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How to turn your guest bedroom into a retreat

We all want to create a mini oasis for our guests when they come to stay. Here are some tips on how to turn your guest bedroom into a retreat!

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Create an ambiance of tranquility and relaxation. The key to turning your guest bedroom into a retreat is to make it feel distinctly different than places you spend most of your day. You’ll want to make sure you create a less stressful environment by keeping the room clean and organized. When guests want to wind down after a day of activities or the stress of their work week, an orderly room without a lot of clutter simplifies the tasks they have running around in their head. 

Create a home away from home. Everyone forgets to pack at least one thing when they travel, so cover their bases by stocking the bathroom or night stand drawer with travel sized essentials. Use a basket to put extra blankets, towels, and a robe for your guests to use while they stay. Make sure these items are visible so your guests have everything they need once they arrive. You may also want to hang a small mirror to help your guests get ready for the day or an evening out. If you have the space, add in a long dressing mirror.

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Treat your guests to comfortable bedding. At the end of a long day of sightseeing or catching up, your guests will want to wind down in a luxurious bed. Having comfortable bedding, like a Crane & Canopy duvet, and fluffy pillows will help round out your oasis. Add inexpensive blinds or ready made drapes to any unfinished windows to allow for a dark room in the morning. Your guests are on vacation and will appreciate a dark room for sleeping in. You can also purchase blackout drapes which are more efficient in blocking out early morning light. 

The design are in the details.  Stock the nightstand with current magazines or books to help your literary minded guests wind down after a day of activities. Add in bedside lighting so your guests can read at night or catch up on emails without having to disturb the rest of the house. If you are feeling ambitious, add the finishing touches to your oasis with fresh cut flowers. Pick them up at a local farmers market or your grocery store. Tulips are a good choice since they are available year round. You can also add in a room diffuser to create a welcoming scent, such as lavender or ocean breeze. 

Part 2 of Your Dream Home Awaits: Types of House Exteriors

Have you found your dream home style yet from reading Part 1 of our Types of House Exteriors? Have you figured out what features made you fall in love with your current home? We continue today with five other home exteriors!  

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Modern. This home style features flat roofs and simple lines. It embraces the notion of industrialism as a way to improve life through efficient and affordable materials and construction. In that sense you’ll see the idea of less is more, in which the architecture only features what is required for the design. There are strong linear elements in modern designs; beams, cutouts, windows, staircases, fireplaces, and other structural elements assist in creating this linear inspired space. 

Colonial. As settlers from different countries came to the US they brought distinctive architectural influences with them. The common theme of this style home was an emphasis on functionality with minimal design. A colonial home today is generally rectangular with living space on the first floor and bedrooms on the second. A particularly popular style of colonial home is the Spanish style. This can be characterized by thick walls, shaded loggias, and prominent sculpted stone features. Spanish style homes utilize muted earth tones of red clay or ochre on the exterior walls that are covered with stucco. 

Victorian. This style doesn’t refer to a single style, but rather the era that these homes were built. This style emerged during the Victoria era (1880-1910) and in the US the name that comes to mind is Queen Ann. This style has characteristics of a steeply sloped roof with patterned shingles, large brick chimneys, and ornate front porches. It has lacey ornate woodwork, tall narrow windows, and combinations of up to eight exterior colors. 

Tudor. This style home is loosely based on English building traditions common during the Tudor era (1485-1603). Tudors became popular in the 1920s then again in the 1970s. They tend to have a lavish design with asymmetry as a prominent feature. The interior is distinguished by low and narrow door ways, low ceilings, and paneling on the walls. This style home is among the more expensive home types, costing more than 2 and a half times more than the average ranch style. 

Ranch. This is a single story structure with a low pitched roof and typically deep eaves. This style became popular in 1945 and continued to spread across the country. These homes are particularly defined by their low to the ground build and lack of extravagant internal and external features. The style merges modernist ideas and notions of the American West to create a very informal and casual living style. 

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Our newest patterned duvet, The Piper

Introducing our newest designer bedding, The Piper. We are so in love with this playful and preppy palette.  Need some extra layers for the fall?  The Mirabel Ruched White Bedding Set is a perfect piece.  The Piper is available in both classic and our signature styles! 

Shop the Piper Gray here.

Shop the Piper Blue here.

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GET THE LOOK: An elegant bedroom with a classic duvet

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Thanks to Leslie and Marion of the fabulous blog and amazing home accessories shop OpenDoor for creating this elegant bedroom roundup. Leslie and Marion started blogging about home decor as a creative outlet from the 9-5 workday. This summer they quite their 9-5 jobs to focus on the blog and launch a home accessories shop.

 Living in Charleston, South Carolina they are inspired by the coastal surroundings and historic charm. They wanted to create a bedroom where they could relax. The Linden duvet set does just that. The combination of the crisp white duvet with the grey border is simple, yet elegant. We love the soft color palette accessorized with a beautiful bright painting and chic décor to create a very refreshing bedroom. The gorgeous patterned rug paired with the striped bin is the perfect mixture of patterns to compliment our classic white duvet. We would love to unwind in this room after a long day!

Be sure to head over to OpenDoor shop for some really great home décor finds!

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Our Domestic Violence Awareness Month Pin it to Gift it Winner Announcement!

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For every entry that we receive during the month of October, we will donate $1 to a partnering Crane & Canopy domestic violence shelter.  In addition, a lucky winner will be chosen and given the choice to win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy or to gift the amount to one of our partnering shelters of his or her choice.

Earlier this month we celebrated the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a Pin it to Gift it campaign. For each entry submitted, we donated $1 to a partnering Crane & Canopy domestic violence shelter. In addition, one lucky winner was randomly selected and given the choice to win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy, or to gift the amount to one of our partnering shelters of their choice! We loved seeing all your pin choices- thanks to everyone who participated, we are so excited to be able to help women affected by domestic violence.

Congratulations to Alana Ali for being randomly chosen as our contest winner!! We will be in touch shortly with details on your prize! 

Shop all bedding collections here: http://bit.ly/T0Bn2d

6 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Less

Sometimes your room needs to be updated just like you would an old wardrobe or hair style. There are plenty of ways to redo a room without breaking the bank. Here are a few ways that you can update your room and give your space an entirely new personality.

Refresh your walls with new paint: Giving your room a new coat of paint is a great way to update your room. A new color or giving a fresh coat of your current paint color can give your room the feeling of being brand new. You can paint your room a lighter hue, like a soft yellow or mint green, or if you’re feeling adventurous go for a bold color, like a deep red. If painting your entire room is intimidating you can go for just painting an accent wall or use a pattern, like chevron stripes. Just this small change can create an entirely new feel to your space. 

Give your old furniture a facelift: : Not only can you repaint your walls put you can paint your furniture. DIY painting is an inexpensive way to give your old furniture a facelift. You can either choose a soft neutral color like white or mint green or you can go for a design. Find inspiration through design magazines and pictures online. My favorite design inspiration is Pinterest. When you’re painting furniture you’ll want to make sure you use primer first so you prevent stains from bleeding through the new paint.  When you’re ready to start painting make sure you start at the top and work down, smoothing the paint drips as you work your way down. 

Change your bedding: Another way to update up your room is to change your linens. Just changing your bedding with the season, your mood or a new design aesthetic can do wonders to the room.  Different accent pillows can also add color and texture to bring a completely new vibe to the bedroom.  

Decorate with art: Changing out your artwork is another great way to add some new character to your space. You can swap out your art for something that matches the season or your changing design taste. You can find inexpensive artwork on etsy.com which will allow you to change out pieces as frequently as you’d like. You can even find some great frames at thrift stores or flea markets to keep your costs down. A simple DIY of painting your frames will give your space added color and your room a different feel. 

Change your curtains: You can also give new life to a space just by changing out your curtains. An easy way to update your curtains is with the changing seasons. You can create a cozy atmosphere by adding in heavier materials during the colder months and for the spring and summer you can opt in for lighter fabrics. If you don’t want to update your curtains as often opt for a more neutral color that can transition with every new room revamp color scheme. 

Love the little details:  Finally, add in the finishing touches on your room. Fresh cut flowers can create a fresh and inviting vibe for your newly updated space. Bring in the floral scent of fresh cut flowers to completely change the perception of your space. If flowers aren’t your forte you can add scented candles. Changing the scent of your room will finish off your perception of having a completely new space. 

Bloggers We Love: A Soothing Roundup by Natasha of SchueLove

We can’t get enough of this soothing room roundup done by Natasha of SchueLove. Natahsa is married to her college sweetheart and is a new mama to her adorable son Ethan. She has a super fun blog that talks about all things fashion, food, décor, and more! Natasha chose our Page Gray duvet because of the muted color, fun pattern, and overall modern appeal. She thinks it is a great staple for a bedroom because so much can compliment it! We think it looks terrific paired with other gray textures and patterns with a pop of green and love the metallic accent pieces. We would love to call this beautiful room our own!

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Your Dream Home Awaits: Types of Home Exteriors

Sometimes, the exterior of the house is just as important as the interior. Today, we are going to look at our favorite home exteriors.  Next time, you are able to tell what kind of home you live in or love!

Craftsman Bungalow. Well, we have to start with our co-founder Karin’s first home - the one that inspired our entire company!  She lived in the most adorable white bungalow.  This style of home is simple in its decorative expression of structural elements. It’s one of the most common home styles that emerged from the British Arts & Crafts movement and still remains among the most popular in the US. The Arts & Crafts movement emphasized simple forms and natural materials which is why you will see open floor plans, organic colors, and the use of natural materials. Common features of the bungalow include low-pitch roof lines on a gabled roof, deep overhanging eaves, exposed rafters, and a front porch beneath an extension of the main roof.   

French eclectic. We adore how clean and classic this style is.  In fact, French eclectic type homes became fashionable in the 1920s as knowledge of French architecture and the appreciation for French culture increased. The style is rectangular in plan and symmetrical in design. It has a massive hip roof, exterior cladding of brick, and windows highlighted by decorative shutters. The detailing varies from formal classically inspired door surrounds with pilaster or pediments. 

American Farmhouse. This house style is influenced by Colonial and Victorian styles and is a less ornate version of the two styles. The American Farmhouse is often associated with the Midwest where it was popularized in the 19th century. Characteristics of the farmhouse style are asymmetrical plan with dormers and gables, a shingle or metal roof, tall windows, a wraparound porch, and lap siding with simple moldings.

Federal. This style marked a time of reformation for American homes from functional to stylized, stately, spacious and comfortable. The stylistic roots of this style home can be found in classical Roman architecture. It was favored in the US during the 18th and 19th centuries, although you can see some of the Federalist details in homes today. They are characterized by a large two-story brick facade with massive chimneys, centered front door, dentil moldings, elliptical gable windows, and oval rooms. 

Prairie. This is considered the first architectural style of American origin. Its features of bold lines and open multi-functional spaces are a direct relation to the ornate and compartmentalized Victorian style. Prairie homes usually have low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, horizontal lines, a central chimney, and open floor plans. The core ideas of this style are widely attributed to famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 

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