Posted on Jun 09, 2014
Bamboo is suddenly over the last few years making a huge appearance on the home décor and home interior products scene. From textiles to construction materials, bamboo is declaring its Strength, Versatility, and Earth Friendly qualities. A wide range of furniture products including platform beds, bedroom furniture, and dining room furniture is now being made from bamboo timber. Bamboo timber is stronger and more sturdy than solid oak wood, and is resistant to cracking, chipping or warping. In addition, bamboo timber can shrink or expand slightly in moist or dry conditions, meaning that furniture from solid bamboo timber is equally suited for environments that are moist and humid, such as Florida, but is also great for places such as Arizona, where the humidity is much less.
Bamboo grows like a weed, and after it is cut, the root system stays in tack so new trees can grow. Unlike pine and oak forests, which take decades to recover, bamboo is a sustainable resource with the resilience to grow back quickly. Wood is a natural substance, although it doesn’t grow at the same rate as bamboo, which can grow up to five inches every day. While bamboo can be harvested within the first year, pine, oak and mahogany take decades to be replenished. The root systems of bamboo also create an underground trap for water, preventing mudslides. Behaving more like a weed than a tree, bamboo is considered to be among the most quickly developing plants on earth.
Posted on May 28, 2014
The Latex Mattress Today
Latex mattresses represent the cutting-edge in orthopedic sleep technology. Latex is the one bedding material that combines softness and support with a unique material that relieves pressure points at the hip and shoulder while providing the necessary support for alignment of the spine.
Two advancements set today's latex apart from historical orthopedic mattresses and other kinds of mattresses:
1) Advances in foam production produce a product that is consistent from top to bottom and left to right. Latex bedding is available in a wide range of firmness preferences, from super-soft to extremely firm. Talalay latex uses freezing, aeration, and vulcanization technologies to create mattresses with unparalleled cushion and comfort.
2) Layering represents the most exceptional characteristic, since layered latex beds combine firmness options for a tailored-made sleep experience. Layering allows a latex comfort layer to be superimposed on either a firmer latex layer for comfort or on a polyurethane layer for a more budget-friendly experience.
Posted on May 12, 2014
De-clutter, unplug, turn your bedroom into a sanctuary and - finally! - get a good night sleep.
You’ve just spent another restless night tossing and turning. Maybe you’re stressed, or it might just be that your bedroom is cluttered with so many stimuli that a good night’s sleep is next to impossible. You’re not alone. Nearly one-third of all Americans (40 million) are sleep-deprived and get less than six hours of sleep each night, according to a recent report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what are some steps one might take to help get a better nights rest.
Posted on Apr 25, 2014
Is it possible that switching to an all-natural Latex mattress could help change the sleep habits of millions of tired Americans for the better? Could something as simple as creating a peaceful, healthier sleep environment help with the chronic sleep problems that many American experience? Recent studies suggest Yes to both of these questions. It seems that today our plugged-in culture is experiencing levels of sleep deprivation like never before. Research indicates that only one-third of Americans get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest each night, and some estimates show that about 10% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia. Natural ways for getting a better night’s sleep include sticking to a bedtime routine, only using your bed to sleep, exercising regularly and avoiding caffeine consumption in the evening. Natural supplements include Melatonin, Valerian root, Kava Kava, and L-Tryptophan. Listening to delta-wave binaural beats music as part of your bedtime routine is also known to facilitate sleeping better. Another effective method for relaxation before sleeping is breathing slowly, deeply and rhythmically in and out through your nose.
Posted on Apr 11, 2014
How “Beauty Comes in Small Packages” rings true with the simple aesthetic of the Takuma Bed, creating a peaceful environment for rest & enjoyment.
This isn’t your grandmother’s four-poster bed. The days of stuffy frames that require dust ruffles and a ladder to get onto them are thankfully over, and today’s bedroom styles are all about clean lines, saving space, and luxury in the form of chic simplicity.
At Haiku Designs, we specialize in furniture that’s eco-friendly and gives a nod to the spare beauty embodied by Japanese interiors. The Takuma is perfect for any size home, but particularly beloved for those in small spaces.