I was more than a little disappointed when I opened the box on the day of arrival. It had a very BAD odor! Very musty and it felt damp to the touch. Let it air out for over a week with top opened and still it was BAD! Ended up putting 4 air freshening squares in it and keeping it closed for another 2 weeks! I couldn't brig it in the house until I was able to get the musty damp odor gone. So it say in the garage for close to a month before I brought it in..finally. But I usually have great experiences with O so I won't hold this against them. Oh and the color is more grayish than ivory/off white.