Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We can’t wait to start off our weekend by being outside, hanging out with friends, and dusting off our bar carts to enjoy a few delicious cocktails. Having a cute and functional bar cart is a key element to hosting amazing, stress free get-togethers and gatherings. Just in time for your Memorial Day celebrations, we want to help you to set up and style the perfect bar cart! So check out Our Favorite Five Stylin’ Bar Carts and get ready to impress your guests and relax the weekend away.
- Find your perfect travelling party with one of these stunning bar carts.
- We absolutely love these fun and eclectic bar cart essentials!
- Style the perfect bar cart with help from designers and bloggers.
- Get your bar cart summer ready with these great styling tips.
- Make your bar cart the center of attention by getting inspired with one of these amazing bar carts.
Today, we are so excited to have Camille from Planning Pretty as part of our Bloggers We Love series! Camille recently moved to the Bay Area and started Planning Pretty as a way to feature all of her favorite home décor and DIY projects and adventures. Today, she dishes to us on tips on how to stay organized during a move, her favorite restaurants and places to go in SF and how she would style a bedroom!
We absolutely love that your blog, Planning Pretty has a similar mission as ours – that you can have it all - “pretty” and affordable. How did you start blogging?
Last summer I planned my wedding, relocated to the Bay, and was in the midst of a career change. I always loved sharing my ideas, advice and experiences with friends and thought why not find a way to chronicle all of it. I stumbled upon a book signing for Joy Cho’s Blog, Inc. and was so inspired to start my own blog. Creating Planning Pretty has been a great way to hone in on my passion for home decor and help break the stigma that all good design is expensive.
What’s a fun fact about you that’s currently not on your “about” page?
I speak fluent Italian! I’m learning French and refreshing my Spanish too. I’m hoping to master all the Romance languages and use that to travel the world. Also, I’m quite the budget nerd. I love analyzing numbers and finding ways to get the best value. One of my favorite posts I’ve written is a guide to splurging in your twenties! You definitely don’t have to be in your twenties to use the advice :)
What are your favorite finds/things in your own home?
I love visiting antique markets and fairs. I found a great 1950s two tiered table that I use every day for my morning tea & breakfast and my adorable 1950s coffee table.
Another favorite is my Audrey Hepburn canvas in my dining room. Her glamorous portrait really sets the tone for my space!
You recently moved from LA to SF. What are your favorite finds in your new city?
I love Chantal Guillon, a lovely macaron shop in Hayes Valley. It’s the perfect reward after a busy day! I’ve become quite the fan of Past Perfect an antique shop in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. I love to comb through their collection and find vintage gems. Lastly, Cocotte in Nob Hill is my favorite intimate restaurant. The menu is simple & rustic French cuisine, but they do it oh so well.
In the Spring, there are lots of people moving to new apartments. Do you have any tips on how to stay organized?
Moving can be quite the hectic experience! While browsing for apartments, I recommend keeping a spreadsheet that organizes all the apartment details and keeps track of all contact made with the landlord. This will make it so much easier to remember what you have/haven’t seen and what you liked. Know your budget and don’t forget all the extra costs like security deposits, moving fees and potentially new furniture. Moving can add up really fast! Once you’re all moved in, take inventory of your furniture and decor. Notice what’s missing and create a budget to finish decorating. I always start with making sure there’s enough storage for items I don’t want to see daily.
And finally, what is your favorite Crane & Canopy bedding and how would you decorate a room around it?
The Linden Coral duvet is my favorite especially for summer, it adds a tropical oasis feel to any room. Also I’m in love with the new Floral Belles and would love to add them to pillows all over my home!
Here are a few tips to maximize your storage space in your bedroom for those extra linens or out of season clothing.
Make every piece of furniture count Utilize furniture that has drawers or shelving for extra storage. You can get nightstands that have drawers to store anything you might need, like that book you’re reading (insert hyperlink to post on currently reading) Under your bed is another great storage solution. You can find a bed that has built in drawers for you to put extra sheets or blankets in. If this isn’t an option for you, you can always place any items you need to store in covered bins and tuck them away under your bed.
Get creative! Adding a bench at the end of your bed is a great way to add seating to your bedroom while also creating storage. You can place your out of season clothing in the drawers while having a seat cushion on top allows a comfortable place to sit while you put on your shoes in the morning.
Make the most of your closet. Add in a hanging rod so you can double hang your clothes. Hang the shorter items on the bottom to utilize the space better. You can add in shoe organizers and tiered racks for scarves or belts. If you have several luggage bags, stick them one inside the other so that they’re not taking up too much room in your closet.
Utilize your headboard. If you have a smaller bedroom consider a bookcase headboard. To the naked eye this will look like a headboard, but pop it open and there are shelves inside to store books, photos, or any bedroom necessities.
Add another dresser. If your closet doesn’t seem to be big enough to fit all your clothes and accessories try adding a dresser to your room. You can add any folded items such as work out clothes, pajamas, or even out of season clothing. This frees up room in your closet for anything you might need to put out of view.
Think outside the box. Have you run out of space in your jewelry box? Use hooks or nails mounted on the side of a wall or in your closet. Here you can hang bracelets or necklaces that you’re currently wearing while you store your other jewelry items in your jewelry box.
We’ve talked about different types of duvets and the materials they’re made of but another factor to take into consideration is the tog. Yes, you heard that measurement right…now what the heck is that?!
The tog is a measure of thermal resistance of a unit area most commonly used in the textile industry. It originates from the informal word ‘togs’ for clothing which was most likely derived from the word toga. A tog is 0.1 m2K/W which means that the thermal resistance in togs is equal to ten times the temperature difference between the two surfaces of a material, when the flow of heat is equal to one watt per square meter. Confused yet?
Basically duvets are measured in togs and each tog measurement refers to how warm your duvet will keep you. A duvet works by trapping heat from the body, cocooning your body for warmth and comfort throughout the night. The tog rating describes how well the duvet will retain heat.
A lightweight summer duvet is 3.0-4.5 tog. This is ideal for warmer climates and will help wick moisture away from the body and retain enough heat to keep you the perfect temperature. A spring or autumn weight is 7.0-10.5 tog. This will have enough warmth to keep you comfortable without being too warm. A winter weight duvet is 12.0-13.5 tog. This is exceptionally well at retaining body heat. An all seasons duvet is a 15.5 tog (4.5+9) and consists of two separate duvets. The two duvets, 4.5 and 9.0, combine intelligently to for a 13.5 tog which is suitable for winter temperatures and effectively provides a year round solution.
It is redecorating season and we want to switch up the look of our homes. We love how rearranging just a few pieces of furniture, or swapping out some room decor can change the entire feel of any space. This week, we want to share with you some great ways to design, decorate, and organize your small spaces. Whether its your little home, or just a petite room, this week’s favorite five will have you sprucing up your small space in no time!
1. Utilize every aspect of your room- including vertical space!
2. We love these sneaky tips to make your tiny space look huge.
3. Organize your home with one of these creative space saving ideas.
4. With a good design, even the smallest homes can look open and spacious.
5. Use these great tips and tricks to get all you can out of any sized space.
We love the whimsical Sunset duvet cover, but did you know that it’s also a Gus favorite? We think he looks quite handsome on this fun and modern design! Give this a LIKE if you think so too!
Duvet or Comforter…that is the question. When it comes to choosing your bedding what is the right choice for you? Do you hate making your bed? Do you prefer ease of washing? These are all things to keep in mind when deciding on what your bedding will be.
A duvet is a type of bedding that is a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, wool, or a synthetic alternative. It is protected with a removable cover, the duvet cover. The duvet originated in Europe and was made from down feathers because of its usefulness as a thermal insulator. Adding in a duvet to your bed makes the whole chore of making your bed a lot easier. It’s a single covering instead of a combination of sheets, blankets, quilts and other bed coverings. The duvet should fit snugly inside a duvet cover which can be removed and washed when needed. The duvet cover (as shown above with our Linden Border Duvet Cover) also allows you to change your style or color choice of your bedding with the simple switch of the cover. This allows for easy changes from season to season.
A comforter is a thick, quilted, fluffy blanket that is used to keep you warm. It is usually filled with synthetic fiber filler which is quilted or stitched to secure the filling and keep it evenly distributed. Unlike a duvet, the comforter only forms one piece of all of your bed linens. It is intended to sit on top of your sheets and those who want a layered look might prefer this. Comforters are usually sold in bedding sets that have coordinating separates and makes decorating easy. Caring for your comforter is easy as you can just place it in the wash with your other bedding.
We asked Katherine McEachern, a freelance design consultant, jewelry designer, and Marketing Associate for Rue Magazine to put together a room roundup for us featuring our Noe Gray Duvet Set. She is passionate about design’s ability to positively impact the world and works with social enterprise startups and nonprofits to design products and services that improve their client’s lives. Her jewelry is made from vintage jewelry and repurposed materials, and her one-of-a-kind pieces can be found on BRIKA and Etsy.
Katherine chose to feature our Noe Gray duvet set, and modeled the room after how she would style her Fringe Necklace - with modern shapes and solid colors. She loves natural materials and always adds a bit of glam. For the bedroom, she would paint the walls gray to show off the Noe Gray duvet. Adding hint of pink in the rug and lots of soft white textiles brightens the room; and she used chunky wood furniture to ground the space, with a touch of gold and glam in the fixtures!
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To all grandmothers, mothers, and daughters; we hope you are celebrating the wonderful women in your lives today! Happy brunching, lunching, and mimosa sipping.
Happy Friday! We can’t wait for this weekend to begin so we can start relaxing and enjoying the weather. Recently, we have been finding so many different styles of rooms and home décor that we are absolutely in love with. From a hallway, to your backyard, this week we’ve found incredible inspiration throughout the web. So pull up a chair and begin daydreaming about some marvelous items you would add to your home with Our Favorite Five Fabulous Home Décor.
- We love this glamorous hallway- lined with mirrors and gold!
- Be inspired to start getting your backyard summer ready.
- Add a tropical punch to your home with ideas from this amazing kitchen.
- This modern living room is beautifully decorated with grays and neutrals.
- Your mom will love one of these adorable and creative handmade cards.
Today we want to thank Natalie of Veneer Designs for putting together a lovely room roundup featuring our Page Gray Duvet cover. She chose to create a serene graphic ocean inspired bedroom using complementary shades of grays and neutrals. We just love how she added a touch of glam to the décor by scattering gold accent pieces throughout the room!
Natalie is a lifelong designer who worked in the world of corporate interiors for 10 years before venturing onto her own to focus on residential interiors. She loves making beautiful spaces that people are happy to come home to everyday. She offers e-designs to clients outside of the LA area, an affordable way to get that designer eye to pull a room together!
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It’s Spring and we are seeing lots and lots of…POLKA DOTS here at Crane & Canopy headquarters. If you haven’t spotted it yet, we also have our own version of a dotted duvet. Meet the Minna jacquard duvet set! We love how this incredibly fun pattern can definitely make anything just a bit more fun.