Inside the Insight: PureSleep Specialists with Jamie Holman, Manager of Customer Support for PureSleep

You can buy a mattress from anywhere. Beds that arrive in boxes have become common place and it can all be done from your phone. Buying a mattress has become easier but knowing which one fits best in your sleeping environment requires much more than a sales pitch.

We sat down with Jamie Holman, Manager of Customer Support for PureSleep, to understand how the Sleep Specialists at PureSleep Mattress Stores remedy the sleep issues that customers face and what qualifies them to do so.

AV Reporter: Jamie, thanks for joining me today. So, what is a Sleep Specialist and what do they do to assist customers looking for mattresses?

Jamie: My pleasure. Well, a Sleep Specialist understands the problem of poor sleep and seeks to solve that using multiple approaches without solely focusing on mattresses. Sheets, pillows, and adjustable bases also contribute to our sleeping environment.

AV Reporter: A more wholistic take on sleep, that’s definitely unique in the industry. I understand you train Sleep Specialists to become gurus of the sleep game. What does that all entail?

Jamie: Sleep Specialists go through rigorous certification that includes sleep seminars, field research and required reading. Power Sleep by James Maas and Why We Sleep by Matt Walker, PhD are our bibles. Basically, it’s college all over again for some [laughs].

The biggest takeaway from this coursework is that we improve sleep through environment, behavior and equipment. Again, more than just your mattress.

AV Reporter: Sounds like Sleep Specialists are no slouches when it comes to sleep education. Speaking of which, what is your favorite aspect of sleep training?

Jamie: Oh boy, there’s so much. Generally, I love the pursuit of demystifying sleep. Sleep science is the same age of NASA, about 50 years old. There’s a lot to learn when compared to centuries of modern medicine research.

Another favorite is understanding why we sleep the way we do. We can only measure sleep quality by day performance. Knowing the why of sleep clues us into how to sleep better.

AV Reporter: I would have never guessed sleep science was so young, that’s wild. So, what separates Sleep Specialists from typical mattress sales approach?

Jamie: In short, Sleep Specialists are focused on solving a problem instead of only selling a product. Your thermostat might be too high or sheets too thick, overheating your body. TV or computer use before bed could also be the culprit.

There are many factors that affect your sleeping environment and your mattress might not be one of them. That’s where the Rest Test comes in to handle a lot of that leg work. Sure, we can sell you a mattress, but if that’s not the issue, you’ll be coming right back doubly upset.

AV Reporter: Solutions versus pure sales, that makes sense. Here’s a fun one. What are some myths about mattress that you’d like set the record straight about?

Jamie: Too many to count [laughs]. A popular one is that firmer is better. In general, harder surfaces are not comfortable. Think about sitting in a recliner compared to a park bench. Excess pressure causes tossing and turning at night, so it’s good to err on the side of softer.

Another good one is that kids can sleep on anything. Sleep is very fragile for kids so going cheap on a mattress isn’t going to get them the extra hours they need when they’re growing. Spoil your kids with great sleep for several years instead of toys they will forget about in a couple months.

AV Reporter: Soft is the way to go and we shouldn’t skimp on our kids’ mattresses, got it. Anything else you’d like to add about the mattress world?

Jamie: Here’s a pro tip. If you find yourself in a mattress store and all they talk about are mattress features instead of how it improves your sleeping environment, run. Run and never look back [laughs].

We hope you learned something valuable from our resident sleep guru Jamie Holman of our PureSleep Mattress Stores.

If you’d like to experience the expertise and commitment to solving your sleeping problems from Sleep Specialist firsthand, stop by a PureSleep Mattress Store near you.

Classic Holiday Décor

Need some holiday inspiration for your home? Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified three important holiday trends for 2018, each with its own distinct style and twist. Last week he shared the dramatic and unique Starry Night. This week he offers the latest nuance to Classic Holiday Décor.

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you can never go wrong with a traditional look. It’s timeless and elegant, and will never go out of style. Here are five of its signature elements:

The Plaid Angel is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Color

The combination of red, green and white are classic, and they form the foundation for the Classic holiday trend. Look at earthy versions of these three colors, such as a brick red, snow white and pine green. They are the colors found in nature as opposed to their more vibrant counterparts. The look is rich and refined with understated elegance.

The Mercury Glass Tree Set is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Accents

Mercury glass is an important accent in this season’s Classic trend. Add mercury glass trees to your mantel, sideboard or holiday table. Use a mercury glass vase to hold greenery or branches. Or enjoy the charm of this year-round by using a mercury glass lamp in your décor.

The Arctic Spruce with Lights is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Greenery

Deck the halls with lots of greenery this season, draping garland on bannisters, mantels and chandeliers, and wreaths on doors and windows. This season’s Classic style uses designs that complement the earthy palette.

The Glass Bird Jeweled Wreath is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Motifs

Accessories and patterns in Classic holiday style feature woodland creatures, birds and botanicals. Use them in ornaments, accents, pillows or wall art. These nature-inspired motifs add the elegance of the outdoors to your indoor spaces.

The Berry Garland Quilt Set is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Texture

Quilts and coverlets that are rich in texture and color are an important part of the Classic holiday style. Simply add a layer to the foot of the bed, or swap out your comforter for something more festive. Quilts can also be used in living spaces, allowing you to curl up by the fire with a warm blanket.

Three Traditional Trends for Fall

The classic designs of Traditional Style are timeless for a reason—they’re an institution of grace and elegance. Your well-dressed home features furnishings with soft curves and an attention to detail, celebrating the finer things in life. This season Traditional style continues its focus on classic silhouettes. But it get an update with an infusion of modern elements. Here are three Traditional trends for Fall:

 

The Beau Console Table is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Color

A classic characteristic of traditional style is its rich neutral color palette, with taupe, brown and gray. This fall, one of the Traditional trends is pops of deep wine balanced with shades of blue, updating the collection of sophisticated colors. Add an accent chair, side table or a collection of toss pillows to be on trend.

The Lorraine II Monica Chair is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Heritage

Traditional furniture stays true to its heritage with rolled arms, carved legs and ornate tabletops. Update your living room seating by adding a new cocktail table or an accent chair with curved lines.

The Leopard Skin Rug is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Pattern

Traditional style centers around classic patterns, such as houndstooth, stripes or floral. This fall, rooms get a twist with the addition of modern prints, like geometric and animal patterns. Update your space with upholstery, toss pillows or a rug. The combination of traditional and modern will give your room a fresh feeling.

3 Ways To Reuse Your Halloween Pumpkin

“Row Of Pumpkins” by Rosemary Ratcliff

Pumpkins are a fun and festive decoration this time of year – beautiful vessels that symbolize the fall harvest. About 1.5 billion pounds are bought each year, but way too many of those wind up in the trash the week after Halloween. Before throw yours away, consider these Jack-tastic recipes that will turn your Jack-O-Lantern into something delish.

Pumpkin Seeds

Start by toasting the seeds. Take a metal spoon or melon scraper and remove the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin. Using a strainer, rinse under water and remove seeds from pulp. Pat seeds dry, then toss in butter or olive oil. Spread on a cookie sheet or roasting pan, sprinkle with salt, and place in a 400-degree preheated oven. Toast until golden brown, between 5 and 20 minutes depending upon their size.

Make salty and sweet pumpkin seeds by tossing them with butter, two tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.

Make spicy pumpkin seeds by tossing them with olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon black pepper.

Or make savory pumpkin seeds by tossing them with olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.

Next create your own pumpkin puree by cutting the pumpkin in half, covering the top with foil, and roasting in a 325-degree oven for an hour or until tender. Scrape the meat from the shell and puree in a blender or food processor. You can use your homemade pumpkin puree to make your own Thanksgiving pie or in one of these two great recipes:

Nana’s Pumpkin Cobbler

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups pumpkin puree
  • 12-ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Yellow cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup nuts

Mix first eight ingredients and pour into an ungreased 8 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle cake mix on top and drizzle with butter. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25 minutes. Top with nuts.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini from MixThatDrink.com

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces white creme de cacao
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1 dash of ground nutmeg (for garnish)
  • Powdered graham cracker (for the rim)

Rim two martini glasses with crushed graham cracker. Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, creme de cacao, cream and pumpkin puree. Shake well until it’s chilled. Strain into the martini glasses. Sprinkle the ground nutmeg on top for garnish.

 

An Insider’s Guide to Shopping the Art Van Tent Sale

 

Tent Sale

At Art Van Furniture, tents are our “thing.” Our founder owes his success to a legendary liquidation sale held 56 years ago at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Since then we’ve been popping up the big top in our parking lot to offer great deals and rekindle fond memories.

 

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned tent sale shopper, here are eight things you can do to make the most of this fun event:

 

  1. Have a plan. Whether you need a new sofa or kitchen table, know what you’re looking for so you can find it quickly.

 

  1. Take measurements. If you’re adding a piece to an existing grouping or building a room from scratch, measure your wall and floor space so you can be sure your new treasure fits.

 

  1. Bring paint and fabric swatches. The overall design of your room is important, so bring your colors to help you find the best match.

 

  1. Come early. The early bird gets the worm. Many items are one of a kind, so you don’t want to miss out on your chance to bring them home.

 

  1. Come back. New items are brought out to the tent during the day, and additional savings are added throughout the sale.

 

  1. Walk the tent. When you arrive, take a tour to spot what interests you. If it’s a one of a kind item, grab a sales associate and get it marked sold.

 

  1. Don’t wait. If you love it, buy it. If you decide to think about it, you risk that it will be gone when you return.

 

  1. Get credit. We say “yes” to credit in minutes, and we have a great payment plan for you even if you currently have no credit. Cardholders get invitations to exclusive sale events, and advance notice of new merchandise.

 

Rain or shine, the Art Van Tent Sale will be held this weekend. Lace up your comfortable shoes and we’ll see you under the big top!