7 Tips for Winter Survival…in Bed!

Daylight Savings Timeis over, and the rainy season is (hopefully!) around the corner. It’s a great time of year to spend some quality time in bed (late mornings, anyone?). Here’s how to get the most out of this winter.

Get Naked
People who sleep naked tend to sleep better, because the cooling process of the body at night allows for deeper REM sleep. It’s also a great opportunity to get some skin-to-skin time with your partner – which has been shown to reduce stress, stabilize heart rates and promote emotional connection.

Moisturize
Before climbing between the sheets, rub moisturizer on your hands, feet and body. Winter is a drying time for skin, and putting lotion on before bedtime gives it time to absorb.

Winter can be a great time of year for some self care and pampering.

Fluff your Pillows Every Day
Fluffing your pillows when you get out of bed ensures their longevity and comfort. More importantly, it makes them so much more comfortable when you get in to bed.

Avoid the Glow
The light produced by digital devices and TVs can disrupt your circadian rhythms, so it’s best to start shutting them down an hour before bedtime. Does the beeping of notifications wake you up in the night? Put your phone on airplane mode to hold unimportant announcements until morning.

Grab a Book
What’s better than snuggling under a fluffy duvet on a cold night with a great book? Here are some great books to keep you company this winter: Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee, Why We Make things and Why it Matters by Peter Korn. Research has shown that reading before bedtime can help people fall asleep, so grab a book.

Listen to a Podcast
Serial radio dramas were like TV before Netflix was invented. Now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can binge-listen many radio dramas from yesteryear and try out new content: Decoder Ring Theatre, Orson Welles On the Air, Texas Radio Theatre are a few of our favorites. The best part is, you can close your eyes and still “watch” them.

Learn How to Lucid Dream 
Lucid dreaming is what happens when you know that you’re dreaming. People harness the power of lucid dreaming to solve intractable dilemmas, resolve emotional problems and design visually. People wake up from a night of lucid dreaming refreshed, with a fresh perspective on their life. Famous lucid dreamers include Nikola Tesla, Salvador Dali and Richard Feynman.

Recipe for a McRoskey Box Spring

 

box-spring-blog-header-2The box springs boost the bed’s overall support and comfort and absorb a lot of the nightly wear and tear. A good box spring is as important as a good mattress to ensure a comfortable, restful and healthy night’s sleep. Therefore, knowing what your box spring is made of and how it’s made is critical for making the right choice for your sleep.

 

The Benefits of the McRoskey Box Spring

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McROSKEY NATURAL TUFTED mattress on box spring

Our customers are often surprised by how much of a difference the box spring makes. At McRoskey, we believe the box spring is as important as the mattress in the comfort equation for a healthy, restful night’s sleep.

For side sleepers, our box spring maximizes pressure relief at hips and shoulders.  For back sleepers, it increases comfort by fully supporting the small of your back.  A box spring can dramatically extend the life of your mattress.  A mattress on a platform or any rigid surface wears more quickly. Purchased together, our mattress and box spring  provide truly supple, not rigid, support from head to toe.

 

The Ingredients of the McRoskey Box Spring

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McRoskey box spring from the inside

Wood, wire and fiber are the magical ingredients that are crucial to comfortable support that lasts.

Like mattress coils, box spring coils are made from high carbon spring wire, which are tempered to ensure resilience. From head to foot, a box spring frame will have up to 12 rows of coil mounted slats. Fiber padding and batting cover the coils creating a cushioned surface.

You can choose from gentle, medium or firm box spring constructions to achieve your desired comfort.

 

 

 

Why McRoskey?

Historically, the mattress industry built box springs with a coil construction giving added comfort. Today, most of the industry has abandoned coil construction and instead builds a rigid, inflexible foundation which kills comfort. McRoskey understands the comfort value of a traditionally built box spring.

Our mattresses and box springs work together to create your best night’s sleep ever! Come into our Palo Alto or San Francisco showroom and test our beds!

McRoskey Maker Series – “Boxspring” from Josh Hittleman on Vimeo.

McRoskey + Heath Ceramics

heathceramics_86221631_fullLike McRoskey, Heath Ceramics designs thoughtful products that embody craftsmanship and enhance the way people live. They have been making quality dishware in the Bay Area since 1948, and have recently expanded their tile manufacturing to a new building in San Francisco. The new building is a hive of creativity, and they have partnered with many talented artisans and makers who embody their values. These days, the Heath product lines extend far beyond dishware and tiles to all manner of things that make living better.

To celebrate our 117th year serving the Bay Area, we have partnered with Heath Ceramics. With the purchase any McRoskey King or Queen set during October, receive a $450 Heath Ceramics Gift Certificate. We think you will enjoy this generous Heath gift certificate when you purchase a new McRoskey, and that it will extend the quality of living beyond the bedroom.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Liana Steinmetz, Contemporary Landscape Painter

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.

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Liana Steinmetz, Contemporary Landscape Painter

 

BIO

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Reasons for Staying by Liana Steinmetz, Oil on Canvas, 24″x48″, available at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Liana Steinmetz is a lover of art and all things outdoors. She’s been painting professionally for ten years. Her passion is taking her paints outside and capturing a moment in time that expresses the soothing drama of expansive landscapes.

Liana grew up in Marin County, California where redwood forests meet the ocean and miles of grassy hills touch the bay. When she wasn’t outside exploring, she was at home, engrossed in an art project. After graduating from college, where she studied Anthropology, Liana was lost in the fast-paced culture, and struggled with keeping up, comparing herself to others, and belonging. While wading through the sadness, she came to find that the more time she spent outside in nature, the happier she felt. The more connected she was to the mother earth, the more she felt like she belonged to something beautiful, meaningful and safe. Liana felt documenting that connection through painting was very powerful and invigorating, so it became a natural progression for her to create a career out of that relationship.

So far, Liana has been showing her work around the San Francisco Bay Area. She exhibited her bold, landscape paintings at the WALK IN THE PARK show at Village Theater Art Gallery, Danville, California, in the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, California, and at the San Francisco Open Studios. 

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Summer Lake, Chapped Lips by Liana Steinmetz, Oil on Canvas, 24″x24″, Sierra Nevada mountains, California, Sold

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I hope my paintings will speak to that part of you that also appreciates and identifies with the magic of the outdoors. I hope they will inspire you to take a deep breath and remind you that you are also part of the earth. I hope they make you feel good.

Painting is a spiritual experience for me. I am not sure who listens to me when I pray, or who sees me when I look up at the stars at night. But I do have profound gratitude for Mother Earth, and her natural beauty I get to be a part of every day.  I cannot imagine a more fulfilling way to spend my time on earth, than making paintings in her honor. Every one is a tribute to this wonderful planet of wild things we call home.

This is also true…”There are moments when I see a landscape and it is so beautiful to me, it is overwhelming to look at. My heart jumps out of my chest, I want to be the land.  I want to be the rain, the wind, the clouds.  However I am just a human in a tiny body.  So I humbly accept my place and do what I can to show my gratitude and awe for the land – I paint it.”

 

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Point Reyes Spring by Liana Steinmetz, Oil on Canvas, 24″x24″

Find out more about Liana on her website, Instagram, and Facebook. Liana’s recent works are available at LianaSteinmetz.com.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Peggy Millar, Figurative Artist

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.

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Peggy Millar, Figurative Artist

 

BIO

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Entwined Dance by Peggy Millar

In 1980, Peggy Millar started her formal art education, and became interested in drawing the figure. She attended the San Francisco School of Art, where she studied the fundamentals of art. In the 90s, Peggy enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied under some of the finest teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Peggy started showing her work ever since 1988. She’s been participating in art shows, open studios, and art festivals in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Emeryville, Mill Valley, Oakland, Laytonville. Peggy drew the book cover, Smoke Women, for Smoke by Dorriane Laux. She exhibited her installations, “Temple of Initial Attraction (2003),” “The Lighthouse (2004),” “The Golden Spiral (2007),” and “Her Secret Garden (2011),” at Burning Man. Her most recent shows include the Group Show at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Art Institute – ACE at Diego Gallery, San Francisco.

Peggy’s current series “Woman” depicts capturing the moment when the figures depicted in the painting are touched by the act they are performing, absorbed in the dance, ritual, prayer, birthing or mothering. In their faces is the feeling or mood of the action and a light that shines from within. Contained in these images are qualities inherent in the female from Peggy’s instinct and experience, shown in the way they dress, move and portray themselves as well as the curvature of the mark making—these are real women, demonstrating the charm of humanity and genuineness. When viewing the images, we can connect with the feminine qualities that are inherent in our own nature, whether male or female. They are powerful and provocative. They bring to light sensuality, strength, compassion and truth. Peggy works in mixed media and enjoys the textures that she creates with paint and paper. Her journey takes her to many places, always going deeper as she weeds through the tangled web of thoughts to find her heartbeat.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT – PASSION AND INSPIRATION

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Sand Painting by Peggy Millar

Where is the passion? In putting paint on the canvas, the thrill of expressing, a world where art and imagination live!

I have been influenced by many artists that have gone before me: William Blake, Klimt, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Arshille Gorky, Joan Brown, Georgia O’Keefe, Chagall, the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative Artists; so many before me—my teachers and my inspiration to continue. And then there are the artists all around me who keep on—because art drives and exalts them. And I keep on, too, on my journey into the imagination.

 

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

Find out more about Peggy Millar and her works from her website.

Celebrating our 117th year in business with #3rdFloorThursdays!

onlineposterWe’re celebrating our 117th year serving the Bay Area with a series of free events. We’ve partnered with some of our creative partners to present some unforgettable events. Admission to events is free, but you must RSVP to get admission (except for Open Studios, for that one, you can just stop by!)

For tickets:

10/6 – Social Hour for Social Impact presented by California Shakespeare Theater

10/13 – A night of Silent Film with Live Music – The It Girl starring Clara Bow

10/20 – KCSM’s Jazz Mattress, new jazz music presented by KCSM

10/27 – An Evening of Chamber Music presented by San Francisco Conservatory of Music

We also are pleased to be hosting ARTSPAN Open Studios on 10/22 & 10/23, with over 12 artists in our 3rd Floor Factory Loft.

#3rdFloorThursdays #ThanksMcRoskey

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Brian Huber, Abstract Artist/Sculptor

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.

Brian Huber, Sculptor and Abstract Artist
Brian Huber, Sculptor and Abstract Artist

 

BIO

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Braided Series – Braided Flows, Brian Huber

Brian Huber was raised in New Orleans in a house full of art and artists. His earliest creative influences were his mother Janeth Murray and aunt Lynne Gleason – both successful artists. Part of the creative gumbo was his grandmother Sculptor Rai Murray. A music filled studio, the smell of fresh paint and piles of paintings to name are fond memories of the time at home. Brian studied Art and Architecture at the University of Louisiana.

He spent numerous years designing and orchestrating events for major television studios and corporations. For five years Brian split his time between New Orleans and San Francisco. After a few years in the city he moved to the eclectic houseboat community in Sausalito. He now lives with his wife in Marin County and is grateful to have more time in the studio.

Brian’s work is based on the abstraction of landscapes, architectural elements and the impact of man on the natural world. Raised in New Orleans, Brian was influenced not only by an unconstrained culture and the rhythmic motions of blues and jazz, but also an environment where hurricanes could change or destroy everything in minutes.

Brian transforms landscapes and manmade forms into something new. His pieces represent physical changes on a grand scale—anything from the construction of a beautiful building to the devastation of a man-made disaster. Brian cuts and manipulates giant sheets of acrylic paint to create the distinctively sculptural texture of his pieces. The constant change of light and shadow alters the color and pattern of his creations, breathing life into them.

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Braided Series – Turning to the Sun, Brian Huber

 

Brian’s previous series include Water Rising, which deals with the rebirth of his hometown New Orleans after Katrina, and Barrier, which was inspired by man-made oil disasters, false barriers between nature and man, and the recovery energy that resides in deep in the swamps, gulf and wetlands. In his next series, Follow the Line, Brian explores what lives on either side of the imagined lines we concoct for ourselves to cope with life. His Veil series introduces a discussion about how the hidden veil we all wear distorts our views and alters the way we consume reality. This discussion continues in the Circle Back series, which plays with light and shadow on wrought ironwork found throughout New Orleans. In his Braided series, Brian focuses on the abstracted interpretation of the braided rivers and glacial moraines of the Denali Alaska landscape.

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Circle Back Series – Atchafalaya, Acrylic on Canvas Wrapped Panel, Brian Huber

 

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

Find out more about Brian from his website, Facebook, or Instagram.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Dawn Leigh, Contemporary Artist

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.

Dawn Leigh
Dawn Leigh, Contemporary Realism Artist

 

BIO

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Picnic Poetry – Red Wine on Paper, by Dawn Leigh

Dawn Leigh, a self-taught emerging contemporary artist, is a bona-fide student of life. She has her Bachelors of Business Administration from National University. Prior to earning her BA, Dawn studied at San Diego State University and MiraCosta College. Although she is a talented entrepreneur, her passion has always been fueled by creating fine art.

In 2013, Dawn Leigh took the leap and started showing her works in the San Francisco Bay Area, where her work was featured in Island Art: Express Yourself in The Alamedan.org for Espressions and More at Spritzer’s in Alameda, CA. In 2014, Leigh showed her collection Wine, Women and Song at Etcetera in San Francisco. In 2015, she was one of the artists featured in Pancakes and Boozes in 111 Minna Gallery and RAW: Exposure SF at Ruby Skye, along with being awarded by the jury of Hidden Gems of the Tenderloin: Artistic Gem. In the same year, she participated in a group show at Space 236, San Francisco.

Dawn Leigh has been enjoying being part of the diverse San Francisco Bay community ever since she moved to the Bay Area in 2012 with the purpose of exploring the urban lifestyle and culture of San Francisco. Prior to the move, Dawn Leigh lived in North Coastal San Diego County for over 40 years.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT – EXPLORATION OF INTERACTIONS

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Touch – Red Wine on Paper, by Dawn Leigh

Exploration of the complex interactions around me has been the focus of my work. We are surrounded by the environment in our quotidian travels, often ignoring significant details. By acknowledging an individual talent, style, character, or existence can one begin recognize the being as part of our world. Individual complexity becomes facets or layers to build on while creating. It is all about exploration of the subject, layer upon layer. With each layer more depth and insight is brought forth. The deeper I go into the details, the more the subject becomes alive and luminous. Each facet of life deserves to be acknowledged.

Personal discovery is one of my main interests with the exploration of these layers. Each time I begin a new piece, I learn more about the interactions and the mastery of conveying the subject. In the spirit of the 1960s and 1970s photorealistic painters, I find inspiration for my pieces by working from a photograph. However, I find myself taking steps away from more traditional mediums and surfaces. In an endeavor to challenge myself and expand my skills I use a variety of drawing and painting techniques employing ink, graphite, watercolor, and even coffee and red wine.

 

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Chevy, 2013, Dawn Leigh

Find out more about Dawn Leigh, her works, and her journey in the world of art at her website: DawnLeighCreations.com

 

And the winner is……..

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The #SleepYourWayToTheTop contest has just came to a close, with some pretty close voting coming right down to the wire.

We are pleased to announce we have two winners, the Audience Choice Winner, and the McRoskey Staff Pick (selected by the very people who will be making both winners’ beds!).

Audience Choice Winner: @mertsmith

Help release me from mattress hell 🔥Like this photo so I can win my dream bed NO sleep till McRoskey! The mattress matters! #TimeForMcRoskey #SleepYourWaytotheTop
Help release me from mattress hell 🔥Like this photo so I can win my dream bed NO sleep till McRoskey! The mattress matters! #TimeForMcRoskey #SleepYourWaytotheTop

McRoskey Staff Pick: Lilian Klosterman

"There's no way I'm sleeping on that old, leaky air mattress! Let me see what I can find for this poor girl on McRoskey's website..." #McRoskeyMattressSF #SleepYourWayToTheTop #TimeForMcRoskey
“There’s no way I’m sleeping on that old, leaky air mattress! Let me see what I can find for this poor girl on McRoskey’s website…” #McRoskeyMattressSF #SleepYourWayToTheTop #TimeForMcRoskey

 

We want to thank everyone that entered the contest, and everyone that voted.