“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.
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.
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!
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)
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 BedBugRegistry.com to see if your destination has had any reports of bed bug outbreaks.
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.
2. Nix the air freshener. Air fresheners often contain Phthalates, Formaldehyde, and other potentially harmful chemicals. GreenDivaMom.com shows how to naturally and safely freshen your home, including the most obvious one: open the windows.
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!
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 severalarticles 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?
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!
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?
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.
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!