People Magazine's photo spread of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins Max and Emme revealed their lush and luxurious nursery that included two Bratt Decor Casablanca Cribs in slate, Art 4 Kids' Madison Bedding and an ivory Max Daniel blanket. However, Parents Magazine is up in arms because they are concerned about what they say are major safety hazards in the room:
The pillows, stuffed animals and blankets in the cribs and draped canopies are suffocation hazards
Bows tied onto the crib slats are choking hazards.
The open window doesn't have a window guard.
While it's true that these concerns are valid, I think the editors of Parents are jumping the gun. As we learned with Brooke Burke's nursery for daughter Heaven Rain and Baby Boy Charvet, the room was styled and staged for a beautiful photo shoot. Most likely, all hazards would be removed before the babies are put in the cribs. Also,
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
Furniture is perhaps the biggest purchase, both in size and price that parents make for their children's rooms.
According to New York-based Easy Analytic Software Inc., youth bedroom furniture will have one of the biggest sales increases of all furniture products between 2006 and 2011. In fact, only entertainment furniture is expected to see greater sales increases.
Both youth bedroom and infant furniture are expected to grow sales faster than the 27% projected for all furniture in the next five years. EASI projects a 29.5% increase in sales of youth bedroom, from $5.08 billion in 2006 to $6.58 billion in 2011 and a 28.5% increase for infant furniture, from $1.18 billion last year to $1.52 billion in 2011.
Even though the projected numbers and some manufacturers are optimistic, there still are sections of the country and the industry where the economy is soft and business is described as flat. However, with about 4.1
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.
Last week "Moderndad" mentioned the prams Jennifer Lopez has for her new twins, but there are other baby products to gawk at in the People Magazine article too. For instance, the matching "Casablanca Cribs" in the nursery. Even though the picture in People makes it look like neither child has ever spent a moment of their lives in the cribs.
The Casablanca Premier crib is adjustable, meets all the US safety requirements and has a drop front gate that's integrated into the "scroll bar." And if a big, vintage-looking metal crib with a lot of ornate scrolls matches your design style, then this is the crib for you.
The Casablanca Premier is available as a custom order in burnished gold, silver or satin white for $950 from Bratt Decor.
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!
This is the one you wait for all year long. Bratt Decor's annual warehouse sale is happening this weekend, Friday April 17, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, and Saturday April 18, 10am-3 pm in our Baltimore warehouse location: 5 N Haven St Baltimore, Md. 21224. We will have tons of items on sale, some up to 70% off! Get great deals on photo shoot and samples, close out items, discontinued product, scratch and dent and more.
All merchandise sold as-is; all sales are final, with the exception of brand new in the box items in our current catalogue.
Cashmere for toddlers, handmade lotions and soaps from an agricultural cooperative in northern Israel and tuxedos for Gen-Y males are just a few of the new products retailers are designing new concepts around.
The retail industry has become so saturated with me-too concepts that new retailers, in order to succeed, need to have a laser focus on their market segment and open stores different from those already in the market.
"We are seeing people take one thing and try to become really good at it," says Mike Tesler, partner and principal of Retail Concepts. The Norwell, Mass.-based firm consults with new business owners to help them establish their chains. "If you get known for being the best at that one thing, you've won the game in retail."
For example, Sabon, an Israeli-based chain that sells bath and beauty products, has a more narrowly defined market than mainstream competitors Bath & Body Works and
Baby Zone.com dishes with celebrity designers and reveals the secrets of the nurseries of today's hottest stars and their babes. Bratt Decor's own, Mary Bauer discusses her contributions to the celebrity nurseries of Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony, Brook Burke among others.
Madonna, Cindy Crawford, and Heather Locklear are just a few of the celebrity moms with kids we love to watch. You can be sure these moms want the finest in room decor for their babies and children. This desire has probably helped fuel a race to bring luxurious kids furniture and accessories to market.
We're not sure how many new parents will actually pop for the $28,000 castle bed featured in the 2000 issue of the Neiman Marcus Catalog.
But they might opt for some of the more affordable, though still plush items for babies and children that are currently available. Just what are the trends in opulence for kids? Currently in fashion is the Italian villa look using warm color-washed walls in golden yellows and furnished with trendy wrought iron furniture (such as the baby changing table from Bratt Decor pictured at right).
Another trend is hot colors. One recent Designer Showhouse
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
What makes Bratt Decor unique simple and classic style paired with quality craftsmanship.
The functionality of the line as well as it's ability to be gender neutral is amazing. For example, my daughter Henley has the Heritage Crib in white with the bunny finials. If my next child is a boy, I just trade out the bunnies for airplane finials and it is now for a boy.
Most convertible cribs will convert to toddler beds, but let's face it they really are not very attractive. With the conversion rails (sold separately) The Bratt Decor wooden cribs convert to the sweetest little toddler beds. Also, another genius design element is that many of the dressers actually have a changing table that attaches to the top and can be removed later. We have the Jane Crib and Dresser Changer in my other daughters room (yes they're twins) , with the crib converting to a
Take a peek inside "Numb3rs" star, Diane Farr's eclectic home. Great photo of the nursery.
LOS ANGELES--It's a warm spring morning when Diane Farr, 36, swings open the front door to her cozy 1920s Spanish-style bungalow. The actress is enjoying a rare day off from taping the hit CBS series Numb3rs and caring for her 5-week-old son, Beckett.
"It's pretty exhausting," she says, walking by a floor-to-ceiling arched window in the sunlit foyer of the three-bedroom, two-bath home. "I keep feeling like the adrenaline is going to run out at some point."
Luckily, Farr and her husband, Seung Chung, 36, a marketing executive, have had plenty of help with midnight feedings. "My family just came and left, and his parents came and left," she says with a hint of panic--the couple has yet to hire a nanny. "Now my mom is back because we're shooting the season finale for Numb3rs. (It airs
Designer Tracy Hutson transforms the boys' bedroom in one family's home into a cozy, girly nursery that the mom-to-be goes gaga for. Using furniture from Bratt Decor's Jane line in pink, this room is all girl!
Fans of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are used to watching Tracy Hutson completely overhaul run-down homes for deserving families. For this project, however, the designer and author of Feathering the Nest: Tracy Hutson's Earth-Friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby's Room didn't have to do major demolition or reconstruction. This labor of love involved teaming up with REDBOOK to warm up the nursery in Teresa and Scott Humr's home, in Twentynine Palms, CA.Teresa, a full-time mom to Caleb, 4, and Noah, 2, was expecting her first girl, Zoe Elizabeth (due date: June 22, 2009), and wanted to dress up the nursery, a room her two boys once shared. Our help was necessary because Scott, an
Bratt Decor designs gorgeous room decor that is pure luxury for your little angel. A favorite to the stars, Angelina and Bratt Pitt, Heidi Klum and Seal, Courtney Cox, and Marcia Cross's newest additions have all slept in cradles, cribs and nurseries by Bratt Decor, to name a few.
"Each Bratt product is designed by International artisan Stephen Bauer, whose unique works define Bratt Decor and have fueled the company's growth since its start in 1995. Today, in an age of fad and modern nursery design, Bratt Decor remains at the top of the baby industry with its elaborate designs, intricate detailing, superb craftsmanship, and unmatched quality."
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/
The Hot Moms Club and Pregnancy Magazine hosted a Backyard Chic, family friendly baby shower along with Betsy Russell and Adrienne Maloof-Nassif on Saturday, February 21st for Brooke and Charlie Sheen who welcomed twin boys on Saturday, March 14th Brooke was glowing with excitement and looking beautiful in an outfit by Pea in the Pod.
At the Baby Shower which was attended by a variety of celebrity friends including Paris Hilton, Christine Taylor with her 6-year-old daughter Ella, The Cast of Two and a Half Men including Jon Cryer with his son Charlie, Eric Dane, and baseball star Barry Bonds. Kids decorated cupcakes from Violets Cakes with baseballs and basketballs. Mixologist Natalie Bovis Nelson served up her signature non-alcoholic Preggatinis "; for guests and Samantha Barness with her team from Kitchen Kids; had the children creating their own healthy lunches with yummy O Organics food. Sheens daughters Sam,
Since the healthy delivery of daughter Blakesley Grace Sutter on April 3, former The Bachelorette stars Trista and Ryan have been overjoyed about their new addition. The family opened up its home to Life & Style recently to talk about the birth, adjusting to having a new baby in the house -- and the life-changing decision Trista and Ryan made about having more children.
L&S: When Max was born, you had to be put under general anesthesia to have an emergency C-section. How were things different this time around?
Trista: This birth was so much easier. Blakesley was born three weeks early, and I did have another C-section, but I didn't need general anesthesia. I just walked into the hospital and put my gown on, and then my doctor came in and said, "Okay, it's time." I didn't know you could just walk into the delivery room, because the last time, I
New parents spend between $5,000 and $15,000 to decorate Baby's nursery, according to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, driving a $7.3 billion industry. That's a lot of money to spend on a room Junior can't enjoy until he's crawling.
Parents spend a lot of time in their new baby's room, which is why some parents consider their own decorating likes and dislikes when creating a nursery.
Sarah Horn, owner of SHA, said parents are looking for custom pieces to put in nurseries. "People are liking to create their own now, versus buying something off the shelf," she said. "Once somebody realizes they can really put their personal touch on it, they tend to like it."
Including Mom and Dad's personality in nursery decor gives the room a comfortable and personal feel. It also creates a space they enjoy spending time in-and they will be spending a lot of time in it.
Versatility and multifunction have always been big in youth furniture. Lofts, under-bed drawers and trundle beds all make keeping a kid's room organized and user friendly an easier task. But the furniture in today's market goes beyond solving storage and space issues, offering a life span through college and beyond.
A MATURE SENSIBILITY
Youth Furniture manufacturers, keen on parent's tight purse strings, are introducing collections that easily transition through the years. Youth furnishings are built with a lot of versatility, says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishing Alliance (AHFA), High Point, N.C. I think what manufacturers are trying to do is come up with looks that are appealing to youngsters as well as teens, so that a parent can hopefully make a single investment and have it satisfy the child throughout that period.
At Broyhill Furniture Industries which recently launched a comprehensive children's line, Ready, Set, Grow