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
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
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
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
When writer Amy Ledbetter went on the hunt for the absolute most stunning products to fill the ultimate baby room, she found Bratt Decor, and fell in love with the elegance of our Chelsea Silver collection.
Daine Farr returned from her June honeymoon in the Maldives with a special souvenier: a baby on the way! And it's a good thing: The star who plays FBI agent Megan Reeves on season two of the CBS hit Numb3rs, could hardly wait to start a family with her new hubby, marketing executive, Seung Chung. Seung got me an ovulation kit for Valentine's day, for months before we got married! Diane, 33, tells Life & Style.
Their baby boy is not due until March, but Diane, a former interior designer, already has the nursery finished, down to the last detail. Her favorite purchase? A metal crib. "It's antique gold and very simple, the most beautiful crib I've ever seen," says Diane. The angel cutout that rests behind it was a find at a yard sale 10 years ago.
As for the color scheme, the actress stayed away from the usual
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
Go for the gold! That’s what I keep telling myself as I wrestle with my
latest nursery design for my little girl arriving in no time. I can’t
help but be inspired by the contrasting metals and shimmery metallics
that have made a huge splash in the world of interiors. And now, like
most hot trends, they’ve made their way into the world of nursery.
Fortunately for me, our favorite children’s furniture makers do not
disappoint! So the question remains, should I really go for a gold crib?
The Jenny Lind crib is a true classic. Seeing it painted in gold, as a DIY project on A Small Snippet, makes my heart skip a beat.
Bratt Decor has been rocking glamorous gold cribs from the very beginning. It’s no wonder why they often catch the attention of expecting celebrities.
Furniture design powerhouse Nursery Works recently debuted a stunning, modern crib named ...more>>
Bratt Decor's New Chelsea Lifetime Iron Crib is featured in Kids Today's ABC Kids Expo Issue.
The Chelsea Lifetime iron crib from Bratt Decor is created by hand-bending metal and is available in all of the Chelsea finishes: antique silver, white and espresso (shown). The crib converts to a full-size bed, sing a mattress, box spring and bed frame, sold separately. The crib features a stationary gate, and offers three heights for the mattress, $1,350, brattdecor.com, 888-242-7288, booth 2505.
When I first lay eyes on Bratt Decor’s gorgeous furniture, I could completely understand why the stars are totally in love with these furniture pieces! Apparently Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza agree with me as not only did they have Bratt Decor’s President, Mary Bauer, decorate their nursery, they opted for my all-time favorite collections!
This Summer, Mary Bauer, flew out to Los Angeles to meet with Mario and Courtney to design an elegant and peaceful nursery for their baby. The room was to be unisex as the couple decided not to find out the sex. “It’s one of the few surprises left.” said Lopez to designer Bauer.
Because Courtney loves the European elegance of crystal chandeliers and Venetian glass, the Chelsea collection in antique silver (did I mention this was my favorite?) was a perfect choice.
The designer was on a deadline as the entire nursery make over was being filmed
"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.
When Tori Spelling began planning her baby boy's nursery, she went straight for the hip online boutique Nursery Couture.
"Because Tori and Dean (McDermott, her husband) are ultra-modern, funky people, they wanted to stick with the same theme for their nursery," Spelling's designer Katy Mimari says.
Photos of little Liam Aaron McDermott's streamlined, modern digs were recently splashed all over In Touch, Us Weekly and Life & Style magazines. You can't open a weekly these days without seeing which celebrity has the hot "new" baby trend.
And one of the biggest trends right now is a parent-friendly, design-conscious nursery, according to Target maternity clothing designer Liz Lange, who recently judged the baby nursery episode of Bravo's "Top Design."
Be a 'cool parent'
"It's not just buying designer furniture but hiring a professional decorator to design the room," Lange says. "It's become another room in the home that you want to reflect your taste as
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.
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.
I made a recent web discovery, I stumbled upon a fantastic luxury furniture site for infants and children. Bratt Decor is three words, infant & children opulence. They have been designing and crafting infant & children's furniture since they were expecting their first child in 1995.
From cribs, changers, twin beds, cribs, chests & twin beds, Bratt Decor is everything opulent and luxurious for your children. I have picked out my favorite two items.
Bring elegance few can in a crib with the Bratt Decor Venitian 3 In One Crib Gold. This crib has a bold and beautiful presence, not to mention comfort and versatility. Pictured here with four posters attached, this classic cast iron crib comes complete with four posters and canopy cross bars, which allows three completely unique looks. Colors available: antique white, pewter, slate & Venitian gold. Cost, $875. I wish they had one in my size.
'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.
Bratt adds 3 hot new finishes to the wildly popular Joy Collection. Sparkle and heirloom iron, crib and changer only $998!
From the beginning of a child's life, products intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind. More infants die every year in accidents involving cribs than with any other nursery product. Thousands of infants are injured seriously enough to require treatment in hospital emergency rooms. This article discusses what you need to know about crib safety, whether your crib is new or not, and also takes a look at crib toys.
If you're buying a new full-size crib
1. Corner posts should not extend more than 1/16 inch (1-1/2 mm) above the top of the end panel. Corner posts can be catchpoints for items placed around a child's neck or clothing worn by the child.
2. Mattress support hangers should be secured by bolts or closed hooks. All crib hardware should be securely tightened and checked frequently.
3. Bumper pads, if used, should (a) fit around the entire crib, (b)
Despite a few normal nerves - about baby naming, that little event called childbirth, and the ins and outs of breastfeeding - Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz loves being pregnant. She even slowed for a few minutes to tell us exactly why....
She also gives an intimate look into her star studded baby shower and shares favorite gifts, one of them a Zanzibar rocking cradle by Bratt Decor.
American Baby: Garden Girl
In this fresh and lovely piece by American Baby, our very own casablanca premiere in antique white is decked out in fun floral just in time for summer.
The KTLA morning show featured an amazing child's room designed by IBookers and furnished by Bratt Decor. Kirsten Stanwyck represented many other affordable luxe vendors live on KTLA April 9th with some fabulous tips on how you can organize/decorate your childs room on a budget.
Bratt Decor featured their Jane collection Bed, Bookcase, and nightstands, that are made with quality construction and feminine style " Bratt Decor is my choice for any child's room" says Gemma Booker, owner and founder of IBookers.
The girly bed was dressed in fine lines by Serena and Lily the ultimate in affordable luxury linens for children.
The room was organized with the super savvy Toy Pod By Boon Inc. something every child's room should have, and adorable outfits by Frenchy baby Organics and Ruffle Butts made their appearances on customized Hangers.
Allen Ave. provided edgy fun stuffed animals and toys and created a room to remember.