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In which I enlist the help of the internets!!!
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INTERNETS!

I have exciting news to start off. You know my whole “I am going to be the cleanest lady EVER” plan?

IT IS WORKING. It has been working for exactly a month! My apartment has STAYED CLEAN for a whole month. This is unheard of in the land of Tea. Now, it probably isn’t as clean as some of you would expect when you hear “clean” but the floors are clear, the clothing is hung in the closet, the furniture is dusted, and the sink is devoid of dishes. In my land, that’s clean.

Anyway, one of the other things I’ve done is started lots of to do lists, including shopping lists and chore lists, and I’ve been doing a great job of conquering those, too.

One of the things I started is a wish list, and it includes a few important things that I would like to get for my apartment. And I’ve decided that, as a result of keeping the apartment clean for a month, I am going to buy one of them.

So, I’ve been looking at beds. And at other things for my apartment, which I’ve been putting up on a board over on Pinterest, which you can check out here

Anyway, I went to Raymour and Flanigan today and looked at this bed:


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It’s very pretty, very classic, and surprisingly sturdy for a metal bed. It is not the cheapest bed I’ve seen, but definitely very reasonable by bed standards.

I felt that I liked it enough that I would choose it over most of the many beds I saw online, partly because one thing that concerns me with buying a bed online is that you don’t know how sturdy it will be.

However, there were two other beds that were very unique and pretty, and that I didn’t want to rule out, so I went to Pottery Barn, because both of them were from there.

They were, however, both somewhat more money.

One is this headboard:

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Note that this is only a headboard, not a full bed. But I really like it because it’s very unique and has a steampunky feel to it.

The other is this bed:

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This one is a full bed, and as you may notice, it is about double the price of the first bed. I like it because it’s very distinctive, though, and it has pretty crystal bedknobs. And like all good students of Professor Emilius Browne’s Correspondence College of Witchcraft, I do have a particular fondness for bedknobs. Which are sadly lacking on the first bed. Note that it does come in dark pewter as well as white. Although I think I prefer the white.

Now, even with the cost of this bed, it is affordable for me, so that’s not really a worry. But the problem is, when I got to Pottery Barn, they did not have either of these beds available to view.

My desk and some of the things in my parents house are from Pottery Barn, and their furniture is just beautiful, so I trust that the quality and durability is good. But it would have been nice to see them in person! They did have a wall sculpture that matched the headboard, and it was quite nice. But they did not have the headboard or the bed. And it’s a little aggravating because I do feel like seeing them in person would have settled the question.

My bedroom is cream color with white trim, and most of my furniture in my bedroom is very old-fashioned. I have multiple colors of wood, all dark or painted black, and the rug, curtains and bedding are all various shades of burgundy and gold. I have a very pretty old fashioned mirror with a mahogany-colored frame, and mahogany-colored bookshelves. I have lots of old-fashionedy stuff in my room, like an old leather briefcase, several old wooden jewelry boxes, and I’ve got a little bit of a bird motif going on, although not a ton. My apartment also happens to have those beautiful old-fashioned crystal doorknobs that look almost identical to the bedknobs on that one bed, although I can’t guarantee I will be here forever or always have crystal doorknobs.

Thoughts? Advice? I’m not super worried about finances in this case, but price does come into play from the standpoint of the Pottery Barn bed being one I would want to stick with for a long time. But I would really intend to keep any of these beds for a long time. I have never owned a bed of my own; I have always had just a standard metal bedframe or a futon, or a mattress on the floor.

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.


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I guess I like the headboard best. If not that one, then the third one. What a shame you can't see them in person. Is there any kind of guarantee if it breaks or isn't sturdy enough?

Was just going to also chime in about the mattress; if you haven't got a great mattress and can afford to get a new one, buy a really good quality one because it'll be way worth it.

Oh, I have an amazing mattress. The first thing I bought when I went back to work in 2006 after an almost three year hiatus was a really good mattress. It's a Simmons Beautyrest with a layer of memory foam between the mattress and the pillow top and it is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

It's Pottery Barn, so yes, they have very good warranty protection, and then I have an American Express card that has extra warranty protection. My parents and I all already have Pottery Barn furniture all over the place, so I'm not worried too much about the quality. It was really more a question of getting to see it up close and know that it looks the way I imagine from the catalog. Sometimes things are a slightly different color, for example.

Good to hear! I realised how bad our mattress was recently when I slept on the couch (which is not even really long enough to sleep on) and my back felt better the next day than it does when I sleep in bed!

I'm sorry you can't see it in person. It does make a difference being able to touch and have a proper look at something.

Are you willing to put up with the hassle of returning it if it's not perfect?

I think you have to accept that you may have to do that when you are making a big purchase, every time. I had to return two sets of bookshelves once because they came broken. That being said, Pottery Barn returns are about as hassle-free as returns can get-- if the delivery folks take it out and you don't like it, they will pack it right up and return it for you. I don't know about Raymour & Flanigan's, although I know they have their own return pickup service so you don't have to ship it out yourself.

Part of the reason I'm entertaining the idea of going with the Pottery Barn ones even though I haven't seen them is because I already have furniture from them that is just wonderful, and both of my parents' beds are Pottery Barn beds, and they're just about the nicest beds I've ever seen.

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