The Perfect Accent: Oriental Weavers Rugs

December 18, 2014

Oriental Weavers Aston 2160Y Geometric Beige and Multicolor Area Rug

Sometimes it really is the smallest details that make the biggest difference. I had a friend in high school who never texted using punctuation at the end of her sentences, and then she always wondered why no one could understand anything she was saying. Every sentence needs a full-stop punctuation mark at the end so that people can better comprehend what is being said. It lets the reader know when the idea that is being communicated is finished. Similarly, decorative accents act as the full-stop punctuation for a room. Items like rugs, window treatments, and mirrors can add lots of personal character and attitude to a space to make it a better reflection of you. They complete the room.

Rugs specifically can have a fantastic effect on your home. They are a great way to break up empty floor space or add some bold color or pattern to any room. Plus, you can get them in a huge number of sizes and styles, so it’s pretty easy to find a rug for any space you can imagine. And they are perfect for adding a little extra insulation during colder months, which is especially handy if you have lots of hardwood or tile floors.

US-Mattress now sells rugs from Oriental Weavers, which is part of the world’s largest manufacturer of area rugs and carpet. There is pretty much no end to the kinds of rugs that they make, so no matter how picky you are about your rugs, you’re practically guaranteed to find one that you like from them. Additionally, they have an entire Pantone Universe collection, which is great for keeping your home current without having to totally redo the entire room.

But seriously, if you feel that your room is missing something, you’ll want to try out a rug. They’re an easy, convenient way to enhance, enliven, and ultimately complete any room in your home.

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway — Not With My New Frozen Throw

December 16, 2014
Disney Frozen Throws at

Disney Frozen Throws at

Typically, I don’t go to the movies that often. Maybe, if it’s something I’m dying to see, I’ll catch a matinee one Saturday, or wait until my hometown’s tiny, one-screen theater shows it two months later. But for the most part, the first time I see any movie is sometime after it has come out on DVD. The same was true with the movie Frozen.

I didn’t see Frozen until this past summer. I know, I know, what was I thinking? But I have to say — I thought it was good. I thought it was so good that I watched it again the next night, and the night after that. I had “Let It Go” on loop during all my daily activities. I hummed “Love Is An Open Door” every time I saw anyone who looked remotely cute. I even put antlers on my cat so I could sing “Reindeers Are Better Than People” (this did not end so well). I was hooked.

So when I found out that US-Mattress had Frozen throws from Northwest Company, I was super excited. I ordered one immediately, and when it arrived, I spent my evening curled up under my new throw blanket watching my new favorite Disney movie. And almost as though it were planned, it began to snow outside.

Babies, Bedding, and the Quest for a Great Gift

December 9, 2014

Catimini Frisou Caillou Jou Jou Hedgehog Crib Set

Dear Snooze Guru,

My sister is having a baby next month, and I feel like I should get her something nice. The problem is that I’m a guy who doesn’t like shopping. I don’t understand differences between brands, or the nuances of the sales rack. I just don’t like it. Plus, I don’t know anything about babies, so how am I supposed to shop for one? However, I believe it is my duty as this baby’s uncle to get my sister a nice gift that she’ll appreciate and use. Could you please help me out?

Sean from Steeleville, IL

Sean, you know how it feels when you crawl into bed after just putting on a fresh set of sheets? It’s pretty great, right? Imagine how great it feels for babies. I bet your new niece or nephew (and your sister, of course) would really appreciate crib bedding, especially since it’s an absolute essential.

Plus, you can easily shop online for crib bedding. There are lots of choices out there, from the adorable Lambs and Ivy Peek-A-Boo Jungle set, to the cuddly Elve Teddy Bear set, to the Natura Organic 4-Piece set. Each of these brands has numerous options for you to choose from. You can also add a crib mattress protector or a baby comforter for good measure, to keep baby comfy at night.

So now that you have some quality options, take a look at to see the good deals you can get on crib bedding. Whether you need something that’s gender-neutral, or you want to wait until you know if it’s a boy or a girl, they have a great selection of everything you could ever want for baby’s bedroom.

Sleep well — you and that baby!

The Snooze Guru

Trunks and Hope Chests

December 5, 2014

Hooker Furniture Estate Accent Trunk

Dear Snooze Guru,

My bedroom is a little empty. I have all the furniture I need — a bed, a dresser, a couple nightstands — but there’s still a bunch of empty space in my room. I’m looking for something that is useful, of course, but I also want it to add some character to the space. Also, it should be a versatile piece that I can use in any room, in case I feel like shaking things up a bit. Can you think of any furniture that fits all these criteria?

Jenny from Oswego, NY

Hmm, let’s see. . . . It has to be functional; it has to look good; and it has to be adaptable to different rooms? Could you possibly be talking about a trunk or a hope chest?

Trunks and hope chests are actually really cool accent furniture. While some can be bulky depending on the size of your room, they are incredibly useful. The entire idea of the trunk has a very Old World association, which is especially perfect if that’s how you’ve decided to style your house — but regardless of how your home is decorated, you can still find plenty of trunks and hope chests to fit in with the rest of your furniture.

The entire idea behind a trunk is to store belongings, so you would have no problem getting good use out of one. Depending on how big it is, it will obviously have more or less storage, but that’s a matter of room size and personal taste. Also, trunks come in a wide variety of designs, so it should be fairly easy to find one that suits your preferences. From wood to wicker to leather upholstery, trunks are made to suit a myriad of different décor styles. They can easily be used in a multiplicity of rooms, so whether you want to eventually move it to your living room or even your dining room, it will maintain an attractive and functional purpose. Check out the trunks and hope chests at, which will give you some of the best quality and prices on the web.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

Sleep Hygiene

November 11, 2014

What in the world is “sleep hygiene”? It sounds like it involves showering before bed, but it’s not. It’s not even about regularly washing your sheets. It’s all about practicing healthy sleep habits in order to feel refreshed and maintain a high quality of life. There are a lot of factors that go into creating a good sleep routine, which may be surprising, but maybe that’s because we don’t think about it that often — even when we’re tired, sore, or stressed.

The National Sleep Foundation lists the ten most important practices to getting better sleep hygiene. One of the most important ones is that we should develop a bedtime and waking time routine and stick to those times every day — even on the weekends. The reason for this is so that our bodies get used to this regular schedule and learn to fall asleep and stay asleep.

This one’s rough — researchers say that we should try to avoid naps! (What will I do without naps?!) Sleeping in the middle of the day, especially the afternoon, can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. So making sure that you get the recommended seven to eight hours every night is even more important now, since we aren’t supposed to play catch-up midday.

Finally, they recommend that you sleep on a mattress that is comfortable. Your mattress and pillows give you the back and neck support you need in order to feel relaxed during the day. No matter what your comfort level is when it comes to firmness, you should wake up without stiffness or aches and pains. So if you’ve had your mattress for eight years or more, or you keep getting up with the same twinge in your lower back, you probably need a new mattress. Even if you think you’re comfy on the old one you have, you’ll be surprised at how great you feel once you have a new one.

It seems kind of hard, but I bet the people who follow these guidelines feel awesome. I’ll have to try it out for myself — goodness knows I’m too fond of falling asleep on the couch after work.

If you want to read the rest of this National Sleep Foundation article, check it out here: Healthy Sleep Tips from the National Sleep Foundation

And if you think you may need a new mattress, here’s one of our most popular ones to get you started: Simmons Beautyrest Recharge World Class Phillipsburg Plush Mattress

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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