February can be one of the most bitter sweet months of the year in the Pacific Northwest due to wild weather and marginally improving rates of sunlight. That being said, this is a great time to snuggle up in our Cypress collection and catch up on sleep, or better yet start planning your spring and summer adventures (ideally with a Soaring Heart sleep solution)!
If are you itching to get on the road and take in the great outdoors we’ve got something you'll love. Soaring Heart has partnered with a new company out of Kirkland, WA, Homegrown Trailers. Founders, Corey Weathers and Eric Gertsman, came up with the design for a trailer that provides a healthy dose of creature comforts (toilet, solar power and a kitchen sink!), without sacrificing mobility and practicality (only weighs 2,500 lbs and fits in the garage!). However, in our opinion the best decision from the folks at Homegrown Trailers was calling us about building three custom mattresses for each trailer (sleeps 4). You read that right, you can hit the road with the bulk of your creature comforts and a Soaring Heart Mattress as an upgrade! Since Soaring Heart actually builds the mattresses we sells, we were able to design a mattress for Corey and Eric that achieved their comfort and mobility standards.
For those of you dreaming of the high seas, we have another story! In 2015 an organization that hosts cruises for small groups/families contacted us to see if we could make our most popular collections (Linden, Tamarack, Rowan) in custom sizes and shapes for their travel yacht. When I say custom sizes and shapes, I don’t mean 50x60 instead of 60x80 (standard queen size), I mean trapezoids of the Isosceles, acute and obtuse variety as well as one very precise ellipses. After dusting off our Geometry books we got to work, made everything perfectly and even shipped the order to their boat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! We invite you to contact us to get a Soaring Heart Mattress in your boat, or the boat you will be dreaming on.
If your idea of a great trip is propelled almost entirely by your legs, start paying attention. In 2015 a couple came into the showroom and wanted custom bedrolls that they could take with them when they backpacked through Denali National Park in Alaska. Their goal was to have a lighter, hardier and completely organic (Our GOTS and GOLS certifications brought them in) sleep solution. They said the bedroll had to be organic, because “if we get eaten by a bear and it eats our bedroll we don’t want it to kill the bear”! Naturally, both of them wanted different firmness so we blended the latex and wool in different ways to achieve a balance of light and hardy without compromising the certifications or quality of the product. Both the bedrolls and the customers made it back in one piece.
Since we’ve actually built the products we've sold for over 30 years, we’ve gotten pretty good at finding ways to think outside of the conventional mattress-sized box. So when you find yourself staring out the window in the next few weeks dreaming of adventures give us a call, shoot us an e mail or stop on by. We’ve probably got a sleep solution for whatever you’ll be doing. We’ve never made a mattress for a blimp, so if your adventure involves a blimp we’ll give you 10% off!
There are times you just want to pull your hair out over the latest new fad, new idea or concept for the "sale of the century." Last week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas a rousing presentation was made on how the momentum around the Internet of Things (IoT) could very likely be transforming the bedding industry next. How's that you ask?
While many details weren't provided, examples such as the ZEEQ pillow, which has so far raised $400,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, were quick to jump on the bandwagon. Soon you will be able to buy the ZEEQ pillow, download their app - and your selected music will play through 8 internal pillow speakers, provide vibration prompting you turn over if you start to snore and set alarms to wake you up - based not only on the time, but on the quality of sleep ZEEQ has been monitoring for you all night.
Soaring Heart does not buy into the idea that "being wired into the Borg's sleep cycle" (remember Star Trek episode 75?) is intelligent design. Instead we are members of a movement called "Time Well Spent (see timewellspent.io) that envisions a world where our use of devices actually enhances our humanity. Where we design experiences on our hand-helds in ways that don't tap into addictive behaviors. (Did you know that studies show we now check our phones something like 150 times a day?)
Everyday we meet people with sleep issues. With our days filled with constant interruption it should come as no surprise to us that our sleep cycles bounce us around between disconnected thoughts. Studies have shown that it takes (on average) 15 minutes to get back to our work after an IM message interrupts our day - so clearly we can't expect to get back into REM sleep after any interruption.
Yes, there maybe money to be made launching more connections to IoT. But if our goal is healthy, natural sleep - let's wake up to the responsibility we have for our family's sleep hygene. Where we make joyful, careful considerations of how our bedrooms are designed and keep the interruptions of any and all devices parked a healthy distance away from our slumber.
As always your feedback and opinions are welcome.
See original article in Geekwire at: http://www.geekwire.com/?s=internet+of+beds
Thank you! Of the many things we are grateful for in this past year, we are happy to announce that Soaring Heart has met its goal to direct 1% of our gross revenues to charitable causes. 1% may sound like just another number. But for a small business like ours, this represents a huge commitment from our entire team to reduce expenses and volunteer time. We couldn't do it without the support of our amazing customers, suppliers and advocates.
Our biggest community endeavor is to build and donate more than 350 organic pillows. This year, our volunteers provided pillows for homeless vets at Seattle's Compass Housing, Eastside clients of Congregations for the Homeless, incoming students at Bastyr University and, just last week, a group of Stanford University graduate fellows.
Veteran's Day pillow build with United Way of King County
A big believer in the power of education, we proudly fund Soaring Heart scholarships at Bastyr University (natural sleep studies), the Pride Foundation (in mental health) and Seattle Central Community College (in support of their small business, sewing design and culinary programs). We also support the great work being done by non-profits like "Toxic-Free Future," El Centro de La Raza and the Seattle Good Business Network in their efforts to promote locally made products.
At Soaring Heart, we believe we all sleep better knowing we are part of healthy, vibrant communities. While we may not have the resources to help everyone, we are committed to doing our part to provide great sleep for many of those facing life challenges in the communities we serve. We know the comfort you feel surrounded by our hand-crafted bedding may not cure all aches and pains – but we certainly hope your heart will soar when you know every stitch surrounding you has been placed there by someone who cares.
We are grateful for your patronage – and we look forward to your next visit to our shop or website.
Mike Schaefer & the entire team at Soaring Heart
December 20, 2016
Congrats to the 50 United Way volunteers who helped us build pillows for donation to our local homeless shelter for veterans this morning. Our teams were jumping for joy when 80, all organic shredded latex pillows were complete. Each volunteer then hand delivered their pillows (complete with a hand written thank-you note) directly to the staff at Compass Housing for distribution.
Soaring Heart is committed to giving back with the belief that we all sleep knowing we're part of healthy, caring communities. Thank you for supporting our work - and be sure to check out our selection of new bed pillows for you and your loved ones today!