In 2010 furniture designer Ted Boerner told the story of his Nocturne bed design at IDSWest. The Nocturne is a stunning, luxurious bed with a curved headboard that invites you to spend the whole day there.
Artists will tell you there is always the inspiration. The thing that moved them to create what they created. In his talk, it was evident that much of Ted’s inspiration came from his childhood years spent with his grandparents. The vivid imagery used in the story of their bed described a mattress deeply imprinted by two people who had shared that spot for many years. It ultimately influenced the curved design of Ted’s Nocturne bed headboard.
The way that Ted told his story, I concluded that his grandparents had what I call a “family bed” philosophy. I was very moved by this and have carried his words with me since. I have a family bed. Simply explained my definition of a family bed is this: if the bedroom door is open then come on in, pile on and bring your book or blanket with you.
I have had the good fortune to not only meet Ted Boerner but to spend a fun and interesting evening with him. His warmth, charm and character are not only reflected in his furniture designs, but (I am sure) have been inherited from his beloved grandparents.
Ted Boerner furniture is available in Vancouver through Bloom; one of our favourite trade only showrooms.
I am devoted to making people love living in their homes. I have done that with absolute joy for most of my life and as a career for the past 20 years or so...
I am a homebody – I do not actively seek adventure but I have had adventures. I believe home is the most sacred and important place in the world. I say I grew up on a farm – but I doubt technically it would qualify as a farm. Five acres – one milk cow – one calf - we ate them when they grew up, lots of chickens and a few pigs – we ate them too…
I was that kid who dragged rugs and furniture out to the orchard and set up outdoor rooms. It mixed my two favourite things – outside and comfortable furniture. My friends and I would sleep outside in my “rooms”. It was magical because my ceiling was full of stars.
I have lived in small houses, big houses, basement suites, cottages, condos and apartments. I have built and I have renovated houses. For a short time in my young life I was without a home
– this changed me. I have lived with pets, wanted and unwanted – rodents are unwanted… I have lived in a house richly full with the raising of my four children. I have had the tremendous
joy of my children carrying my grandchildren into my home. I have had my home become an “empty nest” and my life shrunken and shattered with the loss of my beloved husband.
Home and my people there have always been my comfort. It does not matter where home is, it only matters that you are in it and that you find comfort there and that is why I do what I do.