Cuddle up to your bed

HOME FRONT

July 31, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

A pillowy seat, a cushy pair of shoes, a soft, enveloping blanket -- we crave sweet comfort and contentment. And nowhere do we appreciate them more than in our beds at night. And while we don't all have a wonderfully comfortable bed, we certainly should. Studies have shown what a positive effect a restful night's sleep can have on one's mood and productivity.

So, in your search for a comfy bed, consider the new EuroBed by Tempur-Pedic. The Swedish bed offers pressure-relieving comfort from Tempur material quilted into a soft cover. The Tempur material conforms to your body's contours, absorbing and distributing your body weight evenly on the bed. Below the top comfort layer, a support layer, also made of Tempur, keeps your body in alignment. Below that are dual layers of material that promote air circulation. The EuroBed includes a mattress and matching foundation. Because the mattress has a one-side design, it never needs flipping or rotating. The bed costs $2,999 to $3,399 and comes with a 20-year limited warranty.

Also available is the BodyPillow by Tempur-Pedic. The new comfort pillow supports the hips, knees and back for those who sleep on their sides. Made from Tempur material, the plush, pressure-relieving pillow provides support while conforming to the curves of the body. The pillow features a removable and washable cover and comes with a three-year limited warranty. It sells for $150.

Visit www.tempurpedic.com or call 800-886-6466 to purchase.

The secrets of space

Whoever said bigger is better should tune into the new HGTV series Small Space, Big Style, making its premiere Thursday at 8 p.m. Each episode features tips and techniques by design experts to help homeowners in small dwellings (70 square feet to 1,000 square feet) stylishly make the most of their micro space.

Viewers will learn design tips, including how to create space where space doesn't seem to exist, such as on floors and ceilings and under staircases. Viewers will also learn to create dual-use spaces, such as by converting closets and storage areas into home offices and nurseries, and also how to find sneaky storage spaces using multifunctional furniture, and what textures give the illusion of space.

Visit www.hgtv.com for more information on the show.

Turn an ugly room into a winner

Funny, no one ever asks you for home-decorating advice. And come to think of it, no one ever recognizes your chic furniture choices. Oh, well. They just don't have style. Right?

If you're second-guessing yourself, you might be a prime candidate for "America's Tackiest Room Contest," presented by Henkel Consumer Adhesives Inc. The company is searching for the tackiest rooms, shabbiest spaces and biggest decorating disasters. Entrants should submit two to four photos of their tackiest room, along with a 100-word description, through Aug. 26, to "America's Tackiest Room Contest," Henkel Consumer Adhesives Inc., 32150 Just Imagine Drive, Avon, OH 44011-1355. A panel of judges, including home-improvement expert Danny Lipford, will select the winner, based on level of clutter, outdated furnishings, poor color combinations and overall lack of design. The winner will receive a room makeover valued at $20,000.

For details, visit www. tackyroom.com.

Event

A group exhibition of fine art in various media is on display at Main St. Gallery, 109 Main St., Annapolis, through today. The exhibit Line & Light features all new works by four artists. Pictured is Linda Volrath's Black Velvet, White Onions oil painting. Call 410-280-2787.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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