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.

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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!

Fall House Tour – The White Brick Cottage

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Welcome to my fall house tour! I’m so glad you are here. It seems like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a seasonal house tour, doesn’t it? It feels good to be back and opening my door to invite you all in for a look around after our move into this house last year. I mean, I invite you all in all the time, of course, but I think this is really the first time in this house that I’ve set out cookies for you and shown a lot of angles of several rooms all in one post. So, welcome :).

I’m so excited to be joining in with the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours today, hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. You can check out her fall tour here (be prepared to drool over her cozy home and beautiful newly remodeled kitchen!).

To those of you arriving from the gorgeous home of my lovely friend Shauna’s (The House of Silver Lining), come on in! I’m so glad to have you all here.

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I started my TENTH year of blogging (!!!) this past July! If you’ve been following for long, you know fall has always been a favorite around my blog and my house. This is actually the third house I’ve lived in since I started blogging. Time flies when you are having fun, right?

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This little house is definitely a work in progress inside and out, so we have the chaos and the cozy going on everywhere.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

While each house I’ve lived in has been unique, I’ve always kept the same basic decorating formula: keep things simple and doable. In the fall I love to bring in extra coziness and warmth through texture and and few natural touches of the season.

With that said, this tour will be more of a look at “my house in the fall” than a look at the “101 ways I decorated with pumpkins” because that’s how I roll and it’s just the stage we’re in with our remodeling projects. At the end of this post you’ll find an extensive source list of my furniture, lighting, and accessories. But I have TONS of photos to share, so let’s get started!

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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I’ll let you peek around our main living areas today, and I’ll share our bedroom tomorrow. In the coming weeks I’ll have updates on our lower level and of course, I hope you’ll follow along with our upcoming small galley kitchen remodel and the new Dutch door installation, too! We’ll start those projects in just a matter of days now so I will have lots of updates to share.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

For you regular readers, if you see a few little things around the house you haven’t seen before, it’s because they are so fresh and new I haven’t even had time to post about them yet! Rest assured, I’ll share posts and specifics about the updates in the coming weeks, so don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything. Consider this post a preview with more details to come. :)

You’ll also find a few paragraphs below with the short-version story of our home if you are new to the blog or just need a refresher about where we live.

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The brief backstory of our “white brick cottage”

We bought this small 1950s red brick house in Seattle exactly one year ago. Honestly, it was the style of house I would often pass by when I was house hunting. Houses in our price range and location were in limited supply and hard to get with all the competition. We needed to get into a house before school started for our son, so we had to look at everything just in case there was potential!

As we walked through the house, we realized it might be just what we needed in this season of our life. Not only was it a well taken care of and solid house, it had amazing light flooding through large windows, a beautiful yard and a gorgeous view of the sky, sunsets, snow capped mountains and the Puget Sound. We knew it had potential, and indeed it does.

Our goal with this not-so-big house is to keep the modest size (1500 square feet of main living space, with a finished basement below), the structure, layout and much of the character it already had (white plaster walls, wood and slate floors, brick and stone architectural elements) but give it a fresh modern cottage look with our own unique mix of the eclectic coastal farmhouse ambience we love (inside and out).

This summer we painted the exterior so now we can officially say we live in a white brick cottage! I happen to SUPER LOVE white brick houses, so seeing the painted brick every day for the past couple of weeks has already made me feel so much more like this humble house was meant to be for us.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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You can see a peek at our newly painted white brick (and our side patio progress) above.

There’s still lots to do like clean up the the new concrete, add a Dutch door to the front and this porch entrance, wrap the porch posts to make them chunkier, add stair railings and a front fence and gate. I’ll be back with updates as they happen :)

We’ll continue to add more character and curb appeal next year to the front and back of the house, but the paint alone radically changed how this home looks.

I’d love to talk more about our plans for the outside, but I took a MILLION photos of the entry, living room and dining room so let’s go back inside and keep looking around!

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Soon you’ll be able to see our new Dutch door reflected in this mirror. :) You can read more about my Dutch door plans here and here.

white hallway - built ins with black hardware

Read more about our hallway makeover progress here

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This is our pup Jack (and his sister, Lily, below). He’s a Goldendoodle and she’s a Labradoodle. You can follow them and their cousins Bella and Leo at instagram.com/Doodlesathome.

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This fireplace was one of our first little projects. It was so easy but it really made such a huge difference in this room! You can find the budget fireplace makeover details here.

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We will be opening up the doorway a bit more between the dining room and kitchen and making it into an arch. You can see where the archway and new kitchen will be in the image above! I can’t wait to show you our kitchen plans :). You can read about our ‘mood’ for the new kitchen here.

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Gray Ombre Wood Beaded Chandelier - Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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This summer we added the shiplap wall and it really helped bring more character to the dining room. You can find the details and what we used for the shiplap here.

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Plum bedroom

See my plum bedroom here

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Thank you so much for stopping by, friends! I enjoyed having you over to see a bit of our house progress. I have a little surprise for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this tour. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll enter you into a GIVEAWAY to win a set of all four of my books. I’ll even sign them before I send ’em off to the winner :). (U.S. address only for book shipments, thanks for your understanding!)

>> Be sure to head to the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour, Cuckoo4Design! Enjoy! <<

SOURCE LIST:

Living Room Sources:

Gray nailhead wingback chair

Linen wingback settee

Blue and white patterned rug (more similar rugs here)

Brass floor lamp

Rattan daybed

Leather sofa (more leather sofas here)

Gray linen curtains

Gray trestle coffee table

Wood mirror over fireplace

Gray velvet pillow covers

Daybed pillows: gray & white hex pattern – HomeGoods (similar / similar), navy & white – McGee & Co

Dip-dyed wood stool

Round pedestal side table (small space drop-leaf dining table, on sale)

Woven wood shades in Bali Abaca

Framed botanicals

Gray/navy dresser (and more similar style dressers)

Leather Moroccan pouf

Fringe blanket on leather sofa: HomeGoods

Rattan nesting tables – Ross

Copper wire basket with Plush Pumpkins

Blue glass gallon bottle – similar (mine was thrifted for my DIY Lamp)

White cable knit throw blanket

Wood and metal industrial console table (behind leather couch)

Fireplace paint details

Gray and white crewel pillows (HomeGoods, similar)

‘Coffee’ mug

Goldendoodle dessert plate

Dining Room Sources:

Navy pattern dining room curtains

Woven wood shades in Bali Abaca

Navy white and gold swirl lamps

Seagrass rug

Galvanized metal trough (on dining console)

Dining chandelier light with gray ombre wood beads (similar and similar)

White and rattan round mirror above dining console

Clock

Rattan dining shelf – thrifted (see more rattan furniture here)

Copper striped candlesticks

Bird botanical canvas (out of stock but similar available)

Moscow mule mugs

Slipcover dining chairs (and more similar)

Glass cabinet (antiqued taupe)

White and wood metal stool

Entry Sources:

Hanging basket with flat back front door

Proverbs Sign

Entry hook rack

Wood chevron cabinet

Seagrass entry runner

Built-in baskets

Hallway black hardware

Round mirror over entry cabinet (painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey)

White Barnlights: Barnlight Electric / Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light / White Finish / Flush Mount / Mounting Finish: Same as fixture (white) / No Cage

Guest Room Sources:

Gray upholstered bed

Tassels blanket on guest bed

Mirror – Ashley HomeStore

Outdoor Sources:

Outdoor lantern above garage

Basket on front porch

Black lantern on front porch

Side porch light (matte gray)

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