As makers of the most gorgeous iron cribs, Bratt Decor gets this question all the time. The short answer is, just as with wooden cribs, it depends. If you are buying a brand new crib, by law, all cribs must adhere to the most current safety standards as set forth by the U. S. Consumer Safety Commission. There is absolutely no difference as far as safety is concerned, between a brand new wood crib or a brand new iron crib. Older model and used cribs, regardless of their construction materials, may no longer meet safety standards, and may have been compromised in their integrity with usage and storage. We always recommend, if no where else, buy new when it comes to your crib. After all, this is the place where your baby will spend the most amount of time without your eyes on them.
Mary Bauer and her husband Stephen claim their story started like many others. Young, in love, and expecting their first child, they excitedly set about creating their dream nursery. It was 1995 and choices were limited. Designer baby furniture simply didn't exist, so they invented it themselves. Bratt Decor was born, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sold exclusively at Gigi Brooks in the UK, Bratt Decor offers timeless, elegant and original furniture for your baby's nursery. We sat down with Mary to find out more about this exquisite brand and the husband and wife team behind its success.
What inspires you?
Everything. I’m inspired by the love of a new family, the washed out colours of an old barn, and the never-ending symphony that is nature all around us. ??
What do you love most about designing nursery furniture???
I love knowing how it will touch the lives and hold
What do you choose when you are on the cutting edge and have access to all things spectacular for the nursery? Bratt Decor, of course. Project Nursery is the ultimate children's design resource, and owner, Melisa Flurh choose Bratt Decor's Joy Iron Baby Crib in gold for her beautiful baby girl, Emerson Grace. "It was wildly important for me to curate what I've come to love over the years and select products from brands I have grown to both adore personally and professionally as a design blogger and mother" says Ms. Flurh in a recent interview.
The room is contemporary without being cliche, and altogether lovely. The room features gorgeous rose wallpaper, and is finished in a neutral color palette of yellow, greens and golds. The result is bliss.
Images courtesy of project nursery.
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.
Editors Pick Holiday Guide featuring our great book cases, shelves, nightstands and curtain rods.
Bratt Decor is beyond thrilled to see our luxurious nursery designs grace the pages of People Magazine as they showcase Tamera Mowry's beautiful pink and gold baby nursery for daughterAriah.
"We were so excited when Shalena Smith, of GaGa Designs, called and announced Ms. Mowry was interested in our Chelsea lifetime crib in antique white and our signature crib bedding collection, Serafina", says Bratt President, Mary Bauer.
The room is soft and elegant, exuding pale pink hues with white and gold throughout. Bratt Decor wishes the Mowry-Housley family oceans of love and blessings!
To see/purchase the entire line shop brattdecor.com
Why Your Bratt Decor Crib Is a Safe Choice For Baby
Choosing your baby’s crib is a huge responsibility, and chief among the considerations is safety. Babies spend more time alone in their crib then any other environment, so ensuring that this space is safe is essential. Even if you are on a tight budget, we do not recommend purchasing used or older model cribs. They probably don’t meet current safety standards, and you have no way of knowing if the structure or hardware has been compromised. There are plenty of places to save money in the nursery, but the crib is not the place to do so. When you purchase a Bratt Décor crib, you can rest assured that you are not only making a beautiful and timeless choice, you are making a safe and responsible choice for your baby.
Today’s grandparents are younger, healthier, and far more active than ever. And this generation of parents absolutely love it! We see mothers and daughters shopping together for not one, but two nurseries. This is because grandma, or more often, Gigi, is putting a nursery in her house too. With many new moms holding down full time jobs, it’s an amazing gift to have grandparents that can help with children. It just makes sense to have a dedicated space in the grandparents home for baby. Today’s nurseries are so much more design oriented than baby rooms of the past. There are beautiful furniture collections in every style imaginable, tons of luxury crib bedding collections, amazing art, floor coverings, lighting, and more. So, with so much to choose from, what do you really need?
First on the list is to purchase a new crib that meets all the current safety standards. This is
Project Nursery dishes about the wow factor of round cribs. In a recent article they say "Many parents choose the crib to be the focal point of the nursery, after all it's going to be the favorite resting space of the real star of the nursery - your baby! Using a round crib automatically takes your nursery design up a notch and will be the first thing people notice when they enter the space. And, I don't know about you, but I find something inherently cozy about the round shape." We agree and are thrilled to see both our Chelsea Darling Oval Cribs and J'adore Iron Oval (metal) baby crib among their favorites. Visit brattdecor.com to see our beautiful oval cribs/cradle/daybed options.
Pink and gold have reigned supreme in baby girl nurseries for quite sometime, but Tamera Mowry's gorgeous rendition, designed by Ms. Shalena Smith of Gaga Designs, is in a league of its own. The tone on tone pink striped walls set the stage for the gorgeous white carved lifetime crib by Bratt Decor, which is draped in silk suspended from a golden crown. The luxurious custom designed silk bedding, with gold bows, by Bratt Decor, finishes the look with understated elegance. Other great touches like the personalized ceiling medallion, crystal chandelier and ultra luxe rocker add sophistication and comfort. We love the personal touches throughout, like the tiny stool in the corner which Tamera has had for years.
Fashionista and style maker, Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies, reveals her gorgeous pink and gold nursery for baby Isla. The timeless decor and furnishings are soft and sweet. Designers Caitlin Creer Interiors and Oilo Studio helped Ms. Parcell achieve her vision of a feminine and sophisticated space with lots of pink! The result is stunning. The room features Bratt Decor's joy baby crib in gold, bebe pique bassinet, and bernahardt oval mirror, bedding by Oilo Studio, and custom curtains. To see it all visit: pinkpeonies.com/islas-nursery-reveal-giveaway/
For Nursery and Beyond...
This great article showed our heritage crib and changer with key pieces transition into a big kids room with our Sam Twin Bed, all in navy. We say, buy well, buy once!
In the November issue of Parents, we took a look at raising happy, confident girls—but it looks like The Real talk show co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley has made that a priority for her baby girl from the get-go. The moment little Ariah Talea Housley arrived home earlier this year, she was greeted by a room exuding "Power in Pink"—what mommy and designer, Shalena Smith, came to call the official theme.
"The boy world is just so saturated with blues and reds and earthy colors and I really wanted to go girl for her nursery," says Mowry-Housley, who welcomed son Aden in 2012.
While many girl's rooms sport pink and white, Ariah's space is striped in pink and gold, equal parts ethereal softness and regal strength. "I truly believe in balance: to be kind and sweet and gentle, but that doesn't mean that you don't have an inner strength —and that's what I love
Bratt Decor is thrilled to announced that the most viewed nursery of 2015, according to Project Nursery, features our very own Joy iron baby bed in distressed white. This Dainty soft and sweet space is feminine and light. The beautiful windows flood the space in natural light and are flanked by silky pink curtains. We love the free form art collection created by open frames over the crib. We also had the honor of being featured in another highly viewed nursery: Gold Glittery Nursery with fun metallic polka dots and featuring Bratt Decor's venetian crib in antique white. Other notable baby spaces include Lucy's Gray, Coral and Gold Nursery and Isla's Modern Neutral Golden Nursery.
images courtesy of Project Nursery
Project Nursery asked Bratt Decor's Mary Bauer, for some tips in designing a baby room that will your child will not outgrow too soon. Here's her smart advice.
1. Choose a Sophisticated Color Palette. Think beyond pink and blue, and try a bold, beautiful black palette. Black furnishings are sophisticated, neutral, and wear oh, so well. Colors pop, so if your heart is set on pink or blue, pop them in without sacrificing sophistication.
2. Pick Classic Patterns. Adorn your walls with classic looks and add in age-appropriate toys and accents that speak to the stage your child is enjoying at the moment.
3. Consider Non-Traditional Lighting. We are swooning over this rose globe drop pendant that is romantic and sculptural. This is not what you’d think of for a nursery, but it works! It will continue to work and look amazing as your babe grows.
Safely and securely adding a mirror to the nursery can make the room look larger, brighter, and more sophisticated. Also, babies just love to look at themselves. Here’s what you need to know to add a beautiful mirror to your baby’s room.
Securely fasten the mirror to the wall. This is the most important detail when adding mirrors, artwork or any decor that could fall. A cable wire hung across a single hook or nail is completely out of the question. Thread wire through D hooks on the back of the mirror and tie it off. Note, each D hook will need its own hook in the wall. Always hang your mirror on a stud. Make sure you are using hangers that are rated to handle the weight of your mirror. When mirror is in position, Run your wire through the hangers and secure.
We at Bratt are swooning over this beautiful, white nursery space as revealed in this month's issue of Pregnancy and Newborn magazine. The space is delicate, simple and elegant. Most noticeable is the texture, which is the main design focus.
Get the look with Bratt Decor's joy iron (metal) baby crib in white, and chelsea double dresser.
Designing a nursery is a labor of love. A few careful considerations at the beginning can save you both time and money along the way. Check out these 8 elegant nurseries that will grow with your child and look amazing along the way.
1. consider non traditional lighting. We are swooning over this rose globe drop pendant, that is romantic and sculptural. This is not what you'd think of for a nursery, but it works. It will continue to work and look amazing as your child grows.
2. Pick classic patterns: Adorn your walls with classic looks and add in age appropriate toys and accents that speak to the stage your child is enjoying at the moment.
3. Choose a Sophisticated Color Pallet: Think beyond pink and blue, and do a bold adult color. Dark charcoal gray is sophisticated and enduring.