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A Candid Q&A with Nikki of Cupcakes for Breakfast

Today we are sharing a fun and candid Q&A with lifestyle and foodie blogger Nikki of Cupcakes for Breakfast. Her blog covers all things fabulous and delicious, and she often posts incredible recipes you’ll be drooling over for days. Head over to Cupcakes for Breakfast for some seriously delicious inspiration!

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

I went to school for journalism because I’ve always loved to write. As a senior in college, we had to create a website as a final project and I started posting my recipes. I love cooking at home for family and friends, so that’s where it really started. I used to bake in the mornings for my college roommates, especially Cupcakes for Breakfast. 

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

I’m (still) a huge NSYNC fan and I actually just taped an episode of My Family Recipe Rocks with Joey Fatone!

Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.

Colorful, girly, modern

What is your favorite find/thing in your house that really makes it feel like your home?

Might be cliché but my bed is the coziest part of my apartment that makes it feel like home. Without a great bed, you might as well be sleeping at a stranger’s house.

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

I love bright colors – hot pinks, citrus oranges, deep plums – but this spring I’m definitely feeling the urge to go lighter. Lots of white, light pink, greys, and gold accents.

What are you most excited for this spring?

A reunion with all of best college girlfriends. I don’t think we’ve all been together since graduation day!

Of all the recipes you have posted on your blog, which has been your favorite?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite recipe, but I’m a huge fan of simple layered cakes. My favorite has to be this classic vanilla cake with whipped chocolate fudge frosting.

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

I love how beautiful and subtle the Octavia collection is. I’d pair it with the coral scalloped sheets and the yellow arrows throw for some pops of color. 

It’s a Spring Pin it to Win it contest!

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**CONGRATULATIONS to Emma Jane for being randomly chosen as our Spring Pin it to Win it contest winner!**

Happy Tuesday! Today, we are launching our Spring Pin it to Win it contest where one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to spend on any Crane & Canopy bedding! To participate, follow the 4 easy steps below:

  1. Follow Crane & Canopy on Pinterest
  2. Pin up to 4 images of your favorite Crane & Canopy products from our website. (Each pin will count as one entry, up to 4 entries allowed per person.) 
  3. Add the hashtag #craneandcanopy and #springbedding to your pin
  4. Post a link to each of your pins in the comments section of this blog post (scroll down).

View our complete collection here and happy pinning!

Contest ends Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12pm PST. Read the rest of the contest’s Terms & Conditions here.

A Q&A With Sara of A Dose of Pretty

Today we had the chance to catch up with Sara of the amazing lifestyle blog A Dose of Pretty. Her blog is a really fantastic read filled with beautiful photos, delicious recipes, fun roundups and so much more! It truly is a daily Dose of Pretty!

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Welcome to Crane & Canopy.  We absolutely love reading your blog and all the fun adventures you have.  How did you start blogging?  Why the namesake, A Dose of Pretty?

After leaving my 10-year career to become a mom, I needed a creative outlet to stay mentally busy. I had the idea to start a blog for a couple of months before I actually did, but I just couldn’t find a name I loved. Then one day, I received an email from Anthropologie titled something along the lines of your dose of pretty, and those words just stuck with me. I wish I had saved the email as it obviously resonated with me. 

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

I’m a military spouse. We have moved three times in the past five years. We have lived in beautiful places like Monterey, California and Lima, Peru, and now we are calling North Carolina home. And in about a year we hope to be calling DC home.

Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.

Classic, modern, neutral.

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What has surprised you the most about blogging?

When I started blogging, I wasn’t expecting to make friendships and connect with so many fabulous girls. 

What is your favorite thing about Spring?

The idea of new beginnings. It’s a time to refresh, spring clean your mind and your home. I always get the urge to do a big closet edit. But I think it’s also good to do a mental edit and refill it with good positive notes.

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

The custom furniture we have acquired. One of them is a dining table we brought from Peru. We had it custom made there with Peruvian hardwood. It has a sentimental value as well. But I think it’s the small details that make it feel like home.

What home décor trend have you really loved recently?

The concept of the “new” traditional. I still remember the issue in House Beautiful of Mark D. Sike’s home. I love his style of how he mixes and balances traditional elements with more eclectic pieces. 

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

My favorite Crane & Canopy bedding is the Linden Light Blue and the Scalloped Embroidered Sheet Set.

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Our Favorite Color this Month

We can’t believe it’s already mid April! Easter is coming up and soon it will be summer. This month, we are loving the fresh air, being outside, and all the beautiful blooming trees and flowers. That’s why this month, we’ve chosen green as our favorite color! Refresh your bedroom with one of our beautifully colored green duvet sets, or opt for a subtle touch of green with our luxurious embroidered sheets.

What color are you loving this month?

Fun and Easy Easter D.I.Y. Projects!

Easter is just around the corner and we have been seeing some really fun and easy D.I.Y Easter decoration ideas! From reusing old party decorations to creating a masterpiece our of a napkin, we think with these projects your Easter Sunday celebration is sure to be a hit!

1. Impress your guests with your napkin folding skills with this fun D.I.Y.

2. Make a beautiful centerpiece for all your guests to enjoy.

3. Reuse old party decorations for an Easter-perfect display. Just add eyes!

4. Use excess Peeps to for a fun children’s table centerpiece.

5. These candles are egg-celent table decorations for Easter!

What We’re Loving: Florals and Corals

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It’s Spring and we are loving all the beautiful colors that come with it. From trees and flowers blooming, to colorful attire and home decor, Spring is surrounded by cheery patterns and fun colors. Today we are obsessing over florals and corals! What are your favorite Spring colors and patterns?

» Shop florals here!

» Shop corals here!

We’ve Launched a Kickstarter Project to Revinvent the Duvet Cover!

We are very excited to share that we have launched a Kickstarter project to change the way we make our beds.  We have all had our own personal struggles with stuffing our duvet covers, making sure the comforter is aligned with the cover and making our beds every morning. This product was designed specifically to solve our customer’s frustrations.

To reach our goal and bring this revolutionary product to market, we need all the support we can get.  Thank you in advance for sharing this with your friends and family!

» Learn more about our project

» Shop Crane & Canopy

How We Bring Value to the Customer

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Have you ever walked into a department store and started shopping for bedding? How did that go for you? Did you find what you’re looking for? And more importantly, was it at an affordable price?

In July 2012, Crane & Canopy launched with the mission that high quality, well-designed bedding should be affordable and attainable. We’ve all seen the designer branded bedding collections in our high-end department stores, but what we don’t realize is that the high price tag not only represents a massive markup and overhead costs for a physical retail location, but also design organizations and people in the supply chain taking their cut.

We asked ourselves, is it possible to produce the same high-quality and beautifully-designed bedding for a third of the price before any white sale? After traveling around the world for more than a year, the answer was YES.

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By going directly to the world’s best factories and working with the nation’s best designers, we have been able to create one-of-a-kind collections of high-quality and beautifully-designed bedding, duvet covers and sheets, all without the department store markup. By selling exclusively online and shipping directly from our own warehouse, we are able to save our customers up to 70% in costs. In the end, our customers can sleep happy knowing that they are resting their heads on department store quality linens for a fraction of the cost.

Read this JWT Intelligence Trend Report to learn more about our direct-to-consumer business model.

A bold bedroom refresh with Julia of Lemon Stripes!

The lovely Julia of Lemon Stripes recently refreshed her bedroom, just in time to welcome in Spring. We are in love with everything she did, from her bold statement wall, to her reversible Page Blue duvet!


» See how Julia does it: http://bit.ly/1ebANqQ
» Shop the Linden in Blue: http://bit.ly/ZwlSPJ

A dreamy night’s rest in Courtney of A Thoughtful Place’s bedroom.

"The light and fluffy feel of the duvet makes it seem like we are climbing into a bed of clouds." Courtney from A Thoughtful Place created the most serene sanctuary for a dreamy night’s rest! The all white duvet paired with soft gray accent pieces create a fresh bedroom that we would never want to leave!



» See Courtney’s bedroom makeover:http://bit.ly/1fDlSLv
» Shop the Valencia pintuck bedding:http://bit.ly/WHc0DA