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Clara Persis’ Serene Haven in NYC

We can’t stop wishing this gorgeous and serene bedroom were our own. We absolutely love how Clara Persis decorated her bedroom with our beautiful Linden Gray duvet cover and added slight pops of color to create an incredibly calm space.

» Shop the Linden Gray duvet here.   » See more bedroom photos here.

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A Navy SEAL Commander Inspires College Grads to Make their Beds

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Admiral Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, shared with 2014’s University of Texas graduates the 10 lessons he learned during his SEAL training.  Among them: “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

We know that making a bed is a mundane task that many of us choose not to do it every morning. Is an unmade bed a big deal?  See what Adm. Bill McRaven says in his inspiring speech on how anyone can change the world.

“So, here are the ten lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.  Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed.

If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection.  It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

Read the full transcript.

Do you agree with Admiral Bill McRaven on the impact of making your bed every morning?  Why do you make your bed every morning?  

A Bedroom Refresh with Busy-Mommy Emily

We love the fun color combination that the lovely Emily of Busy Mommy put together in her bedroom. The gorgeous grays paired with pops of mint and our patterned duvet, The Cora, make for the perfect combination of fun and elegant.

» See more beautiful images here.          » Shop our Cora here.

Mommy and Me Styled Beds with Erika Brechtel

Stylist Erika Brechtel created the most serene and elegant master bedroom using our Linden Gray, and an incredibly whimsical and beautiful bedroom for her daughter featuring the playful Addison purple bedding.

We love how Erika made the master bedroom feel so soothing with it’s calm colors of gray, white, and black. A few touches of texture and pattern pull the room together and add great focal points. For her daughter’s room she did lots of pattern and color to create a fun and bright space where a young imagination can run free.

See more photos.      Shop the Linden Gray.      Shop the Addison.

A calm bedroom by Caitlin of Desert Domicile

We love how Caitlin of Desert Domicile created a gorgeous and calm bedroom by pairing our Linden Gray duvet with fun patterned throw pillows! The colorful floral throw paired with a modern black and white throw is a perfect combination of soft and bold. We could see ourselves relaxing in this soothing room every day! 

» Get the full bedroom look here.
» Shop our Linden Gray duvet set here.

A fun Q&A with Jessica of Decor Adventures!

We were lucky enough to get to ask Jessica of the incredible home decor and DIY blog Decor Adventures a few questions about her favorite item in her home, what she’s most excited for this Spring, and how she got into blogging. If you haven’t visited her blog already, definitely head over there. She shares some really amazing (and fun) ways to improve and upgrade your home!

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

Thank you! I’ve always done different types of projects in my home, from furniture makeovers to decorating and creating things, so once I found out that you could do these things and write about it online, I thought - that would be fun! Blogging has been my creative outlet from my professional day job and Ph.D. program, and it’s a way to try new things, meet new people and make a positive difference in the community.

The name Decor Adventures is my reminder to enjoy the journey of creating a home. Because we all know how difficult DIY can be at times right? It’s a way to remember to be spontaneous and be true to what you love, because adventures are always full of possibility.

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

I’m actually a dancer and have been for most of my life. When I was a child I took classes all the way through college, where I then started a dance team and later coached a college performance team that won competitions. I also taught at a dance studio and it was one of the most rewarding things I’d ever done. To build confidence in young girls is so important and dance is a fun way to do it. Currently I take jazz and tap classes and have a show in a few weeks!

This is a photo of me (in the blue shirt) and other Haven conference attendees last summer at the dance party. We had our own “DIY Shuffle” and it was hilarious.

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Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.

Meaningful, comfortable, unique.

What are you most excited for this Spring?

The warm weather! We have a newly renovated backyard that I will be showing on the blog soon, and I’m excited to build an outdoor table for dining. It will be the first thing I’ve actually built, so wish me luck. I’m looking forward to enjoying our little piece of nature after all the work we put into it.

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What are your favorite trends and/or colors this season for the home?

Lately I’m really into green shades, from mint to kelly green. They are the perfect compliment to nature and can serve as a neutral too. I’m a very neutral-loving decorator, it’s all over my house - you know, white, grey, black. So I have to remind myself to have a little fun with color. I also really love yellow but never use it! See, even decor bloggers need to take some risks too.

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

In every room we have at least one piece of furniture that I either found or purchased second hand and make over. In the living room it’s a blue velvet ottoman that I found on the side of the road that was a coffee table.

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In the dining room, it’s a tall cabinet that I painted and make into a bar, and we have several other pieces here and there. It’s such a wonderful feeling of pride to know you put your own talents into making something new out of something old and I wouldn’t have my home furnished any other way.

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

I love The Fillmore Blue because it has such a bold presence, but the colors are calming, which is perfect for a bedroom. Drama and neutrals always work. Just like I need more color in my home, I also strive to select items with pattern, not just solids. That set is a great combination of both.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Your mom deserves nothing but the best, and we think there is nothing better than a great night’s sleep. This Mother’s Day, give your mom the gift of beauty sleep with our beautiful and luxurious gifts that are sure to help your mom relax, unwind, and rest peacefully. It’s Beautifully Simple.

» Shop all gifts here.  » Shop luxurious duvets here.  » Shop elegant sheet sets here.

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A fresh and airy bedroom refresh with Amy of Dallas Wardrobe

Amy of Dallas Wardrobe enlisted her adorable furry friend’s help to refresh her bedroom for Spring. We are obsessed with the fresh and airy feel of the bedroom and love how luxurious our neutral Linden Gray looks contrasted against her bold wall!

» See more photos here.     » Shop the Linden Gray here.