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beautiful duvet cover
 from Portland, Oregon,  Mar 16, 2009

This is a beautiful, expensive looking & feeling duvet cover. Fabric has a beautiful sheen & soft drape.. The duvet & sham (I got twin size w/ one sham) are well constructed. Others have noted the willow green being a bit different from what is pictured. I would describe it as a light, sagey green that is a bit brighter and less grayish toned than many ¿sage greens.¿ It is a nice, neutral color that would go with just about anything. You will need to press duvet & sham/s before using as there are significant creases from being folded, plus you¿ll need to press out the flanges that are shmooshed & wrinkly so they¿ll be nicely squared off. The shams are the type that open across the middle of the back (unlike some others that open on the side and have buttons). The hem stitching on the duvet goes on 3 sides (not across the top, where pillows would cover it anyway) of the ¿top side.¿ The top end is where the button closure is The underside is plain, without the hem stitching; there are two potential looks with this duvet ¿ with or without the hem stitching. When I need to wash mine, I intend to launder it in warm water and will always dry it on my drying rack (away from sunlight to keep from bleaching it by the sun). Doing so will prolong the life of it greatly, as being beaten in the dryer is hard on all things. This is my first experience w/ a duvet, but I think I¿ll love it because I love the flexibility of putting a heavy quilt inside or something light for warmer weather, and being able to launder the outer cover. I just read last week that vapors from dry cleaning are potentially unhealthy, so I love being able to wash the duvet cover and getting to protect blankets from dust and body oils, etc. I will note that getting the blanket & quilt inside is quite the chore, but I don't mark it against this duvet: I think it's just the nature of the beast, as they say. Getting the blankets down in there is quite a task. There may be an easier way to do it, but I struggled quite a bit to get mine in. Also, if a person is looking for that crisp, perfectly neat look, I don't think a duvet cover would be a good choice for them because it just has that slightly rumpled look. Sort of European. I am fine with it, but just want to make that point to someone who has never used a duvet cover. I put my willow duvet w/ an ivory colored bed skirt and it looks beautiful. Understated elegance.

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