The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

Pillows 40% off, for just 40 hours!!

Cuddledown pillows 40% off for 40 hoursIn need of a terrific sleep pillow?  Our Cuddledown comfy pillow features lofty, synthetic fill and a 100% cotton shell!  And, best of all, for the next 40 hours, you can get this pillow for 40% off!

You can choose from a soft pillow, perfect for stomach sleepers; a medium fill pillow – ideal for people who sleep on their backs or sides; or even an overfilled pillow, which supports the neck, perfect for side sleepers. Our synthetic fill is hypoallergenic and irritant free — it’s the next best thing to down itself and this pillow’s shell is soft, yet durable 100% cotton cambric fabric, and like all our shells, is Oeko-Tex certified to be free from harmful chemicals!  Plus our pillows are made right here in our Maine factory by our team of skilled bedding experts!

Don’t miss out on the chance to save big on a pillow that will provide you with true sleep comfort – but this deal is only good for 40 hours!

 

 

Love organic cotton sheets? They’re 40% off for 40 hours!

Cuddledown organic percale sheets 40% offIf you love organic cotton, you’ll love our Cuddledown organic cotton percale sheets!  Best of all, they’re 40% off for 40 hours, so get them now to enjoy a great night’s sleep.

Made from 300 thread count, 100% organic cotton, our percale sheets are also Oeko-tex® certified to be free of harmful chemicals. Plus, even better, they’re GOTS certified. The Global Organic Trade Standard is used around the world to guarantee that in addition to being organic, safe fabrics, certified products are also manufactured in a fair and just working environment.

You’ll not only enjoy the crisp, lightweight feel of these Cuddledown organic percale sheets, but will sleep well knowing that they are safe for you and your family, as well as the environment.

But don’t miss out, the clock’s ticking!

Want some soft and cozy sleep – at 40% off?

Cuddledown colored sateen comforter, 40x40 saleThis month’s 40% off for 40 hours sale features our heavenly 600 fill power down Cuddledown comforter in a rainbow of soft hues! Our best-selling, smooth 400 thread count 100% cotton sateen is filled with just the right amount of our lofty 600 Fill Power European Duck Down for a perfectly soft and cozy night’s sleep.

The colors coordinate with our customer favorite 400 thread count Sateen bedding for great decorating options – you won’t even need a duvet cover! And better yet, these lovely comforters are Oeko-tex® certified to be free of harmful chemicals and healthy for you and your family, plus they’re handcrafted right here in the USA!

It may not be cold enough yet for a comforter, but cooler weather is on its way, so get it now while it’s 40% off!

Bright and comfy – and now on sale – 40% off for 40 hours!

Cuddledown oversized quilted blanketAugust is here already? But (you’re no doubt saying) summer’s just begun?!  Back to school can’t be happening in a few weeks!!?? This month, our Cuddledown First Friday Sale features the perfect bedding for student to take to college, a brightly colored, oversized, quilted blanket – great for any temperature, and easy care – just toss it in the wash!  And since it’s oversized, the Twin will fit those Twin XL dorm beds (or use the full size for even more coverage!) Or brighten the décor in your own bedroom, or your family room or living room, as it comes in a Throw size as well.

Our quilted blankets or throws are made from smooth 350 thread count, 100% combed cotton percale and filled with hypoallergenic synthetic fill that lofts and clusters just like down! And the colors coordinate with our 350 thread count percale sheeting. The blanket  is generously oversized, so you can easily tuck the sides under your mattress.

But don’t wait, this blanket is now 40% off – but only for 40 hours!

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. 

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!

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!

Maine restaurant wins “America’s Best Lobster Roll” competition!

Lobster roll from the Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME (photo courtesy of the Clam Shack)

Lobster roll from The Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME (photo courtesy of the Clam Shack)

For the second consecutive year, The Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME has been crowned the winner of the Lobster Roll Rumble! Taking place in New York City, the Lobster Roll Rumble brings together 20 contestants to compete for the coveted title of “America’s Best Lobster Roll.” Three other Maine restaurants were also in the running – Bite Into Maine, Eventide Oyster Co., and The Galley Restaurant & Pub – with Eventide’s brown butter lobster roll taking home the title of “Editor’s Choice.”

If all this lobster talk has you hungry, why not plan a trip to Maine and sample some! In addition to the delicious restaurants mentioned here, our Employee Favorites page highlights some of the best eateries around, plus events, outdoor venues, and shops!

Get your Dad something comfy for Father’s Day!

Rambler's Way Henley

Rambler's Way Henley

Whether your Dad is fashion-forward or not, he most certainly can appreciate being comfortable!  Whether shopping online, or at our Outlet Store in Freeport, Maine – from bedding, to sleepwear, to casual wear – we have something to please your Dad!

For super athletic, merely active or even couch potato Dads, we’ve got fine Rambler’s Way comfortwear. Perfect for working out, or for lounging – it’s made entirely in the US – and it’s is even on sale!

Calida Corbin Short Pajamas

Calida Corbin Short Pajamas

If your Dad appreciates super comfy sleepwear - we carry a selection of fine cotton Calida items. Calida – a European company, is known for their supremely soft, 100% cotton sleepwear, and these pajamas live up to the reputation! Plus they’re perfect for warmer weather.

Cuddledown Southwest Harbor Percale bedding

Cuddledown Southwest Harbor Percale bedding

And if your Dad appreciates a great night’s sleep – get him some of our lightweight, breathable percale sheets – perfect for summer! Our Southwest Harbor bedding even features an exclusive print that any man would love – modeled after architectural boat blueprints!

 

 

 

World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Celebration!

Knitting through the back loop by mollydot, on flickr

Knitting through the back loop by mollydot, on flickr

If you love to knit or crochet, now’s your chance to join fellow enthusiasts in celebration of World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day! Getting its start in 2005, the event began as a way to bring knitters together, and has now expanded to over 700 events around the world. It’s also more than just a one-day event – public knitting parties began on June 8th and will continue through the 16th.

To find an event near you, or start one of your own, the World Wide Knit in Public Day website has everything you’ll need to know.

Tell us, do you knit or crochet? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Lovely, lightweight batiste sheets – 40% off for 40 hours

Hard to believe it’s already the first Friday in June!  So since summer’s here, our Cuddledown First Friday Sale features the perfect bedding for a hot summer day (or a warm bedroom year-round) – our featherweight, 100% cotton batiste sheet sets!

If you love 100% cotton sheets, you’ll really love our luxuriously lightweight European batiste. This special fabric’s soft, 330 thread count, combed cotton drapes gracefully against your skin. Sleeping in our lightweight batiste leaves you feeling refreshed and rested. And it’s Oeko-Tex® certified to be free from all harmful chemicals and dyes.

Cuddledown Batiste Sheets

Cuddledown Batiste Sheets

Best of all, our batiste sheets are now 40% off – but only for 40 hours!  So order yourself some summer comfort – you won’t regret it!

Bar Harbor, Maine – the way life should be… from Cuddledown!

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Many Mainers have adopted this beautiful state as our own, including yours truly. I moved here having fallen in love with the state, having enjoyed a two-week stay every August since my childhood, at Goose Rocks Beach (near Kennebunkport). And I’m not the only one who’s discovered the state while on vacation. Maine is full of such fantastic spots – from the southern tip to the far north, and from gorgeous wilderness to cultural highlights, there’s something here for everyone.

At Cuddledown, we’ve put together a spot where people (locals or visitors) can peruse the Maine places we all love to visit. And we’ll be sharing some of our favorites here over the next few weeks!

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to go to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. There’s way too much to share here, but there are some great websites full of information. Some highlights of my own trip were as follows:

Cadillac  Mountain, Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

1) Of course, Acadia. There’s really not a spot in this national park that isn’t photographable. In fact, you’d have to be the world’s worst photographer not to get at least one poster-worthy image – even on a cloudy day! The best thing about it is that it’s a very manageable park – if you have people with you who aren’t that active, you can drive through and stop for short walks and still have a fantastic experience. Or you can go full nature lover, and hike and camp to the extent of your ability.

Lobster gnocchi, Fathom restaurant, Bar Harbor

Lobster gnocchi, Fathom restaurant, Bar Harbor

2) Rainy day shopping and eating out – the town has lots of great shops, with items ranging from the typical tee-shirts and tchotckes to unique stores selling products such as Native American arts, Maine-mined Tourmaline gemstones, and one particularly interesting shop selling everything from seashells to fossilized scorpions!  As far as dining – the world’s your oyster… or lobster… literally…  From fine dining lobster gnocchi at Fathom, to a luscious lobster omelette at Jeannie’s breakfast, you could eat it 24/7.  But don’t forget about the other food items – there’s Bar Harbor popcorn and of course Mount Desert Island ice cream, where President Obama enjoyed the coconut ice cream. I would concur with his choice – it was delicious!

Bar Harbor_view from biplane

Bar Harbor_view from biplane

3) Other activities. You can take trips via foot, bike, car, kayak, sailboat, or do something a little more exotic, like take a Windjammer Cruise, or see Bar Harbor and Acadia from the air in a biplane! The views are fantastic, the pilot was knowledgeable, and the ride was over way too soon!

There’s so much to do in Bar Harbor, you really need more than a day – I’d definitely recommend at least a long weekend – with time to take a leisurely drive back down the coast for at least one leg of the trip.  If you’ve been, please feel free to share your favorite things to do in Bar Harbor – we’d love to hear from you!

Bar Harbor sunset

Bar Harbor sunset

 

5 easy DIY green cleaning products!

Green blast, by JPDaigle on flickr

Green blast, by JPDaigle on flickr

With warmer weather and longer days, it’s the perfect time to open up the windows and do some much-needed spring cleaning! Luckily, a thorough scrub no longer means that you have to fill your home with harsh chemicals. Instead, why not use some of the great green cleaners that are readily available – or make your own! Here are a few eco-friendly cleansers you can easily make with ingredients found in your cupboards.

1. Drain Cleaner: As recommended by Apartment Therapy, you can clear a stubborn drain with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water. Simply pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. Repeat as needed, or let the baking soda and vinegar sit in the drain overnight.

2. Fabric Softener: The blog Fabulously Frugal has several great tutorials for DIY green cleaning products, including one for fabric softener. In a large pitcher, combine 6 cups hot water, 3 cups white vinegar, and 2 cups hair conditioner. Stir until mixture is smooth. To use, add approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture to the fabric softener dispenser in your washer.

3. Kitchen Counter Disinfectant: As seen on thedailygreen.com, you can make your own disinfectant by combining 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. The mixture can be sprayed or rubbed onto countertops.

4. Tile and Grout Paste: The website greenlivingideas.com is full of helpful hints for eco-friendly living, as well as several DIY projects. To make a tile and grout paste, they recommend combining 1 cup water and 3 cups baking soda. Mix the ingredients into a paste, and use a toothbrush to scrub it into grout.

5. Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer: Better Homes and Gardens has many simple green cleaner recipes, including this one for a toilet scrub/deodorizer. Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda into the toilet bowl and gradually add 1/4 cup vinegar. Scour with a toilet brush.

Do you have a favorite green cleaner? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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