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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Leanna Lamming’s family den is cloudy with a chance of cuddles. For our next challenge with our Mane + Mason Modern Farmhouse line, we helped the Houston blogger to redo a living space in her home.
Ashley HomeStore partnered with Lamming to reinvigorate a living space to put her family’s quality time at the forefront with comfort and functionality for all. Lamming chose one of our sectionals that fit the space perfectly to maximize lounging room for her whole family. Definitely enough room for her three kids! She also added Mane + Mason accessories like pillows and even a pouf for that extra touch of comfort for movie night.
The modern farmhouse style of Mane + Mason was the perfect framework for a space dedicated to neutral tones. Lamming used décor pieces and textiles to add contrasting tones to the minimal color palette of the space. The wall art and pillows adds a visual anchor to the room while other features like dark tone metals complete the look.
This space we helped Leanna create is the perfect set up for her family. While functionality was important, so was setting an inviting mood and sense of comfort that makes everyone feel right at home. Did her style spark your thinking for your own home? Check out her specialty store here and shop the room she built with our Mane + Mason modern farmhouse line!
You can find more of Leanna Lamming’s home décor inspiration, family fun, and entertaining tips on her Instagram.
Achieving that sweet spot of storage and style is possible in any child’s space with enough planning and inspiration. Whether your little one wants to reach for the stars or is content with tummy time for now, we’ve got small kids room design ideas that are both small space friendly and stylish.
Going with brighter neutrals (like warmer gray and taupe shades) opens up your nursery space makes the room feel bigger. Rather than just painting a wall a solid color, use painter’s tape to make stripes or triangles like the above picture for something truly eye-catching.
Since your little one most likely isn’t big enough to have an elevated bed that requires a staircase (the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no children under 6 should sleep in a loft bed or upper bunk), make sure you utilize the walls for extra storage. Use wall shelves, cubbies and other kids organizers to keep everything clean–and place other keepsakes higher than your toddler can climb so they remain safe.
Transforming your child’s closet into a storage hub for clothes, books and toys is the perfect way to maximize the space (especially if room is limited). Keep out of season clothes tucked away in a bin or cubby and hang any jackets or dresses on hangers. The less there is to fold, the better!
In small spaces, every square inch is a precious resource that cannot be wasted! Case in point: the back of your door and the wall space behind. They’re both handy places to stow away extra toys, towels, books and other commonly used items.
This is especially important for babies transitioning into toddler beds–you want a place they’ll feel safe and secure. Push the bed against the wall so there’s fewer sides they can risk falling or hurting themselves. Although most toddler beds come with rails, some small children can get inspired to climb, so it’s important to be mindful.
Brighten up your little one’s room with a mix of vibrant and soft colors–not only do they complement and present as very eye-catching, but there are so many ways you can play with color: picture frames, wall art and bedding are a few that come to mind. Accenting with a bright color can make the room seem bigger and livelier. You can also color code bins so your child can start learning cleanup early and know where things go.
Feeling inspired yet? Creating a space that encourages kids to dream and imagine bigger is something they’ll always appreciate –now and in the years to come. Check out our website and Pinterest to get more small kids room design ideas. We’d love to see how you end up decorating your little one’s space–feel free to use the hashtag #MyAshleyHome on Instagram for a chance to be featured!
It’s officially summer: the season of cookouts, sunshine and outdoor gatherings. We decided to partner with Instagrammer and blogger Dani Austin to transform her patio into the ultimate outdoor oasis.
When thinking of what she wanted for her patio, Austin reflected that her, her husband and their dog Hazel love lounging on the patio at the end of the day. She chose products like an outdoor heater to keep herself warm during the cool summer nights and an umbrella to block out the possibly harmful UV rays. Whether watching the sunset or chatting about their day, the couple often spend time on the patio around 7PM. “It’s our way to relax and connect together after a long day’s work,” Austin explained.
As a resident Texan, Austin loves to spend her time outdoors. “I love to run outside,” she said. “Give me a good trail and I’m good for hours.” Her favorite part about living in Dallas? Being close to family and friends, with her love for Tex-Mex being a close second. “You can catch me at Mi Cocina every Friday night with a margarita in my hand,” she said.
A Patio Fit For All Seasons in Texas
For her patio (pictured above), Austin decided to remain minimal. Although her décor preferences change with current trends and styles, Austin said she always goes back to neutral tones of green and tan. Not only are these pieces fashionable, but functional for the outdoor elements and easy to maintain.
Now that her patio area is ready for visitors, Austin is excited to host parties and emphasized the newly furnished outdoor space as a party essential. Seating is a must for large outdoor gatherings, which is why Austin chose a three-piece set to fit all her guests. “I love hosting people over for movie (or) sport events on our patio,” she said. “It’s especially important to have enough seating for all your party peeps.”
We were so excited to have the opportunity to work with Dani and create an easy-breezy, inviting space for her guests come party time or a relaxing night with her husband. To learn more about our collaboration with her, check out our Instagram. You can also follow Dani Austin on Instagram and her blog.
Setting up a nursery is one of the many exciting things you’ll do in preparation for baby. That said, picking a theme can feel overwhelming with the thousands of options out there, so we’ve narrowed down some of the most stylish and practical finds for baby’s new space.
The nursery is, after all, where you both will be spending a lot of time bonding, so why not make it a space you’ll love? Forget traditional “pink or blue” themes–there’s a variety of fun color palettes and patterns you can explore! Make it special; they’ll only be this small once.
Simply follow our essentials checklist for the nursery, and the rest is completely up to you to customize and decorate!
But First: Nursery Essentials
You can embellish and decorate to your heart’s content–but make sure you have day-to-day necessities close-by and organized for ease of access. Check that you have the following:
Crib: The only area you’ll be leaving your baby alone for the first few months, the crib is arguably your most important purchase in the nursery. Take the time to research and ensure baby’s crib meets all safety standards (check out our crib buying guide for more info)
Changing table: You’ll want to have all the essentials at-the-ready at your changing table, because things can quickly get messy. Keep diapers, baby powder, rash creams, and burp cloths and towels nearby in case of an accident. The less you have to lean or dig for something, the better! You’re going to have your hands full as it is.
Plenty of storage: Giving everything a “home” in your nursery is vital for organization. Whether it’s wall shelves or cubes with extra bins, you’ll feel much better being able to tuck clothes and toys away when they’re not being used. Consider labeling your compartments–it’ll help you later when you’re sleep deprived.
A nursery chair: Sometimes baby is going to have a hard time sleeping, so having a chair to rock him or her to sleep and nurse them in is a must-have. Just be sure you also don’t fall asleep with them, as that can be a safety hazard.
Now that all your essentials are out of the way, it’s time for the fun part–decorating!
#1: Neutral Nuance
Gray is a popular neutral and very fashionable by today’s standards. Not only that, it’s also the perfect color scheme if you prefer a gender-neutral nursery. The relaxing hues are sure to keep you and baby feeling soothed and calm.
#2: Colored/Patterned Ceilings
If you’re worried about too much color on your walls, then a colored or patterned ceiling is a perfect alternative. Add a bold shade or an accent pattern that complements a rug or ottoman like the image above. A vibrant nursery can make a happy nursery!
#3: Monogram Your Newborn’s Initials
Pay homage to your baby’s name by placing their initials upon the wall. Whether you choose a fancy script or big, block letters, it’s sure to be a fun decoration piece in the nursery. Experiment with colors, materials and even patterns in the initials for a pop of excitement.
#4: Use Decals or Wallpaper
Going with a specific theme in the nursery means you have a lot to play with, including wood panel decals and wallpaper! Pick a print that encourages curiosity and exploration in your little one. You’ll also want to make sure it’s something you don’t mind looking at, either. Many places have easy stick-on and removable decals and wallpaper, so you can replace once they’re older and want a different look.
#5: Add Nature Elements
It’s amazing how greenery can add such an inviting and lively element to a nursery. Those looking for real plants can go with child and pet safe options such as a spider plant or jade plant–which are also conveniently easy to care for. If your green thumb is lacking, though, faux plants are just as beautiful and feel right at home with a forest, tree or animal theme.
#6: Add an Eye-Catching Mobile
Keep baby entertained in the crib or at the changing table. The fun shapes and subtle movement of a mobile bring a sense of magic to the nursery. Just make sure the bottom hangs around 16 inches above the crib mattress surface and the strings don’t exceed seven inches for safety reasons. Newborns have a line of sight 8-12 inches, so positioning it too high means they won’t get to truly enjoy it.
#7: Explore Rugs
Give your baby a comfortable place to crawl and have tummy time–while also accentuating style. Rugs integrate texture and interest into any space; all you need to do is unroll and enjoy. Just clean regularly so when it’s time for your little one to explore, they don’t get a mouthful of hair or lint.
#8: Use Blackout Shades or Dimmer Lights
It’s been proven that babies need darkness to sleep–so using blackout curtains or shades can be integral to helping them take daytime naps. There are a variety of styles to choose from, and it’ll help them feel comforted and sleep better. Another option to help them get in the mindset of bed is to use a dimmer switch before bed. All babies are different, but it’s important to regulate their circadian rhythm and put them to bed and wake them up around the same time every day.
#9: Include Things They’ll Grow Into
Your little one is going to grow up quickly (almost too quickly). To help their developing minds, it’s important to have things they can easily transition into, such as a cute chair like the picture above or a pouf that they can sit on as toddlers and play tea with, for example. Transitional pieces such as crib-to-bed models also help ease the financial burden of constantly buying new furniture every few years as they grow out of cribs and toddler beds.
#10: Personal Items for Design Flavor
Whether it’s a personal keepsake for baby or grandma’s hand-stitched blanket that’s been passed down, decorating with something personal gives the nursery homey charm and a sense of identity. You can even use this item as inspiration for the entire nursery theme–it’s entirely up to you!
We hope you found this blog useful as you decide on the perfect nursery theme for your family. Have any cute nursery pictures you’d like to share with us? Make sure you follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyAshleyHome to display your gorgeous space to the world!
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Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get excited about enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Ashley HomeStore is partnering with Big Green Egg and Dr. BBQ to help one lucky winner kick off this social grilling season in style. There’s more than one ideal outdoor living space, but no matter what yours looks like, we’re checking off a few boxes to make sure your patio is, well, perfection.
Do you have big porch decorating ideas, but a not so big actual porch? Just because your great outdoors is on the smaller side, don’t think you can’t turn it into an enticing outdoor getaway. No matter what size you have to work with, you can create the perfect backdrop for al fresco gatherings with well-chosen outdoor furniture and accessories. Here are a few ways to make the most of the porch or patio space you have.
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.
Congratulations! You’ve just signed your first lease or bought your first home. Your head’s probably filled with decorating ideas and shopping lists. But before you start pulling swatches and paint chips and purchasing big ticket items like sofas and tables, you need a plan. Coming up with a carefully thought out design strategy can help you avoid common decorating mistakes like these.