Monday, July 6, 2009

Shower Curtain APB Update…

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Another mini metamorphosis for Met Monday. On May 22nd I put out an APB post for this shower curtain. Within minutes fellow bloggers told me to check out Anthropologie for the one featured in the picture I posted, and Target for a less expensive alternative. I went to five Targets looking for the less expensive version…but no luck. Believe it or not I have an Anthropologie a mile away from my home and had never been I bought the curtain from Anthropologie with a plan to see what it would look like hanging. Then I went onto Target’s website to see if they had one available online…and they did. However, I got sidetracked reading the reviews for the Target version…many commented that there was a concern since it was polyester…there were some challenges with how it held up in the wash.

I waffled on buying the Target version and returning the Anthropologie version. I loved the Anthropologies version and it came in the cutest cloth case. I could envision the case as a pillow. I decided to keep the Anthropologie one and I rationalized doing so because I haven’t purchased anything new in a year except for a few business clothes, that I was actually getting two items for the money, if you count the cloth case that was to become a pillow, and that a cotton version would get better with washing.

Now, I didn’t need a shower curtain…I wanted one... as I already have nice glass doors on my shower. I felt the glass made the room seem sterile because of the white walls and other white items. I thought a ruffled shower curtain would soften the look. See before picture below. By the way I already had the shower rod and my friend Kathy gave me the hooks (two more good reasons why I could rationalize the more expensive version).

In case you are interested, the chamber pot in the picture above and below was used by my aunts and uncles (who are now in their 80s) when they were children -- before they had indoor plumbing. If you want to see a better picture of the fish hook…click here. To see what is to the right side of the shower curtain area…click here.
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Here is the ruffled cloth bag that the shower curtain came in. I stuffed it with towels so you could see that it will make a cute pillow. It had a little tag on it so I snipped it off.
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I am thinking this cute pillow would look good on my bed. Picture below is without the tag.
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Stop by Between Naps on the Porch and see what others have transformed. I am also tagging onto Southern Hospitality's Today's Thrifty Treasures Every Monday...even though my shower curtain wasn't so shower rod and hooks were. If that is too lame check out the deal I got on two Baekgaard purses.

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My name is PJ. said...

Absolutely the right choice! I love, love, love your future pillow!

abeachcottage said...

ooh I love that pillow and I love how the shower curtain turned out in fact I have the ugliest shower stool and now you've inspired me to add a curtain to the outside, hadn't thought of that...I wonder if I can get hold of that curtain in the Australian Target? I will be looking for sure

happy met monday


Sue said...

Your choice was probably the best because of the fabric content of the Anthropologie curtain. Layering a curtain on top of glass doors is something I've done before. You're right- it gets rid of the sterility of the cold bathroom fixtures.
I think it is too funny to have an old chamber pot in your pot-tay room! I see them in the antique stores all the time now.
:-) Sue

Liz said...

Sometimes you just have to scratch that itch! I think that the new shower curtain is darling. And your right ... you probably never would have been happy with the Target version. : )


Frugal Fine Living said...

The shower curtain is beautiful, and now you'll have a pillow to go with it.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Well, sometimes we have to splurge on a few things, so I think you did fine! And you're right about that case, perfect little pillow.

Kammy said...

I love that pillow....and that shower curtain - just so fresh. I
hate making decisions sometimes too !
Hugs ~ Kammy

~~Carol~~ said...

I think the cloth bag is enough justification for buying the Anthropologie one--it's soo pretty! I like how the shower curtain looks vs. the glass doors. Definitely softens things up like you said. Very nice!

Terri and Bob said...

well no wonder the shower curtain was more expensive.... you got a pillow with it! (thanks to your creativity!)

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love that shower curtain and soon to be pillow! So cute!

Caroline said...

Your shower curtain is so pretty and it will soften the room up as well. What a great idea to repurpose the bag...I think it would make a beautiful pillow for your bed!

Anonymous said...

The curtain certainly warms up your space. The pillow, i'll take 3!! Love them.

Anonymous said...

I love the shower curtain, I would definitely keep it. I also love Anthropologie, I have a few bobbles from there, ice cream bowls, a dish towel, an apron, nothing big, it's too expensive.



Really Rainey said...

Looks great... I put a shower curtain over my glass doors too... I hope you have a fabulous week!
~Really Rainey~

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

I adore the both the shower curtain and the "pillow". So beautiful!

Marie said...

Hello - you made a great choice! The cotton version will definitely hold up better over time. Sometimes it's not about "cheaper" if it ends up falling apart! Love the little ruffly pillow case too. Thank you for sharing! Looks fabulous in your bathroom.


Brenda said...

I remember that porch and candles! I loved it!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

That is a lovely shower curtain! Once in a while you need to treat yourself! Just remember all the money that you saved thrifting! You deserve a reward!

Enjoy it!


Karli Hearron said...

Yay! I bought that same shower curtain back in 07 and couldn't believe how much I paid for a shower curtain from anthro. But it is still one of my favorite things in my house. And dont you agree.... pictures just don't do that shower curtain justice? =) Keep the anthropologie one, thats just my opinion. Check my matching one out here...

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Michelle@Sweet Something said...

I like to call that an 'investment' piece...I mean com'on you got a pillow out of it!!!:)

Karen said...

Hello! Visiting you for the first time. And am LOVING the picture of your home in the middle of winter!!! That is priceless and I would trade places with you any day! SO you just let me know . . .
Love what you did with the shower curtain. Very clever indeed!
HAGD! Karen

Cass @ That Old House said...

Nice! Love the shower curtain -- good choice, and this one will probably last longer than the one from Target.

As for the little case it came in -- amazing. I wonder how much less they'd charge for the curtain if it came in a plain bag?

I have some antique "potties" too -- they were my mother's. My brothers used to leave ginger ale in the ones that were in the guest room when she had guests; you can guess what THAT looked like!

Christina said...

You know, sometimes the one you want it just the right thing, even if it costs more. It is beautiful. Love the pillow idea too. Now you will get to enjoy two new pretties!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

greaT transition with the bath.

LOL the pillow is something else... good vision there.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Wanda said...

I love them both! Great choice!

I understand the justification thing too.

You deserve it!