Carousel Designs: Nursery Decorating You Can Do Yourself!

11/19/2010 at 10:00 AM ET
Courtesy Carousel Designs

There probably aren’t many West Point grads daydreaming about damask and toile, but former classmates Jonathan Hartley and Allan Sicat aren’t like most.

Together, the duo are the driving force behind Carousel Designs, a collection of luxe yet affordable crib bedding, fabric and nursery decor. So impressed was celebrity designer Nate Berkus with Hartley and Sicat’s work, he selected Carousel for the nursery he personally created for Rachel Dratch‘s son Eli Benjamin.

But beyond aesthetics, Carousel sets itself apart as an innovator in the field.

Expectant parents can channel their own inner Berkus with the wildly popular nursery Nursery Designer software program, which recently launched a new and improved Version 3.0.  In just a few clicks you’ll be tinkering with paint colors, fabric swatches, furniture finishes and more, taking all the guesswork out of what is often a stressful project.

Best of all, friends and family can log in to see your masterpiece and make purchases to get the ball rolling. Baby won’t gestate forever, so what are you waiting for?  Start designing your dream nursery now at

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Christine Rizzo on

I didn’t use the designer software, but we have the Lilac Damask set in my DD’s room and love it! the quality is great and I love how you can buy the items a la carte!

Nicole on

I’m sorry, over 300 dollars is “affordable” for a 4-piece crib set? I’ll be sticking to Target or Babies-R-Us for my little one due in May.

Laura on

I have their black and pink damask bedding and curtains in my daughter’s nursery. I love it!

And Nicole, the great thing about this company is that you can buy separates. No need to buy an entire set if you don’t want one (like if you aren’t using the bumper). I actually spent less on this bedding than in my son’s room for this reason. I was able to use the money on saved on the bumper to buy curtains. They also have some other lovely accessories.

Christy on

I received my bedding last week! I got the black and white damask for my little girl who is due in March. It’s so gorgeous. The quality is crazy good, too.