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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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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.

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.