The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

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Come visit us at Cuddledown.com and enter promotion code IFSCD11 in the “Promotion Code” field on step 3 of the checkout process to activate your free shipping offer.

Happy shopping!

Free Shipping is UPS Standard Ground shipping. This discount offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Promotion applies only to orders placed on our website 12/14/11 through 12/16/11 until midnight PST. Orders containing furniture, mattresses, rugs, wall art, featherbeds, mattress pads and toppers do not qualify for this free shipping offer. Not applicable to previous purchases. Free Shipping will be displayed on cart.

Today Only – 20% off Brand Name Apparel Sale

Today only – save 20% off our customer favorite brands, including Ramblers Way, Calida, Amadora, Giesswein, and Miraclebody®*!

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Whether you are looking for holiday gifts for your friends and family, or want to treat yourself to a cozy new pair of Calida cotton pajamas or a deliciously soft cashmere sweater from our very own Amadora brand, you are sure to find a great selection of sleepwear and apparel for men and women! Need a holiday gift for a tiny tot? We recently introduced some adorable Giesswein slippers and super-soft Ramblers Way wool long underwear for tots and kids.

Happy shopping – we wish you the best of luck in finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

 

*20% discount is reflected in pricing on site. Promotional pricing is in effect on our website until midnight PST on 12/8/11. Discount applied to full price items only. Products already on sale will not be further marked down.

Cyber Monday Sale – Save $25 or $50 Off!

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It is the grand finale to our Black Friday weekend fun! Shop Cuddledown.com today to save $25 off an order of $125 or more, or $50 off an order of $250 or more. Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

Discount is based off of total value of products. Discount applies only to orders placed on our website 11/28/11 until midnight PST. This discount offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Discount is applied at an order level. The discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges, taxes, monogramming or gift services fees. Not applicable to previous purchases.

Free Shipping All Day Today!

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Surprise! We’ve extended our Black Friday weekend fun another day – enjoy Free Standard Shipping all day today at Cuddledown.com!

*Free Shipping is UPS Standard Ground shipping. Promotion applies only to orders placed on our website 11-27-11 until midnight PST. Orders containing furniture, mattresses, rugs, wall art, featherbeds, mattress pads and toppers do not qualify for this free shipping offer. Not applicable to previous purchases. Free Shipping will be displayed on cart.

Black Friday Sale – Extended One More Day!

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Need we say more? Happy shopping, everyone!

*Discount applies only to orders placed on our website 11/26/11 until midnight PST. This discount offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Discount is applied at an item level. The discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges, taxes, monogramming or gift services fees. Not applicable to previous purchases.

Black Friday Sale – 25% Off Everything at Cuddledown.com!

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Happy Black Friday, everyone! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are ready to enjoy the nice, long weekend ahead. If Black Friday shopping is on your agenda, then today is a great day to shop Cuddledown.com, because everything on our site (including sale merchandise) is 25% off – today only. Happy shopping!

*Discount applies only to orders placed on our website 11/25/11 until midnight PST. This discount offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Discount is applied at an item level. The discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges, taxes, monogramming or gift services fees. Not applicable to previous purchases.

Eating Right for Better Sleep

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese by Chefdruck, on Flickr

With the clocks turning back tonight, we were thinking about sleep, and how important it is. Turning the clocks in either direction is notorious for throwing off people’s sleep cycles. Russia even decided to end daylight savings time this year, arguing that it “is harmful for people’s health and triggers stress”.

While different people cope with the time change in different ways, there are things you can do to help yourself get to sleep, like avoiding too much caffeine or alcohol at night. Most people are aware of these common culprits, and how they impact the body’s ability to get to sleep – but did you know that certain foods can also keep you up at night?

We were sad to see some of our favorites on this list of insomnia-inducing foods from Yahoo Health, including aged cheese, which contains, “high levels of the amino acid tyramine” known to keep you up at night. Other common culprits included smoked meats, tomatoes and tomato-based foods, spicy foods, and (sigh) milk chocolate. On the bright side, however, dark chocolate can actually help you sleep, so feel free to indulge in a small piece of heart-healthy dark chocolate!

What else can help you fall (and stay) asleep at night? Well, we found a great article, Foods That Help You Sleep on Dr. Sears’ website, indicating that carbs are the way to go. However, before you reach for that box of cookies, let us add that complex carbohydrates are the key. In other words, while a slice of whole-grain toast slathered with almond butter will ease you off nicely into dreamland, a slice of chocolate cake is more likely to give you a nice sugar jolt, followed by a release of stress hormones that will be anything but relaxing.

What foods help you get to sleep at night? If you have any tips to share, we’d love to hear from you!

Making the Most of Unused Space in the Home

With the forecast calling for snow in many parts of the Northeast this weekend, we got to thinking about the long winter months ahead. Winter in Maine is a season where you can certainly spend time outdoors snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and enjoying many other fun activities that help to ease the stir crazies, but it is also inevitably a season where most of us spend a lot more time indoors. As anyone who has lived in a cold climate can testify, one side effect of this is that what felt like a perfectly spacious, accommodating home in the warmer months can begin to feel a little cramped.

When it seems like all your storage space is full, why not get creative with those small, under-utilized nooks and crannies? We looked around the web with this in mind, and found several very clever ideas for creating “new” and useful space in your home. Some of our favorites are below.

Stair to top floor from right.

Stair to top floor from right. by Ctd 2005, on Flickr

Building a neat chest of drawers directly into the stairs is a fantastic way to make this tight space useful.

Under the Stairs

Under the Stairs by norwichnuts, on Flickr

For those with an open staircase, a cozy little under-the-stairs nook is perfect for curling up with a book.

Basement Office

Basement Office by AdamSelwood, on Flickr

It may not be enough space for everyone, but this compact computer station built into a wardrobe tucked away in the basement would be ideal for a small home office.

The closet office in use

The closet office in use by Lord Rex, on Flickr

Another great idea for a small home office – if you have a closet to spare, an “office closet” is a relatively easy space to create – you just need a desk, some shelves, lighting, and a comfortable chair!

Finished Product

Finished Product by Sh4rp_i, on Flickr

Why limit drawers to your dresser or closet? Typically home to the dust bunnies, that space under your bed is perfect for stowing away excess clothing.

kitchen storage

kitchen storage by Drew Fansler, on Flickr

For those with small kitchens, the best way to maximize space is to hang as many things as possible! Pots and pants are easily accessible and free up valuable cabinet space for other items.

There are so many clever ways to utilize those tiny, oft-ignored nooks in the home, but sometimes there just isn’t much space, period. When it comes to simply fitting everything your family needs into a teeny living space, we have to say that this 180 square foot home to a family of four in California is the winner in our book for “most impressive use of a small space”!

How do you maximize space in your home? We’d love to hear from you!

Quick Decor Tips for Halloween


Halloween is Coming!

Halloween is Coming! by Sister72, on Flickr

It’s hard to believe, but the end of October is just around the corner. True, we are a little sad at the approach of cold weather, but the end of October also brings Halloween fun. While it is a holiday typically focused around candy and adorable little outfits, Halloween also gives us adults a great reason to decorate our homes!

We combed the web for inspiration, and stumbled across a great article on Martha Stewart’s website, “Indoor Halloween Decorations.”

If you are pressed for time, but want to dress your home up for Halloween, why not try making your own “spiderwebs” out of cheesecloth?

spider

spider by tiffa130, on Flickr

Or, if you want the classic jack-o-lantern look without all the messy scooping and carving, whip out a sharpie and put your artistic skills to work!

spooOOooky halloween pumpkins

spooOOooky halloween pumpkins by striatic, on Flickr

If you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, no need to worry! Pumpkins come in a gorgeous array of shapes and colors – they make for the ideal Halloween decor piece without any work at all.

Pumpkin Patch Fieldtrip

Pumpkin Patch Fieldtrip by miamism, on Flickr

And of course, the very best part of buying pumpkins is that you can always pick up a few extras for one of our favorite treats – pumpkin cupcakes! They not only look beautiful, but are delicious and somewhat nutritious to boot. But whether you end up sticking a few pumpkins on your porch, or go all out with elaborate decorations, Halloween is a time for fun, food, and laughter. We hope that you enjoy yours however you choose to spend it!

pumpkin spice cupcakes

pumpkin spice cupcakes by shimelle, on Flickr

Fall Colors for Your Home

Fall is the perfect time of year to introduce rich tones into your home decor. Whether your style is bright and bold, cool and subdued, or dark and earthy, the fall palate has a place in your home! Some people prefer to craft their own DIY decor, like a lovely fall wreath to hang on the front door, while others take the faster route of simply arranging fall squash and pumpkins on the mantel, but we in the world of bedding like to mix it up by trying out fall colors in our sleeping quarters.

While changing your bedding with the seasons is a necessity for those of us who live in colder climates, it also makes for a great excuse to give your bedroom a fresh new look! Just for fun, we went on a search for seasonal photos that coordinate with several of our favorite new bedding sets; Italian Sateen Maharaja Bedding, Cotton Sateen Wisteria Bedding, and Highland Flannel Bedding.

If you love to decorate your home for fall, and have your own decor tips, please share them with us!

Fall Colors

Maharaja Bedding

Fall

Fall by modomatic, on Flickr

Fall Woodland Colors

Wisteria Bedding


Fall Escapes

Fall Escapes by Appalachian Encounters, on Flickr

Highland Flannel

Highland Flannel Bedding

Autumn sky in Novosibirsk

Autumn sky in Novosibirsk by mksystem, on Flickr

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!

Why Seersucker is a Summertime Classic

Seersucker Fabric in Multiple Colors

Seersucker Fabric

Seersucker, while less well known in the Northern states, is a fabric of almost legendary popularity in the South, where heat reigns heavy during summer months. What makes seersucker such a great fabric for coping with the heat? The unique weaving process causes some of the threads to bunch together, creating a puckered, almost wrinkly texture. These puckers create little air pockets that allow air to flow between the fabric and your skin, keeping the body nice and cool.

While modern technology (specifically, air conditioning) has made seersucker attire less of a summertime necessity, the tradition of seersucker in summer remains. In fact, the tradition is so strong that for one day in June every single year, the United States Senate members don cool, comfortable seersucker suits in an event known as “Seersucker Thursday.” You can check out a snapshot of the 2011 Seersucker Thursday on The Washington Post blog.

Not only do the members of the United States Senate dress in seersucker every year, but people from all over Washington, D.C. deck themselves out in seersucker suits, dresses, bow-ties, and elaborate hats to come together for an annual “Seersucker Social

Catch the action - Seersucker Social Bike Ride in Washington, D.C.

While most people think of clothing when they think of seersucker, it also makes for fabulous bedding. Our favorite use for seersucker? Sheets! Cool, breathable cotton seersucker sheets. They never cling to your skin like some sheets tend to do in the heat, making them oh-so-comfortable on those hot, sticky summer nights. If you’ve never slept on seersucker before, we highly recommend that you give it a try!

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