How to Make Your Bed So It Makes Your Day (Crane and Canopy)

Dark plum walls in cozy small bedroom! Sources, bedding and details are in the post.

This post is sponsored by Crane and Canopy

In the fall and winter (and honestly in every season), my favorite room is our cozy bedroom. It’s a pretty tiny room, but that just makes it feel like a little nest. It’s my cocoon, my comfy spot to retreat from the world and the place I look forward to going at the end of every single day.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but on a chilly fall night there’s no place I’d rather be than snuggled up right here. We still dream about a new bed frame (we have been borrowing one from my mom for years now) and we need a new mattress (we’ve been using our old guest room mattress for months because we can’t agree on a new one), but still, in spite of our hand-me-downs, we do everything we can to make our bed a cozy and comfy destination.


As you might remember from earlier this year, my husband painted our room plum (Black Frosted Plum by Glidden). We still LOVE it! The walls started out yellow, which I’m sure set a cheerful mood for the previous owner, but I was excited to make it our own.

Paint is a miracle worker, I tell you, it can almost instantly make a room feel more like you. Since we have such a small room, we decided to embrace it’s diminutive size and make the mood more cozy, moody and romantic. I mean, you spend a good chunk of your life in your room resting and sleeping, right? So why not make it cozy?

Dark plum walls in cozy small bedroom! Sources, bedding and details are in the post.

Speaking of paint makeovers, a few months ago I found my husband a dresser to use for a nightstand. I’d searched for months and months for something that would complement mine, but would also suit his taste and needs. Finally I found this vintage dresser and we BOTH love it! I’ll share the before and after makeover with all the details tomorrow.

Dark plum walls in cozy small bedroom! Sources, bedding and details are in the post.

In case you’re wondering, I’ll do an update with all the angles of the room as soon as we finish the other side :). After we got the nightstand, we got distracted by other projects in the house so haven’t come back to this room yet (all we really need right now is a dresser for clothing on the other side of the room, so all in due time).

Every decision and especially every big purchase like a mattress or a dresser takes time and money, so we have to be patient and content with what we can do. But there is plenty we can and should do to make our room a sacred space.

Dark plum walls in cozy small bedroom! Sources, bedding and details are in the post.

If you’ve read my books or been around the blog for awhile, you know I believe in making our bed everyday.

  • Make your bed so you can start your day off on the right note. 
  • Make your bed so it looks special enough to be in your sanctuary.
  • Make your bed so you’ll be inspired to keep the rest of your room fresh and clean.
  • Make your bed so you’ll love crawling into it every evening.
  • Make your bed so you’ll sleep better at night.
  • Make your bed so it makes you happy all day long.

Within the first hour or so that I’m up (after airing out the bed first), I at least messy-make my bed. Meaning, I throw the covers and blankets up and toss the pretty pillows at the head of the bed. That’s it! It’s not perfect and that’s OK with me. Messy bed making for the win!

Honestly, though, my dogs often sneak in shortly after I make the bed and toss all the pillows on the floor like it’s their job. Kind of like toddlers, but with fur. So there’s that. Fortunately I usually I catch them and can run the pups out of the room before they throw the linens on the floor, too. Actually, if I didn’t make my bed, I’d have dogs curling up on my sheets! So I rest my case on the value of bed-making.

Dark plum walls in cozy small bedroom! Sources, bedding and details are in the post.

Besides the many benefits of bed-making in the morning, I fully believe and have shared many times that making a bed with pretty linens and quality sheets makes a difference. Not only do I think I really do sleep better on quality sheets, but when I make it a priority for the bed to be pretty and luxurious, it makes our room feel special and more like our sanctuary.

And I always always feel more inspired to take care of a room that feels special to me.

I’ll admit though that I’m always a bit nervous when I am shopping for new bedding. Who else gets intimidated by what sheets to buy?

We usually only own one or two sets of sheets at a time and I don’t want to invest in a set we don’t love. I haven’t had a really good new set of sheets I could recommend in awhile. When Crane and Canopy offered to send me a set of their sheets and a duvet cover awhile back, I was a little hesitant since I had never had that brand before.

Scalloped trim bedding

I’m often asked what sheets I use and I wouldn’t steer anyone wrong if I didn’t like them. I usually spend forever touching the samples or researching the reviews, fabric and thread counts and even then I’ve bought sheets I don’t like and would never buy again. I’m picky about sheets!

I’m happy to say I am 100% happy with our new sheets, shams and duvet cover from Crane and Canopy. In fact, I LOVE THEM! They are SO SOFT and luxurious feeling. My husband hardly ever notices or comments sheets or bedding I use to make our bed (although he does comment that he loves that I make our bed!), but he immediately noticed how nice these were and even pointed out liking the detail of the scallops on the sheets. He was impressed. I love that scalloped detail, too.

I’m impressed that Crane and Canopy designs and delivers high quality 100% cotton bedding without the middleman so they can offer the best possible price without sacrificing the quality. Their weaves range in the 300-400 thread count, which is the thread count that in my research delivers the quality and softness I expect.

Dark plum walls in cozy small bedroom! Sources, bedding and details are in the post.

Their duvet covers are offered in a variety of pretty colors and stylish (and even reversible!) patterns. They are machine washable and have corner ties, easy care zippers, and quality details like piping, Crane and Canopy duvet covers can also double as a top sheet, saving you the hassle of an annoyingly messy bed or tangled top sheet. They also sell their sheets separately so if you don’t use a top sheet you don’t need to purchase one. That means you can mix and match your bedding for your own personal look, which I think is fun, don’t you?

Trust me, their products really do make your bed feel and look luxurious, so I’m happy to recommend them. I’m a new fan!

How you make your bed will make a big difference in your day, so maybe this fall will be the season you decide to cozy up your bed and make your room your sanctuary, too.

Sources and other bed-making resources:

Ellis Grey Duvet Set & Luxury Scalloped Sheets: Crafted from premium cotton and woven in a silky-soft 400 thread count single pick and single ply cotton sateen.

Check out Crane and Canopy for more details on ordering their products as well as some helpful bed-making tips:

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

How to Put on a Duvet Cover

PS. Thank you so much for all of your very kind comments on my Fall House Tour yesterday! If you missed it, you can take the tour here and enter to win a set of all four of my books!

What To Put At The Foot Of The Bed {UPDATE!}

What to Put at the End of the Bed - Bedroom inspiration from The Inspired Room

Hey friends! It’s me with an UPDATE to this post! Y’all, the blog CRASHED yesterday. Disappeared off the interwebs! If you tried to visit the blog, you may have noticed it was missing so now you know why. Also, this post “What To Put at The Foot of the Bed” along with all of your comments from it vanished. It could have been worse and I’m so thankful for Ted my code person for everything he did to get the blog back up and running.

I’m so sorry to have lost your comments, I loved reading each one and sad that they are gone. I had one other post that wasn’t able to go out, so I’ll catch back up today and hopefully be on schedule for the rest of the week. Thank you for your patience, below you’ll find the original post that was lost.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I actually had so much fun this weekend. I took a couple of days to just putter around the house. That’s my favorite activity :). I know, shocking, right? It’s funny to me how long it can actually take to find that magic combination or arrangement of pieces in a room.

I find when you’ve moved into a new place and you are using some things you already have rather than shopping for the perfect pieces, it just takes time to land on the most magical arrangement and placement. When I take the time to just putter around, I usually make myself move things to unexpected places or different rooms.

I find if I can shut down the computer and be present in my own space (not looking at everyone else’s), I can better get in a creative mindset. Then I just try a piece of furniture in a new place and maybe move art over to another corner, and even pair this item with that unexpected one, and pretty soon (on a good day, ha), something happens that just CLICKS. Those are the best days! It might take a quick shopping trip to finish it off, but I love it when I start to feel like things are really working together well and it’s easy to see what is needed next.

Sometimes it clicks at first because it is something new to look at, but then the more I live with it I just start sense it’s not the right mix. It definitely takes experimentation to see what works from all angles and what just feels right in the room.

All that to say, I rearranged a couple of pieces in my house and I’m very happy with how it turned out. I knew instantly I loved it so that was a good sign. I’ll take some pics of the latest update to share with you this week for sure so stay tuned for that!

But first, let’s fit in another post for our Best of the Best series with one of our last bedroom posts (we’ll be moving on to another room soon but I have a couple more posts I wanted to get to first).

Today let’s take a look at some ideas for what to put at the end of the bed, if you have room!

Navy blue bedroom - two poufs at the end of the bed - Click through for ideas for what to put at the end of the bed!New England Home

A pair of poufs

Pouf Round Up - The Inspired Room

Poufs: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

What to put at the end of a bed - bedroom decorating ideas

A bench (and a basket!)

Wood Benches - What to put at the foot of the bed - The Inspired Room

Wood benches: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Pretty bedroom with tufted bench at the end of the bed - bedroom decorating ideas

A long upholstered bench

Tufted sofa at the end of the bed - City Farmhouse - Click through for ideas for what to put at the end of the bed!
City Farmhouse /  (the sofa above is from World Market)

A small scale sofa

What to put at the end of the bed - Serena and Lily X Benches - Bedroom decorating ideas
Serena and Lily

Two X Benches

X Benches and Ottomans - The Inspired Room blog

X Benches: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Pretty bedroom with two garden stools at the end of the bed - Click through for ideas for what to put at the end of the bed!

A pair of garden stools

Seating area at the end of the bed - bedroom decorating ideas - Click through for ideas for what to put at the end of the bed!
House and Home

Or if you REALLY have a lot of space, how about a whole conversation area? Raise your hand if your bedroom is big enough to accommodate a full seating area. Mine is definitely not big enough, but I would love it if it was!

More Ideas:

A basket/trunk

Two angled chairs

A small desk

A chaise lounge

A dresser

Happy Monday! How’s your summer going so far, are you ready for fall yet?


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