Blank Slate: Mattress makeover
This year’s mission: We asked four designers to take an ordinary queen-size mattress and put their unique spin on it. Find your dream inspiration in the pages that follow.
“We recently discovered the EcoMemoryFoam mattress at the New World Market. It is completely plant based, which means that it breathes and never gets hot, and the bamboo cover is incredibly soft — plus, the environmental benefits should make all of us feel better. The luxurious softness of our White Loft hand-layered silk bedding and the delicate natural essence candles and interior fragrances of Herve Gambs combine to make this the ultimate eco-friendly bedtime retreat.”
— Lori Neel Sparkman, Richard Neel Home
“The ‘young urban’ design of this bedroom evokes a sophisticated, functional feel. The clean lines of the furniture provide a real clutter-free look with plenty of flexible storage for an active teen. The dramatic lighting and the strong use of pattern and color in the fabrics really make the space pop.”
— Brenda Rice and Gina Miller, Gracious Home Design Ltd.
“I was reading a novel from the library when TulsaPeople asked me to create a design around a queen-size bed. The book focused on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. Now, I realize I was subliminally influenced by the written descriptions of the famous architect’s work.
The geometric shapes in the oil painting and custom bedding, as well as the elements of nature found in the peeled-bark of the headboard, the bronze tree lamps and the natural slate cabinet tops, are all slightly reminiscent of the organic, contemporary style of Wright.”
— Kathryn Hall Shackelford, Hallborne Design Associate
“It is important guests have a comfortable space they will want to return to. Since guest rooms are usually small, it is necessary to maximize space while achieving a comfortable feel.
The modern bed, from the Italian line Flou, has two upholstered flaps that fold over the pillows, providing a cushioned support for comfortable reading. It also features a mechanism that allows the owner to easily lift the mattress, revealing ample storage in the base of the bed.
A resin, marmalade-colored lamp, handmade by Vancouver designer Martha Sturdy, smartly mixes with an antique wood table and splashes of coral on the neutral bed to add warmth and energy. The playful orange tray from Kartell has a bin on the side for storing books and magazines and the spacious surface is perfect for the occasional breakfast in bed.”
— Beth Sachse, SR Hughes