7/17/2012

Bed "Porn"

Every night as I sink between my 800+ threat count luxury pima cotton sheets, deep into the comfort of my supportive yet cushy pillow-topped mattress, high atop my beautiful mahogany burled wood bed frame, I think to myself, "I LOVE my bed!" And I am apparently not alone, for I am inundated with ads for luxury bedding products everywhere I look. A dozen or more catalogs greet me in the mail each day with sensuous photos of inviting beds in beautifully decorated bedrooms - I call it "bed porn." Online ads clearly targeted to my shopping habits beguile me with photos of beautifully made fluffy looking bedrooms. Many companies that I shop from for clothing also seem to offer bedding as a sideline- even when they do not sell housewares, furnishings, or decor related items for any other room. It seems that there is an entire market demographic of middle aged women who favor sassy fashion forward clothing and who also are in the midst of creating truly luxurious bedrooms. "You will never buy another pillow!" shouts an ad from the Sunday New York Times. My tv shows are full of ads for mattresses, each promising to be softer or more supportive than the other- how to sort it all out? SOVN European Sleep Systems, Sleep Number, TempurPedic- so far my consumer reports handy product buying guide hasn't tackled this topic.

All this "bed porn" has made it increasingly difficult for me to leave home - and you know how much I love to travel ! It is difficult and expensive to book a hotel room with a bed as nice as the one where I nest. At home, everyone gravitates to my bed: husband, kids, dogs. We eat in the family bed, watch tv, work on computers, play with the dogs, read, even visit - my mother-in-law on her recent tour, came in and joined me ( even though I use "going to bed" as my excuse to avoid people, when I need a little "me" time.)




From "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
 Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton
Talking in our beds for a week
The newspeople said
"Say, what're you doing in bed?"
I said, "we're only trying to get us some peace"

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