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Snobbish Thoughts January 2012

The best pillows – road tested!

For many (myself included!), the key to a great night’s sleep is a perfect pillow. Although finding the elusive “perfect” one can be a bit of a challenge, Real Simple magazine has taken out much of the guesswork by “road testing” pillows! We’re excited to say that out of 35 tested, our Batiste 800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow was selected as the best “Soft and Lofty” pillow!

Our 800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow in Real Simple magazine

Our 800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow in Real Simple magazine!

So, if your pillow isn’t living up to expectations and you’re thinking about a replacement, Real Simple has the scoop on the best ones around.

And, speaking of pillows, the countdown to our giveaway on Facebook has officially begun! There’s still time to enter, so head on over to our page for a chance to win. Good luck!

Psst … have you heard?!

1000 Fill Power European Goose Down Batiste Pillow

1000 Fill Power European Goose Down Batiste Pillow

We’re so excited to announce our pillow giveaway, going on now at our Facebook page! Head on over for a chance to win one of 10 450 Thread Count Sateen Luxury Synthetic Fill Pillows – and one lucky grand prize winner will receive our 1000 Fill Power European Goose Down Batiste Pillow!

To enter, simply submit your name and email address in the entry form on our contest page. We won’t start drawing names until we reach 1,000 fans, so help us reach our goal by liking and sharing our page.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Facebook and check out all of the fun. Have a great weekend – and good luck!

Blogger Baby – congrats to our newest Cuddledown family member!

Baby congratulationsWe’re pleased to announce that one of our own, “Bedding Snob” blogger Megan, has given birth to an adorable baby girl!  We’d love to show you pictures, but that’s for Mom to do if she should wish to share.  Suffice to say, we’re thrilled for Megan, and are working hard to fill the gaping hole left by her absence!

So please join us in wishing her and her wee baby girl, congratulations!  And we promise, we’ll bravely soldier on and continue blogging while she’s on leave.  And let us know if there are topics (particularly bedding-related) that you’d like us to cover.

Sincerely, Megan’s fellow Snobs!  :)

Winter has arrived here in Maine!

On this blustery Saturday, we’re excited to be staying warm under our comforters, sipping hot chocolate (or coffee!), and enjoying the wintry weather. In honor of our first real snowstorm of the season, we thought we’d share a picture of Maine in the winter – enjoy!

Number one pond in the snow, again by topazz1963

Number one pond in the snow, again by topazz1963

Easy home organization tips!

With the beginning of a new year, we’re excited about making resolutions and getting off to a fresh start – which includes decluttering at home! If you’ve resolved to get your place organized in 2012, here are a few tips from around the web to help make the process easier!

Living Room by welcometoalville, on flickr

Living Room by welcometoalville, on flickr

1. Start off slowly. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the process (or even by the thought of organizing!), take a moment and map out a plan. As advised in Real Simple, don’t work for more than an hour continuously. It’s also helpful to allot more time than you think you’ll need. If you think a task might take an hour, plan on working for two.

an organized craft room by bluishorange, on flickr

An organized craft room by bluishorange, on flickr

2. Ask yourself questions. If you get stuck while sorting through your things, try to assess why you want or need to keep a particular item. The blog IHeart Organizing recommends asking:

  • When is the last time you used this item and was it in the last year?
  • Is it broken, damaged or the wrong size?
  • Does it make you happy or have sentimental value?
  • Do you really need this item?

By figuring out the item’s purpose, you’ll be better able to determine where it should go.

an organized craft room by bluishorange, on flickr

An organized craft room by bluishorange, on flickr

3. Add color coding. To keep things organized without using lots of labels, try using a color coded system, as suggested in Martha Stewart Living. This can be applied to bins (designate colors for shoes, seasonal decorations, recycling, etc.) and folders for mail (coupons in one color, bills in another).

Tell us, what are your favorite tips for organizing and reducing clutter?

Comforter Sizing Guidelines – To Choose or Not to Choose

Maine-made Cuddledown Comforter

Maine-made Cuddledown Comforter

We recently had the following conversation on Twitter with someone frustrated by the lack of industry standards for comforter sizing (we have protected the customer’s identity by x’ing out their username):

Customer: At @Cuddledown, Queen comforters are 92 x 88. Meanwhile, at @thecompanystore, they are 92 x 98. Why? Seriously guys, Why???

Cuddledown: @xxxxxx: The avg Q mattress is 60×80, so we size our comforters to comfortably cover. If you prefer larger, we do offer oversize Q in 98×98

Customer: @Cuddledown Please understand: what I want is for manufacturers to agree on some standard sizes, so comforters & duvets are interchangeable!

We get the customer’s point – for those who want to mix-and-match products from different companies, inconsistencies in sizing could be pretty frustrating. But the conversation prompted us to wonder: is it better to have a product that is adaptable to customer needs, or is it better to have industry standards that result in fully uniform products?

We have found that comforters aren’t exactly one-size-fits-all. Because we design, develop and manufacture all of our down products in Maine, USA , we’ve been able to offer customers an ever evolving and refined product line to meet their needs. For instance, if customers tell us that they want their comforters to be a bit larger to cover the sides of the mattress, we pursue making them a little bigger, which sets off a chain of events to service a new product, like our oversized comforters. And if you have an oversized comforter, you need an oversized duvet cover. Naturally, accommodating customers by creating new sizing options does bring us (and other manufacturers) farther away from creating a standard size that all can adhere to, but on the flip side, we make customers happy because we are able to give them exactly what they asked for.

To answer our customer’s specific question on the size of our comforters and duvet covers, all of our Cuddledown Exclusive sheets will be sized to fit our comforter sizes uniquely. Below left, you can see our comforter size measurements for all of our down and synthetic down comforters. Cuddledown Comforter Size Chart
When shopping for a comforter cover for a Cuddledown comforter, you will want to purchase a Cuddledown duvet cover, or a comforter cover from another retailer that is within 4 inches in both length and width. If there is some variation in sizing, our Comforter Clips can help to keep the comforter from shifting in the duvet cover excessively.

Our goal is to be flexible for those customers who want the option to provide feedback on what they like, with the end result that we listen to them and respond by meeting their needs with a new product. But perhaps this method of manufacturing doesn’t work for everyone, and some would prefer consistency over choice or flexibility.

Your comments are welcome! Please let us know what you think – would you prefer choice over standards?

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