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Snobbish Thoughts March 2013

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding

This weeks review is from a customer in Los Alamos, NM on our 400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding. All of our 400 thread count sateen collections are on sale right now! Click here!

400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding

400 Thread Count Cotton Sateen Bedding

I had ordered a set of these sheets several months back for a guest room. The quality was so nice, but I was especially impressed by the extra long length. Most flat sheets are just too short–they come untucked from the foot, but this sheet is plenty long. Additionally, these sheets are very soft and almost wrinkle free after washing. I still like to iron some of my sheets, but these can get by without ironing. I will definitely order more of these!

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Los Alamos NM

Four fun ways to style your bed by the seashore!

Bed at low tide_Cuddledown catalog '86-87

Bed at low tide_ '86-87

Over the past 40 years, we’ve seen a wide variety of bedding designs, and our photographers have shot probably thousands of beds at this point. So on this Flashback Friday, we thought we’d take a look at some of the more interesting Cuddledown catalog images of our bedding, starting with this one.

Doesn’t everyone want to place their bed in the seaweed at low tide – I’m sure there’s some soothing aromatherapy there?

 

 

Fishing tackle on bed_Cuddledown catalog '91

Fishing tackle on bed_'91

Of course, as long as we’re on the nautical theme, your favorite fisherman no doubt would think a comfy bed is the perfect place to store his fishing tackle – I mean, who wouldn’t?

 

 

Or if you’re out picking up seashells by the seashore, why not bring them to bed for a cozy night’s sleep – your honey will love the feel of a spiky shell under his pillow!

Seashells in bed_Cuddledown catalog '93

Seashells in bed_'93

 

 

 

 

And finally, for a truly romantic gesture, why not pick some cattails from the swamp and place them on your sweetheart’s bed – you’ll be sure to enjoy a good night’s snuggle!

Cattails on bed _ '93-94

Cattails on bed _ '93-94

Apartment Therapy recommends Cuddledown mattress pads!

Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad - available at cuddledown.com

Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad - available at cuddledown.com

We were so excited to see our Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad included in Apartment Therapy’s Bedding Basics: Mattress Pads article! We agree that a good mattress pad can really transform your bed as well as the quality of your sleep. Our customers are also big fans of the Thickest Comfort Mattress Pad, saying “I thought I needed a new mattress, but this feels better than any bed I’ve ever had.”

Tell us, do you use a mattress pad? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Seersucker Striped Tailored Bedspread

This weeks review is from a customer in South Carolina on our Seersucker Striped Tailored Bedspread.

Seersucker Striped Tailored Bedspread

Seersucker Striped Tailored Bedspread

This is the first time I’ve ever made a purchase from Cuddledown. The purchase included 2 seersucker bedspreads and 2 sets of pillowcases. And I’m ecstatic! We have a guest bedroom that we’ve designated as a BR for grandchildren. There are toddler boys and a teenage girl. We wanted something that would work for either age – not too kid-like, not too frilly, etc. This is perfect. The walls were already a Chinese red when we moved in. We added the yellow seersucker bedding with nautical-design pillows. It works for grandchildren and adults, male and female. The weight is just right.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, South Carolina

Bedding designs – then and now!

Cuddledown Calico shams 1994

Cuddledown Calico shams 1994

For this week’s Flashback Friday, we thought we’d revisit some of our Cuddledown bedding from the past.

In the 1980s and early ’90s, the “Laura Ashley” look was huge – sweet florals and delicate calicos, so soft and feminine. Here at Cuddledown, we certainly had our share of calico bedding, embellished with ruffles too! As always, our sheets were fine quality, but customers didn’t demand quite the same emphasis on thread count and softness as they do today.

Mimosa sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Mimosa sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Today, our sheets come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Our customers still love florals, and elegant paisleys, and we continuously source up-to-date iterations of those classics.

Airmail Sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Airmail sateen bedding by Cuddledown

We also have a huge array of solid colors, textural bedding, and unique novelty prints such as our Airmail bedding.

Whatever the design, our sheets are all made from the highest quality cotton and thread count. Our best-selling, 400 thread count sateen bedding is our customers’ favorite item by far!  And right now, it’s on sale!

400 Thread Count Scroll Jacquard sateen bedding by Cuddledown

400 Thread Count Scroll Jacquard sateen bedding by Cuddledown

Who knows what the future will bring – maybe we won’t need sheets, or a bed for that matter? Perhaps we’ll all just hover mid-air in a temperature regulated air cloud?  What do you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts about where you see bedding design going in the next 20-30 years! Feel free to add your comments to this post.

Celebrate spring with Maine Maple Sunday!

Maine Maple Sunday - sap buckets

Maine Maple Sunday - sap buckets,
courtesy of the Greenville Inn

Those of us in New England are not too thrilled with the Groundhog at this point – we’re thinking spring may never come with yet another foot of snow on the ground…  However, things are looking up, as spring began today at 7:02 a.m. EST with the vernal equinox. From Latin, the word equinox means “equal night” with days and nights being approximately equal everywhere. Spring brings increased daylight, warmer temperatures, and plants begin to bloom once again. Well, at least that’s what’s supposed to happen…??

Maine Maple Sunday - boiling kettles

Maine Maple Sunday - boiling kettles, courtesy of the Portland Press Herald

In the meantime, we’re looking forward to a springtime activity for which New England is known worldwide – maple sugaring! Our friends at Downeast Magazine sent a reporter out last year on Maine Maple Sunday to sample as many maple sugar shacks’ offerings as she could, so we’re sharing their article here for a fun read. And if you’re in and around Maine, you can discover Maine Maple Sunday for yourself on March 24th!

Maine Maple Sunday - pancakes

Maine Maple Sunday - pancakes,
courtesy of Maine Today Media

Maine Maple Sunday is an annual event where maple syrup producers throughout Maine allow visitors to sample their offerings (often free!) and enjoy discovering how the golden goodness is created. The syrup is created essentially by boiling the sap of the maple trees, and it can vary from being dark and rich to pale gold and delicate, depending on the soil, terrain and weather, making it similar to wine in that respect. In addition to the samples, visitors can also enjoy extras such as wagon rides and more! You can find out where to go by viewing this map of the various maple producers who are participating.

The best alarm clock apps – tested by Cuddledown!

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

Sunrise through the clouds by Betchaboy, on flickr

As much as we’d love to wake up naturally every day (preferably to the sight of this gorgeous sunrise!), we rely pretty heavily on our alarm clocks during the week. So, we were excited to find out about about a few new alarm clock apps for iPhones and Android devices that make waking up a little easier – and maybe even more enjoyable!

This past weekend, I tested out the Rise App. Not only is it beautifully designed, it couldn’t be easier to use. With a flick of your finger, you can set the time you want to wake up and select your alarm of choice. If you choose to try Rise, make sure that you don’t have your phone set to Do Not Disturb – or the alarm won’t disturb you (aka, wake you up in the morning)! Although Rise is a straightforward alarm clock and doesn’t analyze your sleep patterns, it’s both aesthetically pleasing and simple to use. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an elegant alternative to your basic alarm clock app!

Next, I’ll be trying out the Sleep Time app. This app goes beyond the basic alarm clock, monitoring your sleep patterns and waking you up at the optimal time.

Have you tried out a new sleep app? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section below!

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Ramblers Way Women’s Superfine Wool Jewel Neck Top

This weeks review is from a customer in Franklin New York on our Ramblers Way Women’s Superfine Wool Jewel Neck Top. Just so you know, all of our Ramblers Way products ship for free!

Ramblers Way Women's Superfine Wool Jewel Neck Top

Ramblers Way Women's Superfine Wool Jewel Neck Top

I wear as a light weight top with skirts or pants and under jackets. I am looking forward to receiving the matching leggings to wear both with skirts. The first thing I look for nowadays, besides quality, is the product source as I try to buy only US made products. So that is especially great about it. But the softness of the wool is remarkable. It is warm without being hot.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Franklin New York

Tasty treats for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

St. Patty's Cupcake by Frosted with Emotion, on flickr

We’re excited to celebrate St. Patty’s Day tomorrow, and were thrilled to find these delicious recipes on greatist.com! Not only are these recipes festive, they’re healthy, too (the perfect antidote to all that green beer).

Tell us, how will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We’d love to hear in the comments section below – and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

Monet bedding – customer fave for 20+ years!

Monet bedding 1991

Monet bedding 1991

Today’s Flashback Friday proves the old French saying “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more things change, the more they remain the same).  There’s a reason companies bring classic designs back, and that reason is the customer!

Our all-time customer favorite bedding design, has to be our exclusive Monet print. This Impressionist-inspired bedding has returned in various hues of green or blue over the past 20+ years, thanks to our customers insisting upon it!

Since this Sunday is St. Paddy’s Day, we thought we’d share images of our lovely, dark green Monet, both past and present.

Monet bedding 2013

Monet bedding 2013

Also, if you have any Monet sheets, duvet covers, shams or decorative pillows in your possession, we’d love to see them! Post your images on our blog Gallery here and/or Facebook page.  Please feel free to share with or without your full name.

And have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday!

 

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZs – how to get them in 3 easy steps

Kitty catching Zzzzzzzzs on our Faux Fur Throw

Kitty catching Zzzzzzzzs on our Faux Fur Throw

Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep after the clock changed?  We thought we’d share some pointers from Good Housekeeping magazine!

Among their many great tips (who knew cherry juice would be a good sleep aid)? were the following.

1) Not to state the obvious, but stress can cause people sleepless nights. According to Good Housekeeping, researchers have proven that raising your skin temperature may enable you to fall asleep faster and then shift you into deeper sleep. You could take a warm bath, or, you could also get a programmable, heated mattress pad that clicks off automatically – so you can slip into a toasty, snuggly bed, but not wake up sweating later!

2) Choose the right sheets. GH’s experts have tested many, many sheets, and they recommend that you choose your sheets based on the finish. They say it’s more important than thread count for sleep comfort. There’s a finish for every taste – you may like warm, cozy flannel or jersey, or silky smooth sateen, or crisp cool percale, and if you’re unsure, check out our sheet guide!

3) Lovely lavender doesn’t just smell nice. GH says that in numerous experiments, subjects have reported sounder sleep when exposed to the scent. You can use lavender-scented oil or spray to lightly sprinkle on your bedding, or enjoy a lavender-infused, heatable wrap to ease those tired muscles.

To read more ideas on how to catch those ZZZZZZs, check out Good Housekeeping’s article, and stay tuned to our blog!

 

 

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Black Sheep Lambswool Blanket or Throw

This weeks review is from a customer in Hill Country Texas on our Black Sheep Lambswool Blanket or Throw. This blanket is currently 50% off, limited quantities!

Black Sheep Lambswool Blanket or Throw

Black Sheep Lambswool Blanket or Throw

I consider myself a frugal person and I researched Merino Wool blankets high and low and found this blanket to be the best quality and a bargain. Wool is great year round. This is probably the most beautiful wool blanket I have ever seen. My grandparents had several so I grew up enjoying them. Yes, there are flecks of straw here and there but it does not detract from the beauty or softness. We have seen blankets twice this price that were thin and flimsy. This blanket is full and fluffy and has no dye; it is the natural color of the lamb a feature we especially like. We have a basic king bed and this fits so nicely we are using it as a coverlet because it hangs over the sides well to the wooden rails on our sleigh bed covering the box spring, comes clear to the top of the mattress and overhangs the foot of the bed by about 6 to 7 inches over a low profile foot-board. Our blanket was shipped out quickly and we received it very fast. If you get this blanket, we know you will be very pleased if you love wool as we do. We are very impressed with Cuddledown and hope to shop here again soon.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Hill Country Texas

Daylight Saving Time – yay or nay? Flashback Friday

Daylight Saving Time _ ClockThis Friday’s Flashback post is all about time.  The powers that be have long debated whether we should tinker with the clock – pushing our observed time ahead or not. Daylight Saving Time is meant to essentially transfer an hour of daylight from early morning to the hours when more people are out and about, purportedly to save energy and help reduce traffic accidents.

Although the concept of Daylight Saving Time has been around for more than a hundred years (the first mention of it was by Benjamin Franklin in a 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project”), it was primarily utilized in World War I and II, and then didn’t make a more consistent appearance again until 1966. At that time, due to too many different times being followed by various states, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which stated that Daylight Saving Time would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October.

After the “energy crisis” of 1973, the government approved the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Conservation Act, which put the United States on Daylight Saving Time for the fifteen-month period between January 1974 and April 1975. Many of who were schoolchildren during that time, will undoubtedly remember the little glow stickers schools handed out for kids to put on their lunchboxes, backpacks and clothing since it was darker during the morning wait for the bus.

More recently, in 2007, the federal government’s Energy Policy Act extended Daylight Saving Time to begin earlier, on the second Sunday of March, and end later, on the first Sunday of November. For many of us in the Northeast, adding that extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day when we’re all returning home from work, is something we all look forward to. In Maine in December, the sun sets around 4:30 p.m. – making the commute home under the night sky a pretty depressing prospect. However, many others would debate that it causes the morning commute to be equally dark, especially for children waiting for the school bus.

Like bears and other hibernating creatures, perhaps the early afternoon darkness indicates we should come home and curl up in a cozy comforter and just go to sleep (something we at Cuddledown certainly can get behind!), rather than stay up watching TV, or being glued to our computer screens working, but unfortunately that’s not the way the world works.  So for now at least, we’ll look forward (or not) to turning our clocks ahead this weekend (remember “Spring Ahead”) and gaining that precious hour of light!

Let us know what you think – Daylight Saving Time – keep it, or trash it?

Love a bargain? Save up to 70% off at Cuddledown’s Outlet Store!

Cuddledown Outlet Store Clearance SaleFrom today through Monday, March 11, you can save up to 70% off select items, and 20% off all regularly priced items at our Cuddledown Outlet Store in Freeport, Maine!

Looking for a cozy down or synthetic comforter? Or perhaps some super soft blankets or sheets in 100% cotton flannel, percale or sateen?

There are a plethora of pillows to choose from, not to mention soft, absorbent towels in bamboo or cotton.

And we’re not just all about bedding and linens – we carry a wide selection of sleepwear and apparel! From pajamas, nightgowns, robes, bed jackets and slippers to comfy yet chic loungewear, apparel and footwear too, by brands such as Lilla P., Ramblers Way, Ugg and more!

In addition to the items you can find at cuddledown.com or in our catalog, our buyers for the Cuddledown Outlet Store seek out unique gift and home decor items, some of them locally sourced, that you won’t find anywhere else!

So drive on over to Freeport – our store’s located on Route 1, just off exit 20 on I-295. Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Phone # is 207–865–1713.

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