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.
Bratt Decor, http://www.brattdecor.com, the online, high-end infant and toddler furniture and accessory store favored by the stars (Heidi Klum, Tori Spelling and Courteney Cox are customers), recently opened its first retail store in our area (another is in Baltimore). At the Falls Church location, the style is high and so are the prices. Find the basics: animal-shaped soaps, books, bedding, birth announcements and night lights (from $4.50 to $230), and the not-so-basics: Venetian iron cribs ($875), leather kiddie club chairs in pink and red ($180), tricked-out trikes ($249) and a vintage, pram-inspired doll carriage ($700). Our favorite fantasy find: the stunning Silver Cross pram with an equally stunning price tag ($4,000).
The store is at 7505 Leesburg Pike. For more information, call 703-448-6833.
Here's what we like: A shamelessly feminine nursery that manages to be posh and sophisticated as the same time--much like a certain little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel. Modern, romantic and whimsical at the same time, this Eloise-inspired nursery reminds us of Dior's New Look. Sometimes it's OK to just enjoy being a girl.
Check out Bratt Decor's ultra feminie furnishings (Jane crib and changer/dresser) featured throughout this Eloise-inspired nursery! We like this look too!
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
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.
When the rich and famous decorate baby's room, they turn to Bratt Decor, and lucky for us, the widely coveted nursery and kids room furniture designer is located in Tysons Corner. Your princess can begin her life in a Zanzibar gold rocking cradle with white netting, until she graduates to her designer crib and her luxe wardrobe. Only the top names in Baby are carried here, such as Reed & Barton, Kate Spade and even Stephen Bauer originals.
Kids Today's second annual retail innovators list recognizes retailers who are meeting the challenges of growing their businesses in an increasingly competitive marketplace by being creative, enterprising and steadfast. More and more of them are thinking outside the box and when it comes to engaging customers, either with free services and design assistance, websites or educational classes and gift registries. All of Kids Today's innovators are independents and many of them family owned. Some stores are newcomers to the industry with a year or two under their proverbial belts, while others have been in business for more than 60 years. But most importantly, to us, is the number if these innovative retailers who carry and sell Bratt Decor products as their key vendors.
Congratulations to the 2007 Retail Innovators!
Pregnancy & Newborn Grand Chelsea Cradle Giveaway
Bratt Decor partnered with Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine to gift a beautiful Chelsea Cradle to one deserving mama! Congratulations to the prize winner, your in for a treat!
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"
Pregnancy Magazine Vintage Style Decor
Our adorable scalloped Jane bookcase in pink is featured in this article about princess themes and vintage decor.
The German InTouch Magazine discusses Halle Berry's homes, her pregnancy and her nursery buys (she bought 2 of everything, 1 for each of her homes)!
Of these gorgeous buys are 2 Chelsea Sleigh Cribs in Espresso from Bratt Decor.
Pure white adds peace and beauty to the neutral nursery.
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.
Many adjectives can apply to a nursery. Sweet, practical, efficient? Sure. Elegant, luxurious, indulgent? Not usually. But it's the latter group of descriptors that Shannon Jernigan wanted for the room of her son, Cole.
The lavish design started with soft green and blue polka-dot fabrics that the Birmingham, Alabama, homeowner found irresistible. For Shannon, the fact that they were silks not the thrown-in-the-washing-machine cottons typically found in nurseries only added to the appeal. I like things dressy, explains Shannon, who worked with designer Jenny Edwards on the room.
Dressy Cole's room is, swathed in silks that beautifully harmonize with the silvery sparkle of the baby cups, rattles, and picture frames that accessorize shelves. The Bratt Decor crib gains added stature with flowing panels draped over wooden rods attached to the wall. The Roman shade above the window seat has gentle folds and layers that play off the poufy style of
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.
Pregnancy & Newborn found May's nursery inspiration in Nursery Style, the new book from baby space designers Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter. A Bohemian style nursery is easy, timeless and fun to put together. Adding to it as your little one grows will help the room age beautifully with your baby.
Check out Bratt Decor's Chelsea Cradle and Changer as mainstays in this chic feature.
People Magazine's photo spread of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins Max and Emme revealed their lush and luxurious nursery that included two Bratt Decor Casablanca Cribs in slate, Art 4 Kids' Madison Bedding and an ivory Max Daniel blanket. However, Parents Magazine is up in arms because they are concerned about what they say are major safety hazards in the room:
The pillows, stuffed animals and blankets in the cribs and draped canopies are suffocation hazards
Bows tied onto the crib slats are choking hazards.
The open window doesn't have a window guard.
While it's true that these concerns are valid, I think the editors of Parents are jumping the gun. As we learned with Brooke Burke's nursery for daughter Heaven Rain and Baby Boy Charvet, the room was styled and staged for a beautiful photo shoot. Most likely, all hazards would be removed before the babies are put in the cribs. Also,
Jennifer Lopez called upon Petit Tresor to furnish her nursery.
The new mom opened a registry and had store owners help her design nurseries. Jennifer Lopez went all out with a cashmere cardigan, hat and bootie pants from Baby Cz, $279 , a matching pink set, $279, a set of Plain Marys Hunk and Babe onesies, $169. For the nursery, Jennifer purchased Bratt Decor's Premiere cribs, $966 each and Glam Gliders $1,420 each, Clara changing table, $1780. and Mia Bossi diaper bag, $1250.
With modern nurseries all the rage, we have neglected the beautiful, more traditional furniture for your little ones. Bratt Decor is one of my favorite children's designer furniture lines. Ryan and Trista Sutter mix and matched Bratt Decor pieces for son Max's Nursery. They selected the Casablanca Premiere crib in pewter, the accompanying day bed, a pewter Zanzibar rocking cradle, and the Chelsea changer/dresser in buttermilk.
I adore the Chelsea Collection in espresso. I think the rich brown adds a touch of sophistication and balance to the delicate pastels common for baby bedding. Other finishes include antique silver and buttermilk. The sleigh crib ($1320) and double dresser ($1738) adds stunning elegance to any nursery. The detailed carvings (left) and hand rubbed finishes are only the begining of Bratt Decor quality. The crib changes into a toddler bed with the conversion kit ($253). You can purchase a changing tray ($132) that
Audriana's custom nursery was exclusively created for her by Nava Writz of LA's Nava Designs. The bedding is soft, lush and ultra feminine and sits nicely on her Bratt Decor Casablanca crib in Gold. "I bought this beautiful wrought iron crib with gold leafing from Bratt Decor, I'm so excited!" says the mother of four.
Teresa and Audriana are thrilled with the nursery! And we love it too!
Erin and Ned are expecting their first child after suffering an emotional miscarriage a few months back. Ned would love to create the perfect nursery for the baby. The Home Mavens will be there to help create a delightful room for this vibrant young couple. Bratt Decor's Venetian 3-in-1 crib is the centerpiece of this adorable nursery.
Furniture Today recognizes Bratt Decor's new Blu Collection as a great addition to modern youth furnishings, with its sleek aesthetic and contemporary appeal.
Bratt Decor, known for its classic and traditional designs in nursery and youth furniture, is introducing a new bedroom group with a decidedly more modern aesthetic.
The Blu collection is made of ash wood and oak veneers and features clean lines with contemporary touches. The line includes two cribs-a four-post canopy version and a panel crib that can be completed with optional upholstered microsuede panels and bumpers. The cribs, $880 each, have stationary side rails and three adjustable mattress levels. They also convert to toddler and day beds.
Other pieces in the line include a convertible changer/dresser, armoire, storage cubby and wall shelves. Blu is offered in wheat and mocha finishes and the upholstered crib panels and bumpers come in sky, sand, fern, sunset and rose colors.