About Gentle Home
1960 - 2023
History of Gentle Home
Gentle Home is a California-based independent online magazine. But its history goes way back to 1960 where Al and Bea Davis start a small antique and used furniture store called “Al Davis Furniture”, in the Hillcrest section of San Diego.
In the 70s, Al began selling new furniture by catalog, allowing customers to buy high quality, USA made and imported furniture at deep discounts. Catalog sales continued until 2021.
In 1981, Bob Davis launched the mattress specialty store Mattress World at the same location – helping San Diegans find quality mattresses at great prices. Fine brands included Organic Mattress Inc, Diamond Mattress, Aireloom Handcrafted, Chattam & Wells, Spring Air and more.
In 2014 the website GentleHome.com reflected their focus on all-natural bedding and home furnishings, replacing the old website DavisWorld.com.
In 2015, third generation Sarah Davis and Darrell Smith joined the team, bringing experience in medicine, health care, midwifery, politics, logistics, business, and the U.S. Navy to Mattress World & Al Davis Furniture.
In 2021 the store was closed, and the website is now continuing to be a base for knowledge all about sleeping comfort. Our task is to critically review, select and provide mattresses, bed frames, furniture, and sleeping accessories to our readers and audience.