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Baltimore Magazine
Best of Baltimore 2007
August 2007
BEST BABY DESTINATION--More and more baby shops are popping up-Bel Air's Tiny Toes and Annapolis's Lil' Lamb Shop just to name a few--but the best all-in-one baby locale is still Belvedere Square, Belvedere Avenue, 410-464-9773. Shop Raw Sugar, 410-464-1240, for trendy baby duds (we heart Squidfire tees), BRATT DECOR, 410-464-9400, for sophisticated cribs and changing tables, Simply Noted, 410-464-1166, for adorable baby announcements and birthday invitations, Daedalus Books and Music, 410-464-2701, for inexpensive books, and The Market itself for family friendly dining and baby's first sushi roll.

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August 2007
Because of the recent lead paint issues within the children's toy industry, I feel it prudent to reassure all of our clients that all Bratt Decor's finishes have been tested by an independent internationally respected testing laboratory, and all comply to both U.S. and European standards for lead content.



In other words all of Bratt's products are manufactured free of icky stuff like formaldehyde, lead and toxic dyes.



Our most recent testing is dated August 17, 2007. The conclusion of these tests was that the finishes complied with the United Sates Standard ASTM F963-07 and the European Standard EN71 Part 3: 1994 (including amendment A1: 2000). These test procedures specifically test for lead content and other "heavy" metals.



Please, rest assured, we are ever diligent in our responsibilities to the safety of our clients. We are parents first, and the safety of every child is always at the forefront of our minds.

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August 2007
Here's what we like: A shamelessly feminine nursery that manages to be posh and sophisticated as the same time--much like a certain little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel. Modern, romantic and whimsical at the same time, this Eloise-inspired nursery reminds us of Dior's New Look. Sometimes it's OK to just enjoy being a girl.


Check out Bratt Decor's ultra feminie furnishings (Jane crib and changer/dresser) featured throughout this Eloise-inspired nursery! We like this look too!

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August 2007
First came love, then came marriage, and now Trista and Ryan Sutter of ABC's The Bachelorette, have welcomed a baby boy, Maxwell Altson Sutter, to their fairytale love story.



The couple welcomed the baby into the world on July 26th. Little Maxwell (5 pounds, 3 ounces and 18 inches long) is the first child for the Sutters, who met on the first season of ABC's The Bachelorette and were married on television in December of 2003.



Max sleeps in a fun striped nursery decked out in furnishings by Bratt Decor. His nursery, which was designed to be unisex, now screams "BOY!" with the added touches of color and hints of pale blue. Max currently sleeps in Bratt Decors Zanzibar Rocking Cradle, as he grows he will move into his Casablanca crib in Pewter, and then on to the Casablanca Daybed. Maxs changing table will also transition and grow with him, as

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The Top Million Must-Have Baby Products
August 13, 2007
Droolworthy: Bratt Decor's Chelsea Sleigh Crib


The Chelsea Baby Crib is a modern interpretation of the sleigh bed design. Gorgeous relief carvings and hand rubbed finish make this opulent crib the perfect choice for those seeking a more classic nursery.

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August 8, 2007
You might anticipate getting obsessed about decorating for a new baby's room, but you may not realize how important it is to also make your bedroom a haven for relaxation, romance... and conception. Join host Kim Hahn as she speaks with writer Blake Miller about decorating your bedroom for baby-making ... and stay tuned for guest Mary Bauer, owner of Bratt Decor on decorating for your baby-to-be.



Log on to listen at www.voiceamerica.com/conceiveonair.

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Summer 2007
Baby Style. Bratt's gorgeous Chelsea sleigh crib and changer are the number one choice for the "Traditional Nursery," as Victorian glamour is combined with a modern interpretation from Bratt's designer Stephen Bauer, a hand applied patina in stunning antique silver.

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Summer 2007
Bratt Decor, the baby furnishings line favored by Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Cox, and Angelina Jolie, has opened its latest boutique at Tysons Corner. Bratt Decor uses unique finishes, detailed textures, bold colors, and high-quality materials to create nurseries that are extensions of the home, rather than separate entities. The new store features Bratt Decor's gorgeous line of infant and youth furnishings and an array of gift and decor items.

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July 2007
Creating your dream nursery can be an easy task when you focus your goals and wants for this special room. Many moms-to-be already have their dream nursery in mind, but are unsure of how to get started. Here is some helpful advice on how to overcome this obstacle. One of the best ways to decorate a child's room is around a baby nursery theme or color scheme.

Following are a few suggestions to get you started:

The best way to get an idea for your nursery theme is by selecting the baby bedding that best reflects your unique style. Choose a main print that will set the tone for the whole room. There are many options available today that go beyond the traditional babyish themes. Maybe pretty pink polka-dots or purple flowers for a little girls room, and blue gingham to dress up a little boys room. Be sure to

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July 2007
When Mary Bauer was pregnant with her first child in 1995, she did what most new parents do--searched for the right nursery furniture. But for Mary and her husband, Stephen, that search proved futile.


"The face of juvenile furniture was very different," Mary said. "We were trying to find sophisticated, well-designed baby furniture. But it was either very high-end European or Babies "R" Us. There was nothing in between."


After finding nothing that suited their tastes, Stephen, who at the time was working as a commercial illustrator but has a background in furniture making in his native South Africa, designed a crib from scratch--a four-poster iron crib with ostrich feathers. The couple realized there were likely others parents out there that wanted the same level of sophistication and elegance for their nurseries, so the couple formed Bratt Decor. "We incorporated while I was still pregnant," Mary said.



From 1995 to 2000, Bratt Decor

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July 12, 2007
Bratt Decor, http://www.brattdecor.com, the online, high-end infant and toddler furniture and accessory store favored by the stars (Heidi Klum, Tori Spelling and Courteney Cox are customers), recently opened its first retail store in our area (another is in Baltimore). At the Falls Church location, the style is high and so are the prices. Find the basics: animal-shaped soaps, books, bedding, birth announcements and night lights (from $4.50 to $230), and the not-so-basics: Venetian iron cribs ($875), leather kiddie club chairs in pink and red ($180), tricked-out trikes ($249) and a vintage, pram-inspired doll carriage ($700). Our favorite fantasy find: the stunning Silver Cross pram with an equally stunning price tag ($4,000).



The store is at 7505 Leesburg Pike. For more information, call 703-448-6833.

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July 2007
The mix of merchandise at Bratt Decor, a high-end online and retail store for toddler and infant furnishings, includes a Venetian iron crib ($875) and a Silver Cross pram ($4,000), along with basics like animal-shaped soaps, books and bedding that beats boring Pottery Barn Kids. Spoiled children are not a requirement, just parents with deep pockets and a big heart.

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2007 Season 1
LIFETIME Television's original drama 'Army Wives' is the most-watched series premiere in the Network's 23-year history. And, for the show's emotional plot and intriguining pregnancy stories Bratt Decor was the nursery furniture of choice.



See our Chelsea cradle in espresso featured throughout the entire season! Army Wives airs every Sunday on Lifetime, check your local listings.

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June/ July 2007
If you're awaiting a visit from the fabled stork, join the club. There are more than 73 million moms or moms-to-be in the US today, ranging in age from teen years to 40-plus. While each and every one of them is going to need at least one crib, a changing table, and a rocking chair, the demand for baby goods doesn't stop there.


Grandparents also play a major role in spending and "are expected by 2010 to be 80 million strong and spending $35 billion per year on their grandchildren," says Lauren Estep, spokesperson for Young America, a furniture manufacturer based in Stanleytown, VA. The baby business is booming, and with it comes an endless array of options aimed at creating a child's room that is safe, functional, and fun.


When it comes to creating your first nursery, there are several must-have items every parent should consider, with a new crib topping

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June 2007
Bratt Decor, Belvedere Square's design house for the diaper set, outfitted desperate housewife Marcia Cross's nursery for her twin daughters, Eden and Savannah. Her order? Two dick cribs, two Dick changing tables, and a pink Jane round table and scalloped chair set. The star must have been pleased with the results. She sent founder Mary Bauer a gushing e-mail, "It is without question the most beautiful room in the house!"

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June 2007
Fox 45 News anchor Jennifer Gilbert is expecting and this chic mommy-to-be has chosen Bratt Decor to furnish her nursery.


"There really is nothing else out there in terms of high-end, luxury nursery furniture," says Gilbert about her haute decision.



Gilbert chose the entire Chelsea collection--a cradle, crib, toddler conversion kit, convertible changer/dresser, and armoire, all in espresso. As well as a Zanzibar cradle, and custom bedding sets by Lulla Smith (sold online and at Bratt Boutiques)


"We really love our furniture! The espresso is such a rich color. Its perfect!" she says.


Jennifer is due late this summer. And boy, will her new babe be sleeping in style!


To find and purchase items that Jennifer bought for her nursery go to our online store, or just click on the "how to buy" button in the menu, and browse under the Chelsea collection, Cradles, and Bedding.

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June 2007
Cashmere for toddlers, handmade lotions and soaps from an agricultural cooperative in northern Israel and tuxedos for Gen-Y males are just a few of the new products retailers are designing new concepts around.


The retail industry has become so saturated with me-too concepts that new retailers, in order to succeed, need to have a laser focus on their market segment and open stores different from those already in the market.


"We are seeing people take one thing and try to become really good at it," says Mike Tesler, partner and principal of Retail Concepts. The Norwell, Mass.-based firm consults with new business owners to help them establish their chains. "If you get known for being the best at that one thing, you've won the game in retail."


For example, Sabon, an Israeli-based chain that sells bath and beauty products, has a more narrowly defined market than mainstream competitors Bath & Body Works and

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June 2007
Bratt Decor designs gorgeous room decor that is pure luxury for your little angel. A favorite to the stars, Angelina and Bratt Pitt, Heidi Klum and Seal, Courtney Cox, and Marcia Cross's newest additions have all slept in cradles, cribs and nurseries by Bratt Decor, to name a few.


"Each Bratt product is designed by International artisan Stephen Bauer, whose unique works define Bratt Decor and have fueled the company's growth since its start in 1995. Today, in an age of fad and modern nursery design, Bratt Decor remains at the top of the baby industry with its elaborate designs, intricate detailing, superb craftsmanship, and unmatched quality."


To view this glowing write up visit Boutique Mom

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May/June 2007
A mini diva in your midst? Your little galmour-puss might like the beautiful, hand-rubbed finish of the Chelsea sleigh crib in Antique Silver from Bratt Decor. Victorian-inspired relief carvings and a metallic patina transcend time, as the other pieces in the collection--a dresser and an armoire--could easily fit into a growing child's or even a parent's room. Also available in buttermilk and espresso finishes.

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May/June 2007
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

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May/June 2007
Our children are unquestionably the most important part of our lives. We want to do everything for them. We want to be everything to them. And we are willing to do almost anything to look like heroes in their eyes. This is the unspoken beauty of parenting. And of course, we want their bedrooms to be an expression of our children's personalities, to unite character with class. We want them to love their rooms, to feel connected to them.


Where individuality in a bedroom will be expressed by your unique ideas, there are some basic guidelines in a bedroom's design to balance form and function. Some local experts have offered their advice to help you successfully accomplish this goal.



The Basic Theme



Of course, being so passionate about our children can cause us to make some illogical decisions, especially when it comes to their interests and desires. If your eight year old son

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May 2007
The nursery is your baby's world, his new nest. Within its confines, infants are nurtured, mothers rest in plush overstuffed chairs, and families gather to enjoy their little ones. Multifunctional rooms require planning, but one that provides comfort to the youngest family member calls for extra care and consideration. As they tend to be smaller rooms, take care not to overdo your baby's surroundings. Begin by determining which pieces of furniture are necessary for you and your baby. Mapping out the nursery is an opportunity to evaluate space before purchasing furniture and opens discussion about the rooms' function. Babies grow and the nursery will soon play another role in the home.



A crib, changing table, and armoire are nursery staples, but parents find that other pieces add comfort and convenience, ie., a nursing chair. While most parents design a nursery based on the sex of their expected child, some wait

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People Are Talking About Hollywood's Designer To The Littlest Stars
CBS Morning Show WJZ

Ron Matz talks to Mary Bauer the owner of Bratt Decor about her baby furniture designs and working with Hollywood's biggest stars.


To see the video clip, please click on

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May 11-13, Weekend Edition
Take a peek inside "Numb3rs" star, Diane Farr's eclectic home. Great photo of the nursery.



LOS ANGELES--It's a warm spring morning when Diane Farr, 36, swings open the front door to her cozy 1920s Spanish-style bungalow. The actress is enjoying a rare day off from taping the hit CBS series Numb3rs and caring for her 5-week-old son, Beckett.


"It's pretty exhausting," she says, walking by a floor-to-ceiling arched window in the sunlit foyer of the three-bedroom, two-bath home. "I keep feeling like the adrenaline is going to run out at some point."


Luckily, Farr and her husband, Seung Chung, 36, a marketing executive, have had plenty of help with midnight feedings. "My family just came and left, and his parents came and left," she says with a hint of panic--the couple has yet to hire a nanny. "Now my mom is back because we're shooting the season finale for Numb3rs. (It airs

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May 6-May 13
Bratt is all over this special segment just for mom. Celeb's like Marcia Cross and Diane Farr are featured. Diane says that our special changer is her baby's favorite place! Aww, shucks!

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