with additional pictures to prove it was one and the same.
I ordered that mate just as quickly as you can say “Target never should have discontinued that lamp.”
Oh, also let me introduce you to our new bed!
It’s the Made in the USA Skyline gray linen upholstered bed that I spied over at Joss & Main a month ago. For many years we’ve had a DIY version, which was really great! (See it here, full how to right here.) We were ready for an upgrade in a similar style and I wanted something a smidge more tailored beyond the bedskirt required with our DIY version. I’ve always loved an upholstered bed, and this one popped up at the right time. I don’t stray far from my preference for classic, neutral, and elegant in the bedroom.
A month ago I also bought three embroidered Euro shams at Land’s End for that pretty eucalyptus colored thread and Greek key inspired detail.
My bed is still plain and naked right now other than a white duvet, not that it bothers me much, it’s still the best and coziest place in the world to watch the last episode of Downton Abbey.
My quest for the perfect quilt or coverlet or comforter cover continues, we need something to add a color and pattern and I’m sticking to my soothing blue/green/gray palette. My attention has shifted to this watery aqua ikat at Crate & Barrel and the Manor Comforter Cover at The Company Store.
Or I could just design a new pattern of my own. #conflictedinCalifornia
Are you just as picky when it comes to your bedroom linens and accessories? And what did you think of the season finale of Downton?