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Sweet Slumber

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Sweet Slumber

According to a recent survey by Bed, Bath & Beyond called The Way We Nest, 81 per cent of Canadians who responded said their bed is their happy place, while 73 per cent viewed their bedroom as a sanctuary. Whether your style is cool and colourful or contemporary country, create an inspiring bedroom that will have you pushing the snooze button every morning.

Contemporary country

Photo: Jason Hartog Furniture from The Home Depot

“This bedroom is a place you can retreat to for serenity and calm. Now more than ever, people are looking for retreats within their home to find a quiet escape.” – Designer Jo Alcorn


Cotton CUSHION COVER. $35. hm.com


Striped ceramic table LAMP. $100. bouclair.ca


Webora six-drawer DRESSER. $1,599. mobilia.ca


Handmade antler DECORATIVE OBJECT. $442. potterybarn.ca

Cool and colourful


Photo: Darby Mitchell Photography Wallpaper: Livettes | Bed and side tables: Mobilia | Mirror, and wall art: HomeSense | Chandelier and table lamp: Dainolite | Desk: Wayfair | Stool: West Elm | Candle, decor, water decanter, glasses, duvet sheet set, tassel pillows: H&M Home | Pink lumbar pillow and blue blanket: Anthropologie | Paint: Digby Paints | Rug: Structube

“Being careful to avoid an overly feminine design, I balanced out the gorgeous rich fuchsia with deep navy tones and plenty of gold accents so that anyone can feel comfortable in this bedroom.” – Designer and blogger Candace Alongi of The Minted Mama


Aletta drum END TABLE by Brayden Studio. $563. wayfair.ca


Strata nonwoven floral WALLPAPER by Graham & Brown. $65. rona.ca


POSTER by Paper Collective. $30. hm.com


Warren wall MIRROR in brass. $675. elte.com

Modern luxury

Photo and furniture: West of Main

“The deep navy grass cloth wallpaper sets the mood for deep relaxation while creating a textured backdrop to all the natural linen layers and mocha tones that run through the space.” – Designer Sascha Lafleur of West of Main


Coachella Brooklyn upholstered BENCH. $800. thebay.com


Modern storage SIDE TABLE in slate grey. $180. walmart.ca


Cream and dark grey rectangular indoor distressed area RUG by Safavieh. $169. lowes.ca


Eurofase 29-in. gold hardwired MULTILIGHT PENDANT. $324. lowes.ca

Eclectic and tranquil

Furniture:Renard bed. From $2,699. crateandbarrel.ca

“A place where luxury is in the details – sink into soft textures, colour-washed hues and welcoming silhouettes. This bedroom is balanced, personal and blissfully relaxed.” – Melissa Frail, assistant marketing manager, Crate & Barrel Canada


Voxlov CHAIR in light bamboo. $119. ikea.ca


Fejka artificial fiddle-leaf fig POTTED PLANT. $70. ikea.ca


Sateen DUVET COVER. From $99. zarahome.ca

Sleep Tips – Dr. Shelby Harris

  1. Make sure that the pillows you choose for your bed are conducive to your sleep style. For example, a flatter pillow if you sleep on your stomach, or a more supportive one for your neck if you sleep on your side.
  2. Unplugging 30-60 minutes before bed helps your brain set the stage for sleep, thereby enhancing your ability to fall asleep. If you can, make use of your phone’s “do not disturb” function for the night, which will allow for only VIP people in your life to call in case of an emergency.
  3. Keep in mind that a cool bedroom is best, ideally in the mid- 17s C up to 22 C maximum. It takes a bit of practice to figure out what temperature works best for you and anyone else in your house – a room that’s too warm at night makes it harder for your body to fall and stay asleep. drshelbyharris.com


New rustic

Photo: Larry Arnal. Bed and nightstands: Niche Decor Pillow fabrics: Tonic Living Chandelier: West Elm

“The applied moulding and dramatic paint colour provide the headboard wall with some drama, which pairs nicely with the strong wood accents. Layered rugs bring in a luxury warmth underfoot.” – Designer Michelle Berwick of Michelle Berwick Design


INDIGO STREAMER paint 4020-4 by Valspar. lowes.ca


Alexa reclaimed wood BED. From $2,549. westelm.ca

Nestwell is a new line of bedding essentials from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Nestwell light warmth down alternative COMFORTER. From $125. bedbathandbeyond.ca


Dyllan pom herringbone THROW. $112. wayfair.ca

Kid Friendly

These bedrooms are spilling over with ideas that kids will love

Calm and neutral

“Fresh, pale blue with a dash of grey in the mix creates a canvas of calm that allows other colours in accessories to take the forefront.” – Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Canada colour and design expert.

Designed by: Tiffany Piotrowski and Autumn Hachey Photo: Lauren Miller


Iceberg 2122-50 PAINT. benjaminmoore.com


Non-slip jute RUG. $109. zarahome.ca


Gafford open-frame HEADBOARD by Dakota Fields. From $840. wayfair.ca


Washed cotton DUVET COVER SET in white. $70. hm.com

Classic and whimsical

Furniture: West of Main Shoppe Photo: West of Main Designed by Sasha LaFleur of West of Main Design
Furniture: West of Main Shoppe Photo: West of Main Designed by Sasha LaFleur of West of Main Design


Sasha’s garden QUILT. From $55. potterybarnkids.ca


Bubble hanging CHAIR in clear with silver chain by Plata Decor. $1,350. lowes.ca


Mundy side TABLE by Maison Corbeil. $509. homesociete.ca


Smart cane HEADBOARD. $374. westelm.ca

Playful and contemporary

Designed by: Kate Davidson of Kate + Co. Photo: Valerie Wilcox


Round jute OTTOMAN. $130. bouclair.com


Grazia GLIDER CHAIR in Nordic grey. $1,495. montedesign.ca


Kudney wood geometric BOOKCASE by Ebern Designs. $200. wayfair.ca


Rens SHEEPSKIN in white. $40. ikea.ca

Elegant boho

Design, photo and furniture: West of Main


Silver dotty WALLPAPER. $30. grahamandbrown.com


Oneridge traditional light pink and yellow area RUG. $258. wayfair.ca


Fejka artificial potted Kentia PALM PLANT. $70. ikea.ca

Modern and mature

Design, photo and furniture: West of Main
Design, photo and furniture: West of Main


Brittany tufted upholstered platform BED. $954. wayfair.ca


Amya TABLE LAMP in black. $149. urbanbarn.com


Foster PILLOW COVER. $20. bouclair.com


Faux POTTED SUCCULENT. $13. marshalls.ca


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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.

508 Lawrence Avenue West



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Grand opening of Ultramatic’s newest store for adjustable beds

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Grand opening of Ultramatic’s newest store for adjustable beds

Photography, Robert MacNeil

After 33 years, Canada’s leading company for adjustable beds is adapting to the digital world. Through a rebranding campaign, Ultramatic is introducing a lifestyle sleeping concept at their new flagship store. At this rejuvenating haven, they are taking a holistic approach to improved wellness, as well as a better sleep. With all the mattress choices out there, it can be a difficult market to navigate. From billboards that advertise a bed-in-a-box, to impressive television commercials, separating the hype from the true benefits of the product, often results in dissatisfied customers.

Targeting your senses

When it comes to sleep, dealing with a sleep expert is of the utmost importance. And, having a one-on-one conversation helps to address particular concerns and preferences.

The new Ultramatic mattress store will look very different from anything that you’ve ever seen. A shift in perspective will provide an exciting digital experience that ignites your senses. The scent of lavender, peppermint and chamomile will awaken, and decompress, you at the same time – similar to a Zen-like state. Soft, rose-coloured walls help to calm the eyes, and the beautiful living wall embodies Ultramatic’s mantra – just relax.

Elevated advantages

Once associated with specific needs as it related to an aging demographic, adjustable beds are now designed to suit all ages and specialized niches. Especially appealing, is the blush, chenille-textured Vanessa bed, which is built into an elegant glass display. As you lie on the bed, a video appears on the glass, and above you. While relaxing, a sleep expert will discuss the health benefits of sleeping in an elevated position.

Adjustable beds are not only more advanced in their technology, but they have become the fastest growing category in the sleep industry. As lifestyles change, and homes become smaller, people are spending more time in their bed. Many designs include USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to control your bed from your phone. People of all ages have come to realize that adjustable beds are not only ideal for resting, but they’re the perfect spot for reading, working, relaxing or watching Netflix.

Grand Opening

During the weekend of May 3rd to the 5th, Ultramatic will celebrate the grand opening of their new store at 508 Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto.

During the event, sale pricing can be found on mattresses, bases and pillows, and supporting vendors will be offering samples and promotional items.

With you in mind

Once the team has determined your needs, check out the innovative NanoGel™ collection of mattresses. All models are on display by features and functions. Not only will their mattresses relieve pressure points on your body, but you won’t receive any pressure from the staff.

Style consultants have been brought in to ensure that the Ultramatic brand continues to evolve and complement new furniture lines. You’ll also find Canadian-made products to further enhance a peaceful state of mind, including soaps, essential oil diffusers, room sprays and more.



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Make sleep a priority this year

Make sleep a priority this year

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Make sleep a priority this year

Three simple solutions to achieve your sleep resolution for overall good health and beauty from sleep authority Dr. Harvey Karp.

While most people’s New Year’s resolutions tend to be about exercise and weight loss, Happiest Baby has found that many people yearn to become better sleepers. And they can learn from their babies.

Dr. Harvey Karp, sleep authority, best-selling author of Happiest Baby on the Block and the creator of Snoo, a baby bed that can boost sleep by one hour or more, offers these suggestions to achieve your ZZZZZ resolutions – and keep them all year ’round!

White noise

It’s not just for babies and it’s got to be the right kind kind of white noise. There are two types of white noise: low and high pitches. High-pitched noises — like beepers, alarms, and sirens — are great for getting a baby’s attention, but lower-pitched noises — like the rumble of a car, train, or plane — are more soothing and can lull you to sleep, says Karp.

Low pitched noises — like the sound of rain on the roof — that you play all night encourages sleep.

Prep yourself for sleep

Cool down your room and get yourself calmed and ready for sleep. Lower the lights, turn off the TV and your phone, sip some tea, or read a few pages in a book or a magazine — whatever relaxes you.


It’s not just for babies. Grown-ups will feel cozy and safe when surrounded by their best blanket or coverlet. It helps you feel secure and safe.

Beauty benefits

Getting your beauty sleep is real. Remember, your body recovers and repairs itself when you sleep, leading to a long list of benefits for your looks (and your brain). Too little sleep is likely to affect your appearance. Your skin is making collagen while you sleep; puffiness is settling and a good sleep will result in a glowing complexion.



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What is something we all need? That some of us crave, but for many, it’s elusive?

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What is something we all need? That some of us crave, but for many, it’s elusive?


Parents will go to great lengths to protect their children’s sleep schedules. Bed times and nap times are sacred, non-negotiable…essential even. And your own sleep is just as important and needs to be treated that way!

Here are tips and tricks to get restful and deeply satisfying sleep. It’s time to make every minute count!

1. Create a routine – Every person needs a routine, and every routine is as individual as the person. Having a regular bed-time and wake-time will create a huge impact on your sleep/wake cycle. You want to aim to get 8 hours of quality sleep each night. When you sleep, your body begins to repair itself, which is why sleep is known as the inner physician. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your liver goes through a process of repair starting at 11pm to 1am. This is why it’s ideal to go to sleep around 10-10:30 pm.

2. Unplug – Try to power down at least one hour before bed to allow your system a chance to recognize how tired you really are. Keep electronics out of the bedroom – they can stimulate you and leave you feeling wired before bed, when you should feel tired.

3. Dim the lights – Dimming the lights in your home for one to two hours before bed sends a signal to your brain to relax and induce sleep. Use a sleep mask, install black-out curtains, do whatever you have to do to ensure a completely dark environment – darkness is crucial to a good night’s sleep! If you get up overnight, don’t turn on a bright overhead light as it will delay your return to slumber.

4. Be comfortable – Make your bedroom an inviting space; get nice, soft sheets, grab some new books, plug in an essential oil diffuser and create a space that makes you feel at ease. Make sure your pillow is comfy. Dress in lightweight clothing, and turn down the heat overnight. All of these options will help you to maximize your sleep quality.

5. Exercise daily – Even 20 minutes per day, will help to regulate your sleep/wake cycle. Walking, jogging, biking, squats, lunges, planks, etc. are all FREE so there is no excuse – get out there! I offer many guided flows on my YouTube channel Simplicity TV (youtube.com/jennpike).

6. Skip the caffeine – Excessive caffeine (in excess of 2 cups/day) can make you feel wired when you should naturally feel tired. Avoid all caffeine consumption after 12pm and limit yourself your intake.

7. Eat better – Consuming a balance of healthy fat (think avocado, cold pressed oils, nuts and seeds), lean protein and complex carbohydrates like carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, etc. will make you feel better every day and sleep better too. Incorporate leafy greens daily … seriously, start a love affair with them! There are a ton of leafy greens to try: swiss chard, spinach, kale, collards, bok choy and romaine, to name a few; leafy greens contain calcium, Vitamins A, K and C and are packed with phytonutrients. These powerhouse foods will give you the tools you need to thrive and achieve a restful sleep. But, avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed in order to promote optimal digestion.

8. Seek out natural sleep aids – Sleep tends to fall to the bottom of our to-do lists in our fast paced society. This go-go-go mentality can leave you feeling stressed and wired, making it impossible to calm down and get to sleep. Sleep does not come naturally to everyone, especially when we are going through times of stress. If you’ve tried it all and you still can’t get to sleep, I recommend trying a product called Sleep Harmony, a sleep aid that includes specially patented lavender oil which assists with achieving deeper, more restful sleeps. You can find Pharmaton® Sleep Harmony™ in the sleep aid section of your local pharmacy and or your local natural health store.

To have the best quality of life, you need sleep. And sleep is simply essential, as essential as clean water, whole foods, or fresh air. Work on getting 8 hours of deep and satisfying sleep and your body will thank you for it!

Jenn Pike is a mom of two, nutritionist, master personal trainer and author. For more quick and healthy tips and to learn more about Jenn, her best-selling book The Simplicity Project and more, visit “The Simplicity Project” and follow her on Instagram @jennpike and Facebook under The Simplicity Project.


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