Archive for July, 2011

Window Treatments for your Nursery

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Baby is on the way, and it’s time to get serious about decorating your nursery. After all, first impressions matter, and you don’t want your newborn’s first memory to be “oh my, this woman has no fashion sense.”  But it could take you several years of studying and thousands of dollars to get a design degree … or will it?

Rest easy, because Carousel Designs is here to help you easily transform that nursery into a showplace that any 8 day-old child would be proud of … and it all starts with the windows.  But how do you create a nursery that has windows that are both practical and attractive?

It’s simple: dress up those windows with drapes, valances, or both. Drapes can be used to block light and sound, heat and cold … valances can hide unsightly hardware. And both are also extraordinarily decorative and add enormous personality to a room. Let’s fast track you on your advanced degree in nursery design:

Nursery Design 101 – Valances

Valances are the fabric coverings that are utilized as frames for the windows and can cover the curtain rod. They give the windows a touch of elegance or softness, especially if used alone.

The use of valances without any curtains or drapes can make a small room look bigger, airy and open.  The use of valances with drapes can give a more dramatic look or bold statement, enhancing the look of the drapes.

We offer two types of valances:

1. Tab-top valances. Tab-top valances have tabs hanging from the curtain rod, usually in a contrasting/coordinating color.  This type of valance is perfect if you have a decorative rod that you do not want to cover. Tab-top valances measure approximately 64″ wide, with a 16″ drop.



2. Window Valance with Accent Trim (aka balloon valance). This type of valance covers the rod, and typically the fabric for the rod pocket is a different, but coordinating fabric from the rest of the valance. It can drape straight down or be stuffed to give the balloon effect. These valances measure approximately 84″ wide, with an 18″ drop.

Nursery Design 201 – Drapes

Our coordinating drapes are a perfect way to finish off your nursery. And if deciding between valances or drapes or both wasn’t enough, you also have several options when it comes to drapes.

  • Tie top or hidden tab. Tie top has ties that tie at the top like this.  Hidden tab have a rod pocket like this.
  • Length.  We offer drapes in three different lengths: 64″, 84″, and 96″.
  • Width.  You can then choose if they would like the panel width to be 25.5″ or 42″.

Not sure?  This article offers great insight into how to hang drapes to make your room and windows look larger.

  • Lining. We also offer a standard cotton liner or blackout liner to go with your drapes.  Blackout liners block the harsh sunlight during naptime and will not pose any kind of danger to your child. Whether or not you need these liners depends on the way the room faces (sun beaming in early or mid afternoon), and also on the child (some children can sleep through anything, others need noise machines, blackout liners, etc).

Okay, play the graduation march. You now have your advanced degree in nursery design. Check out our Nursery Designer to customize your crib bedding and show us the inner designer in you!



Where’d You Get that Name?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

At Carousel Designs, we like making baby bedding … what’s not to love?  It’s fun, beautiful, and we get a chance to be involved in a very joyous time in someone’s life. In fact, judging from the number of babies born (within the Carousel Designs family) in the past year, we like having babies, or at least we love the end product.

Among some of the baby names we have personally selected for our new additions (Hank, Sarah, Margaret, to name a few) you could also say we like traditional names.

So, is this an isolated preference for traditional names for an independent, US owned textile company? Or is this a larger scale trend signaling a shift back to more traditional names?

Well, I did a little research, and there are quite a few influences for the top names for 2011, I’ll start with one that seems to hold true to our name selections:

  • 100-year rule. This rule states that it takes a century for most names to come back into fashion – here are the 100 Most Popular Names of the 1910s.
  • British Invasion. Thanks to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we see the trend of classic English and Irish names popular in 2010 continuing in 2011.  William, or Liam, Kate or Catherine … many variations of classic English and Irish names.
  • Girly girls. Ultra feminine names for girls such as Charlotte, Grace, Emma, Olivia, Ella and Ava.
  • Unisex names. Riley, Rory (perhaps even more popular after Rory McIlroy won the US Open), Jayden, and Avery, all top the list for boys and girls.
  • Classic names. Although there are a still a number of unique names, classic names such as Jacob, Olivia, and Sophia haven’t lost their appeal.
  • Oldies but goodies.  When looking to the past for inspiration, many have brought back “Grandma/Grandpa Names that are Cool Again” … Max, Millie, Walt, and Sophie to name a few.
  • Cool, slightly trendy boys names. Perhaps names inspired by family (or someone’s family) … Connor, Logan, Dylan, and Mason are all gaining popularity.

Traditional, original, classic, trendy.  You have a lot of options and a big decision to make.  Choosing a name for your new baby can be a painstaking process, but ultimately, if you find a name you like, go with it.  Who knows, you may even inspire the next popular name.  Have fun with it, and I’m sure whatever name you decide on, your little one will make it his or her own.