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Established in 1842 Hildreth’s is America’s first and the Hamptons largest in interior and exterior home furnishings and accessories.
Including the largest selection of indoor furniture Hildreth’s carries luxurious bedding, top of the line bath towels, spa essentials, housewares, candles and hostess gifts, table linens, baby cribs, children’s clothing, gifts and toys, area rugs, lamps & lamp shades and even sewing supplies.
With over 80,000 square feet in 3 convenient locations including East Hampton and Southampton Hildreth’s celebrates its 13th generation on the East End of Long Island and being in business since 1842.
Hildreth’s experienced sales staff, designers and decorators offer the best in customer service, the finest in quality products, all for an outstanding value…

Hildreth’s bringing our best to you since 1842.

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Established in 1842 Hildreth's Home Goods is America's oldest and the Hampton's Largest in interior and exterior home furnishings and accessories. You will find everything for any room in and around your house. In our Blog you can read about Home Decor & Design tips, and so much more. add your comments we would love to hear from you!

Most Frequently Asked Question: How to Keep Your White Bed Linens...White

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Of all the questions we get asked, there is one that we know we can expect: how to keep your bed linens as white as the day you bought them. Body oils, sweat, makeup and body products can find their way into the nooks and crannies of those pristine white threads, sticking to them and lending a yellow tone. And that's before the pets and children lend their special patina.

Of all the questions we get asked, there is one that we know we can expect: how to keep your bed linens as white as the day you bought them. Body oils, sweat, makeup and body products can find their way into the nooks and crannies of those pristine white threads, sticking to them and lending a yellow tone. And that's before the pets and children lend their special patina.

Here's our advice to make it better.

If it's yellowing linens that are keeping you up at night (and seriously, they shouldn't) fight every instinct in your body to turn to the bleach.  As counter-intuitive as this may seem, chlorine bleach can react with the oils, sweat, and product on your linens and make them more yellow, not less.  So step away from the bleach and look towards the old-fashioned heroes: baking soda and white vinegar.

Using whatever detergent you normally use add about a half-cup of baking soda at the beginning of the wash cycle. Stand by for the rinse cycle, and pour in a half-cup of the white vinegar.  Don't worry about the smell; it will be gone by the end of the wash.

Side note: We always advise skipping fabric softener, especially liquid fabric softener because it will leave a film on the fabrics that can ruin them if not rinsed repeatedly.  Vinegar and baking soda will naturally soften the fabric, so you won't need them anyway.

 

While too much sun can damage the fibers of your linens, hanging them to air-dry in a sunny spot will further enhance the work of the soda and vinegar.  Sunlight has whitening power, and any stains that may not have come out in the initial wash won't be set from the heat of the dryer.  Plus, drying in fresh air always smells, and feels, so good.

Coffee Table Size Guide

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When you're looking to buy a coffee table, the tape measure will be your new best friend. The dimensions of a coffee table are nearly as important as the shape and style. If a coffee table is too large or too small, the room will feel off because the furniture is out of proportion. You want your room to feel comfortable and cohesive, which can be achieved in part by choosing furniture that is properly sized. We provide three key measurements you'll want to remember in your search for your perfect coffee table.

Height The proper height for a coffee table is the same height as the cushions on your sofa or 1-2 inches lower.

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The proper height for a coffee table is the same height as the cushions on your sofa or 1-2 inches lower.

Length A coffee table should be approximately two-thirds the length of your sofa.

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A coffee table should be approximately two-thirds the length of your sofa.

Placement There should be between 12-18 inches of space between a coffee table and the seating surrounding it.

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There should be between 12-18 inches of space between a coffee table and the seating surrounding it.

Performance fabrics gaining traction

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Performance fabrics provide a way for manufacturers and retailers to differentiate themselves in a crowded market and offer consumers a genuine added value — extra durability, resistance to soil and stains, and easy cleanability being the main characteristics that define performance fabrics for interiors.

"It's a long educational process, of course," said industry veteran Ralph Allen, a partner in sales and marketing firm HomCraft, which represents performance products Sunbrella and Ultrafabrics. "And especially in the residential segment, the performance isn't enough if it doesn't have the color, pattern and soft hand that consumers want."

No problem. That's because suppliers have invested in both technology and design to overcome the stiffness and boring styling that characterized performance fabrics of the past, when they were meant just for outdoor use. They've done such a good job, in fact, that it's virtually impossible to distinguish most performance fabrics, trims and vinyls from their "regular" counterparts.

Now there are chenilles, velvets and boucle constructions as well as plains and flatwoven jacquards. They cost more, naturally, but they also will stay cleaner and fresher, and last longer, than their counterparts.

The challenge is to educate manufacturers and retailers, and ultimately consumers, about how the use of performance fabrics for interior furnishings can improve the quality of their lives — for about $100 more for the average sofa.

One of the best responses to that challenge comes from Wearbest Sil-Tex, which launched its Bella-Dura product a couple of years ago. The company knew it had a product that was stylish, soft and high-performance, but decided to take its show "on the road," creating a hands-on demonstration for its customers to ensure they understood the product and how it worked.

As President and CEO Irwin Gasner said, "As we evolve Bella-Dura with brand extensions, warranty improvements and recycling information, it's vital that all our Bella-Dura partners are kept updated, and continuing education is the only way to do that."

At retail, the key to selling upholstery with performance fabric is presentation, according to Jack Arthur, vice president of merchandising at Norwalk Furniture.

"It all depends on retail presentation," he said, "carefully qualifying the consumer as both needing and wanting a performance fabric and then being able to sell the extra benefits ... to create value at the higher price.

"We work very hard, along with Glen Raven (producer of Sunbrella) to have point-of-sale materials at hand, and to be sure that retail salespeople are trained to make a proper presentation," Arthur said, noting that it's an ongoing challenge because of typically high rates of retail turnover.

Evolving properties

The definition of performance itself is fluid. Whether a fabric is a performance fabric depends on whether it achieves what the user wants, and that can range from easy cleanability to flame-retardancy to antimicrobial properties or embedded scents and moisturizers.

The properties of performance fabric in the apparel industry sound like science fiction, and some of those properties are migrating into fabrics suitable for furniture. For example, fabric and drapery source ADO has combined two of its fabric treatments, ActiBreeze and BioProtect, into its SmartFabrics line, which actually eliminate odors and reduce bacteria in the atmosphere.

"Our customers find it hard to believe until they actually test the product to see if it works," said Walter Herr, executive vice president. "We've had ADO customers test the fabrics with odiferous substances ranging from gasoline to cut onions, and they are always amazed at the results of these fabrics because they truly eliminate the odor."

Although the category has these exotic possibilities, overall the performance story has a firm tradition in residential upholstery. Offerings include the super-durable and cleanable nylon flock velvets, which have become the darling of even some high-end manufacturers for their improved styling, and the microdenier suedes and velvets that have been so important to the industry for the past few years, which also have been heavily marketed at retail as durable and cleanable.

Performance fabrics are important at Rowe Furniture, which offers a collection called WearSmart.

"Rowe's WearSmart handle includes 26 fabrics derived from a combination of technologies," said Stefanie Lucas, president and CEO. "We developed WearSmart to offer a broader range of applications and looks while still providing the stain and wear resistance."

Sunbury Textile Mills offers both Crypton and Sunbrella fabrics, particularly for the upper end.

"We design all our Crypton and Sunbrella fabrics with aesthetics foremost in mind," said Elizabeth Henschel, vice president of design, contract fabrics, at Sunbury. "New Sunbrella boucle yarns add textural interest to bold designs and continue to set the standard for performance and elegance.

"The fiber in our 100% post-consumer polyester Crypton Green fabrics are made entirely from soda bottles, for performance fabrics our customers can feel good about buying," Henschel said.

Rug Breeds

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Learn how to pick the right rug for your space with Annie Selke's rug breed guide. A detailed look at all our rug constructions, from cotton rugs to indoor / outdoor rugs, wool rugs and more!

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The Right Cotton Rug for you!

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Learn how to pick the right cotton rug for your space with this rug breed guide.

Flat Weave Cotton :

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FEATURES & BENEFITS: Durable construction; soft underfoot; lightweight, low profile, and often reversible.

WHERE TO USE: High- and low-traffic spaces; well-used family areas like hallways, bedrooms, and stairs.

HOW IT'S MADE: Cotton yarns make up the warp and weft of these hand-woven, basic-loom-weave rugs. Stripes and pattern run the length or width of the rug.

CARE:
•  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best.
•  As woven rugs settle, a stray piece of yarn may pop up. This is perfectly normal. Do not cut the yarn; simply tuck and pull it back through the underside of the rug.
•  Small rugs may be hand washed gently in cold water; professional cleaning is recommended for larger area rugs.
•  Do not machine wash, bleach or tumble dry.

Woven Jacquard Cotton:

FEATURES & BENEFITS: Durable construction; soft underfoot; lightweight, low profile, and often reversible. WHERE TO USE: High- and low-traffic spaces; well-used family areas like hallways, bedrooms, and stairs. HOW IT'S MADE: Cotton yarns make up the warp and weft of these hand-woven, basic-loom-weave rugs. Stripes and pattern run the length or width of the rug. CARE: •  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best. •  As woven rugs settle, a stray piece of yarn may pop up. This is perfectly normal. Do not cut the yarn; simply tuck and pull it back through the underside of the rug. •  Small rugs may be hand washed gently in cold water; professional cleaning is recommended for larger area rugs. •  Do not machine wash, bleach or tumble dry.

FEATURES & BENEFITS: Durable construction; soft underfoot; lightweight, low profile, and often reversible.

WHERE TO USE: High- and low-traffic spaces; well-used family areas like hallways, bedrooms, and stairs.

HOW IT'S MADE: Cotton yarns make up the warp and weft of these hand-woven, basic-loom-weave rugs. Stripes and pattern run the length or width of the rug.

CARE:
•  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best.
•  As woven rugs settle, a stray piece of yarn may pop up. This is perfectly normal. Do not cut the yarn; simply tuck and pull it back through the underside of the rug.
•  Small rugs may be hand washed gently in cold water; professional cleaning is recommended for larger area rugs.
•  Do not machine wash, bleach or tumble dry.

Large Hook Cotton:

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FEATURES & BENEFITS: Cushy, springy feel; high profile, with an eye-catching looped construction.

WHERE TO USE: Their cushy and comfortable feel underfoot makes these rugs perfect for both living rooms and bedrooms.

HOW IT'S MADE: Woven from recycled jersey fabric with large hooks. Cotton canvas back, attached with latex.

CARE:
•  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best.
•  As woven rugs settle, a stray piece of yarn may pop up. This is perfectly normal. Any loose loops can be trimmed flush with the rug pile without causing any damage.
•  For bigger messes, we recommend professional cleaning only.

Cotton /Viscose Woven Cotton :

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FEATURES & BENEFITS: Viscose-blend rugs offer the same lush feel underfoot as silk.

WHERE TO USE: The delicate fibers of viscose-blend rugs are best suited for low-traffic, gently used rooms only such as the office, master bedroom, or living room. Not suitable for homes with children and pets.

HOW IT'S MADE: A multi-step, intricate hands-on process, hand-loom knotted yarns are spun and dyed and hand-woven, then sheared by hand, giving a distressed look.

CARE:
•  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best.
•  Avoid exposure to moisture of any kind, as this may cause permanent staining.
•  Using water of any kind on these rugs may cause damage.
•  For bigger messes, we recommend professional cleaning onl

Cotton Hand Knotted:

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FEATURES & BENEFITS: Plush feel; durable construction.

WHERE TO USE: This rug is an ideal backdrop for your master bedroom, family room, or dining room.

HOW IT'S MADE: Cotton and wool are first knotted and then sheared by hand, which creates a plush feel, unique mottled appearance, and excellent durability.

CARE:
•  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best.
•  Some shedding may occur with all hand-knotted rugs. Use a low setting when vacuuming to minimize shedding If shedding still occurs, professional cleaning can help remove loose fibers.
•  For bigger messes, we recommend professional cleaning only.

Cotton Chenille:

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FEATURES & BENEFITS: Soft and plush; low profile, reversible.

WHERE TO USE: Low- to medium-traffic areas, such as guest rooms, hallways, and home offices.

HOW IT'S MADE: A combination of cotton and cotton chenille gives these woven rugs their plush look and feel. The dye is hand pressed onto piles of yarn in a striped pattern, and the dyed yarn is then spun onto cones for weaving, where it makes up the warp of these basic-loom- weave rugs. The dyed portions of the yarn are staggered on the warp to create the pattern.

CARE:
•  Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake will keep these rugs looking their best.
•  As woven rugs settle, a stray piece of yarn may pop up. This is perfectly normal. Do not cut the yarn; simply tuck and pull it back through the underside of the rug.
•  For bigger messes, we recommend professional cleaning only.

Want to know how to make a bed like a luxury hotel?

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1. EURO SHAM

The Euro Sham, often referred to as a Square Sham, is a large decorative covering finished with flanges around all four edges and a tuck flap in the back. Two large (26x 26) Euro Shams are typically placed at the back of the bed behind the shams and sets the backdrop for the bed. Euro Shams are sold individually and are designed to fit with our Euro pillow fillers.

2. SHAM

A decorative pillow covering with flanges around all four edges and tuck flap in the back. Available in standard (used for queen bedding) and king sizes.

3. Pillowcase

A functional pillow covering with an opening on one side to easily insert and remove pillow and used for sleeping pillows. Pillowcases are available in standard (used for our standard and queen pillow fillers) and king sizes.

4. Decorative Pillow

A Decorative Pillow, also referred to as a Cushion, is a square pillow with a button, flap or zip closure and without flanges around the edges. The Decorative Pillow often sits as the centerpiece of the bed. Use for a pop of color or pattern to your bed.

5. Sheet Set

A bed linen ensemble consisting of bottom sheet, top sheet and either two shams or pillowcases. Bottom Sheets come fitted (unless otherwise noted) with elasticized corners for a snug fit around the mattress. Top Sheets are flat sheets that are placed on top of your fitted sheet and beneath your duvet cover and/or light quilt.

6. Duvet Cover

Enveloping the comforter/filler, the Duvet Cover is an ornamental top of the bed covering, finished with buttons for closure.  Often the focal point of your bed, a Duvet Cover in an all-over jacquard brings color and interest into the bedroom.

7. Light Quilt

The lightest layer on the bed the Light Quilt is fashioned in embroidered cotton or mixed silk jacquard, providing decorative texture, warmth and comfort.  Light Quilts add a hint of opulence to the bedding ensemble. In warmer climates, these precious pieces can take the place of heavier duvets.

8. Bedspread

Layered underneath the duvet cover and also known as a coverlet, the Bedspread, rests over the top sheet and reaches to the floor. The Bedspread is often used as the sleeping blanket if the duvet is turned down for the night.  Choose a contrasting color that coordinates back to your duvet cover and fold the duvet cover three-quarters of the way down on the bed to showcase the piece and create an enchanting layered effect.

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The beauty you desire the performance you require.

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The beauty you desire the performance you require. Introducing Kid Proof Fabrics

Kid Proof was created with the modern family in mind. Having to sacrifice what you really want because of sticky fingers, crayons, or an occasional spilled glass of juice is now a thing of the past.

Kid Proof offers the largest selection of performance fabrics in the market with a focus on durability, cleanability and beauty.

Stain Resistant

All Kid Proof fabrics inherently resist virtually all stains and spills. Treat stains quickly by first blotting the trouble area with a clean damp cloth which in most cases will remove the majority of the stain.

Durable Construction

All Kid Proof fabrics meet and exceed Industry standards for durability. They are constructed to meet high wearability standards, combining durable fibers and heavy duty construction.

Liquid Repellancy

*Some Kid Proof fabrics are designed to repel liquids. The occasional spilled glass of juice or coffee will simply bead and puddle up on the surface allowing you to hand blot with a clean cloth.

Odor Resistance

*Some Kid Proof fabrics are designed with Silver Ion Technology which helps resist microbial development thus inhibiting odor causing bacteria.

UV & Fade Resistance

*Some Kid Proof fabrics are saturated with highly UV stable pigments providing the ultimate protection towards the degrading effects of sunlight. Consider this if your furniture will be exposed to high levels of ultraviolet sunlight because all fabrics have the potential to fade under these conditions.

Upholstery pilling

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A pill is a small ball of fibers that form on the face of a piece of fabric.  It is caused by abrasion on the surface of the fabric, and is considered an unsightly occurrence on furniture.

What causes pilling?

Loose fibers have a natural tendency to move to the surface of a piece of fabric, where they are subject to friction, which causes them to twist together into small balls.  Fibers that are still secured to the fabric are also twisted into the ball, so that the pill is secured to the surface of the material.

Friction is caused in the normal course of people using the furniture, rubbing against the surface of the fabric.  Laundering also causes friction – washing machines agitate fabric, causing the surfaces to rub together.

Pilling is more noticeable on man-made fibers.  This is mainly because natural fabrics shed loose fibers easily and less noticeably, while man-made fibers are notoriously strong, so the pills are anchored strongly to the fabric.

Should I send the fabric back?

It is important to note that pilling is not a fabric defect or fault, and is not covered under warranty.  It can be compared to the shedding experienced when purchasing new carpet – think about the way carpet behaves when newly installed, as there are constantly new loose fibers coming to the surface over the first few months of use.  This is completely normal and will reduce once the excess fibers are gone.

Consumers are sometimes concerned that pilling means that the fabric is wearing away and disintegrating – this is not the case.  Pilling is a normal occurrence caused by wear and tear, and does not affect the durability or functionality of the fabric.  It is easily removable.

How do I remove pilling?

The quickest and most cost effective approach is to use a battery operated pill shaver to remedy the situation.  These small, cheap appliances are available in most sewing stores or online.  A pill comb is also effective, and performs the same task manually.

If pilling reoccurs, it can simply be shaved off again.  This may occur several times, but the pilling will diminish and eventually cease once the excess fibers are removed.

 Can I buy fabric that doesn’t pill?

Since all fabrics will pill to some extent, the possibility of it happening should not be a main concern when choosing an upholstery fabric.

However, there are fabrics that are less likely to pill.  Some are treated or coated during the manufacturing process to adhere excess fiber to the surface of the fabric.  Some are also put through a singeing process, which quickly burns the excess surface fibers away.

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Smooth, tightly woven fabrics and fabrics made from tightly twisted yarns are less likely to pill, because the fibers are held tightly in the cloth.

When a fabric is made from more than one fiber type, where one fiber is strong and one is weak (for example, poly cotton) pilling will be more noticeable, because the weaker fiber wears and breaks, while the stronger fiber holds the pills to the cloth.

 Ultimately, if you notice that your furniture is developing pills, don’t be alarmed.  It is easily remedied and does not mean your furniture is made of poor quality fabric.

Modern or Contemporary: What's the Difference?

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For the majority of us, describing an interior style as modern or contemporary can be fraught with confusion, especially if you're not aware of the differences between the two.  Who would? Unless you've studied some form of art, history or culture, chancesare you hear the word modern and the word contemporary and think it's one in the same. 

In a nutshell, one term relates to a historic design movement, and the other is an adjective used to define a style.  The emphasis really lies in whether we use the word "modern" or "Modern" as well, just to throw another spanner in the works.  So I want to help break it all down a little, look at some comparisons through iconic furniture pieces and make the concept of the two a little more palatable.  The next time you walk into that designer furniture showroom, you'll be talking the talk and making well-informed decisions. 

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Buying a Sofa

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You may have an idea of what you like when you begin to shop for a sofa.  There are many things to consider however before making that purchase, as many options exist as well as many price ranges.

Cushions may come in foam, down, down wrap/down blend, there are also alternatives to down, cushions may have coils/springs.  Back pillows can be attached, semi-attached, scattered.  construction can be drop in coil units, or 8 to 10 way hand tied.  Softer cushions may seat you closer to the ground causing you to have to pull yourself up and out of a sofa, where firmer cushions tend to seat you higher.  Depths (seat from front to back) vary with sofas, taller people are usually comfortable in deeper seating.  There are slipcovers you can choose, skirted sofas, non -skirted, upholstered sofas, even collage sofas.  Order a contrast welt for a different look, or 5" fringe for a more traditional dramatic effect. 

Stop in, play musical chairs, let us assess your needs and help you find what suits you best.