Brentwood Mattress

In January we bought a new mattress from Brentwood Home for our master bedroom and, now that I’ve had some time to sleep on it, I’m sharing a few thoughts! Excuse our in-progress homemade bedframe. We haven’t framed out the platform in walnut yet so it’s looking a little stark and unfinished at the moment…

I had zero previous experience with foam mattresses before this bed arrived at our back door. Our old spring mattress had crapped out, sagging badly in the middle, and I was waking up with major back pain. Mattress shopping sucks so I was attracted to the online shopping aspect of foam mattresses, including the amazing return/exchange policies of most companies. But reading comments about foam mattresses when you have never touched one in real life is confusing. You hear things like, you’ll fall off the bed when you sit down to put your shoes on. The most confusing of all comments was the person who claimed their mattress (I forget where I read this nuttiness) was so soft and squishy that they couldn’t sit up in bed and watch TV in it so they “only use it for sleeping”. SO MANY QUESTIONS. When you read stuff like this without a frame of reference, you really don’t know what kind of outer space bed adventure you may be embarking on. I’m happy to report that the differences between spring and foam were far less dramatic than my imagination and no one has taken a spill off the edge!I went back and forth between the Bamboo Gel 11″ (medium-firm) and the Bamboo Gel 13″ (medium, and widely popular). I ended up purchasing the Bamboo 11″ on Amazon. I’m a firm mattress kind of girl and traditional spring mattresses labeled “firm” never seem to live up to the name so I erred on the side of caution, against side sleeper recommendations, figuring you can always make a firm mattress softer with a topper, but its impossible to make a soft one firmer. Brentwood isn’t messing around in the firmness department! I’m actually surprised this isn’t the firmest mattress they sell. While I love this mattress as is, my husband mostly jokingly refers to it as sleeping “on a stack of magazines.” He would prefer a slightly softer sleeping surface, so we’ll probably get a topper. I crowd sourced my mattress questions (thank you so much IG friends who weighed in!) and got a quite a few friends who mentioned that the secret to mattress happiness was getting a value-priced firm mattress and then topping it with a mattress topper, so everything is A-OK. (I have to say that I love how this mattress is only 11″ thick. The ridiculously thick 20 inchers these days can’t pull off long and low modern at all so thanks for the normal thickness, Brentwood!)First things first: my back doesn’t hurt anymore! At all! I’m seriously amazed. Initially, I woke up after the first two nights with back pain, and so did my husband. We were so bummed and thought we had made a big mistake. But the pain was different from my normal and quickly subsided a few nights in…an adjustment period? Since week 1 or 2 I’ve had absolutely no back pain, which was really my most important must-have in a new mattress.I have one complaint, though. Kind of a biggie. One of Brentwood’s biggest selling points is that they don’t use chemical fire retardants and, while they use foam, it is “certified non-toxic“. I’m a hippie with stuff like this and hate bringing toxic chemicals into our home so I was all over this. I know all foam is chemically and will off-gas, but I had hoped it would be minimized with the natural claims, which factored heavily in my decision to buy from Brentwood. BUT. But but but. There was insane amount of off-gassing. I’m probably more sensitive to smells than average, but even my husband agreed that this mattress reeked. For close to 4 weeks, making it miserable to sleep on initially. Mattresses are made to order, vacuum sealed, and shipped to you days later. You have to take the giant thing out of the box and packaging in order to off-gas. Ideally this would happen outside. Outside was off-limits because it rained for like a year straight in California. Our garage was off-limits because we were in the middle of gross sawdusty projects. So we had to do the dirty work in our room, windows open, in the dead of winter. While I appreciate the use of natural fire retardant, major off-gassing is probably unavoidable for all foam mattress (and remember, too, spring mattresses have long been called out as one of the most toxic things in households) and I’m feeling like the non-toxic certification business is a marketing ploy that took me for a ride. This wouldn’t stop me from buying again because I’m very happy otherwise, but I was annoyed and wished I had been better prepared for the long off-gassing period.Nevertheless, I’m an incredibly satisfied Brentwood customer, especially considering the value. There are many reputable and popular foam mattress companies out there which, I’m guessing, all sell comparable products. We were looking to spend around $1000, which for a king is in the low-mid range, but happily we spent even less with Brentwood! It looks like the Bamboo line is now exclusively sold on Amazon, but I recommend viewing the mattress stats on Brentwood where it’s much easier to compare firmnesses. I think my mattress radar is probably way skewed because I’ve been sleeping on crap mattresses for so long, and I can’t compare to other foam mattresses (I’m so curious what a top of the line foam mattress is like?!), but I know what a really nice spring hotel mattress feels like. And this is only a step down from that, in my opinion. Vacations these days (NOT spent at fancy hotels, FYI) leave me excited to return home to our incredibly comfy bed. I can’t believe how cheap it was. Or how easy it was to shop for. Or how fast it showed up in a box on my doorstep 3 days later. Or how I carried a king sized bed into my house by myself. I love this thing so much.

On the subject of beds…king beds, where have you been all my life???!!! I always thought kings were an over the top luxury that was unnecessary for simple us. Looking back, insanity! The weirdly large size of our house’s master bedroom was the catalyst for popping for the monster bed. Design wise, it was a good move. But I didn’t anticipate just how much it would improve my sleeping. Having space to sprawl is amazing! My only regret is not getting one sooner.With this memory foam mattress success, we’ve also had a failure too. Soon after getting our mattress I started to feel guilty that our aging dog was still sleeping on the smelly, lumpy dog bed he’s had for years. Forty bucks later, a new memory foam dog bed appeared in it’s place. But he won’t touch it. It’s as if the dog who has never met a mat/rug/blanket/cushion he didn’t love is suddenly afraid that he may fall to the depths of the earth if all of his body weight shifts onto this scary space mattress. We prematurely threw out his old bed, which he slept on every night and for much of the day, so now old man Jackson spends much of his life on the cold hard floor. Isn’t that a strange and sad story?

Thanks for stopping in friends!!!

(P.S. What do you think of those new copper nightstands I’m contemplating as stand-ins while I wait out my dream ones? They were only $20 at target, so that’s an obvious yes, ya?)

Master Bedroom’s New Door

mid century interior bedroom orange black white abstract painting cb2 roz planter behr fireglowI’m framing this as a master bedroom update post, but I’m really just looking for an excuse to show off this freshly painted orange door and to shout from the mountaintops my love for it. Orange is a tricky color to nail but this shade is perfect. Thanks Behr Fireglow, you are the orange that my dreams are made of. And to think, I was *this* close to painting the interior side of the door white. Dummy move. Think of the joy I would have missed out on. A lesson to us all, especially when it comes to paint: JUST TRY IT. There is nothing to lose but a little paint and a little time but the payout might be door mid century brass hardware behr fireglowNothing very significant has changed in here since last time besides the door and the new life it’s breathing into the space. The old dining room painting found a home in here, a few new lamps have showed up, I bought the Roz planter from CB2 (and love it!), my daughter poached one of our night stands (and I borrowed it back for pics – lies!), door trim and dressing room closet doors have been painted, and I haven’t shown pictures of this desk in its place.

Other than that, it’s been pretty stagnant in here. Still waiting for time to build a bed frame, still using this $25 king sized craigslist headboard nonsensically on our queen bed, still haven’t installed the new fan, and still haven’t painted baseboards because I perpetually think that ripping them out for hardwood floor install is just around the corner.

I still love this room like crazy. My like for orange and black has turned into full-blown, unhealthy stalkerish obsession so, in that spirit, here’s a crazy amount of photos that are probably best viewed taped on the wall of some creepy, seedy lair in yarn web formation.
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mid century danish wicker sconce cane headboard bedroom bed black wall

mid century bedroom dresser walnut lane target threshold wicker rim round mirror

mid century modern danish teak desk eames chair black accent wall

mid century interior bedroom orange black white abstract painting cb2 roz planter behr fireglow

mid century interior bedroom orange door

orange door mid century brass hardware behr fireglow

mid century danish wicker sconce cane headboard bedroom bed black wall orange brass wire table

mid century danish wicker sconce cane headboard bedroom bed black wall

mid century modern interior bedroom orange white black

mid century bedroom dresser walnut lane target threshold wicker rim round mirror orange viking glass

mid century orange door sputnik light

painted drawn wallpaper bamboo gold orange door

mid century danish wicker sconce cane headboard bedroom bed black wall

mid century modern interior bedroom orange white black

mid century double gooseneck lamp brass cone light

mid century modern danish desk eames chair black accent wall

mid century danish desk teak

mid century bedroom dresser walnut lane target threshold wicker rim round mirror

mid century orange viking glass ceramic lamp

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mid century modern bedroom heywood wakefield encore dresser abstract painting white walls orange door

This is how the to-do is looking about now. If you are curious where this room started, photos are here.

  • Remove so much wallpaper
  • Remove old shutters
  • Paint walls and ceiling
  • Paint black wall
  • Paint door trims
  • Hang bamboo blinds
  • Install sconces
  • Clean up luan bedroom door (used Howard’s)
  • Different desk
  • Paint backyard door
  • Buy a new fan
  • Install the ^new fan a year or two later
  • Build a screen door for backyard door
  • Build new bed frame
  • Buy or build nightstands
  • Paint pocket door between bedroom and dressing room
  • Replace light switches
  • Install hardwood floors
  • Install new baseboards
  • Grasscloth the black wall
  • (Super long-term: Built-in wood storage closets on each side of the bed)

Happy weekend everybody! We’ve got 8 cubic yards of rock showing up for us tomorrow morning so the rest of my day will be spent giving myself a shoveling pep talk.


Cute, Modern, and Cheap(er) Ceiling Fans

First off, I know I haven’t blogged in a month. Super lame. Sorry. I thought summer would be full of hours for house projects, but next to nothing happened. Very important things were accomplished, but none had anything to do with the house. We played board games, packed (and then unpacked) for trips, and half successfully taught 2 little humans to swim (so much harder than it sounds). The start of school never brings much relief either. Honestly, it induces panic and stress in me and every year I spend a week researching homeschool curriculum options because I hate having my kids away for hours every day while they sit and do worksheets at school. To add to that, my youngest started kindergarten this year and it has been an agonizing week for both of us. And now all I’m back with is….a ceiling fan post. My fragile and shredded self knows how to bring it.Jonathan Adler Bedroom Architectural Digest Shelter IslandIf you remember, we don’t have air conditioning in the best town in the world because the weather, much like the people, is mellow and temperate. I love you, SLO. There are usually only a few nights a year that require supplementation to the ocean breezes blowin’ through the window. Those nights happened to occur this week, just as our old gross master ceiling fan gave out, and really pushed me to make a quick decision and purchase. I debated skipping a fan in here when nothing jumped out at me and getting a huge rad light and a portable fan instead, but then I talked myself down from that cliff…no reason to live in discomfort just for the sake of design. “Good design” should intrinsically make your life better, not leave you dripping with sweat and dreaming of window air conditioning units. (Who am I kidding? Reasoning didn’t actually pushed me towards this decision. It was the until-now-not-noticed ceiling fan in this Jonathan Adler room. If it’s good enough for JA, it’s definitely good enough for dumpy me.) Ceiling fans are hard because there are so few examples of amazingly designed rooms with fans. Designers either completely forego ceiling fans or go with the white on white…which, to me, seems like a cop-out. If you are going to go with a ceiling fan, at least own it and get a great looking one. The white isn’t fooling anybody into thinking there isn’t a fan up there, and usually just looks cheap, in my opinion.

The problem, we all know, is that there aren’t many great looking ones in existence. Many bad fans, very few decent ones, especially at decent price points. I was really banking on there being a ton of great options in brass if I held off on purchasing a year or two after purchasing the house. Wrong. Ceiling fan designers: What are you even doing with your life? Ceiling fan design is still lagging even while other home products (faucets, lighting, hardware) jet off into the future with so many cute, modern, brassy options currently. So, the same as it ever is, the ceiling fan search was a lame task and I didn’t come up with anything that I loved as much as my other ceiling fans, though I did unearth some decent options, all of which I’m sharing here! Sadly every fan I’m considering involves some sort of painting on my part (per usual) because I’m stickin’ to brass in this house. There are a ton of great options in nickel or aluminum, so those of you looking in that family have an easier road ahead.

My only requirements were a workable wood tone (light maple to match our floors or a realistic walnut to tie into our furniture), either brass or matte black metal, and a clean/interesting design. Oh ya, and kinda on the cheap side too because I’m also on the cheap side and dropping $400 on a fan isn’t happening. Here are some of the contenders:

GE Phantom. REAL WOOD, good looking, clean lines, interesting, but not sure about the “bourbon” finish:mid century modern ceiling fan woodCasa Delta-Wing. Again with the real wood. This fan is really, really pretty. Change that oil-rubbed bronze to black and it’d be perfect:









Casa Delta-Wing with light. The same fan as above but with a brushed nickel finish and a light. So much better without a light, but lights are practical and this fan is nice:







Possini Admiralty. This would fully be my first choice if it wasn’t out of my price range. The wood blades (tung?? in oak finish) are gorgeous:




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Modern Fan Ball. Adorable and fun, with a maple blade option on some sites, but pushing my budget:




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Designer’s Choice Quattro. LOVE the bullet shape. The nickel won’t work for my house but there’s also an elm wood and oil rubbed bronze option. This fan in a satin brass would be a certain yes!! Ceiling fan designers???mid century modern ceiling fanHampton Bay Trusseau. Like the cone shape, the reversible maple/walnut blades, and the price:Casa Vieja Revue. I’m feeling the modern design and low profile:








Casa Concourse. Unsure about this one? Great price, reversible maple/walnut blades, but maybe too choppy looking:





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One of these is shipping to us right now as I write! Let’s hope we (not the me part of we, just my husband) can get it installed before next summer…