Upscale Your Sleep with an Adjustable Power Base

Your Mattress Needs Support, Too

 When thinking about your sleeping environment, how often do you consider your mattress base? If you had to spend a minute or two thinking about it, don’t fret. A lot of us take what we place our mattress on for granted. But what supports your mattress while it supports you? That’s where the magic of adjustable power bases come in.

Imagine being able to improve your sleep beyond just your mattress or your pillows. Prop yourself up to read a book or binge watch your favorite show in total comfort with a touch of a button. You’ll also being doing your body a favor by improving your circulation and reducing pressure on those areas that bother you the most.

Demystifying Power Bases

Even with these benefits, adjustable power bases are still a mystery to some. Simply put, these bases sit under your mattress where you can move them in recommended configurations or determine the angle that feels best using the remote. Elevating your body throughout the night improves your quality of sleep completely.

From a variety of positions, you can enjoy a lot of support while you sleep. Snoring becomes a thing of past as a slight incline from the power base frees your nasal passages. Say hello to better circulation, lowered blood pressure and heart rate as your heart does less work in the feet-up position.

If you’re dealing with medical conditions such as sleep apnea, chronic headaches or acid reflux (severe heartburn), power bases can lessen those burdens in the head-up position.

All types of mattress generally work with adjustable power bases. Typically, foam mattresses are the best pairing due to their flexibility while innerspring and hybrid models may not be optimal due to their rigidness. Be sure to check if a mattress is power base ready in its description.

Extra Bells and Whistles for Comfort

There are varying styles of power bases with additional features, but they are all functionally the same. If wireless remotes, Bluetooth technology, massaging functions and programmable positions pique your interest, these are all available.

Some power bases have a zero-gravity function which simulates a feeling of weightlessness so you’re less stiff in the morning and stay sleep through the night.

Master Your Bedroom in Style

Power bases aren’t solely for improving your health either. They’re also great for enjoying entertainment, candid conversation or unwinding from the day. Some models feature complete control from your phone via an app.

You can also experience theatre-style reclining from the comfort of your bedroom. And you can shake up your bedside chats by adjusting to different angles as those conversations go on.

 Come See for Yourself

Like a mattress, adjustable power bases are a worthy investment for your sleeping health. A great mattress gets even better with a power base under it. Your heart and body with thank you for deciding to give yourself some peace of mind every night.

If you’d like more information, stop by a PureSleep Mattress Store and try out an adjustable power base for yourself.

 

 

Nigel Barker On How to Define Your Personal Style

Celebrity photographer Nigel Barker is a style icon. His look is sophisticated and effortless, and we admire his eye for fashion and detail. We caught up with him and asked him about his personal style as well as his tips for others who want to find their own. Here’s what he said:

How would you describe your personal style?

Nigel Barker: I like to call my personal a “fashion mullet.” On America’s Next Top Model you’d often see me dressed in a smart shirt, tie and jacket with jeans and sneakers. When you put it together it’s business on top, party on the bottom. Fashion is like life; it’s not one tone. Sometimes you want to be elegant, other times you want color everywhere. Ultimately my own style is not one thing; I like to have fun and combine things.

 

What advice do you have for someone searching for their personal style?

NB: I get asked this question a lot, and I always say I can tell you what I think will be best, but that’s just what I think is best. If you try a piece of chocolate you don’t need me to tell you that you like chocolate. You have to believe in yourself. It’s not so difficult. What do you like to eat? Do you like food that is plain? Exotic? Spicy? Do you like soft fabrics? Is your bed soft? When you go to films do you like romantic? Sci-fi? Action? Horror? What moves you? Start to write these things down; you’ll see there’s some sort of pattern. Style is the story you want to tell.

How would you describe your personal style? Tell us in the comments below!

Nigel Barker Gives Tips On How to Design a Room for a Family

Nigel Barker is a family man. As dad to Jack, 13, and Jasmine, 10, and husband to Cristen, his house is a busy and bustling place full of activity and laughter. Nigel says becoming a parent changed his life in several ways—from commitments to values. It also changed how he approaches design. WGTL blog caught up with Nigel to ask him for his tips on how to design a room for a family.

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How has being a dad impacted your home design?

Nigel Barker: All parents would agree that being a parent changes your life as well as your home. Where you might have had something for show, now it’s important to have something that’s more functional. And it’s not just for our children; we have a dog, cat, a three-foot iguana and fish. Our home has to fit the many things we do. I have heavy bags from my photography, so pieces need to hold up to some rough conditions. My wife is a Yogi, and she’s often barefoot. You have to consider how you live when you design where you live.

Do your children impact your color choices?

NB: We don’t shy away from light colors. We think about what we can do to protect our furniture. We have a lot of earth tones as well as cream and white; it feels comfortable and relaxing and I love that blank canvas look and feel. In the right places it also works to soothe the children. You immediately feel an oasis of calm. It’s funny; when you put a child in a calm room, you’ll often find them sitting on the sofa and reading book for an hour.

Is your whole home calming or do you mix things up?

NB: Some areas are calm, while others areas are meant to inspire play. When you walk into my upstate New York home, the first floor has a modern look and feel, with the majority of the pieces from my NB2 collection. It’s very classic, simple and chic with elegant lines and a modern feel, yet not so modern that it feels cold or minimalist. Upstairs, each room is special. And we’re currently renovating the basement. It’s a huge project and it’s going to be predominantly a massive playroom. I’m the biggest kid I know. 

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Do you have a favorite piece of furniture chosen for your family?

NB: I love when all four of us can curl up on the sofa with our animals and watch a movie after dinner. We also love the daybed—it’s everyone’s favorite. Even the dog likes it. Furniture has to be functional. It has to stand up to real life. We treat the fabric so it repels a spill because that’s what life is like. Furniture has to be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Nigel certainly knows how to design a room for a family. We’d love to know what changes have you made to your décor since becoming a parent?

Five Tips for Mixing His and Her Style

His style is dark and rugged while her style is light and airy. Is it possible to design a home that suits them both? Yes! The trick is to combine the best of both worlds of his and her style through balance, texture, color and lines. Here are five things to consider when you’re sharing a home with the opposite sex:

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1. Think about lines

The shape and scale of your furniture can be considered masculine or feminine. Feminine furniture focuses on curves, details and embellishment. It’s smaller in scale and lighter in style. Masculine pieces, however, focus on function. They tend to be larger and more angular in design. Marry both looks with clever combination. For example, choose a round ottoman to soften the feel of furnishings with masculine patterns.

2. Color and textures count

Another consideration when it comes to striking balance with his and her style is color and texture. Dark colors and heavy materials are masculine, while light colors and materials are feminine. Complement a light sofa, for example, by pairing it with dark draperies. Or make a masculine leather sofa feel more feminine by choosing one a light color, such as ivory.

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3. Strive for equality

Keep his and her style in harmony by balancing masculine pieces with feminine furnishings that complement. In the dining room, for example, an industrial-look steel table can be paired with upholstered chairs.

4. Choose rooms

Strike a balance by using masculine and feminine styles in the right rooms. The bedroom, for example, is an area that often leans toward feminine. While you might want to forego an overwhelming amount of floral and curves, you can compromise and create an elegant look in simple patterns or light solids. The family room or den, however, tends to lean toward masculine style, but wood paneling and too much plaid can overwhelm. Instead, choose darker colors in smaller scale furnishings or soften with accessories, such as a floral rug in dark tones.

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5. Accessorize

Accessories are often called the “woman’s touch,” and they can quickly offset too many masculine furnishings. Place a vase of flowers on a reclaimed wood end table, for example. Use damask toss pillows on a leather sofa. Or drape a soft blanket on the arm of a leather chair. While it’s easier to add feminine elements to a more masculine room, you can do the reverse, as well. A feminine room can find balance through masculine accessories, such as metal, wooden or natural items.

How to Throw a Game Day Party

Any football fan knows that the biggest event of the year is Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a fabulous excuse to get your favorite fans together, so make sure you kick-off the big game right with a winning playbook. Here are some tips for throwing a game day party that’s more memorable than the half-time show.

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Get Your Room Ready

Go on the offense with your game day party seating with options that let everyone catch each play in comfortable style. Start with a roomy piece, like a reclining sofa. Spacious enough to accommodate all your fellow fans, power recline options allow you and your guests to get into the perfect position at the touch of a button.

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With primo seating in place, make sure you have the goods to watch the game in true sports-lover style. A wall media center provides a spot for everything, from the big-screen TV and surround-sound speakers to the DVR for replaying the winning play.

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Let the Games Begin: Party Details

Fans are going to get famished, so make sure you serve up something tasty during your game day party. Finger foods that guests can grab are a great fit for this casual party. You could also make it a potluck and ask guests to bring a favorite dish, adding variety to the menu and taking some of the stress off you.

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Keep fully loaded trays on tables nearby, so no one has to miss a moment of the action (or legendary commercials) by running to the kitchen for refills. Ask guests to don apparel of their favorite sports team (although this will probably happen on its own!) then divide them into two teams, and have a quiz to get a little friendly competition going before kick-off. Losers have to plan next year’s party!

With these tips, you be able to throw a memorable game day party your friends will love. Stop by your local Art Van Furniture or shop online to check out even more ideas to make this Super Bowl party a touchdown celebration.