One of the greenest things you can do is buy less stuff. Of course, that's easier said then done when the Incredible Growing Kid gets too big not only for his britches, but also for his bed. So instead of cribs, play tables, and storage that need to be replaced, we're featuring pieces that grow with your child--as well as design tips for repurposing old stuff and tricks for decorating to accommodate evolving interests. Whether you're setting up a nursery or a pretween's room, this approach is easy on the earth--and, in happy coincidence, on your wallet too.
Bed: This old-fashioned-looking crib keeps up with the times by converting into a daybed (it can also be turned into a canopy crib and four-poster crib). Venetian 3-in-1 crib, $875, Bratt Decor, brattdecor.com.
Decorating a nursery can be a daunting task, even more so if your expecting your first child, but trying to save the planet while you're at it could very well make an expectant mom's head spin. Fortunately, eco-friendly options are becoming increasingly available, and although they are yet to be considered mainstream, there are still many adorable-chic-options from which to choose. "Five years ago, eco-friendly options for the nursery were virtually non-existent," says Brian Green, general manager at Great Beginnings. "Today, however, these items are much more popular." Knowing what to look for before you go to the store will help you make wiser decisions, especially if you plan to go green.
When selecting items made of wood - crib changing tables, nightstands - look for one's made by companies that get their materials from sustainable forests, and avoid those constructed of particleboard, plywood, and MDF. "They often contain chemicals, such
The nursery is your baby's world, his new nest. Within its confines, infants are nurtured, mothers rest in plush overstuffed chairs, and families gather to enjoy their little ones. Multifunctional rooms require planning, but one that provides comfort to the youngest family member calls for extra care and consideration. As they tend to be smaller rooms, take care not to overdo your baby's surroundings. Begin by determining which pieces of furniture are necessary for you and your baby. Mapping out the nursery is an opportunity to evaluate space before purchasing furniture and opens discussion about the rooms' function. Babies grow and the nursery will soon play another role in the home.
A crib, changing table, and armoire are nursery staples, but parents find that other pieces add comfort and convenience, ie., a nursing chair. While most parents design a nursery based on the sex of their expected child, some wait
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"
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
Ever find yourself jealously gazing at the luxurious baby gear celeb moms are carrying and pushing around? So do we. We rounded up some indulgences inspired by four of our favorite celeb moms for your viewing pleasure. Whether your style is simple and sweet, fun and funky, classy and oh-so expensive or down-to-earth and eco-friendly, we've got something you and your baby will love.
Three out of the four moms and babes listed in this celeb style line up actually have Bratt Decor products--that's right, Heidi Klum, Marcia Cross, and Katie Holmes all purchased Bratt for their little ones.
Suri's adorable scalloped chairs in pink are shown in this feature of high style!
Entertainment mogul, Sean Diddy Combs celebrated the December arrival of his and long time girlfriend, Kim Porter's twin girls. The star studded shower was complete with some of the top names in music, fashion and entertainment, family, friends, and gifts galore! Two Bratt Decor Zanzibar Cradles were given to the couple by their designer Shalena Smith of Ga Ga Designs.
The golden cradles served as the centerpiece of the event and garnered oohs and ahhs from those present. Smith says "the cradles were Kim and Diddy's favorite gift item. They now sit in their master bedroom awaiting the twins' arrival. They absolutely love it!"
A very pregnant Kim even told Smith that the cradles were the most elegant thing she had ever seen. The Zanzibar Cradle is one of Bratt Decor's most popular items. Our wrought iron rocking cradle, complete with a locking mechanism, ensures a safe, cozy, and absolutely opulent sleeping
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?!)
Two of Bratt Decor's adorably feminine pieces are used to detail this baby space feature- the Jane Crib in white and the Jane Dresser/Changer in white with pink stripped accent drawer fronts.
With feminine accents in pink and green to compliment the clean black and white of the gorgeously detailed bedding, P&N's editor whisks your little doll away to the exotic orient without ever having to leave the comfort of her own crib.
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).
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.
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
Dancing With the Stars co-host Samantha Harris, 33, welcomed daughter Josselyn Sydney back in September, but she and husband Michael Hess had not found out the sex prior to the delivery. Five weeks later, a peek into the recently completed nursery at the Hess househeld shows that the couple are definitely parents to a daughter!
Josselyn sleeps in a Bratt Decor Sleigh Crib in Buttermilk and has accompanying pieces, Chelsea Sliegh Cradle and a 7-drawer double dresser/changer. Her room is fit for a princess!
Bratt Decor, the baby furnishings line favored by Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Cox, and Angelina Jolie, has opened its latest boutique at Tysons Corner. Bratt Decor uses unique finishes, detailed textures, bold colors, and high-quality materials to create nurseries that are extensions of the home, rather than separate entities. The new store features Bratt Decor's gorgeous line of infant and youth furnishings and an array of gift and decor items.
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,
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!
Bratt Decor, the insanely adorable children's boutique that recently opened in Falls Church, is the lovechild of husband and wife Stephen and Mary Bauer. It's the second location providing nursery and kid's furniture and accessories including cribs, infant and youth furnishings, bedding, artwork, gifts and more. Bratt Decor is a nationally recognized designer and manufacturer of luxury infant and youth furnishings. More than your average retail store, Bratt Decor offers a one-stop shop for every stage of childhood. Bratt Decor IS the ultimate shopping destination for baby and youth.
Extreme Makeover has helped another family, and Bratt Decor was a part of it in a big way. Our furniture was key in designing the most luxurious nursery that set had ever seen. Bratt Decor designer Stephen Bauer went on site, personally delivered and set up all the furniture, which included our Casablanca Premiere in gold, changing chest, armoire, jane book case, and jane night stand. We worked with Nava of Nava's designs, who created a gorgeous silk bedding set just for this occasion, and extreme makeover designer, Daniel who was an absolute gentleman and polished professional. The result of our combined efforts was simply breathtaking. Watch for the episode on December 4th at 8pm on ABC.
Bratt Decor, Belvedere Square's design house for the diaper set, outfitted desperate housewife Marcia Cross's nursery for her twin daughters, Eden and Savannah. Her order? Two dick cribs, two Dick changing tables, and a pink Jane round table and scalloped chair set. The star must have been pleased with the results. She sent founder Mary Bauer a gushing e-mail, "It is without question the most beautiful room in the house!"
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
Bratt Decor's president, Mary Bauer was asked to share her experiences and business savy at a segment titled: "Mother's of Invention: How to Transform Your Motherhood Experiences Into a Money-making Business."
Bratt Decor was a proud and favorite participant of the 2009 Golden Globe Boom Boom Room. This invitation only event for celebrity parents and celeb parents-to-be had an amazing turnout of stars and their babes.
The Boom Boom Room was bustling with vendors of all types but Bratt Decor was the only children's furniture manufacturer present and trust us, the stars took notice! Expecting celebs like Anne Heche, Tim Allen, Charlie Sheen and Salli Richardson all admired Bratt Decor's high designs and said that they definitely wanted Bratt for their budding nurseries.
Other stars that already have Bratt Decor are Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Saarsgard, Marcia Cross, Tori Spelling, Sean Diddy Combs and Patrick Dempsey. Bratt Decor is already coveted by the stars and increasingly becoming the favored choice for Hollywood moms and their little ones.
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.