Going Down……………

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There are two sides to every story –
the inside and the outside.

Goose down. Feather blends. Thread count. Fill power. Baffles. Choosing comforters and pillows can be, well, a little baffling. But as with any decision, a little information goes a long way. Here are some simple definitions that will help you send your customers home with the right product.

 

What’s on the Inside

The soul of every comforter is what we call the “fill.” All Cloud Nine comforters and sleep pillows are filled with goose down or amazingly soft and down-like synthetics. Our decorator pillows and feather beds are filled with various blends of down, feathers and synthetic fibers. In every case our fills are of exceptional quality and purity.

Down: the insulating fluff found under the chest feathers of waterfowl. Soft, nearly weightless clusters radiate in all directions from a central point and interlock to trap air. It’s the air that keeps you warm.

Types of down: generally, the colder the climate and the longer the goose is allowed to mature, the larger and warmer the down clusters. We offer four different types of goose down to bring you the best mix of price points. Each of our down comforters and sleep pillows can be ordered in any of these four down types.

White Goose Down: 550 fill power
Hungarian Goose Down: 650 fill power
Polish Goose Down*: 750 fill power
Siberian Goose Down*: 800 fill power
(* hypoallergenic)

Feathers: the outer plumage of waterfowl. Feather filaments radiate side-to-side from a tubular central quill for a flat, two-dimensional appearance, a firmer, springier texture and significantly less ability to trap air.

Fill weight: the ounces of fill in a comforter. This choice will depend on the size of the comforter, the style of construction, the fill power of the down, the preferred warmth and the desired look and price point. On our price/spec sheet we offer several recommendations that achieve appropriate balances of all these elements. Of course, you may request any fill weight you like.

Fill power: the standard that tells us the number of cubic inches filled by each ounce of down. The more space an ounce of down takes up (that is, the more air it entraps), the more warmth it offers per ounce.

Down and Feather Blends: a variety of blends for various purposes and budgets. Generally, the more down, the softer and fluffier the pillow; the more feathers, the firmer and springier the pillow.

Duck down/feathers
Goose down/feathers
10/90
10/90
25/75
25/75
50/50
50/50

Synthetic Fibers:

Ideal for customers who may be allergic to down. These innovative new synthetics are more like down than ever before.

Nirvana: the highest quality synthetic fill available today. It closely simulates the softness, fluidity and loft of down because the fiber is formed in small individual clusters that can be blown into a tick.

Heavenly: similar to Nirvana but slightly batted (combed together), it can still be blown, like down, into a tick.

Natural and Synthetic Blends:

Our Feather Cloud™ blends offer the best of both worlds — the natural texture of feathers and down with the exceptional softness and resilience of the new synthetics.
Feather Cloud I™: 50% Heavenly synthetic fill; 50% our 10/90 blend of duck down/feathers.
Feather Cloud II™: 50% Heavenly synthetic fill; 50% our 25/75 blend of duck down/feathers.

 

What’s on the Outside

People often say, “it’s what’s inside that counts.” In the case of a comforter or pillow, the externals can be just as important. The quality of fabric and the engineering methods used to enclose a comforter or pillow can enhance or undermine its ability to loft, insulate, breathe and last.

Tick: the fabric sack that contains the fill of a comforter or pillow.

Ticking: the fabric the tick is made of. All Cloud Nine comforter and pillow ticks are made with down-proof natural fabrics of exceptional quality with a high thread count and luxurious hand.

Egyptian cotton: long-staple cotton fibers with exceptional strength and luster. Since it requires very fine, smoothly-spun threads to achieve a high thread count, Egyptian cotton is ideal for weaving ticking fabrics that are exceptionally lightweight, lustrous, down-proof and long-wearing.

Silk: a natural fiber known for its luster, strength and luxurious hand. We have blended silk with cotton for added comfort and elegance.

Thread count: the total number of threads per square inch. This includes both warp and weft threads. The higher the thread count, the more closely woven the fabric and the more down-proof the fabric. Cloud Nine uses fabrics with thread counts as high as 1020.

Weave: the pattern formed by the warp threads crossing the weft threads.
Plain weave: a simple flat weave that is smooth to the touch, with no special
decorative effect.

Satin or sateen weave: a lustrous finish created by threads that float across the surface of the fabric.

Twill weave: a diagonal surface texture (like denim). Generally thicker and heavier than a plain weave, twill makes an ideal tick for feather fills.

Tick Construction:

Open-flow construction: lets you move the down around inside the tick,
adjusting the warmth for different parts of the body and different seasons.
(It’s a great advantage if one partner likes more warmth than another.)
Contained-flow construction: fully encloses each section to keep the down evenly distributed throughout the comforter.

Baffled construction: the tick has interior walls (baffles) that keep the
two layers of ticking lifted apart to allow for greater loft.
Stitched-through construction: two layers of ticking are stitched directly
together. Both baffled and stitched-through ticks can be
made in open-flow or contained-flow styles.

Cloud Nine Tick Styles:

Baffle Box: contained-flow baffled construction. Allows the highest
possible loft while keeping the down evenly distributed.
(See our Venetian and Super Nova comforters.)
Karo Step: open-flow stitched-through construction in a zigzag configuration.
Down moves freely within the tick, allowing easy adjustment of fill.
(See our Eclipse comforter.)
Baffle Channel: baffled construction that allows
end-to-end adjustment of fill.
(See our Snuggle Puff.)

Bedding Accessories

SWEET DREAMS

Every outfit deserves the right accessories, including your bed.

CASHMERE BLANKETS Cuddle up under MUSE’s  luxe Naga cashmere blankets.  Or go natural under Homesource’s Bamboo Quilted Down Blanket.

ACCENT PILLOWS Try Anichini’s raw silk boudoir pillow in spicy citrine with beaded fringe ($365) or an oversized crimson-and-gold brocade cushion with tassels ($430).

LUXE THROWS  Try Anichini, Muse, or Oyuna- all on www.goredean.com

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Favorites for Spring

I love new linen for Spring!  Just anything that smells and looks new against the warming sky.  No velvets and chenilles for me after April 1. I want cotton and linen- even if i do have to run to the linen closet for a blanket every now and then. 

A new line of linen “packages” is being offered. You get everything but the sheets and you know I sell those too!
For the past 15 years, this woman-owned company has designed and produced beautiful bedding defined by quality, spirit, and a modern sensibility. Their fabrics are rich and sophisticated, the  colors are fresh and unexpected, and the  styling is unique. They too are proud and committed to manufacturing in America. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Couture sewing is at the foundation of their designs. All of the work is crafted with integrity by experienced sewers who love to sew. Every detail is important to them, from the most elaborate piecing to the simplest seam.

for more styles and pricing: go to www.goredean.com and click onto bed linens.

The Mia Package
The Mia Package

 

The Trudie Package
The Trudie PackageThe Pandora Package
The Pandora package
The Pandora package

 

PLUS- Old Favorites for the Bath

52 Colors in towels, rugs and shower
52 Colors in towels, rugs and shower

100% Very long-staple, very fine cotton 600 GSM Exceptionally soft, super absorbent, quick drying, no linting. 100% natural ( no chemicals used except eco-friendly azo free dyes). Rated Best Cotton Towel by Real Simple Magazine, June/July 2002. Machine washable.

WELCOME

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Welcome to the GoreDean Blog!

When I am in one of the GoreDean stores, I am always asked the most interesting questions.  And since the Blog has been up; things have only gotten better.  Feel free to click at the bottom of any article to leave a questions or comment.

ABOUT  GORE DEAN:

Our primary function at Gore Dean is to put together a collection of the finest things we know to be out there in the marketplace for your home- regardless of price.  If everything looks expensive when you walk in or browse the cataglog; then we have done our job.  But check those tags- not only do we go out of our way to find the affordable but we make it practical and in good taste for years of enjoyment.

We buy primarily from WOMEN OWNED businesses and from companies that can proudly claim. “MADE IN AMERICA” .  I could not be in a business that had no purpose…and I could not feel more strongly about keeping jobs in this Country. That is why all GoreDean brand upholstery is made here, as well as many of our fabrics.  When you buy from GoreDean, you are buying the best upholstered furniture available and it is helping save a skill and jobs right here at home.

LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE.  If you can find anything in our stores advertised elsewhere for a lower price; we will match that price and give you 10% off another item in the store.  You just can’t beat our prices – in the stores and on-line.

If you would like a rudimentary appraisal or want to know what an antique piece was used for…just send a photo (goredean@aol.com) and I will post the answer here.   If you have a decorating dilemna – send a photo and I will give you my best advice and maybe another decorator reading this might chime in as well.  Don’t be shy about suggesting products or stores for readers to try. In the meantime,  do something fabulous !            DEB

PS. My first Helpful Hint is to check out  www.goredeanTODAYONLY.com and treat yourself to a 50% percent discount every day.

Laundering Fine Linen

 There has been a lot written in the last few years about “thread count” in sheets and the quality that it represents. You seldom read that thread counts differ country to country or that the type of thread used is more important than the number. So we will dispense with the subject and concentrate on how to care for linens that are an ” investment”. Everyone’s pocket book is defferent, but everyone knows the difference between linens that are worth taking care of and the ones you know will not be in your closet two years from now.

Good linens can last for thirty years with the proper handling. Thay can withstand childern, dogs and champagne in bed if they are cared for. However it is important to realize first how they are constructed and to know the difference between what should be expected to withstand wear and what will never be able to last beyond summer camp or a year in a college dorm.

Linens are constructed on a grid; horizontal threads and vertical threads. If the threads are pure cotton and not cotton peices, they should be able to withstand a great deal of wear.  If however, you cut into the grid to make a fitted bottom sheet, you cut dramatically the strength of the weave and the sheet will tear. So the first rule of sheeting: ALWAYS USE A FLAT BOTTOM SHEET.  And because stains and wear are usually sustained by the bottom sheet, I always recommend purchasing a second bottom sheet.  In a set that can cost into the hundreds and thousands of dollars, this is a good investment. If you can use sheets nicely for 30 years or pass them on to your children as an heirloom; you have actually saved yourself money.

The care of sheeting, however, is a bigger challenge than the expense. Though lesser quality sheets give us the freedom to go from dryer to bed, beautiful sheets from Leron, Anichini, Frette, and Gayle Warwick look their best when ironed. I have been called in to replace lovely sheets that the owner thought were dowdy, when all that was required was an iron for them to look as they did the day they came home.  Ironing sheets is a chore,  but for this excercise, let’s say it’s worth it.

TO LAUNDER SHEETING:

1.  Machine was in warm water, not hot.

2.  Wash in the gentle cycle.

3.  Use a mild detergent Do not use bleach, stain removers or detergents with a “bluing” agent or lightener. Always dilute your detergent or pour it into the automatic dispenser, never directly on the sheets.

4.   Fabric softeners are not necessary. Save the money.

5.  If you cannot air dry ( does anybody do that anymore?). Put your sheets on the lowest possible setting of the dryer. It is the dryer that causes the most damage to good linens. Remove the linens while they are still slightly damp and place them on a bed or rod. It is very damaging to repeatedly dry them in a dryer.  It breaks down the cotton and the fabric becomes dull and brittle.

6.  Try and leave the linens somewhere flat before pressing. It makes it so much easier to iron. Try and iron when the linens are slightly damp, if possible. And pressing from the underside of a pattern is better, just like clothing.

7. Store your linens in an airy place. Don’t place in plastic. Fold them simply and store.

8. If your sheeting has a monogram, iron it from the underside onto a terry cloth towel so that the monogram stays three dimensional and doesn’t flatten out over time.

Good luck! And remember that a cup of white vinegar in the rinse water will remove all soapy residue and leave your fabrics smelling better than any product on the market.

If you own expensive sheets and don’t want to launder them yourself, Anichini Fine Linens recommends BlancPlume 1-800-307-0229 for a professional water cleaning.  If you use a professional laundry service, copy these instructions and ask them to follow these guidelines. For any further help, feel free to comment on this site or contact us through www.goredean.com