I slept until noon today. Okay... I just lied. I slept until TWO today. Maybe it was the heavy rain pattering outside my window, or maybe it was the really good wine I had at dinner last night to celebrate my friend's 40th. Whatever the reason, I obviously needed the sleep, and it felt really good.
(Photo: Ann Gish, from her "Ready To Bed" Collection)
I'm actually lounging in bed right now as I write this post...another reason why I love my job...and it made me think of what's really important when designing one's bedroom. When I was married, my husband and I always decorated the public spaces of our houses before tackling our own "sacred space". (Maybe that's why we're divorced, but I digress). We didn't realize how important one's bedroom is to the necessary daily processes of unwinding and rejuvenating. Designing your bedroom should never be an afterthought. It should always be numero uno on the list.
And as far as stretching your dollar is concerned, consider the functional, foundational aspects of your bedroom (i.e., a proper mattress) your top priority and investment.
Have you ever been a guest in a beautiful bedroom, only to toss and turn all night because the mattress is hard, springy and uncomfortable? I have had many clients over the years invest in gorgeous, very expensive bedroom furnishings, but insist on keeping their 30 year old crappy mattress. It makes no sense to me. No matter how beautiful looking your bedroom is, you're not going to enjoy it if you can't sleep well. Usually a worn out mattress is the culprit.
Ones to consider investing in are Kingsdown and Duxiana. These are definitely high-end mattress lines, but are well worth the dollars. Don't get sticker shock. Their construction, technology and materials used are far superior to more recognizable name brands. Sorry, but it's true. I haven't slept on that foamy Tempur-Pedic thing, but friends who have purchased it, swear by it. And, for those of you who are more budget conscious...and who isn't these days?... I slept on a bed at a Renaissance Hotel recently (they're owned by Marriott) and my bed was awesome. It was a Sealy Posturpedic, and you can purchase the exact mattress and all of the divine bedding that went with it on the hotel's website.