Today we take our beds for granted. In Renaissance Europe, beds were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth. During the 1700s, beds were covered with expensive fabrics and trims and became status symbols for European aristocrats and royals. When Louis XIV was king, there were no box springs. Mattresses were stuffed with straw, leaves, and needles. Even the most expensive beds harbored bedbugs and fleas. The phrase “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite” referred to the insects that lived in mattresses. The famous French king, reportedly owned 413 beds. King Louis XIV commonly received visitors in his bedroom and conducted affairs of state from his bed. There was a rail separating his bed from guests, and it was considered an honor to watch the king as he woke up or nodded off to sleep.
About Leslie Hendrix Wood
Leslie Hendrix Wood is the founding editor of the luxury lifestyle and design blog, Hadley Court and an interior decorator with Chancellor Interiors in Midland, Texas.
Leslie received her undergraduate degree in business. She worked briefly in banking and returned to school to earn her MBA.
Upon graduation, she moved to Washington D.C. to work on a Presidential campaign and received a Presidential appointment to a position in International Trade.
At the end of the administration, Leslie returned to her hometown and joined the family oil and gas business, although her first passion has always been, after raising her children with her husband, business and interior design.
When she saw her children were closer to leaving home, she decided to start the blog, Hadley Court. in 2012, which won the Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame award for Best New Design Blog in 2013 - a prestigious honor granted by her peers.
In 2014, she is, in addition to blogging, beginning to build the family friendly luxury lifestyle brand: HADLEY COURT, based on her values of Gracious Living, Timeless Design and Family Traditions.