The Canadian Team Behind Monte Design Shares The Secret To Creating a Sunny Nursery Anywhere, Anytime.

Last month as we kicked off the launch of our new Bravado Essential Embrace™ Nursing Bra, we introduced you to one of our fantastic partners in the Embrace Space contest, Canadian-based Monte Design (check out the introduction here). Now, as we enter the dog days of summer, we've taken a moment to ask Monte Design founders Ralph and Michelle Montemurro, for their take on what makes their Canadian designs so exceptional and eco-friendly, and how to keep that summer feeling alive in the Embrace Space throughout the year.

BD: Both Bravado Designs and Monte Design are based in Toronto, Canada. What makes Toronto such a desirable place to headquarter your business?

RM: Toronto is an amazing city. It is the design mecca within Canada; it's a great place to launch new products because the city is so current and design-savvy.

BD: Are there aspects to your designs that you feel are uniquely Canadian?

Canadians subconsciously want to stay warm and cozy -- a result of our long, cold winters. When I first started designing the chairs, I knew I wanted our chairs to be cozy and comfortable. I wanted people to feel embraced with warmth in their favorite chair.

BD: Creating products that are sustainable is at the heart of what you do. What are some of the ways that you minimize impact on the environment?

MM: So many baby furniture products are designed with a short life span in mind. Our Monte chairs are built and designed to last for many many years. We use everything from wood from sustainably-managed forests to fabrics that are OEKO-TEX certified, and we are always researching new resources that will minimize impact on the environment.

BD: Summer brings to mind longer days, warmer nights, lakesides and ice cream cones. What are some of your top tips for bringing this feel alive within the nursery and the Embrace Space?

MM: I love interesting color combinations, like a blue chair with yellow piping - this color combo evokes the warmth of summer and the expanse of sea and sky. On a breezy summer evening, open the window of your nursery, get comfortable in your Monte glider with your baby in your arms, and rock your little one to sleep. The memory will last forever.

We are such fans of Monte Design and are grateful for their partnership as we launch the Bravado Essential Embrace™ Nursing Bra. Be sure to register to win this week's draw so that you can enjoy the modern comfort of the Joya rocker in your nursery. Contest closes on August 15, 2013. We wish you the best of luck!

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