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Snobbish Thoughts July 2013

The Maine Lobster Festival takes place this week!

revenginator by newneonunion, on flickr

revenginator by newneonunion, on flickr

Summer in Maine just isn’t complete without lobster, so why not get your fix at the Maine Lobster Festival from July 31 – August 4! This annual event takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Rockland, known for shipbuilding and its artsy downtown district. At the Lobster Festival, which brings in thousands of visitors from around the world, you’ll find a wide range of lobster-related activities (naturally), from a lobster crate race, to a seafood cooking contest, to the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess! Plus, there’s no shortage of lobster in all forms, including lobster Caesar salad and the traditional lobster dinner.

For more information including directions and a schedule of events, visit the Maine Lobster Festival Website. 

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Bubbles Bedding

This weeks review is from a customer in Biddeford Maine on our Bubbles Bedding. Now 50% Off!

Bubbles Bedding - Cuddledown

Bubbles Bedding - Cuddledown

After more than a year of searching for that perfect combination of color, texture, and style, I finally found it with the Bubbles Bedding and Crinkled Coverlet & Shams. The chocolate and ivory Bubbles bedding & umber Crinkled Coverlet & Shams allow me to mix and match textures and colors and change the look of my room with ease. With our design focus being comfort & gender neutral – these collections are a perfect fit. In addition, laundering was effortless. I had bedding washed, dried (used a front loading commercial washer & dryer on permanent press setting) and back on my bed looking great within a couple hours – no ironing required. What’s not to love? Thank you for ending my search Cuddledown..

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Biddeford ME

Design inspiration: the world’s most beautiful college dorms

Utrecht University, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorwire, Scagliola and Brakkee, and designboom)

Utrecht University, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorwire, Scagliola and Brakkee, and designboom)

With back-to-school time coming up next month, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a peek at some of the world’s most beautiful dorms.  From a building with the country’s largest exterior climbing wall in the Netherlands to a dorm with a 125-seat theater at MIT, these residence halls get high marks for both aesthetics and amenities.

The Campagneplein Dormitory at University Twente, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorpill/Eikongraphia)

The Campagneplein Dormitory at University Twente, the Netherlands (photo courtesy of Flavorwire/Eikongraphia)

Tell us, how did your dorm compare to these palatial spaces? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

The Yarmouth Clam Festival is this weekend – July 19-21!

Yarmouth Clam Festival - July 19-21!

If you’re looking for a fun activity this coming weekend, you’re in luck! The 48th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival starts this Friday, July 19th and runs through the 21st. Established in 1965, the Yarmouth Clam Festival raises money for local non-profits and includes a parade, firefighter’s muster, and 5-mile race, among several other activities. There is even a canoe/kayak race and – of course! – a clam-shucking contest.

For more information about the Clam Festival, including a schedule of events and directions, visit the Yarmouth Clam Festival website. After the festivities, why not stop by and see us in Freeport during our Annual Tent Sale! You’ll find fabulous deals under the tent, plus savings up to 70% on select merchandise and 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. We hope to see you there!

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Numero 3 Sheet Set

This weeks review is from a customer in Los Angeles California on our Numero 3 Sheet Set.

Numero 3 Sheet Set

Numero 3 Sheet Set

I always wanted an embroidered set of sheets. The tag says that these were made in France. These are really nice quality. I have never seen embroidery like this design for the special price. I like that they are machine washed, so I can just launder them in the washing machine and not have to take to the dry cleaner. I just washed the set and took it out of the dryer before it was completely dry. No need to iron. Even if you’re like me and you like to iron – who has the time? I like the fact too that they are a nice shade of white. Not beige or cream and not too bright white. These are the best sheets I have ever owned. That is saying something because I have purchased many sets of sheets. Never were they as nice as these. Thank you Cuddledown for offering these. My husband has commented that they look nice. He never notices anything, so I am very happy. I ordered the Duvet and sham set. I am now ordering the sheet and pillowcases. I have seen ads for these sheets in the Elle Decor magazine from France.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Los Angeles CA

How to get more A’s in college – get more Z’s

 

1970s dorm room

1970s dorm room

Dorm rooms haven’t changed all that much from the 1970s when Cuddledown was founded until now. Some dorms today may look more like a high-end hotel suite, and of course, students come with a wide array of technology, from iPads to flat screen TVs, and some dorms even allow coed rooms (yes, men and women sharing the same room!). But the essentials are still the same. From the hard and narrow twin-size dorm room beds, to the annoying loud parties next door (of course you never joined in!), to the roomies snoring, watching TV, or inviting friends in late at night, it’s amazing college students can even function by noon, much less get up for an early morning class.

Dorm room 2000s

Dorm room_2000s

There’s a growing awareness on college campuses that sleep plays a huge part in a student’s success at college, but only a few are acknowledging it, or providing education on the topic. In a 2012 article on the impact of sleep on college students by the Washington Times,  a health official at the University of Arizona stated that the average student is functioning with a clinical sleep disorder, averaging about 6.5 hours per night (an amount they say is over-reported, so the actual number is probably lower).  And a University of Delaware psychologist said that students who think they have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder often are just sleep-deprived, and that improving sleep is a far better option than taking medications.

Cuddledown Meribel Comforter_perfect for students

Cuddledown Meribel Comforter_perfect for students

One very simple way for college students to get more sleep is to create a better sleep environment. That can include earplugs to avoid all the noise in a typical dorm. And another is to avoid early morning classes! But the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to make your student’s dorm bed into a heavenly nest with perfectly comfy bedding. And where could one find such a thing?  Why Cuddledown of course! Keep your student happy and well-rested with our collection of comfy college bedding, including sheets, comforters, mattress pads and more in Twin or Twin XL sizes, as well as our student bedding protection kit to protect from dust mites, bedbugs and other nasties!

 

Easy dorm decorating tips!

Inside a dorm room by MTSOfan, on flickr

Inside a dorm room by MTSOfan, on flickr

Even though it’s not quite back-to-school time yet, it isn’t too early to start thinking about ways to decorate the dorm. Granted, dorm rooms aren’t always the coziest places (think linoleum floors and worn-out mattresses), but with a little TLC, they can be made much more comfortable – and stylish, too! Here are a few simple ways your college-bound student can perk up his or her space.

1. Add a DIY Headboard. If your child is lucky enough to have a relatively spacious dorm room, she might consider making a cute headboard to add personality to the space. A handy headboard tutorial can be found at HGTV.com.

2. Decorate walls with removable wallpaper. If allowed by the school, dress up a plain wall with patterned peel-off paper! To find out how to make your own, our post on DIY wallpaper has everything you’ll need to know.

3. Top the bed with a colorful comforter. A bright, fun comforter will not only keep your child cozy, but also will make a drab dorm room more cheerful. Our Meribel comforters are available in both down and synthetic fills, and come in several bold colors. Even better – they’re now on sale!

4. Bring in a hardy plant. Not only do plants purify the air, they also add beauty to desks and night tables. When selecting a plant, choose one that’s relatively low-maintenance, like cactus or aloe vera.

5. Look to Pinterest. For more decorating tips, follow us on Pinterest, where you’ll find ideas for simple DIY projects, upcycled decor, room inspiration and more.

Tell us, what are your tips for decorating tiny spaces? We’d love to hear!

Supremely comfy featherbed – 40% off for 40 hours!

Cuddledown Original Baffle Box Featherbed 40% off sale

Cuddledown Original Baffle Box Featherbed 40% off sale

As most of the nation swelters in the hot July weather, perhaps a cozy featherbed is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you’ve got a/c or if you’re thinking ahead to the cooler months, now’s the time to get one of our supremely comfy featherbeds – because for the next 40 hours, it’s 40% off!

Our Original Baffle-Box Featherbed gives you an extra layer of comfort and support that you’ll look forward to every night. Made with 100% cotton twill fabric and filled with a blend of 95% Small Goose Feather/5% Goose Down, it’s supportive yet soft, plus it’s Oeko-Tex® certified to be free of all harmful chemicals. And best of all, it’s made right here in Maine by our own bedding experts, so you can be sure of its quality!

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