I’m working with a local client on a kitchen renovation as a design consultant, together we’ve come up with a plan to renovate her space. We’re replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts on her old 1990s oak cabinets, installing a new island, countertops, backsplash, and lighting to transform her kitchen and bring it into the modern age. (See the picture of the kitchen ‘before’ at the bottom of this article.)
One of the issues we ran into was her ceiling height and the dilemma of what to do with her upper cabinets that sit on a tall slanted ceiling. I recommended removal the dated looking 6″ tall soffits installed by the subdivision builder. The dilemma presented was once the soffits were removed, how to fill the blank space above her cabinets? Together we debated how we’d fill it, or if we would fill it at all.
Kitchen ceilings taller than 10 feet present this issue and designers choose one of several options. For kitchens with ceilings from 11 to 13 feet, one of the most popular solutions is to add a small cabinet on top of the upper cabinet. It can be glass front, solid front, or open cabinet and it’s a nice looking way to provide extra storage and fill the space above a standard upper cabinet.
Some designers totally eliminate upper cabinets in kitchens and replace them with windows. I see this more in new builds, and I have mixed feelings about trading storage for light, but it’s still a streamlined pretty look.
An alternative solution in kitchens with taller ceilings is to simply stop the cabinets short of the ceiling and top them with a thick crown molding. The range chimney stretches to the ceiling for functional reasons, but also to contrast the height of the upper cabinets.
Here again, the tall sloped ceiling does its thing, the hood and chimney rises to the top, but the kitchen cabinets stay at the same height.
We opted out of adding additional cabinets as seen in the first few examples. My client’s kitchen solution will somewhat resemble this one, with a sleek chimney running up to the top of the sloped ceiling and the addition of thick crown molding. The only difference in hers is that we’re having a custom hood built instead of having an exposed hood as seen in the kitchen below.
Here is her kitchen in progress and there is much to do!
We’ve had the 6″ soffits removed, we will remove the countertops and prep for new quartz. All of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts will be replaced with new shaker style doors. The frames remain and the oak grain will be filled then all the cabinets professionally primed and painted a lovely taupe color. It’s exciting to transform this 1990s oak kitchen into a beautiful modern space! The goal is to have it all done by summer, fingers crossed. Stay tuned!
You want the bedroom to be a relaxing space where you get a good night’s rest more than anything. Beyond that, the goal for bedroom design and decor is to be super stylish and comfortable, whether it’s the master bedroom or another bedroom. It makes sense because between sleeping and preparing for the day, you spend plenty of time in the bedroom. Moreover, the bed is the focal point of the space and rightly so. What other elements you include and their style all depends on how large the bedroom is and what else you might want to do in the space. Some comfy seating for reading, a meditation space, or a window-side lounge are all great ideas. Check out these inspirational bedroom ideas for fresh bed designs, examples of different ways to incorporate lighting and more.
Today’s bed styles are very different from the standard headboard of years past. First of all, platform beds with just one mattress are now the norm, not the old-fashioned mattress and box spring set. This is a great stylistic advance because it allows for all kinds of new designs. This upholstered headboard is a great example because it’s got a contemporary flair that carries through the rest of the bed frame. The way the headboard flows into the rest of the bed, which is supported by similarly upholstered legs, is casual and very versatile. Pastel-hued oval nightstands carry through the curves and flowing lines of the bed.
Similar to the first bed, this leather upholstered model is a tad more formal in style with its winged and tufted design. It still has a modern feeling because the tufting is linear and not the traditional buttoned style. The bottom of the bed frame is upholstered, which is a very clean look that eliminates the fussy — and passé — bed skirt. Modern bedside lighting is all glass and does not have traditional shades, emphasizing the more streamlined style. The keep the decor from being too matchy-matchy, the bedside tables are of different styles and shapes.
Super casual, slouchy styles have also made their way into the bedroom. Some of the bedroom ideas that involve these laid-back silhouettes include cushion-like headboards, minimalist wood platform bed frames, and Nordic-inspired nightstands. Modest lighting fixtures round out the space yet still provide enough bedside illumination for reading. This type of bedroom is ideal for people who like to live life with less fuss and prefer to just pull up the duvet and go.
Classic Details in a Modern Space
Classic meets contemporary in this bedroom that centers around an upholstered headboard. The classic button tufting has been incorporated into a modern upholstered bedframe done in a neutral off-white. The contrast with the paneled dark wood wall really makes the bed the focal point. A major modern edge in the space comes from the hanging light fixtures positioned over each nightstand. This is great for freeing up space on the bedside table.
Sleek and Dramatic
A more “one and done” concept that is easy to implement is a full wall unit that incorporates all the major elements of the bedroom. At the center is a tall headboard and platform bed, all upholstered in a luxurious neutral suede. Flanking the bed are two horizontally paneled wood sections that follow the same lines as the central headboard. Two floating nightstands are attached to the panels, which makes the whole room seem less cluttered. At the end of the bed, a super functional bench rounds out the furnishings.
Maybe it’s the upholstery choice or maybe it’s the overall design, but this bed exudes the feeling of a comfy family room sofa. The tweed-like textile covers the cushioned headboard and the frame. A nightstand sits on one side, however, the placement of the bed in the room behind the low headboard. Allows for a floor lamp to be positioned behind the low headboard. The bench at the end of the bed has a fresh look with a super tall cushion paired with a low frame. Situating the bed away from a wall is a great bedroom idea if the room is spacious.
Ambient Lighting Accents
In another example of a bed not placed directly against the wall, this sleek leather bed is instead backed by glass shelving that has built-in lighting that helps create a relaxing mood. Whether you arrange the bedroom this way or not, incorporating lighting in shelving units or other locations is an opportunity for adding low lighting that helps you relax at the end of a long day. The subtle illumination is not meant for tasks or reading, but for creating a more soothing environment.
A Neutral Anchor
Most of these new master bedroom designs use a neutral bed to serve as the visual anchor in the space, which allows for plenty of creativity in the decor. This clean-lined bed is paired with a minimalist nightstand and artful accessories. To the side, a vanity table is very convenient for getting dressed and ready. A comfortable ottoman sits at the center of the curved unit, which includes lighted mirrors that aid in applying make-up, styling hair or putting on jewelry.
A similar headboard is styled in a completely different way, showing how versatile a neutral bed can be. This leather-upholstered model works well with the Asian-inspired wall of windows. Matching nightstands and modern lighting give the whole room the more planned and coordinated look that many people still prefer, but without the old-style matchy-matchy bedroom set vibe. If you’re looking for bedroom ideas that are along these lines, think coordination instead of uniformity.
We’ve already shown you an integrated wall unit that includes the bed, but this combination bed and nightstand piece is another convenient option among fresh bedroom ideas. The upholstered platform bed has a couple of unique features that make it ideal for a room with limited space. First, the padded headboard can be lowered for sleep. Second, the platform is wider on one side and includes a small bedside storage cube, as well as a wooden section at the foot of the bed that can also function as a shelf. The narrower side uses a small side table for bedside convenience.
This bedroom is filled with basic black furnishings but the styling makes the space anything but boring. The platform bed has minimalist lines and features two cushions as the headboard, which are paired with leather bolsters that run the width of the bed. A leather-covered bench with similar styling sits at the foot of the bed and the bedside tables add interest because they are different on both sides. A round table with a Scandinavian style lamp sits on one side, while two cube-style tables are on the right. Among all the bedroom ideas, this one is a stylish but no-nonsense option.
Living and Lounging
With extra space comes greater opportunity for creating additional relaxation areas in the bedroom. One of the most common master bedroom ideas is the addition of comfortable seating for reading. This contemporary bedroom combines a casual cushion-based headboard and integrated floating nightstands against a paneled feature wall. Modern sconces and art accent the wall and a geometric rug pull it all together. Near the bed, a chair, a modern floor lamp and an occasional table create a great spot for reading or relaxing with a cup of tea.
Whether a lack of space and storage is an issue or not, an all-in-one type of concept is a design-forward idea that many people prefer. This casual platform bed is integrated into a wall of shelving that also serves as nightstand space, keeping the design compact. Details like a built-in valet hanger on one side and storage cubes on the other can make a big difference when closet space is at a premium. While the color is a muted, earthy green, it’s still a neutral shade that would pair well with a wide range of other colors.
Not everyone wants an upholstered headboard and there are plenty of updated bedroom ideas that focus on wood. This bedroom has a Scandinavian vibe with a bit of a rustic touch thanks to how prominently the knots in the wood show. The fresh take includes floating vanities that are attached to the headboard as are the reading lights on each side. On the wall, lighted cubes add an accent along with extra storage and display space. To go with the casual feeling of the bedroom, large square poofs take the place of a traditional bench.
Minimalist style is very good for the bedroom, especially because experts say that the bedroom should be totally devoted to sleeping and not television, work or other activities. A sleek platform bed is a good base and here it is paired with a slim bench, modern lighting and eclectic bedside tables. The no-frills bedroom as little to distract from the main purpose but is still fresh and stylish.
Accenting the Bed
Even with a basic style, it’s possible to highlight the bed. Here, a floating wall has been positioned behind the bed. This one is tall, but it could be any height you choose. The wall can be used to add color and can be lit from behind to add drama to the room. It makes the bed more dramatic and enhances other elements like the pendant lights hanging over one of the nightstands. Speaking of which, if you’re looking for master bedroom ideas for refreshing lighting, using two different styles is a great one for adding interest to a basic space.
Eclectic Style for Kids Rooms
Kids generally don’t worry too much about whether their space is stylish — they just want it to be cool. And, as they grow, their tastes will change which is why basic, neutral furnishings make a great base for a kid’s bedroom. Sturdy gender-neutral pieces can be accented with colorful accessories and bedding that can change as the child grows. This particular room features a versatile twin bed as the focus and accompanying pieces that offer storage as well as function. Task lighting, as well as a general bedside light, cover all the bases.
Luxury lovers also have plenty of options for the bedroom, including within the modern realm. Upholstered in a chic gray crushed velvet, this bed is definitely a focal point thanks to its dramatic channel tufting on the headboard. No matter what this is paired with, the room will feel luxurious. Minimalist bedding keeps the lines clean but more opulent bedding would launch this to a whole other level. Despite the distinctive design, it’s actually a very versatile piece that works with a wide range of other furnishings.
Despite all the aforementioned minimalism, there’s still a big demand for more ornate bedroom designs from those who relax when they truly luxuriate in traditional style. This bedroom is opulent for many reasons, starting with the way the bed is made the focal point. Even though the rococo headboard is dramatic, it is emphasized by the red wall and lush drapes that frame the bed. Everything matches and detailing is exquisite, from the hardware on the nightstands and dresser to the accents on the bedding.
A Traditional Twist
If an opulent style bedroom is too much, restrained luxury is another option. This bedroom is a good example of how a traditional, luxuriously upholstered headboard can be combined with some contemporary elements to create a unique space. First of all, the bedding is luxurious but unadorned, which streamlines the look. The traditional silhouettes of the nightstands are combined with updated lighting that makes for a different look. The geometric wallpaper also lends a contemporary and unexpected flair.
If there’s anything that you take away from these inspirational photos, it should be that the bedroom is a personal space and although you want it to be stylish, it absolutely must appeal to your personal preferences. There’s no one you need to impress with your bedroom style except you and your partner. As long as it’s relaxing and conducive to sleep, the stylistic execution is up to you!
With the coffee table being such an important part of any home’s interior design, we’re often in a rush to make a purchase without taking the time to consider all the options. It’s amazing how many different designs and styles one can choose from. Of course, the design is not all that matters and cost is just as important With that in mind, we’ve taken on the task to find the best cheap coffee tables that you can purchase right now.
Before anything else, let’s talk numbers. Having a single coffee table is definitely the norm but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. In certain cases it’s more practical to have several small tables instead of a single large one. This gives more flexibility and can also look nice. This right here is a set of two nesting tables with very similar designs and shapes but with different proportions. The smaller table can fit underneath the larger one for easy storage. They’re both made out of MDF panels and bamboo legs. They’re durable and good-looking as well as very convenient. The small table measures 17.7(L) x 11.6(W) x 15.7(H) and the large one measures 23.6(L) x 15.5(W) x 17.7(H).
If you do decide to go with a single coffee table that will become the centerpiece of your living room, it’s important to pick a good shape for it. Round coffee tables are really nice because they really bring the room together and they soften any harsh lines and straight angles. This is a two-tier coffee table which blends together modern, rustic and industrial elements. It has a wooden top and a metal frame, with a perforated shelf at the bottom that mimics the top and offers storage for magazines, remotes, books and various other small items.
If you’re more of a rectangular coffee table type of person you have tons of great designs to choose from. One of our favorite pieces is this table which has a strong industrial vibe but still maintains a simple and modern appearance. It’s a design that relies on clean lines and angles and only two materials. The top is 2” thick and made out of MDF and the frame is made out of steel and has a matte black finish. These two elements complement each other beautifully and are also very easy to put together, making the assembly process quick and simple.
On a similar note, this coffee table also has rustic and industrial notes in its design which help to turn it into a beautiful focal point for a variety of different spaces and decors. Instead of looking cold and austere, the metal frame and perforated bottom shelf actually give this table a very charming look. They look wonderful in combination with the wooden top and ensure a sturdy and robust appearance with lots of character. The built-in metal shelf can hold up to 88 lbs and comes in very handy when you need a place to store all the magazines, books, remotes and other times in order to free up the table surface.
The same combination of wood and steel that we mentioned earlier was also used here to give this coffee table a rustic appearance with industrial accents. The table has a rectangular top and is 488” long x 24” wide and 18” high. It has a storage shelf 10” below the top which mimics the same type of wood and has a matching finish. The metal legs are slightly angles and that really adds style to this otherwise very simple piece.
The standard height of the coffee table is great in most cases but not when you want to use this piece as a desk for example. That’s why a mechanism such as this can turn out to be very practical. This coffee table has a wooden top that lifts up so you can use it as a work surface. While it does so, it also reveals a hidden storage compartment. In addition, there’s also a pair of open shelves at the bottom. The table’s dimensions are 43.15″ length x 19.45” width x 10.02 height.
All coffee tables which have some sort of built-in storage system are great because they’re very practical. If you think storage is extra important you can even find designs such as this one. This coffee table includes a wooden shelf at the bottom but also a metal wire compartment which cuts the top short and sits at an intermediate level. The rustic-industrial design is definitely a nice fit in this case, in line with the whole good-looking but also the practical vibe of the table.
If you prefer the cleaner look without any storage shelves and boxes, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a suitable design. We really like this particular one because of how simple and elegant it looks. Its dimensions are 23.62” D x 39.29” W x 17.91” H which makes it spacious and comfortable to use. The mid-century design aesthetic is part of the table’s charm and character, making it a nice fit for a variety of interiors, whether traditional, modern or even rustic.
Glass coffee tables can definitely be great but can often come across as outdated. The design is especially important in this case. Unless you want some very minimalistic, an all-glass coffee table is probably not your best option. Combining glass with other materials often looks wonderful and creates a very balanced look. This right here is a very stylish example. This table is made of solid MDF and glass. The top is clear and has beveled edges and the bottom shelf has an opaque finish.
This is the all-glass coffee table design that we were talking about earlier. As previously stated, minimalism is the best option in this case. This U-shaped design has a very nice continuity and fluidity and the lack of any storage shelves, hardware or connectors allows the focus to be on the shape alone. At the same time, this is a coffee table that won’t stand out which means that the room’s focal point can be something else. It looks lovely when paired with a cool-looking area rug.
Minimalist coffee tables can take a lot of different forms. This one has a very clean design with simple lines and a very sculptural and architectural aesthetic. The use of white all throughout the design and the glossy finish really emphasize the shape and design and give the table a sophisticated vibe. It’s also clear that this is a very sturdy piece . It’s built out of MDF and it’s quite compact, measuring only 33.5*21.7*12.2 inches.
Coffee tables often inevitably become focal points for the spaces that they’re in. A strategic choice of materials can really help make it stand out. This one features a very stylish combination of metal and marble. The frame has an elegant golden finish and four slender legs which frame the circular white marble top. The overall dimensions of the table are 36” length x 36” width x 18” height.
Some coffee tables look quite unique and this is a very good example. This design takes inspiration from antique metal tubs and the result is a very special-looking coffee table. The farmhouse design combines metal which has an antiqued galvanized finish and wood. These are two very different and contrasting materials which somehow manage to complement each other in this case. The table is not just eye-catching but also very practical, featuring a hidden storage area underneath the wooden top.
Acrylic coffee tables are similar to glass tables but tend to have a more casual appearance. There are lots of different designs to choose from and most are modern and minimalist. This particular table has a rectangular top and measures 42″ wide x 24″ deep x 17″ high. It’s lightweight, easy on the eyes and very versatile. Thanks to its transparent body it can be paired with any color palette.
This coffee table is quite different from anything we’ve looked at so far. It has a very interesting design composed of three sections. The base is fixed but the other two sections can rotate. This dynamic design adds an interactive twist to an otherwise simple piece of furniture. The overall dimensions of this piece are 31. 5”L x 23. 75”W x 13”h. It’s a great statement piece with a really unique twist and a multifunctional design that’s not just nice to look at but also practical to use.
I have a new favorite topping. Two of them, actually. #1- Goat cheese + fig preserves + dijon mustard. I’m telling you, that combination is HEAVEN on top of pork medallions. Just mix a half an ounce of dijon mustard, with 1 tablespoon of fig preserves, 1 teaspoon of water, and a pinch of salt…
Writing an introduction for the Airwave bed isn’t easy because this is a mattress very different compared to other models we’re used to reviewing. We’re going to have to do a little bit of in-depth explaining so that you can understand what makes this Japanese mattress unique when compared to its peers. It’s a bed that excels in chapters like durability and temperature neutrality, but does it sacrifice other qualities and features that you’d like to have in a bed? Read on and find out!
Airweave is a company founded by Motokuni Takaoka, but it was initially a fishing line company developed by his uncle. Having graduated from the Stanford School of Engineering, he began experimenting with how resin fiber can have multiple applications. The more he dived into the subject, the more he began to realize that this particular material could actually revolutionize sleep as we know it.
Back in 2007, Airweave launched its first mattress topper and has been researching and improving its line of products more and more. Thanks to their Airfiber, the company has created a mattress with a unique design and features to look forward to, making sure that you get a bed that’ durable, cooling, and makes it easy to switch from one sleeping position to another.
One of the first things that you want to know about a mattress that you have your heart set on is if they ship to your location. You can order the Airweave mattress if you live anywhere in the continental US, but they don’t currently handle deliveries to Hawaii and Alaska. However, you can also order the mattress in Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Japan, but you’ll have to visit the respective websites in order to get more details.
The actual shipment of the beds is handled by private freight companies, and the weight of one package will vary from 55 to 88 pounds. You can also opt for White Glove Service if you want, but it will cost you an additional $40. Otherwise, all shipping to the US is free.
One of the many things that make the Airweave bed unique is the unboxing experience, which will require a little bit of setup. This isn’t your average bed-in-a-box, as it doesn’t arrive compressed, nor is it shipped to you as a ready-to-use type of mattress. Instead, you will receive three blocks of airfiber material. As you put these side by side, you will have a single layer that makes up the entire mattress. It’s also important to note that off-gassing is almost inexistent.
There is only one word to describe the initial impression that you get when you first apply hand pressure on the bed: hard. The cover is soft and really pleasant to the touch, and it feels quite breathable as you brush your hand against it. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being used to rank the firmest type of bed out there, the Airweave bed is an 8.5, which is way above the industry average for a medium-firm mattress.
While the material that makes the core of the mattress does offer a little bit of response to pressure, it is clear that this mattress isn’t the best one at conforming, particularly if you are a sleeper who weighs less than 130 pounds. It’s true that the mattress is firm, but we can in no way state that it’s rock-solid, as it does have a little bit of give. Also, your body weight will surely cause you to feel the mattress differently than others. Overall, we have to say that this is firm bed.
As we’ve mentioned before, the construction of the Airweave bed is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Even when you think about a mattress that’s made entirely out of foam, you know the different layers of foam have different IDL or properties that differ from one another. When it comes to the Airweave bed, you get a mattress that’s made exclusively out of airfiber material.
The cover is made entirely out of polyester and it’s light and stretchable. It can completely be removed and washed in the washing machine, which makes caring for your mattress fairly easy when compared to other mattresses that require spot cleaning.
The core of the bed is made from the three blocks of airfibers that really have unique properties. They are made with an interwoven design, basically creating these tiny coils that have some space in between them, facilitating airflow up to a point where this mattress is naturally breathable.
Features and Benefits
There are plenty of distinctive features about the Airweave bed that makes it a very special type of mattress. It is one of the firmest beds that you’ll ever encounter, which makes it a good pick for heavyweight individuals that need a bed that doesn’t compress that easy.
It’s a mattress that does an excellent job in isolation motion, as the resin fibers manage to stay put even as one person tosses and turns throughout the entire night. But even when we’ve encountered mattresses that managed to isolate motion really well, we still believed that there was room for improvements as far as edge support is concerned. Well, not with the Airweave bed. This mattress has one of the strongest edge support systems we’ve ever seen, regardless of whether you’re just rolling over to the edge of the bed or sitting on it while you put on your socks.
The ease of maintenance of this bed is one more factor that really deserves a lot of praise. Not only is it super easy to remove the cover and clean it, but you can actually clean the interior of the mattress with great ease. What you basically have to do is to rinse the blocks of resin fibers in order to purge them of dust or debris, and then make sure they’re left in a well-ventilated room until they are completely dry and you’re ready to put the cover back on.
When you’re looking to buy a new mattress, you should always pick a size that you’re comfortable with, and preferably one that matches the foundation you already have. When it comes to the Airweave mattress, you can opt for all the standard sizes that range from Twin to Cal King.
When it comes to the Airweave capacity of trapping heat, this is one impressive bed. The resin fibers basically create these little coils (or noodles, as some people like to call them), with plenty of random spacing in between. As expected, instead of the heat being trapped on the surface or the upper layers of the bed, it passed through the entire mattress, which makes the Airweave as naturally cooling as a latex mattress (which is our benchmark for naturally breathable materials).
The Airweave mattress should do a really good job as far as durability is concerned, as the conglomerate of resin fibers and the firmness of the bed show us that it won’t easily compress even under heavy pressure. However, we found it a little bit puzzling to discover that the manufacturer actually stated that the mattress might break down faster if you weight more than 220 pounds. Even so, make no mistake, this is a mattress for heavy individuals.
Protection, Sleep Trial & Warranty
Caring for your Airweave bed is really easy considering the fact that you can just unzip the cover and remove it to clean it anytime you feel the need to. The airweave fibers need to be cleaned with lukewarm water, and not following these instructions can void the warranty of the bed. But, aside from protection, sleep trial and warranty are two very important aspects to research when you buy a bed online.
First of all, it is very important to mention that you will only benefit from the 100 nights of free sleep trial if you buy your mattress directly from the company’s official website, and not through any third-party retailer. Since it takes about 30 nights to get adjusted to sleeping on the bed, the manufacturer also asks that you wait these 30 nights before attempting to initiate a return.
The mattress comes with a 10-year warranty that covers visible indentations that are deeper than one inch, splits in the airfiber material that isn’t the customer’s fault, and manufacturing defects. Make sure that you read all the warranty details before buying the product, and keep in mind that you will need a proper bed foundation in order to avoid sagging.
Surprisingly enough, the Airweave mattress isn’t as inexpensive as you would think. The lowest price that you can pay for it is $1,070 for a Twin-sized bed (which was actually on discount at the time of this review and available for $970), while the most expensive model is the Cal King, which costs $1,610 when paid at full price.
It’s funny how a mattress that’s limited to a select group of sleepers can actually have so much positive feedback. I guess it just goes to show you that people are beginning to understand what exactly they need in a new bed and that helps them make way better choices.
You’d think that people would complain a lot about the firmness level of this mattress, but there is a very limited number of people that claimed the mattress is too firm and caused them pressure point pain. The vast majority of sleepers that have purchased and used the Airweave bed are extremely happy with how they sleep on it.
Some customers claim that the bed actually provides the perfect balance between softness and hardness, with a firmness rating so good that it’s tough to beat. Others are really happy with how naturally cooling this bed is, and this is one of their major expectation when adventuring in this particular shopping experience.
What’s perhaps even more surprising is that this firm mattress has actually pleased a lot of average-weight sleepers as well, claiming that even if they weigh around 150 pounds, they still managed to find comfort in the Airweave.
Who We Recommend the Airweave Bed For
The Airweave mattress is a one-of-a-kind bed, we have established that much. But what type of sleepers would best be paired with a bed that has a firmness rating unlike anything we’ve ever seen?
First of all, the construction of the bed makes it a good choice for people who like to sleep cool. It’s because of the unique construction that the inner part of the mattress makes it so easy for air to travel, meaning it can never stop the heat in the cover or the comfort layer of the bed, as other mattresses do.
It’s also a great option for people who like to sleep on top of the mattress instead of feeling like their bodies are sinking into the surface of the bed too much.
Due to its firmness level, this mattress is a solid option for people who need a firm bed, especially for heavyweight people and stomach sleepers, who really need a mattress that can push bad and avoid deep compression.
The Airweave mattress is a lot of different things, and a bed that brings forth a lot of surprises we didn’t expect. Made from resin-based fibers, this is one of the most durable and naturally cooling mattresses that you’ll ever get your hands on. Because of its high firmness rating, this mattress is better matched with people who weigh above 230 pounds, as well as for stomach sleepers of different body weights.
While this mattress doesn’t really cover a pool of customers that’s as wide as we’ve seen with other beds, this limitation doesn’t make it the least popular bed out there. It’s true that having the bed available in a single firmness level is limiting for a lot of sleepers, it’s also not that easy to find a good bed for heavyweight sleepers either, so we can definitely say that the Airweave bed deserves a chance if you fit in one of the two aforementioned categories, but also if you like a bed that doesn’t retain heat and is good at motion isolation.
FAQs: Short answers
Is a mattress protector needed?
While the cover of the Airweave mattress can be removed and washed, using a mattress protector is always a good idea if you really want to prolong the life of your bed.
How does the returns process work?
You can return the mattress within the first 100 nights of free sleep trial, but you will have to test it for at least 30 nights. If you choose to return the bed before the first 30 nights, you will have to pay a service fee of $150. Returning the mattress will ensure a refund in the form of the original payment, but it may take up to seven business days for you to be reimbursed.
Where can these beds be shipped?
You can order the Airweave mattress if you live anywhere in the continental US, but they don’t currently handle deliveries to Hawaii and Alaska. You can also order the mattress in Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Japan, but you’ll have to visit the respective websites in order to get more details.
What type of sleeper is this mattress best suited for?
The Airweave bed is best suited for sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or more, regardless of the sleeping position they prefer. Because it’s such a firm bed, it can also be comfortable for stomach sleepers of all weights.
Earlier this month, I spent 48 hours in Palm Springs. I was there for two reasons, first, I was craving a quick getaway to somewhere sunny to escape winter. Also because I’ve always wanted to drive around and look at the architecture that Palm Springs is famous for and I finally had a chance to do it! Palm Springs is major mid century eye candy. Its neighborhood homes possess cool roof lines, breeze block walls, desert landscaping, mod house numbers, and painted doors. I also stopped by a few of the iconic hotels to check out their own unique vibe.
My cousin Danny is an architect and he lives 90 minutes away so he met up with me and off we went to check out the architecture scene. First stop, the Parker, it has a famous tall breeze wall entry and a bohemian interior lobby.
Next, a walk around the Saguaro Hotel, a visual feast! This one is known for its rainbow colored exteriors, metal installations, and quirky cool lobby.
Finally we popped into the tiny Korakia mediterranean pensione, recommended by a friend, it had a more laid back bohemian vibe. I couldn’t resist a brief swing in the macramé hammock.
Modernism Week just ended, it’s an annual event hosted in Palm Springs celebrating all things mid century modern and hoards of architecture loving people come to live it up with swanky style. There are several famous homes that are open to the public for a fee. I was granted a press pass, which was kind of the committee, but instead opted out of Modernism Week and flew in a week early to avoid the crowds and higher hotel prices.
Based on the drawn out schedule of events, there was no way I could see them all in a 48 hour window, so I did some research and was delighted to find many of the iconic homes on the tours have been featured online. I rounded up the virtual tours I found, click on the name of these homes for more of their history and a look inside.
the recently restored Cree House, designed in 1955
and this contemporary home, the Axiom House, designed for a “Palm Springs lifestyle”
And of course if you’re like me and just like to drive around cool neighborhoods looking at architecture, then you’ll enjoy the Palm Springs door tour. I snapped a few photos and I’ll be making an illustrated art collection to release in my new art shop soon.
They have locals that offer these tours and there are bloggers before me who have drawn up maps so you can drive or ride around to see these. Kara at Whimsy Soul drew a map for a self guided tour, and Andrea at Salty Canary shared another fun map of the famous Palm Springs doors.
So, those of you who have visited Palm Springs, tell me what did I miss? Give me a reason to return.
I’ve never been a morning person. For as long as I can remember, the early hours of the day (anytime before 8:30 am) have been marked by a debilitating need for coffee, a dogged persistence to stay in bed, and a blatant disregard for my alarm. In an effort to change my ways, I knew I needed a little extra help, so I decided to try out a few different natural sleep aids.
I’ve consumed plenty of information on the habits of morning people and I’ve tried many techniques to become an early bird myself. Yet, no morning workout class, alarm-across-the-room placement, or icy-cold face wash could keep me from returning to my covers. I came to a point of acceptance in my sleep journey, realizing that there was only one thing that would actually help me to wake up earlier: I had to go to bed earlier.
Every time I aimed to fall asleep an hour or two earlier than my typical midnight bedtime, though, I found myself tossing and turning. With the ambition of waking up earlier, falling asleep suddenly became something stress-inducing, and my worries made it impossible to get some shut-eye. With five different natural sleep aids in my arsenal, however, I was finally able to get the rest I sought and I even woke up feeling pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
The Old-School Pick
Melatonin is likely the most widely recognized sleep aid, but it’s not without mixed reviews. I had long avoided it out of the fear that it would work almost too well, making it impossible for me to wake up in the morning. Still, when I was faced with a bought of jet lag, I decided to try it out, hoping that it would, at the very least, help me to fall asleep at a normal hour in my new time zone.
At 10:45 pm, I took a 3 mg dose. By 11:15 pm, I was asleep. The 30-minute window between taking the supplement and going to bed wasn’t characterized by drowsiness but rather a general sense of relaxation.
“Our bodies naturally produce this hormone in the evening to regulate our sleep cycle,” explains Dr. Erin Stokes, ND, and medical director at MegaFood. “The natural cue of darkness is what causes the body to produce more melatonin, and many healthcare professionals believe the increase in light exposure from screen time in the evening has contributed to a rise in insomnia. Melatonin can be particularly helpful for certain individuals who are in a new time zone and have difficulty adjusting to a new bedtime.”
Stokes, however, recommends that melatonin isn’t used as a long-term solution for insomnia but rather something that can help every now and again. It didn’t make me feel totally refreshed in the morning, but it enabled me to get at least eight hours of sleep, and that’s something I won’t complain about.
The CBD Twist
Not all CBD products are made the same; whether a product will help you fall asleep or whether it will simply help ease stress depends on the exact formulation. I’ve grown accustomed to using CBD tinctures (opting for a relatively high potency of 1000 mg) to abate anxiety, so I was open to trying it as a sleep aid. Mineral Health’s Sleep tincture stood out because of its unique blend of CBD and CBN, another cannabinoid found in hemp.
“CBN is more powerful as a sedative than CBD and highly effective in small doses,” explains Matthew “Mills” Miller, founder of Mineral. “Consuming 2.5 mg of CBN has the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative. Nonetheless, CBN is synergistic with CBD, and both depend on each other’s presence to accentuate the effect.”
On a day when I felt particularly wound up, I opted for this sleep aid around 10:45 pm, I took a full dropper of the tincture and allowed it to absorb underneath my tongue. I read for 15 more minutes and fell asleep. It seemed to work well.
But here’s the thing: I probably didn’t need a full dropper. In fact, a half dosage probably would’ve been sufficient. The sedative-like quality of this product left me feeling lethargic and all the more unwilling to get out of bed in the morning. Now I know to either cut down on my dosage or save this potent product for sleep help on long-haul flights.
The Herbal Remedy
For those who don’t want to opt for melatonin alone as a convenient pill option, Love Wellness’s sleep supplements make a fair alternative. They contain both valerian and magnesium—two other natural ingredients that have been shown to help with sleep.
“Magnesium supports muscle relaxation, which is why it’s commonly associated with healthy sleep support,” explains Stokes. “Valerian is a well-known plant and has a long history of use that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome, where it was taken to help with both sleep and general nervousness.”
I took two of these supplements around 10 pm on a night when I hoped to fall asleep quickly, and it worked. I felt drowsy quite shortly after taking the dosage and found myself turning in for the night even earlier than I anticipated, not even making it a chapter through my book.
The added pre-sleep drowsiness that these pills granted is a helpful side-effect for anyone who needs to fall asleep fast, but ideally, I prefer a supplement that still enables me to be a bit more selective about my bedtime.
The Beauty Sleep Bonus
I drink assorted hot liquids throughout the day as a means of sustaining myself. In the early morning, I’ll start with hot coffee. By mid-morning, I’ll switch to Earl Grey tea. By afternoon, I’ve moved on to green tea, and in the evening, I’ll switch to something herbal, like kava, mint, or moringa tea. This is what made Beauty Chef’s easy-to-mix powder appealing.
On a night when I brought a hot cup of kava tea to my bedside table, I mixed in a spoonful of this powder, which contains lemon balm, an herbal sedative that can help with mild sleep disorders (though not a ton of clinical research has been done on it). This powder also contains turmeric and other herbs that promote a skin-glowing effect.
The tea concoction did help me drift off to sleep, but it didn’t prevent me from waking up at 3 am from a stress-related dream. The natural sedative was powerful enough to get me to bed, but it wasn’t strong enough to keep me soundly asleep. This option, it seems, is best if you’re more interested in probiotic skin benefits.
The Winner: The Dropper Effect
My ideal sleep supplement helps me fall asleep without feeling overly drowsy, makes me feel refreshed when I wake up, and doesn’t require a high dosage of anything. I found this exact mix of results in The Nue Co.’s Sleep Drops.
“In our Sleep Drops, we use a blend of valerian root, chamomile, passion flower, and catnip—these ingredients work together to gently depress the central nervous system, reduce anxiety, and aid relaxation,” explains Jules Miller, founder of The Nue Co. “The idea isn’t to provide a knock-you-out product where you wake up with that ‘hangover’ feeling, but to deliver totally restorative, easy sleep.”
Just six drops into a glass of water helped me to fall asleep shortly after hitting the pillow, and when I woke up, I felt all right. I didn’t hop out of bed with a ton of energy, but it also wasn’t a total struggle. For now, that feels like a step in the right direction.
When Hotelette founder Allison Crawford first walked into the kitchen of her two-bedroom Austin loft project, she wasn’t seeing the light. Yet. “It was dark and small,” she recalls. So she switched up the layout, moving the whole room 25 feet closer to windows. Then, to amplify the natural light and open up the space, she chose an unusual backsplash: antique mirrors. The reflective material (a nod to the apartment’s Art Deco roots) immediately opened up the space.
The chunks of glass were tough to install but totally worth it. Crawford discovered the luminous panels on the Etsy shop Atlanta Mirror Marvel after a lengthy search process. Spoiler: The pieces aren’t decades old—they’re just made to look authentic with a smoke patina treatment. And Diana Skellenger, the contractor who worked on the project, was extra-particular when purchasing the handcrafted slabs from the vendor. “Unlike with tiles, there’s no room for mistakes during order or installation,” she says. While a definite investment (Crawford estimates the final cost to be around $2,000), the real deal would have come to at least double. Below, Skellenger and Crawford give us the backstory on the unconventional material and share tips for how to make it work in your home.
Skellenger had to be precise with her measurements when ordering the glass because the fabricator is the one who cuts the single ¾-inch-thick slab, including the holes for the outlets, before shipping it. Crawford, understandably, was on edge when the fragile piece was in transit, but, luckily, it arrived unscathed. The installers used a wet saw to cut the mirror into four separate slabs.
The Rest of the Room
Crawford’s goal for the aesthetic was to find a middle ground between old and new. “The owners wanted the room to be bohemian but sophisticated; eclectic but modern,” she says. The condo building was built in the 1930s, and the windows and terrazzo floors are both original to the place, so the antique-inspired glass was the cherry on top of the existing charm.
For a contemporary touch, Crawford chose high-contrast cabinets. The lower cupboards and the built-ins around the matte black refrigerator are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings, while the open shelves, hood, and walls are swathed in Benjamin Moore’s Super White—her go-to neutral. Crawford also sourced the hardware (a mix of vintage and new handles and latches, all in the same brass finish) from Etsy.
Not ready to financially commit to massive chunks of glass? Crawford recommends Ann Sacks’s collection of glass tiles ($80 per square foot) if you want a similar look on a smaller scale and tighter budget. Or if you’re not up for remodeling at all, stock up on antique mirrors and display them in a gallery on the wall. Your space will never feel brighter.
Every living room needs a focal point, whether it’s a colorful sofa, a work of art…or a fireplace fender. Brooklyn Decker introduced us to the centerpiece on Instagram over the weekend. Called club fenders, these bench-like blockades came into popularity in England in the early 1900s, according to manufacturer Rockingham Fender Seats, but they’re coming back in fashion.
Decker shared a photo of her husband, tennis star Andy Roddick, cozied up with a book in front of the bumper, which offers a foot or so of empty space between the herringbone-tiled hearth and the rug. Back in the day, fenders were used for purely functional purposes (they prevent logs from rolling around), which is why you’d typically find them in dark, chilly spaces like a billiards room or library. Now, though, they’re simply another hangout spot. (Psst: You can actually sit on a lot of them.)
Monochrome home interiors are a sleek modern option, but adding in bright colour really revs up the energy and character of a space. Today we’re specifically looking at how contrasting red and blue accents balance each other out in a black, white, and grey home decor scheme–as well as pump up the wow factor. Take a tour around a studio apartment with a blue accent lounge, red infused kitchen, and some quirky wall art, to see how to push the theme big and bold. Then, finish off with a family home that’s alive with colourful focal areas that float in a tranquil sea of white and wood tone.
Our first red and blue accented home is a studio apartment that’s characterised by oversized elements and concrete feature walls. In the lounge, a modern sofa strikes a line of electric blue behind a round coffee table on a circular area rug.
The concrete partition wall behind the modern sofa marks a divide between the lounge and kitchen.
LEDs shine where the concrete wall meets the ceiling to accentuate its raw texture. Track lights beam around the perimeter of the lounge.
Indoor plants are dotted around the layout, building height around linear furniture. Grey concrete planters complement the living room feature wall. A red slimline media unit stands out brightly against a geometric wall treatment.
Quirky wall art competes with the colourful room elements for the spotlight.
Glass bifold doors can be drawn closed across the sleep space of the studio apartment, or left open to increase the depth of the living room.
A track light system draws out a square above the bed.
Monochrome wall panels layer up to build a cozy bedroom scheme with light and shade. LEDs in the headboard wall trick the mind into thinking there is a window there.
The sleeping nook gains natural light from the living room window, even if its glass doors are shut.
Vertical wall sconces thread narrow wall spaces.
Solid red cabinet doors slide an adventurous slab of colour into the home entryway. These are the main wardrobes for the home since the bedroom is sleeping space only.
A void beneath the floating closets stores shoes; the line is lit by LEDs concealed under the lip of the units.
The grey front door is smoothly camouflaged within grey wall panels. A tall mirror widens the look of the space.
Chevron wood flooring connects the open plan living areas.
A grey and white kitchen design is uplifted by red cabinetry in the central island.
Large dining pendant lights make a heavy display low over the island countertop. White woven kitchen bar stools lighten the look.
Cabinets across the one wall kitchen are knocked back in white; a prep space at the centre carves out a dark block of grey raw concrete.
Pops of plant greenery freshen up the heavy room palette.
Ribbed cabinet doors, and ridged light shades build texture.
Walking into the bathroom, a slick stripe of red flows around the modern bathroom vanity and the cistern wall.
A clean white border defines the vanity area, whilst grey granite and smooth panels clad the rest.
Towels and toiletries stack in a striking red shelf tower.
An expanse of white tiles give the shower a light and bright air.
Our second red and blue accented interior is a vibrant modern family home. Grey, white and natural wood elements provide the base for colourful hero pieces, like this bright red window seat and matching red soffit. Although not quite as colourful, the piece of cool cat furniture above the sofa definitely deserves a mention; its angular form and wood lining make it a piece of feline friendly art. An equally stylish little cat ladder means that the furry family member doesn’t have to use the sofa or anyones head for a leg up.
A panel of grey provides a mounting spot for the TV.
Just a thin stripe of blue by the bookcase gloriously juxtaposes the red window installation.