Happy Friday everyone! We can’t believe it is already the end of March and spring is finally here. Today we want to show off some of the amazing people and blogs that have written about our company, our product, and our cause this month. So check out our Favorite Five March Features!
- We had so much fun with some of the Rue gals at our launch event in NYC.
- Get one of our new sheet sets just in time for spring. They are the perfect addition to any room!
- Our bedding makes a sweet appearance in this adorable girly bedroom.
- Learn about our cause- it is a great way to help out a victim of domestic violence.
- We love how beautiful our gray scalloped sheet set looks on this bed.
The weather is finally warming up here and we all know what that means, Spring has sprung! Bring on the prints, beautiful colors, and of course one of our favorite things about spring, fresh cut flowers! Who doesn’t love waking up happy?
A beautifully decorated bedroom isn’t complete without the aroma of fresh cut flowers. Here are our favorite flowers for spring to put on the night stand.
Allium: This big, bold lollipop shaped flower is a beautiful way to add color to your room. It offers a great mix of sizes and shapes.
Freesia: Originated in South Africa, the freesia flower has a light and sweet scent and symbolizes innocence. We love that it comes in a fantastic variety of colors - from golden yellow to purple, pink and lavender.
Daffodil: One of our favorite flower this season is the daffodil. Nothing says spring like this yellow and cheerful flower.
Tulip: There are few other flowers out there this season that offer the variety of size, shape, and color that the tulip offers. There’s a color out there for any arrangement.
Anemone: These graceful and charming flowers look like spring daisies. The come in shades of pink, white, and blue. These flowers are underused and deserve a bit more attention.
Hyacinth: This sweet fragrance flower is the perfect addition to any floral arrangement. It offers shades of purple, blue, pink, red, and white.
DEFINITION OF FABRIC HAND
Fabric hand is the quality of the fabric assessed by the reaction obtained from your sense of touch. It’s a person’s estimation when feeling fabrics between your fingers and thumb. Determining fabric hand is a combination of physical, physiological, and psychological factors. The physical factor is the fabric. The physiological factor is the touch or stimuli that is perceived by your hand. The psychological factor is your brain processing the stimuli and giving you a response. The challenge our industry faces with measuring fabric hand is that everyone perceives things differently.
THE 1989 HONG KONG SEMINAR
There have been many studies trying to scientifically measure fabric hand. At the Hong Kong Seminar in 1989 they used a panel of ‘experts’ and consumers to give an objective evaluation of fabrics. With the experts they knew how to handle the fabric and they tended to have a more consistent result among them. They also used consumer judges since it’s the consumers who buy the fabric. However, ranking, rating, or describing each fabric became a problem. Rank was in terms of preference, rating was just between the fabrics, and people used different words to describe the feel. Overall this wasn’t a consistent way to determine which fabrics had the softest hand.
THE KES-FB SYSTEM
There have also been more studies, such as the KES-FB system, which try and use scientific formulas to measure the fabric hand or the human sensory response when feeling a fabric. These again are not precise because fabric hand is more complex than just one sensory measurement.
As an industry, we still struggle to find a direct way to measure fabric hand, or the feel of a fabric. It comes down to an individual’s preference for the feel of the fabric. By using high quality fabrics and a weave known to give a soft and luxurious feel, Crane & Canopy delivers a bed linen anyone would love to crawl into bed with.
Happy Hump Day! With Easter just around the corner, we are beginning to prep for our big celebrations and gatherings. We love the fun process of dying eggs, and the excitement of setting up an Easter egg hunt. This year, we want you to spice up your Easter eggs with one of these amazing DIY egg decorating ideas. From marbling, to gold leafing, we are sure you won’t be disappointed!
Get the how-to here: (from left to right) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Shortly after our tour of Safe Horizon’s Lily House, the Crane & Canopy team hosted a craft night with the Safe Horizon staff and Lily House residents. We brought samples and swatches of our beautiful high-quality Crane & Canopy fabrics and created DIY fabric and tissue paper flower mums. This was such a fun activity and we had a wonderful time getting to know the women and kids currently residing in Lily House. It was a huge treat meeting the women and children that we know will benefit from our customers’ donations.
We hope you enjoy the photos! To everyone that has purchased a bedding set since our “A Safe Night’s Sleep” initiative began, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
To learn how to make our adorable fabric flower mums, take a look at our step-by-step DIY tutorial.
With the recent launch of our Noe pattern in both Dusk Blue and Warm Gray, we can’t stop thinking about how beautiful those colors look not just in a bedroom, but throughout an entire house. This week, we want to inspire you to refresh your home just in time for spring by incorporating crisp grays and fresh blues with Our Favorite Five from Gray to Blue.
- Find the perfect gray for your room with this helpful gray guide.
- Incorporate blue into any room and feel yourself relax instantly.
- Decorate the walls of your room with this fun DIY gray scale art!
- Find inspiration here to decorate your home with any shade of blue, just in time for spring.
- We love how elegant and well designed this beautiful gray bedroom is.
TGIF everyone! Before our weekend begins, we wanted to share these famous words with you. This quote by the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson is so wonderfully simple and direct. We hope you all spend your weekends not taking yourselves too seriously, being honest with yourself and others and practicing kindness and compassion wherever possible. Cheers to Friday.
Last month, we launched our “A Safe Night’s Sleep” initiative to give victims of domestic violence the gift of a safe and comfortable night’s sleep. As part of launching our exciting partnership with Safe Horizon, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Lily House, one of Safe Horizon’s largest domestic violence shelters housing women and their children.
Safe Horizon’s shelter program serves more than 2,500 individuals every year. After touring Lily House and meeting the shelter’s talented and dedicated staff, we were completely amazed! The facilities and resources they provide for the families living in Lily House were incredible and is a testament to the dedication of Safe Horizon to their mission and cause.
The first floor of Lily House is home to the shelter’s common room, day care and homework room as well as an outdoor playground. It was a lot of fun seeing where the kids spend their time and seeing their artwork decorating the walls.
We were also able to get a tour one of the apartments in Lily House. Fran, the shelter’s director, mentioned that their vacant apartments do not remain unfilled for more than a day due to the high demand for space. The apartment we saw was a two bedroom unit. Based on NYC apartment standards, it was incredibly spacious and comfortable, complete with a full kitchen, family room, closet space and hardwood floors.
Thank you to the entire Safe Horizon staff for giving us a tour and answering our many questions about the shelter. We will not be forgetting about the Lily House staff anytime soon.
Stay tuned for a Q&A post with Fran, the director of Lily House and a post about our arts & crafts night with the Lily House residents.
In honor of the first official day of Spring, we are exploring the meaning of colors and the effect they have on our moods. In the bedroom, it is important to pick not only a color scheme that you enjoy, but one that will give you the feeling you seek, whether that is calming or awakening.
COOL & CRISP BLUES
Blue is the color of our oceans and skies. It is often associated with depth and stability and symbolizes, among many things, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence and truth. It is beneficial to the human mind and body because when we see the color with our eyes, it slows us down and provides us with a calming peace. This is why for decorating the room of your home where you rest and dream, some would say blues are best.
Featured above: Noe Blue Geometric Print Duvet Cover Set, Lombard Duvet Cover Set, Page Blue Duvet Cover Set
FRESH & FLIRTY GREENS
We don’t need to tell you that green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony and freshness. Green has a great healing power and is the most restful color on the human eye. Lighter greens in the bedroom will give a feeling of fresh vibrance. Darker greens will provide a feeling of peace.
Featured above: LaFayette Green Embroidered Duvet Cover Set, Green Noe Duvet Cover Set
SOFT & SWEET PINKS
Pink symbolizes the passion and power of red and the innocence and purity of white. Pink is often used as the sign for hope and it is because of the combination or red and white that inspires, comforts and warms us all at once. Pink is undeniably a feminine color, however when used in adult couples’ bedrooms, it provides a feeling of romance. In a child’s room, the feeling of unconditional love.
Featured above: Mariposa Blush Pink Duvet Cover Set, LaFayette Pink Embroidered Duvet Cover Set, Montgomery Pink Duvet Cover Set
We hope these explanations and meanings of color help you decide on a color scheme to use for your current or future bedroom. Crane & Canopy’s beautifully designed duvet covers come in a variety of colors and patterns that fit right at home in bedrooms of all shapes, sizes and styles.
Happy decorating and dreaming!