Thursday, August 6, 2009

Consumer Report: Deep Drop Ruffle Bedspread

A few months ago my darling Alberto fell asleep in bed while working on a Sudoku. The pen fell from his hand and left some school boy ink blots on our white bedspread. It isn't a terribly precious bedspread. In fact it is a budget make-do, comprised of sewing two cheap twin size spreads together. It also had this trellis effect, something that was okay, but not the bomb.
Anyway, I was given the green light to get ANY bedspread I wanted.

The purloined bedspread
Note the trellis design

So I wrote to Joni from Cote de Texas, generally known as an expert in all things pretty, and a good girl friend to all bloggers. She sent me a photo of her deep drop ruffle spread, and suggested I have mine custom made as she had hers done. She advised this for a perfect fit, and for a double ruffle effect that would puddle on the floor.
I have always wanted a spread Horchow sells, but Joni thought it would be cheaper and better to go custom.

The bedroom of Joni Webb Cote de Texas
Her pretty bedspread is linen - note the puddle

I love Joni's bedspread, and she also sent me a photo of one by Pam Pierce. So I checked with the workroom at the store I work in (perch, in New Orleans), and after we cost out the fabric and labor it was a little steep. It was considerably more expensive than the Horchow bedspread.

Pam Pierce

So I ordered the one from Horchow, on sale for $317. for the king size.

My new deep drop ruffle bedspread from Horchow
I love it!

I absolutely love it. The white twill fabric is very high quality. the ruffle is deep and doubled, and it puddles perfectly. This spread is actually a duvet cover if you want to insert a quilt or blanket inside of it. There is an envelope opening with covered buttons on the inside of the bedspread. However it is substantial enough to stand alone as a beautiful bedspread. Click on image for a larger view.

It was out of stock for some time, but it's in stock now. Horchow has excellent customer service.
The only hard thing was ironing it myself. It couldn't help but be wrinkled coming out of the packaging and box.

Hampton bed linens from Horchow. Order HERE

The photo of the Horchow bedspread does not show it puddling on the floor. My bed is not really a king size. It is two twin size beds pushed together and secured. We bought these when we first moved to New Orleans and lived in our first place in the French Quarter. I didn't think we could get a king size inside the 1810 Creole townhouse. This configuration has worked beautifully for us for ten years.
The way the new bedspread puddles makes me feel secure that when I wash it, it will still have a generous drape to it.


La Maison Fou said...

Really puddlingly pretty! I was just rethinking my son's headboard today! A linen slipcovered look will be the next project! Thanks for sharing,
I just love Horchow too!

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Sabina said...

Oooh, so pretty, will the poochies be allowed on it?

my favorite and my best said...

i love it!! my mom has one in a natural linen, it's gorgeous!!!
i REALLY love the white. so fresh and clean looking.

Janet said...

really lovely and just romantic enough without being over the top. love your little turquoise nightstands too!

Cote de Texas said...

wow - that looks more than perfect! just wonderful. glad you didn't listen to me.!!!!

and Happy Birthday my friend.
You look marvelous!

Carla Fox said...

Love the new look. Especially love the teal throw and the turquoise night stands. It's beautiful and so serene. What is the teal throw, pashmina?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful result! And just in time for tomorrow's photoshoot!

GrannySmithGreen said...

Oh, VV, it looks great! Isn't it funny how a little freshening makes such a difference? Just beautiful.

MissBliss said...

lovely lovely lovely!

How cute are those canopy beds, too!

lizawiza said...

Looks so good! Great choice.

Cristin said...

very sweet and pretty!


Kwana said...

It's beautiful! I love it.

Blushing hostess said...

We had these as children, my Mother had them custom made is this vibrant golf green shade. She was a million years ahead of her time then!

Elise said...

Hello, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your wonderful post, thank you - I'm really loving your blog too !

pavlova said...

Oh I love this and think I will consider it for my bed --love the puddling!! But most of all-- love your blog....xo Michelle

home before dark said...

I think your new bedspread dances well in your room. Lovely.

Julio said...

Great eye and find! It looks fabulous. I love Horchow. I also love the painting above the bed,the lamps and the decorative pillows. Terrific job.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Gorgeous! I love it. So clean and pretty!

Visual Vamp said...

Hello darlings!
Thanks for reading and for commenting.
Joni - I ALWAYS listen to you! If only I could have afforded a custom made bedspread!
The painting above the bed is vintage 1960's by Carlo of Hollywood, and seems to work magic with the 1700's Directoire day bed ends used as the headboard.
The pillows are Thomas Paul.
The lamps are 1970's vintage and repainted faux alabaster by moi.
xo xo

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Miz V. I think you forgot to push "SEND" or else I screwed up something on this end. But anyhoo (yes that's you), this bedspread post was the last one that actually showed up in my "in box" here at home. I've been having to dig through my Google Reader to get the more recent posts. What to do?