At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For last year’s down coat: Your puffer is out of summer storage and looks flat as a board. Hang it in the bathroom during a steamy shower to let it reinflate. Or briefly toss it in the dryer with a few clean tennis balls.

For DIY leg warmers: We all have at least one chunky cable-knit sweater that we’ve outgrown. Cut the sleeves off the body and voilà! Homemade leg warmers for your boots.

For your morning coffee: Put butter in it. The pioneer of this “bulletproof” style of coffee claims it offers a daylong buzz (sans dreaded afternoon crash).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 13, 2014

Bedtime Story: How The Company Store Got Its Start

If you cocoon yourself in these color-happy comforters and down blankets every night, then you know all about the dreamy softness that is The Company Store. But, do you know how it all began? Before you snuggle up, take a second to find out.

How The Company Store Got Its Start

For 103 years, this sleep authority has been crafting premium bedding from its very own factory in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Rooted by values passed down from Scandinavian ancestors, natural cotton and large-cluster down abound. Today? Those same standards (updated with head-turning hues) still keep us cozy.

The Company Store Boutique opens Thursday, July 17, at 3PM ET.

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July 17, 2014

Feel for Fall: 3 Bed & Bath Essentials for Chillier Months

Soon enough, you’ll be shopping for new boots and pulling out those wooly sweaters. Give the bed and bath the same changeup. Then when that first brisk day hits, you’ll be completely prepped.

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Cashmere Throws
A comforter substitute during warm nights. Come winter? Every couch’s closest companion. Also, they’re cashmere. Enough said.

Down-Alternative Pillows
Hosting guests this fall? These pillows are insulating, machine washable, and ideal for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers. Hello, four-star review.

100% Cotton Towels
Synthetics sacrifice absorbency in favor of shine. As the temps drop, ensure your bath linens are all natural – you’ll dry in seconds.

The End-of-Season White Sale Boutique opens Friday, August 16, at 3PM ET.

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August 16, 2013

Rue Cheat Sheet: Demystifying the Comforter

While your own terms for the perfect comforter – as fluffy as can be – are pretty straightforward, a comforter doesn’t always describe itself so simply. From warmth levels to fill power, use this quick cheat sheet to ensure that you’re investing in the sound-sleep staple that best fits your needs (marathon cuddle fests most certainly included).

Level 1 Warmth: This warmth level is best for late spring through early fall, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 65°F and 69°F.

Level 2 Warmth: Best for fall through spring, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 62°F and 65°F.

Light Warmth: For additional winter warmth, layer this weight atop any heavier comforter. Also great for primary use in late spring through early fall (or if a room’s temperature is kept between 69°F and 72°F).

Fill Power: Fill power is a gauge of down’s warmth. Fill power measures the amount of space an ounce of down takes up, measured in cubic inches. Higher numbers indicate more warmth. Fluffier comforters usually fall somewhere within the 600–800 scale.

Thread Count: The higher a fabric’s thread count is, the lighter the fabric will be. In the case of a comforter, this helps keep it featherlight and fluff-able.

Loft: A fancy word for “puffy.”

Construction: The style in which a comforter is stitched makes all the difference in its fluff factor. A box stitch, for example, is a checkered pattern of stitching (it creates a quilted appearance). By isolating fill into singular boxes, it stays spread out across the comforter (instead of gathering in just one spot).

Now that you know your stuff (ha ha), be sure to check out our Cuddledown Bedding & Loungewear Boutique, opening Wednesday, November 7, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 7, 2012