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Behind the Scenes with Mary Bauer of Bratt Decor

How did you get started in the children’s furniture business? My husband, Stephen, and I began Bratt Decor in 1995 when we were expecting our very first baby. The world of designer looks for children has really blossomed over the past 18 years, but back then, there was nothing—no Pottery Barn Kids, no Restoration Hardware, no Contemporary Designs, nothing. We decided to start our own company, believing that if you gave moms sophisticated choices for a truly designer nursery experience, they would respond. You can’t imagine what an unusual concept that was at the time. People thought we were crazy. ?? Where do you look for inspiration for new ideas? I look at fashion, art and pop culture. Really, all design is connected, and ultimately, I think it’s all an outward reflection of the universal experiences we all walk through daily. For example, when the huge economic meltdown happened a few years back, everything went simpler, starker. Fashion lost its ornamentation and so did furniture. Everywhere you looked, things were stripped down to their essence. I think that was a reaction to what we were experiencing, and people wanted to get rid of excess. Now, there’s more stability, and people want to dress up again. There’s a return to elegance beginning, and I think we’re going to see that energy grow over the next three to five years, at least. <> What’s new at Bratt Decor? We have a few new beauties in our midst. We are in the process of debuting a brand new crib for our Chelsea collection: Chelsea Darling. It’s an oval crib that starts as a cradle, grows into a crib and comes complete with the cradle pad and mattress! We’ve also designed a toddler bed conversion for this piece, which makes it a lifetime value. We’ve added three popular finishes to our Joy Collection—venetian gold, pewter, and distressed white. People love this crib because it’s so simple and true and works in any environment. Plus, it’s such an amazing value for an iron crib. <> Do you have any predictions for the hot trends in the world of children’s design in 2013? I think you will see more risks in nursery design both in product choice and color. People are finding the courage to mix and match more and create their own versions of whatever trends are happening. Once upon a time, everything matched, now rooms are far more eclectic and interesting, and style-savvy moms are mixing mediums for really fresh looks. I love that! <>

Written by: Beth Williams Project Nursery


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Bratt Decor offers the finest nursery furnishings and accessories to help you design your nursery / baby’s room. We have luxury and designer furniture items such as: cribs, convertible cribs, oval cribs, sleigh cribs, cribs in both wood and iron / metal, four poster / canopy cribs, lifetime cribs, toddler beds, daybeds, changing tables, dressers, armoires, night stands, bookcases, rocking chairs, gliders, ottomans, curtains, rugs, lighting, nursery / crib bedding and collections, sheets, and crib mattresses. We also offer gorgeous accessories and gift items. We offer custom designer crib bedding collections, free design boards, and a beautiful nursery registry where you can register for your entire nursery and select baby gifts. We have the most beautiful collection that includes Chelsea, Parisian, J’adore, Joy, and Casablanca. Our designer baby beds offer luxury, safety, quality, and value. Each crib is an heirloom that will last for generations. Our oval / round sleep systems start as a cradle, then convert to a standard crib, then again to a toddler daybed that exudes contemporary elegance every step of the way. Chelsea collection includes a sleigh crib which coverts to a toddler bed, a lifetime crib that converts from a crib to a full bed, a gorgeous oval crib, the Darling, which starts as a cradle goes to a crib and then a toddler bed. Other accessories in the Chelsea collection by Bratt Decor include an armoire, night stand, 7 drawer dresser / changer, darling oval dresser / changer, and bookcase. We also offer a variety of finishes to fit your look. This collection has everything you need to complete your baby room with style and sophisticated design. J’adore is a round crib, wrought iron design, that grows with your baby. The Casablanca premiere is a gorgeous wrought iron crib with timeless appeal, and also converts to a toddler bed. This site offers you a dreamy journey into the world of elegance, style, and quality for your baby’s room.