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March 16, 2011

Pillowcase Problems

Remember how my West Elm bedding took FOREVER to be shipped (as in, I ordered it in November and got it end of February).  Well, as I eluded to, there was another hiccup.  When I received the bedding (see it in my spruced up bedroom here), there were some pink stains - we think from where the fabric was marked for the hand sewn square tucks.  Here's a few shots after a number of washes:

Not the best photo - look at the middle of the pic . . .

West Elm has awesome customer service and offered a replacement, except the cases are still back ordered and I'd be at the end of the waiting list (again) plus I had to arrange my own shipping.  I decided just to let sleeping dogs lie - once the squares "puffed" up in the dryer and I threw on the silk pillows, no one is the wiser. 

Plus, as my mom aptly pointed out, anyone staring that close to the bedding is going to get a boot to the rear anyway. 

Just wanted to share one of my (many, many) decorating hiccups.  Kinda awesome, though, to have such insignificant problems be the worst of my problems, right?  What have some of your decorating hiccups entailed?


  1. I applaud you keeping your perspective on this... yes, our decorating problems are tiny compared to other, huge, life disasters faced by others, but still irritating.

    Right now, I seem to have having a problem with lightbulbs - we had some new lighting installed recently and I keep bringing home either the wrong size or wrong brightness... would like to use CFLs, but they are even harder to find.

  2. Agreed on the perspective part. The stain would drive me crazy though too but I'm sure only you can see it.

  3. I have the same cover and I find the fabric tears by the pin tucks, Quite irritating! Your mom is right, no one should look that close!

  4. Hi Barbara - I had it arrive unsewn in a few places. Luckily my mom was visiting and she has an excellent set of sewing skills - she just grabbed the pin tuck and re-sewed. I'm disappointed with the quality, for sure, but I can't find anything I like the look of better.


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