When Mary Bauer was pregnant with her first child in 1995, she did what most new parents do--searched for the right nursery furniture. But for Mary and her husband, Stephen, that search proved futile.
"The face of juvenile furniture was very different," Mary said. "We were trying to find sophisticated, well-designed baby furniture. But it was either very high-end European or Babies "R" Us. There was nothing in between."
After finding nothing that suited their tastes, Stephen, who at the time was working as a commercial illustrator but has a background in furniture making in his native South Africa, designed a crib from scratch--a four-poster iron crib with ostrich feathers. The couple realized there were likely others parents out there that wanted the same level of sophistication and elegance for their nurseries, so the couple formed Bratt Decor. "We incorporated while I was still pregnant," Mary said.
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.
Joking that pregnancy is "the one time in your life when you can gain 50 pounds and people congratulate you," actress Diane Farr admits that when an ultrasound revealed twins, "I said a lot of expletives."
Then I realized it was all about organization. Now Im pretty much prepared. If you open up any drawer in the room, theyre filled for until the girls are 2!
Describing how she chose to decorate the girls' nursery, Diane, 38, explains her rules: "You should splurge on a really high-end piece, then one medium piece, and a bunch of things to fill in. For her more expensive items, Diane picked out Posh Tots chandelier and lamps; for her mid-range items, Serena and Lily sheet sets. For furniture, she turned to Bratt Decor for their Venetian Crib in gold (Diane already had one she used with Beckett, so she added another to her nursery) and the
The Boom Boom Rooms Golden Globes Gifting Suite was bustling in the days before the awards program. Hollywoods famous families - expecting parents, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and their offspring - stepped into the gifting suite wonderland built by 83 sponsors.
All the parents-to-be visited Bratt Decor's suite with excitement! Bratt Decor even snagged a few Celebrity Nurseries out of the event. After meeting Anne Heche, Tim Allen, Brooke and Charlie Sheen each celeb has chosen Bratt Decor for their babies-to-be's nurseries.
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Nate shows a viewer how to re-creat a nursery for twins similar to the beautiful room Jennifer Lopez created for her twins. Nate used Bratt Decor's casablanca premiere cribs, just as Jennifer did, and dressed them with Little Bunny Blue linens. To see the episode go to thenateshow.com and search "celeb baby rooms"
Baltimore Magazine Best of Baltimore 2007
BEST BABY DESTINATION--More and more baby shops are popping up-Bel Air's Tiny Toes and Annapolis's Lil' Lamb Shop just to name a few--but the best all-in-one baby locale is still Belvedere Square, Belvedere Avenue, 410-464-9773. Shop Raw Sugar, 410-464-1240, for trendy baby duds (we heart Squidfire tees), BRATT DECOR, 410-464-9400, for sophisticated cribs and changing tables, Simply Noted, 410-464-1166, for adorable baby announcements and birthday invitations, Daedalus Books and Music, 410-464-2701, for inexpensive books, and The Market itself for family friendly dining and baby's first sushi roll.
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,
Marcia Cross' twins Savannah and Eden Mahoney's nursery is completely decked out by Bratt Decor. Back in December, Bratt Decor's Mary Bauer flew to L.A., where she met with Marcia and her husband, Tom Mahoney. She worked with the famous couple to create a gorgeous nursery for babies Eden and Savannah.
Mary said, "Marcia was radiant, kind, and easy to work with and Tom was absolutely beaming! They are a beautiful couple, with a gorgeous nursery and it was a great pleasure to work with both of them."
Marcia and Tom chose the entire dick collection in white for a pure, classic look. The nursery walls are painted with Benjamin Moores Spring Lilac for the walls because Marcia wanted girly, but not too frilly. Window treatments in the same fabric as the bedding with delicate lilac pom poms to add a feminine flair. The dick crib in white is made up with
On July 27, 2007 the ex-Bachelorette Trista Sutter and her firefighter husband welcomed their first child, Maxwell Alston Sutter, into the world. But their two years of TTC were not completely smooth. Trista joined host Kim Hahn to candidly discuss her conception story, which includes nearly 100 pregnancy tests, a crucial time-saving tool for Trista, and the concession that just maybe it was time to consult a fertility expert . . . all culminating in what Trista says "was the happiest cry I've ever cried in my life.
Here's what Trista had to say about little Max's nursery!
"Its our favorite room in the house now! The furniture is beautiful, we got a wrought iron crib and daybed from Bratt Decor, and a beautiful buttermilk colored changing table."
"We also have their bassinet in our room, and that I'm just in love with! It matches alot of the furniture that
First came love, then came marriage, and now Trista and Ryan Sutter of ABC's The Bachelorette, have welcomed a baby boy, Maxwell Altson Sutter, to their fairytale love story.
The couple welcomed the baby into the world on July 26th. Little Maxwell (5 pounds, 3 ounces and 18 inches long) is the first child for the Sutters, who met on the first season of ABC's The Bachelorette and were married on television in December of 2003.
Max sleeps in a fun striped nursery decked out in furnishings by Bratt Decor. His nursery, which was designed to be unisex, now screams "BOY!" with the added touches of color and hints of pale blue. Max currently sleeps in Bratt Decors Zanzibar Rocking Cradle, as he grows he will move into his Casablanca crib in Pewter, and then on to the Casablanca Daybed. Maxs changing table will also transition and grow with him, as
She's due any day now with twin girls, but Numb3rs actress Diane Farr has it all under control. "When I found out it was twins, I said a lot of expletives," the actress told Life & Style during a July 3 visit to the girls' new nursery in Diane's West Hollywood home. The nursery features a Bratt Decor Venetian Crib in gold (the same one she has for son Beckett) and a Chelsea Double Dresser in Espresso.
Farr loved the crib so much that she "couldn't imagine getting anything different" she says.
The twins' ballerina themed nursery follows Diane's decorating rule of thumb: "You should splurge on a really high-end piece," she says "then one medium piece and a bunch of things to fill it in."
When the time came for Samantha Harris to design her baby's boudoir, she called on the ladies at Bratt Decor, Caden Lane and Nursery Couture to assemble the room. By pairing traditional, neutral furniture with a classic pink and chocolate color scheme, the design team created a stylish girly space for baby Josselyn.
Check out some of Samantha's favorite pieces...(do you notice that Bratt's all over the page?!)
Creating your dream nursery can be an easy task when you focus your goals and wants for this special room. Many moms-to-be already have their dream nursery in mind, but are unsure of how to get started. Here is some helpful advice on how to overcome this obstacle. One of the best ways to decorate a child's room is around a baby nursery theme or color scheme.
Following are a few suggestions to get you started:
The best way to get an idea for your nursery theme is by selecting the baby bedding that best reflects your unique style. Choose a main print that will set the tone for the whole room. There are many options available today that go beyond the traditional babyish themes. Maybe pretty pink polka-dots or purple flowers for a little girls room, and blue gingham to dress up a little boys room. Be sure to
A few stars were spotted loading up on free goodies for their kids at the Boom Boom Room's Children's Gifting Wonderland held at the Century Plaza Hotel in honor of the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
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!
The biggest trend in youth decor? To make the nursery or tot's room blend in with the home's overall design scheme. Modern Youth Furniture, textiles and decor are taking cues from the fashion world and from mainstream furniture designs. The results are new "decor greats" that comfort baby and appeal to parent's sense of style.
Designed to meet those needs, Bratt Decor introduces its first-ever mod collection, Blu by Bratt Decor. This special addition to the company's line of children's furnishings offers yet another option for today's chic parents and parents-to-be--a bold, contemporary statement for the nursery.
The sophisticated and cool line is styled in ash wood with a rich oak veneer stained in wheat and mocha finishes. The natural wood grain is left exposed. The Blu line includes a panel crib, a convertible changer/dresser, a storage cubby, and a wall shelf. The crib utilizes stationary side rails, and offers
In 1995, Mary and Stephen Bauer were expecting their first child. Stephen had his own business as a commercial illustrator and was enjoying great success. Mary was a marketing director for a local architectural firm. They both were excited about their new addition. Stephen showed his excitement by designing a gorgeous wrought iron crib for their new baby.
With that crib, Bratt Decor was born. Since then, the Bauer family has grown, as has the business. Bratt Decor designs include baby cribs, dressers, changing tables, childrens furniture and coordinating accessories. Stephen works full-time designing, creating and manufacturing products while Mary manages sales and marketing. Sebastian and Raiff, their sons, do product testing and design input.
M&T Bank won this banking relationship in January of 2006. Bratt Decor has seen significant expansion since then. Michael Pietropaoli, assistant vice president and relationship manager, and Carl Hairston, vice president and team leader, both of
Bratt Decor introduces new looks and designs for nursery and beyond. This in depth article has six great shots of some of our most popular cribs, along with tons of info on available finishes and price ranges. Thanks Baby & Children's Product News!
A mini diva in your midst? Your little galmour-puss might like the beautiful, hand-rubbed finish of the Chelsea sleigh crib in Antique Silver from Bratt Decor. Victorian-inspired relief carvings and a metallic patina transcend time, as the other pieces in the collection--a dresser and an armoire--could easily fit into a growing child's or even a parent's room. Also available in buttermilk and espresso finishes.
When you can extend the life of a product past the nursery, it makes for practical shopping. The sophisticated changer doubles as a dresser after your little one graduates from diapers (simply remove the changing table tray).
Pregnant actress Halle Berry has been busy decorating the nursery in her two homes-one if Malibu and one in the Hollywood Hills-with identical items for her March baby.
In Touch Weekly is reporting that Berry, 41, purchased two of Bratt Decors Chelsea Sleigh Crib ($1452). Your baby will sleep in style in this elegant crib. Dancing with the Stars cohost Samantha Harris also purchased this luxury crib for her baby girl.
Desperate Housewives star and proud new mom Marcia Cross welcomed two beautiful fraternal twin babies into the world on February 20th. Eden and Savannah will be coming home to an adorable nursery completely furnished by Bratt Decor.
The girls nursery is decorated in classic New England Style with clean, straightforward lines, and crisp white Bratt Decor furnishings. The walls are painted a sweet lavender to bring a touch of feminine color, and playful charm to the room.
Marcia, like the Boston girl she is, chose a clean New England cottage look for her nursery, says Bratt Decor President Mary Bauer, who visited with Marcia in early January to do an interior design consultation.
Marcia and Tom Mahoney chose two of Bratt Decor's classic Dick cribs, two Dick changing tables, a classic armoire with custom painting, a Dick nightstand, a classic mirror, an adorable pink Jane scalloped table and chairs set,
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
Sweet dreams Baby, weve SO got you covered! Youve been waiting so patiently for 101 and here it is!!! Weve looked all over for our Favorite Crib and we are in good company with our choice of celebumom favorite Bratt Decor! From cribs to dressers, cradles to big kid beds, Bratt Decor truly has it all. Their quality is unmatched and their unique style is absolutely breathtaking.
We reviewed the Casablanca Premiere Crib in Venitian Gold& WHICH, ahem, just happens to be the same crib that diva-turned-mommy Jennifer Lopezs babies Max and Emme dream in too! Just one look and theres no wondering why. Its truly fit for royalty. Each and every detail was captured with such magnificent quality and craftsmanship that it makes it a shame that your little one will only be in it for a few years! Oops, they thought of that too as it fully converts into