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
Bratt Decor, a national company creating gorgeous children's furnishings, teams up with Extreme Makeover Home Edition to create a dream nursery for one lucky family.
Bratt Decor's designer, Stephen Bauer was on site last week in Ohio. A young widower, with three small girls, received an extreme makeover and Bratt Decor was the chosen company to create a dream nursery for 6 month old Presley.
Bratt Decor, who has been designing gorgeous children's furnishings for over 10 years and selling to hundreds of retailers around the globe. Their designs are world famous.
The design team chose Bratt Decor's gorgeous wrought iron crib, Casablanca Premiere as the centerpiece for the room. Other pieces included our changing chest with gold cherub drawer pulls, armoire, night stand, book case, and wall shelf.
"The room was heartbreakingly beautiful and the entire experience was incredible," says designer Stephen Bauer. "Working with Daniel, the show's newest designer was
Put any three girls in the same bedroom and you can expect territorial disputes, squabbles over toys, and identity crises. Wage peace with a pretty-in-pastel retreat that clearly gives each girl her domain.
For individuality each of these big, chunky beds is dressed slightly differently in a mix of florals, stripes, and ruffles. The look is unified with identical pink coverlets and floral shams.
Pink and flowers are certainly sweet, but this room is far from saccharine. The biggest jolt of color is the yellow that splashes the upper walls; pink plays only a supporting rolea cheerful solution for girls who are still growing and for busy parents who may lack the time to redo the room when the pink phase passes. Scallop-edged painted furnishings by Bratt Décor, coupled with accessories unearthed at antiques stores also lend a more mature look.
Fuction is important too. Hatboxes provide storage with style, while the
Swag and celebrities are always a happy mix, and yesterday the love was in full bloom at Jayneoni Moore's Boom Boom Room. For the first time ever under the 'Boom Boom Room' name, the event -- a staple on the celebrity baby circuit for the last four years -- ventured outside the confines of Beverly Hills, to a sunlight-flooded (and jam-packed!) studio loft in Manhattan. From cutting-edge innovation to classics-in-the-making, there was a little something for everyone at this showcase for all the latest in baby and kid gear and fashion.
In 2007, crib sales in the United States hit an estimated $1 billion and expected to grow to $1.26 billion by 2012, according to research from Easy Analytic Software Inc. Given those numbers, the future looks steady for those who manufacture cribs as well as nursery case goods, glider rockers and crib mattresses. Even in an economic downturn, many expecting parents still need to visit stores or Web sites to outfit their nursery.
Kid's Today takes a look at this industry and talks with manufacturers to get their take on sales and production in hard times.
Bratt Decor was one of the manufacturers interviewed for its ability to withstand such trying times.
"I believe this is a year to make smart yet conservative business decisions, focus on core products and provide excellent customer service," said one company owner. "There are people affected by the economy, but also stores that are doing very well.
This is the one you wait for all year long. Bratt Decor's annual warehouse sale is happening this weekend, Friday April 17, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, and Saturday April 18, 10am-3 pm in our Baltimore warehouse location: 5 N Haven St Baltimore, Md. 21224. We will have tons of items on sale, some up to 70% off! Get great deals on photo shoot and samples, close out items, discontinued product, scratch and dent and more.
All merchandise sold as-is; all sales are final, with the exception of brand new in the box items in our current catalogue.
Kids' Rooms, Better Homes & Gardens Septuplets Suzi Q
COVER GIRL POWER! The McCaughey Septuplets chose the Suzi Q twin bed in lavender, with all the trimmings, book case, night stands, stacking bins, and mirror when decorating their room. Oooh, la, la, lavender!
Chelsea Lifetime Crib begins as a crib, and converts into a full sized bed, complete with ornate headboard and stylish footboard. Shown in stunning Antique Silver, this design is absolutely glamourous. Available in antique silver, espresso, and buttermilk.
Pregnancy & Newborn Fun-n-Funky This bold nursery is a festive fun zone for your little boy or girl
Add color to your nursery with fun paintings and accessories and don't forget the furniture too! Bratt Decor's Heritage 5 Drawer Dresser in Cherry Red is featured here as a colorful, funky option! This dresser is a great place to hide extra blankets, burp cloths, diapers and clothes!
New In Town. Bratt Decor, the on-line, high-end infant and toddler furniture and accessory store favored by stars (Heidi Klum, Tori Spelling and Courtney Cox are customers), recently opened its first retil store in our area (another is in Baltimore). At the nearby location, near Tysons, the style is high. 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).
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.
Thank you! In 2005, Bratt Decor's baby cribs and kid's beds were voted as Reader's Favorites in Baby & Children's Product News magazine. This year, we did it again, with our case goods. We work so hard on all of our designs, and we are so grateful that you love them. We will continue to create all of your favorite's.
Pregnancy Magazine Embrace The Changes: Luxurious Dressing Tables for Every Type of Tot
December 2008/ January 2009
Classic: Bratt Decor's Casablanca Collection Classic Changing Chest in Antique White makes changing diapers a downright elegant activity.
High-end infant furniture seems to typically fall into two vastly different categories. One category is composed of pieces constructed to fit in with the modern, high-design homes of many of today's young parents. These pieces often feature clean lines, a low profile and minimal fuss. But some parents desire nursery looks that remind them of days gone by, and the high-end designs profiled here fit the bill--cribs with tall posts, hand-painted designs, vintage patterns, intricate detailing. All these elements combine to offer classic, timeless looks that can be passed down ...
Sometimes it's the most marvelously simple things that stay with us over time. Perhaps that's why Bratt Decor harkened back to a classic first reader when it named two of its bedroom furniture and accessories groups. "In the Dick and Jane collections, there aren't a lot of frills," states Mary Bauer, President, who formed the company with husband Stephen almost a decade ago. "The lines are classic and clean. You can take a room anywhere with these pieces--from shabby chic floral or vintage cowboy." Such design flexibility is also true of its third wood ...
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.