Here's the backstory:
When I graduated college, I moved into my very first apartment all by myself. I carefully selected the perfect furniture for my little one-bedroom apartment and paid for every item all by myself. Such items included a black pleather couch and loveseat (because I obviously couldn't afford the real thing) and this green duvet set from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Jump ahead a few years to when Andi and I started dating. He wasn't exactly a fan of my furniture (which by this point, was a few years older) and with my move to Minnesota another year later, many of my items didn't make it on the moving truck. Not his fault entirely, you know how it is when you move - you'd rather sell it or donate it than stuff another piece of something or other into the moving truck. We used to joke actually, that if we broke up the only thing I'd have to take with me were bath towels, my office chair and Chloe. But then I came home one day and my office chair had been replaced with a new black office chair so that pretty much left the towels and 1 tiny pooch.
Naturally when we got married last year, what's "mine" became "ours" and vice versa. With a fist full of gift cards from our wedding, Andi begged and pleaded to buy a new duvet cover for our bedroom set, something that "doesn't have as many freaking pillows" he said. We shopped around and defeatingly settled on this orange/brown striped duvet cover from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Let's just say, it's not my favorite. I selected a few pillows to go with it (which were a struggle in itself - I just now took the tags off of them because I told my husband I was "testing them out"). This duvet cover wasn't a pretty set so there were no matching pillows or bed skirt. And you know how it goes, I've been meaning to buy a bed skirt to match the cover for a year now .. and well, it just hasn't happened yet.
So, the Great Debacle?Well, here's where you come in. Any thoughts on how I can spruce up this duvet? I mean, it was semi-expensive purchase and is still fairly new so I don't want to give up on it just yet. I told Andi today I'm half tempted to replace it with the old green one I adored, but he nearly fell out of his chair while exclaiming oh, heck no! So give me your best decorating advice. Also, tell me what's the magical secret to keeping the duvet cover in tact with the blanket underneath? Because this one shifts and lumps and well, damn near drives me crazy.