Good Buys/Bad Buys

I like pretty things, so I buy pretty things. Sometimes living with them makes me love them even more, and sometimes it doesn’t. So I thought today I’d share a few of my best buys and some of the not so good ones. Most home stores don’t post reviews on their websites, so maybe it’ll be helpful if it’s anything you’re thinking about laying down the dollaz for.

Good Buy: West Elm & Ikea Bedding

It has taken me a good seven years of furnishing my own spaces to realize this, but I love white bedding. Especially textured white bedding.
{Seersucker Duvet – from $169}
My all-time fave: West Elm’s Seersucker duvet cover, which we have on our master bed. It’s super soft, organic cotton, it looks luxurious and it’s held up really well to frequent washing. And the huge bonus: you never have to iron it because of the texture. Not that I’d probably iron it anyway, but I would be sad that it wasn’t ironed.
{Ofelia Vass Duvet Set – $40-$60}
A close second: Ikea’s Ofelia Vass duvet set. I bought three of these babies when we had everyone staying last Christmas, and they’re a pretty good sub for the West Elm one. They’re not quite as luxe (less texture) but they’re also less than a third of the price. And they have snap closures on the openings, which is a plus for Ikea bedding because some of their stuff is just open at the bottom and that peeves me to no end.

Bad Buy: Anthropologie Perpetual Blooms Towels
{Perpetual Blooms Towels – $8-$36 each}
These were on my wish list for almost a year before I actually splurged on them. I bought a set each for me and J, and they are super pretty, even after multiple washes . But they just don’t dry very well, which is kinda the whole point of a towel. We stopped using them ourselves, and I kept them for guests. But then the guests (namely my father) whinged about them too. I’m still undecided as to whether I should sell them or persevere though, because they are just so pretty. 
Bad Buy: West Elm Gold Flatware
{Gold Flatware 5 pc Place Setting – $29}
I replaced all our cutlery with West Elm’s gold flatware in March. Again, it wasn’t cheap, but it sure was pretty. It’s billed as sturdy enough for every day use, and it’s supposed to be dishwashable. Sadly, it ain’t. Six months on, the gold had started rubbing off the spoons and often everything came out of the dishwasher looking like it was covered in little rust spots. On the plus side, I called up West Elm and they’re letting me return it, so we’re back to our old silver set for now.
Good Buy: Pier 1 Imports Abbie Sofa
{Abbie Sofa – currently on sale for $599}
We’ve had our sofa for about three years. We’ve also had two mess-inducing toddlers and a very furry dog. A furry dog who, I will add, ate both the arms of our previous sofa and spread the stuffing around the living room with a menacingly gleeful smile on his woofy face. But despite all that, this sofa still looks awesome. You can literally wipe anything off it (I use baby wipes – they work wonders) and it looks like new again. And it’s super comfy.
{7’6″ x 9’6″ Chevron Rug – $588}
I bought this big chevron rug for our living room on Black Friday last year and it cost me about $180, which is amazing for an 8′ x 10′ rug. So I still feel like, for the price, this wasn’t a terrible buy. The issue is that it’s faded significantly in the last 11 months. Our living room gets a lot of light, but even so, I expected it to fare a bit better. Then again, you don’t really notice the fading because the brighter parts are hidden under the coffee table and the sofa, and having such a big graphic splash of colour makes a huge difference to the space so I’m not going to part ways with it any time soon.
{Glass Lamp – $125}
If you’re a long-time reader, you might remember me singing my praises for my most favorite lamps ever more than once before. Well, I’m at it again. They’re the most expensive lamps I’ve ever bought (they live in our bedroom) and when I got them home I worried they were too big. They convinced me that lighting is so worth spending the money on and bigger is definitely better.
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  1. September 14, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    This is such a fun post! We love that Ikea duvet too – especially for the price. Textured white bedding is just lovely!

    I bought the same rug from Rugs USA but in the tan color and mine would definitely go under "good buy" -we haven't had any fading, but we don't get a lot of sun in the house & the lighter color might have something to do with it too.


  2. September 14, 2013 / 11:32 pm

    Fun idea! Just a heads up I have a very similar hand towel in our powder room from World Market in gray/cream. If you do ditch them you might look into the ones from WM. I really like the quality!

  3. September 16, 2013 / 10:32 am

    This is a very nice and engaging post! All the good and bad buys you have mentioned appear to be true.. I have personally tried the Blossom towels and they never fulfilled the functional purpose of a towel and did not absorb the water at all :/ .. Tragic it was! I had to throw em out real soon!!!
    Will definitely be following the Good buy list that you have suggested 😀

    Jessica x

  4. September 19, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    Good to know – maybe it's just the blue color? I do love it apart from that too.

  5. September 19, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    I saw those ones the other day – I was wondering whether they were decent or not…maybe I'll switch them all out for the WM ones instead! Thanks 🙂

  6. April 13, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Hi there. I have the same problem with my gold flatware from West Elm. The gold is starting to flake off, no rust spots though. I'm wondering… did they offer a refund or store credit? They only offered me credit, which I'm not very happy about.

  7. April 13, 2014 / 11:58 pm

    They verbally agreed to a full refund, when I explained that we were moving out of the country and couldn't use store credit. It took three long phone calls to get that agreement, then when I sent it back, they issued a credit anyway. I wasn't happy either!

  8. April 17, 2015 / 5:35 am

    i just bought this same couch in berry, thinking about getting a second, its on clearance, wondering how yours is holding uo and if you still like it.

  9. April 17, 2015 / 5:39 am

    It's still great, five years on – practically magic fabric that never stains – I've even spilled red wine on it and it wipes right off.

  10. August 29, 2015 / 5:10 am

    Late comment here, but what color is the Ofelia Vass bedding exactly? Is it pure white, or off-white? I'm looking for something in an off-white or cream, wondering if this one would do the trick. Thanks!

  11. August 29, 2015 / 5:11 am

    I'd say it's very slightly off white, but definitely more white than cream.

  12. August 30, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    That's helpful, thanks!