The week of April 29th marks our giveaway with the online gallery site, UGallery.com. UGallery sells original paintings, photography and sculptures from the United State’s top artists direct to collectors all around the world. We are collaborating with them to give one lucky winner $500 to give his or her bedroom a makeover with new bedding and art! The winner will receive a $250 gift card to UGallery and a $250 gift card to Crane & Canopy.
Creating a well-designed bedroom is crucial to everyone’s well-being. It is the most personal room of everyone’s home and where we spend a third of our lives, sound asleep. It is important to let the color scheme and design convey what you want to feel, bet it happy, energized, calm or relaxed. Here are a few pairings that we are currently adoring. We hope they inspire you to redecorate.
We’ve paired our classic bordered bedding set, the Linden Coral, with this colorful acrylic painting with loose paint strokes and warm, energetic tones. This pairing is proof that a classic room can be far from boring.
The soft, dusk blue of our Noe quatrefiol design paired with artist Karin Bruckner’s piece creates a calming and contemporary environment. Let this bedding set’s unique print take center stage by accenting it with similarly colored artwork.
Nothing is more modern than than this gray palette. The color gray has taken the interior design world by storm for its simplicity and “goes with everything” nature. Add a touch of interest and texture to your room with the dark gray pintuck bedding set and Daniel Calder’s Ocean’s Loofa piece.
You could win $500 to make your bedroom redecorating fantasy a reality. All you need to do is enter before May 6, 2013. Good luck!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have been brainstorming the perfect gift for our moms. This year, help your mom add a little zing to her home with the perfect gift for any room. Our gifts are sure to please long after Mother’s Day has passed so head over to Crane & Canopy and find the gift your mom will absolutely love!
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Happy Friday Everyone! The nice weather has us spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine and admiring all the trees and flowers that are in full bloom. Spring is the perfect time to bring the outdoors inside, and this week we have some amazing ways to do just that. From making your own hanging plant, to creating an indoor herb garden, we are sure your home will be fresh with the outdoors in no time! So take a look at this week’s Favorite Five: The Indoors Inspired by Your Garden!
- Create an everyday floral arrangement to add a beautiful display to any room.
- Bring a touch of your garden inside with one of these DIY mini herb gardens!
- Use a fun plant marker in your herb garden so you know which herbs you planted this year.
- Decorate a pot to accessorize your garden, or place it on your windowsill as a cute decoration.
- Add a plant anywhere in your home with this adorable hanging plant holder.
This is the final post on tips to get your bedroom ready for Spring! If any of you have allergies out there you’ll want to stick with silk flowers. You can still make beautiful arrangements without the added allergens. If you do suffer from allergies you’ll want to make sure you take the necessary steps to keep your room free of dust and allergens.
De-clutter your bedroom. When there are things piled up here and there dust builds up. You can leverage spaces like underneath your bed or your ottoman as extra storage space to reduce clutter.
Make sure to do a thorough dusting then vacuum your bedroom. If possible make sure that your vacuum has a HEPA filter so it catches any tiny particle.
Get an air purifier. It may also be smart to have an air purifier in your room as well. They help collect the dust and allergens in your bedroom and will be able to keep any allergens off your bedding as well.
As you’re decluttering your room to prevent dust build up you may want to think about your spring-cleaning. Create a realistic schedule for yourself; keep in mind a single weekend may not suffice, as you may need more time to devote to shampooing carpets or organizing closets. Creating a list can help you prioritize your tasks and help you stay on track.
Part 1: how to refresh your bedding
Part 2: how to change out your winter color schemes for a more bright and cheerful look for the springtime.
Picture Source: Spring Silk Flowers
This is Part 2 of our “Tips to Get Your Bedroom Ready” Series. Spring is definitely here in some part of the nation. Here in the Bay Area, we are experiencing some very lovely weather! Today, we will focus on the changing out your winter color schemes for a more bright and cheerful look for the springtime. This Spring, you’ll want to bring in pastel colors and fun prints to the bedroom.
New paint, new room: Paint immediately adds a fresh look to any bedroom. Our favorites this Spring are a light coral, light blue and of course a light gray.
Use a duvet cover to make it easy change the look of your bedroom: We love duvet covers because they are an easy way to transition your bedding from season to season. Here are a few of our favorites, which mix great florals and hints of pastels.
The Ashbury Duvet Cover has a great floral print that brings a hint of color to the room.
The Noe duvet cover and the Vista Purple Duvet Cover also add hints of pastel colors.
A fresh bouquet of flowers always brighten any room: Play around with your color schemes and flower arrangements; it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Cut the flower stems so they sit about two inches above the top of the container, remove all leaves that will be submerged in water once it’s in the vase, and bunch the flowers together in a tight, mounded arrangement. Typically arrangements last about a week or two, but to keep them fresh make sure you trim the ends and change the water every few days.
A few of our favorite spring flowers include the hyacinth and crocus
You can also go monochromatic with yellow fritillaria, tulips, freesias and daffodils placed in glass jars or terra cotta pots.
A SAFE NIGHT’S SLEEP CELEBRATION
A big thank you to everyone that came out to our event at Galli Restaurant in NYC’s Soho celebrating the launch of A Safe Night’s Sleep. We also want to thank our media partners, Rue Magazine and Untapped Cities for attending the event and supporting Safe Horizon in their mission to move victims from crisis to confidence.
From now until the end of May, Crane & Canopy will donate a bedding set to a woman affected by domestic violence for every bedding set purchased. Join us by shopping for an important cause!
Visit our website to learn more about “A Safe Night’s Sleep”.
Photography by Christine Han.
Earth Day has us all thinking of ways we can live greener and cleaner. For many households, tossing a load of laundry in to the machine is more than a once-a-day affair. So in the spirit of Earth Day, we’ve listed a few Eco-friendly tips when it comes to do doing your laundry.
1. CONTROL THAT TEMP: Tons of energy goes in to heating the water that is used for warm or hot washes. Our advice, wash cold, especially your duvet covers and shams. Hot washing may shrink your bedding or cause your bold prints to fade with time.
2. WASH FULL LOADS: Not only does this save water, but it will save you money. Go ahead and let your laundry basket fill up before pressing the start button.
3. SWITCH TO NATURAL DETERGENTS: Find those products that are chlorine bleach and dye-free. It’s better for the environment and for anyone with sensitive skin.
4. PASS ON DRYER SHEETS: Many dry sheets brands contain the same questionable chemicals found in traditional detergents. Additionally, they are not recyclable. Go with an all natural alternative or none at all.
5. DRY CLOTHES THE OLD FASHIONED WAY: Hang your clothes to dry either inside or outside. We know it’s not always the most time-efficient drying method, but it is definitely the most energy-efficient way to go about it. There really is nothing like a set of freshly washed and clothesline-dried sheets to curl up in after a long day.
We hope our Eco-friendly laundry tips help you live a little greener today and always!
Two of the most common printing methods used in textiles are screen printing and roller printing. At Crane & Canopy we use both. Our Sunset pattern is created through the process of screen printing, while all of our other patterns use the roller printing method.
Screen printing uses stencils to create the pattern on the fabric, which allows us to create our own unique designs. It is a resist method in that the screen is made to resist penetration by the print formulation in the areas on the fabric where printing isn’t desired. The dye, in a thickened form, is forced by a blade or roller through a permeable screen onto the fabric underneath the screen. Our Sunset pattern is non-repeating and is achieved by lifting the screens at predetermined intervals so that selected sections of the fabric aren’t printed.
Roller, or gravure, printing is another one of the most common methods used in textiles. We use it for almost all of our duvet designs, like some of your favorites of Noe Green and the Fillmore. The design color is transferred to the fabric during the printing process. First, a print roller is engraved with a pattern. Then, a brush picks up print formulation from the color trough and transfers it to the print roll. A blade then scrapes the color from the smooth, unengraved portions of the print roller and leaves the formulation in the engraved portions. Finally, the print formulation in the engraved portions of the print roller is transferred to the fabric.
Today, we are excited to chat with Boston-based Erika from Radiant Republic on our blog. We love seeing Erika’s style of “innately New England, while weak-kneed for Southern charm” in her home.
The name of your blog is so creative! Why the name and how did you start blogging?
Thank you so much! I began blogging in early 2011 during a quest for a creative outlet by which to share interior design musings and inspirations. ”Radiant” has been a favorite adjective since my introduction to its meaning during a 3rd grade Charlotte’s Web reading. Radiant Republic was a perfect name for my blog because it was general enough to allow my blog to grow into a vessel for various discussions.
What’s a fun fact about you that’s currently not on your “about” page?
My family and I recently tried out for Family Feud! Unsuccessfully. Oops!
Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.
Airy, coastal retreat.
What are your favorite finds/things in your own home?
My favorite belongings have been collected over the years. My husband and I treasure our families’ heirlooms and old photographs. We work them into our home decor by decorating with other collected pieces, like vintage chests found at estate sales and ship models from childhood.
Its finally Spring! Given that there are such clear distinctions of seasons in Boston, what are the top things that you do to get your home ready for Spring?
I love switching out curtains, area rugs and throw pillows for brighter colors, lighter textures and lots of patterns. These simple switches give our home a new look for the warmer seasons!
What do you see emerging as the top colors this season in the home?
Greens - but not just in the lauded Emerald variety. Seafoams, kelly greens and antique moss hues are making their way into spring design schemes. People are pairing colors with a greater sense of adventure this season, too. Cobalt blues contrasted with bright yellows are among the many daring color duos we can expect to see in the new season.
What’s next for Radiant Republic?
Soon, Radiant Republic will transition to ErikaMcMahon.com, where I will continue my explorations of interior design and pepper in personal stories of entrepreneurialism and small business strategy.
And of course, what’s your favorite Crane & Canopy bedding!
I absolutely LOVE the bedding! It reminds me of the iconic photograph of Jenna Lyons in her Manhattan bedroom. The coral border is a perfectly soft, warm hue and would make my New England coastal home feel a little warmer and tropical!
Photo credit: Stacey Hedman
This week, we have an amazing room roundup featuring our Noe Gray, put together by Heather, an interior décor student and blogger behind Setting for Four. Setting for Four is a home design, décor, and lifestyle blog, focusing on home renovations, DIY’s and tutorials, as well Heather’s love for stylish living and family friendly decorating ideas.
Heather chose to feature the patterned Noe Gray because she loves the color, and thinks it is the perfect backdrop to coordinate with spring colors, which is exactly what she did with her bedroom roundup today. She paired it with pops of blue and green, and accessorized with browns and nudes. We love the mix of patterns combined with calm neutrals to create the perfect bedroom space!
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Color is a major factor in the selection of textiles by a consumer. This is why a uniform application of color is much more critical than that of most chemical finishes. Uniformity and colorfastness requirements are major determining factors in the selection of dyes and dyeing methods for textiles.
We use reactive dyes at Crane & Canopy for our cotton since this type of dyeing works well for cellulose fibers. Reactive dyes are relatively new, only having been developed in the 1950s. They are sometimes referred to as ‘fiber reactive dyes’ as they are dyes that chemically react with the fiber forming covalent bonds. Because these covalent bonds are strong, reactive dyes have an excellent washfastness. This means the color does not fade over time as you wash the textile.
The dyebath used in reactive dyeing is affected by the pH and the temperature. Generally, the rate of reaction is increased at higher pH and higher temperature of the dyebath. Salt is often used to help drive the dye into the fiber. Reactive dyeings must also be thoroughly washed at the end of the dye cycle to remove any hydrolyzed dye. Dye that reacts with water is said to be ‘hydrolyzed’. If you do not wash and remove the hydrolyzed dye, which is weakly attached to the fiber, you will end up with very poor washfastness.
From our luxurious lilacs to pretty sea foam greens, this how we bring you the beautiful colors in your Crane & Canopy bedding.