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Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture October 15, 2019

Inspire A Dream Home to Dance Around

Here at Ashley, we encourage everyone to create spaces in their homes that represent their personality. During our collaboration with Brittany Cavaco, we decided to sit down with the professional ballerina to discover more information about her style. We helped Cavaco bridge her love of plants and her eye for eclectic interior design. Her master bedroom is now an eclectic mix of all her points of inspiration. We can’t wait to share our collaboration! show you the space!

Do you get home décor inspiration from trends, people, or online?

BC: “I tend to get my home decor inspiration from Instagram or Pinterest. It’s so inspiring to see a room with similar furniture look vastly different due to how it was styled or the decor. I think my home decor style has become more bold after being inspired by all that I have seen via social media.”

How would you describe your home décor style?

BC: “I would describe my home decor style as a mix between, modern, art decor and bohemian. My color pallet in my home has a lot of whites, blues and bronzes and I have a lot of plants and flowers!”

Do you have any interior design tips?

BC: “Don’t be afraid to use colors in your decor! Subtle pops of color can really enhance a room. Also, you can never have enough plants.”

What is your favorite room in the house?

BC: “My favorite room in my house is probably my bedroom. My bedroom is such a beautiful, serene and comforting space. The walls are decorated with plants and framed love notes from my boyfriend and I. Our ceiling has a beautiful chandelier hanging and the room has so much natural light! Everything in our room is from Ashley HomeStore.”

What does your home mean to you?

BC: “My home to me is one of my favorite places.  I have worked really hard to make my new apartment an enjoyable place that I look forward to spending time in and coming home to. My boyfriend and I both work frequently from home so we wanted our home to be a really special, comfortable and motivating place. I love that when I am in my home I get rid of all the outside stresses and never want to leave!”

What makes a home feel like a home for you?

BC: “Home to me means a place where you feel the most at peace and the most comfortable.  I have moved around a lot and can adjust quickly to living in new locations as long as I make the space I am living in a comforting environment. Home is the place I crave to go to after a long day’s work, it’s the place where I am happiest and where so many of my memories are made.”

Are you inspired by Cavaco’s bedroom makeover? Check out our Pinterest for more beautiful rooms to dance over. Let us know what inspires you to create your dream home!

Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture August 7, 2019

Robin Long Personalizes Master Bedroom with Love

During a collaboration with small business owner Robin Long, we found the perfect partner for our Mane + Mason lifestyle. The mother of three is an expert in farmhouse style when it comes to homely accents and additions. Check out what we did to help remake her bedroom!!

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Bedroom shot.

Long, who operates under her business name Coastal Crafty Mama, creates personalized signs for clients to hang in their homes. From inspirational quotes to hometown homage, the pieces provide the perfect completing detail to our farmhouse range. 

The mother of three added her creative touch to her master bedroom. Hanging over the bed is an ode to her wedding day. She made a unique sign for the bedroom, over typewriter font reads “Our vows”. Another feature is the “Mr. & Mrs.” pillow at the center of the bed. Long transformed the room into a space that represents the love she shares with her husband.

Alternate shots of bedroom corner.Crafty Mama’s Cozy Corner

Long chose a neutral color palette for her space, which was well paired with the tones of Mane + Mason. The style of her bed frame is a cornerstone of farmhouse style. A neutral white that allows the natural features of the wood to peek through. 

Long added industrial features like lamps and metal containers to juxtapose the more delicate farmhouse style. The masculine accents act as anchors for the rest of the space. With our popular Mane + Mason line as the backdrop for the room, Long added features that make it her own. 

To continue the cozy element in her bedroom, Long included a corner chair for reading a book or getting ready in the morning. Draping a blanket over the front added textual dimension, and comfort. 

Working to help *craft* the perfect bedroom for Long was a dream. She was able to add her own personality to our Mane + Mason line by creating decor pieces. Need more inspiration? You can learn more about Long’s DIY projects on her Instagram or shop her specialty store here

Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture August 2, 2019

Crib Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Crib

Choosing the crib your newborn will be sleeping in is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a new parent. For peace of mind, you owe it to yourself and baby to have a sturdy crib in your nursery that provides a secure space while they sleep. After all, it’s where your newborn will spend majority of their time during the first few months (up to 16 hours a day, in fact), so it’s essential this piece of furniture passes all safety standards with flying colors.

Finding the right crib requires safety knowledge and industry regulations and choosing the best option that suit your needs and budget.

Safety Guidelines

Did you know that cribs are federally regulated?  Your best bet for a baby crib is to buy new, since regulations from 2011 onward have become more stringent from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This happened due to linked deaths from drop-side cribs over the years. These new standards enforce additional durability testing and warning labels so you’re kept well-informed as a consumer. You can also research certifications and safety through the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to find models and recent recalls.

Here’s what you need to look for in a safe crib:

  1. Never use an old or hand-me-down crib. The hardware could be worn out, there could be lead paint (especially in older cribs and bassinets) or there might be pointy decorative elements that baby could get hurt on, or your clothes could snag—the list goes on. Don’t take the risk; your baby should feel safe while they sleep, and you should have the peace of mind to leave them there. If you’re unsure of a crib’s production date, by law, the shipping carton and crib need to have it clearly displayed. If you can’t see that it’s from 2011 onward, don’t use it.
  2. Check for safe crib standards. Get a ruler—crib slats should not exceed 2 3/8 inches apart. Also, the top of the crib rail should be 26 inches above the mattress (for adjustable mattresses, this can be lowered as your baby grows). This is to minimize the risk of falling out of the crib, especially for active babies.
  3. Mattress safety. Ensure your baby’s mattress is firm and doesn’t sag or dip while they’re in it. Mattresses for baby cannot have any excess space around the sides or loose fabric sheets, or else your newborn could get stuck or suffocate on the excess. It’s highly recommended to buy your crib, mattress and sheet sets all at the same time so you’re 100% certain everything will fit snugly together. If you can fit more than two fingers between the mattress and the edge of the bed, it’s not a good fit.
  4. Opt out of bumpers. There’s no substantial support from experts that bumpers help babies with additional safety, so don’t have this in the crib with them.
  5. Do the wobble test on your new crib. Once constructed, give your crib a good shake to make sure no parts jiggle or feel loose. If you hear anything rattling or feel something wiggle, you may have assembled something wrong. Most stores offer in-home delivery and assembly for an additional fee—if you can afford it, this is highly recommended to ensure baby’s crib is properly built. 
  6. Inspect for any defects. Look at all the crib parts for any protruding nails, screws or glue. Cracked or peeling paint also shouldn’t be anywhere on a brand new crib.
  7. If your crib has wheels, lock them while baby’s resting. This is especially important on hardwood floors, so there’s no chance a sibling or pet could bump or move the crib around.
  8. Keep away from windows. Keep your crib a few feet away from windows, as they could get tangled in curtains or strings. Also, excessive sunlight can harm their skin and eyes, as your little one is still developing.
  9. No stuffed animals or thick blankets. Contrary to popular belief, your baby doesn’t need extra pillows or blankets for support. Plus, any stuffed toys or animals in the crib can help them escape out of the crib as they get older, so don’t make it a habit—even if it does look cuter in with them.

As you can tell, there’s a lot to consider when looking for a safe crib, so take the time to choose wisely! We know you’ll get the perfect fit for you and your newborn.

Mckenize Noriega's little one plays near their crib.A neutral crib creates a space for a baby's room.

What Kind of Crib is Best?

There are many different kinds of cribs—all high quality and safe—but it depends on your family’s needs and preferences.

Standard cribs are great if you have the space. Many of these full size frames have styles that allow for adjustable mattress heights as your baby grows, and the extra room lets them stretch out. Just be sure to assemble this crib in the desired room, as these are not usually easy to assemble and can be cumbersome to move once built.

Convertible cribs are the perfect solve for a lifetime furniture investment. These models transform from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed or full size bed for your child as they grow. This is a fantastic investment if you don’t want to worry about constantly buying them a new bedroom set as they get older, but it also requires you paying for and storing the other assembly parts upfront.

Portable cribs work well if you’re having to travel or live in a smaller space. Keep in mind, though, that your baby will quickly outgrow this and it may only be a temporary solution for their sleeping arrangements.

Multipurpose cribs integrate features such as a changing table or extra storage for added convenience. These can work well depending on the size of your nursery, but it’s something that’s quickly outgrown once baby becomes a toddler and a changing table is no longer necessary. The models can also be very bulky—so measure, measure, measure!

Round cribs look beautiful and maintain a large sleeping surface for your baby. Space efficient and able to be placed anywhere (rather than just a corner of the room), these models lack harsh corners, which can be an added bonus for parents extra concerned about safety. That said, there aren’t as many options out there, and the limited selection also comes with a greater expense. Be sure you get a mattress and bed sheets that fit snug; you’ll want to do this while you’re buying the crib, as you may not be able to find it later!

Bassinets, while not cribs, are typically smaller and only good for the first few months of a baby’s life due to weight limits and restrictions. If you need an immediate solution, live in a smaller space or need portability throughout your home, this can be a viable option, but cribs are a better investment, as they last for much longer.

Additional Crib Features to Look For: 

Depending on how much you want to spend, cribs can have all the basic needs at $100 or be ultra sophisticated with Bluetooth operation. Some of these features are things to be mindful of when looking for your preferred crib:

  • Teething rails, which are plastic coverings that protect your crib against your baby’s gum mashing, are very convenient and usually cost-effective.
  • Caster wheels can be helpful if you need to move the crib between rooms. Just make sure there’s a locking capability.
  • Corner posts or decorative elements need to be at least 16 inches above the framed panels so a child can’t try to climb them.

Tips for Helping Your Baby Sleep Safely: 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some insightful recommendations to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in your baby:

  • Babies should ALWAYS sleep on their backs until their first birthday. This helps avoid sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). They use the term “back to sleep for every sleep.”
  • Babies should always sleep in the parents’ room for at least the first 6 months, as this “decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.”
  • Any form of breastfeeding is shown to be protective against SIDS.
  • Offering a pacifier anytime your baby sleeps can help, even if they don’t always take it or it falls out.
  • DO NOT use any form of heating pad or electric blanket, or over-bundle your baby so they overheat.
  • Keep mobiles out of reach, as they’re for visual stimulation only.
  • Change the direction your baby sleeps in daily so they’re always looking in different directions, as this helps avoid plagiocephaly, or flat-head syndrome.

We hope this guide was helpful to inform you on the right kinds of cribs and which one is best for you and baby. For more information on upcoming baby content, feel free to subscribe to our blog or leave us a comment on what you’d like us to discuss next!

 

Bedroom Ideas, How To March 6, 2019

How to Take Care of Your New Mattress

It’s time for proper care, and to make sure your investment lasts the 7-10 years it’s supposed to. You can ensure the best care with proper maintenance and cleaning. Here are some tips for how you can care for your mattress and prevent any damage not covered by your warranty.

Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture, How To August 30, 2018

How to Pick an Accent Chair

Accent chairs often take a back seat as afterthoughts in the interior design process. Despite their relatively modest size, they’re a major part of what gives a room functionality, personality and pizazz. If your home is castle, then let the accent chair be your throne. With that said, here are five tips on how to pick the perfect accent chair.

Bedroom Ideas, Dining Room Ideas, How To April 18, 2018

How to Choose the Best Rug Size for Every Room: Tips & Inspiration Guide

With so many rug sizes and styles available, it may be intimidating to choose one for your home. Area rugs have been called a room’s fifth wall, which means choosing the right one is as important and foundational as choosing the right wall color. Here’s a guide to choosing rug sizes that are a definite “design do” and will make a pleasing visual impact.