The Bedroom Accent Chair

April 17, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I enjoy watching home decoration shows to get tips on how to improve my home’s décor. Recently, I was watching a show about bedrooms that made me look at my room with a more critical eye. It was a tough realization, but I don’t have a well decorated bedroom. I’m setting out to improve this, and I think I’d like to start by purchasing an accent chair. Do you have any suggestions?

-Kelly from Augusta, ME

Dear Kelly,

Thank you for writing. I admire your ability to take a look at your bedroom with a fresh set of eyes. Sometimes, we get so used to the items in our décor that we don’t realize when they start to look bad. As you’re searching for the perfect accent chair for your bedroom, keep in mind what you want to use it for. Will this chair be used more for decoration, or do you plan on sitting in it? If you’re not planning on using the chair very often, then you can search for something more decorative and not worry about comfort. If you want to use it often, then you might want to put comfort before style.

Like anything in your décor, your bedroom accent chair should complement the other items of furniture. In a bedroom, the bed is typically the focal point, so your accent chair should convey they same themes and evoke the same feelings as the design of your bed.

US-Mattress has a vast selection of accent chairs that can transform the look of any bedroom. Whether you prefer the looks of traditional style, or you’d rather display a more contemporary design, you can find great looking accent chairs at the lowest prices on the web.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Old World Bedroom Sets

December 5, 2013

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These days, it seems like I’m always hearing from people who love Old World bedroom sets. They can’t get enough of the rich splendor of Old World furniture, and hey, I can’t blame them. This ole Snooze Guru has a soft spot for Old World furniture, and I get a real kick out of telling people about the Old World bedroom sets they can find at US-Mattress.

In honor of Old World bedroom sets, I would like to share an excerpt from one of my favorite novels, Old World, New Feelings by travel author Michael LaFond. This passage comes from the chapter entitled, “The Aftermath: From There to Back Again.”

In the spring of 1977, I hopped upon my trusty steed, Luther, and headed west in search of a dream. I got as far as western Kentucky, which, in fact, was not that far from where I started. Luther was getting old by then and he didn’t have much steam left in him. I’d had him for nearly a decade, after acquiring him from a local merchant who owed me a little something something after I settled some business for him. Anyway, Luther took me as far west as he could, and we stopped off at a little town just east of tomorrow. Luther was tired and I wasn’t feeling eager, so we settled in at a bed and breakfast owned by a short man and a taller man. It wasn’t clear what relationship existed between the men, but it was apparent that they’d been in the bed and breakfast game for a while and knew a thing or two about hospitality. It was also apparent that the shorter of the men, Daniel, was the one in charge. The taller one, whose name I never learned, was clearly uncomfortable with this reality and made it known to each of the guests.

After securing Luther’s accommodations for the night, I took my things and found my room at the end of a carpeted hallway of appropriate length. I turned on the bedroom light and found furniture steeped in heritage, grandeur, and sophistication. My kind of place. Familiar. Elegant. Old World. I sat at a small desk that was neatly tucked away in a corner behind the bed and drafted what would be the most difficult letter I’d ever write. “Dear Eleanor,” it started. “Sorry about what I did to your car last Thursday when I borrowed it. Yep. It was me,” it finished.

After I sealed the envelope, I took it downstairs and asked Daniel if he would mail it for me in the morning. As I was walking back to my room, I stopped and turned back toward the front desk. “Daniel. The furniture in my room is beautiful. I really love it.” “Thank you,” he said. “It’s Old World.” “You’re welcome,” I said. “I know.”

Head to US-Mattress.com to get the web’s lowest prices on today’s best Old World bedroom sets, and bring rich, elegant tradition into your bedroom.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Camouflage Recliners

October 29, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m gonna start by saying how much I love hunting. I’m a real man’s man, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than hunting. I’m looking to outfit my room with some real manly looking furniture. Does US-Mattress have anything that a manly hunter like myself can enjoy? Something, you know, manly?

-Horace from Angola, IN

Dear Horace,

Thank you for your letter and your enthusiasm. I can tell you’re a real man’s man. I can really identify with that, as I too am a man’s man. I think it’s great that you’re trying to bring a manly presence into your room because, you know, I’m a man’s man. If I know you like I think I do, Horace, you’re going to love Catnapper’s camouflage recliners. These luxuriously plush recliners are as comfortable as they are bursting with bearded brawn. You’ll love how the camouflage pattern complements what must be hundreds of other camouflage items in your room. Head to US-Mattress to get the web’s lowest prices on these popular chairs, and enjoy relaxing in manly comfort.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Broken Mirrors, Shattered Dreams

October 1, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m sure you’ve heard that if you break a mirror, you’ll get seven years of bad luck. But I bet you’ve never heard about someone who, after looking back on the last seven years of his life, can conclude that yes, a broken mirror did bring seven years of bad luck. Well, I’m one of those people, and I can conclude that all of my bad luck can be attributed to the mirror I broke while trying to hang it on the bedroom wall. Barbara, my wife at the time, had received the mirror as a gift from her late aunt, Mary, and she was determined to find the perfect spot for it in our bedroom. Well, we didn’t find the perfect spot because before we could hang it up, I dropped it on my foot, shattering my bones, the glass, and, as I would find out much later, my dreams.

After I broke the mirror, I anticipated the worst, and as you can imagine, some of the worst did happen. I lost my wife, my family, and my job. I went bald. My credit score plummeted. But I expected these things. You expect bombshells like that when you’re doomed with seven years of bad luck. What I didn’t expect (and this is the stuff that was most troublesome) were the little things. In addition to losing all of life’s best parts, I was plagued trivial trials too. My shoes were constantly coming untied. I frequently had gas. I began to lose faith in all of life’s little securities – buttons, clasps, and even Velcro straps. Everything came undone. I was so unlucky. But, last Monday at 12:07 p.m., the curse ended. That afternoon, I found a lucky penny. Do you believe that? I found a lucky penny. Things are looking up for me now, Snooze Guru. I’m telling you.

Anyway, I haven’t tried to hang a mirror in seven years, and I’d like to purchase some for my apartment. Where can a lucky guy like me get a great price on a decorative mirror?

-Peter from Petersburg, VA

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your letter. I think we can all learn something from your experience, and I’m happy to hear that your luck has changed. You’re about to get even luckier, because US-Mattress has a great selection of mirrors that will complement a number of décors and design themes, so you can easily find the perfect one for your bedroom. Just be careful when you hang it up.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Reducing Clutter With a Bookcase

September 17, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

Lately, I’ve noticed that my bedroom looks really cluttered. Despite my best efforts, I can’t seem to keep things neatly organized. I was thinking about getting a bookcase, but I don’t really have THAT many books. Do you think a bookcase is a good option for me? I’m looking to organize my vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and some books.

-Graham from New York, NY

Dear Graham,

Thank you for your letter. I was recently in a similar situation, so I know how frustrating it can be when, despite your best efforts, you can’t keep your bedroom free of clutter. A bookcase sounds like a great idea for you, given the items you want to store. Since records, DVDs, and CDs are items you want readily available, a bookcase is probably a better option than something with drawers that would keep them stowed away. If you’re storing records, you’ll want to make sure you find a bookcase with shelves that are spread out enough to allow the records to stand side by side. As you probably know, you should never stack your records on top of one another, as the weight will cause them to warp.

At US-Mattress, you can find a large selection of bookcases of varying styles and sizes. As you can see in the picture above, bookcases aren’t just for books. In fact, outside of a library or book store, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find a bookcase that contains only books. Pay attention the next time you’re in a well decorated space with bookcases. You’ll see all sorts of items stored. In the picture above, the various items work together to create a cohesive look with depth, dimension, and variety. Shop through our collection, and find a bookcase that complements your bedroom’s décor and has the necessary storage space you need. Good luck, and happy organizing!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Storage Beds

July 16, 2013

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For today’s post, I’d like to share an excerpt from the book Stolen Dreams, written by Michael LaFond. This autobiographical account chronicles LaFond’s years as a woodworker along the Mediterranean in a small Italian village called Passo Oscuro, making furniture and memories. The following is taken from the chapter entitled “Keep Your Dreams at Your Bedside, Rosa.”

I came back into the village after a brief quarrel with Carlo, the banker who let me take up residence in his guest quarters while I built him several coffee tables of varying sizes. Carlo insisted that I lost his trust after I used his mustache comb as a toothpick and asked me to leave. I was walking by the village well when I looked up to the street above and saw a moving truck go by. I decided to follow the moving truck because that’s what you do if you’re me. The truck pulled in front of a small casa not far down the road. I saw a beautiful woman emerge form the passenger seat of the truck, and watched as she directed the men who unloaded countless dressers and chests into the woman’s small casa. I thought the number of storage furniture was far too great for the size of the casa, so I made my way toward the woman, waving the entire time. I asked her why she needed so much storage furniture. I told her that her casa is too small for all of that. She called me rude and said, “Why do you care? What does it matter to you?” I took her hand and asked her name. “Rosa,” she said. “I am Rosa.” “Rosa,” I said. “I am Michael LaFond, of woodworking fame. I am going to build you a storage bed.”

I gathered lumber and other supplies and arrived at Rosa’s casa the following morning. She forgot that I was going to come, so there was a little initial confusion and yelling, but eventually she let me get to work. While I measured the wood, Rosa asked me why I was doing what I was doing. Why did I care? “Because, Rosa. You’re wasting so much space. This storage bed will eliminate at least two of your dressers.” “I don’t believe you,” she said, “but I trust you.” We looked at each other and both smiled and nodded and raised our eyebrows. After a short time, my work was coming together. “You work quickly,” she said. “Thank you,” I replied. “I am good at what I do.” She laughed and said, “You know, you really are.”

After I was finished, Rosa came into the bedroom and saw my beautiful work. “It’s…it’s perfect,” she said. “I…I have so much more room in my casa now. This…this is a dream come true.” She shook my hand, and as I walked out the door, she whispered something into my ear, but I had been working all day and I was really hungry so I don’t remember what she said. It was probably something about what a great idea it was for me to build her a storage bed – how storage beds can save valuable space in small rooms. She probably wanted to thank me for doing it for free and all too, but again, I was really hungry so I wasn’t paying attention.


Desks for Small Spaces

July 9, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru

I just moved into a studio apartment, and it’s a pretty cramped place. I’m trying to balance the vibe between bedroom and living room, but it’s tough with the limited amount of space. I do a fair bit of my work at home, so I’d really like to have a desk in there. My kitchen table isn’t really conducive to diligent working. Do you have any suggestions for a desk that won’t take up a lot of space, but will still be large enough for me to stay organized while I work?

Jack from Shreveport, LA

Dear Jack,

Thank you for your letter. It can certainly be a challenge to furnish a studio apartment. You don’t want it to look like just a bedroom, but you also don’t have too much room for furniture that’s typically seen in living rooms. Since you work from your apartment, it makes a lot of sense to have a desk to use as a permanent work space. When you work at your kitchen table, you have to pack everything up at the end of the day. This can make it difficult to stay organized and productive. Fortunately there are some desks that take up minimal space while still allowing for storage and organization. I’m fond of wall mount desks like the one pictured above. Wall mount desks are kind of like a Murphy bed for desks. You can pull it down while you’re working, and then close it up when you’re done. Most wall mount desks have plenty of room for a lap top, and many of them come with drawers and storage compartments that help you stay organized.

Corner desks are also a good option for work space in a small room. The fit right into the corner of your wall, making the most of what is often wasted space. Corner desks often have deeper drawers than wall mount desks, so if you plan on storing a lot of work material in your desk, then a corner desk might be a better option for you.

You can find wall mount desks, corner desks, and a variety of other small desks when you shop with US-Mattress. Don’t let your small living space keep you from living your life. Head to US-Mattress, and create the kind of space that you’re happy to call home.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Nightstands: A Sleeper’s Best Friend

May 28, 2013

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Okay, okay. Maybe the title of this post is a little dramatic. In actuality, nightstands are probably a sleeper’s third best friend. Maybe fourth. But who wants to read anything about anyone’s fourth best friend? Exactly. Now, before you continue reading, it’s important that you understand that I understand that a sleeper’s best friend is probably his or her mattress. The pillow probably comes in second, but after that, it’s open for interpretation. But know this, nightstands are pretty neat pieces of furniture that can fulfill a lot of your night time and morning needs.

Nightstands come in a variety of styles to suit any design preference or functionality. Many feature valuable storage space with drawers or shelves. Your nightstand is the perfect place to store items that you might need throughout the night or in the morning. You can keep your favorite book or magazine an arm’s length away. Put a lamp on top of your night stand, and you’ll never have to get out of bed to turn off a light after you’ve finished reading before bed. Additionally, you can keep items like tissues, medicine, eye glasses, or anything else that you might need in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. It’s more than unpleasant to have to get out of bed in the middle of the night to get a tissue, or to get out of bed on a morning you’d planned on sleeping in just to take your morning medicine. Having a nightstand next to your bed can help you get the most out of your resting hours.

Aside from their functionality, nightstands can really help to fill out the décor of your bedroom. While the bed is the focal point of the room, accent furniture like nightstands brings a cohesive look to the ensemble because they can tie together elements from your other pieces of furniture. You could have a traditional looking sleigh bed and a contemporary looking dresser. If you take what you like about both pieces and try to find that in a nightstand, your room will look more thoughtfully planned.

If you’ve been thinking of purchasing your first nightstand, or you’d like to replace an old, outdated one, then head to US-Mattress.com for the best prices on great looking nightstands with quality that lasts. With nightstands available in a wide variety of styles, colors, finishes, and designs, you’re sure to find a nightstand you’ll love. But don’t stop at just one nightstand! Shop through our wide selection to find nightstands for your every room in your home. You, your children, and your guests will love experiencing the attractive convenience that a nightstand has to offer.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Updating Your Child’s Bedroom

April 16, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

As a mother, I’ve learned that there are many stages of children’s lives when you can classify them as being “at that age.” When they’re young and they’re starting to talk back, you say, “they’re at that age.” And when they don’t want anything to do with their parents, you say, “they’re at that age.” Well, my son Jeremy is certainly “at that age” when he’s outgrown his bedroom. We haven’t updated it in a while, and I will admit that it is a little childish for him. He says he’s embarrassed to have friends over because they call him “Baby Jeremy.” I think it’s cute, but Jeremy certainly doesn’t. Lately he’s been saying things like, “MOM, I’m not a little KID anymore! Gahhhhhhh. I’m sick of having a baby room! Gahhhhh.” He’s generally unpleasant a lot of the time too. Like when he’s saying, “MOM, YOU HAVE TO KNOCK!” or “MOM, STAY OUT OF MY BUSINESS FOR ONCE!” Now, I know this is mostly because he’s “at that age,” but I would like to help him redecorate his bedroom. Do you have any tips about this?

-Debbie from Blue Ash, OH

Dear Debbie,

Thank you for your letter. I know exactly what Jeremy is going through. When I was a kid, I was stuck with teddy bears on my walls for far longer than I was comfortable with. It’s tough being at that age, but fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to transform your son’s bedroom into something that pleases him and reflects his own personality and interests. That’s really the main thing – making sure he feels like he has an input in the process. If he comes home to a redecorated room one day, you might find that he’s equally unhappy with the new design you chose. I suggest sitting down with Jeremy and asking him what he wants his room to look like. As he gets older, independence becomes more and more important. I suggesting giving him some freedom in there. If his room is large enough, you may consider investing in a futon or daybed that will offer some space where he and his friends can hang out during the day and crash at night. If he doesn’t already have one, I would also suggest getting a desk for his room. This will give him a place to do his homework and bring some organization to the room as well.

Sit down with Jeremy, and take a look around US-Mattress.com. We have a large inventory of bedroom furniture that will please children at any age. For Jeremy, I recommend shopping in our tween and teen section. You’ll find several age appropriate furniture pieces that will hopefully help him feel better about his bedroom.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


A Contemporary Bedroom

April 11, 2013

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Dear Snooze Guru,

For the last 17 years, my husband has insisted that our home feature a traditional décor. Every room, even down to the nicknacks. “Kathy,” he’d say, “we live in a traditional home and that’s that. I don’t want to hear about any other kind of design styles. I just don’t want to hear it. I am putting my foot down right now and it’s planted firmly in this beautiful traditionally decorated home of ours.” For years, I didn’t put up too much of a fight because, well, I guess it wasn’t that important to me. I was okay with the traditional décor. If it made Ted so happy, then it was good enough for me. But then I started to get really sick of it. Specifically in our bedroom. I was so tired of our traditional furniture. See, I tend to prefer more modern and contemporary styles, but for the longest time I couldn’t imagine telling Ted. Sure, he’s my husband and I shouldn’t have secrets from him, but this was just too big. It was too much. I was just too much. I knew he would be devastated. Just absolutely shocked. He’d feel betrayed. He’d feel hurt. He’d feel angry.

But then a significant event happened a few months ago that kind of changed my situation. Ted was slapped in the face with an old sock filled with deli meats. He didn’t have any change to give a homeless man, and the guy just went loose on him with the meat sock. It was terrifying for Ted and me, but the people who saw it were pretty entertained. Ted fell unconscious after several slaps, and he was taken to the local hospital where he remained in a coma for four days. Four life changing days. When he awoke, it was like he was just a little bit different. He was still Ted, but something wasn’t the same. I couldn’t put my finger on it until I brought him home and he threw a fit in our bedroom. “This furniture is NOT SUITABLE FOR OUR BEDROOM!” he screamed. “But Ted, you love this furniture. It’s your favorite furniture.” I told him, trying to calm him down. “That’s NONSENSE! Everybody knows I’m a contemporary man! This is all too traditional! I hate it! I need to get out of here right this minute!” I was so shocked. So confused. So unsure. But then I realized that I’d been given a tremendous gift. Ted now hated the furniture as much as I did! I realized that I could finally decorate my home in a way that reflects my personality and style. It was the best day of my life, apart from the fact that Ted wasn’t fully recovered. I was pretty upset about that.

Anyway, Snooze Guru, since that day, Ted and I have been painstakingly redecorating our home. We have almost every room done now, except for our bedroom. We really want to make sure we pick out the right contemporary bedroom furniture. Do you have any tips or suggestions that will help us as we take on the task of redecorating this very important room in our home?

-Kathy from Rutland, VT

Dear Kathy,

Thank you for your letter. Your story is so gripping and inspiring. I hope that Ted is fully recovered, and that the two of you have been able to get past this terrifying meat sock incident. It’s unfortunate that you had to go through such a traumatic event to get the look you want in your home, but I’m happy for you nonetheless. Redecorating your home is an exciting undertaking, albeit a difficult one. Since your bedroom is such a vital room in your home, it’s important that you feel comfortable with the furniture in there. Fortunately, US-Mattress has an extensive collection of contemporary bedroom furniture pieces. Whether you’d like to put the ensemble together piece by piece, or you’d like the ease of purchasing items in a set, you have a lot of great choices in our inventory. Some of my favorite contemporary bedroom sets come from Magnussen, Aspen Home, and Signature Design by Ashley. These brands do a great job of producing hip, fresh looking contemporary pieces with exceptional quality. I think that upholstered items look great in a contemporary décor. The headboard in this set from Signature Design by Ashley features a clean buttonless tufted design that complements the clean straight lines of the other pieces exceptionally well. If you prefer the look of metal over wood or upholstery, as many contemporary enthusiasts do, then this set from Coaster may interest you. The sleek design is the epitome of minimalist décor, and you may find it refreshing after spending years among clunky traditional bedroom furniture.

No matter what kind of contemporary look you’re trying to achieve, let US-Mattress help you realize your vision. With our vast selection of quality contemporary pieces, you can count on finding a bedroom set that you and your husband will love.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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