Thursday, February 9, 2012

Romantic Decor

No One Does It Better
Rachel Ashwell, of course.
The Queen of Shabby Chic Style

The above photo came from the latest issue of Cottage Style (spring/summer 2012)
This one too.
She's using more color these days.
But you can't beat her more typical palette of white, pink, grey and a little turquoise.
This bedroom is like sleeping in a cloud.
billowy pink curtains
shabby chic sheets
pretty bed...perfect for Valentines

So the other night I'm working guest services at Target and a lady returns a set of queen 
simply shabby chic sheets. She hands them to me and says,
"I want to return these."
They have obviously been washed and are wadded up and stuffed in a sack.
I asked if there was anything wrong with them.
She said, "Yes, look at them! They are so wrinkled!"
I smiled and said..."Well, I think that is the whole idea."
"The shabby chic experience. They are suppose to be rumpled."
She said back, "Well, if that is how they are suppose to be...I want no part of that experience."
So she went off to find some polyester sheets to exchange them for.

Well, I couldn't stand to see these perfectly good sheets go to waste. 
So I snatched them up at the repackaged price of $35. 

The girl who rang me up thought it weird I was buying slightly used sheets.
I didn't think it weird but frugal.

Would you have bought them?
They were the grey ones with embroidered edges.

Everyone is asking for a Franklin update.
Things are going fabulously.
Harvey finally warmed to him although he doesn't love him like he did Newman.
Franklin adores Sally and follows her everywhere and pesters her non stop.
All three of them play together. 

Franklin is at the window when I come home each day.
That is so nice to be greeted by him. 

He likes to steal things. He stole my nightgown while I was  taking a shower the other morning 
and took it into the backyard.
He is not destructive...he just likes to grab things and run off with them.

He learned to eat off a spoon like a little baby very quickly.
Only took one time of watching the others to learn how to do it.

He kept trying to steal everyone else's bites of food until I started saying out loud...

"This one's for Violet"
"This one for Sally"
"This one for Harvey"
"Now, THIS one's for Franklin"

Now he is understanding that each gets their turn when I say each one's name.

I'll have new photos of him soon, I promise.

sharing at


Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love shabby chic. You got a great deal on those sheets.

Lynn said...

Think of how many times someone may try on clothes before you purchase them. You got a good deal. You're going to wash them anyway.

Thanks for the update on the weenies. One of my doxies liked to take things too. The first night we had her home she tore through our house with my sister's pantyhose trailing behind her. She's at the Rainbow Bridge now but it sure brings a smile to my face to remember how funny it looked.

vintage girl at heart said...

Girl I was thinking I hope she bought them at a! I LOVE my Rachel sheets so much that I wash them and put them right back on my bed!! I have tons of older RA items too ..when I lived in Florida the Targets sent all sorts of brand new items to our local Goodwill!!! There was always RA stuff!!! Funny how we love the same look that people think is wrong!!
Love the peek at the magazine..I must go out and look for it today. So many magazines are dying out and I want to make sure no more do!
Franklin sounds like a nester..dragging stuff off. I am so happy for you and that he has a warm place in your life and in your heart!
((I thought I was one of the only fur mamas that fed my babies with a spoon..they love yogurt and peanut butter that way.))
Have a great weekend..:)


I would have done the same thing, Nita.

Can`t wait to see new pics of the puppies.


Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

Girl I wouldn't have even explained the experience to her..I'd have taken them back and immediately bought them. Here's to more people bringing back their Rachel prizes so you can take them home. :)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Nita!! I just bought the grey embroidered sheets this week! I want to see if I can use them for something other than sheets~like big ruffled pillows on my sofa. How weird is that? We both bought the same sheets at the same time. I love how the embroidered edge is so well done~I took lots of pics and will share that someday next week. Hey~the blue hydrangea duvet that I LOVE and have on my bed was on clearance in my Target~what a deal! I love that fabric. Glad to hear Franklin is a smart boy. I love your dog stories.

Debby said...

Oh, I think I wil splurge and get that magazine. Love the pictures.
Yes, I wold have bought the sheets. All they need is washed and they will be new.
So funny your explanation to her.
Love your weenies stories. Can't believe he took your nightgown outside. My friends' puppy (99 % wolf does stuff like that alot......the phone the other day.)Poor puppy got hurt over CHristmas had had to have a leg amputated....isn't that sad. But it has slowed him down some. I think my friends were a bit worried they couldn't handle him before.
It is so much fun seeing how dogs and cats interact. Last night my Springer was licking the cats ear. Usually he chases her under the bed.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

So funny
love that you got the sheets and a great price too
You go girl, great post

Heidi @ homeingreece said...

the sheets were a great frugal buy! I would have done the same. When I worked at Kohls, we got the craziest returns. We even had someone return tires (we didn't have an automotive department, but they insisted, and we had a total "customer is always right" policy that meant we couldn't say no). It was totally hilarious. the flower arrangements in the photos are gorgeous, especially the first. ahhhhh fresh flowers...

TiKiMOOSE said...

If you didn't buy them then, they would have gone back on the shelf and someone else would be the lucky owner. You did good. I give my pups treats off my plate with a fork. They gingerly remove the food from the prongs with their front teeth then chew it right up.
They love spaghetti too! I'll hold one end of the noodle and they'll gobble away at the other end. Maybe I've said too much...

LuvWheaties said...

I have those same gray sheets, as well as the white ones. I love how rumpled they are when I take them out of the dryer, and they have become my favorite sheets. The embroidered edge on the pillow slips and top sheet is very nicely done, too. I think they're a bargain at full price, so getting them at a deep discount is exciting! I'd be jealous, except I have a CA king bed, so it's okay.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Just bought my Cottage Style magazine last week. It's a good one.
Of course, I would have bought the sheets too. Too bad it wasn't one of those cases where it was no longer in stock and you could have got them even cheaper. I once stood in line behind a lady who could not get her money back b/c item was discontinued. She got mad and left it there at the store!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I would have bought the sheets too! I'm so glad Franklin and the other dogs are getting along so well!

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Great pics! Love them all!

Julie said...

I would have bought the sheets as well. You got a great deal.

Sharon in Chicago said...

You'll be luxuriating in those sheets long after Ms Poly Sheets is tired of her scratchy sheets -- her loss, your gain!
And I'm starting to think the next time I get a kitty, I should get two! (current kitty, Sweet Pea, is over 10 years old and set in her ways so I don't want to disrupt her with a kitten)

sissie said...

Yes, I would have bought those sheets in a New York minute! Crazy lady just has no style.


oldblackcatboo said...

I have considered maybe getting a part-time job at Target...since I'm there anyway! So YES! I too would have gotten those sheets. I have always loved everything Rachel Ashwell and I have several of her books.
You know how much I love White but lately I'm craving some color too. I will have to get that magazine and see if there's something that I will be inspired by.
So glad to hear how well Franklin is going...eating off a spoon? I should try that, might save my fingers.
:) - Cindi

sheri said...

I (heart) everything Rachel Ashwell, and would have nabbed those sheets, too. You were in the right spot at the right time! I agree with you, in my mind nothing beats her typical palette. I like the other stuff, too, but but the whites and grays are my faves.

Franklin is a smart little pup to have caught on to the "wait for your turn" thing so quickly! Little sweetie!

Donna W said...

I would have bought the sheets. Get the look for less is my motto.
I would give them several good washing in very hot water though. Can't be too carful the days.
thanks for the update on the pups.

Deserae said...

I would have bought those sheets in a heartbeat too! Gotta love a discount :o) Loved hearing about how the weenies are getting along...they are such cutie pies :o)

Dawn said...

Nita, I am laughing about the nightgown. you are so funny, I love your writing style. I have 2 of Rachel Ashwell's books, one in which I could not put down once I picked it up. I love her style. Great post. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

Anonymous said...

Great Post! I love hearing about your sweet little wiener dogs!

For the Love of a Cottage said...

I love the pics and the post. My fav is fluffy and white anything!!!

However, that is not really why I am commenting. I LOVE this entire blog. I just pinned your heading to "Blogs I Love" on my Pinterest Board.

I found your blog yesterday. The first post I read was the story of how you found your cottage...then I read about Newman and his last days...last, I read about Harvey and when you got him.

You have a gift. You tell your stories, even when broken hearted, with such a style that I cannot stop a good book that keeps you up all night when you have to go to work the next day.

I laughed with you and I cried with you while reading these posts. I lost my dad in 1993, my sister in 2008 and my Tina (Malti-Poo) last year. I didn't think I could go on after any of these losses. I did go on, however there are holes. So many things I want to share with each one and I have to believe they are with me and DO share in my life.

I believe your dad and Newman are with you, as well.

I can hardly wait to read more.

God Bless you, Jan

xinex said...

Those bed pictures are so adorable, so comfy and soft. Very charming too...Christine

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Found your blog through Pink Saturday - and just love it! Also love these Romantic Inspirations - just beautiful! HPS!!! Signing up as your newest follower! :)


Jil~Say It With Roses said...

There is always the washing machine for a good soak, so I would have snatched those pretty sheets up, too! Poor, silly check out girl!!

All the pictures are the two beds.

Glad the pups are getting along better, I think Franklin is a cutie!
HPS! Have a sweet Valentnines Day!
♥ Jil

Cindy said...

I definitely would have purchased the lovely grey sheets!
Your Franklin sounds SO sweet! And I'm so happy to hear that he is bringing so much happiness to your family.
Hugs, Cindy

1CardCreator said...

Can't say I would have bought them, but envy you for doing so! Great bargain, wish I weren't a germaphobe! That all white set has me drooling! These are all gorgeous! So glad I saw you at Beverly's Pink Saturday. ~Diane (I am #16)

Jennelise said...

I love the shabby chic bedding line. I had the floral duvet when I was a teenager - I miss it :)

Suzann said...

I love the bedding from the Shabby Chic line, what luck for you!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Happy Pink Saturday!!!

Anonymous said...

I have those same grey sheets and love them! Don't you just adore Rachel Ashwell? And that chandelier is to die for! Those images are gorgeous, Now I need to explore the rest of your blog.. HPS Marcia

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Awe, i so enjoy the Franklin updates:) Had to laugh out loud at the dogs eating off the spoon. I actually feed my spoiled Stinky with a fork, its really funny to watch him grip the food and slide it down the fork. Been doin it since he was little.......I certainly woulda snatched up those sheets. I love all of my target sheets. I pratically covet all of her things. Whereever i can get them, i do.......I have a gorgeous pink cotton/linen duvet and shams. Its like the one in the store , comes in "oatmeal", and a aqua green color, ide never seen it in pink, until visiting a Goodwill while with my bestie Pattie(The Shabby Chick)in it for $6 plus tax, and it was BRAND NEW, it still had the cardboard fold marks. My all time best find ever!!!! Enjoy the sheets and snatch that stuff up where ever u can find it!!!..................Bonnie

Regina said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
Happy Pink Valentines!
Wishing you a great week ahead.

♥ Regina

Lisa Balazs said...

I would have snagged those sheets in a heart beat!! I have about a yard of that floral pattern fabric you have pictured and every time I get an idea to use it I can't seem to bring myself to cut it. I searched high and low for it, but I think I will make myself two throw pillows out of it. I love the white bedroom picture. That is my ideal, but I'll have to wait until I have no children and no black kitties that love to lay on my bed. Thanks for the share.

Hugs, LisaKay
Belles Roses Romantiques

The Tablescaper said...

Love all of the romantic decor. And I don't blame you one bit for purchasing those sheets. Why don't you link your post to Seasonal Sundays?

- The Tablescaper

seeker said...

I would have bought the sheets too! I LOVE Shabby Chic, cozy, romantic rooms, and the ones you posted are all of the above. Thanks for sharing them!

Cathy Pieroz said...

I just adore the first room, it's such a beautiful and classic sitting room. Thanks for the inspiration :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

*le sigh* I love the way Rachel is using more color. I am over here today playing on your blog. I have missed you (and all my blog buddies) but life has been getting in the way. I have had the cold from you-know-where the past week, too. It has been a full week today, and I am so much better. I hope you are feeling better today, too!

Ricki Jill

Blogging tips