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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.

 

Keeping it Green

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Because Carousel Designs is THE Baby Bedding Company®, it’s important for us to be able to offer our customers the widest selection of fabrics and crib bedding styles.

And to make sure that’s the case, our design team has been busy adding to our organic baby bedding collections!

What is “Organic”?

For something to be certified “organic”, the method by which it’s grown and processed must be free of chemicals, pesticides, radiation, or other artificial intervention.

Organic farming techniques allow natural soil replenishment, without the chemical saturation that depletes the natural nutrients that plants and grazing animals need to live.

Likewise, fibers for certified organic bedding and clothing must also be processed naturally, without chemical washes, additives or treatments.

The fabrics we use on our organic crib bedding collections are made from certified 100% organically grown cotton and are treated using low impact dyes.

What are low-impact dyes?

Low-impact dyes are synthetic with a higher than average absorption rate. This means that less water is required in the rinse process, resulting in less dye run-off and a lower impact on the environment. Additionally, low-impact dyes typically do not contain heavy metals (like chrome, copper and zinc) and the dye and rinse water are often recycled.

And even though they are made from synthetic materials, low-impact dyes are generally considered eco-friendly and often preferable to natural dyes because of their lower absorption rate.

Because organic fabrics are grown and processed without chemical compounds, some believe that there is a reduced possibility of skin irritation and chemical residue than with non-organic fabrics. Though many believe that the primary benefit of using organic fabrics is their lower impact on the environment.

So whether you choose fabrics grown and processed traditionally or organically, the choice is yours. It’s important for us to be able to provide you with a wide selection of beautiful crib bedding options either way.

Currently we offer 10 solid organic colors. You can purchase full crib bedding sets in these colors or mix and match. You can also design your own baby bedding using our organic solid colors with our interactive tool, the Nursery Designer®.

Take a sneak peak at our newest organic print collections, including Organic Geometric (pictured above), Lime Scroll and Aqua Scroll.   Three modern sets all made with 100% Certified Organic cotton fabrics colored with low-impact dyes.