This is a very pretty bench. I ordered it in grey and it is not a solid color - works well enough in my home. The top bench opens and does not crash down. It is fairly hard, and not so comfortable for sitting, but I bought it for storage and not exclusively for sitting.
These are beautiful drapes and true total blackout (unlike many others that are just room darkening drapes) and I wanted to keep them, but they are dry clean only and I recently attempted to get a dry clean only set cleaned and tried half a dozen cleaners over 2 states (we were moving at the time) and no one would do drapes. I FINALLY found one only to have them charge me more to clean them than I paid for the two sets of drapes (and they were nice Exclusive Fabrics panels as well). So, needless to say these had to go back. Too bad they don't offer anything machine washable.
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