I LOVE this set, it is very elegant, great quality and nice fabric. The plaid on the second side and the fact that the shams are plaid was confusing. I don't really like that contrast. The shams would have been better in a solid color like the pinkish brown on the bottom of the duvet cover. I will use the shams but will put a solid pillow case on pillows on top. This looks like it will wash up well and hold up over time, I hope so because it is so beautiful!