The Guest Room // The Bedding

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With my guest room’s walls being so dark, I really wanted to leverage other accents within it to bring in some brightness. As in most bedrooms the bed is the focal point, and with this room being small (12′ x 12′) I knew I wanted to capitalize on using light colored bedding.


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Enter Crane & Canopy’s Octavia duvet set. The most perfect silver-grey jacquard there ever was, overlaid with an abstract pattern of mums. Not terribly girly for my male guests, just a very nice neutral that opens up the entire space. And I think everyone who spends the night in this bed will appreciate how uber soft the 350-thread-count set is to the touch. In fact, I need to try it out myself – they say you should always stay over in your own guest room to make sure it will be comfortable for future occupants. (And yes, I should definitely iron that duvet out!)


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Disclaimer: Octavia Duvet Set provided by Crane & Canopy. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush going!


Just My Type (+ a Mark and Graham Pinterest Sweeps!)


Remember that cheesy personalized gifts store? You know, the one that was inevitably in every mall in America back in the 90s. Well, Mark and Graham isn’t that. Being a graphic designer and having a innate love of type makes me a little leery of anything “personalized” by nature. So you can imagine the pleasant surprise I received when this next-generation personalization hit it right on the nose with their beautiful font options and clean, modern pieces. Mark and Graham believes that making your mark is more than a symbol, it’s an artful mingling of typography and design. And you know what? It really is.









Everyday Leather Tote | Turkish Hydro Cotton Towel Set | Kiyla Necklace | Brass Rectangular Cufflinks | Canvas Tote | Armor Lux Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt | Beachport Pinstripe Sheet Set | Make Your Mark Cotton Duvet + Sham with Numbers

These are just a few of my favorite pieces, and they’ve also just released a comfy new line of personalized bedding that’s the perfect combination of luxury and style. Those pinstripe sheets are screaming my name – I think they’d be fantastic in my newly redecorated guest room.

Here’s the fun part, this week I’ve teamed up with Mark and Graham to run a Pinterest sweeps that you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on! We’ve created a board – Just My Type – that I’ll be pinning to all week with typographic inspiration. Create your own and enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Mark and Graham!



To Enter:
1. Create a graphic-inspired Pinterest board. Be sure to include at least 3 Mark and Graham items!
2. Leave a comment here with a link to your board.
3. Do it all before Sunday, August 18th at 11:59 pm.
4. Good luck!

A winner will be chosen randomly soon after.

Giveaway Rules + Disclosures.


Blanket Up

Yes we’re still in the midst of the dog days of summer, buuut cool fall nights are just around the corner. I swear! And when that time comes there’s nothing cozier than a soft blanket when you’re gathered around a bonfire, cheering for the home team, or simply watching a movie curled up in the living room. Don’t worry, I’ve gotcha covered – no pun intended!



ROW 1: Pyramids Travel Throw // Beach Blanket in Signature Zig Zag // Striped Picnic Blanket    ROW 2: Tassel Blanket // Serape    ROW 3: Oversize Picnic Blanket in Painted Plaid // Tassel Quilt // Brooklyn Picnic Quilt    ROW 4: One of a Kind 006 // Setesdal Bunad Blanket // Ish 02 Blanket


Happy Weekend

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01/ How amazing is this reflective optical illusion house?!
02/ A sandcastle art installation showing the starkness of suburbia.
03/ This is not Photoshopped.
04/ 3D printed hands to hold your artwork!
05/ The Grapple Coat Hanger is a little black-room-butcher-shop, but I love it.
06/ Make a set of DIY toy animal corn cob holders, because why not.
07/ The Sandwich Book. ‘Nuf said.
08/ Tiny paint swatch paintings!
09/ Furniture made using the power of the wind.
10/ New electronic baggage tags that save time + paper.

This week on Design Crush:
Tips&Tricks: Photography
Periodic TableWare
Strawberry Galette with Sugared Crust
The Present Company Project
Hello, San Diego
Ikebana Bowls + Soe Cups
Andrew Lyons





I first spied the genius unihook in Alyson Fox‘s Austin home this past April and fell in love. I meant to ask her where/who they were from, but I was having way too good a time to remember to do so. Now I’m happy to report that they’re by Pat Kim and each one can support up to 30 lbs! I love the versatility – use it to hang dish towels in the kitchen, hand towels in the bathroom, or even coats. (via swissmiss)







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Are you brave enough to bring some neon into your home? The trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and I for one am a-okay with it! These killer bedding pieces from Australia-based Feliz pack the perfect sized punch that won’t make your room look too kiddy or teeny bopper. The white acts as a neutral to even out the look, and I gotta say I’m feelin’ it! (via Anthology)

PS: I know the last one is gold not neon, but I couldn’t resist!


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That feeling of finding out someone who’s really good at one thing is also really good at another? Yeah. The Char-Bea collection by Ashley Goldberg for Urban Outfitters gives me those feelings in a big way. Her art translates so well to textiles with those big patches of color!








Crane & Canopy



Crane & Canopy is all that and a bag of chips, and I’m about to spill the many reasons why. Bedding is one of those final touches that make a room feel finished and pulled together, it’s also one of the more expensive elements in a bedroom. It seems like every search I’ve embarked upon has ended with me being in love with a set waaay out of my price range. (Followed by wine and chocolate.) Crane & Canopy has revolutionized all of that. First by creating their own designs,  second by working directly with premium companies to cut out the middle men and lower costs.



But here’s the thing, just because the textiles are actually affordable doesn’t mean they’re lower in quality. All of Crane & Canopy‘s base fabrics use the highest quality cotton with 300 to 400 thread count weaves, optimized for softness while maintaining lifetime durability and longevity. And every piece has special touches like convenient corner ties, easy care zipper, exquisite piping, or beautiful embroidery. Not to mention the bold, graphic, and inspired prints created by their designers. (I picked up the Octavia for an upcoming project!)



The icing on the cake (or bag of chips) is that this spring Crane & Canopy has partnered with New York’s Safe Horizon to give back to domestic violence victims. For every bedding set purchased they’ll be donating a complete bedding set to to Safe Horizon’s shelter residents. I can only imagine how amazing it must feel to someone looking for even the most basic of human needs to safely and comfortably snuggle up at night.



Crane & Canopy also sells the most delicious sheets with colorful edging that I can’t wait to pick up, they look perfectly crisp for summer! Also just launched is their spring pop-up shop, filled to the brim with lovely modern things for your entire home – not just the bedroom.

The Sunset Duvet // The Ashbury Duvet Cover // The Noe Duvet Cover // The Grey Scalloped Embroidered Sheet Set


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Design Crush possible!