Brother’s Bedroom Upgrades

By Kate Riley September 29, 2015

Saturday I took a trip to San Francisco to spend the day doing a little dining and shopping and I stopped in to see my two nephews, the newest little guy is six weeks old and he has that baby smell (you mom’s know the one I mean) that only lasts for a few months and is so intoxicating and you wish you could bottle it up and sniff it everyday for the rest of your life. So I was there to get my baby smell fix and also give their bed a mini makeover with new linens.

The one thing any mom of a newborn wants is a good night’s sleep. I was approached by Leesa to see if I was interested in trying out one of their mattresses, but I knew my brother and SIL could use one so I offered it to them. They gladly accepted since their existing pillow top mattress was rather old, we replaced it with a new Leesa luxury foam mattress and upgraded the linens too.

gray linens master bed

Nate and Liz moved away from brown tones to modern monochromatic grays, instead making the bed with textiles I picked out for them in a sophisticated yet subtle palette. The mattress arrived at their home a few days ago and they waited for me to unpack it.

My brother Nate can always make me laugh with his facial expressions and off the cuff quotes. He says to me in his perfect Yoda voice, “How you get so big shipping in a box of this kind, hmmm?”

nate look

It’s pretty shocking to me that they can suck all the air out of the mattress and roll it up so tight inside a box – once it’s released it expands like those magic capsule toys my kids used to love to play with – shaping itself in minutes into a queen sized mattress. (There’s no shortage of drama going on here too…)

nate pulling plastic

We cut open the plastic and within 20 minutes it had expanded into its full shape. The mattress is crafted with three foam layers, including 2” of memory foam and 2” of latex-like foam that’s perforated to keep you cool while you sleep. It set up easily and right on top of their old box spring.

After sleeping on it for one night, my brother provided me with this hilarious review:

“After one night of sleep on our new Leesa mattress, Liz is angry. Perturbed. Agitated. This is not because the mattress is uncomfortable. Quite the contrary. No, Liz is angry because the mattress rendered me unable to fulfill my fatherly duties. Because I was so enveloped in the snug warmth and form fitting comfort of the Leesa mattress, I slept solidly and blissfully through our newborn infant’s cries, and was unable to get up for “my shifts”.

And while I dozed away in a cloudy dreamland, Liz was out in the living room on our stiff sectional couch, tossing and turning on the (non-Leesa) foam, her sparse slumber interrupted every couple of hours to tend to our newborn.

The next morning, I rolled out of bed with a long stretch and a satisfying yawn, and shuffled out into the living room to face the consequences. Thankfully I was rested enough to deal with them. Thank you, Leesa. You have both saved and ruined my life.”

Take a a look at the more serious online reviews – also note this mattress is most certainly nephew approved :)

happy baby

In all seriousness it takes a while to really know whether a mattress is a good fit, so the good news is they can try it risk free for 100 days – this queen size retails for $890 plus free shipping which is so affordable compared to other mattresses on the market.

The one thing that impresses me is that Leesa donates 1 mattress to a shelter for every 10 they sell, and since I know the local shelter I work with is always looking for new mattresses, I applaud Leesa’s philanthropic efforts.

silver and gray bed linens

The coverlet and striped shams are both from West Elm (on clearance in stores), the luxe Ikat pillows are from Z Gallerie, and the silver lumbar is Home Goods, as is the geometric throw at the end of the bed.

I left my brother’s home feeling good that the two of them have a new mattress to sleep on and cuddle with my sweet nephew, and also some new more luxurious linens. I’m missing their happy home already, and my charismatic brother.

gray master bedroom linens

If you’re looking for a new mattress, why not give a Leesa mattress a try? You can for 100 days risk free which certainly gave my brother and SIL peace of mind. The first 50 readers to redeem promo code CENTSATIONAL at checkout to get $75 off your order.

*This post is sponsored by Leesa, all opinions are my own, except my brother’s opinion of course, that is purely his and it is brilliant :)


  1. Fantastic job!…You did it again!…I’m sure Nate and Liz are sleeping much better…of course loved his comments as always…Love you all!

  2. Love the review and glad at least one of them is getting a better nights’ sleep! I can’t help but think that returning it is going to be impossible… even if they don’t like it, they’ll NEVER get all the air out of it and get it back into that box! LOL Oh and PS – their bedroom rug looks scrumptious!!

  3. Oh good! I’ve been eyeing those Leesa mattresses for a while and I’m considering getting one. We currently have a Sleep Number system and I HATE IT. We’ve had it for about 4 years and have never been so stiff and sore from sleeping on a mattress. I’ve just dealt with it because the stupid thing was so expensive.

    Janet, if you don’t like the Leesa mattress and want to return it, they send someone to come pick it up and then they donate it to a needy local charity.

    Your brother is hilariously adorable!

  4. Have seen a lot of these types of mattresses floating around the web, would like to know how they hold up after a few years.

    Also, I love that lamp!

  5. Hahaha! Who can’t love a brother with such a sweet sense of humor and funny faces to boot. I do as I have a few of my own goofballs to tend with. :) I love the bedding and the peaceful look of the new bedroom sanctuary. And the best part…The oh so beautiful baby boy! We’ve been kicking around the idea of a Leesa mattress as well as a few others. Would be happy to hear about the good, bad and the ugly of the Leesa in a few months. We can’t make up our minds and it is such a pain! Also I feel stupid lounging out on a mattress at the mattress shops. Lovely job Miss Kate. I know they love their new room.

  6. Thanks for the referral on the mattress. We’ll be in the market soon for a new one and while other blogs have endorsed other mattresses they all are so expensive. This one sounds do be a quality mattress or an economical price. Like on of the previous comments I’d love a follow up review in the future. On a personal note your brother looks a lot like you, love his humor and love the baby pic. Adorable.

    • PS……… that baby smell and if we could bottle it up somehow we’d make a fortune.

  7. I’m seriously amazed they can fit a queen size mattress in that little box… lol.

    Also, your nephew is adorable! I think I feel another wave of baby fever coming on…

  8. Your nephew looks adorable on that mattress! I’m sure you know this, but make sure that he is only ever on it when he is awake and with an adult nearby. As the coordinator for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for the county next door to you, I join with the SIDS coordinator in Sonoma County in reminding everyone that infants should never sleep on an adult mattress, and memory foam is the worst – it can conform to their faces and suffocate them easily. The best place for baby is near to, but in a separate sleep space from parents, on their back and on a firm, infant approved sleep space like a crib, pack-n-play, bassinet or one of those little side-along beds that rolls right up to the bedside.

    Beautiful bedding, beautiful nephew!

  9. I love my Leesa! We bought a King and have enjoyed it since the first night and for about 4 months now. We are moving in a few weeks and I am very worried about my Leesa and how it will fare in the move. Buy one y’all! You will love it.

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