Don't quite understand how I managed to get myself all tangled up in the thing, but heaven knows it's as big as a circus tent and twice as hard to work with! I somehow managed to extricate myself and lived to blog about it --
I must be mad, mad, I tell you. Bwwwwaaaahhhhaaaaahhhhhaaaaa....
I love how they look! They're soft, they're a creamy white not that slightly blue-tinged "cold feeling" white, and they filter the light beautifully. I feel positively decadent in my boudoir with these Ikea curtains. I just want them to be a little less see-through...
But this post isn't about my curtains -- it's about DUVET COVERS!
I think Ikea cast a spell on me. One mad day, after months and months of visiting its website and oohing and aahing over its duvet covers, I bought TWO:
|This is the Ikea Alvine Kvist duvet set (grey and white).|
|This is the Ikea Rodbinka duvet set (white, red, charcoal, taupe).|
The two pristine Ikea packages sat around for several months, and then on January 4, 2015, in a fit of domesticity (while the weather was going bonkers with a week straight of 20 below zero and colder), I pulled out the Ikea Rodbinka duvet set; gave it a gentle wash and dry, ironed it (that took HOURS!), and then wrestled with my comforter to get it into the duvet cover. Finally, at the end of a day that had started before 7 a.m. that morning and ended about 3:30 p.m., I had this:
What's wrong with this picture? Well no, those are not shadows being cast on the duvet cover by the setting sun. That's the black toile print of my comforter peeking through the sheer white material (Lyocel) of the Ikea duvet cover! Holy Hathor!
At this point, I was just about ready to take the damn thing outside and burn it. A bonfire would have been a welcome relief from the bitter cold... All that work -- hours of ironing, struggling for I don't know how long stuffing the comforter into the duvet cover, and then getting it to lay "just so." Arggghhhh!
Thing is, I LOVE my Jacquelyn Smith comforter. I bought it years ago (about 2009) and I have not tired of its black and white toile pattern or it's pretty details -- its scalloped edges banded in black and white stripe set on the bias, and the black and white striped pattern on the other side. It is starting to show a little wear/fading after two washings a year, though, despite being very careful with it. So, I thought hey, a duvet cover -- that will give me a new look and also help me preserve my beloved comforter by giving its rest periods for several more years!
What to do, what to do? I hated being able to see the toile print through the duvet cover! And then, I came up with what I thought was a brilliant solution, ahem...