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.
What inspired you to design cribs?
The inspiration was the creation of our first nursery. Stephen is a trained artist and furniture designer, and when we couldn't find any furnishings that spoke to our tastes, he designed one for our baby. We worked together and put things into that crib that spoke to each of us personally. For me, it was the medium of French wrought iron, which I love. For him, it was the ostrich plumes from his beloved home of South Africa. The blending was sublime, and unlike anything that had ever existed.
How has your company grown over the years?
Our company has grown and morphed with our growing family, and the changing needs and tastes of our clients. Design is a fluid movement.
What advice would you give to someone pursuing their dreams?
I would say, absolutely, go for it! If you've been awakened, deep within your spirit,
Mario Lopez is dubbed the "Sexiest Dad Ever" by OK Magazine, and one look at the full page, shirtless papa holding sweet baby Gia, and we think you'll agree. When asked what the first thing that he thought when seeing baby Gia for the first time, the E host replied, "She had so much hair! It was thick, black and curly. I always thought babies were born bald. She needed a haircut the second she was born!"
The article features the happy family, lots of dad and baby, and yes the gorgeous nursery designed by Bratt Decor's own Mary Bauer, and featuring the chelsea lifetime in silver, the beautiful seven drawer dresser with change top, the stately armoire, and beautiful little night stand, all in antique silver. The room is simply stunning. Lopez says the being a father is the role he was born to play.
"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
Oh Baby! The Extra host and dad-to-be takes Us inside his tot's new room.
When Mario Lopez and girlfriend Courtney Mazza transformed a bedroom in their new Glendale, California, home for the little on they're expecting this month, they were inspired - by Jennifer Lopez! "I saw a picture of J. Lo's twins' nursery, and I thought, It's so timeless and elegant," says the mom-to-be, 28. "So we found her decorator, Mary Bauer from Bratt Decor." The designer furnished the room in gender-neutral shades because the couple, who met in 2008 while working on Broadway's A Chorus Line, are waiting until delivery day to learn the sex of their firstborn. "Where else in life do you get such special surprises?" asks the Extra host, 36. "I hope with all our kids it will be a surprise." That's right: The TV star (who has penned a book for first-time dads due out
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
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
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
What a great time we had in NYC with Trista Sutter and other magnificient mommies at Jessica Denay's book launch for "Hot Moms to be Handbook." Lots of pampering and posh people. The fashion show was spectacular and Bratt Decor's chelsea cradle in white was the crowd favorite. Bratt Decor is donating an entire nursery complete with the venetian wrought iron crib in antique white, chelsea 7 drawer dresser and chelsea armoire. For more information, or to enter to win, go to http://www.momtobesweepstakes.com/
back from Louisville, KY for the 2010 Spring Conference for independent retailers in the baby and kids industry,and we had a blast. First of all, Louisville is a very charming city, clean, friendly and with a decidedly sophisticated edge. We loved the cool restaurants, and shops. The Museum Hotel was amazing, and was actually just written up in Conde Nast. Check it out, if you're going to Louisville.<><> The show was small and exciting. We saw some of our wonderful store owners from around the country. We saw Debbie from Beautiful Beginnings in Chicago, who is doing great with the line. Spent some time with two of our favorite Left Coast Girls who own The Juvenile Shop in Sherman Oaks, California. If you're ever out there, stop in because the store is beautiful and the service is unparalleled. There was cool new products on the market that you may love.
Everyone in the know, knows Kids Today is an industry standard for news from the kid world. We are so thrilled they highlighted one of our favorite retailers, Sugarplum Dreams this month. We love the photographs of the chelsea rocking cradle and casablanca premiere heirloom iron crib. The article highlighting the ABC Spring Conference was great, and we were so happy that they put the spotlight on our gorgeous little manhattan dresser, in sable. Oh, so rich!
Week of Unofficial Tax-Free Shopping
It’s the week after taxes are due—April 16-25, 2010—and retailers are giving you the gift of tax-free shopping! More than 50 of Baltimore’s best retailers (Bratt Decor being a featured retailer!) and four different shopping districts have officially united to bring you spectacular April savings on some of their hottest items. If you’re looking for fantastic savings on home and goods services and on apparel for women, men, and children, now is the time to shop! All the retailers are offering a minimum 6% discount, but many are offering additional savings… up to 70% off their items!
Bratt Decor, Inc. Receives 2010 Best of Baltimore Award
NEW YORK, NY, March 24, 2010 -- For the second consecutive year, Bratt Decor, Inc. has been selected for the 2010 Best of Baltimore Award in the Children's Furniture category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4%) 2009 Award recipients qualified as two-time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by
The biggest change I've noticed in the world over the last five years, would be the world wide awakening that has happened as far as our responsibility to this earth, and how we can evoke positive changes. I have to say, that I am thrilled with this new state of being. I am a nature lover, most peaceful in the mountains, and being half Lumbee Indian, I always felt a special connection to the earth, the forest, the rivers, the air . . . So, naturally I've tried to incorporate respect for the earth in all areas of my life, including my business. And, as more and more demand for eco friendly products emerge, so do the resources to create them. That is one of the reasons I love business, it will make available what we demand, and if our consciousness turns toward more responsible behavior,
Child Mode is the best online to go for the latest information on all things hip for the family. Travel, apparel, N U R S E R Y D E S I G N, and celebrity style are among the tasty bits you can find. We're thrilled they loved our 2010 collection. Read all about it at www.childmode.com
We just got back from lalaland, where we hung out with the stars in the Boom Boom Room. It was so great to see so many happy customers, including: Samantha Harris, Nancy O'Dell, Ali Landry, Tisha Campbell and more! We fell in love with Aaron Staton and his gorgeous wife, Connie, who are expecting their first baby in July. Hopefully, they'll be clients soon!
With Bachelor season in full swing, we thought we would catch up with the franchise’s most successful Bachelorette, Trista Sutter. Believe it or not, 17 seasons after it all began, Trista is still the only person to actually find a spouse on the show.
It's hard to keep up with the Kardashian's, but Bratt Decor did it's best! Kardashian, choose Bratt Decor's antique silver luxury Chelsea rocking cradle for her gorgeous new baby boy, Mason. When asked how it feels to be a parent, Kourtney replied, "It feels amazing. It's just so indescribable. You don't get how good being a parent feels, until it happens to you." We understand completely. Congratulations to our latest Hollywood babe!
Pregnancy & Newborn Babyspace: Paris Chic
Give your little princess' room a sweet and stylish French twist using inspired pieces from such lines as Bratt Decor (Bratt Decor's Classic Armoire and Changing Chest, both in white were featured here), Serena & Lily, Ethan Harper and of course you must include a copy of Eloise in Paris!
Ali Landry literally burst onto the scene when she starred in a now-classic Doritos Super Bowl commercial and became instantly famous as the Doritos Girl. Ten years, innumerable career highlights and one adorable two-year-old daughter later, Ali has lost none of her energy or drive. In fact, she just launched Belle Parish, a childrens clothing line due out in Spring 2010.
Here, Ali gives us the scoop on her and her daughter Estelas Top 10 baby items:
1. Fave baby ride: Ive got four, a Bugaboo, a Chicco, a Jeep and a Silvercross. For the next baby, I would love to try an Uppa Baby stroller or an Orbit.
2. Fave crib: Bratt Decor. It is so gorgeous, I wish she could stay in it forever!
3. Fave sippy cup: The new Tilty sippy cup and Mabels Labels to make sure she doesnt lose it!
Audriana's custom nursery was exclusively created for her by Nava Writz of LA's Nava Designs. The bedding is soft, lush and ultra feminine and sits nicely on her Bratt Decor Casablanca crib in Gold. "I bought this beautiful wrought iron crib with gold leafing from Bratt Decor, I'm so excited!" says the mother of four.
Teresa and Audriana are thrilled with the nursery! And we love it too!
Bratt Decor's President & design guru shares design tips for creating the ultimate nursery!
And Ali Landry talks about the launch of her new children's clothing line and her magical room makeover for daughter Estella, sponsored in part by Bratt Decor.