When decorating a nursery, do you style the child, or does the child style you? At first glance, this may seem a silly question. To be sure, your infant will have opinions of his or her own very soon. Right now, though, you call the shots and your sense of taste prevails. Doesn't it?
Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on how you view a newborn's role in the family. Is the baby an accessory to the parents' existing lifestyle, and so the nursery blends seamlessly into their home's overall decor? Or is parenthood a total upheaval of the status quo and so the infant should be celebrated with its own decor? Parents, interior decorators, retailers and furniture manufacturers line up on different sides of this debate, but all agree there's more at stake here than just pink, blue and Winnie the Pooh.
Rosemary Schneider, who with her mother, Kathryn DeVincentis, runs The
When a little one is on the way, a lot of feelings surround the parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles-to-be excitement, nervousness and anticipation are just a few. One thing is for certain, the better prepared you are for this new little life, the easier future months will be. Rhesha Landers, baby planner extraordinaire shares some advice gleaned from person experience and from working with many expecting mothers.
" When you first find out you're going to have a baby, buy yourself a gift card to your favorite shopping spot to accumulate funds for diapers and unexpected baby needs. Open the card with $20. Add $20 a week on the card. You will have accrued over $700 in just those few short weeks!
" Don't buy too many of the same brand diapers. Consider diaper rash control and leakage issues. Your baby might do well with one specific brand. Just
Bratt Decor is one of our favorite brands of luxury nursery furniture. If you are looking for a baby furniture that is the best of the best and top of the line, Bratt Decor delivers! Their Chelsea collection has always been my favorite. With three gorgeous finishes: Antique Silver, Espresso and White and a gorgeous design, it wins hands down as one of the most luxurious collections out there. The Chelsea Darling crib is their latest release and comes in three finishes: The oval baby crib starts out as a cradle and can then transform into a crib with minimal effort. You can also purchase the optional daybed kit to turn it into a luxury toddler bed! Look for the crib in stores during summer 2013.
The cutesy sleep space, a surprise from Parks's mom after the Real Housewives of Atlanta Star welcomed son Dylan, features the Red Doggy Days pattern from Carousel Designs, and Bratt Decor's casablanca iron baby bed in pewter. Read the full article.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 7, 2012 JESSICA SIMPSON CHOOSE BRATT DÉCOR FOR HER NURSERY The Southern style maker is in full nesting mode putting together her baby girl’s nursery. The energy of the space is going to be relaxed and comfortable, channeling fresh visions of shabby chic. For her crib choice, Ms. Simpson choose Bratt Décor’s beautifully simple and ever elegant Park Avenue crib in white. Her baby is due this Spring.
Oh Baby! The Extra host and dad-to-be takes Us inside his tot's new room.
When Mario Lopez and girlfriend Courtney Mazza transformed a bedroom in their new Glendale, California, home for the little on they're expecting this month, they were inspired - by Jennifer Lopez! "I saw a picture of J. Lo's twins' nursery, and I thought, It's so timeless and elegant," says the mom-to-be, 28. "So we found her decorator, Mary Bauer from Bratt Decor." The designer furnished the room in gender-neutral shades because the couple, who met in 2008 while working on Broadway's A Chorus Line, are waiting until delivery day to learn the sex of their firstborn. "Where else in life do you get such special surprises?" asks the Extra host, 36. "I hope with all our kids it will be a surprise." That's right: The TV star (who has penned a book for first-time dads due out
Bratt Decor is pleased to present the convertible oval nursery sleep system that is 3 beds n 1. The first bed your newborn will use, the sophisticated cradle grows into a beautiful crib and then an elegant daybed. Bratt Decor's oval sleep systems combine brilliant design with luxury styling to keep your baby surrounded in style from birth throughout the toddler year. Choose from 2 beautiful options: J'adore Iron Oval Sleep System, and Chelsea Darling Oval Sleep System.
Bratt Decor is one of our favorite brands of luxury nursery furniture. If you are looking for a baby furniture that is the best of the best and top of the line, Bratt Decor delivers! Their Chelsea collection has always been my favorite. With three gorgeous finishes: Antique Silver, Espresso and White and a gorgeous design, it wins hands down as one of the most luxurious collections out there.
The Chelsea Darling crib is their latest release and comes in three finishes: The oval baby crib starts out as a cradle and can then transform into a crib with minimal effort. You can also purchase the optional daybed kit to turn it into a luxury toddler bed!
Bratt Decor came about as the result of a father creating a beautiful wrought iron crib for his son, and has since grown into a blossoming company offering some of the most unique and classic pieces of baby and children's furniture ever seen. At Bratt Decor, furniture is created out of a love for the best, classic most unique and safest designs for babies and children. Making the choice to decorate a baby's nursery is fun, exciting, and an opportunity to be creative in the most loving way possible.
Bratt Decor offers a wide range of babies and children's products including: cribs, cradles, changers, dressers, beds, armoires, bookcases, night stands, desks, chairs, table and chairs sets, shelving, mirrors, storage and a host of fine accessories. Some of the Bratt Decor accessories include items such as curtain rods, shelving, mirrors, crib finials, drawer pulls, and more.
Who does Glam Fairy, Alexa Prisco, star of Jerseyliscious and the Glam Fairy call when she need a totally fabulous nursery? Mary Bauer of Bratt Decor, of course. Ms. Bauer met with the Style network star for an initial design meeting, and then went to work completely redesigning a loft space into a high style nursery. Watch for the complete process as it unfolds on an upcoming episode of Jerseyliscous.
Our client is a true cowgirl at heart, and wanted to pass on her love of all things western to her new baby. We wanted to create a chic nursery that was western in style, but still elegant and not overly thematic. We started by taking a rustic color scheme as our inspiration, using earthy tones and deep reds as our palette. We brought in a lot of wood tones and textures, and made sure the main furniture pieces were elegant and versatile. Our client had a very special vintage saddle stand, which we turned into an ottoman for the glider, adding sentimentality to the space. The textiles are a mix of luxurious silks and rustic suedes. The nursery was completed with a pop of cow print and a fabulous hide rug to pull the whole space together.
Feaured here is Bratt Decor's Chelsea Lifetime Crib, Dresser, and Bookcase in Espresso.
"Simple elegance always endures," says Boy O Boy children's boutique owner Michelle Jackson as she speaks to the creative process of designing a nursery.
The Jamaica Observer's Style Innovator of the Year, Jackson has partnered with Thursday Life DIY diva Angelie Martin-Spencer to create comfy-chic custom-designed spaces for both mum and baby under the banner of Distinctive Nursery Design.
Themselves no strangers to motherhood, the chicsters have sought to converge all the classic elements that are sure to make mum and baby's first memories even more precious.
Every detail is considered while bearing in mind the transition that baby will make to the toddler stage...nurseries are designed to grow with the baby.
"Everything put in a room adds to the simplicity and functionality of the space," Jackson says, noting that the absence of characters gives a timeless feel.
"She will enjoy this room when she's six months, six or 16," Jackson
Bratt Decor announces latest must have crib: Chelsea Darling
Chelsea Darling is a triumph in design, combining luxury looks with engineered brilliance. This crib starts out as a cradle, and then, with minimal work, grows into a beautiful oval baby crib. For the purchase price, Darling comes complete with both the cradle pad and the Bratt Decor custom oval crib mattress. By adding the optional daybed kit, your piece morphs once again into the most adorable toddler bed on earth! The overall dimensions are slightly smaller than a traditional crib, making it an ideal sleeping space for smaller environments. This is the latest in the wildly popular Chelsea line, which includes a Lifetime Crib and a Sleigh Crib. Darling is available in the following finishes: Antique Silver, Espresso, and White. This is the next big thing in nursery design. We are expecting these to hit sales
Perhaps you caught the segment this week on Extra that featured the gorgeous neutral nursery for baby Dominic by Bratt Decor. But i case you missed, we caught up with the talented designer and Bratt Decor President, Mary Bauer, who designed the nursery for Mario & Courtney.“I had such a great time working with the Lovely Lopez’s the first time around, that going back was a bit like going home,“ says Mary Bauer.
Once again, the Lopez’s decided not to find out the sex of the baby but Mrs. Lopez was sure about the look she wanted: glamour, sophistication and comfort. The result was a beautiful nursery in black, grays and white. The bold wall paper was softened filling the room by leaving some walls white and adding sumptuous white velvet bedding and window treatments. Also white was the round flokati rug, leather nursing chair and child sofa. Now that
Perhaps you had a chance to catch Hilaria and Alec Baldwin on Extra this week, when they introduced their gorgeous baby girl, Carmen Gabriela to the world. And they did so in their gorgeous nursery outfitted in Bratt Decor's Chelsea Collection in distressed white. The room featured the lifetime crib, dresser/changer, and cradle. Their silky white bedding was also from Bratt. Visit brattdecor.com to get it all!
Crown jewels of the nursery: Bratt Decor Chelsea Darling
In a few short months, the wait will be over. We’ll finally be able to “meet” Kate and William’s royal bundle of joy. As people around the world speculate on what name the couple will decide upon and who the godparents will be, our thoughts are focused on more “important” things: Like what stroller they’ll be using and what clothes the new babe will be dressed in. That being said, we turn our attention over to the royal nursery. If Kate just so happens to be one of our loyal readers (hey, don’t laugh; it could happen!), may we offer a suggestion? Bratt Decor’s Chelsea Darling line exudes an elegance like no other room decor we’ve seen. Not only does the antique silver finish on this collection make a unique statement, but its versatility extends the life beyond the diaper days. Once
The prestigious industry publication, Baby and Children’s Product News, chose our gorgeous Chelsea Darling in antique silver as their cover girl.
The Chelsea Darling is way beyond a crib. It is an oval nursery sleep system that is actually 3 beds in 1. The first bed your newborn will use, a sophisticated cradle, turns into a beautiful crib and then an elegant daybed. Bratt Decor’s oval sleep systems combine brilliant design with luxury styling to keep your baby surrounded in style and sophistication from birth throughout the toddler years. The white finish is soft, clean, and pure with light hand distressing giving it a timeless look. The cradle pad and mattress are included in the purchase price. Everything you need to convert it from a cradle to a crib is included. Opt for the daybed kit and continue your look throughout your child's toddler years. The overall area is slightly smaller
Think of a kid's room with a sea motif and you imagine the obvious: cute fish and billowing seaweed painted on the walls, a poster print or two of sailboats, a "Finding Nemo" bedspread.
But when it came to his own bedroom, 4-year-old Caden Ridenour got something out of the ordinary.
Because he's the fourth and youngest child in his family, his mom, Christa Ridenour, felt he deserved something special.
"He always got lots of leftovers and hand-me-downs," Ridenour reasoned.
She and her husband, Cary, decided to convert the office of their four-bedroom Foothills home into a fifth bedroom for Caden. Then, in search of some ideas, Christa paid a visit to one of her favorite Tucson stores.
Susan Luedtke, owner of The Stork's Nest of the Old Pueblo, a children's boutique, showed Ridenour some fish-themed bedding that seemed to capture Caden's personality.
"They're not your typical fish," Ridenour says of the design, which
A Baltimore-based children's furniture company with international flair has a Hollywood following.
When Mary Bauer was expecting her first child 12 years ago, she searched for a crib in stores around Baltimore and found herself unimpressed. Even a trip to New York City with her husband, Stephen, failed to yield a crib that fit the couple's eclectic, elegant style. What was out there in the real of baby design was limited, she recalls. There were a few incredibly ornate European cribs retailing for thousands of dollars, a bunch of boring, inspired designs in cherry and maple finishes, or, worse still, themed cribs of characters like Raggedy Ann and Andy, she says.
It was nothing I could deal with in my house, says Mary. There were no real artists designing furniture for children. So she and Stephen, who had moved to Baltimore from South Africa in 1992 and owned a commercial
When it comes to work/life balance, Mary Bauer has it down. For more than a decade, she's been running Bratt Decor, a specialty line of nursery furniture, together with her husband, Stephen.
A classically trained artist, Stephen designs all of the company's products. "His careful attention to nuance and detail make each of our pieces a work of art," Mary says. The couple caters to parents looking for unique artisan cribs.
During the summer, the pair's two teenage boys also help out with the business, doing everything from accounting to advertising. Mary believes involving her sons has been a blessing for everyone: "They have a real appreciation for the work that we do."
So, how do the Bauers peacefully intertwine business and family? The key, Mary says, "was figuring out what our greatest strengths were and separating responsibilities." Still, she admits their best work comes when their individual viewpoints are combined. "I don't
Stephen Bauer traveled almost 8,000 miles from South Africa to Baltimore to the land he now calls home. Trained as a commercial illustrator, he arrived in Baltimore 20 years ago, at the age of 21, with $1,200 in his wallet, and a dream to build a life in a new country.
Mary Sell grew up in Dundalk. Her mom couldn't read or write, but she did her best to support her family.
Life was difficult; we were very poor, Mary remembers. My mom worked as a maid on and off, and we also rented rooms in our house.
Mary worked at various jobs to get through high school and then college.
I went to school at Towson [University], she says. I received a Pell grant and worked two jobs. Mom died three weeks after I graduated college.
Mary took a job in marketing in Los Angeles where she learned the business from the bottom
Remember when you were in high school and being cool was super important? You might be over high school, but not much has changed. Admit it, you want a NOW nursery as much as you wanted to be trendy when you were a teen. That means getting the latest gadgets, having the hottest gear, and setting the trend at home. And when your fellow new-mom friends come over, theyll bite off you like they did back in the day. Here are our favorite picks for your nursery makeover.
AT&Ts Remote Home Monitor ($199) will enable mom to watch the little one from any PC or wireless device. Youll be able to go back to work, run errands, or hire a new nanny in comfort with the non-obtrusive camera. You can also turn on the lights in the house from a remote location, and increase security with the gadgets motion
Last year Bratt Decor brought you the gorgeous Chelsea Darling oval sleep system. It was a phenomenal success, due to its versatile design and elegance. It's distinctive styling added something missing in the market for oval sleep systems. Now, continuing in that same energy, Bratt brings you the gorgeous new chelsea oval dresser/changer. This elegant piece boasts 3 roomy drawers and 2 large enclosed shelves which maximizes storage in a compact way. The finishes are: espresso, antique silver, and white. Available at brattdecor.com
Bratt Decor's stylish, versatile and brilliant J'adore Oval Sleep System is the proud winner of the 2014 Family Choice Award. This sleep system is 3 beds in 1, starting as a luxury cradle, morphing into an elegant contemporary oval crib, and lastly extending its use by becoming the cutest toddler bed you've ever seen. It is available in a variety of finishes, and is made of hand bent wrought iron. The "Family Choice Awards" recognize the best in children's and parenting products. Now in it's 19th year, the "Family Choice Award" is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in the nation. Your award serves as our recommendation to families.