I'm excited because, after ten years of marriage on a decent enough (king-sized Stearns and Foster) mattress on a metal frame with no head board, Steve and I are finally going to buy a real bed! Part of the reason we're finally getting around to this is that we've been lost in a king sized bed and discovered that even in the summer when we're not plastered together trying to keep warm, a king-sized bed is still way too much real estate to devote to sleeping, so we're downsizing to a queen. This will give us a lot more room in the bedroom to move some stuff around. Another reason is for the feng shui aspect- a bed that surrounds you in wood gives you more control over your career. But in the interest in local production and better sleep, we're going to buy an Englander mattress, which are manufactured up the road in Tualatin, Oregon. That is the mattress on our day bed and I l-o-v-e sleeping on this mattress. When I really just. can't. fall. asleep, I go out to this bed and fall in and asleep almost right away. Really.
And I think I found the bed, too, and I'm more excited about that than anything else. Made of sustainably forested hardwoods using old-fashioned joinery techniques (read: lasts a lifetime or more), the company is in southeast Portland and seems to have a pretty square head on its shoulders. I mean, how could you not love a guy who describes himself as 'founder and head slacker'? Plus, I just really like this bed.
All I have to do is convince Steve that this is the right one for us.