Just as each child is the most beautiful baby in the whole world in his/her age category, mine is the most beautiful bed in the whole bedroom. Actually, it made about.com's list of top 10 most beautiful beds. I've wanted the Architecture bed from Room and Board since the first time I saw it.
Here is what the bed looks like in a studio setting. I didn't want my bad Photoshop photomerge job to detract from the beauty of the bed.
Everyone who sees this bed mentions that it has great Feng Shui. Look at all that wonderful chi circulating around the bed! I took a picture just after we set up the bed to commemorate all that empty space under the bed. It doesn't look like that now. We have our ski and bicycling clothes, my yarn stash and Mark's DVD stash under there now.
Remember that California Closets ad where a woman sits in a beautiful closet with only half a dozen items of clothing in it? The woman is blonde; the wood is blonde; the clothes are all exquisitely neutral in color and natural fiber, of course. The fetish of empty space in a land where so few possess it.
To leave a 60x80x16 space open is like leaving a whole closet empty just to look at it. It is not going to happen in a townhouse with no attic, no basement, no backyard storage shed, the smallest garage allowed by zoning (and we park our car in it), and a tiny amount of closet space.
Do people in HK or Taipei leave their underbed space unutilized for better Feng Shui? No, I bet they use platform storage beds and apply Feng Shui mirrors to the bases. Maybe I will embroider some mirrors to the bedskirt when I sew one.
Maribeth told me that she read in a Feng Shui book that, if you must store things under the bed, store only things with good Feng Shui like clean linens there. Hmm, yarn by definition has good Feng Shui. I think that the classic musicals can stay under there, but maybe the Martin Scorsese boxed set and A Clockwork Orange will have to move somewhere else.
Like the duvet? I made it with a chambray sheet from the sale bin and some indian ikat cotton bought for a few dollars a pound from SAS fabrics on 135th and Hawthorne in Lawndale. I still have a ton of the fabric left, enough to make that Issey Miyake's 10.5 yard dress. I knew there was a good reason to hoard all those 1980's Vogue Individualist patterns.
Mark worked like a fiend all weekend when he wasn't watching Lost. Immediately after the symphony, he disassembed our old bed, loaded it up in a rental truck with the aid of a friend and drove to Orange County to pick up the Architecture bed before the warehouse closed. Then he continued south to San Diego where he and his dad assembled our old bed. After having dinner with his parents, he drove home. The next morning, we assembled the new bed and Mark returned the truck.
Moments after he arrived home, the Beacon Mattress truck pulled up at our home with the new mattress. Others have mentioned that buying a mattress is as icky as buying a used car. We have not found it so. But this is the 4th mattress we have bought from Beacon Mattress in Torrance. Once we found how pleasant and easy it was to deal with them (especially David), we never even thought about buying a mattress elsewhere.