About.com Tips from Designers on Decorating Kids' Rooms
November 1, 2005
Do you know a parent who doesn't want to create an adorable room for their child? I don't! Not everyone can afford a room decorated like this one from "Bratt Decor." Experienced designers answer questions and give their advice on what to look for, what to avoid, and how to involve your child in the decorating process.
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.
New York Spaces Hot Stuff
The exclusive home design magazine of metropolitan New York, "New York Spaces," has singled out our gorgeous jane changer as a hot item in nursery furnishings. Gee, thanks!
What does a baby really need? You'll find out in this article. One great classic piece, is the Classic Beadboard Armoire by Bratt Decor. Coral Nafie, retal buyer and interiror decorator, loves the smaller size that lets kids put away their own things.
Mary Bauer, industry expert, explains how celebs choose objects in their nurseries, which, by the way, is just like you do.
The Casablanca Premiere, from Bratt Decor, is featured for it's beauty and elegance. Check it out.
American Baby Sweet Inspirations
This article showcases the nurseries of Brooke Shields and Kelly Rippa. Rippa chose our beautiful heritage crib in white, with star finials for her fairy-tale look! You can have it, too.
Kids' Rooms, Better Homes & Gardens Septuplets Suzi Q
COVER GIRL POWER! The McCaughey Septuplets chose the Suzi Q twin bed in lavender, with all the trimmings, book case, night stands, stacking bins, and mirror when decorating their room. Oooh, la, la, lavender!
One way to maximize your decorating dollars, is to make sure you buy furniture that will stand the test of time, both in quality and design. Our entire collection is made to endure the changes that are sure to come. This article gives great tips for t
The Baltimore Sun Sophisticated Baby
January 23, 2005
The Baltimore Sun highlights the new trend in decorating your nusery, which is sophisticated and hip, just like the mom's doing it. Bratt Decor reveals the latest trend in nursery today: cherry red! It's hot.
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
Baltimore Magazine Details & Ideas for the Style Conscious Wish List
It's a kaleidoscope of holiday dreams! Bratt Decor was chosen among the finest collections to brighten the lives of your friends and loved ones!
Fit Pregnancy Holiday Guide
Fit Pregnancy features our dick baby crib in the hot new color "cherry red."Beautiful!
Pregnancy Magazine In Living Color
Design expert and co-owner of Bratt Decor, Mary Bauer, explains the affect of color in a room. This informative article features Sam twin bed, wardrobe, dresser, and many other Bratt Decor accessories.
Bratt Decor's Jane crib is featured for it's great style and quality construction. This feature shows you the difference between similiar looks at different prices. Our crib is individually crafted, made of solid wood, hand rubbed, uses hidden hardware
Stephen Bauer traveled almost 8,000 miles from South Africa to Baltimore to the land he now calls home. Trained as a commercial illustrator, he arrived in Baltimore 20 years ago, at the age of 21, with $1,200 in his wallet, and a dream to build a life in a new country.
Mary Sell grew up in Dundalk. Her mom couldn't read or write, but she did her best to support her family.
Life was difficult; we were very poor, Mary remembers. My mom worked as a maid on and off, and we also rented rooms in our house.
Mary worked at various jobs to get through high school and then college.
I went to school at Towson [University], she says. I received a Pell grant and worked two jobs. Mom died three weeks after I graduated college.
Mary took a job in marketing in Los Angeles where she learned the business from the bottom
Fit Pregnancy decorates with clean, modern lines and vibrant colors, which means your baby's room won't clash with your tastes - or the rest of your house. Crib of choice, Dick crib in white by Bratt Decor, of course.
Sometimes it's the most marvelously simple things that stay with us over time. Perhaps that's why Bratt Decor harkened back to a classic first reader when it named two of its bedroom furniture and accessories groups. "In the Dick and Jane collections, there aren't a lot of frills," states Mary Bauer, President, who formed the company with husband Stephen almost a decade ago. "The lines are classic and clean. You can take a room anywhere with these pieces--from shabby chic floral or vintage cowboy." Such design flexibility is also true of its third wood ...
The market for baby and kids' furniture has changed since you were a child.
Upholstered gliders have replaced creaky rockers, and cute bunny wall borders have morphed into peel-and-stick graphic decals, like those from Wallcandyarts.com.
More than two-thirds of parents find out the sex of their babies before birth, but many still want a neutral look for the nursery. These days, they have more options than white cribs.
Bratt Decor in Baltimore is selling a lot of its classic-but-playful heritage pieces in a matte, antiqued black. Several winners of Child magazine's recent kids'-room design contest featured black furniture and accessories.
Stores and catalogs like PBTeen are offering fun design options that even parents can stomach, like striped floor pillows and butterfly chairs.
What's old is new again. Vintage prints and fabrics are popular with parents who don't want that bed-in-a-bag look.
Kate Muhl, mother of one-year-old Zuzu, bought 1930s nursery-rhyme books on eBay, found a sheet
Why, Bratt Decor, of course. Pregnancy Magazine tells you what our Hollywood clients are buying, who most recently include Charlie Sheen and Courtney Cox!
Baltimore Magazine Long Way Home
Baltimore Magazine profiles owners Stephen and Mary Bauer of Bratt Decor, and how they got their start. This touching story will inspire and suprise you, as you discover how from the humblest of beginnings (and I mean humble), success can spring!
Pregnancy Magazine Tickled Pink!
Pregnancy Magazine chose our Jane collection in pink for this fantasy girly girl nursery! Very Sweet.
Our heirloom Casablanca Premiere was chosen for it's magnificent design. The editor writes, "I was most impressed with the release mechanism for the front gate that is cleverly integrated into the design of the crib."
Editors Pick Holiday Guide featuring our great book cases, shelves, nightstands and curtain rods.
Baltimore Magazine Bratt Decor Voted Best of 2003
Baltimore Magazine voted us, Bratt Decor, the best place for nursery and kids furniture two years running. Thanks, Baltimore!
Friends TV Show Bratt Decor's Adorable Nursery Wares Were Hand Picked To Fill Baby Emma's Nursery
Our dick crib in white, and changing chest with gold pulls was chosen for the set of Friends. Look closely, it's in lots of episodes!