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Made in America

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Made in America. Sometimes this is an overused phrase to invoke patriotism and drive support for U.S. made products; but take a second to think about some note-worthy statistics. According to ABC news, only half the products people use every day are made in the United States. According to Moody’s Analytics, if every American spent an extra one percent on U.S. products, we could create 200,000 U.S. jobs.

Statistics like this are the inspiration behind Diane Sawyer’s “Made in America,” segment on ABC World News. It’s a series dedicated to finding and highlighting American-made products. When ABC decided to examine the textile industry for this series, they had an extremely difficult time finding companies who manufacture their products in the U.S. In fact, during one episode a family was challenged to buy only American-made products and to remove everything in their house that had been imported from overseas.  Well, if their baby bedding (textiles) had been purchased from Carousel Designs, their baby’s nursery would have remained untouched!

Okay, let’s take a breath. You’re not reading this blog for a lesson in economics, or world trade theory (if you are, then you may want to hit the back button). We are certainly not suggesting that just because Carousel Designs is one of the few baby bedding companies to manufacture its products in the United States that you should buy our products. But, there are several reasons you may want to consider buying from Carousel Designs:

  • Quality. Because we create all of our products in our Douglasville, Georgia plant, we have 100% oversight and control of the production process. We do extensive testing to ensure that ALL of our products meet or exceed the highest safety standards, including those mandated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Flexibility. Making all of our bedding here in the U.S. is the only way we can provide an unmatched level of flexibility and service to new and expectant parents as they design their baby’s nursery. Once our customer service team receives your order, we create and assemble your baby’s crib bedding in the very same facility – this allows us to offer custom bedding at a turnaround time of 3-5 days, way below industry standard.  Those companies that tell you it’ll take six weeks or more to receive your custom bedding? Well, they’re probably having it made in another country…
  • Oversee (not overseas!). We just couldn’t fathom outsourcing the production of such an important part of your baby’s first room where we couldn’t be involved in every single stitch.
  • WWBFD.  As we approach Independence Day weekend, ask yourself this: what would Ben Franklin do? Would he purchase his textiles from some far-off land, or would he buy from a company that provides jobs for American workers (for all of the above benefits) … and then use his spare time to discover electricity?

Although textile products are increasingly foreign-made (sorry Ben Franklin), and it might be more difficult to make them here in the USA, we think it’s worth it … and if you see our bedding, we think you will agree.  So if you order your baby’s bedding from us, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind creation made with love and pride right here in the U.S.A.

We wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

 

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?