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Snobbish Thoughts March 2011

Spring is officially here…? so it’s time for cleaning!

Those of us living in New England thought last Friday was the beginning of spring for real – a glorious, sunny, 68 degree day.  Then Mother Nature cruelly laughed at our naive optimism yesterday with a dose of winter, complete with a dash of snow for good measure. Sigh… Regardless, the vernal equinox on Sunday did mark the official start of spring, ergo, it is now time for the highly anticipated annual spring cleaning!

We here at Cuddledown are also in the midst of our own spring cleaning with a big warehouse move (to a building right next door). Our warehouse manager, Pete, affectionately known in times such as these, as “Grumpy Pete,” hopes not to have to move everything (imagine cleaning out your linen closet – times 500!) To help Pete clear out shelves in the warehouse and make room for new inventory, we are having a massive clearance sale with apparel, sleepwear and bedding, up to 70% – 75% off!

To freshen up your own bedroom for spring, our website has a few cleaning tips such as how to better organize your linens and how to fold a fitted sheet.

Virtually no one enjoys spring cleaning, but we all are really looking forward to spring – daffodils… butterflies…robins… Red Sox baseball… !  What do you love best about Spring – we’d love to hear from you – just post below!


Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women's Day Sale

For over a hundred years now, International Women’s Day has been a day to honor the political and social accomplishments of women worldwide. Beginning in 1908 as a celebratory day for women in Europe, it is now a globally recognized holiday celebrated by hundreds of countries around the world.

According to the official International Women’s Day 2011 website, “The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.”

We hope that you find a way to celebrate the day and celebrate yourself (or a woman you’d like to honor)! And for the occasion, we are offering all of our blog readers 20% off full priced women’s sleepwear and apparel at*. Treat yourself or a special woman you know to a pair of pima cotton pajamas, silky bamboo lounge wear, or a deliciously soft Calida nightgown, superfine lambswool long underwear, or go-to items like Calida camisole sets and lace panties.To activate your 20% savings on sleepwear and apparel, just click through this post!

If you are looking for your own way to celebrate the day, the website we mention above has a complete list of on-site events taking place all around the world that you can attend to show your support for women everywhere!

*Discount applies only to orders placed on our website 3/8/11 until midnight PST. To receive discount, orders must be placed after clicking through this post. Discount is limited to one time per customer. Discount offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. Offer excludes sale items, accessories, and footwear. The discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges, taxes, monogramming or gift services fees. Not applicable to previous purchases.

Museum-quality art — for your bedroom!

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and as our designs become an integral part of your living space, we take great pains to source a variety of unique and attractive artwork for our bedding. Some of our best-selling, exclusive designs are inspired by the renowned archive of Greek-American textile collector and connoisseur Dimitrios Apostolou.

Dimitrios, a former officer in the Greek Royal Navy, built a textile collection of over four million documents, and his offices in the heart of the fashion district across from Macy’s in mid-town Manhattan, are overflowing with antique and decorative textiles and artwork. From exquisite ancient Japanese silk kimonos to mid-century American prints, his pieces have been acquired from private collectors and archives or through auctions.

Our intrepid Art Director/Photographer turned videographer, Eric Graffam, accompanied our Vice President of Merchandise, Norma Wilkins-Gross, on a visit to Dimitrios’ studios to film him sharing some of his favorite pieces in his vast collection. Having never been there before, Eric was amazed to see such museum-quality pieces as a pre-Columbian ceremonial piece from 1100 B.C., discovered in the high peaks of Peru, as well as Marie Antoinette’s bedding. Dimitrios told Eric that he finds the collection addictive. When his employees, who travel throughout Europe on business, let him know there’s a treasure he would be interested in, Dimitrios said he’ll go check it out any time, “If it’s special …I just have to have it!”

Dimitrios has sold or rented designs to leading international designers and stylists in the fashion and home industry for 40 years. His staff can provide a client with an extensive selection of designs, from virtually any time period. “I think we can please anybody who needs to use designs for expression,” he said. For some of his more special pieces, if a customer insists, Dimitrios may rent it with an exclusivity clause, and then after five years, when they are finished, he says he either donates it to a museum or keeps it for his own pleasure, as he said, “I’m allowed to!”

Some of Cuddledown’s all-time favorite designs have come from Dimitrios’ archival treasure trove, including Tea Time Toile, Sonomi, Water Lilies, Sakura, and Lily Pad, some of which date back to the 1700s.  You could perhaps someday be sleeping on sheets inspired by Marie Antoinette’s own bedding… it’s enough to make you lose your head!


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