SAVE 25% on All Children’s Art by Green Frog Art!

Now through September 30, 2011, save 25% on all artwork from Green Frog Art! Whether you are looking for a canvas or framed artwork, Green Frog Art has it all for your little one! With educational, themed and colorful art pieces, this art is sure to inspire the imagination while providing lots of variety to fit any style or color scheme. Green Frog Art also designs children’s furniture and bedding to help you coordinate an entire room for your baby. Be sure to check out the full collection from Green Frog Art and remember, you have until the end of the month to save 25% on their delightful children’s art at RosenberryRooms.com!

Cradle to Crib for My Newborn

As a new mom, there are tons of important decisions to make in regards to your newborn baby. One key question to ask yourself is; should my baby sleep in a cradle before moving to a crib? Well, there are few things you should consider before deciding.

  • Space Saver – Cradles are particularly great for newborn babies and moms because they are smaller than cribs, making it easier to have your baby sleep in the same room as you. This way, you can check in on your little one quickly and as often as you’d like.
  • Portability – Cradles are also more portable than cribs. This gives you several options such as having your newborn baby napping while you get things done around the house, but still being within arms reach.
  • Rocking – The movement back and forth in a cradle provides your baby with a consistent, calming motion to help him or her fall asleep.

At RosenberryRooms.com we have a great selection of cradles to choose from! Some of our favorites include those from designer, Green Frog Art. Their cradles have a beautiful and traditional finish, making them the perfect addition to any room. They can also function as stylish accent furniture or storage space when it’s time for your baby to move to a crib.  The Allegro Cradle from Green Frog Art is a popular choice because its modern design includes two kickstand style brakes, allowing you to choose whether you’d like the cradle gently rocking your baby to sleep or stationary with one simple flip of the foot. Our favorite thing about Green Frog Art’s cradles is that they are designed for lifelong, multifunctional use, so when your baby has outgrown his or her crib, there are still countless options for using the furniture in other innovative ways!

New: Now and Forever Convertible Cradle by Green Frog Art

For new moms, using a cradle in the first few months of your baby’s life is a perfect way to keep them close by and keep you feeling secure. Now at Rosenberry Rooms is the Now and Forever Convertible Cradle by Green Frog Art!

Green Frog Art designs children’s furniture that is both versatile and timeless. The Now and Forever Convertible Cradle features clean lines and comes in both white and espresso, allowing you to coordinate with your current furnishings. It also has the ability to convert to a short cradle, doll bed or a child’s loveseat, making it a piece of furniture that can be used for a lifetime.  You can even buy the twin bed conversion kit (sold separately) to make this piece truly for now, and forever.

Meet Kelly Neal of Green Frog Art

Between gorgeous cradles, exquisite kids bedding and an extensive selection of kids art, Green Frog Art is an amazing resource for new and expecting parents.  Green Frog Art products boast a style, sophistication and elegance that not only define the brand, but also set an incredibly high standard in the baby and children’s furnishings industry.  I love the fact that Green Frog Art designs really can be used in any room in the house, and will blend seamlessly with other well-chosen pieces in a living room, family room, or guest room.   We are so excited to be featuring an interview with the incredibly smart and talented Kelly Neal, the owner and designer behind this inspiring brand.   Don’t forget to take a look at the entire Green Frog Art collection on RosenberryRooms.com!

Enjoy,

Susie Fougerousse

How would you define the Green Frog Art style philosophy?

Green Frog Art’s style is very much inspired by current styles in adult furnishings.  Many of our products, including cradles, are used in rooms of the home other than the nursery so they need to coordinate with those spaces.

What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?

I have a very entrepreneurial family and therefore always wanted to own my own business.  I was attracted by the juvenile products industry because the late 90’s was a time of great change and opportunity.  As the business developed, I got more and more involved in the design side.  Today, I design most of the collection myself.

Why did you choose to design children’s products?

Children’s products are really fascinating from a design perspective because, if done right, there is a lot involved.  They must be both appealing to the parents and functional for the child.  The engineering is quite complicated because of all the safety standards and you always have to consider how families will use the products, which isn’t always in the most obvious way, and account for that in the design.  The combination of beauty, practicality and safety is really intriguing and challenging and I love that!

What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my day is when I get to talk to a mom or dad who has purchased my products and loves them.

Do you have any advice for other working moms?

There is no magic answer to being a working mom.  You have to do what is right for you and your own family’s needs.  I’ve seen a variety of scenarios work.  For us, we are constantly readjusting as Ava’s (who is four) needs and schedule change.

If you had to pick a favorite design from your collection, what would it be?

I love the Old World collection and used it in my own nursery.  It is the perfect combination of traditional and elegant and the dresser is so pretty I was able to move it into another room when Ava outgrew it.  I love antiques and was able to mix some special pieces with this collection and blend several different types of wood for a unique look in her room.

What sets Green Frog Art apart from other children’s furniture, bedding and décor designers?

A number of things – first, our styling is very unique.  We aren’t afraid to use a variety of materials and techniques (carving, moulding, hand painting) in our designs that others shy away from.  Second, with my legal background I’m scrupulous about following the regulations and safety standards.  Many designers leave that to the production side and adjustments are made that ruin the designs.  I design everything with beauty and safety in mind so it comes together seamlessly.  Finally, our designs are conceived with the whole home and the whole family in mind and most pieces will last well beyond the baby phase.  We build really good furniture that will go the distance.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?

We’re introducing a convertible cradle this spring.  It is an awesome piece and I’m so excited about it!  It is a cradle, either rocking or non-rocking, that can convert to a toy chest or love seat and then to a twin bed so it can truly last forever.   It is called the Now & Forever convertible cradle.  Parents love cradles and they really are the best and safest place for a newborn to sleep, but many parents don’t want to invest in a cradle since it is perceived as a short-term piece.  This item allows parents all the benefits of a cradle along with a functional piece of furniture they can use throughout the various stages of the child’s life.  It is one of the most innovative things I’ve ever designed.

Now…Just for Fun

Favorite Food: Chocolate covered popcorn from Peterbrook, a local chocolate company

Favorite TV Show: American Idol

Favorite Movie: To Catch a Thief with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant – I love old movies

Favorite Weekend Activity: Playing with Ava and my two dogs, Mimi and Lucy

Favorite Band: I’m not a very musical person and my taste is quite eclectic.  Ava has been recently introduced to the Beatles and we listen to that in the car and sing at the top of our lungs!

We Have a Winner!

A name has been drawn for the Plantation Cradle Giveaway. Congratulations to Hannah Burroughs! Hannah and her husband are expecting their 3rd child and were very excited about winning. “It was a great experience working with Rosenberry Rooms. The giveaway was easy to enter and such a wonderful surprise to be able to win a beautiful cradle. Thanks so much for the experience. I know our baby will enjoy it as well,” said Hannah.

THANK YOU to all who entered to win the Plantation Cradle by Green Frog Art. Your comments and nursery pictures on the Rosenberry Rooms Facebook page were wonderful! We love seeing all the creative ideas that turn into beautiful spaces for your children. Stay tuned for our next giveaway which will be announced later this week. It will be winner’s choice!

Enter to Win a Plantation Cradle by Green Frog Art

Giveaway Closed

Don’t miss out on the chance to win a Plantation Cradle by Green Frog Art. Green Frog Art cradles are made of solid wood with hand carved details and hand painted finishes. Two kickstand style brakes allow the cradle to go from rocking to stationary with the flip of your foot. Each cradle comes with its own standard 18″ x 36″ mattress. The coordinating cradle linens are sold separately.

SIZE: 39.5″ L x 25.5″ W x 36″ H

Giveaway entry information:

1. Like Rosenberry Rooms on Facebook. By liking us on Facebook, you will stay up to date on room design tips, discounts, giveaways and new product lines! Click HERE for details.

2. Post a picture of your nursery on our wall or post a comment telling us about the baby who will use the cradle. By submitting a picture or comment on our wall you will qualify to win the cradle!

*Entries will close on July 11, 2010 at 8pm, est.

Fashion Cribs: Sweet Castles For Tiny Royals

Oeuf CribThe plain Jane nursery crib is an antiquated concept that goes out the window when you shop for popular types and styles of cribs at Rosenberry Rooms. Choose from a stunning array of exciting and amazing crib designs to anchor your personal vision of exquisite decor in baby’s room.

Traditional wooden cribs in crisp, clean motifs like the Oeuf Crib in birch or walnut are perfect for boys or girls. With optional changing station that anchors on top of the crib and toddler bed conversion kit, neutral styles like the Oeuf give you free reign to take nursery design in any direction you like. The Contentment White Traditional Stationary Crib is a lovely and sturdy interpretation of traditional design. In the styling of Louis Philippe, this crib from Young America By Stanley converts to a toddler daybed.

myHaven Built To Grow CribYou also have the option of built-to-grow cribs. With conversion kits, these ingenious beds begin as cribs, grow into toddler daybeds, and then transform into full beds. You only have to buy one bed, and baby is set for life! Rosenberry Rooms has many built-to-grow cribs, but my personal favorite is the myHaven Built to Grow Crib. Utterly charming in all its incarnations, this stylish crib from Young America by Stanley comes in 19 bright colors and brings a feeling of the fresh and fragrant countryside into the nursery and, later, the bedroom.

There are elegant wrought iron cribs like the Casablanca Crib In White by Bratt Decor with stationary side rails for maximum infant safety. This design brings the strong impact of authentic Victorian styling into baby’s room. I like to imagine what it would have been like to come into the world as a baby and have a crib like the Casablanca as part of my earliest memories. Being a girl, I would have loved the curls and flourishes in the wrought iron, and I know this crib would have made me feel like a princess.

Venetian Crib SlateThe elaborate and ornate Venetian Crib in Slate is perfect if, like me, you get bored with the same look and thrive on changing things around. With removable posts and crossbars, you can switch between an elegant canopy crib, classy four-poster crib, or a traditional crib whenever you want. The cross bars on the posts allow you to drape coordinating fabric over the top for a canopy effect that can change the color scheme in baby’s room whenever you change the sheets. This crib is perfect if you want a grand and high-style look with plenty of options.

Finally, there’s the Old World Crib by Green Frog Art with optional changing table and toy chest. This crib is for you if you love the splendor and richness of ornamental wood and antique finishing. With gold-leaf detailing and carved flourishes in the wood, you have the option of a matching Old World Cradle that’s perfect for rock-a-bye baby moments and a great way to move your little one from one room to another.

Gabriella

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