Archive for May, 2010

You Design it, We Like it, You Win it!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

One of the best parts about our Design-Your-Own-Baby-Bedding tool is getting to see our customer’s creativity come to life!  It’s amazing!  We’ve been so inspired by you that we’ve decided to launch a contest that awards the best custom crib bedding set to the person who designs it!

Here’s How It’ll Work:

1.  Visit, choose from over 300 fabrics we have in stock, and design your “dream” crib bedding set with our Design-Your-Own-Baby-Bedding (DYOBB) interactive tool.

2.  Click “Enter Contest” just below your final design.

3.  We’ll collect submissions until June 14th, pick our 10 favorites, and then ask you to vote for the best.

4.  The design that gets the most votes wins!

5.  The winner will get their “dream” baby bedding set shipped to their door at no charge!

Can’t bear to wait 6 weeks to see if you’ve won before getting your bedding? No problem! If your design wins, we’ll put up to $500 toward anything you’ve ordered from Carousel Designs during the contest period.

And who knows? We may even make your design one of our featured collections!

So put on those designer caps, get inspired, get creative, and design the coolest crib bedding set ever!  Click here to enter!


From The Studio: Where Does Our Design Inspiration Come From?

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

As the head designer for Carousel Designs, I’m often asked where my inspiration for our new collections comes from and where I find the incredible fabrics we turn into our gorgeous bedding collections.

Offering over 300 coordinating fabrics for nursery décor does take some managing! Inspirations for our fabrics can come from many places. Sometimes they are as simple adding the latest designer-inspired fabrics found at regional and national fabric shows. Other times it could be an inspiration from something as commonplace as the color the sky happens to be that day or the texture of a worn piece of driftwood found on a walk down the beach.

I also try to cover all areas of interest for our customers from the whimsical to the sophisticated, pastels to bright and everything in-between, rather than focusing on one particular style of bedding.

I spend a great deal of time researching trends and color forecasts, although I keep these trends in perspective as sometimes they’re more applicable to adult fashions or home décor rather than baby décor. But first and foremost is to understand our customer. I enjoy talking with our customers immensely as I always walk away with a new insight. Keeping our designs new and fresh without abandoning the classic is a priority for me as well as experimenting with the latest trends.

In my experience designing for new and expectant parents and their babies, I’ve found that high quality and classic styling (especially since babies always grow up!) are key. There is a real trend today to move away from “disposable” items (i.e. inexpensive furniture and bedding) and toward quality, heirloom pieces. That makes passing down favorite nursery pieces and special blankets to the next generation possible.

Many of our fabrics are exclusive to Carousel Designs and printed domestically while others are purchased domestically from reliable fabric mills known for their high quality. We attend fabric shows throughout the U.S. from Las Vegas, Houston and North Carolina searching for our those perfect fabrics to construct that perfect bedding.

While it can be challenging, it’s also a lot of fun! I get so excited when we launch a new collection, like Candy Pink Damask (just added to the line this week). It’s clean, fresh, and pretty!

There are many exciting new collections on the horizon, so come back often and check out our latest styles. And if you ever have a question, or a suggestion, please drop us a line…we love hearing from you and who knows, you could inspire our next collection!