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April/May 2007
Long gone are the days when decorating baby's room meant simply lathering the walls with pink for girls, or blue for boys, and accenting the space with pastel clowns or Disney characters. Today, kid's rooms are afforded just as much thought as the living room or kitchen and parents are willing to pay the price. In fact, recent statistics from market research firm Packaged Facts suggest U.S. retail spending on infant, toddler, and preschooler home-furnishing products has risen 5.2 percent, from 2004 to 2005, to more than $8 billion.


Focusing on the design of children's rooms has definitely increased popularity in the last few years, says Sherry Blum, CID, owner of Westminister-based Jack and Jill Interiors, and interior design company devoted entirely to kids. I believe that we can attribute this trend to the numerous decorating shows on television, as well as the explosion of stores like Pottery Barn Kids.

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April 2007
Despite medical advancements and modern capabilities, many parents-to-be opt to leave the sex of their unborn baby unknown. Many of today's pregnant moms are in search of ideas and inspiration for a neutral nursery's and boy do we have ideas!



When buying a crib for a baby whose sex will remain unknown until its arrival, its best not to lean too much in either direction, i.e. a crib that's too girly or too masculine. You can't go wrong however, with any number of the wood or iron cribs that Bratt Decor offers. Our cribs from the Heritage, Dick, Chelsea, Casablanca, and Venetian lines come in a variety of colors that can be played up either way once the baby's sex is determined.



These cribs are sleek and classic in design and transcend sex. A way then to increase femininity or masculine appeal once the baby is born is all in the bedding.

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April 24, 2006
Marcia Cross' twins Savannah and Eden Mahoney's nursery is completely decked out by Bratt Decor. Back in December, Bratt Decor's Mary Bauer flew to L.A., where she met with Marcia and her husband, Tom Mahoney. She worked with the famous couple to create a gorgeous nursery for babies Eden and Savannah.


Mary said, "Marcia was radiant, kind, and easy to work with and Tom was absolutely beaming! They are a beautiful couple, with a gorgeous nursery and it was a great pleasure to work with both of them."


Marcia and Tom chose the entire dick collection in white for a pure, classic look. The nursery walls are painted with Benjamin Moores Spring Lilac for the walls because Marcia wanted girly, but not too frilly. Window treatments in the same fabric as the bedding with delicate lilac pom poms to add a feminine flair. The dick crib in white is made up with

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April 25, 2007
If working for a perfectionist is tough, what's it like working for Bree Van de Kamp, the Desperate Housewives character who makes Martha Stewart look like a slacker?
Baltimore's Mary Bauer says no sweat.



Bauer, who with her husband owns the chi-chi children's furniture store Bratt Decor, just helped actress Marcia Cross do up the nursery for her twin girls. The pretty lilac-and-white results were featured in this week's People.



Bauer flew out to Cross' Brentwood home, but except for the transcontinental travel, it was an ordinary job. Ordinary, anyway, for anyone with $20,000 to splurge on a nursery.
While her character never has a hair out of place, Cross greeted Bauer at the door "in sweats, oversized shirt, and hair in a ponytail and no makeup on."


"You're so used to seeing her on television in that role. She's really not Bree Van de Kamp," Bauer said. "She's got a wonderful home, but it's

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April 13-20, 2007
People takes a look at the blissfully happy Marcia Cross and her two gorgeous girls, Savannah and Eden. There's also a great shot of the fabulous nursery, designed by Mary Bauer of Bratt Decor and House, Inc's, Annette Tatum.


Within the photo, you can see the striking dick crib in white, tree artwork, and lavender glass table lamp, all supplied by Bratt! Not shown: dick changer, night stand, armoire with custom painted polka dots, jane table and chairs set, mirror, shelf, and lots of accessory items, including: stuffed elephant, stacking bins, and tower of time hand prints. Marcia told us personally, it's by far the best room in her house! Thanks, Marcia!

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April 14, 2006
Marcia Cross appears this week in People Magazine along with her new twin daughter, Savannah and Eden. In the last picture featured in the article, we get to see a close-up view of Marcia's nursery for her girls. The bedding was created by House, Inc. and the store is actually quoted in the article, saying how Marcia wanted a lilac nursery.


She ended up choosing the Maiden's Bouquet Blush and Lilac crib bedding and even had a slipcover for two rockers made in those fabrics as well. The cribs pictured are Bratt Decor's Dick Cribs in white.

April 9, 2007
When Tori Spelling began planning her baby boy's nursery, she went straight for the hip online boutique Nursery Couture.
"Because Tori and Dean (McDermott, her husband) are ultra-modern, funky people, they wanted to stick with the same theme for their nursery," Spelling's designer Katy Mimari says.


Photos of little Liam Aaron McDermott's streamlined, modern digs were recently splashed all over In Touch, Us Weekly and Life & Style magazines. You can't open a weekly these days without seeing which celebrity has the hot "new" baby trend.


And one of the biggest trends right now is a parent-friendly, design-conscious nursery, according to Target maternity clothing designer Liz Lange, who recently judged the baby nursery episode of Bravo's "Top Design."


Be a 'cool parent'

"It's not just buying designer furniture  but hiring a professional decorator to design the room," Lange says. "It's become another room in the home that you want to reflect your taste as

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LA Daily News.com
Where to buy hip cribs for your baby
April 6, 2007
Bratt Decor's hip designs topped this trendy list.

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April 2007
According to those in the know at the Capital File, Bratt Decor is IN. We know, they know, and now you know. Thanks, Capital File and DC area moms!

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April 2007
You don't have to be a child to appreciate the magical possibilities of a big, rambling mansion.

When house-hunting couple Chris DeWitt and Oscar Yague discovered Pont Reading, a huge old house in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in 2003, they were intrigued by its pedigree the 1683 colonial-style building 10 miles west of Philadelphia is on the National Registry of Historic Places and enchanted by its character. With long hallways that run at not-quite-right angles, two staircases, and three stories that sit at different levels in different parts of the structure, the eight-bedroom house has a quirky storybook charm (and plenty of nooks and crannies for games of hide-and-seek). So DeWitt and Yague purchased Pont Reading and set about creating a home for their son, Lucas, who was born in June 2006 by surrogate. For the couple, the key was to make the place practical for a 21st-century family while layering in their

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March 10, 2007
A man's home might be his castle, but his children's rooms are their kingdoms, lavished nowadays with kiddie-customized accouterments from crib to computer station.


If a boy wants to sleep in a custom-built space ship, with fiber optic lighting and engine roar sound effects, he can. If a girl wants her bed in a super-sized doll house, she can have it, according to Diane DeWald, owner of Mega Kids Inc. in Park Shore Plaza. De Wald has been concocting the fantasy beds her clients request for the past 12 years, as well as providing more typical juvenile furniture in her 12,000 square-foot showroom.
It depends upon the age, she explained. Infants don't say much about their room design, she quipped, so the mothers make the nursery decisions. Right now, many are influenced by celebrity moms. They see what the stars have for their babies and they want the same for their own.


DeWald

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March 1, 2007
Desperate Housewives star and proud new mom Marcia Cross welcomed two beautiful fraternal twin babies into the world on February 20th. Eden and Savannah will be coming home to an adorable nursery completely furnished by Bratt Decor.



The girls nursery is decorated in classic New England Style with clean, straightforward lines, and crisp white Bratt Decor furnishings. The walls are painted a sweet lavender to bring a touch of feminine color, and playful charm to the room.
Marcia, like the Boston girl she is, chose a clean New England cottage look for her nursery, says Bratt Decor President Mary Bauer, who visited with Marcia in early January to do an interior design consultation.



Marcia and Tom Mahoney chose two of Bratt Decor's classic Dick cribs, two Dick changing tables, a classic armoire with custom painting, a Dick nightstand, a classic mirror, an adorable pink Jane scalloped table and chairs set,

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March 1, 2007
Access Hollywood and Bratt Decor completely duplicated the adorable nursery of Hollywood hottest mom, Marcia Cross.


To find and purchase items that Marica received from Bratt, go to our online store, or just click on the "how to buy" button in the menu, and browse under gifts.

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Spring 2007
Furniture is perhaps the biggest purchase, both in size and price that parents make for their children's rooms.


According to New York-based Easy Analytic Software Inc., youth bedroom furniture will have one of the biggest sales increases of all furniture products between 2006 and 2011. In fact, only entertainment furniture is expected to see greater sales increases.


Both youth bedroom and infant furniture are expected to grow sales faster than the 27% projected for all furniture in the next five years. EASI projects a 29.5% increase in sales of youth bedroom, from $5.08 billion in 2006 to $6.58 billion in 2011 and a 28.5% increase for infant furniture, from $1.18 billion last year to $1.52 billion in 2011.


Even though the projected numbers and some manufacturers are optimistic, there still are sections of the country and the industry where the economy is soft and business is described as flat. However, with about 4.1

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Early Spring 2007
Sometimes a feeling or notion sets the tone for the design of a child's room. Maybe its the architecture of the home or the room itself that stirs emotion. Or perhaps it the magical furnishings that companies like Bratt Decor lovingly create. Check out our Chelsea Sleigh crib and pieces from our Dick & Jane Collections and see how they help to make these magical memories.

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Washington Spaces
New Spaces and Places
Early Spring 2007
What's the fuss about? Bratt Decor's widely coveted nursery and kids' room furniture designs are coming to Tysons Corner when the new store opens in late April. Cribs, bedding, toys, games, gifts, and accessories are among the items for sale, and the timeless treasures are made for newborns, preteens, and everyone in between.

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February 28, 2007
Bratt Decor's president and co-founder Mary Bauer dishes with anchors on CBS's morning talk show, The Morning Edition, about the latest trends in baby and nursery decor. And, oh, the accessories! Babies have the cutest things. Bauer bought with her a display of some of of the most popular gift items and must haves in baby. Items featured are sold at Bratt Boutiques and Bratt Decor online.



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Modern Babies & Children
Petite Sophistication
Winter/Spring 2007

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February 28, 2007
Former Baywatch and Melrose Place star David Charvet and American television personality and model, Brooke Burke, welcomed a third child, a daughter.

Heaven Rain Charvet sleeps in the ultimate girlie nursery, in the ultimate girlie crib, Bratt Decor's Jane baby crib in white.


Check out Heaven Rain's adorable nursery featured in In Touch.

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January 2007
Entertainment mogul, Sean Diddy Combs celebrated the December arrival of his and long time girlfriend, Kim Porter's twin girls. The star studded shower was complete with some of the top names in music, fashion and entertainment, family, friends, and gifts galore! Two Bratt Decor Zanzibar Cradles were given to the couple by their designer Shalena Smith of Ga Ga Designs.


The golden cradles served as the centerpiece of the event and garnered oohs and ahhs from those present. Smith says "the cradles were Kim and Diddy's favorite gift item. They now sit in their master bedroom awaiting the twins' arrival. They absolutely love it!"


A very pregnant Kim even told Smith that the cradles were the most elegant thing she had ever seen. The Zanzibar Cradle is one of Bratt Decor's most popular items. Our wrought iron rocking cradle, complete with a locking mechanism, ensures a safe, cozy, and absolutely opulent sleeping

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January 2007
"What baby wouldn't feel like an angel in this gorgeous piece of furniture? If you have your heart set on baby luxe, this wrought iron crib might be at the top of your list. While you're at it, get a baby armoire, iron changing table, and all of the other beautiful pieces from Bratt Decor.


Read more about Baby Luxe from this Guide

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January 2007
Newest crop of juvenile finds on display in Atlanta, New York and beyond.


Bratt Decor's kid-size Dick craft table has a hideaway compartment under the table top for storing toys, games, craft items and more. The table, $179, is offered in black, cherry red, white and navy. A set of two chairs retails for $194.

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December 24, 2006
Today's Hip Grandparents Spoil They're Grandkids and Themselves



I think about this: Just by waking up, you can be someone's hero. How lucky can you be? Every kid loves their grandparents. It's yours to blow.




Baka, Deeda, Oji, Gunga, Leelee, Uma, Zayda and Wahoo share something beyond membership in the baby-talk hall of fame: These Americans are allergic to the terms 'Grandfather' and 'Grandmother.'



Those well-trod names have become too old. At least for the 39 million baby boomers who are now exploring the even more youthful world of Babies 'R' Us.



'The name thing is an issue,' observes Chris Crosby, publisher of Grand, a magazine for grandparents. 'We all grew up in a culture that put a negative connotation on the terminology we used. Like 'Don't be such an old grandma.' You think of this old person hunched over in a rocker with a bun on her head. This generation is anything but

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Winter 2006/2007
New Yorkers are known for their love of design. Recently the well respected writers of New York Spaces explored design for the littlest of clients, and among the hottest looks, was Bratt Decor's chelsea collection in silver. The hand carved details and timeless design make this a must have for babes and moms alike.

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November 20, 2006
Daine Farr returned from her June honeymoon in the Maldives with a special souvenier: a baby on the way! And it's a good thing: The star who plays FBI agent Megan Reeves on season two of the CBS hit Numb3rs, could hardly wait to start a family with her new hubby, marketing executive, Seung Chung. Seung got me an ovulation kit for Valentine's day, for months before we got married! Diane, 33, tells Life & Style.





Their baby boy is not due until March, but Diane, a former interior designer, already has the nursery finished, down to the last detail. Her favorite purchase? A metal crib. "It's antique gold and very simple, the most beautiful crib I've ever seen," says Diane. The angel cutout that rests behind it was a find at a yard sale 10 years ago.





As for the color scheme, the actress stayed away from the usual

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