Brooke Burke has chosen Bratt Decor as her crib of choice yet again, for her fourth child and first boy! Working with designer Katy Mimari, who also designed both Josselyn Hess and Liam McDermott's nurseries, Brooke Burke and Mimari set about putting together a joint nursery in her and David Charvet's new home for daughter Heaven Rain, 13 months, and her new baby boy, arriving in the next three weeks. Featuring items from Bratt Decor, Caden Lane, Green Frog Art and more, the room is the perfect blend of both masculine and feminine. Showing off the room in new images, the photoshoot also includes images of a solo Brooke showing off her pregnany belly.
Brooke choose the Venetian 3-in-1 crib in gold for Rain and the new baby-to-be.
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
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.
Bratt Decor is thrilled to announced that the most viewed nursery of 2015, according to Project Nursery, features our very own Joy iron baby bed in distressed white. This Dainty soft and sweet space is feminine and light. The beautiful windows flood the space in natural light and are flanked by silky pink curtains. We love the free form art collection created by open frames over the crib. We also had the honor of being featured in another highly viewed nursery: Gold Glittery Nursery with fun metallic polka dots and featuring Bratt Decor's venetian crib in antique white. Other notable baby spaces include Lucy's Gray, Coral and Gold Nursery and Isla's Modern Neutral Golden Nursery.
images courtesy of Project Nursery
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
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.
Project Nursery asked Bratt Decor's Mary Bauer, for some tips in designing a baby room that will your child will not outgrow too soon. Here's her smart advice.
1. Choose a Sophisticated Color Palette. Think beyond pink and blue, and try a bold, beautiful black palette. Black furnishings are sophisticated, neutral, and wear oh, so well. Colors pop, so if your heart is set on pink or blue, pop them in without sacrificing sophistication.
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. 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 babe grows.
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
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
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
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
Why It's Cool: Halle Berry loved this elegant crib in espresso so much, she bought two -- one for each of her California homes in Malibu and the Hollywood Hills. Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris also purchased the classic piece for her baby girl Josselyn's nursery.
Where to Buy: The Bratt Decor Chelsea Sleigh Crib costs $1,452.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Think Angelina and Zahara with matching designer handbags; dismiss it as the Brangelina brand of eccentricity and venture winking at the modern-day version of the oldest human impulse--to behold an untrammeled frontier. If you can't fit cookie baking into your already jam-packed schedule, its defensible.
But as an up-to-the-minute urbanite, if you still dress up your kid in top-to-toe pink or a character associated with big corporations, like Barney or any Disney character, you ignore the call of natural evolution. With almost all high end items showing up in miniature sizes, it's time to treat the little princes and divas like their adult counterparts.
Uber cool styles are cutting-edge and hip: mix nursery rhymes, rock tees and hot colours. As pint-sized versions of adult tastes overwhelm Little Miss Muffet, the hit tour belts out Crib Rock Couture. There are even lullaby cover versions of songs by rock legends such as Coldplay, Pink