September 2012 Babytalk magazine features a Young America Kudos Crib in “Registry Guide”. Crisp, modern lines exude craftsmanship and grace, especially when paired with Young America paint colors and wood tone finishes. Shown in Tangerine.
It’s that time of year. Time to get your kids ready for the new school year with hip gear, supplies, clothing and footwear.
Here’s a brief guide to some of the season’s fashion finds… beginning with COLOR! Bright colors are fun to wear and look great on kids.
Let’s talk TRENDS… COLOR is key. Brights. Neons. Pastels. Color is everywhere. Especially in denim. Go for a bright tangerine, hot pink, neon lime, vivid blue or deep marine green. Pair a neutral top with bright skinny jeans or denim leggings (jeggings). Or play with color on top of your classic khakis, black pants or basic blue jeans.
PATTERNS are perfect. Polka dots. Stripes. Plaids. Prints galore… Colorfully graphic backpacks, messenger bags and accessories are “in” too. We love these packs and planners from Carolina Pad (below). Dots, flowers and peace signs are trendy and fun. Notebooks, planners calendars like these can be eye-catching too.
Move over Papermate. The everyday pencil or pen can be vibrant and happy too. Pencils in solids stored in a patterned holder on a desktop can give a girl’s room pop. Scented pens can be enticing enough to eat and look great…
Mix and match graphic patterns for a look that’s now. Go with bold pattern statements or add a subtle hint of pattern with bags, leggings or shoes.
Style + Comfort = Happy, Hip Kids. Here’s to a successful start to the School Year!
Shop online for color and patterns - it’s everywhere. Target is a great source too. Most images: macy’s, carolina pad, see jane work and mini boden. Others via Pinterest. See more on our Stylish Kids board on Pinterest.
Create original artwork for your child’s bedroom with a patchwork of your favorite colors. This one is made with paint store chips. Yes, those free samples from your local paint store arranged on a board in any frameable size, then finished in a frame. Try this project yourself or share it with your school age child.
Supply List: 1. Freebie paint color chip cards in the amount and colors to suit your taste 2. Foam core board, bristol board or something thin and stiff 3. Adhesive to affix the cards to the board: double stick tape, a glue stick, etc. 4. Frame(s) to finish your work. Vintage, modern, simple, ornate, light or dark.
How To: This project is as easy at it looks and the results are very pleasing. Our photo stylist, Patti Borrelli, visited her local “big box” home store where she was able to pick, choose and collect colors chip cards at will. She selected like red colors then offset them with contrasting greens. There’s no right or wrong for this project, just personal preference.
Time for the layout… try a variety of patterns, shapes and colors together and work slowly. Overlap the cards to cover any print on the chips. Step back and look at your collage like a painter. Pull out the tape or glue stick when you’re happy with your composition. Secure the chips snugly to the board. The finishing touch is to frame your masterpiece and hang it in your child’s bedroom or other living space. Paint swatch art is a wonderful gift idea too.
Did you just find out you are going to have a baby? Congratulations! Parenthood begins. We know your nesting instinct is probably kicking in. It’s time to settle-in and begin creating a haven for your new arrival.
Designing a nursery is fun and the possibilities for color, texture and patterns are endless. But where to begin?!
Our photo stylist and interior designer friend, Patti Borrelli, pulled together this list of 8 helpful steps and images to get you started:
1. Start by collecting inspirational images. Go online for ideas (design blogs, Pinterest, or your favorite baby resources); peruse magazines and catalogs; tear out images you like; find color combinations you love and other details that appeal to you; make photo copies of design ideas from décor books you borrow from friends or find at the library. You’ll soon discover what attracts your eye and find the feeling you’d like to create in your own nursery. You may be bursting with ideas, so take time to sort your collection and focus on your “big ideas” so you can make some key decisions.
2. Measure the room. It is important to know the size and shape of your space before designing it. With tape measure in hand, measure your room dimensions and make note of any architectural details that will affect furniture placement. Note measurements on a note card or small notebook you can carry with you while looking for furniture pieces.
3. Draw out a room layout. It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece, but drawing out a simple sketch of the space will help you determine what elements are needed and how much will fit. Use your sketch to visualize where you want to place the key items. This will be a helpful tool as you move forward.
4. Shop for the big pieces. Focus on the essentials: a safe, solid crib and mattress; a dresser, changing station, bookshelf or other storage unit. You know what you like (or you’ll know after step #1) for style, color, finish, etc. Make note if you prefer painted pieces or natural wood… or a combination of finishes. You may also want to consider making an investment in a baby crib that will convert into a toddler bed or full-sized bed as your baby grows.
5. Stick to your budget. If your budget is tight, there’s plenty of room to be creative… paint found pieces, re-purpose furnishings from other areas of your home. Plan the essentials, then add more over time. Be sure to include a comfy chair for parent-and-baby bonding moments. Once the furniture is selected you can move on to some other design details.
6. Choose your color palette. Flooring (if you need an area rug) and crib bedding are important decisions that will guide your color choices. Or you may decide on a color scheme first, then find linens and draperies to coordinate and complement it. If you know your baby’s gender, then your choices may be influenced accordingly. If you don’t, and still want to move ahead with the nursery design, you may choose a gender-neutral color palette.
Stripes are fun, but take patience and skill to accomplish
7. Pick your paint. Once you’ve found crib linens or honed in on a color concept, then bring home paint swatches and have fun envisioning the best combinations to suit your taste. Match or contrast the linens and draperies. It’s always best to see paint colors at different times of day in the nursery, in natural light and in softer evening light. You may choose one solid color… or decide to paint a pattern or fun mural or add an adhesive design. The ideas are plentiful.
Murals, mobiles, pom-poms & paper lanterns add an artistic, fantasy-like feeling.
This sweet nursery is soothing in whites and soft neutrals. Subtle elements of color are added with the paper pom-poms and other details. Vintage lighting adds to the ambiance.
Enjoy the process, but try to keep it simple and true to your vision. Of course, it’s acceptable to go for a white or neutral wall color, then add pops of color with linens, accessories and art
8. Fine tune the details. Once the walls are painted and the rug, window treatments and furniture are in place, the accessorizing can begin. Again, refer to your inspirational images. Choose lighting fixtures or lamps for essential tasks (dressing, changing a diaper) and mood purposes for quieter moments and bedtime. A pendant light may fit your nursery theme…or a small table top lamp for storybook time. Add baskets for toys, diapers, blankets or other items tucked away. Search for interesting ways to personalize the space for your baby with art, books and baby-friendly accents. Pick your favorite children’s book and frame images you love. Here are a few ideas Patti found for creating magical, cozy baby rooms…
This DIY button art is darling. Plus, use building blocks as artful accessories, personalized for baby. This collection of framed Shel Silverstein Poetry is also charming and decorative. Or use illustrations, favorite book pages as art.
Always have a stack of, or shelves stacked with, baby books. You’ll be creating special moments and memories through reading together. Neutral gray walls are very trendy for baby nurseries. It definitely works for either gender. Add pops of color with draperies, bed linens, wall art and accessories.
Most of all, enjoy this time of preparation… and have fun along the way. Best of luck as your design story unfolds. Share images of your nursery with us when you are finished!
Patti Borrelli is an experienced photo stylist, set decorator and interior designer; she brings her design expertise to the Young America team. She has worked with premier photographers, retailers and furniture companies to create beautiful, playful and inspiring interiors. You can view her styling work in many of our catalogs, including Mix, My Haven and All Seasons. See more of Patti’s thoughts on design at www.besostyle.blogspot.com
The “Back to School” lists have been printed… and maybe you’ve tackled some of the shopping already. Our Young America crew of parents loves back-to-school shopping. It’s an exciting time for your child; it’s a fresh start. And there’s something about those crisp, new folders and binders; pink and pencil-top erasers, scads of #2 pencils; countless college-ruled notebooks. We love the colors, graphics, textures. Thinking about all that is to come during the school year fills parents with anticipation; the possibilities are exciting and a child’s enthusiasm is too.
And where will the copious school supplies reside for easy access and organization? Rather than finding them strewn from here to there (and everywhere!), why not create a good study space in your home? Find a little time during these final days of summer to organize a special place for your child to sit down quietly; carve out a spot where your child can do his or her homework away from household hubbub. An organized desk or work surface with easy access to a sharp pencil, pink eraser, or fresh piece of paper are keys to helping your child develop great study habits.
Here’s how: 1. Choose a spot a bit removed from the beaten paths of your home… at a desk in their bedroom, a designated corner in a playroom, or a built-in desk in the kitchen. Wherever it works for you in your house.
2. Talk with your child(ren) and find out what may be best for them. Getting your child involved in the planning may produce greater buy-in for them to actually use the designated space. Make it “their” place and chances are good they’ll love it. Accessorize it for personality and hang their artwork.
3. Consider setting up a desk or tabletop hutch, open shelves or simple cubbies and stock them with necessary items for an effective homework station. Desktop or wall mounted file holders or freestanding drawers work well too, and make sure the lighting is warm and bright. A little soft music can help them focus and get their reading, writing and math done.
August 2012 Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine features a Young America Mix Single Dresser in “Pink Lady: A mod nursery gives a nod to midcentury design”. Crisp, modern lines exude craftsmanship and grace, especially when paired with Young America paint colors and wood tone finishes. Shown in Cotton Candy.
If you LOVE Blue like we do, then you’ll love these bright, beautiful Sun Prints (aka: cyanotypes) for your child’s living spaces. All you need is a sunny day, a few elements of nature - handpicked from your yard or collected on a nature hike - water, and light sensitive paper. It’s a project that suits even the shortest of attention spans, your child’s or your own, with very satisfying results.
For our project, the Young America crew chose to work with plants and beach shells on sun print paper. Here’s a shot (above) of the beautiful results - each print mounted, framed and hung on a wall. We’ve also seen collages, mobiles and other hanging art with sun prints of all sizes in varying shades of blues.
6 FUN STEPS TO SUN PRINTS
Step 1 – What you need sun print paper* acrylic sheet cardboard or paper towel a tub full of cool water fun and interesting nature objects to print
Step 2 – Arrange objects on a piece of sun paper out of the reach of the sun. For best results, arrange your objects on the paper and prepare your print indoors or under a porch where the sun cannot reach the paper. Direct sunlight causes quick exposure of the paper. Ambient light in the shade or a room with big windows will cause slow exposure of the paper.
Step 3 – Place an acrylic pressing sheet (ie: plexiglass) on top to flatten and hold your items to the paper Use an acrylic pressing sheet when making prints of flat or almost-flat objects to help sharpen the edges between blue and white in your print. Ambient sunlight outdoors will find its way underneath the edges of your objects if they are not pressed firmly to the paper, and you will get sun prints with blended contrasts.
Step 4 – Take your sun print composition outside and place it in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes. The areas of the paper exposed to the sun will fade from blue to white. When you see most of the color disappear from the paper, your print has been fully exposed. If no direct sunlight is available, don’t worry – just expose your print a little longer and wait for the same fading effect. Under cloud cover, the process will take 5-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the clouds.
Step 5 – Rinse your paper in cool water. Watch the white turn into blue and the blue turn into white. It’s magical! To get the deepest blue, leave the paper in the water for awhile: 1-5 minutes.
Step 6 – Lay your sun print flatly on paper towel or cardboard and allow it to dry. Putting it on something absorbent will help to avoid the formation of water spots by drawing the water away from the sun print paper. By the time the water has dried you will have a vibrant blue sun print!
Children are fascinated with the magical transformation of blue to white, then white to blue. It’s an art and science project all in one! Have fun and please share your results with us on Pinterest or Facebook.
DIY Craft Project: Fingerpainted Monogram Wall Art
Lucky little Liam. Create a unique keepsake canvas like his for your child. It’s surprisingly easy to give your nursery or child’s bedroom some original artwork.
Here’s how: Masking-tape your child’s name onto an art canvas of any size, then let the finger painting fun begin. We chose Crayola paints, but there are many other brands too. Acrylics hold up best over time. You can do it yourself or have your child join the messy fun too.
After the paint dries, remove the tape to reveal the contrasting silhouette of their name surrounded by their handiwork. Hang it on a wall, it will become a focal point everyone will enjoy.
As seen in the Young America All Seasons Design Guide
Painting terra cotta pots is a fun way to turn an ordinary object into something extraordinary. Plants, pencils, paint brushes and pens - a pot painted by your child’s hand adds a little personality, organization and flare. Hand painted flower pots are great gift ideas for grandparents too. Terra cotta pots are readily available at your local garden center in various sizes and shapes.
Acrylics work best for painted pots as terra cotta is clay, a naturally absorbent material. Acrylics are glossy and bright. If you choose a water-based poster or tempera paint, then finish the whole thing with a glossy, clear polyurethane spray to make the paint vibrant and prevent it from flaking, fading or washing away. Make a whole bunch of them and, most of all, have FUN.
Brighten up any room with these colorful Tissue Paper PomPoms. Choose your favorite color combinations, combine with them lanterns, and create varying sizes and textures for visual oomph.
Girls (of all ages) will love this Young America DIY PomPom craft project. It’s easy to do and creates original, pretty room décor; they’re playful in a baby nursery too. Pick color combinations like pink & purple, teal & lime green, orange & yellow. Create varying sizes and textures. Shown here with a Young America Sleigh Bed.
Supplies: Tissue Paper (20 inches x 30 inches) Choose 1 to 3 colors, or similar shades of the same color, to keep things simple Scissors Floral Wire Monofilament (fishing line)
Step-by-Step Instructions: 1. Stack 6 to 10 sheets (or more) of tissue paper, depending on how puffy you want the PomPoms to be. 2.Fold the sheets into 1.5-inch accordion folds, all the way across. 3. Cut a round or pointy shape at the ends of the accordion shape, to give them a flower petal look. 4. Cut a 10” to 16” length of floral wire. 5. Wrap the wire around the center of the folded tissue and twist it tightly. 6. Fold the accordion shape in half. 7. Here’s the fun part! Pull apart each layer, separating it from the center one piece at a time. 8. Measure the length you’d like to hang your pom-pom from and cut a piece of monofilament accordingly. 9. Knot the monofilament to the floral wire and hang. 10. Make some more to create a Tissue Paper PomPom wonderland.
Getting your tween or teen ready for school? An inspired bedroom with a good desk may help inspire your student to focus and learn. Create a calm and inviting “study hall” for your daughter or son with deep, rich colors and timeless furniture styles. Simple, beautiful furnishings in a brightly-lit room provide a soothing retreat. Free of distraction, you’re giving your child a gift: a place to rest, recharge and set their own pace. A Young America Sleigh Bed paired with an All Seasons Computer Desk, Hutch and Student Chair creates a balance that’s just right. Shown here in Young America finish Merlot. Made in USA.
Get Ready for School by Going Mobile: Hee, Hoo! Beep, Beep!
Everything is going MOBILE these days - why not a desk too? The Young America Dana Scooter Desk is a free-wheeling bedroom or study space companion. It’ll move wherever your young student may want to go! It’s on smooth inline skate wheels and ready to roll. It even fits over most beds for a sick day, work surface or a comfy breakfast-in-bed. If you’re old enough to remember Pete Townshend (The Who), then you may remember this upbeat song Goin’ Mobile… included below as tribute to a mobile study space.
I’m goin’ home And when I wanna go home I’m goin’ mobile Well, I’m gonna find a home And we’ll see how it feels Goin’ mobile Keep me movin’
I can pull up by the curb I can make it on the road Goin’ mobile I can stop in any street Inviting people that we meet Goin’ mobile Keep me movin’
Hee, hoo! beep beep!
Let us get one of these versatile desks moving for you in your choice of 24 Young America paint colors and wood stain finishes. Start here and combine it with a Dana Nesting Media Chest (shown under the desk in top image) for added storage and a very efficient parking space.
The gracefully sweeping curves and strong lines of a traditional Young America Built To Grow Sleigh Crib in a deep, warm red strike a refreshing balance of past, present and future. The crib is the centerpiece (and masterpiece!) of this contemporary nursery and a baby’s safe haven. The varied patterns and textures of the bedding, lamp and wall art are playful, rhythmic and pleasing. The soft, warm gray of the walls makes a simple, subtle canvas that pulls the room together with ease. The overall effect is one of upbeat tranquility; it’s a nursery where there’s comfort and joy for parents and a young child.
Reasons to love Louis Philippe furniture? It's simple, elegant and free of frou-frou
Louis Philippe. That’s French, right? Have you ever wondered who Louis Philippe was and why we still talk about him today in the same breath as we describe furniture?
As it turns out, Louis Philippe, King of the French during the mid 1800s, had quite an influence in his day. History tells us he was popular for not being as pretentious or lavish as his predecessors; Louis Philippe famously preferred simplicity over ornamentation. His distaste of fancy details and frou-frou opened doors for designers to create elegant furniture with playful, lively contours. Mostly in the darker woods of his day.
160 years later, the simple, pleasingly soft, rounded lines of the Louis Philippe-inspired furniture endure and the style is as popular as ever - for children and adults alike. Louis Philippe has quite a legacy indeed. One we’re proud to carry on.
The Young America All Seasons Collection is a modern day interpretation of dear old Louis Philippe’s style. Simple, pleasingly elegant, no-frills children’s furniture built to happily and heartily withstand the test of time. We named the Louis Bed in his honor. It’s a very good example of what we’ve set out to describe here. It’s just right for children today.
Handsome in classic wood finishes (shown in Cinnamon), the All Seasons Louis Bed is also striking with a contemporary Young America color treatment. A Louis Bed in Surf Blue, Sour Apple, Cotton Candy or Peach becomes a childhood confection. One with personality that enlivens a room with joyful spirit. We carry the torch (and fly a kite) for Louis Philippe and feel certain he approves. View the All Seasons Collection and discover why it’s a parent and child favorite.
July 19, 2012 In Touch Weekly article “Exclusive Look Inside J.R. Martinez’s Baby Belle’s Sweet Nursery” features a Young America Kudos Crib and Mix Single Dresser with a Changing Station in Espresso with Walnut accents in a nursery designed for Belle, the baby daughter of Iraq war veteran, actor, motivational speaker and Dancing with the Stars season 13 champion J.R. Martinez and his partner Diana Gonzalez-Jones by Little Crown Interiors.
nursery images: Full Spectrum Photography
More details: Lauryn Anabelle’s Kudos Crib, Mix Single Dresser and Changing Station were all manufactured in North Carolina by Young America, a premiere infant and youth furniture brand that is committed to providing parents with the safety and quality that accompanies domestic production. J.R. and Diana engaged Little Crown Interiors, a Los Angeles-based design firm specializing in infant and children’s spaces, to lead the nursery design process, and the team felt Young America’s Mix Collection, which offers sleek, contemporary lines and 120 finish combinations, best complemented their plans for the space.
Desiring a darker finish for the furniture, the designers opted to pair a deep espresso tone with a warmer walnut accent color. This two-tone wood finish contrasts stylishly with the nursery’s light-colored walls, curtains and white-washed flooring while directing attention to the centerpiece of the room, which is a mural that honors the memories of the baby’s two namesakes — Diana’s sister Lauren, who passed away earlier this year, and J.R.’s late sister Anabel. The mural depicts the couple’s sisters as angels on either side of a custom-made sign that spells out the baby’s nickname, Belle.
“In creating this nursery, the style of the crib, dresser and changing station was as important as the functionality of the pieces,” said Gerri Panebianco, founder and designer at Little Crown Interiors. “Young America’s furniture offers the clean lines, great scale and stand-out quality we wanted, while the brand’s commitment to safety has provided J.R. and Diana with added peace of mind. To give the nursery space a light, bright and airy feel, we decided to use a white- and cream-colored background palette and incorporated furniture and accessories in darker, saturated tones for a luxurious effect. Young America’s array of finish options and distinctive styling were essential to making our unique vision for this nursery a reality.”
Although Belle is only two months old, both she and her nursery have already made a splash in the entertainment media. Belle and her beautiful nursery have been featured in People magazine and In Touch Weekly as well as on the syndicated television shows Entertainment Tonight and Bethenny.
What kind of Drawer “Closer” are you?Like us on Facebook to watch a 1-minute (humorous) video and enter to win the Young America Dresser or Chest of your choice, each with an average retail value of $1000. We’re accepting entries until August 28, 2012. Share it with your friends!
This Dresser Giveaway is a celebration of new “soft close” drawer glide hardware on Young America Dressers & Chests. Our dressers and chests now feature the safest, quietest, best drawer glides on the market. The Silent System by Hettich is a soft-close function that catches a drawer, then gently and quietly pulls it shut. Silent System technology makes it virtually impossible for a drawer to slam closed, protecting little fingers from being pinched.
A Lightly Sanded Paint Finish Creates a Relaxed Room Style
Kids put furniture through the paces with their everyday open, shut, bump, climb, stuff, slam and bam. Luckily, Young America furniture is built to meet the challenges of living with young kids, but sometimes, for some families, an already-broken-in look is appealing from day one.
Our Sand Thru finish is a good example of how a bit of extra sanding on the soft corners and pulls gives a freshly painted piece of furniture that not-so-new, well-loved look. It helps pieces blend with furnishings you may have and gives a room a relaxed style. Sand Thru painted furniture is as comfortable as your favorite jeans.
Can BROWN be colorful? Yes. Warm browns are natural hues for a child’s bedroom or any living space in your home, especially when accented with or complemented by other warm colors - reds, oranges, yellows, greens, bluegreens and even blues. It doesn’t take much effort to combine wood finishes with other accessories, wall art, rugs, bedding or a basket of LEGOS.
Young America browns are Natural, Walnut, Cinnamon, Merlot, Espresso and Rustic Cherry. They look spectacular on Mix beds, dressers and nightstands. You can also try them on a desk, bookcase or crib. See the full Mix Collection on our website.
Mix up your BROWNS with the Young America Mix Collection. The Mix Chest and Mix Panel Bed are shown above in combinations of Natural with Walnut and Walnut with Natural. Every Mix piece is offered in up to 25 wood stains and paint colors and 8 paint and wood stain accent colors. This means you have an abundance of color combination choices - so have fun!
How to Keep HOT Kids Hydrated & Healthy this Summer
Summer has arrived. As the kids explode out of doors, make sure they are prepared for the heat. Drink WATER! Water is a vital ingredient for keeping body temperature in check. Water lost as sweat needs to be replaced to avoid dehydration. Make sure that kids are drinking BEFORE they get thirsty. Dehydration, left untreated, can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and very serious heat stroke.
Watch kids closely for signs of dehydration, including fatigue, dry lips and tongue, low energy, grayish skin, and lack of tears. Children’s body temperature rises faster than adults, so it is essential that they get plenty of fluids to keep them cool—especially when it’s hot and humid!
What you can do to keep kids hydrated: • Make sure that kids drink fluids at every meal and snack time throughout the day, and during every period of physical activity. • During physical activity (and especially on hot days), make sure that kids drink frequently, even if they are not thirsty. Every 20 minutes, give younger kids 5 ounces of cold water (about the size of a small juice box—or 10 gulps), and give teens about 9 ounces. • Offer cold water – it’s absorbed faster! Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks – these are absorbed more slowly.
Choose drinks wisely to beat the heat: Cold Water Water flavored with fruit slices or frozen fruit juice ice cubes Sodium-Free Seltzer Diluted 100% Juice (4oz water/4oz juice) Juice Spritzers (juice and seltzer water)
Why not juice, soda or sports drinks? Because they often contain sugar, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners. Also, high-sugar drinks are the number one source of added sugar in children’s diets. Drinking too many high sugar drinks contributes to overweight children and adults alike.
More facts to consider… • Drinks high in sugar (including fruit sugars naturally present in 100% juice) slow down fluid absorption by the body. • Caffeine is a stimulant, and high doses in children can lead to rapid heart beat, headaches, upset stomach and disturbed sleep. Kids can easily get too much caffeine by consuming several servings (or “super-sized portions”) of caffeine-containing drinks. • Artificial sweeteners condition kids to expect “sweetness” in drinks and foods. Since their long-term safety is not fully understood, it is best to avoid them. • Sports drinks are helpful only for highly intense activity that lasts longer than 1 hour, when the ability to keep going is required for competition. In normal play, stopping for a healthy snack and cold drink is a better way to refuel the body.
Set Sail: a Fresh Take on the Nautical-Inspired Nursery in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine
July 2012 Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine article “Set Sail: a Fresh Take on the Nautical-Inspired Nursery” features a Young America Grand Sleigh Crib in Rustic Cherry Antique wood stain finish. The Grand Sleigh Crib is available in 25 Young America paint colors and wood stain finishes.
July 2012 American Baby Magazine article “A Nautical Nursery” features a Young America Tribute Crib in Chili Pepper red. The Tribute Crib is available in 25 Young America paint colors and wood stain finishes.
There are parents and then there are smart parents. Smart parents know a good thing when they discover Young America Built To Grow Cribs. Smug and smiling, suddenly-smart parents are thrilled with (and relieved by) the knowledge that their crib purchase will last through the many ages and stages of their baby’s childhood.
Yes, a Built To Grow Encore Crib readily converts into a toddler, school age, then full sized bed (see a good visual below). How you may ask? We have the right conversion kit when the exciting (and sometimes nerve-wracking) moment comes to move to your child into the “big boy” or “big girl” bed.
Packed with the best quality and safety features, including GREENGUARD and Intertek certification, Young America cribs are built in the USA to last - in 21 paint color and wood stain finish choices.
Peruse our full crib and nursery furniture selection and call or visit a Young America Signature Shop if you’d like to become a smart parent. We highly recommend it - it’s fun being smart.
From Apartment Therapy: “Your child has outgrown the crib you lovingly chose for them as a newborn - what’s next? Again and again, most of you have told us you skip a stepping stone toddler bed and opt for a twin bed that your child can use through young adulthood. You may want a bed with extra storage, a trundle option or the possibility of converting to bunk beds with a sibling down the road. And whether your style is traditional or modern, white or candy colored, there’s something here for everyone.”
Why will Parents LOVE our new "soft close" Silent System Drawers? Safety.
What kind of Drawer Closers do you have in your family? Young America announces the debut of our upgraded drawer system, the Quadro self-closing slide from Hettich, that enhances both the function and safety of our popular Mix Collectionand All Seasons casegoods (Dressers, Chests and Storage Drawers). Best of all, it’s QUIET. No more noisy slamming, bamming, house-shaking, neighborhood-quaking drawer closures.
Details, Interesting Details:
What’s Quadro? Nope, not a car or computer. It’s something better. Quadro is premium quality hardware from Hettich - an under-mount, ball bearing design that facilitates the smoothest, most even open/close possible, and its steel ball bearings are crafted to withstand years of heavy use. Many premium brands, including Sub-Zero and Viking, rely on Quadro technology to provide the optimum performance. Sound impressive? We think so too.
What’s so great about the new Young America drawer system? Featuring a 4-piece solid wood drawer box made of sustainably harvested North American hardwood with English dovetails in all four corners, our drawer system reflects a standard of American craftsmanship that is hard to find today. Young America’s upgraded drawer design includes a state-of-the-art drawer slide with Silent System technology. This unique combination of superior materials, construction and advanced engineering helps reinforce Young America’s reputation for producing safe, high-quality furniture parents can trust.
Why will parents LOVE our new drawer system? Safety. The Silent System is a soft-close function that catches a drawer, then gently and quietly pulls it shut. Silent System technology makes it virtually impossible for a drawer to slam closed, protecting little fingers from being pinched and helping to preserve peace and quiet in your home. For emphasis, peace and quiet.
One more drawer Safety Feature to be excited about. The Quadro drawer slide includes a dynamic load capacity of up to 55 pounds as well as a maximum safety extension, which limits how far drawers can be pulled out to reduce the possibility of tip-over accidents. Each Young America furniture piece with the new system also includes an anti-tip kit to further protect against your adventurous child’s attempt to climb the furniture. As always, we have your child’s - and whole family’s - safety in mind.
Bottom line? It’s an open and shut case. You can safely and quietly close these new drawers any which way you or your child prefers, so be creative.
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We’re excited to see a Young America Kudos Crib (referred to as a Mix Stationary Crib in the People Magazine article) featured in the nursery belonging to Iraq War veteran, actor, motivational speaker and Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones. The nursery was designed for their new baby daughter Belle by Little Crown Interiors.
In the spirit of Father’s Day, Marcus Williams and Joanna Schroeder of The Good Men Project offer 25 rules to help build close bonds between daddies and their little girls. We think you will really like and appreciate their list. It’s a wonderfully thoughtful and realistic reminder for everyone who lives with, interacts with, teaches, or parents young girls.
June 2012 Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine features a Young America Crib in “A Taste of the Rainbow”. Crisp, simple lines exude craftsmanship and grace, especially when paired with 25 Young America paint colors and wood stain finishes. Shown in Surf Blue.
Young America Crib in J.R. Martinez's Nursery on People TV
We’re excited to see a Young America Crib featured in this nursery belonging to Iraq War veteran, actor, motivational speaker and Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones. The nursery was designed for their new baby daughter Belle by Little Crown Interiors. This video "J.R. Martinez: Being a Dad is Surreal" provides a sneak peek of the nursery from the recent photo shoot on People TV. Look for complete coverage of the Martinez nursery in the June 18th issue of People Magazine.
Introducing J.R. Martinez's New Baby Girl on Entertainment Tonight
We’re excited to see a Young America crib featured in this nursery belonging to Iraq War veteran, actor, motivational speaker and Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones. The nursery was designed for their new baby daughter Belle by Little Crown Interiors. Entertainment Tonight featured this sneak peek at the Martinez nursery yesterday.
Finding an original Father’s Day gift can be tricky. How about giving Dad something your child can 1) do for him or 2) do with him - like a car wash. Washing cars in the driveway at home is fun for the whole family on a hot summer day; it becomes a water sport if everyone enjoys getting REALLY wet.
So take a trip to the hardware store to fill a bucket for Dad complete with car wash essentials: car soap, big sponges or wash mitts, a chamois cloth, window cleaner and a squeegee. Decorate the bucket with colorful ribbons and a card with hand drawn coupons for a car washing or two. Let the suds fly - Dad will love it.
Here are a few tips on how to wash a car when Dad is not directly involved - courtesy of The Art of Manliness - to help keep the clear coat finish of his car intact:
May 2012 Babytalk Magazine features nursery ideas in or related to the color navy blue, including a Young America Crib in True Blue. Timeless in style and contemporary in color, our Slat Crib is available in 25 paint colors and wood stain finishes. Shown here in True Blue.
Good Mom & the A-List Cots for Tots: 10 Dreamy Dozing Havens. Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine features a list 10 baby cribs, including the Young America Sleigh Crib in Chili Pepper. Traditional in style and contemporary in color, our Sleigh Crib is available in 25 paint colors and wood stain finishes. Shown here in Tangerine.
The City’s Best Stores for Nursery and Kids Furnishings New York Family Magazine included Posh Baby in their source list. Posh Baby sells Young America furniture at their Staten Island store. Mix Bunk Bed, which is available in 21 colors. Shown here in Chili Pepper.
Mission Makeover Change it or Chuck it? Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star, discusses the pros and cons of fixing up an old armoire or purchasing a new one like the Young America All Seasons Door Chest, shown in Surf Blue.
The Young America furniture pieces listed in our new online CLEARANCE section are brand new, first quality, and discontinued. Clean and sparkling on the outside with that nice new wood smell inside. You’ll feel great about the savings; your child will jump for joy. These items are first-come, first-serve. All sales are final and non-returnable. For more information, visit our clearance section online.
Remade in the USA - Crib for Baby: Made in China or Made in USA?
Young America is Stanley Furniture Company’s industry-leading brand of nursery and youth furniture, is excited to be featured in a story in the Marketplace section of today’s Wall Street Journal: Remade in the USA Crib for Baby: Made in China or Made in USA?
Young America furniture is made in the USA. Here’s a glimpse of our factory in Robbinsville, North Carolina and members of the community who work there. Follow link above for slideshow or click here to view on Google+. Young America is the baby and children’s brand of Stanley Furniture.
For the most complete Young America furniture shopping experience, Buy Local And Save with one of our participating retail partners. Young America retail partners offer inspiring floor model displays, room planning advice, and professional guidance in choosing the product and finishes that are perfect for your child. To find the Young America retailer nearest you or inquire about our National Floor Model Sale, please click here.
Kids Today: Young America among companies featured on "The Talk"
Thank you Kids Today for a detailed article about Young America’s participation in the CBS’s show The Talk’s giveaway of 250 Young America Built To Grow and Stationary cribs as part of Mrs. O’s Million Dollar Baby Shower. Read the full article online
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“Oh, please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
image: Washington Post
Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak on NPR. Maurice Sendak wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books during his career. He received a National Book Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s book illustration, and the National Medal of Arts. Enjoy listening to Terry Gross interview Maurice Sendak. He will be remembered and celebrated always for his authenticity, imagination and unique voice in children’s books. Books we never really grow out of. Thank you, Maurice. Let’s let the wild rumpus continue! Click to listen to Terry Gross interview Maurice Sendak.
Brush your hair, brush your teeth, and PLEASE make your bed. Daily reminders by you-know-who: Mom. You hear those words every single day. Up the stairs, down the hall and over a bowl of cereal. Geez. You roll your eyes and give a sigh. I’m 11 years old and I know how to do it. Truly I can - just not right now.
Well here’s your chance to prove it - a golden opportunity. It’s almost Mother’s Day. If you want to do something she’ll truly appreciate, then here’s a simple idea for you. Show your mother how her gentle prodding, repeated requests, ardent appeals, and predictable pleas have not been in vain. Show her she is being heard by you - even acknowledged. Try it on her special day.
Grab the hair and tooth brushes. Pull yourself together nice and neat. It’s not for you - it’s for your mother. The person who loves and cares enough to remind her daughter each (and every) day. It may sound sappy, but mom will be delighted and full of pride. You’ll make her very happy - and PLEASE make your bed.
Toys, blocks and dirty socks. What can you, young child (tween or teenager alike), do for your mother on her special day? Flowers, crafts and sweet treats are, well, OK. But if you want an even grander idea: Put it All Away. Dad can help and siblings too. Stuff it here, tuck it in there. Socks to the hamper. Hang it high (if you can reach) or line it up low. Try a shelf (yep, that’s what they’re for) or close the books and puzzles in a bottom drawer. Find a place, an out-of-the-way space to Put it All Away.
There’s no “right” way as it turns out - it’s your effort that counts. What will your mother say when you tell her it was you who Put it All Away? What will she do when she sees your good work? She’ll gasp, sweep you off your feet and plant a big juicy kiss on your cheek. What could be better than making your mother happy (ecstatic!) on her very special day.
Here are a few suggestions for this seemingly daunting task…
Even a hint of pink can catch one’s eye. Softly delicate like a Magnolia flower or a cluster of apple blossoms. Lightly fragrant and pure. Pinks make us smile and fill us with the same sense of joy as a new baby or a child’s rosy cheeks. Pink is a color we love - it’s fresh and alive.
Too much pink is like eating too much candy. Too sweet! But don’t hesitate to use pink in a nursery or a girl’s room. Embrace its quiet energy and warmth. It’s the quality of the pinks, not quantity that matters. And it’s a matter of your taste and style. Ask yourself what you want for your home.
Here are a few simple guidelines: 1) Find the pink or pinks you love 2) Decide if pinks will be focal points (furniture) or accents (lamps, artwork, walls, bedding) or a combination. In other words, consider the “amounts” of pink. 3) Mix and match pinks with complementary and contrasting colors (blues, greens, browns) until you find the composition, balance and feeling you like.
Using pinks or any color in a room is like being a painter - try a dab here and a dab there rather than throwing the whole bucket on at one time. Keep it simple. Less is often more in a child’s bedroom - and in your home. Create a soothing space with pinks and make sure you have fun!
The balance of pinks with crisp white furniture make this room cheerful, inviting and bright. A few blues and greens give it some contrast and pop.