Archive for June, 2011

How to Create a Gender Neutral Nursery

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

What has become of tradition? In every walk of life, from the way we communicate to the way we dress, the old way of doing things, the traditional way, has changed. High definition TV, Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, need I say more? The world is changing, so why are we still confined to the norms of nursery design?

In this spirit, I ask you, why does a boy’s room need to be blue, or a girl‘s room pink. Why not create a gender-neutral nursery, or even a gender-neutral room that incorporates pink, blue, or both! Not crazy about the idea? Try these ideas on for size:

Color! Gender neutral used to mean shades of green and yellow but you are not confined to those traditionally neutral colors. Many of these color combinations can be tweaked to go either way (boy or girl) depending on fabric and furniture.

  • White, Ivory and Beige. Start with a neutral wall color and crib bedding set – such as Solid White, Ecru, or Organic Ivory – and accent with unexpected vibrant color.
  • Navy and White. Not just for nautical or ocean inspired nurseries, navy and white can easily be accented with green, orange or pink for a preppy or modern style nursery.
  • Tangerine and Turquoise.  This color combination looks great with pink, for a girl, or throw in blue and brown if you have a boy…or both if you have twins (one of each!)
  • Yellow and Gray.  Think beyond yellow and green and pair pastel yellow with Silver Gray and white for a modern, soft combination. Or a brighter yellow with Steel Gray for more of a contrast.
  • Turquoise and Light Lime.  This color combination can be soothing, light and airy…shown in this beautiful Turquoise Floral Fabric (more on patterns later).

Themes! Having trouble picking a gender-neutral color combination? Pick a theme – you can find inspiration from nearly anywhere; many inspirations for an entire nursery can come from a favorite decal or print.

  • Animals. Does the adorable owl in this weeDECOR wall decal speak to you? Go with owls. Or check out our Gray Zoology crib bedding set to pack more punch (or more animals). If your older children are obsessed with sock monkeys and Blabla dolls (not technically animals)…incorporate this adorable Sock Monkey fabric in your nursery design.
  • Nature. Have you fallen in love with a sweet nursery wall mural or print inspired by nature?  Use those colors and design your own set, knowing the color combination is inspired by favorite artwork.
  • Letters. The same could be true for an alphabet inspired nursery…you may love the look of wooden letters or Custom Wooden Alphabet Wall Art on the wall. And you will be amazed how your little one will enjoy it too in a few years upon recognition.

Patterns! Sure there are some traditionally gender neutral patterns…such as geometrics, dots & stripes, toiles, and damask, but let’s think outside the box. What about florals and paisleys?  Traditionally these patterns have leaned towards feminine designs, but we’ve found that there are ways to include floral (aka fancy foliage) or paisley patterns in a gender neutral nursery.  Many patterns that lean one way (feminine) or another (masculine), can work by accenting with a neutral or opposite gender color, material, or pattern.

The great thing about creating a nursery these days, is there is no “right way” and your options are almost limitless. You really can choose palettes that reflect your style and fit in with the décor of the rest of the home. Enough about what we think, what do you think about these gender neutral ideas?

 

 

 

Meet Our Team!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Carousel Designs' Cutting Manager, Anika

We are proud of our talented team here at Carousel Designs, who bring years of experience, and a commitment to create the very best baby bedding in the industry.  Our workers hail from all over the world but have made their homes in and around Douglasville, Georgia, where we have been located for nearly a quarter of a century.

Some of our employees have been with us right from the very start and we keep adding to the team with talented new hires as the business grows; experienced or new – the one thing all Carousel Designs employees have in common is passion … passion for quality, for beautiful designs and for creating the very best baby bedding for your little one!

Now, in the spirit of getting to know the people of Carousel Designs, we’d like to introduce you to our cutting manager, Anika!

Where are you from originally?

My hometown is Coburg, Germany. Coburg is a small town in Bavaria, located about two and a half hours north of Münich. After finishing school, I moved around Europe with my family and in 2005 we moved to the United States. I started working at Carousel Designs shortly afterward.

How did you get your start in the baby bedding industry?

I am a seamstress by trade. I actually earned my degree in Germany while working in apprentice-type roles, gaining real-world experience in sewing, cutting, fashion and design. I worked for several companies in different areas of the textile industry, creating everything from window treatments to home décor and bedding, before coming to the U.S. and joining the team at Carousel.

How long have you been with Carousel Designs?

About five years.

What’s your job title?

Cutting manager.

What does that mean, exactly?

Cutting is one of the first steps in the bedding manufacturing process. After initially reviewing a customer’s order, my team gathers the appropriate cutting pattern and the right fabric to create the bedding. Each of our products has a unique cutting pattern which requires the fabric to be cut in a different way.

What’s the best part of your job?

I love the fact that my job is different all the time; no day is the same!  We have such a wide variety of bedding collections and designs, so it’s hard to get bored. I really enjoy working on custom bedding designs because I get to be a part of the creative process and help our customers see their dream baby bedding designs become a reality. It’s also wonderful knowing that a precious baby will be using our products!

What’s the toughest part of your job?

It can be physically and mentally intense. Many of our products require a lot of time and attention to detail to make.

Do you have a favorite Carousel Designs collection?

Our Modern Floral Crib Bedding is my current favorite collection because it uses such bright, vibrant colors, including my favorite fabric, Turquoise Floral!

Complete this sentence: If I weren’t working here, I would be …

A translator. I love learning new languages (a must for those of us who have lived and traveled throughout Europe) and working with people. As a child and young adult, I learned to speak German, English and French fluently.