Monthly Archives: July 2012

The only time napping on the job is OK

Behind the scenes at Berkshire Blanket photoshoot

We’re here to give you the inside scoop on our latest photoshoot. It’s a gorgeous New England summer day at our founder’s home in Massachusetts. The models are in their pajamas … this is the one time napping on the job is encouraged! They did a fantastic job showcasing our main feature, this bedding set and knit throw pillow that we shot outdoors in the luscious backyard.

Hair and Makeup

Our model gets a quick hair and makeup fix. I wonder what she’s gazing at…must be the beautiful lake. Erm, yes, that’s it.

Models getting ready for bed.

  This is when the magic happens.

Reviewing the photos.

Our photographers review the shots to make sure all of the bedding looks scrumptious.

Hammock

Whew, that was hard work. Our photo assistant takes a break in the hammock. 

Swan in the lake.

A gorgeous swan swims by. Where is a Romantic poet when you need one?

…and that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek. Did you spy the chunky knitted throw pillow? We’re obsessed with it, and it’s making its debut this fall!

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Now trending: Union Jack

Union Jack Throw

This Union Jack Throw is by Ella James.

The Union Jack has been on our trend radar recently, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in London the week before the 2012 Summer Olympics!

I just returned from a trip to the UK and was inspired by the show of support across so many different mediums.  This trendy flag could be spotted from supermarkets to the high end boutiques, on pillows, pocketbooks, furniture, and pet clothes!

Bulldog Pillow

I spotted this pillow in my travels. So cute!

I wish I had a room in my house to decorate with this fun and festive motif, but at the very least it made me look forward to the Opening Ceremony.

Enjoy the Games!

                      -Meghan

If you want to see more Union Jack themed stuff, including some boots (or wellies as they call them in England) see my Pinterest board.

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Be prepared to be spontaneous

ImageWow, was it unbelievably nice the other day! After all the rain and grey skies we have had, I almost forgot what sunshine was.

It was such an amazing day, so we decided to take the car for a nice (short) leisurely drive. We stopped at the local park and found ourselves wishing we brought a picnic.

The good news is we had an old Frisbee and a fleece throw in the car (we keep the throw in there for our little one to snuggle under on long rides).

We pulled out the throw and placed it on the semi-damp, dirty ground. We had a cozy place to sit after all. We then tossed the Frisbee for a while.

It was a nice day. Time seemed to fly as we sat there enjoying the park’s beauty!

Go enjoy your days!

       -Marlene

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Now trending: the picnic wedding

Couple on blanket

Photo from Wedding Photography Design

We’ve noticed a fun new trend in wedding décor – the picnic wedding! Countryside weddings are more popular than ever, and for those brides who want to be especially close to the beauty of nature, they are opting to lay out blankets for their guests to sit on for the ceremony. The day transitions from ceremony to reception by the simple, well-timed uncorking of a wine bottle and opening of the picnic basket.

Plaid blankets are the country couture.  They’ve been draped over haystacks, cuddled by couples in engagement photos, and worn by chilly bridesmaids in rain boots. They are truly classics and photograph well. If plaid’s not your thing, creamy neutrals and handmade quilts are also delicate choices.

That’s not all. To make a picnic wedding complete, you need a lush pillow for each guest to sit or lounge on (matching of course)! These are fantastic because they can be monogrammed and given as wedding favors. The blanket itself can even be raffled off to a lucky guest at the “table” just as you would do for a centerpiece.

To create the majestic atmosphere you’re looking for, you can add small touches that go a long way. Imagine as your guests walk in, colorful fabric bunting is draped to say “welcome.” There is a Mr. & Mrs. chalkboard sign propped up against a haystack. Flowers in old watering cans pop up around the field. As you look up, your breath is taken away by lanterns and old family photos hanging from the trees. You feel transported into another time and place as you admire the antique chairs and luggage that serve as accent pieces. With a ballroom, you know what you’re getting, but with a picnic wedding, the experience can be just as fantastical as you dream up.

Southern Wedding

From Ashley Daniell on Every Last Detail blog

Engagement photos are the most memorable when they reflect the theme of your wedding. Photos of you and your beau laying side by side on a blanket in the grass or cuddling by the ocean with a blanket wrapped around you are so romantic. They suggest an intimacy that other engagement photos just don’t have.

Betstywhite.com wrote this about their featured Glam Picnic wedding: “What’s not to love about picnics? The heirloom quilts, the classic gingham, the home-made treats, the wine {which is always in abundance at my kind of picnics (o; }, the cloud-watching … it’s all so idyllic. Even the standard picnic basket emits a huge amount of cheer. So why not translate those happy feelings into a wedding? We’ve seen the theme carried out in e-shoots time and time again and it works like a charm each time … I’m loving the idea of little quilts spread about a lawn standing in for tables and loads and loads of cozy pillows standing in for the chairs … maybe a spontaneous game of croquet could come about after the cake cutting?”

…quite lovely. You know where to find the highest quality and comfortable blankets for your wedding needs. Start with our Plaid or Houndstooth Luxury Throws and pepper your big day with Serasoft throws or blankets in your wedding theme colors! Your guests will forever recall your romantic moment.

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What the…duck?

Dawson Duck, our Cuddly Buddies® Throw took a trip to Boston, Massachusetts! The duck is the unofficial animal of Boston and is celebrated by the Duck Tours and the Make Way for Ducklings statue in the Public Gardens. Make Way for Ducklings is a children’s picture book by Robert McCloskey about a pair of mallard ducks who raise their babies on the pond in the Garden. Fun fact: the book is the official children’s book of Massachusetts!

Here are some of the fun sights Dawson saw!

Dawson Duck rides the T

Dawson took the green line on the T to get to his favorite city.

Dawson Duck Loves Boston Duck Tours

Today the tourists on the Boston Duck Tours spotted Dawson walking around the city! Quack quack!

Cooling off in the fountain

Ducks sure do love water! Here Dawson is cooling off by the fountain outside the Pru.

Dawson duck with George Washington statue

Dawson loves learning about the history of Boston. His favorite document is the Bill of Rights (bill…get it?). Here he is with the famous George Washington monument in the Boston Public Gardens.

Dawson Duck is ready for a swim in the pond.

I wonder what the real live ducks thought of Dawson…

Dawson Duck with bronze duck statues

Single file please…Dawson thinks he’s one of the bronze duck statues in the Public Gardens!

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Celebrating 2012, Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon Cuddly Buddy

What do you have in common if your age is 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, or 108?

You were born in the Year of the Dragon! (The Chinese Zodiac cycles every 12 years.)

We’re very excited that our newest Cuddly Buddy® throw has finally arrived to help celebrate 2012. The Dragon is a legendary animal and the imperial symbol of the emperor in China. A person born in the Year of the Dragon often known to be highly intelligent and clever. Our little dragon is RED, the color of luck and good fortune…

He’s quite fierce but oh so soft.

You’ll also find more inspiration for Year of the Dragon on our Pinterest board.

                    -Mei


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Dogs love blankets, too

There is a new man in my life. His name is Bodhi and he is sweet, loyal, and never judgmental. My favorite thing about him is his kisses. They are wet and super sloppy. That’s right…he’s a puppy! My best friend just adopted this little guy and he melts my heart! Of course the first thing I had to do was get him his own Berkshire Blanket throw. I got the biggest, fluffiest one I could find, the Oversized Extra-Fluffy Throw Blanket. There is nothing more adorable in the world than his little sleeping face…except for his angelic face snuggled into this blanket!

Because he’s only 7 weeks old, I think he misses his mom, Lilly, sometimes. He has a fantastic human mom, but I wonder if he thinks about Lilly, too.  I like to believe that cuddling with his Fluffy reminds him of the warmth of sleeping under his mom’s belly. He sleeps a lot because he is still growing (just look at the size of his paws – he is going to be a big dog!) and the throw is the perfect cocoon for a nap.

It’s a plus that the Fluffy is so versatile – we use it as a dog blanket for the couch to protect the furniture (because you know they sit there anyway), inside his dog bed, or on the seat of the car, wherever. It’s a great way to “mark” where he is allowed to sleep. And it’s long-lasting, easily washable and dryer-friendly. Pet lovers, a blanket should definitely be on the top of the list for puppy accessories for your four-legged friend.

Here are some pictures of Bodhi napping. Try not to overdose on the cuteness!

Bodhi curled up on his blanketBpdhi is snuggled in with his Berkshire BlanketFluffies are so fun to nap onBodhi is waking up from his nap!

Bodhi says “Woof I love Berkshire Blanket!”

-Stephanie

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