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Snobbish Thoughts September 2011

Why we love autumn in New England

Here at Cuddledown, we’re looking forward to all of the great things that fall brings, like apple picking, leaf peeping, and, my personal favorite, anything pumpkin-flavored (coffee, pancakes, you name it)! It’s also the start of fair season, with the Common Ground Fair happening this weekend in Unity, Maine. If you’re in the area and are looking for a fun family activity, it’s certainly worth checking out!

So, as we ease into the weekend, we thought we’d share some fall photos in honor of the first day of autumn.

autumn in new england, dee & tula monstah

autumn in new england by dee & tula monstah, on Flickr

 

autumn leaves by muffinman71xx, on Flickr

autumn leaves by muffinman71xx, on Flickr

 

new england (1), dicktay2000

new england (1) by dicktay2000, on Flickr

 

glory road by anslatadams, on Flickr

glory road by anslatadams, on Flickr

 

fall in new england by dee & tula monstah2, on Flickr

fall in new england by dee & tula monstah, on Flickr

 

fall by eschipul, on Flickr

fall by eschipul, on Flickr

 

Autumn leaves in Ipswich by hober, on Flickr

Autumn leaves in Ipswich by hober, on Flickr

 

fall arch 2007 by paparutzi, on Flickr

fall arch 2007 by paparutzi, on Flickr

 

How to pick just the right towel

Bamboo Towels

Soft and absorbent Bamboo Towels

Choosing a great towel, much like selecting bedding or pillows, can be a bit tricky.  As described in the Portland Press Herald, “bath towels come in a really wide array of styles and sizes, and are made with all sorts of fabrics and weaves.” Though the broad range of options makes the selection process a bit more time-consuming, it also means that you’ll be able to find a towel that fits your needs and makes you happy!

When purchasing bath towels, three key elements to consider are texture, absorbency and weight. Keep in mind that there are trade-offs to each, as towels that are heavier will take longer to dry, and towels that are not as plush will dry more quickly. For an absorbent towel that is still soft and plush, consider trying one made with bamboo, as it is four times more absorbent than cotton. These towels, like our Bamboo Towel shown above, are also anti-microbial. Or, if you’re looking for a towel that’s soft enough for the bath but sturdy enough for the beach, try one with a heavier weight, such as our Centurion Towel.

For more information on towel selection, our Guide to Buying Towels will give you the scoop!

New fall bedding ensembles are here!

Though we’re not at all ready for summer to end, that unmistakable fall chill has already arrived here in Maine. I even had to throw an extra blanket on my bed last week after waking up cold in the middle of the night. If you’re also starting to think about switching out your summer sheeting, we have some great new options for cozy autumn sleeping.

Butterfly Garden Flannel

German Flannel Bedding, Butterfly Garden

Ideal for the transition into fall, our Butterfly Garden Flannel Bedding adds a bright, whimsical touch to any bedroom decor. This super soft German flannel bedding is made by Europe’s leading flannel manufacturer, so you can enjoy years of comfy sleep.

Organic Cotton Percale Bedding, Georgian Garden

Organic Cotton Percale Bedding, Georgian Garden

If it’s not quite flannel weather where you live, our new Georgian Garden Organic Cotton Percale Bedding is a great choice for creating a new, stylish look for fall. Made from organic cotton, this crisp percale bedding is both sophisticated and eco-friendly.

Acanthus Cotton Sateen Bedding

Acanthus Cotton Sateen Bedding

Or, if sateen is more your style, we’ve combined our soft (and popular!) 400 thread count sateen with a fresh, new design in our Acanthus Cotton Sateen Bedding. A great choice for pastel-hued bedrooms, this bedding features a soft, acanthus leaf print.

Tell us, are you updating your bedding for fall? We’d love to hear!

Make Your Own (Removable!) Designer Wallpaper

DIY Fabric Wallpaper

DIY Fabric Wallpaper - photo from www.bohaute.com

While browsing one of our favorite blogs, ApartmentTherapy.com, we were thrilled to stumble across a fun article demonstrating how to make your own fabric wallpaper.

Textiles are close to our heart here at Cuddledown, and we love seeing the creative ways people utilize their favorite fabrics! Turns out, people have used everything from shower curtains to flat sheets to craft their own unique wallpaper!

So what do you need to hang your own fabric wallpaper?

  • fabric-by-the-yard, a flat sheet, or similar large flat piece of fabric that you love
  • liquid fabric starch
  • tacks or pins
  • a paint roller
  • a pan

1. Pour liquid starch into the pan
2. “Paint” the liquid starch to the top of a wall
3. Press the top of the fabric up in a straight line against the adhesive starch.
4. Tack the corners and several spots along the edge to make sure it stays in place.

Continue to paste more starch along the wall, pressing the fabric up against it and continuing to add tacks as needed to ensure it stays in place, smoothing out bumps and wrinkles as you go. When the fabric panel is hung and dry, simply remove the tacks, and stand back to soak in the beauty of your new designer wall.

Fabric Wallpaper

If you decide to take the fabric down, just slowly peel the fabric away from the wall, starting at the top. If you find the fabric is sticking, try dabbing it with a wet sponge to loosen the starch.

Looking for designer fabrics? Be sure to check out our selection of fabric-by-the-yard, or browse our sheets for a unique pattern you could hang on your wall, like our gorgeous Lily Pad print (shown here) from Dimitrios, a fashionable mid-town Manhattan designer who acquires his pieces from private collectors, archives, and auctions. Happy decorating!

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