ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Bill Lies, Photographer

McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to be hosting San Francisco’s Open Studios artists in our 3rd Floor Factory Loft on October 22nd and 23rd. In the lead up to the Open Studios weekend, we will be featuring the artists that are showing with us in our blog.

Bill Lies, Photographer
Bill Lies, Photographer



Yosemite-Falls-Pano-MERGED_DSC5980-5999-HDR-Pano-1Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Bill Lies transplanted himself to San Francisco over three decades ago. Bill received a Bachelor’s of Music at UW-Madison, and then started a career in law by attending USF Law School. After exercising the considerable left brain requirements of that discipline for a number of years, he sought relief by embracing the arts once again in the realm of photography. The “relief” turned into a new passion. Bill launched his first photography website in 1997, and since then his photographs have appeared in international ad campaigns, magazine articles, book covers, travelogues and internal corporate affairs catalogs, as far away as India.

Today his work involves the art of the print and helping transform the natural world into a personal visual reminder of our splendid environment.



Bryce-#1-DSC0547-and-Officers-Quarters-Hallway_DSC9693-9697-HDRI believe that the photographic print is the creation of beauty. In the tonal range of the print, I work so that the very best light is rich enough to make a thing beautiful, whether a lonely rock, a face, or mountains, waves and skies. As Emerson said, “[t]he eye is the best of artists. By the mutual action of its structure and of the laws of light, perspective is produced, which integrates every mass of objects, of what character soever, into a well colored and shaded globe, so that where the particular objects are mean and unaffecting, the landscape which they compose, is round and symmetrical. And as the eye is the best composer, so light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath, like space and time, make all matter gay. Even the corpse has its own beauty.”

It takes talent to identify tonal trends of an image, and even more so to identify how to apply the laws of light in a print. An image reads entirely differently when printed than it does when viewed on our mobile and DT screens. We still cannot reproduce the stunning visual world that we see with our eyes, but we are getting closer in the digital age. There is nothing more exquisite than holding in one’s hands a well printed image made on fine paper. It is indeed the “performance” of all the eye and image have undergone, as Adams so famously remarked.




ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: The Inertia Group, Jazz/Soul/Funk Band

McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of McRoskey Palo Alto Showroom with some amazing San Francisco Bay Area artists. Every Wednesday of September in our Palo Alto Showroom, we will be having an event featuring a local musician. The Inertia Group will be joining us on September 14th.

The Inertia Group, created by San Francisco Musician Shawn Miller


The Inertia Group is the brainchild of San Francisco musician Shawn Miller. Shawn has been playing in the Bay Area Music Scene for some time now, working with bands such as Pony Fight, The Slippery Slope, Static People, and most recently in Voodoo Dolly.

The Inertia Group taps classical, jazz, soul, and funk in order to forge a creative form of expression that conveys hope, heartbreak, joy, wistfulness and connectedness.


The group has curated a special solo set for McRoskey’s Anniversary celebration that highlights fresh, creative renditions of classic songs. There will be a showcase of the group’s original music as well.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Ryan McCullen, Potter

McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to be hosting San Francisco’s Open Studios artists in our 3rd Floor Factory Loft on October 22nd and 23rd. In the lead up to the Open Studios weekend, we will be featuring the artists that are showing with us in our blog.

Ryan McClellen at Open Studios 2015.
Ryan McCullen at Open Studios 2014.



I’m not exactly sure how long clay has been stuck to me…

A row of whimsical banks made by Ryan.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed being able to make things. As a child with limited resources to build with, I had dreamed of somehow using the earth and dirt around me to build all that I could conceive of. I tried to work with clay a few times when I was a child, but I could only make a mess and lost interest quickly. Around the same time, there was also a part of me that felt guilty about the idea of destroying the earth for my ambitions.

With some time passing, I believe that what drew me back to using clay later in life was its seemingly limitless versatility and ability to undergo drastic changes. I originally wanted to pursue anything other than fine arts in college, but I now hold a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. Additionally, I have been working professionally in multiple aspects of the ceramic world for roughly 9 years, with a great number of these years having worked in the world of production ceramics.

Up until a few months ago I was a teacher and the studio manager of The Clay Underground in San Francisco, California, where I also did the majority of my work. You can see my work online on my website.


Unfinished Concept Mug by Ryan


For awhile the work that I had been making sometimes involved elements of nature. More often than not though, my work just looked like your “average” handmade pots. I hadn’t really considered the importance of wildlife around us, until a co-worker from The Annapolis Pottery approached me and asked me to make a ceramic hedgehog for her. The cute and whimsical hedgehogs that I had made led to more animal related requests from others, and had allowed me to explore my ideas regarding wildlife a little further.

Before my fellow ceramic artists and myself were evicted from our clay home and studio, I had begun to try to think back to my childhood thoughts and that common human dilemma. How can we keep building, thriving, and existing in the world but simultaneously allow the rest of the plant and animal-kind to do the same? As a species we’ve done so much already to gentrify so many animals out of our world, some to the point of no return. That’s what fascinates me now, how some of these animals can somehow manage to survive around us. At the same time, I am saddened by the loss of rich diversity and a healthier world that we could be living in.


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Ryan McCullen’s website

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Terrence Brewer, Jazz Guitarist

McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of McRoskey Palo Alto Showroom with some of the most amazing San Francisco Bay Area artists. Every Wednesday of September in our Palo Alto Showroom, we will be having an event featuring a local musician. Terrence will be joining us on September 21st.

Terrence Brewer, “the San Francisco Bay areas #1 Jazz Guitarist” – David Becker (SF Examiner/ and Jazz Guitar Studies Lecturer at California State University East Bay



Born August 3, 1975 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Terrence DeRaun Brewer moved at the age of eight to Pittsburg, California, returning to his father’s hometown where he received his first opportunity to study music. In fourth grade, Brewer began playing the recorder. It was that experience along with seeing the local middle and high school bands perform that increased Brewer’s desire to play a traditional instrument, which he did during his transition to middle school. In 1989, Brewer entered Pittsburg High School, known for it’s longstanding reputation as a formidable music school with intense music and creative arts programs. At PHS Brewer played in the symphonic, jazz and marching bands, as well as jazz and symphonic small groups. In addition to winning several regional and state awards with the school’s bands and small groups, Brewer held the role of marching band drum major and participated in several all-school drama performances, and presided as president of the schools Performing Arts Club. At the age of fifteen, Brewer knew he wanted to be a professional musician; so, upon graduating high school in 1993, he continued his musical education at Los Medanos College, also in Pittsburg, CA. Brewer finished his Associate Arts degree at LMC in 1997. After leaving Los Medanos, Brewer continued his musical education by studying with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Duck Baker, and Mark Levine.

Brewer has an extensive resume when it comes to jazz teaching. He has participated in various workshops and performances hosted by Stanford Jazz Workshop. Brewer also taught workshops, master classes, and given lectures for Santa Rosa Junior College, Los Medanos Community College, Albany High School, Pittsburg High School, KIPP Charter school, Prospect Sierra Middle School, Martin Luther King Middle School, Rockridge Montessori, and many others.

With years of music education under his belt, Brewer firmly established himself in the Bay area music scene, leading his own groups in nearly 2000 shows throughout California in the last years 7 years. His list of performances at fine venues and with even finer musicians is impressive. He’s entertained sold out crowds while headlining shows at the world famous Yoshi’s at Jack London Square, The Berkeley Jazz School, Anna’s Jazz Island, Jazz at Pearl’s and received standing ovations at the Jazz on the River, SFJazz Festival Summerfest Concert Series, Sonoma Jazz, Fillmore Jazz, Montclair Jazz, and the Marin Jazz Festivals and will soon play at the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2009.

Brewer has also been spotted on regional and national television, including San Francisco’s CBS affiliate KPIX CBS 5, WB 20 “Early Edition” News show, and two appearances on ABC affiliate KGO-TV 7’s nationally syndicated “View From the Bay”. KPIX CBS 5 anchor Lisa Chan referred to Brewer as “…the Bay area’s newest rising star!” during his televised interview on the CBS morning news. Brewer has also performed and interviewed with radio stations across the country including KCSM-FM 91.1 and KPOO-FM 89.9 in San Francisco, KPFA-FM 94.1 in Berkeley, WGLT 89.1 in Chicago, WMNF-FM 88.5 in Tampa, KUNV-FM 91.5 in Las Vegas, and WSHA-FM 88.9 Raleigh name just a few.

Even with devoting such a large amount of time to teaching, performing, and media appearances, Brewer found the time to launch his own record label and publishing company, Strong Brew Music (SBM) in 2005 and in 2006 released his first two albums simultaneously on SBM, The Calling: Volume One and Volume Two. With their release, Brewer garnered a tremendous amount of media attention and recognition. In 2008, Brewer followed up The Calling albums with QuintEssential, and all original quintet project recorded at the world famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley CA, which reached #17 on the national JazzWeek radio charts. In 2009, Brewer released Groovin’ Wes, a Wes Montgomery tribute project, which received a variety of national acclaim including peaking on the national JazzWeek radio charts at #9.



Find out more information about Terrence’s music, video, shows, and more on his website. Terrence’s music is now available on iTunes, too.


Celebrating 15 Years in Palo Alto with Wine Wednesdays

In 2001, we opened our store in Palo Alto; we wanted to better serve the needs of people who live on the Peninsula, Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. Fifteen years later, it’s time to celebrate!!!

All September, we’re hosting Wine Wednesdays from 5-7pm in Palo Alto. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Ridge Vineyards. Our mutual drive for excellence and deep appreciation for traditional craftsmanship makes us natural partners, and honestly, who doesn’t like to have a nice glass of wine in bed? Stop by, meet the people from Ridge, listen to some eclectic music, and relax with us.

Here’s the music lineup:

9/7 – DJ Jujubaba spinning Downtempo Grooves

9/14 – The Inertia Group blending funk, soul and their own brand of Emo

9/21 – Terrence Brewer astounding us with his Jazz guitar stylings

9/28 – DJ & Producer DF Tram bringing us International Chillout


McRoskey Mattress Co. is proud to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the McRoskey Palo Alto showroom with some amazing Bay Area artists. Every Wednesday during September in our Palo Alto Showroom, we will be having an event featuring a local musician. DF Tram will be joining us at our September 28th event.

DF Tram
DF Tram, DJ and Producer



DF Tram
DF Tram

DF Tram is a somewhat of a mysterious DJ and producer from San Francisco who is highly regarded in the North American underground electronic music scene. Known for his unique style of mixing and producing, his chilled DJ sets are second to none as far as innovation is concerned. When not behind the decks DF Tram is always busy creating beautiful and thought-provoking music through various projects, such as The Sound Capsule, Jump/Cut and also as a member of The Ambi-Sonic Collective. You can catch his weirdly wonderful sounds at one of his regular gigs in the Bay Area or at clubs and festivals around the world. DF Tram has played at some of the best electronic music venues in the world such as The Big Chill Festival (UK), Niceto in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chillits in San Francisco and many, many more. DF Tram was also nominated for a prestigious DJ Award in the downtempo/eclectic category at the Ibiza DJ awards (2008). In the summer of 2015 he released his debut solo artist album on Steve Miller’s Subatomic UK label.



Listen to this award-winning DJ/producer on SoundCloud.

SF Open Studios @ McRoskey 10/22 & 10/23

October 22-23, 2016 McRoskey will host SF ArtSpan Open Studios. McRoskey Mattress Co. is overjoyed to be a host for Open Studios in San Francisco.
October 22nd & 23rd, from 11-6, we will be hosting these fantastic artists in our 3rd Floor Factory Loft. Come by and support the arts!

Here’s a list of the artists that will be showing with us:
Sandra Speidel – figurative paintings
Dawn Leigh – illustrator who uses unusual materials, like red wine
Liana Steinmetz – bold, landscape paintings
Jack Mattingly – flat bas-relief sculptures
Bill Lies – modern portraiture
Brian Huber – abstract artist
Fernando Reyes – figurative painter
Peggy Millar – collage and figurative painting
Walter Xu – potter
Ryan McCullen – ceramic art, animals and functional ware
Kaytea Petro – sculpture and illustration
Beverly Wagstaff – abstract painting
Larry Fowler – mixed media paintings
The Artist Hines – abstract painting

SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. 2016 marks the 41st annual SF Open Studios event. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing list, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: McRoskey Mattress Company Launches “Sleep Your Way to the Top”

Contest to Celebrate Latest Advances in Premium Mattress Construction
SAN FRANCISCO (July 14, 2016) – The McRoskey Mattress Company, established in San Francisco in 1899 and renowned as one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of hand-crafted, ultra-premium mattresses and box springs, has taken a page from its illustrious history to create its finest mattresses ever.

#SleepYourWayToTheTop Contest Logo
#SleepYourWayToTheTop Contest Logo

To celebrate the latest chapter in its 117-year history, and mindful that a good night’s sleep is key to success in any endeavor, the company has launched its first social media contest, “Sleep Your Way to the Top.”  The winning entry will receive a complimentary McRoskey Classic Tufted queen set, valued at $5200.

To enter, follow the guidelines posted on the McRoskey website ( or contest microsite ( for Instagram contest, or for Facebook version)  “We all know that a good night’s sleep is the key to professional success…but it doesn’t always happen.  Did you stay up too late binge-watching Netflix?  Don’t know how that pizza got in your hair?  Have the world’s most epically horrible bed head?  We want to see photos of the worst night’s sleep in America; the funniest and most creative wins a free McRoskey Classic Tufted queen set.  The more horribly you sleep, the more you deserve a good night’s rest on a sumptuous McRoskey mattress.  To enter, provide an image with caption, follow @McRoskeyMattressSF on Instagram, tag us with #SleepYourWaytotheTop and #TimeForMcRoskey, ensure that your friends, family, etc. like your image.  The contest ends on August 31, 2016.  Lewd photos will be disqualified.”

The McRoskey family has been perfecting the art of sleep comfort since Edward L. McRoskey and his brother Leonard opened their San Francisco factory in 1899.  Quietly and without fanfare, McRoskey became the mattress of choice of the most discerning clientele, first in San Francisco and today all over the world, including an impressive but never-to-be-revealed roster of celebrity devotees.

“We’re one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets,” noted Robin McRoskey Azevedo, president and third-generation owner of the McRoskey Mattress Company, “except for the tens of thousands of people who wouldn’t dream of sleeping on anything else.”

McRoskey remains one of only a handful of mattress companies that designs and manufactures its own mattresses – each hand-crafted and made to order.  Moreover, McRoskey manufactures in-house almost every mattress and box spring component from its steel spring coils to the exacting blend of lush filling materials, and all cotton ticking ensuring each mattress is made to the highest standards for comfort, durability and aesthetics.

McRoskey builds three lines.  Each Natural Tufted, Classic Tufted and Basic Tufted mattress features 100 percent cotton ticking, enhanced filling materials, and updated tufting techniques.  McRoskey Mattress Company continues to use top-quality natural and man-made materials that can be fully recycled at the product’s end of life.

On May 1, 1931, Edward L. McRoskey filed his first patent for the McRoskey Tufting Machine, designed to make the tufts stronger, ease the arduous needle work of the mattress makers, and significantly increase the durability of the mattress.  Today the company continues to build a two-sided, tufted mattress, a construction technique — now abandoned by most manufacturers — that results in lasting comfort.  In 2016, the company introduced new tufting machinery to its shop floor allowing for operator ease and a yet stronger tuft.

“New equipment passes for big excitement at McRoskey,” said McRoskey Azevedo.  “So we decided to tell the world.”

McRoskey Mattress Company has two showrooms in the Bay Area – San Francisco and Palo Alto – open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Their mattresses are also on display at custom furniture showrooms including Made in Pescadero and Berkeley Mills.  For more information, please visit

“With nearly 120 years of satisfied McRoskey customers, we are proud of the quality materials we continue to use and the construction techniques we continue to employ,” said McRoskey Azevedo.  “Our company has never been tempted to stray from the proven mattress and box spring construction principles that provide true, enduring value.”


About McRoskey Mattress Company

Founded in San Francisco in 1899, McRoskey Mattress Company designs and manufactures premium mattresses and box springs.  With a dedication to comfort and quality, every McRoskey mattress is crafted using time-tested materials and construction techniques passed down through five generations of family members.  The company has three mattress lines available for purchase – The Natural Tufted, The Classic Tufted, and The Basic Tufted – which are built to order and can be custom-sized.  McRoskey Mattress Company also offers a selection of down pillows, luxurious blankets, duvets, linens, featherbeds, mattress toppers, and mattress protectors.

In Search of the Perfect Pillow

pillows_buyingOther than the mattress and box spring, pillows are the most important piece of bedding to ensure a comfortable, restful and healthy night’s sleep. The perfect pillow can greatly enhance the quality of sleep by maintaining your spine’s alignment and providing the best positioning for your head and neck. Since everyone’s bodies and needs are a little bit different, your “perfect” pillow is going to be specific to you.

Here’s some things to consider when selecting a pillow.

Your preferred sleep position – are you a side, back, or belly sleeper?

  • If you primarily sleep on your stomach or your back, consider a soft pillow.
  • Combination side and back sleepers often find a medium firmness to be a good choice.
  • If you sleep primarily on your side, a firm pillow is best. The Dr. Mary Side Sleeper is a great choice if you’re exclusively a side sleeper; it was designed by noted Sports Chiropractor Dr. Mary Collings.

What other physical features are unique to you?

Pillow care – take care of them so they can take care of you…

Now that you’ve found your perfect pillow, your should take care of it, so it will last for years to come. Properly cared for, pillows should last up to 2-3 years!

Pillow Care:

  • Plump daily. To plump or fluff your pillow, grab the corners on the short end and tap it against the bed surface two or three times. Flip the pillow and do the same thing on the other end. Do this each morning when you make your bed. When you climb in, your pillow will be ready for you.
  • Wash cases and protectors weekly. Toss your pillow cases and pillow protectors in the wash each week.
  • Replace old pillows regularly. Assess your pillow’s comfort regularly to make sure it’s still providing the best spine alignment and head and neck positioning. When your pillow starts to make your neck, shoulders or head hurt, it’s probably time to replace it.

#SleepYourWaytotheTop Contest

#SleepYourWayToTheTop Contest LogoWoke up on the wrong side of the bed? Win a sumptuous bed from McRoskey Mattress Co ($5200 value)!   

We all know that a good night’s sleep is the key to professional success…but it doesn’t always happen. Did you stay up too late binge watching Netflix? Toss and turn all night and wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Have a late night out?  Don’t know how that pizza got in your hair? Have the world’s most epically horrible bed head? Have a baby waking you up every ten minutes?

We want to see photos capturing the worst night sleep in America; the funniest and most creative wins a free McRoskey Classic Tufted queen set ($5200 value!)  The more horribly you sleep, the more you deserve a good night’s rest on a sumptuous McRoskey mattress.

To enter, provide an image based on the rules above (and caption), follow @McRoskeyMattressSF on Instagram, tag us with #SleepYourWaytotheTop as well as #TimeForMcRoskey and ensure that your friends, family, etc. like your image. The most creative out of the images with the most likes wins. View contest landing page here.

Contest ends on August 31st, 2016. Lewd photos will be disqualified.