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  How to Design a Star-Worthy Nursery on a Budget

How to Design a Star-Worthy Nursery on a Budget

Stars have access to the absolute best of everything, and it’s no exception when it comes to their little ones.
And from gilded cribs to silver velvet feeding chairs, nursery designer-to-the-stars Mary Bauer has seen it all.
Now, the president and CEO of Bratt Decor — she’s worked with everyone from Jennifer Lopez and Kourtney Kardashian to Ali Landry and Jewel — is ready to share some of her easy-to-follow tips and tricks to help you create a spectacular nursery for your little super star.
Check out her design secrets below.
Choose a great crib. Whatever your budget, don’t scrimp on the crib. Not only does it set the tone for the entire room, but it’s the place where your baby spends the most time without you so it should be a safe and comfortable space.
Celebs including Jennifer Lopez, Sean Combs and Dianne Farr are big fans of our wrought iron cribs, but these gorgeous cribs can cost up to $1300. For a similar look, try Stephen Bauer Baby’s equally beautiful Joy Crib ($495). We also stock modern, wooden cribs that retail for as low as $320. But no matter where you purchase your crib, just make sure that it’s safe and fits the look you desire.
Choose a sophisticated color palette. Paint is the cheapest way to decorate your space. Right now, the hottest hues are neutrals, such as gray, cream and taupe. When we designed Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza‘s nursery (above), we used gray as the primary color. Not only is it elegant, but it was also a great choice since the couple didn’t find out the sex of their baby before she was born.
Find furniture that complements the theme. We know that not everyone can afford to buy an expensive nursery set. And we definitely recommend you invest your money in the crib. So check out more affordable brands or look at second hand pieces when picking out a dresser and changing table. Just make sure they match and work together with your crib to give the nursery a cohesive look — it adds a more designer feel.
And, don’t forget the diaper pail! A favorite among designers is the Playtex Diaper Genie Elite ($35). It has sophisticated lines and a smooth white finish so it works well in any room. It also has a convenient foot pedal, so you never have to take your hands off your little one.
Personalize your space. Adding personality to your nursery decor doesn’t have to be super expensive. To make the space more meaningful to you (and your baby!), create your own personal touches by including vintage photographs, your baby’s silver cup, framed family heirlooms, christening gowns, etc.
Adding artwork is also a big trend in celebrity spaces, and can really give your nursery a rich look. It can also be done inexpensively. For example, take beautiful photos or illustrations from old children’s books and frame them yourself.
Add a comfy chair. Babies need to eat often, and having a great place for feeding makes life so sweet. Make sure you choose a fabric that works with everything else you’re doing in the nursery. There are great options available in all different price ranges, or for a more affordable option, recover something you already own and love. My favorite resources for chairs are and

Written by: Mary Bauer




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