Friday, July 9, 2010

Pillow Wars Part 3


BloggerThe poll is closed with a total of 279 votes cast.
Arrangement #1 got 176 votes. (64%)
Arrangement #2 got 103. (36%)


Now before I go further, I need to mention one thing. In the seven years that we’ve owned that particular comforter and pillows, I have mentioned to Steve maybe one or two times the difference in our pillow arranging techniques. His arrangement doesn’t bother me whatsoever; it just amuses me that we have both steadfastly stuck to “our” arrangements for all these years. And that’s why I thought I would bring in some second (and third) opinions.
As several of you said, I am just thankful to have a bed-making husband at all! I don’t care where he puts the pillows!

And speaking of the difference between his technique and mine, I was quite entertained by the following comment:
“Kristin, Meagan and Joy say #1 is the best way...although #2 has a lot of character:) Nathan says #2 is better.”
In case you didn’t catch the significance of that comment, Kristin and Joy are Meagan’s (Nathan’s girlfriend’s) sisters. All three of the Hawley sisters liked my arrangement the best and the one man in their midst (Nathan) liked Steve’s arrangement best. Nathan had absolutely no clue as to which arrangement belonged to which parent; it’s funny how he naturally gravitated toward Steve’s.

Another comment . . . .
Jenny said, “When my hubby makes the bed, it looks like he left a sheep in it!”



Pam found that comment as funny as I did. Here’s what she said,
“#2 has to be Steve's. It just does. I like Cleo's idea too... more depth. Do show us a pic so we can give our opinions on how to decorate YOUR home... :-> And Jenny's comment cracked me up, because oh lawdy yes.... it certainly DOES look like a sheep spent the night if my hubs makes the bed! “




Texas Frannie said, “I vote for Arrangement number 2. However, I would change it to make the colors of the ends of the pillows match.”
Busted! I guess I need to work on my “detail-noticing skills!” so that I can be as observant as Steve and Frannie!
I enjoyed this comment from Jan because what she said is exactly what we do—make the bed whichever way we want. And if the Garden Club SHOULD ever be scheduled for a tour of our house, I think I shall just leave the country!
Jan said, “If you want to encourage further bed making on the part of your husband, I'd say encourage him to make it any way he wants on HIS day, while you make it YOUR way on YOUR day. Unless, of course, the garden club will be touring your bedroom that day, in which case I'd hire an expert.”

Carol had an interesting concept.
“Consistency is not good for the soul. I think the best solution is to have the pillows different every day. You could step out of choices one and two, and come up with zillions more. Maybe a contest as to who will come up with the best* arrangement.”
That’s an intriguing idea; the only problem I have with it is that I’ve had a hard time coming up with even one arrangement! Pillow creativity does not seem to be my strong suit.

BloggerSheri said, “Of the two, I prefer arrangement #2. However, I would like to suggest a third option. Kirkland's has decorative pillows on sale for $8 right now. When you go get Sarah, pick up a couple more to create depth. (And probably more arguing! Smile.)”

Sheri, as you continue to read, you will be happy to note that we have found a solution that incorporates your suggestion without having to buy more pillows! (Steve and I would both draw the line at getting more decorative pillows; we’re just barely patient enough to deal with the ones we have!)
Mrs. Pam said, “I think #1 is Becky and #2 is Steve. I prefer #1 except that the dark colors on the big pillows should each be at opposite ends (outside edges of the bed). (Note from Becky: Aha! Another color noticer!) I think it would look better if the two round pillows weren't hanging over the edge, and the fringey pillow should be horizontal in front of the other pillows, making a triangular arrangement.
It appears that Mrs Pam, along with someone who went by “Anonymous” and Cleo have come up with our winning idea. I’ll let Cleo explain it to you.

BloggerI think arrangement #1 looks better than arrangement #2, but I think arrangement #3 looks best of all! Arrangement #3 is as follows: pillow shams against the headboard, pushed together; round pillows in front of shams, pushed together end to end, or very close to each other end-to-end; finally the smaller decorative pillow is placed in front of the end-to-end roll pillows, centered. Similar to this, but mushed together:”
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So ladies and gentlemen, we have reached a decision! This is the pillow arrangement we are going with from here on out. (Truthfully, I’d never really loved Steve’s or my arrangements and I can see now that what I was missing was that extra row out front which provides more visual depth.)
And now . . . . (drum roll, please) . . . here is the final presentation. (And please note that the colors at the ends of the pillows match.)



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Thanks everyone, for your participation and for making this such a fun week here at Smithellaneous!

9 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Carrie B said...

This was so entertaining. Do you have anymore "arguements" we can help with? :)
The result is totally how I would arrange the pillows. :)

Have a great weekend!

MaryH said...

That was fun! Love the new arrangement. Hope Sarah has enjoyed her time at camp.

Anonymous said...

Ok, while I love reading your blog and I have enjoyed reading all the pillow talk, I do have to say, I think you people have just a little too much time on your hands if you have enough time to worry so much about pillows. Not being judgmental or negative, I'm just sayin'.... :)
~Pam

Anonymous said...

I love the new arrangement! That's how I'd do it. Personally, I hate decorative pillows. Just one more thing to have to do in the morning when I make the bed. And no one ever sees it except for family. Maybe I should just quit making the bed altogether! No, I couldn't do that. Gotta make the bed!

Gayle in AL

Jan said...

I'm so excited...for the very first time I've been quoted in a blog! (Oh boy, do I sound pompous in the quote...which was not my intention! And I guess it's not the Garden Club that tours the inside of houses...Junior League?)

So glad you found a resolution that makes you both happy. As for me, I got a colorful sheet to use as a spread and draw it up over the pillows. That way I can wash it every week TO GET RID OF THE DOG HAIR!

Jan Reuther

Anonymous said...

lookin' good!

my bed isn't quite as sophisticated.. Two pillow shams and three hippos made out of patchwork quilts and one teddy bear made out of an old patchwork quilt, and the other beds in the house have countless #s of stuffed animals. And there is no way that I am able to get rid of any stuffed animals. Well, actually instead of sending teddy bears to NYC after 9/11, I did send a dozen or more hippos.

chuckled over Jan's realizing that Garden Club members probably wouldn't be stomping through your bedroom. But, i doubt that Junior League members would either. :-)
But, maybe Pillow-Tag-Removal Patrol might.
mrs pam

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