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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…

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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!

How to Place a Rug in a Room

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Before you start looking at new area rugs (or reimagining the placement of old ones) take the full length and width measurements of the entire room, then the length and width of measurements of the area you’re trying to define—for instance, a seating area with a coffee table and chairs, or a bed with a pair of nightstands.  This will help you determine the size of rug you’ll need to pull together different spaces within the room. Then follow these tried-and-true decorating recommendations:

Living Room

1. Choose an area rug that’s big enough to fit underneath all furniture. This is especially helpful (and impressive) in large living rooms, to keep the proportions similar and avoid the look of “floating” furniture. Some designers go by the 18-inch rule, leaving approximately this much bare floor between the edges of the rug and the walls, but we think you can go even smaller, particularly in smaller rooms.

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2. Go for a rug that’s large enough to rest under the front legs of all major furniture—sofa, love seat, armchairs. We love this look, which instantly unifies seating areas, in most living rooms. If the room is divided into two seating area, you can get even more creative. Just use the same under-the-front legs arrangement, but pick two different rugs in the same color palette.

3. Avoid the “postage stamp.” These area rugs—typically 3’ x 5’ and smaller—can accommodate a coffee table and maybe the legs of an armchair, but nothing else, and wind up looking wildly out of proportion. That said, if you have a small rug—say, a vintage flea-market find—that you’d like to show off as an accent, try layering it on top of a larger one that follows either of the two rules above, and offset the small rug at an angle so it stands out.

Dining Room

We adhere to a single rule in the dining room: the area rug should be centered under the dining table, and should be wide enough and long enough that the chairs stay on the rug even when pushed back.

Kitchen

Many people prefer a 2’ x 3’ area rug in front of the sink or island (or both), and we like this arrangement just fine. But if we have our druthers, we’ll always go for a longer runner between the island and sink, or in front of any long expanses of cabinets.

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Bedroom

1. Find an area rug that can fit comfortably underneath the bed and extend at least a foot from either side; any less will cause the rug to look dwarfed by the furniture. Basically, you want your feet to hit the rug when you slide out of bed in the morning, and ideally your nightstand will fit on top, as well.

2. Measure the width of the bed, and place a smaller rug at the foot. We prefer a rug that extends several inches past the edges of the bed, as seen here, but you can also get one that fits the dimension more closely. Just don’t go smaller than the bed’s width, or the rug will look like a doormat.

Bathroom

In most baths, you have two options: either place the area rug in front of the vanity/sink, or in front of the tub. That’s exactly what you see here, with the added visual flourish of layering two indoor/outdoor rugs of different sizes on top of each other. How fun is that?

Snuggle Worthy Textiles

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As chillier months approach, there’s nothing better than changing up décor to make our homes warmer, cozier and more inviting. Two of our favorite snuggle-worthy textiles to use this time of year include sheepskin and natural hide .

Here’s how to decorate with white bedding in just a few simple steps:

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In the spirit of winter and New Year wiping-the-slate-clean-ness, we’re covering one of our most frequently asked topics: how to do white decorating in a way that looks fresh and inspirational, instead of art gallery–cold or sterile. We’ve already discussed popping whites with a hint of pretty pastel, some phenomenally gorgeous all-white bedroom designs, how—and where—to use white rugs, and even art that gives white an unexpected spin. Today we’re focusing on the mother of all white-on-white decorating topics: how to layer whites in the bedroom for a look that’s cozy, calming, and perennially cool.  Here’s how to decorate with white bedding in just a few simple steps:

Plan for a minimum of four layers. Our favorite seasonal bedding wardrobe always contains the following basics: sheets, a blanket or matelassé coverlet, a duvet cover or quilt, and a throw. In the warmer months, you can fold down the top layers and sleep under the lighter ones, while in the winter, you can pull everything up for the ultimate sink-into-it comfort.

Shake up proportions with differing lengths. If you opt for a quilt or duvet on top, try allowing a bit of blanket to peek out from underneath, or add a bed skirt for even more texture. If you have a bedspread that goes all the way down to the floor, focus on layering pillows, shams, and a throw on top.

Contrast textures—lots of them. When you stick to a single color palette, you almost can’t go wrong with the type or number of layers. We love smooth cotton sheets paired with cozy fleece or chenille blankets, velvet or plush-textured quilts, lofty duvets, and nubby knit throws.

Look for dressmaker details. You’ll be floored by how the smallest details can elevate the look of your entire bedroom. Smocking, ruching, pintucks, ruffles, buttons, appliqué, embroidery—all of these dressmaker details add depth, dimension, and character to a bed.

Pile on the throw pillows, and shams. We usually opt for a minimum of three, following this general rule: choose at least one set of shams that matches your middle layer (matelassé coverlet or blanket) or bedcover (duvet, quilt, or bedspread), and add in two additional white decorative pillows or shams in either the same shade of white or a slightly different shade, and in complementary patterns/textures.

Get A Grip! Why rug pads matter

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Area rugs can be a major investment, so it makes sense that when you’re shelling out beaucoup bucks, you might want to save a few along the way by cutting out unnecessary expenses. If you’ve been wondering whether rug pads are one of those unnecessary expenses you might be able to skip, here’s the quick answer: nope. And now here’s why.

While safety is an awfully compelling reason to include rug pads under your area rugs, pads aren’t just about preventing you, your family members, your pets, and your guests from slip-sliding away. They also protect your rug from uneven wear patterns, and keep dirt, debris, and moisture trapped between the floor and the rug from damaging the rug’s underside or backing. In a similar vein, they prevent your floors, especially wood floors, from getting bits of latex backing or thread stuck to or ground into in them. And who doesn’t want to stop scratches from happening, or keep their floors in their best shape for years to come?


If you’re ready to take the rug-pad plunge, here’s a quick guide to which types work best on which floors, and which types of rugs they work best with. Note that radiant-heat floors can melt rug pads and rugs with latex or plastic backing, so you’ll want to choose a rug weave—sans rug pad—that’s compatible with these floors, or forgo the rug entirely on these surface.

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Outdoor Rug Pad - Made of tough, no-slip PVC-coated polyester, these rug pads are perfect for the porch or patio, sans surface transfer. For indoor/outdoor rugs.

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Floor Lock Solid Pad - These pads, made of needle-punch plastic with a latex backing, offer cushioning, insulation, and slip resistance in one washable, microbe-resistant package. Use with any type of indoor rug.

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Rug Stop Rug Pad - This thin, durable, washable pad offers support and promotes even wear. It’s ideal for low-profile rugs.

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Solid Extra Grip Rug Pad - In contrast to thinner pads, like the Rug-Stop, this pad in thick and cushy and enhances the foot-feel of high-pile rugs.

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Natural Grip Rug Pad - made out of polyester and coated with natural rubber, is anti-microbially treated to keep odors, mold and mildew at bay! This open weave wonder will keep your family safe from slipping rugs and is fire-retardant to boot.

How to Choose a Stair Runner Rug

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“How do I choose a rug for said stair installation?”

The way we see it, any discussion of choosing a rug to install on the stairs should start with which types of runners are not appropriate for the stairs. Because the stairs are one of the highest-traffic spots in the house, and because they take more of a pounding from pinpointed body weight in the same spots, over and over, some area rug weaves just aren’t up to the challenge. These include hand-knotted wool and cotton chenille rugs, which feel soft and cozy underfoot, but can be too delicate under constant traffic. And while tufted wool also feels plush and luxurious, its density and higher profile makes it extremely difficult to staple through, and thus accurately (and safely) install on the stairs. Indoor/outdoor rope weaves are likewise too thick for stapling—though there are plenty of other options in this category; we’ll get to those in a moment. You’ll also want to avoid jute, which can be harder to clean, and paper rugs, which are strictly for low-traffic areas, on the stairs.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other rug weaves that work beautifully in stair installations, and we’ve got a rundown on our favorites. Don’t forget to use a rug pad for your stair installation; it will help give the rug extra grip against slippery stairs, and will also offer a little more cushion under foot.

Woven Wool

Tightly woven and extremely durable and long-lasting, woven wool area rugs are a terrific option for the stairs. They can take a beating for years with little sign of wear, are easy to vacuum and spot clean, and look as good as new with regular maintenance. The low profile and lighter weight of woven wool rugs makes them easy to position around stair risers and landings, and simple to staple in place.

Micro Hooked Wool

All the durability of woven wool in a plusher, bouncier weave. Micro-hooked wool runner rugs can stand up to repeat foot traffic and vacuuming. While professional cleaning is required for heavier stains, lighter or fresh stains can be blotted up and spot cleaned with your favorite enzymatic cleaner or a bit of white vinegar (always test an inconspicuous area first for color-fastness!)

Woven Cotton

Lightweight, easy to clean, and available in a huge range of patterns and colors, woven cotton rugs are ideal for stairs installations. They’re featherweight, slender in profile, and have a flexible weave, which makes them a cinch to wrap tightly around bullnoses and risers. Woven cotton rugs are also the most affordable option for a stair installation, which often requires two to three runners to complete from landing to landing. Stains should be treated promptly, so they don’t have a chance of setting in. Because steady foot traffic can make lighter-colored cotton rugs appear dingy over time, we always opt for patterns with great camouflage factor, like saturated or multicolor stripes, plaids, or geometric patterns.

Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Similarly lightweight and flexible, for ease of installation, indoor/outdoor rugs come in a wide array of fun patterns that create killer stair installations. Because they’re so affordable and easy to clean—vacuum regularly, and spot clean stains with a bit of water, detergent, and a soft-bristle brush—indoor/outdoor runner rugs are perfect for the stairs in homes with kids or pets. It’s essential to tightly wrap indoor/outdoor rugs around risers and staple them securely to prevent movement and possible slips of the foot.

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How to Refresh Your Bed with Decorative Pillows and Shams

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If we could, we’d build ourselves a massive walk-in linen closet solely for stocking the shelves with a crazy-rainbow array of solid and patterned duvets, sheets, quilts, blankets, throws, and pillows, for switching up the look of our bed whenever the craving for color strikes. We’ll probably never possess such a magical place, so instead we’ve found ways to change the look of a handful of our favorite quilts and matelassés in the two simplest steps known to the decorating world: new shams and decorative pillows.

We love this approach for many reasons, but mostly because it’s super-fast! Pop some pillows into their shams, toss on a throw pillow or two, and you’re done! It lets us experiment with new colors, patterns, and fabrics, while highlighting old favorites. And it’s affordable, allowing us to keep our décor fresh without changing out the most expensive pieces.


Here’s a quick guide to giving your bed a new look with decorative pillows and shams. For an even more dramatic transformation, try adding an extra piece — a quilt, duvet, or throw — that coordinates with one of your new shams.

Add a pop of color and pizazz to an otherwise beautiful bed by swapping out solid-colored pillow shams with pastel-hued patterned ones and maybe even the coordinating sheets if you want to create a cohesive look. This simple update packs a lot of character!

For a touch of feminine flair, swap out solid ivory shams for ruffled white euro shams. What was previously a “buttoned-up” looking bed now looks positively dreamy with this super-quick change.

In the place of solid white pillowcases, why not experiment with Blossom Pillow Shams? Who wouldn’t want just a touch of floral influence floating around? As the cherry on top, add in a colorful coordinating decorative pillow. Bring the design full-circle by adding in the Blossom Sheeting as well. Three quick swaps and voila! The perfect springtime bed!

Keep your beloved pearly white sheets and bedding looking pristine with these 10 helpful tips!

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1. No eating in bed! There’s no doubt your mother told you this time and time again growing up, but we’ll tell you again. You’re just asking for stains to happen!

2. Be sure to remove all make up from your face and neck before bed—this (should) go without saying, as it’s better for your skin, but it’s also better for your sheets! Skincare and make up products can stick to your bedding, resulting in an unsightly yellow hue.

3. If stains do happen (we know it’s hard to say no to breakfast in bed) be sure to treat the stain right away. The longer it sits, the more likely it is to set. Wet a sponge with warm water and a little dish detergent and gently blot the stain. Stain sprays also work wonders. Be sure to spray directly onto the stain and rub in the liquid with your fingers until most of the stain is lifted. If you can’t throw the item right into the wash, follow up by blotting the area with a cool, damp cloth to pick up any residual marks.

4. Step Away from the Bleach. Believe it or not, bleach can actually cause fabrics to yellow over time instead of whiten them. In lieu of bleach, reach for these common household items instead: Lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar!

5. The Lemon Juice Method: Simply add ¼ cup of lemon juice to your load of whites right along with your detergent. The powerful citric acid will work on those tough stains during the wash cycle.

6. Using Baking Soda & Vinegar: These everyday items are both natural whiteners. Try adding half a cup of baking soda to your load along with your regular detergent. Then just before the rinse cycle, add half a cup of white vinegar to the load. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will rinse away. We promise your sheets won’t come out smelling like pickles.

PRO TIP: For even more brightening power, presoak your white bedding in a bathtub or large sink filled with warm water and ½ cup of vinegar. Let your whites soak in this mixture for up to an hour, then wash as normal.

7. Be sure to launder your linens regularly. When we sleep, an inevitable build-up of oils, dead skin, dirt and sweat occurs (gross but true). So, it’s important to wash them at least once every other week. Once a week is ideal if your schedule allows!

8. Separate Your Whites! Again, we know your mother must have told you this at some point, but we’ll kindly remind you: Take the time to separate your colors when doing laundry! It’s just common sense that washing your favorite white duvet with a red sweater will most likely result in pink bedding. #Fail

9. Try a Laundry Booster every couple of loads for an extra kick of whitening power. We recommend tried and true OxiClean or Borax.

10. Use a Mild Drying Method. Line drying is best, although we realize that’s not always the most realistic choice, especially if you’re experiencing the blustery, snowy winter that we are right now. Tumble drying linens on low is the second best option until the sunny spring and summer months of line drying outdoors becomes possible. Keeping your linens out of the dryer will keep whites from looking dingy and preserve the life of your linens overall.

Thread count Counts!

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You can’t walk through the housewares section of a major department store without being bombarded by bedding signs trumpeting the virtue of high thread count—the number of threads per square inch—often with lofty price tags to match. While we’re all for purchasing the best bedding you can afford, our years in the biz have taught us a few things about thread count.
 

  1. Looks—and marketing departments—can be deceiving. When a single thread is made up of multiple strands or plies of fiber, some manufacturers will count each strand or ply to boost their total thread count. The dead giveaway is texture; if a sheet feels like something you might serve a barbecue on top of, we can guarantee it won’t become soft as a newborn lamb with a few weeks’ worth of washings.
  1. The quality of the fiber matters more than the actual thread count. The finest cottons, for example, have long fibers that create soft, strong threads that hold up to frequent washings. These sheets will feel softer and be more durable even at a lower thread count than inferior-quality fibers with an exaggerated thread count.
  1. If it seems too good to be true, it is. No matter how awesome your mom’s best friend’s bargain-hunting skills are, she won’t find a true 800-count sheet set for $50. Period.
  1. Expect the minimum. To get the most comfort and the longest wear out of your sheets, look for minimum thread counts in your favorite weaves. For a crisp cotton feel, go for a 200- to 300-count cotton percale.

If you’re searching for sheets that are versatile and great for year-round use, 400-thread count sheets are less crisp and won’t collect pet hair!

 

Designers Are Obsessed With Pantone’s Bold and Regal Color of the Year

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Pantone has done it again: their 2018 color of the year is bold, beautiful, and nothing like the other color predictions we've seen for next year. The company says their pick, Ultra Violet 18-3838, is a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade" and "communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future" — and the design industry agrees.

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Due to its boldness, ultra-violet may not be a color you want to use throughout your entire living room. Instead, try accent chairs and throw pillows.

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Ultra Violet works well as an accent pillow, wallpaper geometric combined with grey, and, of course, a regal paint color that plays well with grey, loden green, and many neutrals.

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Every Pantone color of the year, whatever the year may be, can become the perfect nuance for accent furniture. Ultra Violet is a particularly bold and eye-catching color so it’s best to pair it with neutral backdrops and warm wood elements.

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Use the Color of the Year 2018 as an excuse to bring bright purple flowers into your home. In this space, rich purple hydrangeas add the perfect amount of color and natural texture to the space. Irises and orchids are also great options for bringing Ultra Violet indoors.

How to Fold Fitted Sheets

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We can all agree that a little extra room in our linen closets would be wonderful, right? Towels, sheets and bedding get bunched and bulky on the shelves and sometimes it may be difficult to find what you’re searching for. One secret for saving space in your linen closet? Folding your fitted sheets as flat as your top sheets! Read on to learn how to perfect this (let’s face it) much-dreaded task. We promise, it’s so easy!

1. Start by laying the fitted sheet loosely on your bed. Fold in half horizontally, and push the corners on top into the ones beneath them

2. Fold the sheet in half horizontally again, and then fold it vertically

3. Now make a gatefold, and fold that over

4. Smooth it down, and voilà! A folded fitted sheet that’s nicely flattened!

Happy folding!