If you're awaiting a visit from the fabled stork, join the club. There are more than 73 million moms or moms-to-be in the US today, ranging in age from teen years to 40-plus. While each and every one of them is going to need at least one crib, a changing table, and a rocking chair, the demand for baby goods doesn't stop there.
Grandparents also play a major role in spending and "are expected by 2010 to be 80 million strong and spending $35 billion per year on their grandchildren," says Lauren Estep, spokesperson for Young America, a furniture manufacturer based in Stanleytown, VA. The baby business is booming, and with it comes an endless array of options aimed at creating a child's room that is safe, functional, and fun.
When it comes to creating your first nursery, there are several must-have items every parent should consider, with a new crib topping
Bratt Decor's beautiful chelsea lifetime in iron shines in this fantastic article honoring the richness and luster of metallics. "Whether you prefer the glitz of radiant gold or the history of burnished bronze, metallics give a rich luster to a room that few materials can emulate. What began as an accessory trend, with antique silver frames and gilded mirrors, can now be seen in wall coverings, fabrics and large-scale furniture and in colors that go beyond nature’s creations with luminescent purples, blues and greens."
Bratt Decor's president and co-founder Mary Bauer dishes with anchors on CBS's morning talk show, The Morning Edition, about the latest trends in baby and nursery decor. And, oh, the accessories! Babies have the cutest things. Bauer bought with her a display of some of of the most popular gift items and must haves in baby. Items featured are sold at Bratt Boutiques and Bratt Decor online.
Dancing With the Stars and E! News correspondent Samantha Harris has kept an online journal for Fitness Magazine highlighting her workout routine, pregnancy, and all of its joys.
On a recent post Samantha wrote "We've done a little more prepping for the baby. We have our cradle (so cute in dark brown wood by Bratt Decor), and we will get our crib and changing table soon, also by Bratt."
Samantha purchased Bratt Decor's entire Chelsea collection in Buttermilk--cradle, crib, toddler conversion kit and changer/dresser.
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."
It's Bratt Decor and a girl for new parents Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. Little Ramona was born on Oct 3, weighing in at 8 lbs and 6 oz. The new babe will be resting in a Bratt Decor classic, the Dick crib in white.
The crib is to be delivered to the couples new home in Park Slope and will make a wonderful resting spot for baby Ramona, says excited new parents.
The Dick crib offers a timeless look and works with every style from celebrity moms to everyday moms too. The Dick collection features retro 40's inspired casters that seem to fit the couples style. The Dick line has many accompanying pieces which offer versatility to the line and the ability to grow with the child.
The Gyllenhaal-Sarsgaard baby will be getting her diapers changed in style too, in Bratt Decor's Heritage star open changer, also in white. Both
What does it take to put together a fantastic nursery? It turns out you don't need a huge budget, interior designer pals or even a perfect space--just a little creativity and sense of what will work for your family. In fact, the whole process was a lot easier than P&N's very pregnant AMY BRAYFIELD expected it to be--which is a good thing, since she waited till pretty much the last possible minute to prep her own nursery.
Things to consider.....
You're going to need a crib and a storage center, but beyond that, think about what you and your baby will really need. Some moms can forego, say, a changing table completely, while other moms swear their changing table was an essential they couldn't live without.
When it comes to furniture, the key is to think about how you'll really use it. If it's important to you to be able to move
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
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
If you live anywhere in the mid-Atlantic region, and you’re expecting a baby, be sure and visit Bratt Decor’s newly refurbished showroom and design center in Baltimore. Nestled inside their 120 year old warehouse, you will find a beautiful showroom, featuring their exclusive designs, custom bedding, artwork, lighting, and more. You can customize hundreds of items, the service is free, and their talent is crazy!
Bratt Decor is based in Baltimore, but has a worldwide presence. This chic designer company, has been making baby furniture since 1995. Their safety record is flawless, their customer list includes Hollywood’s hottest, and their quality is unparalleled. It’s so worth the trip!
Can’t make it to the showroom? No problem. Shop online: www.brattdecor.com
Fox 45 News anchor Jennifer Gilbert is expecting and this chic mommy-to-be has chosen Bratt Decor to furnish her nursery.
"There really is nothing else out there in terms of high-end, luxury nursery furniture," says Gilbert about her haute decision.
Gilbert chose the entire Chelsea collection--a cradle, crib, toddler conversion kit, convertible changer/dresser, and armoire, all in espresso. As well as a Zanzibar cradle, and custom bedding sets by Lulla Smith (sold online and at Bratt Boutiques)
"We really love our furniture! The espresso is such a rich color. Its perfect!" she says.
Jennifer is due late this summer. And boy, will her new babe be sleeping in style!
To find and purchase items that Jennifer bought for her nursery go to our online store, or just click on the "how to buy" button in the menu, and browse under the Chelsea collection, Cradles, and Bedding.
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,
Mompreneur-- Local mom Mary Bauer began creating European-inspired infant furniture in 1995. Today, the company has blossomed into a multi-million dollar company with an international presence. Donna Hamilton and Stan Stoval talk to Bauer about balancing her life as mom, wife and CEO, her baby furniture designs, the latest trends and working with Hollywood's biggest stars.
Designing a nursery is a labor of love. A few careful considerations at the beginning can save you both time and money along the way. Check out these 8 elegant nurseries that will grow with your child and look amazing along the way.
1. 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 child grows.
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. Choose a Sophisticated Color Pallet: Think beyond pink and blue, and do a bold adult color. Dark charcoal gray is sophisticated and enduring.
If you're expecting for the first time, you may be wondering how one tiny infant can require so much stuff! Between new furniture, stockpiles of essentials such as diapers and wipes, shower gifts of toys and clothes, not to mention the car seat, swing, bassinet, play yard& whew!, you may have noticed your home rapidly filling up with all of baby's things whether or not you've actually had the baby yet! As your child grows, and accumulates more stuff namely toys, which get bigger and bigger your living quarters may begin to feel a little cramped! So, what's a new mom to do?
Resolve to simplify your life this year by starting it off right -- with an organized nursery. Sure, things are bound to get a little messy (okay, very messy) once your little one arrives, but if you have items in place to help keep
A man's home might be his castle, but his children's rooms are their kingdoms, lavished nowadays with kiddie-customized accouterments from crib to computer station.
If a boy wants to sleep in a custom-built space ship, with fiber optic lighting and engine roar sound effects, he can. If a girl wants her bed in a super-sized doll house, she can have it, according to Diane DeWald, owner of Mega Kids Inc. in Park Shore Plaza. De Wald has been concocting the fantasy beds her clients request for the past 12 years, as well as providing more typical juvenile furniture in her 12,000 square-foot showroom.
It depends upon the age, she explained. Infants don't say much about their room design, she quipped, so the mothers make the nursery decisions. Right now, many are influenced by celebrity moms. They see what the stars have for their babies and they want the same for their own.
Numb3rs and former Rescue Me star Diane Farr furnished her entire nursery in Bratt Decor. Her first born is due to make his arrival in mid-March, but the mommy-to-be is well prepared having received all of her Bratt Decor furnishings the last week of September, and from what we've been told the nursery is beautiful!
Farr began looking for nursery furniture before there was a baby. Farr says that through her search she found nothing that came close to the beauty and peace of Bratt Decor.
Farr mixed and matched pieces from the hippest collection in baby, Bratt Decor. Like the true maverick she is she chose a burnished gold Venetian crib, accompanied with a Chelsea changer in espresso, and two accessory shelves from the Dick line, which she painted herself to match the espresso finish of the Chelsea.
We are proud to welcome Ms. Farr into the Bratt Decor family
On tonight's episode of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, Tori & Dean are at Bel Bambini in West Hollywood shopping for Stella. Bel Bambini worked with Tori and Dean to decorate Stellas nursery with the finest furniture and accessories featured in the store. Following are items that are featured in the nursery:
Bratt Decor Jane Book Case ($520.50), Casablanca daybed ($750.50), Casablanca Wardrobe with armoire glass ($1496.00)
Newport Cottages Cape Cod Roses White Crib ($1364) and Celine Changer in White ($1330)
Monte Design Luca Glider ($895) and Ottoman ($385)
Green Frog Art Versailles Cradle ($450)
Argington Fuji Toy Box ($420)
Peg Perego Aria Twin 60/40 / Red ($369)
Cariboo Classic Basinet ($360) with Babystar Tag Pink Bag
Maddie Boo Moses Basket ($180)
Life & Style will be revealing Stellas nursery very soon in an upcoming issue.
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!
Former Miss USA, model, actress and now mommy to 2-year old daughter Estela, has chosen Bratt Decors fine youth furnishings to fill her daughters room yet again. Bratt Decor has always been Landrys furniture company of choice when it came to her daughter. Bratt Decors stunning Venetian Crib was the mainstay of Estelas gorgeous nursery room.
The current issue of People Magazine, on stands today, features candid shots of Ali Landry and Estela playing in the amazing, vintage-inspired childrens play room. Estelas room was inspired by Alis childhood in the Southits classic, traditional, and whimsical.
The room is phenomenal, a true dreamland, said Landry.
The play room includes Bratt Decors Blu Storage Cubbies, Jane Bookcase, and wrought iron Casablanca Day Bed. Bratt Decor is my choice for any childs room, says celebrity designer Gemma Touchstone who has turned to Bratt Decor for many of her celebrity projects in the past.
The customer was clearly in a dilemma when she walked through the shop's door.
What can one possibly purchase as a baby shower gift when the sex of the tiny newcomer is still unknown?
Debbie Melnikoff was quick with her answer.
The owner of Dream Baby Boutique on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester propelled her customer toward a wall covered with Loved Baby apparel -- a neutral-colored, mix-and-match clothing line for infants, whether they're made of either snips and snails, or sugar and spice.
Customers "love the 'Loved Baby' butt on the pants," Melnikoff said with a laugh, indicating miniature pairs of rompers with the logos emblazoned on the seats.
Another display features a menagerie of stuffed animals with fuzzy faces and in a variety of species, including ducks, giraffes, bears, frogs and, the most popular item, according to Melnikoff, an impish monkey. They are also available as teethers and are washable,