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  • You know how they say your children are like your mirror, your greatest teacher? Well, I am having quite the reflection. It all stems from my son’s study habits. No matter how well designed and well equipped Jivan’s desk area is in his bedroom, he refuses to sit as his desk, EVER. Homework is done exclusively in his bed. “It’s where I think best, Mom!” he declared last night as I nudged him to consider transporting himself over to his table. I even suggested powder-coating his clean-lined modernist metal Capellini desk chair in matte black. I thought for sure that sexy matte-ness would capture his teenage attention and lure him to mosey on over. But no, my requests were declined. “You know it’s just not gonna happen,” he said. For him, comfort is key. THE BED, it is like the anchor to his space – what grounds him. Well, herein lies my epiphany. Apparently I am precisely the same type of being. I share the same tendencies as my child.

    While yes, great design is great design, even the most functional, well thought-out, and easy-on-the-eyes work area can have trouble competing with the covers. In both my professional design practice and on a personal level, I have come to recognize — ultimately our level of ease and enjoyment in our abode is EVERYTHING.

    A Place to Dream | Allswell | Athena Calderone

    There is no area of the home that provides us with more coziness, plush beauty, and cushy gratification than the sacred space in which we sleep. And it makes perfect sense! Our bed is where we begin and end each day. It’s where we spend the majority of the time in our lives. When our bed is a place of Zen-like comfort, it becomes a reprieve from our busy existence, a sanctuary, and a place to slow down, to think, to cuddle, and to be our most pure, vulnerable, and at-ease selves – ALL IS WELL.

    A Place to Dream | Allswell | Athena Calderone
    A Place to Dream | Allswell | Athena Calderone

    It has been revealed to me through my wise-beyond-his-years child that not only do I like to sleep in bed, BUT I also work in bed. I read in bed, I love in bed, I dream in bed. This is the intimate place where creative ideas and inspiration abound. And I get no greater joy than to make a bed. Seriously. The ritual of smoothing out and folding over the sheets and blankets is my favorite way to kick-start each morning. I find ceremony, purpose, and productivity is this simple act.

    I was excited to partner with Allswell because they share this same philosophy and make shopping for modern and comfortable bedding fast and fool-proof. When creating my Bedscape, from an aesthetic perspective, I knew I desired a look that felt crisp and airy as well as lush and layered, with a variety of textures, to evoke elegance. I opted for a few favorite pieces in a tonal palette of moody grays to mimic the horizon line at dusk. The nubby waffle weave blanket, tightly tucked into the bed frame, became the clean, fitted base of the bed. The cozy duvet in a deeper hue was at the ready near the foot. I selected it for visual contrast, yes, but also because it’s pillowy and perfect to snuggle up in on chilly nights. A light linen throw topped off the look and would certainly be the blanket to reach for while doing some internet-browsing in bed. Our senses are especially heightened in the bedroom because both our sight and our sense of touch are engaged. To me, incorporating both a tailored quality and a sense of the undone is a recipe for tactile sophistication. Our eyes and our skin simply crave this duality.

    A Place to Dream | Allswell | Athena Calderone
    A Place to Dream | Allswell | Athena Calderone
    There is no area of the home that provides us with more coziness, plush beauty, and cushy gratification than the sacred space in which we sleep.

    And of course, let’s not forget the foundation of any good night’s rest, the mattress. I chose Allswell’s “The Firmer One” as it provides a more unyielding base beneath my cushiony bedding but the brand also offers “The Softer One” for anyone who prefers plushness through and through. Either way there are mounds of memory foam built in and a plush topper designed to feel cool to the touch.

    There’s no better way to pamper yourself than by investing in your slumber — and if you’re like me, your bed also encompasses so much more. A massive thank-you to Allswell for cradling me, day and night, with elegance and edge on the design front and comfort and cozies on the sleep front. And Jivan, I will never nag you about this again – homework in bed is A-OK moving forward. I totally get it now.

    A Place to Dream | Allswell | Athena Calderone

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