Tuesday, March 21, 2006

New Bed

Mary and I bought a bed frame over the weekend. We'd purchased a new queen-sized mattress a few years ago, but hadn't ever found a bedframe we could both agree on.

Well, we found one at The Joinery in SE Portland. Mary likes to read in bed - and prefers to sit upright while doing so (I probably prefer reading lying down), so we'd looked at their Lorelei bed on-line because the headboard has a curve that makes sitting against it comfortable. But, the picture on the web page is pretty boring - it has a minimal footboard - so we'd discounted it from our search.

However, the quest for a chair for Mary lead us to The Joinery to check out their rocking chairs, and we looked at the beds as well. In one of the rooms they had a "special order" bedframe that a customer must have decided against after ordering it. It was a Lorelei frame - with the "Deluxe" footboard, and it was made with Madrone wood. It also had some modifications from the standard Lorelei - with some non-uniform spacings between the vertical rails and panels.

Needless to say, Mary and I both thought this was a very unique and interesting bed. So we hemmed and hawed, and decided that we're just going to continue our collection of interesting furniture, and this piece must be in it.

Here are some pictures taken with my new phone. Note the exquisite photo quality.

The first is the bed, fully assembled, in our bedroom - including Jupiter.

These next two images are what we saw in the shop. You can get a good feel for the look of the headboard and footboard that you can't in the fully assembled bed. That's part of what threw us off in the first place - on the web the picture had so many pillows in front of the headboard that you were unable to get a sense of the look.

We also did really like the look of the Madrona's colors and grain. The side rails are also reddish and very unique.

This shows a nice (blurry) close-up of the grain.

The Joinery makes beautiful furniture. All of their pieces are sanded so smooth that you just walk around the shop touching everything you pass. They make all the furniture in the shop itself - you can even watch. And, their wood comes from The Collins Companies, a company which practices sustainable foresting techniques that have left their forests containing as much wood as when they first started logging.

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