No over-the-top nursery for Jeri Ryan and husband Christophe Emé, a chef in L.A. "We wanted a room that could grow with our daughter and was a little more sophisticated," the actress says. But when it came time to choose a crib, Christophe couldnt resist indulging Gisele, now 6 months, with furniture fit for royalty: "the most ornate iron canopy princess bed!" describes Ryan. The couple designed the room around the Bratt Decor crib, adding a custom changing table and dresser, wood floors and green walls for a "soothing, relaxing" ambiance. The one must-have item for every nursery? "Comfort," Ryan says. Thats the most important thing.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE NURSERY?
I wanted something very soothing and [my husband] Christophe and I both were pretty adamant about not wanting over the top baby, baby, baby, you know, with murals. We wanted a room that could grow with her and was
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
The prestigious industry publication, Baby and Children’s Product News, chose our gorgeous Chelsea Darling in antique silver as their cover girl.
The Chelsea Darling is way beyond a crib. It is an oval nursery sleep system that is actually 3 beds in 1. The first bed your newborn will use, a sophisticated cradle, turns into a beautiful crib and then an elegant daybed. Bratt Decor’s oval sleep systems combine brilliant design with luxury styling to keep your baby surrounded in style and sophistication from birth throughout the toddler years. The white finish is soft, clean, and pure with light hand distressing giving it a timeless look. The cradle pad and mattress are included in the purchase price. Everything you need to convert it from a cradle to a crib is included. Opt for the daybed kit and continue your look throughout your child's toddler years. The overall area is slightly smaller
Perhaps you had a chance to catch Hilaria and Alec Baldwin on Extra this week, when they introduced their gorgeous baby girl, Carmen Gabriela to the world. And they did so in their gorgeous nursery outfitted in Bratt Decor's Chelsea Collection in distressed white. The room featured the lifetime crib, dresser/changer, and cradle. Their silky white bedding was also from Bratt. Visit brattdecor.com to get it all!
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.
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.
Remember when you were in high school and being cool was super important? You might be over high school, but not much has changed. Admit it, you want a NOW nursery as much as you wanted to be trendy when you were a teen. That means getting the latest gadgets, having the hottest gear, and setting the trend at home. And when your fellow new-mom friends come over, theyll bite off you like they did back in the day. Here are our favorite picks for your nursery makeover.
AT&Ts Remote Home Monitor ($199) will enable mom to watch the little one from any PC or wireless device. Youll be able to go back to work, run errands, or hire a new nanny in comfort with the non-obtrusive camera. You can also turn on the lights in the house from a remote location, and increase security with the gadgets motion
Bratt Decor's stylish, versatile and brilliant J'adore Oval Sleep System is the proud winner of the 2014 Family Choice Award. This sleep system is 3 beds in 1, starting as a luxury cradle, morphing into an elegant contemporary oval crib, and lastly extending its use by becoming the cutest toddler bed you've ever seen. It is available in a variety of finishes, and is made of hand bent wrought iron. The "Family Choice Awards" recognize the best in children's and parenting products. Now in it's 19th year, the "Family Choice Award" is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in the nation. Your award serves as our recommendation to families.
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
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.
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.
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
When it comes to work/life balance, Mary Bauer has it down. For more than a decade, she's been running Bratt Decor, a specialty line of nursery furniture, together with her husband, Stephen.
A classically trained artist, Stephen designs all of the company's products. "His careful attention to nuance and detail make each of our pieces a work of art," Mary says. The couple caters to parents looking for unique artisan cribs.
During the summer, the pair's two teenage boys also help out with the business, doing everything from accounting to advertising. Mary believes involving her sons has been a blessing for everyone: "They have a real appreciation for the work that we do."
So, how do the Bauers peacefully intertwine business and family? The key, Mary says, "was figuring out what our greatest strengths were and separating responsibilities." Still, she admits their best work comes when their individual viewpoints are combined. "I don't
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
CBB choose Bratt Decor's Venetian 3-in-1 crib as "The Best Iron Crib on the Market"
During pregnancy, one of first things new parents think about buying is the crib. It's also the purchase that requires the most lead time, so it's wise to start weighing your options around your second trimester. Like most purchases, there are so many variables to consider. Well, we've been there, done that, and want to help guide you through this important decision.
Best Iron Crib
Name: Bratt Decor Venetian 3-in-1
Why It's Great: Iron cribs evoke such vintage glamour and elegance, it's no wonder they're popular for girls' rooms (but they can work for boys', too). Available in four finishes, Bratt Decor's Venetian crib gives you multiple looks for one price. Add the four posters for a poster bed, or add the cross bars and fabric for a canopy-style bed. It also converts to a toddler
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
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
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.