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Crane and Canopy Launch Party

Bay Area-based Crane & Canopy debuted just last week with a collection of ten San Francisco neighborhood inspired bedding designs. Congratulations to founders Karin Shieh and Christopher Sun, who have pioneered a remarkable new line for the home goods market. With a beautifully simple business concept and a smart, tech savvy, and user friendly interface to boot, the sky is the limit.

See more of the attractive details and photos in Nicole’s post from a few days ago.

The launch party hosted some forty or so friends and family, including yours truly, in addition to Crane & Canopy staff at Axis Café to celebrate the company’s official online opening for business.

The party, just like their signature product, was simple, elegant, and well-styled. Beds in an understated garden were romantic, not fussy.  It was a typical San Francisco night and the air was brisk, making the bedding all the more tempting. Somehow, I managed to resist wrapping myself up in the dozens of beautiful options around me.

In scoping out the signature designs and stats ahead of the event, I admit I was intrigued and maybe a little incredulous. A new eCommerce store that cuts out the middleman but still manages to produce an excellent high quality product – was there a catch?

Setting my disbelief aside, I met the products in person, and the quality spoke for itself. Being able to see and touch the bedding first hand, I appreciated that the goods fully lived up to their promise — in every style, the textiles are top shelf in quality. Everything looks and feels luxe. All bedding is made of durable long staple cotton in weaves of 300 to 400 Thread Count. In addition to incredible fabrics, the line includes unique and exquisite details such as tailored edge piping and original embroidery.

If you don’t believe me, ask Gus, Crane & Canopy’s resident pug. Once he gets comfortable he’s apparently impossible to move!

The current ten designs break down into four categories: Geometric Shapes to Classic Solids, Elegant Florals and Delightful Textures. Stay tuned, Crane & Canopy plans to unveil a new design every two months so your bedding always stays fresh whatever the season and on point with changing fashions and trends.

Additionally, form meets function. Their signature duvet cover includes easy ties at the corners to ensure your duvet stays put from the inside. Instead of buttons on the sides, this duvet uses a patented hidden closure positioned on the front of the duvet for better access. What’s more, you can have the layered look, where the flat sheet appears to be folded over like you have your own hotel turn down service. Here you get the look with laissez faire effort. Check out the video featuring the handsome Noe Green bedding.

Crane & Canopy’s talented designers come from a variety of industries including home goods, textiles, fashion and interior design. Lead Designer Johnny Moallempour, who has roots in fashion and a long-standing interior design background, was among the crowd. What SF neighborhood might inspire the next design? Lucky for us, Crane & Canopy takes suggestions. Indeed, Johnny encourages it! Just ask.

Crane & Canopy: Quality Home Decor At Attractive Prices

San Francisco based Crane & Canopy launched earlier this week as a new online retailer in home decor.

What was the impetus? 

When I purchased my first home, I wanted to decorate it with superior quality and beautiful designs at a price point that didn’t make purchasing home goods seem like an investment… I talked with many of my friends who were also decorating their homes, and almost all of them were frustrated by the same things – expensive price tags and limited selection of affordable styles. That was my ‘aha!’ moment for creating Crane & Canopy. Karin Shieh, co-founder and head of marketing at Crane & Canopy.  

Shieh and partner Christopher Sun are using the “no middleman” approach to eCommerce, a trend that seems to be sweeping the retail industry. This direct-to-consumer model allows them to sell department store quality and design at attractive price points. High quality at low prices should appeal to their target market: young, urban females. I’m thinking their market is probably a lot like you and me: shoppers of West Elm, CB2, and local decor boutiques.
The company launched with their inaugural bedding collection inspired by San Francisco neighborhoods. Why bedding? After conducting research, Karin and Christopher learned that shopping for bedding is a big pain point for women. Check out some of my favorite designs:

image of Crane and Canopy Bedding

top: The Ashbury. middle: The Sunset. bottom: The Marina blue.

Crane & Canopy Bedding Details:

  • Signature two-toned duvet is an easy solution for dressing up any bed.
  • Standard duvets have hidden zip closures and ties to keep the duvets in place.
  • Prices start at $99 for a queen/full sized duvet cover.
  • Bedding features 300+ thread-count, 100% cotton, extra long staple cotton.
  • Sizes range from Full to Cal-King.

Colorblock Thursday

Who doesn’t love a little color to get them through the grueling workweek.

Here are some of my favorite color inspirations today!

image of colorblock kitchen

This might as well be called the Pantone color kitchen. I really dig this look, especially with the strangely clean counter and tabletop. I think the look could easily go south if countertop appliances and accessories aren’t white, great or a very basic color. I admire anyone who can pull this look off int their kitchen!

image of Colorblock Fashion 2010

Here are some of the best of the best colored pieces this year.

  • Sergio Rossi Block-Color Sandals, $277.50, available at
  • Forever 21 Colorblocked Sheath Dress, $13.99, available at
  • Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière Leather Sandals, $1,495, available at Balenciaga Boutique NYC
  • Derek Lam Colorblock Dress, $1,390, available at Barneys.comimage of colorblock bedroomFinally, so fun way to play up an otherwise white bedroom.

Japanese Simplicity-Part 2: Bedding

Welcome to Week 2 of Japanese Simplicity—clearing your interior environment to rejuvenate your mind!

Have you cleared out the stale energy of those drawers full of old lipsticks and receipts yet?  In last week’s Part 1: Decluttering, we emphasized the importance of having clean and open spaces as the foundations of a smooth-running, well-designed, stylish household. This week we’ll discuss the joys of simplicity when it comes to beds and what to look for in frames and bedding to evoke that feel of serenity for that perfect night’s sleep.

Here’s a quick review the seven Japanese design aesthetic principles:

  • Kanso: simplicity and elimination of clutter. Key word: clarity
  • Fukinsei: asymmetry or irregularity. Relax—imperfections are what make life beautiful and engaging!
  • Shibumi: elegant, understated, minimalistic. Less is more.
  • Shizen: organic. Raw creativity with a purpose.
  • Yugen: subtle suggestions rather than statements. Think well-placed splashes of color.
  • Datsuzoku: freedom from the day-to-day and ordinary. Let a few things in your home take you away from home.
  • Seijaku: active calm, tranquility. Still, but never stagnant.

Traditional Japanese beds are called futons, thick comforter-like bedding that is placed on the floor that can rolled up and tucked away in a closet to save space. Of course, such asceticism is really unnecessary (unless the three of you are sharing a cramped studio apartment), but effective bedding should capture the same simplicity and lack of adornment. Let’s first take a look at some model bed frames that embody Japanese design principles.


Keyword search: modern, contemporary, platform bed

The most minimalistic of all beds, the platform bed eliminates the need of a box-spring mattress foundation by supporting the mattress directly on top of its flat, horizontal surface. Sophisticated and simple, these beds will add an air of tranquility to your spaces and make them seem bigger.

Modern Platform Bed

Staccato Bed by

Note the sharp, pristine lines and solid headboard. Dark-grained woods give an exceptionally dramatic effect. *sigh* Art. Simply put.

Isabella Modern.

Look for variations in underbed storage and period styles.

Malm Bed by IKEA

Oh my gosh! One a college kid can actually afford!


Bedding is the most expressive feature of the bedroom and should be used to showcase your personal style and creativity! Avoid those drab bed-in-a-bags and mix and match your own combinations of pillowcases, sheets, and duvets. To infuse that effortless Japanese flair into your room, put together bedding sets that have:

  • Natural fabrics (cotton and cotton blends) for a comfortable, breathable feel
  • 300+ thread count
  • Minimum or nonexistent accessories
  • Airy, colorful, bright floral or whimsical prints

Anthropologieand Urban Outfitters carry amazing sheet sets and duvet colors that fit the bill perfectly. J’aime these prints!! Have a look (images are linked to product pages).

Sunbird Sheet Set by Anthropologie

Filigree Leaf Sheet Set by

Filigree Leaf Sheet Set by

50's Birdcage Duvet Cover

50’s Birdcage Duvet Cover by

Birdie Stamp Duvet Cover

Birdie Stamp Duvet Cover by

UO Falling Leaves Quilt

Falling Leaves by Urban Outfitters

Don’t you just feel more peaceful and relaxed already?

Stay tuned for more Japanese simplicity for your home next week! I’m not sure what I’ll write about yet, but I’ll think of something. Maybe like storage and desks. Yeah. That sounds good.

Bedclothes by Vadim Cherniy


How super cute is this crap! Vadim Cherniy is a surprising designer. I’ve never heard of him before, and I can’t find any statics on the material/quality of the bedclothes collection, but based on looks – I believe it to be a thin layer of material you temporarily place over your actual bedding in hopes of a desired outcome: Hetero Sleep, Sex or Homo Sleep.


James Perse Furniture


James Perse Furniture is a seamless extension of the brand. It embodies the same philosophy as the clothing; timeless and simple, the essence of a casual way of living. The collection is not limited to only the indoors as it also extends to outdoor environments. Currently, four collections define the James Perse Furniture Line, The Malibu Collection, The Los Angeles Collection, The Nor Cal Collection and the Brentwood Collection

The Craftsman Platform Bed (pictured above) is from the Los Angeles Collection. Inspired from true craftsmanship, this collection has a rustic feel while maintaining clean lines.

I love the repeat (or lack thereof) on the stripe bedding featured on the bed, can anyone tell me where I can purchase the bedding?

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