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I have exciting news to start off. You know my whole “I am going to be the cleanest lady EVER” plan?

IT IS WORKING. It has been working for exactly a month! My apartment has STAYED CLEAN for a whole month. This is unheard of in the land of Tea. Now, it probably isn’t as clean as some of you would expect when you hear “clean” but the floors are clear, the clothing is hung in the closet, the furniture is dusted, and the sink is devoid of dishes. In my land, that’s clean.

Anyway, one of the other things I’ve done is started lots of to do lists, including shopping lists and chore lists, and I’ve been doing a great job of conquering those, too.

One of the things I started is a wish list, and it includes a few important things that I would like to get for my apartment. And I’ve decided that, as a result of keeping the apartment clean for a month, I am going to buy one of them.

So, I’ve been looking at beds. And at other things for my apartment, which I’ve been putting up on a board over on Pinterest, which you can check out here

Anyway, I went to Raymour and Flanigan today and looked at this bed:


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It’s very pretty, very classic, and surprisingly sturdy for a metal bed. It is not the cheapest bed I’ve seen, but definitely very reasonable by bed standards.

I felt that I liked it enough that I would choose it over most of the many beds I saw online, partly because one thing that concerns me with buying a bed online is that you don’t know how sturdy it will be.

However, there were two other beds that were very unique and pretty, and that I didn’t want to rule out, so I went to Pottery Barn, because both of them were from there.

They were, however, both somewhat more money.

One is this headboard:

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Note that this is only a headboard, not a full bed. But I really like it because it’s very unique and has a steampunky feel to it.

The other is this bed:

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This one is a full bed, and as you may notice, it is about double the price of the first bed. I like it because it’s very distinctive, though, and it has pretty crystal bedknobs. And like all good students of Professor Emilius Browne’s Correspondence College of Witchcraft, I do have a particular fondness for bedknobs. Which are sadly lacking on the first bed. Note that it does come in dark pewter as well as white. Although I think I prefer the white.

Now, even with the cost of this bed, it is affordable for me, so that’s not really a worry. But the problem is, when I got to Pottery Barn, they did not have either of these beds available to view.

My desk and some of the things in my parents house are from Pottery Barn, and their furniture is just beautiful, so I trust that the quality and durability is good. But it would have been nice to see them in person! They did have a wall sculpture that matched the headboard, and it was quite nice. But they did not have the headboard or the bed. And it’s a little aggravating because I do feel like seeing them in person would have settled the question.

My bedroom is cream color with white trim, and most of my furniture in my bedroom is very old-fashioned. I have multiple colors of wood, all dark or painted black, and the rug, curtains and bedding are all various shades of burgundy and gold. I have a very pretty old fashioned mirror with a mahogany-colored frame, and mahogany-colored bookshelves. I have lots of old-fashionedy stuff in my room, like an old leather briefcase, several old wooden jewelry boxes, and I’ve got a little bit of a bird motif going on, although not a ton. My apartment also happens to have those beautiful old-fashioned crystal doorknobs that look almost identical to the bedknobs on that one bed, although I can’t guarantee I will be here forever or always have crystal doorknobs.

Thoughts? Advice? I’m not super worried about finances in this case, but price does come into play from the standpoint of the Pottery Barn bed being one I would want to stick with for a long time. But I would really intend to keep any of these beds for a long time. I have never owned a bed of my own; I have always had just a standard metal bedframe or a futon, or a mattress on the floor.