The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

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DIY- Upcycling Bed Sheets

Love the color or print of your sheets, but no longer have a need for them on your bed (maybe you got a different size mattress or simply found a new set you like even better)? Instead of shoving them into the back of the linen closet, put them to better use with one of these fun upcycling ideas!

Wall Art- You don’t need to be a master painter to create your own beautiful wall art! All you need is a canvas, some staples and any fabric of your choice to create some lovely pieces- you can follow an easy tutorial here. Our customer Jodi did this using our Monet fabric, and they make great accents on her beige walls.

Monet Canvas From Sheets DIY

Monet Canvas Wall Art by Jodi

 

Reusable shopping bags- Another idea for upcycling your sheeting is to turn it into reusable shopping bags. Not only are you saving landfills from plastic bags, but you won’t have to buy the branded ones that everyone else at the grocery store has.

Cloth Grocery Bag by katbaro

Cloth Grocery Bag by katbaro via Flickr

Gifts- By gifts, we don’t mean presenting someone with your old sheet set, but turning it into something one of a kind! Mary, of Mary’s Custom Sewing and Design, turned our Antique Map quilted sham into a beautiful stocking for the holidays.

Antique Map Percale Stocking

Stocking by Mary of Mary's Custom Design and Sewing

Curtains- Fashioning your sheets into curtains is one of the easiest upcycles to do! It’ll also allow you to perfectly match your window dressings to your bedding. Click here for a tutorial on how to turn a duvet cover into lovely curtains.

curtain by Thomas Weidenhaupt

curtain by Thomas Weidenhaupt via Flickr

Happy New Year!

We hope you have a happy New Year full of happiness and good health, which means getting plenty of rest! A good night’s sleep has numerous of benefits, including improved immune function, weight management and memory.

To help catch more ZZZzs, refresh your bedroom with comfy, new bedding! Start the New Year off right with great deals on the loftiest, coziest comforters, mattress pads, bedding and sleepwear. Shop our Winter White Sale now through January 18th!

Happy Holidays!

We hope your holiday season has been full of good times and cheer with all of your loved ones. Here at Cuddledown, we’ve had lots of fun decorating the office and sharing yummy, festive treats!

 

P.S. Our tree topper was handmade by the marketing and e-commerce departments!

3 easy ways to wrap large gifts

One big bag of presents by Steve Baty via Flickr

Have a big gift that would be hard to hide using ordinary wrapping paper, like one of our plush comforters or lofty featherbeds? We’ve got your solution!

1. The easiest way to wrap a large gift is to use an extra large gift bag! If you want to make the gift even more special, try something reusable, like our Cotton Velvet Gift Bags. It’s like two gifts in one! They’re big enough to hold pillows, blankets and even comforters!

2. During the holidays, it’s easy to find inexpensive and festive vinyl tablecloths. Since the material is much stronger than wrapping paper, it will be easier to wrap a large gift without worrying about crinkles and tears in the paper. The large surface area will help you conceal that gift in no time! You could also look for holiday printed fabric at a craft store.

3. Another idea to conceal the gift is to put it in a discreet location and give the person an envelope with clues as to where it is. This will make the gift opening experience even more fun and exciting!

If you have any ideas for wrapping a large or oddly shaped gift, we’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

Six ultimate gift ideas!

Not sure what to get your loved ones this holiday? We’ve got you covered with ideas for everyone on your list. For even more options, check out our complete holiday gift guide!

For the one who’s always cold- Micro Fleece Electric Blanket or Throw

With ultra-thin elements that are virtually unnoticeable, our super plush microfleece blanket uses low voltage technology to create even, toasty warmth. It also features a pre-heat and hold feature, plus ten temperature settings. If your friend or family member is forgetful, there’s a 10-hour shut off feature!

For the one who loves lazy Sundays- Ella Zip Front Lounger

Made from cozy microplush fabric, our Ella lounger has a full-length separating zipper and is elegantly styled with quilted satin trim at the collar and cuffs.

For your four-legged furry friend- Microsuede Cozy Cave Pet Bed

Give your pet an extra cozy place to rest with this innovative, uniquely designed bed. The soft micro suede cover is lined with plush, faux sherpa fur for extra warmth, and a half-circular hood creates a cozy cocoon that your pet will love to snuggle in.

For the one who’s always too hot- 700 Fill Power Temperature Regulating Comforter

Our Temperature Regulating Comforter uses hi-tech mesh fabric to transport excess warmth away from the body – preventing perspiration and bringing sleeping temperatures back to a comfortable range. Plus, during colder weather, the two-layered climate zones work as a pocket, warming the cooler air to the same temperature as your body.

For the organic lover- 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Percale Sheet Set

Our crisp percale weave is more breathable than either sateen or twill, and the soft organic cotton provides lasting peace-of-mind.

For the one who has everything- Cuddledown Gift Certificate

Finally, if you’re not quite sure what your family and friends like or need, you can’t go wrong with a Cuddledown gift certificate!

Cyber Monday- 25% off sitewide, including clearance

Save 25% off everything sitewide, including clearance items during our Cyber Monday sale*! Click the image to get the discount!

Plus, it’s the last day to save 25% storewide – including clearance merchandise – at our Freeport, Maine outlet store.

*The following rules and exceptions apply: Cyber Monday Sale includes 25% off regular and clearance items on the cuddledown.com website. Offer is valid today only 12/1/14, and ends at midnight EST. Orders containing UGG, Calida, or Cuddledown’s Gifts of Warmth items, do not qualify for discount. Previous purchases are not eligible for this promotion. Discount will be applied during checkout.

Last day to save 25% off sitewide!

Don’t miss our Black Friday weekend event with 25% off sitewide*! Take a break from the mall and make gift giving easy. Click the image below to get the discount!

*The following rules and exceptions apply: Black Friday Sale includes 25% off regularly priced items on the cuddledown.com website. Offer is valid 11/27/14 through 11/30/14 midnight EST. Orders containing UGG, Calida, Cuddledown’s Gifts of Warmth Sale items, or clearance items do not qualify for the discount. Previous purchases are not eligible for this promotion. Discount will be applied during checkout.

Black Friday Sale- 25% off online and in-store!

Why fight for a parking space? Shop from the comfort of your couch and save 25% off sitewide* ! You can skip the lines and crowds at the mall. Click the image to get the discount!

If you’re in Maine, stop by our outlet store and save 25% storewide! In addition to our regular products, our Freeport store includes some great outlet savings — up to 70% off on discontinued merchandise and one–of–a–kind samples. Plus, we offer unique gifts and other items not found in our catalog or online. And we have plenty of parking!

*The following rules and exceptions apply: Black Friday Sale includes 25% off regularly priced items on the cuddledown.com website. Offer is valid 11/27/14 through 11/30/14 midnight EST. Orders containing UGG, Calida, Cuddledown’s Gifts of Warmth Sale items, or clearance items do not qualify for the discount. Previous purchases are not eligible for this promotion. Discount will be applied during checkout.

Happy Thanksgiving- enjoy the day and save 25% online!

It’s finally the day where you can indulge in as much Turkey, pie and delicious sides as you want! It is after all, only once a year. In addition to all of the yummy food, we hope you’re enjoying Thanksgiving with friends and family- that’s what we’ll be doing! Unlike some of the big box stores, Cuddledown is closed for the day as we believe Thanksgiving is a time to relax and be home with family, but our day off isn’t going to keep you from a great sale! For our customers who want a head start on Black Friday deals, you can save 25% sitewide! It’ll be the perfect cure for your food coma. Click the image to get the discount!

Is your guest room ready for the holidays?

The fast approaching holiday season means spending more time with friends and family. If they’re coming from out of town, you’ll want to make sure your guest room is ready. Impress them by making it luxury hotel worthy with these helpful tips!

The most important part of any bedroom or guest room is, of course, the bed. To get the iconic elegant hotel look, go with an all-white color scheme. Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton hotels, explains, “The all-white bed created this halo effect — people thought a room had been renovated, even if it was just the bed that had been changed.” In addition to having an all-white color scheme, add a supportive featherbed, fluffy comforter, extra blanket and several pillows since people have different sleeping preferences. These bedding essentials give it that ultra-comfy hotel feel.

Another element to consider is refreshments. Making your guests feel comfortable doesn’t require a fully stocked minibar. Simply leaving out a water-filled carafe with glasses or an ice bucket with some juice and water bottles on the bedside table makes a big impression. That way, if your guests get thirsty during the night, they aren’t left with the awkward task of fumbling through an unfamiliar kitchen.

Lastly, if extra bath towels, toiletries and other amenities aren’t in plain sight, let your guests know where they are. It’s also a good idea to write down the Wi-Fi password and any codes they might need. This keeps guests from that uncomfortable feeling of having to ask for everything.

We hope you have fun hosting holiday gatherings and enjoying the company of your friends and family. If you have any helpful tips for preparing your guest room, we’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!

P.S. If you need any inspiration for creating a guest room reminiscent of a five-star hotel, visit a hotel or inn that carries our bedding, like the award winning Miraval Resort!

Last Minute Bed Sheet Halloween Costumes

Pearl in her Pumpkin Costume by chickenofeathers via Flickr

Have a Halloween party to go to in an hour and don’t have a costume yet? Don’t worry! You can make a costume in minutes using a simple flat sheet!

  1. The easiest costume to make, of course, is a ghost! Simply cut out two eye holes into an old white sheet and drape it over yourself. Voila! Costume complete.
  2. If you don’t have any old sheets to cut, make a toga! For detailed instructions on how to fold the sheet, click here. To complete the Roman look, wrap a belt or rope around your waist and gather a few leaves to fashion a crown.
  3. Another option is to become a superhero by tying a sheet into a cape. With some creativity, you can be the superhero of just about anything!

Happy Halloween (and better luck on your costume next year)!

Eat your way to a better night’s sleep

Cherries by Luis Cerezo via Flickr

If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, changing the foods you eat and drink could be the solution. Plus, who doesn’t love a yummy snack?

1.  Tree Nuts and Peanuts- The unsaturated fat in nuts can help increase serotonin levels, which regulates (among other things) sleep. The next time you’re in the mood for an evening snack, have a handful of almonds, cashews, walnuts or pistachios to help you nod off at bedtime.

2. Tart Cherry Juice- In a recent study, participants who drank two glasses of tart cherry juice every day for two weeks slept 90 minutes longer on average than those who took a placebo. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin and a safe alternative to sleeping pills. So if you’re having trouble staying asleep, this might be worth trying!

3. Bananas- Bananas are a natural source of tryptophan, which the body uses to produce the important sleep regulators serotonin and melatonin. Enjoy a sliced banana on whole grain bread with natural peanut butter for the ultimate filling and sleep friendly snack!

4.  Honey- The glucose in honey inhibits the production of orexin, which regulates alertness.  For the perfect bedtime beverage, steep a cup of chamomile tea and add a tablespoon of honey. Chamomile is linked to an increase in glycine, which helps you relax and feel sleepy.

5. Hummus- Like bananas, the chickpeas in hummus are another source of tryptophan. If you often wake up in the middle of the night, try having hummus with fruits and veggies as a snack during the day. If you often wake up very hungry in the middle of the night, it may also indicate that you don’t consume enough calories during the day.

What snacks help you get a good night’s sleep? We’d love to learn about any tips or tricks you have – share with us in the comments section below!

2014 Fall Décor Trends

A change in seasons is the perfect time to update your home décor. Fall weather always welcomes warm color palettes and foliage accents, but if you’re looking for a twist, try one of these popular 2014 decorating trends. And, updating the look of your home doesn’t have to be a huge project. Simple solutions, like switching out your dining room centerpiece, changing decorative pillows or simply incorporating a few seasonal pieces can make a big difference.

1. New Neutrals- Nix the expected orange hues and focus on textures and shapes instead of colors this fall. Furs, knits and burlap are all very fall-centric and keep the neutral tones from falling flat. Our plush faux fur throw keeps you on-trend and also provides extra warmth!

katewalshbedroom by coco+kelley via Flickr

2. Vintage charm- Amplify the cozy feeling that comes with fall by adding pieces of furniture and décor that have a well-loved look (i.e. distressed, washed finishes and antique inspired designs). Our Vintage Inspired Marlowe Stars, Rowling Bookcase (below) and Riviera Mahogany Round Table are great options!

3. Turquoise- Whether you decide to add a few candle holders or paint an entire wall this gorgeous color, turquoise will fit in perfectly with the earthy fall tones you probably already have. It also adds a pop of color while maintaining the calm, cozy feel of fall. Our Trevi Sateen bedding lets you easily incorporate the popular color.

Check out our website for more home décor options. If you’re interested in do-it-yourself fall decorating projects, Southern Living and Pinterest both have lots of ideas. We hope you have fun getting crafty and decorating your home! Please feel free to share any of your decorating ideas or photos of your home with us, we’d love to see them!

Cuddledown Product Review Spotlight – Feather Down Blend, Water Repellent Pet Bed Insert

Here in Maine, fall weather is now in full swing with cool nights and crisp mornings. If it’s chilly where you live, you’ve probably already pulled out your extra blankets and throws, but did you remember your furry family members during the transition? We’ve got you covered with a quality selection of plush, cozy pet beds that’ll keep them off the cold floors. Our customer from Maryland recommends our Feather Down Blend, Water Repellent Pet Bed Insert, which coordinates beautifully with our cotton twill pet bed cover. See her review below!

Check out our pet selection to see all of the pet beds, furniture protectors and other pet accessories we offer! Please feel free to share your images and/or thoughts about our products. You can review them on each individual product’s page on our website, post photos here on our blog, or on our Facebook page.

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