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
n the past I have never put a crazy amount of thought into our nursery design. With Kelton we had a tight budget and I couldn't make up my mind. When I was expecting Kernan, I knew I wanted something simple and clean, plus he was staying in our room so there wasn't much planning needed. This time I am feeling the need to actually put a lot of thought and effort into our little girls room.
Contemporary Elegance: Being as this is my first girl and my last baby, I want to enjoy the girly aspects of nursery decorating and our home is more traditional. So the 1st room I cam up with is very much with the flow of our home. I started with a beautiful crib and dresser from Bratt Decor with clean lines and beautiful detailing. I wanted to use rich color and keep it mature. So
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.
The stars love Bratt Decor! Our changing chest was featured in People because of it's place on this year's set of Friends, for Baby Emma.
When the Juvenile Products and Manufacturers Association, asked Bratt Decor, owner, Mary Bauer, to write about creating a safe nursery, she was all to happy to lend her experience and expertise to the task.
10 Simple Rules When Designing Your Nursery
Designing your dream nursery is indeed a labor of love. However, with all things baby, safety is always your first concern. Arm yourself with these 10 simple rules so that your room will not only be beautiful and reflective of your personal style, but also a safe and secure place for your baby.
Always Use A Crib That Meets Current Safety Standards: This is the place where your baby will spend the most time alone, and it is so important to know that the crib you are using is in the best and safest condition possible. But, if you must use a secondhand crib, make sure it meets current safety standards
Design expert and co-owner of Bratt Decor, Mary Bauer, explains the affect of color in a room. This informative article features Sam twin bed, wardrobe, dresser, and many other Bratt Decor accessories.
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.
Our heirloom Casablanca Premiere was chosen for it's magnificent design. The editor writes, "I was most impressed with the release mechanism for the front gate that is cleverly integrated into the design of the crib."
Designing your nursery is a wonderful experience and can help you grow even closer to your baby, as you begin to imagine them in the beautiful space you create. Hanging tiny outfits in the closet, dressing the crib, and hanging art make it all so real. But, sometimes creating the perfect space can be overwhelming and stressful. Bratt Decor has added an amazing feature, DESIGN BOARD, to their website, making creating your space stress free and fun. With this feature, designing moms and dads everywhere, can add any furnishings or décor from our site, choose floor coverings, (we have a variety of hardwoods, wall to wall carpets and rugs), wall coverings (choose any paint color, wall paper, etc), and so much more. Changing the wall color has never been this easy. We’ve also added a feature that will allow the user to upload any thing they’d like to add by
Baltimore Magazine profiles owners Stephen and Mary Bauer of Bratt Decor, and how they got their start. This touching story will inspire and suprise you, as you discover how from the humblest of beginnings (and I mean humble), success can spring!
Bratt Decor is the most exclusive nursery furnishings company in the world offer timeless and exquisite furniture and decor for your little one. However, modern is not your first thought when you think of Bratt. This month, Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine has selected our beautiful tuxedo floor lamp as their pick for a modern nursery. Yes, we are timeless and tend to avoid trends that will be over all too quickly, but if its an exquisite look, we have it. Even modern!
Check out our dick crib and changer in racy red! L.A. is the hipster city where style reigns supreme, and Bratt Decor is a favorite among left coasters!
Take A Peek Inside Phaedra Parks's Doggie Chic Nursery
The cutesy sleep space-a surprise from Parks's mom after the Real Housewives of Atlanta star welcomed now 7 month old son, Dylan prominently features the Red Doggy Days pattern from Carousel Designs on Bratt Decor's classic casablanca iron crib in pewter.
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.
Bratt Decor's casablanca iron/metal crib in vintage gold is listed among the fav's for smart sleeping solutions. This classic crib converts to both a daybed and toddler bed and is available in vintage gold, distressed white, pewter, and distressed black.
When you think of the Hamptons’ style, you think classic, cool, neutral tones with a natural beauty. That 45 mile stretch of Long Island is the inspiration for Bratt Decor’s latest look for baby, The Hampton Collection features your choice of two dresser/changers, an armoire, and crib. This must-have new look is available in three finishes: driftwood, distressed white, and distressed black. Each finish evokes a different emotion but running through it all is a sense of casual, wonderfully worn, elegance. The crib converts to both a toddler and daybed. The armoire has handy pull out shelves, and the dresser has a top that lifts off revealing a secret and secure changing space. This collection is so fresh with that vintage element that never goes out of style.
American Baby Sweet Inspirations
This article showcases the nurseries of Brooke Shields and Kelly Rippa. Rippa chose our beautiful heritage crib in white, with star finials for her fairy-tale look! You can have it, too.
If you live anywhere in the mid-Atlantic region, and you’re expecting a baby, be sure and visit Bratt Decor’s newly refurbished showroom and design center in Baltimore. Nestled inside their 120 year old warehouse, you will find a beautiful showroom, featuring their exclusive designs, custom bedding, artwork, lighting, and more. You can customize hundreds of items, the service is free, and their talent is crazy!
Bratt Decor is based in Baltimore, but has a worldwide presence. This chic designer company, has been making baby furniture since 1995. Their safety record is flawless, their customer list includes Hollywood’s hottest, and their quality is unparalleled. It’s so worth the trip!
Can’t make it to the showroom? No problem. Shop online: www.brattdecor.com
Bratt Decor has teamed up with the luxury baby boutique, Macanoco & Co to gift their most convertible crib on earth, the Parisian 9 in 1 crib, to one lucky winner. This heirloom iron crib with a hand-applied, vintage gold pantina, is dressed in cream faux silk baby bedding (not pictured). This combination is the ultimate in sophistication and beauty for the nursery. The crib will be on display at Macanoco & Co from July 1 - September 30. The winner will be chosen at random on October 1. The total prize value is $2000.
We invite everyone to come and see it in person and enter to win. We wish you the best of luck. ...more>>
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