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Snobbish Thoughts August 2012

Labor Day sale at our Freeport store!

Today through Monday, September 3rd, save on comforters and pillows at our store in Freeport, Maine! All sleep pillows are up to 30% off, and all regularly priced comforters are 20% off. Plus, you’ll find great outlet savings on our selection of sleepwear, comfortable apparel, slippers, gifts and more. We hope to see you in Freeport this weekend, and have a wonderful Labor Day!

Stock up on pillows and comforters - on sale this weekend at our store in Freeport!

Stock up on pillows and comforters - on sale this weekend at our store in Freeport!

Make your mark with monogramming!

Cuddledown monogrammed Choice Cotton Towels

Cuddledown monogrammed Choice Cotton Towels

From shirts to sheets, monogramming is seemingly popping up everywhere this season! Frequently seen on towels, tote bags and tee shirts, monogramming is now appearing on products as diverse as rugs and slippers.

If you want to add a touch of the trend to your linens or wardrobe, we offer monogramming on several styles of our sheets, towels, robes, and even pet bed covers! Monogramming is $5 per individually sold item, or $10 for towel sets, sheets sets and pillowcase pairs. We offer 8 lettering styles, plus a variety of thread colors selected to complement our product line.

Our Guide to Monogramming has additional information, including monogramming colors and styles, as well as a look at some of our monogrammed items.

Synthetic Fill 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Comforter – Cuddledown Product Review of the Week

I haven’t personally experienced our Synthetic Fill 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Comforter, but this review from one of our customers in Chicago has me convinced:

Heavenly!!

I purchased an Oversized Queen summer weight in whisper green and have used it daily for almost 4 months now along with the featherweight cotton batiste sheets. I cannot think of a better way to describe how fabulous it is to sleep between these pieces other than to say it is like sleeping in a creamy cloud. I am actually embarassed to use that description but it was my first impression 4 months ago and it has stayed with me.

It’s a bit bizarre because the comforter material and weight are so light that you almost can’t feel it on your body. There is no heaviness to it, which makes it very easy to move underneath the blanket and shift the big body pillow without fighting against the blanket, yet it keeps you warm. We keep a cool house (72). My husband runs hot and I’m middle of the road. The summer weight is more than warm for our home (in Chicago).

The whisper green is beautiful though it actually looks like a very pale blue. I have yet to see it as green. I was surprised when I first got the comforter but found the color so beautiful that it actually motivated me to repaint my bedroom to the lighter, airy color I had been wanting for a while now. THAT is how fabulous this comforter is … I restyled and repainted my whole bedroom to match the pale blue … and it looks great! :)

All this being said, the comforter can look a bit lumpy for lack of a better word. It’s not a problem for us, but for those seeking a smooth, maybe more refined appearance, this is something to consider. Also, I ordered the oversized queen and it’s too big for my standard queen size. Yes, entirely my fault. I was thinking it would be good to have a little extra comforter but it is in fact too much for our bed. The bottom corners hang to the floor and there is quite a bit of adjusting to balance both sides when making the bed. Not a criticism of the comforter, just a caution to those who (like me) may not focus on the actual measurements before ordering.

Without question I would recommend this to others and am actually considering this as a gift for mom.

This amazing comforter is handmade in USA by Cuddledown, it’s available in 6 sizes from Twin to Oversized King and 3 warmth levels including Summer weight. Made with Oeko-Tex Certified fabric to be free of harmful chemicals, the synthetic fill is hypoallergenic and clusters just like down. If you’d prefer down filling, we also offer a 600 Fill Power Cotton Sateen Down Comforter, made from the same 400 thread count 100% cotton sateen fabric. Both comforters are available in 11 colors that coordinate with our customer favorite 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding.

With so many options we can be sure you find the comforter that matches your decor and sleeping needs. I’m not sure which combination I will end up choosing, but I will keep you posted.

It’s National Dog Day, and we’re celebrating with a sale!

Happy National Dog Day! In celebration of our four-legged friends, all of our pet beds and covers are now 20% off at cuddledown.com. Hurry, this sale ends tonight!

Cotton Tea Time Toile Pet Bed Cover, now 20% off at www.cuddledown.com!

Cotton Tea Time Toile Pet Bed Cover, now 20% off at www.cuddledown.com!

We also wanted to share a cute, behind-the-scenes photo from our holiday shoot this week. Here is our very sweet dog model, Mo, getting cozy on one of our new pet beds (doesn’t he look relaxed)?

Our handsome model Mo getting comfortable on a Cuddledown pet bed!

Our handsome model Mo getting comfortable on a Cuddledown pet bed!

Maine’s Baxter State Park turns 50!

Baxter State Park by sskennel, on flickr

Baxter State Park by sskennel, on flickr

Maine’s Baxter State Park celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this month, an event that was commemorated this week with parties all over the state. Established by former governor Percival Baxter, the park is comprised of 28 parcels of protected, undeveloped land spanning over 205,000 acres. Baxter began creating the park after leaving office, purchasing his first parcel of land to be preserved in 1930. Over the next 32 years, he negotiated with private landowners and businesses in order to add to the park, finally purchasing his final plot of land in 1962.

Today, Baxter State Park is visited by roughly 60,000 people during the summer months. In addition to containing Maine’s tallest peak, Mount Katahdin, the park is home to more than 40 smaller mountains, plus flat hiking trails, roadside campgrounds, and backcountry campsites. If you’re planning to visit Maine and want to experience outdoor beauty in a breathtaking setting, Baxter State Park is an ideal destination (in fact, it’s one of our favorite places).

The Scoop on Sateen

“Soft but substantial.”

“Crisp, soft, and [they] come out of the dryer with very few (if any) wrinkles.”

“The feeling on your skin when sleeping in this type of quality is wonderfully soft and light.”

Cuddledown's 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding

Cuddledown's 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding

These are just a few of the comments we’ve received about our sateen sheets. What makes them a perennial favorite? Here are some of the reasons:

  • Sateen absorbs moisture and evaporates it into the surrounding air without feeling damp, to keep you perfectly comfortable while you sleep
  • Sateen sheets are great year-round, for warm and cool sleepers
  • They have an extremely soft and silky texture
  • They’re not only machine washable, but 30% stronger when wet, so they can withstand many washes and high temperatures
  • They look as good as they feel, with a lustrous sheen and graceful drape

Tell us, have you tried sateen sheets? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section below! Or, for more information about sheet types, view our infographic.

Fall style preview: five of the season’s best trends

As much as we’d like another month of warm, summery weather, we’re starting to think about the transition into fall – and cozy, new threads for cooler temperatures! If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe for autumn, here are some of the top trends of the season – and they’re all available at Cuddledown!

Leather Accents

Pikolinos® Leather Buckle Boots

Pikolinos® Leather Buckle Boots

Often a popular choice for fall and winter accessories, leather was an especially big hit at fall fashion week this year. Our Pikolinos® Leather Buckle Boots (above) make a stylish statement – and they’re super comfortable, too.

Sleek Jackets

Miraclebody® Coated Denim Jacket

Miraclebody® Coated Denim Jacket

This fall, it’s all about the sleek, well-tailored jacket. Our Miraclebody® Coated Denim Jacket is a chic, yet comfortable take on the look.

Cozy Knits

Alpaca Tika Knit Cardigan

Alpaca Tika Knit Cardigan

Soft, warm knitwear is one of the best parts of fall, so it’s no wonder that handknit pieces were in abundance at fall fashion week. We’re excited to exclusively offer a beautifully handknit sweater here at Cuddledown – the Alpaca Tika Knit Cardigan.

Classic Flats – with a twist!

French Sole Harlow Slip On Shoes

French Sole Harlow Slip On Shoes

The perennial favorite ballerina silhouette gets an update this year with the slip-on, “smoking flat” – like our French Sole Harlow Slip On Shoes.

The Statement Handbag

UGG® Triple Pocket Satchel

UGG® Triple Pocket Satchel

A versatile, everyday handbag that looks great year after year is a worthwhile investment. Our UGG® Triple Pocket Satchel is roomy enough to hold everything you’ll need, with two side drop pockets and one main pocket, but is still chic enough for a night out. If you’re in the market for a smaller or larger bag, we’re now offering a wide range styles, from our Hobo® Gina Purse to our Pikolinos® Suede Satchel.

Tell us, what fall styles are you looking forward to wearing? We’d love to hear in the comments section below!

Up, Up, and Away!

Count the Balloons by B.K. Dewey, on flickr

Count the Balloons by B.K. Dewey, on flickr

The weekend weather in Maine is looking beautiful, so we’re looking forward to spending lots of time outside enjoying summer. If you are looking for a great outdoor activity this weekend, we recommend checking out the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston/Auburn, going on this Friday through Sunday! Now in its 20th year, the Great Falls Balloon Festival draws thousands of visitors each August who travel to watch (and even take a ride on!) some of the many hot air balloons that are launched during the weekend. If you want to catch a balloon launch, they typically take place around 6am and 6pm. “Moon glows,” which are tethered hot air balloons, go up in the evenings. It really is neat to see all of the balloons in flight – make sure to bring a camera if you go!

For more information on the festival, visit the Great Falls Balloon Festival website – and for other events going on around the state, our Maine places page has the inside scoop on some of our employee favorites!

Following your nose to a good night’s sleep

We all know that having a comfortable bed is one of the keys to a good night’s sleep, but did you know that scent also plays a big role?

Lavender, by audreyjm529 on Flickr

Lavender, by audreyjm529 on Flickr

Recent studies have shown that certain scents, like jasmine, aid in improving the quality of your sleep. While this flowering shrub doesn’t help you to sleep longer, it does have sedative properties, and promotes more restful sleep. In addition, it was shown to have improved the cognitive function in test participants who smelled the plant while studying.

Lavender is also touted as a natural sleep aid. Used to scent linens and prevent moths from eating fabric since the Middle Ages, linen has long been valued for its fragrant aroma. Recently, lavender has also been shown to help people sleep more deeply and wake up feeling more refreshed. In addition, researchers at Wesleyan University also found that deep, slow-wave sleep increased in participants who sniffed lavender oil before going to sleep.

To reap the benefits of lavender and jasmine, try using an aromatherapy diffuser in your bedroom and fill it with jasmine or lavender essential oil. Or, put a few drops of essential oil onto your chest or shoulders before going to sleep.

To find out more ways to get a better night’s sleep, our infographic is filled with handy tips and information!

Tossing and turning? Try linen sheets!

Italian Linen Plain-Sewn Bedding

Italian Linen Plain-Sewn Bedding

Praised by Apartment Therapy as the key to the “best night’s sleep,” linen sheets are a favorite of many sheet connoisseurs. What makes them so beloved? For starters:

  • Linen sheets grow softer over time. Apartment Therapy readers recommend “breaking them in” through washing so that they achieve their luxurious softness more quickly.
  • They’re eco-friendly. Linen is a renewable resource and is fully biodegradable. Plus, the parts of the flax that are unused in the creation of linen sheets are reused in other ways.
  • They are temperature regulating, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Linen sheets stand the test of time and can last up to 20 years.
  • A fun fact: the word “lingerie” originally meant underwear made of linen!

Tell us, have you tried linen sheets? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below! For more information on the various sheet types offered at Cuddledown, check out our infographic.

Take a tour of the herb gardens at Maine’s Shaker Village

Sabbath Day Lake by Gramps FM Maine, on Flickr

Sabbath Day Lake by Gramps FM Maine, on Flickr

If you’re looking for a fun, unique weekend activity, why not head to Maine’s Shaker Village for a tour of their beautiful herb gardens. Located near New Gloucester, the Sabbath Day Lake Shaker Village is the last remaining Shaker community in the U.S., with just three members as of last year. Despite its small size, the Shaker Village remains active with workshops, hikes, and festivals throughout the year. During the summer, herb garden tours are offered each Tuesday and Thursday. Led by herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon, the tour covers the history of herb cultivation, harvesting, processing and usage at the village. For more information, you can visit the Shaker Village website or visitmaine.com.

We’d love to hear your favorite places to visit in Maine! Please share with us in the comments section below.

Dorm DIY: Creating a comfy, cozy space!

As hard as it is to believe, back to school time is just around the corner. If your child is heading off to college this year, here are a few easy tips to help them transform their dorm room into a place that’s perfect for relaxing, studying, and, of course, sleeping!

1. Add an accent rug    Why not perk up a basic linoleum or tile dorm room floor with a comfy accent rug? Not only will your child’s feet be happy, a rug will add a dash of color to the room, too.

Carpet by Yos C. Wirinata, on Flickr

Carpet by Yos C. Wirinata, on Flickr

2. Brighten up with extra lighting    Overhead fluorescent lights might be functional, but they’re not the prettiest, and often don’t give off sufficient light for studying. A floor lamp (with CFL bulbs, of course!) is an excellent alternative, as are small desk lamps. 

Lamp by Inspector_81, on Flickr

Lamp by Inspector_81, on Flickr

3. Maximize storage space  We love this unique and stylish idea from Aimee Herring, via Refinery 29, for turning a wall or cork board into a cute space to store mementos. Simply stretch rubber boating straps across a wooden frame or boards to create a chic memory board.

Rubber boating strap memory board, courtesy of Refinery 29/ Aimee Herring

Rubber boating strap memory board, courtesy of Refinery 29/ Aimee Herring

4. Purchase inexpensive seating    If your child has several roommates or lives in a suite, having an extra seat or two can be helpful. Ottomans with added storage are a functional option, and small loveseats also fit the bill.

Couch by Ke7dbx, on Flickr

Couch by Ke7dbx, on Flickr

5. Invest in a mattress pad     Dorm room mattresses are typically pretty lackluster, so mattress pads work wonders in making a comfier bed. As we all know, sleep is essential (especially for busy college students!), so having a cozy bed is a must. Our extra long twin mattress pads and toppers are great for adding extra padding and turning a worn-out mattress into one that’s comfortable.

Cuddledown Quilted Comfort Synthetic Fill and Foam Mattress Pad

Cuddledown Quilted Comfort Synthetic Fill and Foam Mattress Pad

We’d love to read your tips for creating a comfortable dorm room. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Why are cotton jersey sheets a favorite of Oprah?

If you haven’t tried cotton jersey sheets, you don’t know what you’re missing! Unbelievably soft, they’re as comfortable as your favorite tee shirt – and they get even softer over time. In addition, cotton jersey sheets:

At Cuddledown, our cotton jersey bedding is made of 100% European cotton and is shrinkage controlled for long lasting comfort and quality. Our jersey sheeting is also a great option for students heading off to college, as it’s softer and longer lasting than typical jersey bedding.

Tell us, are you a fan of cotton jersey sheets? We’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!

A Walk In The Park Cotton Jersey Bedding by Cuddledown

A Walk In The Park Cotton Jersey Bedding by Cuddledown

 

“Lucky Larry,” an 80-year-old lobster, is rescued from restaurant

Don Mackenzie with "Lucky Larry." Photo courtesy of Alex Nunes/The Day/AP Photo

Don Mackenzie with "Lucky Larry." Photo courtesy of Alex Nunes/The Day/AP Photo

Lucky Larry is one fortunate lobster. After being placed on the menu at a Connecticut restaurant, the 17-pound crustacean was purchased by Don MacKenzie, presumably for a delicious dinner. However, instead of serving the lobster with a side of drawn butter, MacKenzie released Larry back into the Long Island Sound last week.

“For a lobster to live this long and avoid lobster traps, nets, lobster pots … he doesn’t deserve a bib and butter,” MacKenzie told reporters. “This lobster has seen World War I, World War II, seen the landing on the moon and the Red Sox win the World Series. He’s made it this far in life.”

Larry received a celebrity send-off, as local children chanted “let Larry live” while his boat left for Long Island Sound. As he was dropped off in a “secret location” where lobstermen can’t drop their nets, Larry will be able to safely live out his days without being recaptured.

Maine’s TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race is this Saturday!

With the Olympics in full swing, we’re in a sports frame of mind here at Cuddledown! This weekend, we’re excited to celebrate our own Maine athletic tradition – the 15th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race!

2011 Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, courtesy of Diane Hudson for the Forecaster

2011 Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, courtesy of Diane Hudson for the Forecaster

This Saturday, approximately 6,000 runners will travel to the beautiful coastal town of Cape Elizabeth to compete in the 6.2 mile race. Among the competitors will be race founder and Olympic marathon winner, Joan Benoit Samuelson. Also in attendance will be some of the world’s fastest runners, including Lineth Chepkurai and Wude Ayalew, who set course records in 2010. Although some elite runners will be racing in London this year, the field will still be packed with talent, making the race one to watch.

For more information on the race, and a great article about Joan Benoit Samuelson, check out the Portland Press Herald and the Beach to Beacon website.

Tell us, have you ever run in the Beach to Beacon, or another one of Maine’s scenic road races? We’d love to hear!

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