Floor cushions are a new way to entertain

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photo from Pinterest

Floor cushions aren’t just for your dog and Japanese restaurants anymore! One of the latest crazes in home décor offers a new way to entertain, a comfortable way to watch a movie, and a colorful way to decorate. I’ve spotted floor cushions everywhere from textile shows in Paris, showrooms and shop windows in New York, ski lodges in Maine, to Baby boutiques in Boston. My favorite purchases are items that offer fun, function, comfort and fashion all in one… and these cushions definitely fit the bill.

-Meghan

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Warmth that’s right for the season

As we get ready for spring, many people do their spring cleaning.   One part of that ritual includes changing out their bed linens. I have found there are three categories for my bed linens, which makes it easy to distinguish which items to use during specific months.  Maybe you will find this helpful, too!

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Lightweight warmth: These include my lightweight fleece, cottons and bamboo blankets.  I use these the most during the summer months here in New England.  These are the perfect layering piece.  Add a super soft cotton sheet and you have the perfect recipe for restful slumber!

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All season warmth: These include my fleece blankets and my plush blankets.  I use these during spring and fall as a great layering piece between my sheet and thin coverlet.  The layers provide a great cozy warm bed for my tired old bones and  if I get too warm I can peel back a layer.

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Heavyweight warmth: these include my heavy weight fleece, down alternative and down filled comforters, and filled blankets.  These are used during the colder months as my top of bed bedding.  I love to have a plush and super soft bed to dive into during the winter months.

One more amazing feature these blankets offer is the fact that the fleece blankets now come in beautiful prints or deep rich colors, and the cotton and bamboo blankets are now available in a wide array of weaves. This makes the blanket not only functional, but a decorative top of bed piece.

I love any reason to freshen up the look of my bedroom!

-Marlene


			
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Inspired by: Damask

Chair w throw and damask pillow

As a designer, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration. One of our newest prints, Maison Damask, was created after I took a recent trip to Boston with some friends. As we walked through the lobby of our hotel, the damask wallpaper instantly caught my attention. The beautiful floral silhouettes, intricate textures and metallic accents gave this traditional pattern a great updated look.

When I got back to the office, I designed a damask print that would look great on our throws and pillows, and I used colors from the palettes we created for our Maison&Objet trade show in Paris.

Check out the different colors below!  Each of them would be a trendy accent to update a room, but my favorite is the purple/berry combination!  Which Maison Damask print would you like to see on one of our cozy throws?

-Nicole

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The print I created.

Damask pillow in berry

Here in the final product, a berry Damask pillow!

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Behind the Scenes at the Forever Safe photoshoot

Here is a behind the scenes look at the photoshoot we held for Forever Safe(TM), our new baby blanket and clothing line with stripes of pure silver to keep fabrics fresh and clean. With all these babies around, it was like an overdose on cuteness!

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Who knew this set would be so comfy?

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Shout out to the amazing photographers at Coppola Studios, who made all the magic happen!

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“Momma, I love this bedding!” Definitely what he was saying.

You can shop for Forever Safe on our website. It’s the first of its kind in American baby wear that actually keeps fabric safer for the little ones who need it most. As the industry leader, we gave you this technology first. Forever Safe products are woven with revolutionary X-STATIC® 99.9% pure silver that protects fabric from bacteria, odor, and allergens such as mold and mildew.

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Inside Look at Forever Safe – NEW! for baby

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From the designer…

We just started a new line called Forever Safe(TM) for toddler and babies. Having two kids of my own, I was excited to be chosen as the designer who got to work on these great new products. Forever Safe products are created with a fabric that has natural silver stripes with antimicrobial properties. The X-STATIC® 99.9% pure silver knitted into the fabric protects it from bacteria, odor, and allergens such as mold and mildew. This is a cutting-edge product that has the same look and feel of traditional textiles while offering the benefits of silver. One huge benefit is that silver helps keep body temperature steady and will keep your baby warm. Being a mom from Massachusetts, I know this would be a great help with our cold New England nights. But no matter where you live, you can keep your baby snuggled up in a wearable blanket with a matching baby blanket, while he’s sleeping on a crib sheet. When I know that my baby is warm, I sleep better at night myself.

One of the hardest jobs as a parent is keeping your kids healthy. Having two children in preschool, it seems like someone is always getting sick…whether it be a cold or the newest bug being spread around. The Forever Safe fabric has an inadequate living area for bacteria and will help protect the garment or blanket. How I would love to keep them bundled up in this all the time!

My favorite thing on the weekend is getting up with the kids and sipping my coffee while they have some milk and watch their favorite cartoons while wrapped in their blankets. My son always brings his teddy bear, and my daughter has her duck. We all squeeze together on the couch. We get cozy and watch some cartoons or a movie. Now they can stay warm, and healthier, too. And at night they can get cozy with their toddler blanket and read their favorite books.

Out of all the products, my favorite is the Soft Bear and Blankie Gift Set. It contains a perfect bear to start out your little one’s collection of stuffed animals, and the blankie can strap right to the stroller to prevent this from falling and getting dirty. My husband and I spend more time looking for the kids special blankets than anything else in the day…seriously!

Forever Safe products will give any new mom or dad peace of mind.

What do you think of it? Share your opinion and let me know if you have any questions I can answer.

 -Shannon

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Blankets

Cute children’s story ideas centered around blankets.

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I should have made this a BYOB storytime (Bring Your Own Blanket) but forgot to tell the parents ahead of time.  Darn!

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Sign Language:  “Blanket”  – we repeated this word often.

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book:  Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori

Rhyme: Fuzzy Blanket

I have a fuzzy blanket
To snuggle in at night
I wrap it all around me
And pull it warm and tight!

Rhyme from Sunflower Storytime

Felt Board:  I Once Had a Blanket

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).
I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).
I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______…

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Non-committal color for the color-phobe

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Spring is right around the corner! It is the perfect time to do the spring cleaning and update your home’s interior. But what if you aren’t ready to commit to a new style?

I have been thinking about repainting the walls in my house, but I am a” color-phobic.” I have lived in my house for over 20 years, and to this day, the walls are still white. I want to update the look of the parlor and the spare bedroom without going into debt. I found the perfect solution that will not break the bank or cause me to wake up and cry every day with regret.

For the parlor I selected a BRIGHT colored throw blanket to add a splash of visual interest and warmth to the room. The throw is lightweight and can be draped over the edge of the chair or couch, which gives it an updated  look. For the spare bedroom I folded another throw across the middle of the bed to pump the style up and color the room. It’s a win-win; I get an updated look without having to be married to the wall color. I can mix up the throws and change them anytime.

A few more suggestions to update a room:

-Move the furniture around to give it a new look.
-Switch out some of your lamp shades for a new color.
-Change out your old Berkshire soft throw with a new color or even a new fabrication. It’s a great time to take the old Serasoft® throw and replace it with a lighter weight fleece.

-Marlene

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Using an Inspiration Piece to Choose Paint

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This blanket is my inspiration object for my new painting project.

Deciding on what color to paint a wall can be a real commitment and daunting task. Yet, painting can be a great way to refresh a room. I like to start with a favorite object, fabric, or inspiration piece that I plan to have in the room.  It’s much easier to find paint that coordinates with your inspiration piece than hunt down one that “might” work with the walls. Although, we all get lucky sometimes. I’ve had this beautiful embroidered Serenelle throw with Smokey Aqua florals…and I’ve been in an oceanic grey blue mood, so I think I’ve got it narrowed down to the right color for my next project.

 -Mei

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Plant me, I’m ready.

Green things

Color watch: green.

To me green is…

The melting of the snow and a sprig of spring shooting up from the ground.

Driving in the country and pulling over to pet two cheerful donkeys.

The sanctuary of a Green Zen garden.

Wearing a beautiful deep sea sheer, ethereal blouse.

Deep green lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice alongside sesame balls.

…For now a sesame colored chair and deep green throw reminds me of all those things, so I can bring nature inside.

Will you be inspired by green?

-Maryellen

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Trash Turned Treasure

It’s often been said, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This statement could not be more true. There is nothing more exhilarating than finding a piece of furniture on the side of the road or at your local Salvation Army! It’s the hunt and the unknown behind someone else’s trash that makes it my treasure.

It was a challenge a year ago when I moved into my apartment on a shoe-string budget with no furniture. How was I going to afford the trendy nightstands that you see in magazines? Oh and that cute accent chair with the perfect throw draped over it? That’s when I started scavenging local flea markets, tag sales, and thrift shops to find the perfect pieces that were budget friendly.

-Emily

Repainted nightstand

Above is a solid wood table that I found at thrift store for $2.00. Check out this before and after…With a little TLC, this table went from drab to fab, making the perfect night stand!

Nightstand bedroom

Pictured above is the nightstand in my bedroom (thrift shop)-$2, Mason jar with plant, antique enamel lamp (local antique shop)-$16, old gold frames painted black with old family photos of my grandparents, and my snuggly Berkshire Blanket comforter.

German enamel dish

A little enamel painted dish my mother gave me years ago that was made in Germany.

Refinished second nightstand

Nightstand refinished to match the other side table by my bed (thrift shop) $2, Basket, glass vase with plant cutting, gold pineapple lamp, wooden framed mirror (tag sale) $2.

Vintage find chair

Above is by far my most favorite find and true bargain! A Danish chair with official marking – (local flea market) $12, Houndstooth throw $10 (Berkshire Blanket Outlet Store), Antique wooden bucket with magazines (my grandmothers), Pillow-brand new with tags (thrift store) $3.

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