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.
Stephen Bauer traveled almost 8,000 miles from South Africa to Baltimore to the land he now calls home. Trained as a commercial illustrator, he arrived in Baltimore 20 years ago, at the age of 21, with $1,200 in his wallet, and a dream to build a life in a new country.
Mary Sell grew up in Dundalk. Her mom couldn't read or write, but she did her best to support her family.
Life was difficult; we were very poor, Mary remembers. My mom worked as a maid on and off, and we also rented rooms in our house.
Mary worked at various jobs to get through high school and then college.
I went to school at Towson [University], she says. I received a Pell grant and worked two jobs. Mom died three weeks after I graduated college.
Mary took a job in marketing in Los Angeles where she learned the business from the bottom
Think of a kid's room with a sea motif and you imagine the obvious: cute fish and billowing seaweed painted on the walls, a poster print or two of sailboats, a "Finding Nemo" bedspread.
But when it came to his own bedroom, 4-year-old Caden Ridenour got something out of the ordinary.
Because he's the fourth and youngest child in his family, his mom, Christa Ridenour, felt he deserved something special.
"He always got lots of leftovers and hand-me-downs," Ridenour reasoned.
She and her husband, Cary, decided to convert the office of their four-bedroom Foothills home into a fifth bedroom for Caden. Then, in search of some ideas, Christa paid a visit to one of her favorite Tucson stores.
Susan Luedtke, owner of The Stork's Nest of the Old Pueblo, a children's boutique, showed Ridenour some fish-themed bedding that seemed to capture Caden's personality.
"They're not your typical fish," Ridenour says of the design, which
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.
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 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
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
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.
"Simple elegance always endures," says Boy O Boy children's boutique owner Michelle Jackson as she speaks to the creative process of designing a nursery.
The Jamaica Observer's Style Innovator of the Year, Jackson has partnered with Thursday Life DIY diva Angelie Martin-Spencer to create comfy-chic custom-designed spaces for both mum and baby under the banner of Distinctive Nursery Design.
Themselves no strangers to motherhood, the chicsters have sought to converge all the classic elements that are sure to make mum and baby's first memories even more precious.
Every detail is considered while bearing in mind the transition that baby will make to the toddler stage...nurseries are designed to grow with the baby.
"Everything put in a room adds to the simplicity and functionality of the space," Jackson says, noting that the absence of characters gives a timeless feel.
"She will enjoy this room when she's six months, six or 16," Jackson
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
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
'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.
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.
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
"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.
Courtney Mazza, red hot girlfriend of Mario Lopez, is featured on the cover and in this in depth article that covers everything from cravings to the nursery. "Bratt Decor helped design the nursery and they went above and beyond what I expected. It's my favorite room in the house. I go in there now and take my laptop and sit on the rocking chair. I'll take Julio in and w'ell just hang out, it's so peaceful." Says Mazza of her Bratt Decor designer nursery.
Check Courtney and Mario out in their newest show, "Saved by the Baby" on VH1.
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.
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
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
In the article entitled "Shoppers flock to Rhode Island for Infant Interiors, owner, Roselle McConnell shows off her high end shop that features top quality furniture and linens Check out Bratt Decor's beautiful venetian crib in antique white. She's a gifted designer and visionary, and we're so proud to count her among our prestigious clientele.
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
Charles Neal Interiors balances Hollywood glam with Southern warmth for R&B producer Tricky Stewart’s first California home.
For Ellah, Stewart’s infant daughter, Neal focused on combining textures to create depth. Ella’s crib is covered with a sheer silk cloth edged with a boa, and her drapes are embroidered with tone-on-tone detailing. The furniture is plush and oversized, creating a whimsical aesthetic that isn’t, as Neal says, “too girly or princess-y.” The Stewart residence was completed in December 2010 and remains a modern, glamorous LA home with just enough warmth and charm to make it elegant and comfortable.