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How to keep cool in the Summer heat.

The Dog Days of Summer means summer heat is on! The temperatures have been hot, but we are staying nice and cool by following these 7 easy steps.

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  1. Hang curtains: By hanging curtains or drapes on all your windows you add an extra layer on insulation to keep the heat out and the cool air inside.
  2. Drink ice water: This one seems obvious, but a lot of people get extremely dehydrated during the hot Summer months. Why not kill two birds with one stone with a big glass of cold water! You’ll be making sure you don’t get dehydrated while cooling down your body.
  3. Place fans all around: Giving your home better circulation and airflow will help keep it feeling cool. Place fans near doorways and in high traffic areas to keep the air moving. 
  4. Use a spray bottle: Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator. Spritz it on your face to feel refreshed after being outside in the heat.
  5. Turn off the lights: When it is extremely hot outside, keeping the lights off can help to keep your home cool. Not only will you be turning off unneccesary heat, you’ll also be giving your home a very soothing feel.
  6. Take a shower: If you can’t seem to escape the heat, go hop in the shower, and turn the knob to cold. You will instantly feel refreshed and revived.
  7. Use cotton sheets: To ensure that you keep cool at night, use cotton for your sheets, comforters and mattress pads.  Its breathable vs. the other materials like jersey, bamboo or polyester.   

10 Most Interesting Facts About Dogs

Have you ever wondered how dogs sweat? Or what they dream about at night? We have wondered these questions, and many more, so today we have for you 10 fun facts about dogs!

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  1. Dogs sleep a LOT. In fact a dog sleeps on average 12-14 hours a day. The amount your dog sleeps is dependent on many factors like what their breed is, how active they are, and their age.
  2. Dogs are dreamers! When a dog is soundly asleep and suddenly begins twitching, they are in fact dreaming. Dogs, just like humans, dream about activites that occurred the prior day as well as things they like such as chasing squirrels.
  3. Do you love sleeping with your pup at night? You’re not alone! Studies have shown that up to 56% of pet owners allow their dogs to sleep in bed with them every night. What’s better than waking up to your furry friend?
  4. Did you know dogs do sweat? While panting helps cool them by moving cool air over the moist surfaces of the tongue and lungs, dogs also physically sweat through their paws.
  5. Dogs don’t see in black and white, but in color! Their color isn’t as vivid as human colors, but more like what we see at dusk.
  6. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. More than 1 in 3 American families owns a dog! And for good reason…
  7. 94% of pet owners say their pet makes them smile at least once a day. And it has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress fewer heart attacks.
  8. Dogs are considered a family member. 70% of people sign their pets name on a card, and 80% of people buy their pets gifts on their birthday and holidays.
  9. A dog’s lifespan is correlated to their size. On average, small dogs live longer than big dogs. 
  10. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, and can do simple math. In fact, the average dog is as smart as a two year old child.

Did we miss any fun facts? Share what you know with us by commenting below. We also love when you share photos of your pup.  Send us an email at gus@craneandcanopy.com.

It’s #throwbackthursday!

It’s a Dog Days of Summer Edition #TBT! In honor of #throwbackthursday, we have the cutest treat for you! We asked our favorite tastemakers for photos of their famous dogs as puppies. My, how they have all grown! 

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1. Lucy from Vmac and Cheese 2. James Franco from The Fancy Pants Report 3. Perry of House of Earnest 4. Tucker from Kelly Christine Studio

The Dog Days of Summer: Why a Dog Makes a House a Home

We are celebrating Dog Days of Summer all month long by sharing the web’s best #sleepytails on Instagram. We asked a few tastemakers on why their dog makes their house a home.  We loved what they each had to say and had to share! 

“Zoey is part of our family and no house is a home without the ones you love. We knew she was ours the moment we met her. We went to the pet store for fish for our pond and came back with a puppy instead. She is playful, loves to cuddle, and the most affectionate little girl and we love her so!”-Kristin of Bliss at Home

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“Annabelle is the best part of our home! She welcomes us enthusiastically every single time we come in the door, snuggles with us at night and wakes us with hugs and kisses in the morning! Our home would definitely be incomplete without her!” -Sarah of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

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“Cleaner for up muddy paw prints: $2.99

Lint Roller: $1.89

Dog Food: $21.95

Furry Snuggles: Priceless”

-Cassie of  Primitive and Proper

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Tell us why your dog makes your house a home by emailing a photo of your pup and your story to gus@craneandcanopy.com and you could be featured!

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Bloggers We Love: A Q&A with the amazing Kim of Yellow Brick Home

Today we had the amazing opportunity to catch up with Kim of the incredible home decor and DIY blog Yellow Brick Home! We chatted with her about how she got into DIY-ing, where she finds her inspiration, and of course what her favortie Crane & Canopy bedding is. Her blog is a definite must-see so head over there and get inspired!

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Welcome to Crane & Canopy.  We absolutely love reading your blog.  How did you start blogging?  Why the namesake, Yellow Brick Home?

Thank you! Our blog came to be after a friend’s not-so-delicate persistence over 5 years ago. Every time she came to our home, she would walk around and try to pick out the things that were “new” - whether it was a freshly painted room, bed linens, art or decor. At the time, we are living in a small Chicago condo (less than 700 sq ft), located in a yellow brick corner building, the blog’s namesake! The condo was a recently rehabbed unit, so there wasn’t much renovation involved; rather, it was customizing the space to feel less builder-grade and more “Kim + Scott.” We had a lot of fun challenging ourselves to make our tiny home useful in more than one way, especially as I began to work from home on our side businesses, The Pet Shop and The Print Shop.

What’s a fun fact about you that’s currently not on your “about” page?

Something that always surprises people about us (that is, those that aren’t our close friends and family) is that we are huge hockey fiends! I grew up playing ice hockey with the boys, and my love of the sport trickled over to Scott when we started dating 11 years ago! The playoff season in the spring takes over our lives, and a lot of major home projects come to a screeching halt. We’re very, very passionate about the sport. Go Penguins!

Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.

Colorful, happy, quirky.

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How did you get into home DIYing? What has been your favorite project?

As previously mentioned, we fell hard into the DIY realm while trying to create a space that felt more like “us,” while living in a builder-grade box. We’ve always been hands on - we DIYed our way through Scott’s first home fixer-upper in Cincinnati together - but we really caught the bug after moving to Chicago and having a wealth of resources at our fingertips. As more blogs were born, our inspiration felt limitless! The hardest part was reeling it all in and learning what we love, not just what’s trendy at the moment. One of our favorite projects to date is definitely the media wall we created in our condo. It was really fun to build something from scratch and check off all the boxes of “needs.” 

What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

We used to be a lot harder on ourselves to post content a certain amount of times per week, and at times, our weekends were downright draining. It probably wasn’t until the last year or so that we’ve learned to cut ourselves some slack! If we don’t post, say, 3 times a week, the internet will not implode. It’s more important for us to stay creative and focused, rather than dream up projects just for the sake of the blog. It’s taken almost 5 years of blogging to fall into a rhythm that we feel great about, but we do need to remind ourselves to take a step back every now and then, enjoy brunch, read a book for an afternoon and travel!

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Where do you find inspiration?

We moved a little more than a year ago into our old almost 130-year-old house. Every day, this house is what inspires us! It has forced us to make decisions that are outside of our comfort zone. We’ve been working on nurturing back some of the original character that was rudely taken away, so while we may gravitate towards a sleek-lined couch, for example, we opted for something with curves. Our baseboards are tall and decorative, as opposed to hard lined and modern. Our lighting choices have been more of a throw back, and we’re having so much fun brainstorming ways to keep the vintage charm in our bathrooms and kitchen (once we save enough to start those renovations!). 

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What is your favorite find/thing in your house that really make it feel like your home.

Recently, we added huge DIY dinosaur prints into our living room. They’re so silly, but we can’t begin to tell you how happy they make us! As soon as they were hung on the wall, we looked at each other and said, yup, feels more like home! And dare I mention a more obvious answer? Our 4 rescue pets - Jack, CC, Maddie and Libby are the heart of this operation.

And of course, what’s your favorite Crane & Canopy bedding!

Hands down, the Hayes Nova  We’re big fans of classic white bedding, but the dark gray piping is perfect. I already have a feeling that they’ll end up in one of the bedrooms in this house sooner or later!

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Trending: Reading Nooks

School is starting up again which means homework and reading assignments are about to gear up! If you’re looking for a little quiet space in your home to get that reading done, or even just a spot to relax, we love the idea of using wasted space to create a reading nook. We found some creative, clever, and chic ways to add reading nooks to your home, so dust off those books and get your glasses because you won’t want to leave these cozy spots!

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A beautiful reading nook is the perfect way to use that awkward space under the stairs.

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Convert an unused closet into a cozy spot for some casual reading and book storage.

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Add life to your hallways with a long library wall complete with a cozy couch!

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Have a nook that you aren’t sure what to do with? Add a bench, some cushions, and pillows and transform the space into a chic reading spot.

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Make your kid excited about reading with their very own private reading nook