Tactile Arts

Tactile Arts

We had two sewing machines set up on a long table, beside the wall of windows. My daughter, who is a Girl Scout, was there, along with another member of her troop, that girl’s father and my mother-in-law. The object? To begin their Girl Scout Silver Award project. They had made plans with the local […]

In Las Vegas, Streamlined Collections Showed Maximum Style

In Las Vegas, Streamlined  Collections Showed Maximum Style

Mattress manufacturers gave retailers something to talk about. Adjustable bases were chatty, too By Barbara T. Nelles and Beth English Traffic was solid in bedding showrooms during the Las Vegas Market Jan. 27-31, but not record breaking. That was our overall impression walking the show, and it was echoed by many mattress and sleep accessories […]

You Know It When You See It

My children frequently ask the meaning of words they run across in their school work. Recently, one asked me to define “wrought.” If you’re anything like me, you immediately understand the word but coming up with other words to define it feels ridiculously impossible. Thank goodness for dictionaries! I think innovation is one of those words. […]

Picturing Las Vegas Market

Picturing Las Vegas Market

The big chill that swept the country early last week forced some attendees to shorten their visits to Las Vegas Market, but Beth English and I lingered long at this busy show. At mattress and sleep accessories showrooms, we took lots of notes and plenty of pictures, and rest-tested (rapidly) many mattresses. Of the macro […]

Information, Please

Information, Please

The night before I wrote this column, I discussed it with my husband. I told him I’d like to write something related to our cover feature on workforce training. Then, being the wonderful idea guy that he is, he started brainstorming around the idea of training. I found it fascinating that all of his thoughts about […]

Creature Comforts

As I write, a pristine blanket of snow covers my yard. The cat and I have been peering out the window throughout the day — she to see the fluttering of birds in tree branches or, if she’s lucky, our window feeder; me simply to admire the sheer beauty of a whitened world. We typically […]

What Would an Elf Do?

What Would an Elf Do?

There are many reasons to be thankful at this time of year. Here’s one of mine: the movie “Elf.” I know this might not be everyone’s idea of a reason to be grateful, but it’s genuinely one of my favorite things at this time of year. And it’s possible that I love it for mainly […]

Treats From the Autumn High Point Show

Treats From the Autumn High Point Show

BY BETH ENGLISH AND BARBARA T. NELLES New lines, fresh looks, streamlined displays and more dotted the bedding showrooms at North Carolina’s biannual event and even a hurricane couldn’t keep us away. The Fall High Point Market Oct. 13-17 in High Point, North Carolina, was punctuated by Hurricane Michael barreling into the Florida panhandle and […]

Once Upon a Time . . .

A few days ago, I cleaned out my car and found something surprising. Wedged between the passenger seat and console was a Warby Parker glasses case that should have been in the house. I opened it to see if it held an old pair of glasses that should be put away or a new pair […]

A Love Letter for Sleep

Dear short sleepers, So many of you are in the news these days. And I’m genuinely worried about you. I’m sure you know who you are. You are the ones who work late into the night and rise early to get a jump on the day. Or you’re the ones who stay up well past […]

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