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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.


High End Baby Bedding

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

I know that in the past when I have been looking for a particular product and I am exploring an unfamiliar industry like a lot of other people I’ll check and see what is the most expensive. It’s human nature to associate price with quality–especially when you simply just don’t know much about the particular products for which you are shopping.

With baby bedding you may start out a searching for “high end baby bedding” or “luxury baby bedding”. You may find baby bedding sold at a particular store and sort by price high-to-low just to see what’s “the best” out there. Being in the crib bedding and juvenile products industry for many years I have seen too often that high prices does not necessarily mean “high end”. In fact, sometimes I am shocked to find a particular bedding collection or crib set that is priced so high (sometimes over $1,000) when the quality of fabrics and workmanship is no better than what we offer.

Factors such as the cost of making the bedding, the number or times the bedding must change hands from manufacturer to store to customer, as well as the brand name, will dictate the price–often it’s not the quality!

At Carousel Designs, we use only the finest fabrics coupled with superior quality standards to manufacture our baby bedding and nursery décor. We’ve been doing this for over 21 years and thoroughly inspect every product that we make before it leaves our shop located in Douglasville, Georgia. Everything is made right here in the USA so it is very easy for us to ensure that every step of the process maintains our strict quality standards.

Since we sell direct to the consumer on our website we are able to pass the savings of having no traditional retail markup along to our customers. Back in the 90′s when we only sold our products to the better baby specialty stores it was typical to find our 4-piece crib bedding sets sold as high as $500-$700. Since then, we have actually continued to improve our quality standards while selling our products at much lower prices. Our current 4-piece crib sets are usually between $200-$300 and as sometimes as low as $99! Check out our outlet section to see many first-quality crib sets offered at deeply discounted prices.

In an era where you’ll find the terms “factory direct” or “direct to the consumer” overused and not always accurate know that you are truly buying directly from the factory with us.

If you have the opportunity, please read some of our customer testimonials. You’ll find several messages submitted by actual customers consistently praising the quality of our bedding and many more saying how they were very “surprised” or “shocked” with the quality. These are real examples where people have traditionally associated price with quality. That’s why you simply can’t measure our quality by comparing prices at Carousel Designs to the prices of baby bedding offered by the competition. It’s apples and oranges.