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Snobbish Thoughts April 2011

Tip: Bring Spring’s Hottest Trends Into Your Home

Spring’s hottest fashion trends need not be relegated to the runway! Here are examples of some of our favorite trends of the season, à la home decor.

Eclectic Chic
Christopher Barson Interior Associates Project: Prominent DC Residence
Photo by Christopher Barson Interior Associates

Vibrant and playful prints capture the Eclectic Chic look of spring. A simple way to get this look in your bedroom is by adding bright, colorful bedding, like these Voile Paisley sheets.


Half Mexican/Half Latino
Photo by Condor Vitamins

“Handmade-looking and artisan quality” with a mix of bohemian style perfectly embodies spring’s trend towards going Bold. A throw rug with vivid lines and colors can add a touch of bold to a room without being overwhelming.

Minimalist White

Photo by tommerton2010

Clean lines in simple, elegant white are all that’s needed to capture the soothing Minimalist White trend for spring. To incorporate this trend, try white linen bedding – a true classic that will never go out of style.

Celebrate the wedding of the century with Cuddledown!

If you’re not in London, camping out on the streets already, are you going to watch at home tomorrow?  Since we all have to get up for work, many of us at Cuddledown may watch the “wedding of the century” on TIVO or on You Tube.  We also were thinking – what in the world do you get a royal Prince and Princess-to-be for a wedding gift??  Of course some ultra fluffy Cuddledown pillows would be a fantastic gift – perfect for royal slumber!

So to celebrate, we decided to create a trivia contest!  Go to our Cuddledown Facebook page and answer questions throughout the day and we’ll draw a name of a lucky person, who will win a pair of perfectly posh Cuddledown pillows!! (Posh being the British word for sumptuously furnished or appointed; luxurious). Don’t wait, because the contest will only happen tomorrow!

Happy wedding viewing!

Happy Birthday Cuddledown!

Help us celebrate Cuddledown’s 38th birthday!

We’re just so generous, we’re giving you the birthday gift – 20% off everything on our website * just for today only!  There are some great gift ideas for  Mother’s Day, which is coming soon, or just find something gorgeous as a treat for yourself!

Happy Birthday to us — Happy Savings to you!



(*Discount is for online orders only, placed before midnight PST on April 28, 2011. Sale items are excluded. Discount cannot be applied to previous orders or or combined with any other promotional offers)

Protect yourself from bed bugs when on the road

Photo courtesy of Mi Pah

While many of us like to bring home a souvenir or two when we travel, there are certain things we’d rather not bring home with us.  Falling into this category would definitely be bed bugs.  If the very thought of these creepy crawly bloodsuckers eeks you out, there are some precautions you can take when traveling.

  • You can quickly check to see if your destination has had any reports of bed bug outbreaks.
  • Bring your own pillow, such as our 600 Fill Power White Goose Down Travel Pillow.
  • If you’d rather not pack a pillow, you may prefer to simply pack a bed bug proof protector that you can slip on over the hotel’s pillow.
  • Line your luggage with bed bug travel liners or some other type of air-tight bag.
  • Upon arrival, take a few minutes to give the room a once-over.  Pull the bed away from the wall, look in the seams of the mattress & boxspring, couch cushion seams, drape creases, corners where the walls meet & where the walls meet the floor.
  • If the hotel provides a luggage rack, be sure to use that instead of putting your luggage on the floor or couch.  If there is NO luggage rack, try to use a dresser, or better yet, the bathtub.
  • Keep dirty laundry in heavy duty trash bags that you dispose of OUTSIDE your house upon return.  Or you may opt to purchase dissolvable laundry bags to forgo keeping potentially infested trash bags on your property.
  • Wash your clothes immediately in hot water & dry on hot to kill any bed bugs.
  • For additional tips, check out,, &

By taking some precautions, you’ll be able to rest a little easier that you won’t be bringing home some uninvited companions!  Happy traveling!

5 Tips for a Greener, Healthier Home

Plage Colección My Wall
Photo by Plage Vinilos y Decoración

1. Unplug electronics you’re not using. A study from Berkley University showed that this simple act can help you “save up to 25 percent on electrical bills.”

2. Nix the air freshener. Air fresheners often contain Phthalates, Formaldehyde, and other potentially harmful chemicals. shows how to naturally and safely freshen your home, including the most obvious one: open the windows.

3. Re-purpose it, don’t trash it. We love this article from DIY Life that lists 20 useful things to do with bed sheets that are past their prime.

4. Use a compost bin. Items we often toss into the trash can be instead used to create rich, fertile soil. Learn how to create a compost bin at home with just a plastic trash can and a board.

5. Wash your laundry in cold water. Did you know that “85 to 90 percent of the energy used is for heating the water?” Contrary to popular belief, hot water doesn’t actually get your clothes any cleaner, so there is literally no reason to use it.

Earth Day at Cuddledown

Here at Cuddledown, we were pleased to find out today that our lovely state of Maine is ranked the #2 “greenest” state in the U.S.!  That doesn’t surprise us, given the people of Maine’s desire for a great quality of life and our ongoing stewardship of the natural beauty of the environment we’ve been blessed with.

Cuddledown’s employees share those values, and as such, several people took time out of their busy days to go clean up the flotsam and jetsam outside the building that appeared after the snow melted!

And finally, our building is actually located next to a marsh, so when we leave work at night, we get to not only see trees, marsh grasses and so on, but we hear the “peepers” (wee frogs), birds, and so forth, singing their songs. So to end this earth day celebration, I thought I’d share a quick video taken from our parking lot.  Enjoy – and celebrate our big blue planet!

Behind the Door: How to Organize Your Linen Closet

My own newly organized linen closet!

While the biggest thrust of spring cleaning is to tidy up the spaces you live in, it’s just as important to clean out those more utilitarian areas, like the linen closet.  Springtime is the perfect time to take stock of what you have & decide what needs to be kept & what needs to be ditched (& by ditched I mean that gently used items can be donated while more rigorously used items can be recycled into cleaning rags).  Lots of people have proposed methods for tackling the linen closet.  We also have a couple tricks up our sleeve regarding linen closet organization & caring for your bedding.  Martha Stewart, of course, has several articles that have worthy points of interest.  I’ve found her tip to place bed linens inside a matching pillow case to be rather ingenious idea (though I’m doubting this would work terribly well with winter bedding, like flannel).  Personally, even though I absolutely dread the whole tedious task, once it’s done, I find myself smitten with just how organized & clean things look.  It’s not unlikely for me to create reasons to go into the linen closet just to gaze at my handiwork.  Isn’t it nice to be able to open the door &  not be assaulted by piles of disheveled, unidentified stuff?  Rather, you can easily grab whatever it is you need & be on to your next task.  Fantastic!

Do you have any successful linen closet tips that you’d like to share?  What’s your most loathsome spring cleaning chore?

Congratulations to Boston Marathon 2011 Winners!

Boston Marathon
AP Photo of Boston Marathon Runners by Reuters/Dominick Reuter

to all the winners of the 2011 Boston Marathon! You just can’t help but feel inspired by these amazing athletes.

  • Women’s: Caroline Kilel of Kenya
  • Men’s: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya
  • Women’s Wheelchair Race: Wakako Tsuchida of Japan
  • Men’s Wheelchair Race: Masazumi Soejima of Japan

Get the full scoop on the Boston Marathon 2011 Results at

Cuddledown decorates for spring!

They say in Maine – there are 3 months of summer and 9 months of darn fine sleddin! But with the snow finally gone outside, the grass is actually starting to turn green, crocuses are popping up, and robins have been spotted!  We all would love to stay outdoors enjoying the return of spring, but since we’re inside and hard at work – our customer service staff decided to bring spring inside their spaces with some creative office decor — some of which may even be Cuddledown fabric samples or swatches from previous designs!

Have you ever creatively decorated your cubicle or office space?  Let us know – and share any photos you may have!


Green Cleaning

It’s that time of year again, when you throw open the windows and air out the house. Time to shake out the rugs, consider packing away the flannel sheets, and time to CLEAN. Before you reach for that blue cleaner, check out your pantry. Chances are, you’ve got all the makings of a green cleaning kit right on your shelves or in your cupboard. Not only can you clean your house without putting you or your family at risk, but it’s also cheaper. Personally, I’m a huge fan of a basic, simple, all-purpose cleaning spray that is equal parts water, white vinegar, and a dozen or so drops of essential oil (favorites are tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, and rosemary oil). You can buy the big jug of vinegar for next to nothing (especially if you go with store brands), big box stores offer spray bottles on the cheap, water you have. The most expensive part is the oil (which isn’t a must; it just helps dilute the vinegar smell a bit) – and luckily, that lasts for quite a while as you only use drops at a time. Voila! An easy-to-make and good-for-you all-purpose cleaner. Use it to spray down counters, sinks, stoves, toilets. whatever surface needs cleaning; it even makes a fantastic, streak-free window cleaner!

What are your favorite green-cleaning tips or suggestions?

Spring in Maine!

Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Photo of Cape Neddick lighthouse by scanna283 on Flickr

It’s official: despite the fact that we had piles of snow on the ground only a few weeks ago, spring has finally arrived in Maine! We know this because the temperatures today will be in the sixties. So although it is dreary and rainy, we still felt like celebrating the heat wave with this gorgeous spring-time photo of the Cape Neddick lighthouse in Ogunquit, Maine.

Looking for a reason to visit Maine?

Did you know that Maine ranks as the #1 most peaceful state in the US? There are so many things to love about Maine, like the incredible scenery of Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park, the fantastic ski resorts, and of course, Portland – a city rated one of “America’s Most Liveable” by Forbes and “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit. But if all those reasons were not enough, this gives us all yet another reason to love Maine – and yet another reason why this Maine-based business is proud to call Maine home!

Ready for International Pillow Fight Day?

The next International Pillow Fight Day will take place on Saturday April 2nd, when there will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world. We wouldn’t want you to face a world full of potential pillow attacks defenseless! That’s why we are offering 25% off our Maine-made down pillows and down alternative pillows* starting now, and good through midnight PST on Monday, April 4th. So shop away…and if a Pillow Ninja tries to attack you, you’ll be ready to fight back with a soft, fluffy, yet durable Cuddledown pillow!

*Offer excludes pillows already on sale.

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