Drab or Fab? Organic Cotton Dots & Roses Bedding

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I know it’s been a while since I have done a Drab or Fab post, but I have to get your opinion on this one.

Generally, all you have to do is think the word “floral” to make me run screaming in the opposite direction. I’m not a floral kind of girl. Unless of course that floral shows up in a bold, modern damask or close-up photography of flowers in black and white. But red roses? On bedding? Not for me. Usually. This bedding from Gaiam is (I can’t believe I’m saying this) making me reconsider.

The roses are there, and I did have to stifle a bit of a gag the first time I saw this bedding, but the unexpected polka dot background made me take a second look. I’m not completely convinced, but it’s growing on me. On the plus side, the bedding is reversible, so you could switch to the plain polka dot side if the the roses proved too gagtastic for you to handle.

So what do you think? Is this polka dot/floral combo drab or fab? Is it a beautiful example of decor innovation or shabby chic run amuck? Leave your opinions in the comments below!

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of organic cotton
  • Colored with low-impact dyes
  • Finished without harsh chemical softeners or chlorine
  • Oeko-Tex certified (also known as Eco-Tex)
  • As a company, Gaiam is known for its social and environmental responsibility

Price: $36-140icon (aff)

Made in: China

Bonus! Get $20 off any order over $100 at Gaiam with coupon code “EWW2V4“. Exp. 11/11/09

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  • Chris Budai November 10, 2009, 10:48 pm

    While this is not a pattern I would choose for my own bed (don’t think my husband would go for it), I will have to give it a fab rating. It would look fabulous in a chabby chic style room or how about a little girls bedroom? Very sweet.

  • Oonafey November 11, 2009, 9:18 am

    While I am not sure it is “fab”, I do like it. I wouldn’t use it in our master bedroom since it would clash, but maybe in a neutral guest room or a girls room.

  • jennae November 11, 2009, 11:22 am

    I’m still on the fence about this one. I think I like it, but honestly, I’m probably more impressed by the styling of the product photo than I am with the bedding itself 🙂 I’m loving the red wall and weathered bed frame. The bedding looks great with those, but with a regular old boring bed and walls in any other color? Probably not so much.

  • Shira Abel November 11, 2009, 12:45 pm

    I think it’s fab. My one concern is that it’s made in China. How “green” is it if we’re spending thousands in petro-chemicals and carbon monoxide waste to have it delivered to the store?

  • jennae November 11, 2009, 1:17 pm

    @Shira That’s the exact reason why I started including the origin information when I know where I product was made. It’s one of those situations in which you have to make a judgment call. I agree it’s not very green if it is has to be shipped halfway around the world, and I definitely expect better from Gaiam. Generally, their imported goods are also Fair Trade. Again, it’s one of those gray areas in green living that we each have to weigh for ourselves. Which is more important to us: A product’s carbon footprint or how it will affect air quality in our homes? Soon, we won’t have to decide between the two, but we’re not quite there yet.

  • Shira Abel November 11, 2009, 2:12 pm

    Hi Jennae,

    Have you read “Animal Vegetable Miracle”? A lot of it is about buying goods manufactured closer to home. Highly recommended.


  • deana - green with glamour November 11, 2009, 2:32 pm

    I’m on Team Fab! The pattern is not at all my style, but I’m loving the juxtaposition of the mod dots and the old school floral.

  • carol ~ November 13, 2009, 11:58 am

    It’s okay, but wouldn’t be my choice.

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