Archive for May, 2010

Trend Watch: The Most Popular Nursery Themes

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

If you decide to go with a theme when decorating your baby’s first room, your options are limited only by your imagination and creativity. There are hundreds if not thousands of nursery decorating themes out there. But, after overhearing a mom at the gym last week tell her friend that she and her husband decorated their baby’s nursery in the Avatar theme, I became curious which themes were the most popular (hoping that Avatar didn’t make the list).

So after conducting a bit of research, I unearthed the top 5 nursery themes over the past year. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t really even close. These themes emerged consistently as favorites among new parents. They are:

The Princess Themed Nursery

What is it about having a baby girl? It’s almost as if everything we thought we liked about design just gets tossed out the window. Maybe it’s because little girls really are little princesses and what’s the first thing that comes to mind when your doctor tells you you’re having a mini-me (besides fear that she’ll get your thighs)? Pink. Although all white and purple nurseries are popular as well.

Our options: If a Princess theme is for you, check out our incredibly popular Love Birds and Shabby Chic Chenille. Just can’t bring yourself to do pink? Try our gorgeous purple and white Lilac Damask.

The Gender Neutral Nursery

I’m definitely a find-out-what-you’re-having kinda gal as I’ve never been a fan of surprises, but it seems as if many new parents are opting to keep the gender of their baby a surprise. Also, modern nurseries tend to have a more gender-neutral feel. You can add interest to a gender-neutral nursery through colors, shapes, textures and if you want to add a pop of bright pink or blue after your little one arrives, it’s easy to do. Alphabet themes seemed to be very popular for gender-neutral nurseries.

Our options: If you decide to go gender neutral, check our best selling Sock Monkey (always a classic), or try a black and white nursery theme like Black Damask or Baby Toile Black. Black & White has become increasingly popular as you can add brightly colored accessories once the baby comes to make your nursery more feminine or masculine as needed.

The Nature Themed Nursery

No doubt about it, we are all becoming more aware of our environment and the impact we have on Mother Earth, and decorating your baby’s nursery in a nature theme is one way to celebrate our increasing respect. Greens, browns, and creams were extremely popular colors as were tree wall decals and birds.

Our options: Want every day to be Earth Day in your baby’s room? Check out our popular Sage Chirp bedding (don’t miss the amazing tree artwork) and Spa and Chocolate Gumball in gorgeous shades of browns and robin egg blue.

Toile

There’s just something so classic, calming, and aesthetically pleasing about toile. I decorated my 2nd son’s nursery in a playful baby blue toile theme so it can definitely be used in both little boy and little girl nurseries. It’s also perfect when the baby shares a room with an older child, or the guest room, and you don’t want to the room’s design to be overly “baby”.

Our options: We’ve got lots of gorgeous toile collections. My favorite: Baby Toile Horizon with the popular P. Kauffman “Central Park” Toile fabric. Here’s a Tip: Pick your favorite toile fabric and design your own collection with whatever solid colors you’d like, and don’t forget to add texture (i.e. minky).

The Jungle Themed Nursery

The jungle/safari themed nursery has been the most popular nursery theme over the past year. Who can resist cute elephants, lions, giraffes, and monkeys? Jungle themes are also very versatile and are perfect for both little boy and little girl nurseries so I expect this theme to continue to be popular for some time.

Our options: Wanna go wild?  Check out Minky Giraffe and our sophisticated Wild Safari. Or go with a slightly different version of the jungle theme (but just as wild) with Black & White Zebra or Pink & Brown Zebra.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Nautical – My go-to theme for little boys. Try Surf’s Up for a nautical theme with a modern, surfer-dude twist.
  • Animal – Extremely versatile as this theme can be dinosaurs, zoo animals, or western themed.
  • Camo – We get so many requests for Camo and will also be introducing “digital camo” in the near future.

So, there you have it…my official report on the state of nursery themes!  What’s your favorite theme?

~Suzanne

The First Day in the Life of your Baby’s Bedding

Friday, May 7th, 2010

So, you’ve landed on babybedding.com and have fallen in love with THE perfect crib bedding.  The collection you’ve chosen will help create the nursery you’ve always envisioned for your baby…it’s almost like finding that perfect wedding dress (am I right?).

You pick out your items quickly, afraid that while you’re placing them in your cart, someone else in a land far away (but on babybedding.com) will click “submit” before you do and it’s the last set we have and Poof!…your dream nursery has just become a nightmare.  Well, that might be a little dramatic but it’s happened to me on JCrew.com.

If this sounds familar, I’ve got good news…we make everything to order.  Yep, both our designer bedding collections and the bedding that you design yourself…so you don’t need to worry about that ninja shopper in a land far away (unless you’re on JCrew.com).

Knowing that, you can calmly load up your shopping cart, enter your shipping address and credit card number and then hit “submit”.  There.  Done.  Now what?

Well, let me take your through the first day in the life of your baby’s bedding.  When you hit that “submit” button, a team of trained carrier pigeons adorned in baby blue ribbons flies your order to our design studio just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Okay, not really.  But, your order does arrive at our Customer Service department at lightening speed.  Once we receive your order, it’s downloaded into our system and we begin the process of creating your baby’s bedding.

After some initial administrative steps, your order is sent electronically to our design studio (we’ve gone paperless…yay!).  And because we keep very little backstock, your order really is being made just for you and your baby!

Once your order arrives in our studio, our amazing team of seamstresses (the greatest gals ever) begins the process of cutting, piecing, sewing, inspecting, and packaging the items you’ve ordered. They take the utmost care in creating the highest quality products and truly sew your bedding as if they were making it for one of their own.  They also know how anxious you are to get your bedding home and to finish preparing the nursery for your new baby so they take great pride in being able to get your order produced and shipped typically within 2-3 business days!

Now back to our wonderful Customer Service department who oversees your order from start to finish.  Not only do they keep a close watch on your order, they are also available during regular office hours to answer any questions or to make changes to your order.  Yes, a real, live person will answer the phone and I promise they’ll have first-hand knowledge of your order and be able to take care of any issues that may arise!

Once your bedding has been made, Customer Service makes one final check to ensure that your order is perfect and ready to be sent.  Your carefully packaged bedding is prepared for shipment and picked up by our favorite UPS guy (or gal when he’s on vacation) who tracks your package until it arrives safely at your door.

And now you get to check off one more thing from your list of things to do before the baby arrives.

Whew.

Congratulations!

~The Carousel Designs Team