Last century, way back in the 1900's, there was a time when people were "earthy". Some were called hippies, or other names, most were just middle class, hard working, trying to raise a family they could be proud of people. Middle class, middle America, REAL people. Then, somewhere in the latter parts of the century, things started to change. Gone were the days of seeing & believing. Everything was fake. Fake wood (MDF & Veneer), Fake food (GMO), Fake People (Boobs, hair, nails, noses, etc). You just couldn't tell the difference between what was genuine and what was "generated".
Fast forward to the "twenty teens" . Everyone is trying to get back to what is simple and real. We want a little of what generations had before us. We want a life that is genuine. Real Wood, Real Food and real people. Now we use the terms "Boho", "rustic" & "paleo" to describe simple back to basics. FAMILY.... It all starts there. We're buying whole foods, we're looking for organic options whenever possible. We are reading labels to find what is going into our bodies and our homes. We want real food and real furniture that isn't going to harm our families with toxic anything.
Like you, I'm trying. I mean, seriously... I'm REALLY trying to find things that are real. You see, I am in the business of the most important room of the house. The baby's room. Nothing is as important as the nursery. It's where a family grows. I try my very best to avoid "made in China". It's hard, I'm not going to lie to you. It's difficult to find furniture that's real wood, tested and ceritified. I look for Green Guard Gold certified, I look for 100% wood. No veneers, no MDF. It's not easy. Everyone knows if you want real, you're going to have to pay for it. But that's not possible for so many in today's world. The big giants have killed the mom & pop stores. Stores like mine. Little stores under 4000 sq. ft. that try to cater to the local families and neighborhoods. I'm trying to get to know my customers and their families. I want to know what they want in their homes. I care that their kids are going to the same elementary school I went to all those years ago. You see, I want to get back to simple too. While I am guilty of shopping Amazon, Wayfair and all those GIANT small business killers, I try to shop locally first. I try to keep my money local as much as possible. I want the local shop owner like me to be able to go home at the end of the night and feel like they were part of their community. I want them to be able to pay their mortgage and put real food on their real table. I want Mayberry. Or at least the romantic idea of people making a difference in lives of their neighbors. But, that's another blog for another day.
This particular blog is about real furniture and the hopes that it matters to you as much as it does me. I found a wonderful new company that makes real baby furniture. Real wood, with thoughtful touches that of course, a woman designed. It's called Milk Street Baby and the best part is, you won't find it on Amazon! A genuine company with a genuine designer that thinks about what parents really want in furniture. The cribs are incredibly beautiful. Wood all the way! But the dressers... ahhh the dressers! This is where you know it has a woman's touch! First of all, the 6-drawer dresser comes standard with an under-mount nightlight. This soft light has three levels of brightness so you can work at night without waking your little one. The electrical cord can be housed in back of the case where we specifically designed extra room for cord storage when not in use. The nightlight plugs into a standard, electrical outlet. The top two drawers of all Milk Street 6-drawer dressers come standard with motion sensitive LED drawer lights. The LEDs turn on automatically when you open the drawer, and turn off after drawer has been closed for 15 seconds to save power. Brilliant! That's what you get when you put a woman in charge of designing furniture! Did I mention, it has a cedar dust cover along the bottom to protect your woolens?
We also sell Natart furniture out of Canada. It's solid wood as well and they have some gorgeous pieces that they've just added to their lineup. I mean GORGEOUS! I know we all have budgets, mine is tighter than most, unfortunately. But, we choose quality when we can or want to. Those expensive coffees we drink are the perfect example of putting out more for what we really want. I'll cut back on some things, but not the things that really matter (to me). So, what are you doing to try to get back to real? Are you doing anything at all? I'll admit, I'm no overachiever. I've never been one to be the gung ho, get behind a cause and make it my own activist type. I'm more of a, "I'll sit right here and watch while cheering you on" kind of gal. I'm trying a little harder these days to get back to what matters most. So, if you're in the market for some furniture for your nursery, look me up! I think I can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Even if you're not ready to take the plunge into real wood, I've got real iron as a backup! So, call me at Polka ToT Kids in Hendersonville, TN or call our store in Mobile, AL. It's Polka ToT Designs. We're ready to help you, no matter what style you want. Let's get to know each other and decorate.
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Polka ToT Kids is located just 15 min. north of Downtown Nashville in Hendersonville, TN. We sell furniture for the nursery as well as baby bedding, rugs, lighting & gliders & recliners.
Polka ToT Designs is located in Mobile, AL on the central Gulf Coast. This location is where our custom baby bedding is made. Stop by to say hi and take a look at what we have to offer!
Not in the area of either? Check out the websites!