Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Relax...It's a PJ Party!






























Join us this Friday, wear your pjs, and if you do, receive 20% off Pine Cone Hill robes and Bed Head pajamas plus our Thymes and Lady Primrose personal care products.

Free Chair Massage! While your shopping, have a glass of wine and enjoy a free chair massage from Courtney Niem, Certified Massage Therapist, and enter to win a FREE 50 Minute MASSAGE!

If you'd like to be in on this week's door prize, just click on the coupon above, print, fill it out and bring it in by Friday. We'll announce the winner on Friday evening, no need to be present to win. This drawing is exclusive to our blog readers.

At the store, we're bustling with activity bringing in new product every day, and fully staffed to help serve you! Cover Story is proud to be a part of your vibrant downtown!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Your Wish List






























































He walks in, his eyes dart around, he looks slightly uncomfortable. He shoves his hands in his pockets. He seems a little lost and our protective instincts are on high alert.

Do you know who this guy is? Why, of course you do! He's your husband and you've sent him into Cover Story to get your Christmas present!

Don't worry, we'll take good care of him and make shopping as easy as possible with lots of good ideas, then we'll wrap it up and have him on his way. But if you would like to make out a Wish List, even better, and we can help you with that. Come in any time and tell us your Wish List ideas and we'll keep it on file. If you have people that want to buy a present for you and they are unable to come into the store, let us know and we'll put the list up on our website so they can shop from home.

Nothing is nicer than a Cover Story gift under the Christmas tree.

We have:
Free all day parking passes, just ask us!
Always complimentary gift wrap.
Extended Holiday hours.
And a Door Prize Drawing exclusive to our blog readers!

Click, print, fill it out and bring it in this week. Drawing will be on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13th. Good Luck!















Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shopping Bliss with INGE GLAS 20% off and more








































INGE GLAS
SALE
Back by popular demand, beautiful hand made Inge Glas tree ornaments are on display at Cover Story. As these were such as hit with our customers last year, we have brought in an even larger selection for you this year. Our trees feature the exquisite German mouth blown and hand painted glass ornament that is the hallmark of Inge Glas. Sunday, November 29th to Sunday, December 6th we offer 20% off Inge Glass ornaments. (Our newspaper ad incorrectly states 10% instead of 20%) Click and print coupon above for an extra 10% off. With coupon, your savings is 30% off.

This Friday, December 4th, Diane, our Inge Glas rep, will be on hand to show you step by step how these intricate artisan made ornaments are crafted from start to finish. It's fascinating!

Don't miss next week's blog: Tips on making your wish list at Cover Story. We'll even let you know how we will make your beloved ones feel happy and stress free while shopping for YOU!

Shopping Bliss at Cover Story! Holiday shopping doesn't have to be frantic! Forget the unfriendly malls and shop downtown Los Altos! Those malls, they're crowded and they don't even know you. We do! (Or if we don't know you, we'd like to!) We are well staffed with knowledgeable and friendly people with creative and helpful ideas and we promise to make your shopping experience e.a.s.y. Promise.

Park all day with free parking passes. We have them, just ask.

For your holiday shopping convenience, we open at 9 AM 7 days a week. We close at 6 PM, EXCEPT on Thursday and Friday when we stay open until 9 PM, pour wine and offer a nibble or two.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

VIETRI - A Taste of the Seasons


















































Vietri! Inspiring The Holiday Season, Italian Style!

Here at Cover Story, it's difficult for us to imagine the holidays without a little bit of Vietri, or maybe quite a lot of it! We have ALL of Vietri's Holiday Dinnerware: Old St. Nick, Santa White, Incanto Snowflake, Rosso Vecchio, Rosa Vecchio Dot and Pineta in Winter White, Fox Red and Acorn Brown. This is a good week to stop by for a look because we have proclaimed this to be Vietri Week At Cover Story!

Please join us on Friday, November 27th for our Vietri - A Taste of the Seasons Event and let us share our passion for the art of living with beauty and style with Vietri, inspired by the soul of Italy!

15% off Vietri with coupon! From November 22 to November 29 we will offer 10% off your Vietri purchase, all holiday and traditional designs are on sale, including special orders, internet sales and bridal registry. Please use this coupon to receive an additional 5%. Click on coupon to open in another window, then print.





Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Elegance with ARTE ITALICA




























Arte Italica has established itself as a leader in elegant, innovative and exclusive design for the home. Each piece is handcrafted in Europe, using techniques passed down through generations of skilled artisans. We invite you to visit COVER STORY to view the largest selection of Arte Italica in the west! From the classic Tuscan and Tavola to the new Medici and Pietra collections, we have everything you've come to love in Arte Italica.

Meet the Owner! On Friday, November 20th from 5-8, owner Ann Skidmore will join us along with Maryann Hairfield, the National Sales Manager for Arte Italica.

Ann Skidmore formed Arte Italica in 1997, as a response to her love of Italian history, culture, art and especially vintage pewter. Finding it difficult to acquire in the United States, she began importing this fine Italian pewter. Soon, she was designing and importing handcrafted ceramics, glass and bronze. In 2000, Ann and Arte Italica became the first to combine pewter and ceramic into beautiful and unique dinnerware and accessories. And at Cover Story, every Bridal Registry we have includes Arte Italica! Arte Italica makes a beautiful, heirloom quality gift.

SAVE 15%
During this special event we will be featuring Arte Italica in all our fabulous table settings, with expert advice on how to make your holiday table amazing with beautiful Arte Italica. To help you start or add to your collection, we offer 10% off all Arte Italica, including special orders, internet sales and registry gifts! And you, our bloggy friends get a coupon for an additional 5% off! Please click on the coupon, print and bring it in to receive your extra discount. To cap off the evening, we have over $1000 of door prizes, with the Large Bistro Casserole, Retail $414 as our grand door prize! We will announce the winners on our next weeks blog.

We will begin pre-sales on November 13. Sale ends Sunday, November 22.

Here at Cover Story, we know Arte Italica, we love Arte Italica, (well actually, we all have our own collections!) Come in and let us share this passion with you. At home design consultation available by appointment.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holiday Stroll on over!


























So we'll see you on Friday night, right? Of course we will, because it seems like everyone is downtown for the Holiday Stroll and most of them are at Cover Story! And that's just the way we like it.

Join LAVA for the 6th Annual Holiday Stroll with live entertainment from choral groups and free carriage rides. The Village Association is sponsoring this fun and festive evening, with participating stores serving treats and beverages until 8. Cover Story will naturally be looking sparkly and will be pouring vino until 8. Stop by and do your Christmas shopping at Cover Story.

To add to the evening we will be showcasing our beautiful traditional hand made wooden German Smokers, Nutcrackers, Music Boxes and Pyramids. Hand crafted in the rich tradition which developed over centuries in the Erzgebirge Mountains, KWO's attention to detail is surpassed by none. Our many enthusiastic collectors look forward to choosing from our large selection of these beautiful and traditional symbols of Christmas in the old world.

Please use this blog-only coupon for 10% off your purchase of any KWO collectable in our store. Coupons expires Sunday, November 15th. Click on coupon to open in a new window, then print.

Sneak Peek Into Next Week at COVER STORY:
Arte Italica Event on Friday, November 20th. Hear more about this event in next weeks post. Presales begin on Friday, November 13th. Use this coupon for 15% off your Arte Italica purchase beginning 11/13 through 11/22. Click on coupon to open in a new window, then print.

Visit our Facebook to view photos of our store during the holidays. Become a fan!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Shop By Candlelight



























We're not too shy to say that Cover Story's holiday preview,
Shop By Candlelight, is a beloved Downtown Los Altos tradition. This Friday, November 6th, from 5-8 join us for a glass of wine, door prizes, a little music, and an appetizer or two to preview our beautiful holiday selections. We'll be decked out in our finest, and as always, offering you the best of the best for your holiday.

-Detailed handmade German Smokers, Nutcrackers and Pyramids from KWO
-Breathtaking German mouth blown, hand painted glass ornaments from Inge
-Lynn Haney's collectible Santa's, handmade in the USA
-Elegant Christmas stockings, tree skirts and pillows from Sweet Dreams and Pulvermacher
-Vietri's holiday dinnerware handmade in Italy
-Arte Italica from Italy, tomorrow's heirlooms for your holiday table
-Trunk shows by The Powell Girls and Sorrelli

And to thank you, our wonderful customers for your continued support, we offer $20 off your purchase of $100 or more during the event. Blog readers always get a little something extra, so how about a coupon for an additional $10 off? Coupon must accompany purchase, so please, click on the coupon, print it out and bring it in during the event to receive $30 off your purchase of $100 or more.

We hope you'll join us on Friday evening!

(Please note special hours for Friday. We will be closed during the day and open that evening from 5-8.)
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

ALL Halloween 50% off, take an additional 10% off with coupon!

























We're creepy and we're Kooky
Mysterious and Ookie
We're altogether Spooky
And we love Halloween!

This week take 50% off ALL Halloween. And because we love it when you read our blog, we'll take an additional 10% off when you bring in this coupon! It's easy: click on the coupon, print it out, bring it in! How can you pass this up?

Halloween Spooktacular! This Friday, October 30th from noon to 3:30 is the Trick Or Treating event for children at participating stores in downtown Los Altos. Halloween fun and games at State and Second Streets from 2 to 4. Downtown merchants thank YOU for supporting your local merchants through out the year.

Congratulations to Deborah for winning the beautiful Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth last week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dress Your Table featuring Le Jacquard Francais






































When it comes to
table linens, the hands-down Cover Story staff favorite is Le Jacquard Francais. Creating the finest table linens for elegant dining and entertaining, Le Jacquard Francais damask table linen collection is unsurpassed in design and style. Woven in France, Le Jacquard Fran├žais has employed the highly sophisticated jacquard technique of weaving heirloom quality linens since 1871. Le Jacquard Francais table linens are extremely durable, and become softer and more beautiful with use and laundering.

Cover Story knows and loves this product well and we will be happy to share this knowledge with you. This week, until Sunday, October 25th, we are offering 20% off any Le Jacquard purchase. Plus as an added bonus, with a purchase of any Le Jacquard tablecloth with a minimum of 4 napkins you will receive as a gift, a Le Jacquard 2010 Limited Edition Tea Towel as a thank you. This sale includes special orders and the 2009 Holiday Edition. But don't delay, the Holiday Limited Edition sells out early!

RAFFLE: On Friday, October 23rd from noon to 8, our Le Jacquard Francais rep will be with us to answer any questions you have about the Le Jacquard Francais line. At 7PM we will raffle off a beautiful 47" sq. Samarkand tablecloth in Kumquat, valued at $89.00, so make sure you drop by on Friday and sign up! We'll announce the winner in next week's post.

And just because we love our bloggy friends, we have a coupon for you.
20% off Root smokeless and dripless dinner candles, both Collenette or Arista. Let Root set the mood, illuminate the occasion and grace any table setting with elegance. Shop early to make sure you get your favorite holiday color and size. Click on the coupon and print. Coupon must accompany purchase.














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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Company's Coming! 20% Savings With Coupon



















GUEST ROOM MAKEOVERS

With the holidays near at hand, it usually means house guests aren't too far behind, and it's not too early to start planning for them! This Friday, October 9th, we'll be showcasing ideas on how to do just that. Print our blog coupon to take advantage of a 20% savings.

First and most importantly are the bed linens. It’s crucial that you provide crisp, clean, and coordinated linens for your overnight guests. They’ll feel especially welcome and it’s easy to do. We carry the fine linens of Sferra, Schlossberg and Ogallala Down to name only a few.

If your room does double duty when you don't have guests, it helps to remove the clutter before they arrive. Then, add a few items to make their stay easier, such as a good reading light, comfy robe with slippers, hangers with free space in the closet, also a carafe of water by the bed. A book or two, a vase of flowers, and a fragrant candle or diffuser add the finishing touches.

The guest bath need a refresher too? Pamper your guests with the beautiful towels of Home Source or Abyss. Coordinate with bath rugs by Habidicor or Serge Lesage. Freshen up your soaps and lotions with Lady Primrose and Thymes. It's all in the details and that's what we're good at. We also carry the full lines of both Arte Italica and Vietri bath accessories. Come in, we'd love to help you create that perfectly comfy setting for your guests.

If you feel you need some on-site help, Debi, Cover Story's Design Consultant, is available for in home appointments. She can help you define the look you want, while coordinating it with what you already have. Call us at 650 948-4395 and we'll set up an appointment for you.

Read Sferra's advice on how to care for your fine linens here.

For our blog readers only, to help get you started on your project, from October 5-11 we'll be offering 20% off bed and bath linens, including special orders. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase, so click, print and cut!

(10/12/09) Editor's note: Coupon expired and removed.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Scary Story Event this Friday. SAVE $30 with coupon below!



We're creepy and we're kooky, mysterious and ookie, we're all-together spooky! And we love Halloween!

This Friday, October 2nd, from 5-8 pm, we'll be hosting our annual Halloween Event, SCARY STORY! Join us for a glass of wine, a few tricks and treats, and a preview of our Halloween selections. The friendly goblins at Cover Story have lots of ideas and all the fixins' to make your cozy little nest into the haunted house you've been dreaming of.

During the event, your purchase of $100 or more will receive $20 off. For our blog readers only, we offer the coupon above for an extra $10 off for a total savings of $30 off your purchase of $100 or more. Printed coupon must accompany purchase, so click, print and cut and we'll see you on Friday night!

















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Monday, September 21, 2009

Rosy Rings Sale this week! 20% off coupon below


















Rosy Rings Botanical Candles, Nature Illuminated in a candle! Hand made in the USA, Rosy Rings are on sale this week for our blog readers only. Extremely Fragrant and long burning, Rosy Rings are our best selling items in the store. A quick walk through our shop and you'll see (and sniff) our seasonal picks. Our perennial bestseller, Spicy Apple is a cheerful combination of apple slices, cinnamon and bay leaves with a fresh & spicy apple scent, 5" diameter x 6.5" tall with 200 hour burn time. Regular price is $45, on sale with coupon this week for $36! Other seasonal favorites are Mandarin Black Pepper and Spiced Cranberry. Lovely as gifts, especially to yourself!

And here's another reason to love them: Rosy Rings is committed to minimizing its environmental impact wherever possible and supporting organizations devoted to the well being of natural open spaces and wildlife. In addition to recycling all the plastic, metal, glass and cardboard used in its production facility, the company also uses biodegradable shipping popcorn and when possible reuses shipping materials. Rosy Rings is committed to using natural products like beeswax and vegetable waxes. Botanical Candles are now poured with a soy wax blend. All container candles are poured with a vegetable wax blend.

Print and cut your coupon and present at store at time of purchase. For on-line sales: You will be sent an e-mail confirmation with SALE PRICE when we ship. Your credit card will be charged with the SALE PRICE!

(9/28/09, Editor's Note: Coupon expired and removed from site.)




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Friday, September 11, 2009

Fine Linen Care For Bed, Bath & Table


Caring For Your Bed Linens
Sleeping in fine quality linens is always a pleasure; caring for them can be also, if you follow some simple suggestions for ensuring their proper care. In return, you will prolong the life of your bed and table linens, while preserving their beautiful appearance. Sferra offers this fine advice:

Machine Washing Pre-wash your linens before first use. Separate your fine linens from other items in the wash, especially those containing polyester, which tends to create pilling; also, items with heavy zippers which can abrade and damage the fabric. Separate light and dark colors. Avoid overloading the washing machine, which can cause fibers to break down from excessive abrasion and agitation. Wash most linens in warm water on a gentle cycle with a cold-water rinse. Be careful to pre-treat any stains prior to washing.

Detergent Use a mild detergent without added bleach or whiteners. Do not pour detergent directly on textiles; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, then add linens. Unless linens are very soiled, you only need to use half the recommended amount of detergent. Avoid citrus detergents, they are generally too harsh.

Fabric Softeners Never use Fabric Softener when washing towels, as this could make them less absorbent.

Bleaching Chlorine bleach can weaken fibers and cause them to yellow. If white fabrics need bleaching, use an oxygen-based bleach.

Drying While line drying outdoors is gentle, safe and imbues linens with the fresh scent of the outdoors and natural bleaching of the sun, it is not always practical. You can machine dry most linens on low heat, but be sure to check the care label. Shake out damp linens before placing in dryer. Never use a high heat setting, which is the surest way to weaken the fibers, cause shrinkage and shorten the life of your linens. Remove from the dryer promptly while still damp to minimize wrinkles. Smooth and fold, or press with an iron if desired.

Chemicals Some hair and skin products such as acne lotions or toothpastes that contain oxidizing agents may cause discoloration of colored sheets and towels. When using such products, it’s safest to sleep on white linens.

Shrinkage All natural fibers will shrink to some extent. Do not wash or, especially, dry linens on a hot setting, which is most likely to cause shrinkage. Follow instructions on care label.

Ironing Iron linens while still slightly damp on the reverse side of the fabric. Use a steam iron on a warm/hot setting for cotton; use a hot setting for linen and a water spritzer if needed. Iron damask table linens on the reverse side first, then on the front side to bring out the sheen. To iron embroidered linens, iron them on the reverse side atop a towel to preserve the three-dimensional effect of the embroidery. Use a press cloth to protect delicate lace and cutwork. To restore the lustrous face of sateen fabrics, iron on the reverse side.

Hand Washing If the label says “hand launder,” never machine wash. Hand wash in gentle soap; rinse thoroughly in clean water to eliminate all soap residue, then line dry, lay flat (on towels) or hang to dry. Avoid wringing linens.

Professional Cleaning Professional hand washing is recommended for the most delicate linens – those with heavy embellishments or embroideries; heirlooms or worn linens. Be sure to use a reputable launderer who knows how to launder delicate linens.

Dry Cleaning Dry cleaning is recommended for luxury fibers such as cashmere, merino wool and alpaca, and also to avoid excessive shrinkage on our formal top-of-bed items such as our Italian matelasse blanket covers. Be sure to use a professional dry cleaner with experience in natural fibers and luxury linens. We do not recommend dry cleaning our sheets!

Storage Store bed linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Linens stored long-term should be wrapped in white cotton, muslin (old pillow cases work well) or acid-free paper. Avoid storing linens in plastic bags or boxes, which can cause permanent yellowing; natural fibers need to breathe. Cedar chests can also cause yellowing or streaking on fabrics. Store linen tablecloths rolled on cardboard tubes or hung on hangers (without plastic) to prevent crease marks from setting, which can weaken fibers.

Caring For Your Bath Linens
Your bath linens should be soft and absorbent, a cozy cocoon to wrap yourself in after a relaxing bath. Following these simple suggestions will prolong the life of your bath towels while preserving their look and feel. As always, we suggest you also consult the care label on each item for best results.

Machine Washing Machine wash using cold water and a non-chlorine bleach detergent. Chlorine bleach will weaken the fabric and cause yellowing. Always separate light and dark colors – and wash towels only with other towels to prevent pilling. Remember not to overstuff the washer.

Fabric Softener Never use fabric softener when washing towels, as this could make them less absorbent.

Drying Tumble dry on low heat.

Caring For Your Table Linens
A lovely addition to any home, a well-dressed table sets the scene for many family gatherings and special occasions. The right tablecloth is the icing on the cake. Caring for your table linens by following these suggestions will ensure that your tables are properly dressed for years to come.

Machine Washing Machine wash in hot water for whites, cold for colors. Use pure soap for soft water or a gentle detergent in hard water, avoid citrus detergents. Use oxygenated bleach for whites only – chlorine bleach can weaken the fabrics and cause yellowing. Remember to use the rinse cycle to remove all detergent. This will help avoid “age spots” which are caused by oxidation of the fibers. If possible, treat stains when they are fresh. If allowed to set, stains may be impossible to remove at a later date. Delicate lace and embellished linens should be placed in a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag before being placed in the washing machine. Cover Story recommends you wash your table cloth and napkins before you go to bed!

Drying Avoid twisting or wringing out linens before drying. Tumble dry low until slightly damp. If possible, line dry in the sun to keep linen at its whitest.

Helpful Hints for Stain Removal
  • Candle Wax – Scrape off as much of the wax as possible with the dull side of a knife, then iron between absorbent paper, changing paper until wax is absorbed.
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda – Soak in hot water. Pre-wash with stain remover.
  • White Wine – Use Club Soda.
  • Red Wine – Cover with salt, then rinse with cool water.
  • Oils – Pre-treat with stain remover or liquid laundry detergent.
  • Meat Juice or Tomato Juice – Rinse with cool water, never hot.
  • Ink – Hold stain against a towel, spray closely from behind with aerosol hair spray. Ink should transfer to the towel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer White Sale!


















We are happy to announce our Summer White Sale is going strong through the month of July! All Bedding and Bath Linens are 20% off including special orders. If you've been dreaming of a new look in your bedroom, now is the time. We carry the fine lines of Sferra, SDH, Ann Gish, Eastern Accents, Home Source and Abyss, to name just a few!

Shown above is the classic Celeste Bedding by Sferra Fine Linens from Italy.
There's a reason why Celeste is our best-selling sheet - it's like a favorite shirt that feels wonderful from the moment you put it on. Only the finest Egyptian cotton is woven to a chamois-like softness. In a variety of beautiful colors, Celeste effortlessly coordinates with most of our bed ensembles. Woven to 406 threads per square inch. Made in Italy of 100% Egyptian Cotton Percale.

Our sales associates will be happy to help you, or you may call us at 650 948-4395 to set up a personal appointment with bedding specialist Debi Campbell.

Come in and let us show you our lovely linens for bed and bath. Now is the time to indulge yourself with some beautiful California dreamin', Cover Story style!