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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!



Our Best Kept Design Tool Secret: Swatches

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Selecting the perfect baby bedding ranks right there with choosing the perfect wedding dress in terms of the emotional nature of the decision. Now try doing it online, without being able to see and feel the fabrics up close. It can be daunting, and we all know how central your baby’s bedding is to the overall design of your nursery.  But, we have a secret weapon in our arsenal to help you create your perfect bedding set.

Not only do we offer the zoom and pan features on to help you make more confident decisions by allowing you to get a close-up view of even the smallest details of our crib bedding collections. But we also offer fabric swatches, to ensure an exact match for your nursery, and satisfaction with fabric texture and quality.

At Carousel Designs, we want our customers to be over-the moon happy and satisfied with their purchase, because we know how important your baby’s first room is. We recommend ordering swatches before placing your bedding order. They’re only 50 cents each, and the cost of your swatches will be refunded to you when you place an order over $75.

And while you’re shopping our crib bedding collections, don’t forget about our Design-Your-Own-Baby-Bedding interactive tool.  You can customize any of our collections by simply clicking “customize this collection” and adding your personal touch.  I’ve said before (but I’ll say it again), it’s baby couture!

And, as always, Customer Service is just a phone call away to help address any concerns or answer any questions.  If you’ve run into a challenging design issue or just can’t decide between toile and floral, give us a holler…we’d love to hear from you and get a real kick out of making our customers happy!