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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!

And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for a daily dose of fluff!

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

A Trend to Love: Modern Mint

We’re absolutely loving the fresh modern feel of mint sprinkled throughout the home. Whether it’s just a soft touch, or a room filled with it, mint is a modern color that adds a brightness and luxurious feel to any room. We found some gorgeous inspiration and great ideas of how to beautifully and elegantly incorporate mint into all different rooms in your home!

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The Dog Days of Summer!

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Oh hello August!  Are you feeling the heat?  It’s now the Dog Days of Summer! 

Have you ever wondered why the mid-summer heat is referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer?”

This now common phrase stems from thousands of years ago when the Romans used to associate the hot weather with the star Sirius. Sirius is considered the Dog Star because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (large dog).  Sirius was believed to be the cause of the hot, oppressive weather, and as a result, these so called “Dog Days” were thought to be an evil time. This phrase is still used in modern times. Today, many European countries still refer to the months between July and September as The Dog Days of Summer.

To celebrate these dog days of summer in our own special way, for 30 days, we will be sharing the best of web’s most adorable photos of our furry friends all snuggled up.  Follow along on Instagram for a daily dose of the sleepiest tails of the web.  

Have a cute photo of your own pup?  We’d love to see it! Tag #sleepytails and #craneandcanopy on your instagram photos or email us a photo at gus@craneandcanopy.com.  

GET THE LOOK: A Versatile Bedroom

We asked Jennifer of the lovely home decorating and DIY blog Dimples and Tangles to put together a bedroom roundup using our bedding, and we couldn’t be more in love with what she came up with. She chose the Linden Black duvet because it is truly a classic duvet. It fits right in with any bedroom in her house, will never go out of style, and she can easily change the look of the room just by rotating the accent pillows. She appreciates the simplicity of the design, yet thinks the bold border adds enough interest to make a statement. She also thinks you can’t beat the practicality of a duvet that can be easily thrown into the wash, what with living in a house full of children and pets. She thinks a pair of monogrammed shams would be the most perfect finishing touch!

Be sure to head over to Jennifer’s amazing blog where she shared her love of decorating, DIY projects, bargain hunting, and color. She chooses projects to blog about based on what she wishes she would have known 20 years ago when she was just beginning to keep a home, and she blogs with the hope that her readers are truly learning something valuable. She always has her eye out for a great piece from craigslist to make over, and she finds inspiration for new project around every corner. Don’t miss out on her beautiful and inspirational posts!

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Get the look: headboard / duvet cover / sheets / light / artwork / side table / gold throw pillow / red throw pillow

Dreaming Underneath a Canopy

There’s nothing better than the romantic feeling of waking up underneath a canopy, wrapped up in the most luxurious soft bedding and sheets. We love the look of elegance a canopy creates, while adding a chic finish to any bed. Below we have rounded up a few of our favorite canopy shots!

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A flirty floral yellow and gray duvet, The Ashbury Yellow.

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Chic and elegant, our perfectly pintucked Valencia duvet is timeless. 

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Playful and preppy, the Piper in a gorgeous Newport Blue.