Brilliant Idea: USE A WHITE DUVET COVER UNDERNEATH THE WHITE-ISH IKEA DUVET COVER TO HIDE THE WHITE-ISH JACQUELYN SMITH COMFORTER!
I eagerly dived into my (am proud to say), organized but much smaller linen closet than I used to have at the former Maison Newton, so I donated a lot of things and guess what -- my full-sized plain white duvet cover was one of them. BUT --
I still have a twin size plain white duvet cover.
No, you're saying, oh no Jan, you didn't. YOU DIDN'T!
Yes, I did.
What's that song -- you put the spell on me, baby, ooohhhh oooooooowwhhooo, you put the spell on me...
The Ikea duvet was calling my name, and I was powerless to resist. I hauled out that twin-sized white duvet cover, and ironed the heck out of it:
And ironed, and ironed, and ironed... Seems no matter what I did, more wrinkles appeared than disappeared. Hmmm....
I finally gave up and hauled it into the mistress bedroom and proceeded to wrestle with -- are you ready for this -- a DIFFERENT COMFORTER -- that I pulled out of storage, cuz I knew my Jacquelyn Smith comforter would not fit into the twin size white duvet cover. So, nope, I instead used a big fat puffy but somewhat smaller "full" size of comforter -- black and beige paisley print on one side, beige and black stripes on the other --
And then I huffed, and I stuffed, and I fluffed, and puffed and - actually, I huffed and puffed a lot. Eventually, I got to this:
At this point, I asked myself "Why on earth would anyone want to sleep in a bed that looks like this???"
But, I am nothing, if not
It doesn't look too bad (from a distance), but it's wrinkled. I don't like wrinkles.
I thought about nixing the entire idea of duvet covers, and hemmed and hawed for several days. The covered comforter was unceremoniously tossed into the guest room the next morning and I returned my beloved Jacquelyn Smith comforter to its rightful bed in the boudouir. If this was going to work at all, I needed to get a full size white cover for my Jacquelyn Smith comforter to try and hide the black toile pattern.
So, after girding my figurative loins, I went shopping online.
I ultimately purchased a full/queen size comforter set (came with two pillow covers) at Overstock for $29.99 -- microfibre. It IS very soft and silky feeling, I'll say that for the product, and it arrived within about a week (standard shipping).
I laundered it THREE times -- and still could not remove the smut that was on it -- a supposedly brand new duvet cover arrived looking like it had spent some hard time in a bordello. Oh come on, I thought, that will wash out! Oxy-Clean gets out everything!
You say - why did you not return it? I say - why would I pay more to ship it back than it's worth?
At least I know now it is clean. The final time, I put it on extra-super-duper wash (tap water temperature) and I added a smidegon of bleach to the water despite I should not use it on microfiber. Didn't make any difference. The smut was still there when it came out of the washer. I'm thinking if I ever now wash it in hot water, it will dissolve...
But, I assured myself, since I would be wrapping this within the lovely Ikea duvet cover, some sanitized smut wouldn't make any difference...