I am a woman of many passions, and chief among them is my love of family. When my husband, Stephen, and I were expecting our first child, we were both over joyed, overwhelmed. Both Stephen and I love design, and were not satisfied with what was available in the marketplace for furnishings. So, we designed a beautiful wrought iron baby crib, and that was the beginning of our business, Bratt Decor, and our family.
This company is so tied to my heart. It draws on my love of art and design, and the miraculous time in one’s life when they become a parent. I don’t believe there’s any other single event that changes a person like loving and caring for your own child. I get to work with my husband every day, and together we put reflections of our definition of beauty into the world. It’s a really good job.
Creating your baby’s nursery is an exciting time in your nesting stage. Here is where your inner artist can come to life, manifesting itself in a beautiful, peaceful space for your new baby-with your own unique touches. Mary Bauer (of Bratt Décor) shares some incredible inspiration rooms on the next few pages. The nursery is where you’ll spend a lot of time together, at least for the first few weeks of baby’s life. Sleeping will be the activity highest on baby’s list of things to do, followed closely by nursing. It suits you well to make the space as comfortable as possible. Forget the typical fads and cartoon characters that people traditionally go for. Open yourself up to the incredible options that will give your baby a strong and stylish start. Choose a focal point, something that stands out for you, or something that holds great sentimental meaning for you.
Although your new arrival may not be heir to the British throne, he—or she—is no less deserving of the royal treatment. Take inspiration for your own royal nursery from these grand designs.
Take away the present-day accoutrements and this Venetian-themed nursery could have come straight out of 15th-century Italy. Softened by white furnishings and plush accessories, this regal yet minimalist room stylishly welcomes a new life into the world—your own little renaissance.
Every element has been thoughtfully designed in this cheerful nursery. A paneled ceiling and wallpaper border draw attention upward and keep baby's eyes engaged as he drifts off to sleep. Layers of curtains and silky valances help to shade the spectacular space when it’s time for the royal nap.
While the royals aren't historically minimalists, that doesn't mean you can't be! From its neutral palette to its rustic wooden walls, this unadorned
Most of us know what we like and how we want our nursery to feel, but sometimes can't quite figure out how to bring it to life. Here at Bratt, we offer free design service that includes individual help and design boards. Our talented design staff is available to help, just call us at 88824-BRATT. We will make your vision come to life.
When Alec Baldwin is on the phone, you answer with a very polite, "So nice to speak with you, Mr. Baldwin," says Mary Bauer of Bratt Decor. "We were so honored that Baldwin's choose Bratt Decor for their beautiful baby girl, Carmen Gabriela. They were so gracious and lovely to work with." The Baldwin's chose Bratt's Chelsea Lifetime collection in white. Click here to see the interview and nursery on Extra.
This article on luxury products discusses the new trends in this growing and diversifying industry, naming Bratt Decor as one the most luxurious names in baby.
Welcome to the new reality of luxury retailing......
Out of nowhere in the summer of 2002, you couldn't walk down the street--in both cities and suburbs--without tripping over a
young mother pushing her baby in a luxurious $800 Dutch-manufactured Bugaboo stroller festooned with fancy accessories.
It seemingly had no rhyme or reason to it.
Where had they come from? Why were so many women plopping down so much cash on an item they'd be dumping as soon as their child got a little bigger?
The answer is that the character of Miranda on HBO's popular Sex and the City was shown ferrying her tot around the city in one of the pricey strollers. Just like that, a new trend was born. And it persists to
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
Stars have access to the absolute best of everything, and it’s no exception when it comes to their little ones.
And from gilded cribs to silver velvet feeding chairs, nursery designer-to-the-stars Mary Bauer has seen it all.
Now, the president and CEO of Bratt Decor — she’s worked with everyone from Jennifer Lopez and Kourtney Kardashian to Ali Landry and Jewel — is ready to share some of her easy-to-follow tips and tricks to help you create a spectacular nursery for your little super star.
Check out her design secrets below.
Choose a great crib. Whatever your budget, don’t scrimp on the crib. Not only does it set the tone for the entire room, but it’s the place where your baby spends the most time without you so it should be a safe and comfortable space.
Celebs including Jennifer Lopez, Sean Combs and Dianne Farr are
Following in the footsteps of Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez called upon the experts at Hollywood favorite baby boutique Petit Tresor. The new mom opened a lengthy registry and had store owners help her design fabulous nurseries for the arrival of her twins!
So whats in store for the twins? J.Lo will keep her new baby boy wrapped in a cashmere cardigan, hat and bootie pants from Baby Cz, $279 and, of course, a matching pink set, $279, for the new fashionista of the family. The two newest members of the Anthony-Lopez clan will also have a set of Plain Marys Hunk and Babe onesies, $169.
For the nursery, the twins will dream away in Bratt Decor's Casablanca Premiere Cribs, $966 each, while Mom and Dad relax in Glam Gliders $1,420 each. And when they need changing, the twins will have a Clara changing table, $1,780. And why
Your child’s first surroundings should be special – and safe
Gone are the days of only two room-decorating choices for your little one: blue or pink for boy or girl and, if you wanted to get crazy, the occasional gender-neutral pale green or yellow. Emerging trends in nursery and children’s room décor have opened up a multitude of possibilities to parents and kids. Decorating themes, murals, 3-D effects, textures and patterns can give your child a vibrant sanctuary, while meeting the needs of every mommy to be.
Studios like Little Crown Interiors are quickly becoming the norm for parents who want efficiency, safety and the latest décor. Owners and co-founders of Little Crown Interiors, Gerri Panebianco and Naomi Coe, have established themselves as visionaries of one-of-a-kind spaces for children.
“It’s really impossible for us to give our body of work an overall style, as every project is uniquely different
The baby's crib now takes up the whole house, with nurseries and other special spaces that help parents mind their kids. Features several bratt decor nurseries, including our chelsea collection, and venetian four poster crib. visit wsj for full article.
This past Saturday, Evelyn Lozada walked into her diamond and diaper themed baby shower. And, centered among all of the wonderment and beauty was our very own Venetian four poster crib. Upon their arrival to the Diann Valentine planned event, guests were greeted by a luxurious display of jeweled trees covered with white orchids, hanging glass balls and candles to complement the diamond details. Read the full article.
From the Top Award-Winning Parenting & Celebrity "Bump Watch" website, bellitchblog.com, comes the top 100 must have maternity and baby products. We are thrilled to have our very own Chelsea Lifetime crib in espresso chosen for their crib category. Click here to see all the winners. Bratt Decor is featured on page 59.
Bratt President, Mary Bauer, made the television morning show circuit today, giving expectant moms quick tips to on creating their dream nursery space. She was on stations coast to coast, 28 in all. Bauer says that when designing a successful nursery you must first consider the space. Often the nursery is the smallest room in the house, and you want to maximize the space, by painting the room lighter colors and taking advantage of natural light. Second, you need to consider the functionality of the space. Basically, the baby needs to eat, sleep, and be changed. Setting up a well stocked changing station in advance is key to success. And, lastly, make the space personal. This room should make you feel connected. Consider adding some special momentos from your own childhood, perhaps your favorite bear, or your silver baby cup. "Every space should represent something of who you are, so
How did you get started in the children’s furniture business?
My husband, Stephen, and I began Bratt Decor in 1995 when we were expecting our very first baby. The world of designer looks for children has really blossomed over the past 18 years, but back then, there was nothing—no Pottery Barn Kids, no Restoration Hardware, no Contemporary Designs, nothing. We decided to start our own company, believing that if you gave moms sophisticated choices for a truly designer nursery experience, they would respond. You can’t imagine what an unusual concept that was at the time. People thought we were crazy.
Where do you look for inspiration for new ideas?
I look at fashion, art and pop culture. Really, all design is connected, and ultimately, I think it’s all an outward reflection of the universal experiences we all walk through daily. For example, when the huge economic meltdown happened a few years back, everything
Atlanta-based interior decorator Gretchen Edwards decorates hundreds of homes but when it came time for a very personal job she turned to Bratt Decor to make her decisions a little easier.
When it came time to decorate her first child's nursery, interior designer Gretchen Edwards had to deal with a hard to please client herself.
Atlanta-based interior designer Gretchen Edwards spends her days creating rooms for her clients to love. Making decorating decisions is routine business for her, but she wasnt so certain when it came time to create a nursery for hr own child. When you work with so many people with so many tastes, you end up being attracted to many styles and its hard to narrow down the choices, she says. It was more difficult to make a decision because I was worried that I'd come across a new idea or a new fabric that would wow
A spring tradition in Washington is the D.C. Design House makeover of a prominent home in the District. This year, a house that has been in the same family since the 1950s was made-over by 23 local designers and landscapers. A seven-bedroom Spring Valley house at 4951 Rockwood Parkway N.W. is this year's DC Design House. It's a fundrasier for the Children's National Medical Center. The nursery is a stunning contemporary vision designed by Elizabeth Krial and featuring Bratt Decor's grand soho crib with loft.
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
"I had the pleasure of designing the nursery room for AJ McLean's first baby, Ava Jaymes. AJ and Rochelle were so much fun to work with and I enjoyed every minute of it. From the pink and leopard bedding, jeweled accent pillows to the gold stump side table, this little room was designed to be edgy-sweet." Bratt Decor's Chelsea Lifetime crib and changer/dresser were chosen for this luxury, celebrity nursery.
Chelsea Lifetime Crib and Dresser/Changer are Maternity Must Haves
Each day that the waistline of an expectant mother expands a bit more only adds to the wonderment and excitement that accompanies the wait for baby. Some find solace in their last few
months of quiet, while others dive into preparations for the big day.
For me, the nesting stage begins the second the pregnancy test strip jump starts my heart rate with the a"rmation of what is to come, and lasts until I strap my seat belt on for the !nal trip to the hospital.
For this series I am sharing with you some great pieces I have discovered over my last two pregnancies: beautiful heirloom quality nursery pieces and décor, fashionable, fun and cozy !nds for newborns, and some great essentials that I think make the delivery and recovery a little more enjoyable.
I hope that you will enjoy these treasures as much
Nursery By Design. Don't let the dizzying effects of color palettes and crib styles intimidate you. Take it one piece at a time, and soon you'll have the nursery of your dreams.
Today's nurseries break tradition by moving beyond gender-specific pastels and Mother Goose storylines, and taking a modern turn. Theres no need to limit yourself to customary
baby tones design a nursery fit to your taste at a pace that suits you.
Born from a need to simplify our busy lives, today's baby sanctuaries keep it clean with a contemporary look. This industry shift moves away from visual over-stimulation and takes on a less-is-more mentality.
The mod look is super hot right now, says Lindsay Clark of childrens furniture store Bratt Decor, Baltimore. So much so that the company recently launched a new line dedicated to the
trend. Its focus is on clean lines and minimal
'Dancing with the Stars,' Samantha Harris gives Life & Style an exclusive peek inside the room her new baby calls home.
As far as Samantha is concerned, her first baby, 1-month-old Josselyn, is a princess. So it's only fitting she have a regal room, completely furnished by Bratt Decor.
Josselyn sleeps in the gorgeous Chelsea Cradle in Buttermilk and will graduate to the Chelsea Sleigh crib in a few months time. Josselyn also has the Chelsea changing table with removable change top, which will grow with her for years to come.
Celebrity moms, Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, and Sarah Jessica Parker were among the 15 new moms who received bountiful baby booty from Tinseltown's self appointed Fairy Godmother, Jayneoni Moore. One of those goodies sure to deliver fun was from Bratt Decor. Each celebrity mom received our newest, adorable creations, the Dick and Jane table and chairs sets.
Who got what:
Racy Red was received by Gweyn Stefani's son Kingston born May 2006.
Gwyneth Paltrow's little Apple and Moses and also, Heidi Klum and Seal's son Henry.
Debra Messsing's 2 year-old son Roman will be notable in navy
Coco, Courtney Cox's little lady will be pretty in pink.
Basic Black: Angelina and Brad's kids, of course, along with Sarah Jessica Parker's babe.
Angela Basset's boy and girl twins Slater and Brownyn will sit pretty in pink.
Holly Robinson Peete's team of three received the classic white.
These table and chairs sets are the newest editions to the