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America’s Original Source For Home Goods Bringing Our Best To You Since 1842!

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!

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The Colors of Relaxation

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Sunshine. Beach.  Turquois water.  All mental images that conjure a relaxing sigh.  Let us look at inspiring seascapes and their color palettes and attempt to translate their calming energy into interior design. 

 

Drawing inspiration from white sand beaches, Polynesian bungalows, palm trees and teal-colored seas, the color palette below focuses on the spa-like qualities of island life.

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CREATING INSPIRING GATHERING SPACES

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The Living Room

For the living room, we love using custom-configured sectionals. 

Incorporating a pair of ottomans and two accent chairs allows the space to be easily reconfigured to suit the number of guests and activities at hand. 

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The Kitchen

Often the heart of the home, the kitchen is a natural gathering place. Incorporating a large island workspace and pairing with counter stools allows the chef to engage with her guests while cooking.

Regardless of your personal style, each of us has the ability to create a space that is both functional and stylish. By curating unique items and thoughtfully arranging your seating and accent pieces, your house becomes a home.

COLOR TREND: GRAY AND TERRACOTTA

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Lets explore a sophisticated color palette featuring soft gray and ivory tones accented by bold punches of burnt orange and terracotta.

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Dimension is achieved through fun patterns, such as the iron gate design, embossed crocodile and abstract spirograph as highlighted above.  Geometrics are proving hot as is highlighted by the bold circle and structured zig-zag patterns.

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In more casual environments, we are seeing pops of colors added through the use of accent pillows and chairs, again keeping the foundation in a neutral tone, as shown above in a soft ivory coloration.  Hints of metallic are added throughout the room through nailhead on the ottomans, as well as the metal accents on the cocktail and lamp tables.

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Finally, we see the last setting showcasing the use of terracotta in a fun geometric pattern on a mid-century modern chair while a bold orange is used as an accent on the door and pillows.  Keeping the walls ivory and adding metallic touches keeps the room feeling refined.

The Hamptons

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From Montauk to Westhampton Beach - this original design celebrates The Hamptons, New York in exquisite detail.

 

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This pillow is entirely HAND embroidered on light tea-colored 100% organic cotton. Amazingly it can take up to one week to embroider one pillow! It is also unique in nature since each artisan incorporates a certain flair and signature to his/her work. Accented with blue & white ticked piping.

  • Each pillow takes about a week to create by HAND.
  • Embroidery is done by experienced and talented artisans who are paid fairly and treated well.
  • The art is embroidered on 100% organic cotton.
  • As many as 30 colors of thread are used to create the rich and textural design.

 

Live Natural

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Live Natural.

A great way to add the sought-after “beachy feel” to any home, is to bring in pieces crafted from natural fibers. This creates a truly rustic yet elegant summer atmosphere. Here are a few of our favorite pieces featuring natural, beach house-friendly details:

Now create an enlightened spot for all your little treasures with the Keepsake table lamp. Simply remove the large cork and fill with buttons, shells, silk flowers or other trinkets to create a home accent that speaks to your personality.

Now create an enlightened spot for all your little treasures with the Keepsake table lamp. Simply remove the large cork and fill with buttons, shells, silk flowers or other trinkets to create a home accent that speaks to your personality.

These jute rugs by Dash and Albert create a rustic home where you can take root. From plaids and stripes to geometric patterns, these rugs handmade with eco-friendly jute and dyes are a natural focal point in any room.

These jute rugs by Dash and Albert create a rustic home where you can take root. From plaids and stripes to geometric patterns, these rugs handmade with eco-friendly jute and dyes are a natural focal point in any room.

Add a dash of organic texture to your favorite spaces with this braided rope pouf. Made of durable, eco-friendly recycled polyester (PET), it's ideal for extra, space-saving seating, as an ottoman, or as an accent table.

Add a dash of organic texture to your favorite spaces with this braided rope pouf. Made of durable, eco-friendly recycled polyester (PET), it's ideal for extra, space-saving seating, as an ottoman, or as an accent table.

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.

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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