New England Home September-October 2019

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Leonards sells a variety of antiques but is best known for its antique and reproduction beds. Why beds?

Lois MacDonald: Everybody needs a bed. They are a very personal piece of furniture, a place to feel secure and comfortable as well as a place to get away from it all.

Jeff Field: We spend a third of our lives in bed. One should look forward to going to bed and wake up happy. A wonderfully carved bed made from elegant wood can help heighten that experience.

Leonards Beds on Location at Port d’Hiver

Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast is an island within an island, blending comfort and luxury with award winning accommodations, fine dining, warm personal service and thoughtful amenities for romantic Florida getaways. Leonards is thrilled that many of our reproduction beds now call Port d'Hiver home. From the Jamaican Plantation tallpost bed in the Sunrise Room to the Faux Bamboo Urn Top Bed in the Carriage House suite, our beds are dressed in custom linens, awaiting your arrival. For more information visit

Photo credit: Port d'Hiver.

From top: Faux Bamboo Urn Top bedJamaican Plantation Tallpost bed, and Marlborough Ball & Ring Lowpost bed.



Antique beds are charming characters. Not only are they beautifully crafted pieces of furniture, but they also possess a certain magic. 

They hold the secrets of generations of sleepless nights, of births and deaths, and of lifetimes in between. Despite all their appeal, however, antique beds may be impractical to use. Many beds made in the nineteenth century are far too small by today's standards, and it can be nearly impossible to find a modern mattress to fit one of these custom-built relics.

Fortunately, a company called Leonards New England in Seekonk, Massachusetts, has found a way to adapt antique beds to modern lifestyles. Today, Martha visits with Jeffrey Jenkins, owner of Leonards, to learn about this process.

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