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Well adjusted – Sleep the night away in an Ultramatic bed

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Well adjusted – Sleep the night away in an Ultramatic bed

Your overall energy, along with a sense of well-being, is naturally enhanced after a good night’s sleep. For more than 33 years, Canada’s leading company for adjustable beds has made it their mission to help people live better, and longer, lives. This Canadian company recently rebranded, and introduced a lifestyle sleeping concept at their flagship location.

Ultramatic’s lifestyle adjustable bed is a game changer. Your body is always changing, so if you have sore muscles after a round of 18, require extra support for your lumbar, or a soothing massage for your back and shoulders, an Ultramatic bed can provide you the comfort that you need.

Sleeping with your legs and back slightly elevated can provide relief for acid reflux, sciatica, edema, sleep apnea, arthritis, back strain, leg cramps, swelling, pins and needles, and so much more. Adjustable beds may reduce snoring, and for some couples this can make a world of difference. Elevating your neck or back opens up airways and improves breathing.

Sleep recovery

You tend to heal faster when you get a better quality of rest. After surgery, or any kind of trauma, these beds are an oasis of relaxation. By slightly elevating your legs and back, blood flows easier to all parts of your body and puts less strain on your heart. With better circulation, the entire body functions better.

Lack of sleep also affects moods and how you handle day-to-day challenges. If you are tired, you tend to be less patient, which increases your stress level. By being able to adjust your mattress to suit you, you’ll fall asleep faster, and stay sleeping longer for a deeper, rejuvenating sleep.

More than a mattress

Select Ultramatic beds are programmable, and will move (with the push of a button) into your favourite position for reading or bingeing on Netflix. The therapeutic massage feature is wonderful for sore muscles, and with the under-bed light you can step out of bed with confidence in the middle of the night. You can also charge your electronic devices using the USB ports and control the bed using an app on your phone.

Ultramatic has developed a ‘wholistic’ approach in their flagship showroom in Toronto, where they’ve used soothing colours and natural greenery for a zen-like quality. Their sleep solutions ignite all the senses, from the silky touch of natural Tencel bedsheets, to the calming scent of lavender-infused pillows.

The friendly team at Ultramatic are well-trained in the science of sleep. Ask about their hybrid mattresses that combine the latest advancements, including ultra-durable Smart-Foam™, NanoGel™, and CarbonCor™ graphite-infused with time-tested cushioning materials.

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Bed-in-a-box – one size does not fit all

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Bed-in-a-box – one size does not fit all

Shopping for a car can elicit a great deal of angst. There are so many choices, and we want the best price, an awesome warranty, the perfect colour (of course), as well as state-of-the-art safety features and an impressive stereo for in-car karaoke. Today, shopping for a mattress can provoke similar anxiety. On average, we spend one third of our day sleeping – so by the age of 75, that’s 25 years of sleeping, or 9,125 days. It’s doubtful that we give as much thought to a mattress purchase, as we do to a vehicle.

The players

The first ads for Casper started popping up on billboards a few years ago. While they were very good at creating brand awareness, it took awhile to figure out what they were selling. Was it a memory foam mattress topper? How could a substantial mattress be in a box? Shortly after, came Endy – the all-Canadian alternative. In 2009, Novosbed Inc. launched Logan & Cove. Once you start searching, there’s a great deal of competition.

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Casper

Making it easy

Buying a mattress was referred to as a dull shopping experience, and Casper wanted to modernize it with simplicity and transparency. They rolled out their mattresses here, shortly after launching them in the U.S. in 2014, according to Nicole Tapscott, Vice President and General Manager of Casper Canada.

Co-founders of Endy, Mike Gettis and Rajen Ruparell, set out to create a sleep company by Canadians, for Canadians – one that would offer comfort, quality and convenience.

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Logan & Cove

Cradling considerations

Both Endy and Casper promote an open-cell foam, which they claim is temperature neutral and reduces motion transfer. Below the open cell layer of foam, Endy has two additional layers of foam of varying densities. Casper claims to include a support foam framework that contours to each area of the body for pressure-relieving support.

What’s true about both of these options, is that the top layer of foam does cradle the body and helps to reduce pressure on sensitive areas. However, depending upon your age and weight, getting out of that cocooned position isn’t so easy, nor is the mattress firm enough to support you when rolling over or attempting to get up. The profile of these mattresses is generally thinner, ranging between eight and 12 inches in depth. Measure the height of your frame, as well as the foundation and the mattress that you choose, to determine if you can sit on the side of the bed, and get in and out easily.

Endy and Capser come in a box about the size of a hockey bag, and it’s quite fascinating to watch it grow after the shrink wrap has been removed. Unlike Casper and Endy, the Logan & Cove brand is a spring and memory foam hybrid. They have added a heat dissipating gel memory foam, as well as silk and eucalyptus-derived fibres, to help with natural temperature regulation. Not many hybrids are delivered in a box, so this one is larger and the full length of the product. Plus, the depth of this mattress is 14 inches.

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Endy

Trial and error

While all name-brand mattresses come with a warranty, it’s difficult to determine what you might like, even if shopping in a bricks and mortar store. You may lie down on half a dozen for a few minutes, and then decide on the one that you’ll be lying on for the next 10 to 15 years. All these bed-in-a-box products come with a 90- to 120-day trial period. “We know that it can take some time to adjust to a new mattress,” says Sarah Feldman, Director of PR and Communications for Endy. “So, we give customers 100 nights to have it in their sleep environment.”

If you don’t like the mattress after the trial period, all companies say that they recycle or donate them to local charities.

Expanding choices

The split (two-piece) box spring/foundation, used for a king-size bed, often creates a hump in the middle, and this gets worse as the mattress ages. Endy does not offer support frames at this time, but Casper offers an engineered, solid wood foundation, with perfectly spaced slats, that provides optimal support and eliminates this problem.

Novosbed carries other bed-in-a-box products, but found that their Logan & Cove brand appealed to a more-mature market because of its hybrid construction. However, their first release proved to be too firm for some, so they recently added a medium/plush alternative. Casper now offers three options, and both Casper and Endy are adding to their bedding line-up with pillows and linen.

“As we age, it’s important to consider a mattress with strong support that has the right amount of pressure point relief around your hips and shoulders,” says Kleyne. “This will ensure proper spinal alignment, which is imperative for a continued, rejuvenating, sleep.”


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Decor Expert: A Good Night’s Sleep

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Decor Expert: A Good Night’s Sleep

What to do to ensure sweet slumber

For me, a good night’s sleep is a carefully orchestrated event. A proper mattress, sumptuous bedding, and light-control can mean the difference between a deep sleep and restless night of discontent. To improve the quality of sleep, and also your mood and quality of life, just follow a few simple tips. Here are my do’s and don’ts for getting a great night’s sleep.

Do invest in quality bedding. We spend a third of our lives in bed. When you think of it in those terms, it’s hardly extravagant to choose the best bedding you can afford. Opt for pure cotton sheets, which will breathe and keep you cooler.

Don’t be fooled, thread count alone does not determine the fineness of sheets. Egyptian cotton is widely believed to be the world’s best, most luxurious cotton. Its long fibres create the smoothest finished product. Less popular, though coveted by many, linen has a cool crispness that is ideal for summer sleeping. The ideal thread count for a sheet is a matter of personal preference. Some favour the crispness of 250 percale (like a favourite GAP shirt), others swoon over 320-thread count cotton sateen sheets (‘sateen’ is pure cotton whose weave gives it a satiny sheen). A 600-thread count sheet made of inferior cotton and poorly woven may be sub-standard quality. Always consider thread count in tandem with weaving and material quality.

Do think about the hidden value of your mattress; the construction. A well-made mattress accommodates a comfortable sleep, minimizes pressure points, reduces tossing and turning, and adds greatly to the quality of sleep. The coil system, comfort layers, and ticking or outer layer are the essential elements to consider. One quality coil system is the pocket coil, where each spring moves independently, allowing for private sleep space and excellent spinal alignment. Comfort layers consist of various types of foams or felts and are designed to make the mattress “feel” softer or firmer, though they do not affect the “support” the bed yields.

Don’t forget to rotate the mattress every six months to maintain integrity and comfort. do add a featherbed (a thin layer of down, duck and/or goose feathers) between the mattress and fitted sheet. The best versions have a pillow top of pure down, so feathers don’t jab. don’t be a slave to ironing. It’s the last 20 minutes in the dryer that causes wrinkles so remove sheets and pillowcases after 15 minutes in the dryer and fold and smooth them over a chair or shower rod to finish drying naturally. Consider a coverlet made of heavy matellese or quilting to top the bed. That way you’ll never have to worry about ironing the duvet.

Do provide full blackout drapes for bedroom windows if possible. And avoid having electronics that glow all night long. These items can subtly interfere with sleep.

Don’t ignore the benefits of proper lighting. A good reading lamp is a must if you’re a nighttime reader. A well-lit closet can help you find the black pants and avoid the navy ones. For general illumination, always add dimmers, which allow you to wake up gently on winter mornings.

Kimberley Seldon

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Active Home: A Designer’s Guide To Bed-Making

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Active Home: A Designer’s Guide To Bed-Making

I admit it – I’m a bed maker. There may be some of you who tend to leave it as is or toss the comforter over the lumpy sheets and pillows. And why not? You’re only going to get back into it in the next 14 to 16 hours. Not me – I gain a great sense of satisfaction from a well-made bed and can’t start my day until I do so.

I will also admit to having a few (maybe nine) pillows on my bed. A well-designed bed is like painting or cooking – you’re adding layers to the medium that you’re working in and building on the flavours. In the art of bed-making, you’re also layering with fabrics, textures and pillows to create the perfect bed – that’s just right for you.

Photography By John Heineman

The design of your headboard generally sets the tone, as it’s the backdrop for your bedding. The material that it’s made of, as well as the height and the style, will influence the overall look. However, you can create different effects if you don’t have a headboard – and that’s where pillows (and more pillows) can come in handy.

Photography courtesy of Revelle Home Fashions

START AT THE BOTTOM

Fitted sheets are now deeper – more voluminous – in order to accommodate thicker mattresses, pillow tops and mattress covers. Make sure that the bottom sheet is pulled taut and tucked under all of the corners. The top (flat) sheet should be placed with the pattern down. The end with the largest hem goes at the head of the bed, then when you fold it over, the pattern will be showing. I prefer solid-coloured sheets, like white or natural-toned, so that I can make a bigger statement with my top covers. I also include a thin, cotton blanket for a breathable layer of insulation. If I don’t want to use the duvet, or find that it’s too hot, I still feel cosy.

Photography By Brandon Barre

BOUNTIFUL BEDDING

Duvets are very versatile covers, because inserts come in varying degrees of warmth ratings, as well as alternative stuffing options. I’ll share a design secret with you – for an extra fluffy looking bed, add an extra duvet inside the cover.

Unlike duvets, comforters don’t require inserts. The colours and patterns of the fabric are usually dyed, then filled with a polyester (synthetic) batting and stitched to keep the filling evenly distributed. Often a comforter is sold in a packaged set, with pillow shams and (possibly) decorative cushions to match.

Photography By Brandon Barre

Not all bedding manufacturers have caught up with the changing mattress industry, so I suggest that you purchase a duvet or comforter that is a size larger than the actual bed – a king for a queen, a queen for a double, etc. When dealing with a king-sized bed, I will often have top covers custom-made with additional fabric for better coverage.

Photography courtesy of Revelle Home Fashions

PULL IT ALL TOGETHER

It is my penchant to expose approximately one quarter of the top sheet by folding it down from the head of the bed. Turn down the sheet, blanket and duvet together, and then smooth them down. I’ve ironed many beds into this configuration for photographs, and its very rewarding when all the linens line up. If you prefer a flat finish, bring the sheet, blankets and covers up to the head of the bed, and then smooth out each layer (one at a time) so that they lay flat.

Trend-setting bed frames now have lower sides and exposed legs. With this type of look, the bedding should be tucked in to keep it sleek and stylish. For this modern effect, you’ll need to look up how to do a proper hospital corner, unless your career background makes you an expert.

Photography By Brandon Barre

PILLOW POWER

Start with two sleeping pillows, place the open ends of the pillowcases so that they meet each other in the middle of the bed. Next up are the Euro shams. Arrange up to three (on a king-sized bed) of these large, square pillows. They should complement the duvet cover, but they don’t have to match. The next set of pillows fill the matching shams of the duvet cover. As these will only be used for display, make sure that they are nice and full. Arrange complementary throw pillows in colours and textures to go with the overall ensemble.

For the pièce de résistance, add a quilt or matelassé along the bottom of the bed.

This is just a guideline to making a fabulous-looking bed. If you invest in great bedding, and then add your personal preferences and style sense, I guarantee that you’ll want to make up your bed everyday.

Photography By Brandon Barre

Jane Lockhart, B.A.A.I.D., Founder & Principal Designer of Jane Lockhart Interior Design. Lockhart is a multi-award winning designer, author and television personality, including six seasons as creative director and host of W Networks’ Colour Confidential. JaneLockhart.com

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Inspirations for a magical season

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Inspirations for a magical season

With sunny days ahead, we are ready to fill our homes with bright and vivid tones that bring us joy.

Circu, a producer of high-end handcrafted furniture, wants to create some magical moments for the little ones in your life. The Portuguese company creates furniture where children fall asleep surrounded by joy and boasts their pieces are a link between the real world and children’s dreams.

One might note, however, that if you have to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it. Or only in your dreams. Circu’s website doesn’t include prices but beds can cost $10,000 and up.

Here, Circu has gathered the best furniture that sets the themes for spring and summer: freedom and travelling.

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Bun Van is a bed, reinvented. Parents will recognize the inspiration for this piece; one of the most remarkable vehicles ever produced and one of the most iconic and magical symbols of fun and freedom. It is perfect to bring fun and imagination to children’s rooms. Inside it contains several storage compartments, a bed, a TV, a desk, a mini bar and softs.

Fantasy Air Balloon was inspired by the world of adventure and is a reference to the Disney movie UP. Parents can imagine and relieve the life of the famous Phileas Fogg from the movie Around the World in 80 Days. The piece can be customized for girls or boys and has several storage drawers.

The Magical Mirror is the perfect piece to transform any little girl’s room into a charming magical paradise fit for a princess! Because it is also a TV is the perfect accessory for kids to have fun.

The Little Mermaid bed was inspired by the Disney movie of the same name. Colourful underwater life is the inspiration for this piece.

The earthyness shades of this season remit us to the Teepee Room, a bedroom inspired by the free-spirited and highly spiritual young woman named Pocahontas. She loves adventure and nature. Inside the is a bed with storage area below and a secret compartment giving access to a toy box.

Because metallic is never out of style, the Silver Toy Box is the perfect complementary accessory to any kids’ room.


 

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