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Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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"Knowing that designers had been creating bedrooms and play spaces for their clients’ children all along — [Susanna Salk] often saw photos that were never published — inspired her to write Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play, published this month by Rizzoli. " ~The New York Times
"...First book ever to treat kids’ rooms with design seriousness. You won’t find cutesy rooms there, no Disney themes allowed either (thank you!) – just great design ideas and execution with a lot of flair and style. Finally!" ~Ridgefield's Talk of Our Town
"Author and style maven Susanna Salk continues to go from strength to strength when it comes to her books... Well now she’s done it again with her latest book Room for Children, with a foreword by Kelly Wearstler. Room for Children is both visually exciting and inspiring, showcasing the work of Kelly Wearstler, Charlotte Moss, Alessandra Branca, Amanda Nisbet, and Jamie Drake, among many others. I wish I had this book 13 years ago!" ~AlltheBestBlog.com
"For a coffee table book, it is, appropriately, compact in size, and uses whimsy wherever possible: A wall stripe or a geometric drapery pattern is picked up and replicated lightly beneath the type, and cheerful, brightly colored text pages accompany most of the images. Room for Children (as in taking the time to truly make room for children, and not the plural, simplified rooms) may prompt you to go back in time if just for a moment, to settle in without a care in your room fit for a prince, princess, rockstar or explorer, and reflect on, as the author says, a place 'where your imagination can be free.'" ~1stdibs.com
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Kelly Wearstler is a renowned interior designer and author of several books.
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"Shades of soft gray and a stenciled white forest make for an enchanted and very personal welcome for newborn twins."
Ummm, okay. So how about further along? Okay, here's what's written about a very intriguing girl's bedroom (page 60):
"A pink and green combination turns from preppy to playful when the scale is oversized and paired with fanciful yellow animal-patterned wallpaper."
Not too much to go on there.
If you want to know who designed a particular room, their name is in the back of the book, but their contact information isn't. Also not included is ANY information about the design process -- how the designer approached the job, sources of inspiration, knowledge about the child's, or their family's, likes, dislikes, hobbies, color preferences, etc.
Finally, the biggest factor that proves this book was given minimal effort (at best) is there is no ONE photographer given credit on the book's cover, rather all the separate photo credits are listed in the back of the book as well. Put simply, these aren't just the same rooms you've seen before, but the very same pictures! It calls into question whether Ms. Salk actually ever stepped foot in any of these rooms.
So, you've got photos with captions that tell you exactly what you're already looking at . That's the book. I guess it comes as no surprise when I say a was more than a bit let down!
Do however be aware that many of the photographs shown are readily available online. Little is added in terms of concrete advice about how to pull a room together or where to source the furniture that is shown. What advice there is tends to be pretty generic, eg "If the budget allows, treat children to art they can appreciate" or "an investment in one special piece can make the whole room". There's hardly ever more than one photograph of a room - in one instance we are told "every wall is a different color" but only one wall is shown and there's no description of what other colors have been used.
If you're pretty confident in your design know-how and you just want a source book of ideas, this book will achieve that for you. However if you want more specific advice, I would suggest instead the excellent Children's Spaces: From Zero to Ten or for a more general decorating how-to guide, Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home.
Most of these designer creations are meant for bedrooms, nurseries and other places around the home where children tend to hang out. The ideas will appeal but not condescend to children, offering wall hangings, stripes, large maps as decoration, and beds and storage spaces that are both practical and attractive.
Each offering, from such designers as Alessandra Branca, Jamie Drake and Kelly Wearstler,is unique. Most designs are meant to last from at least pre teen through the high school years.
These are most emphatically not based on cartoon or TV or sports characters but rather are personal and meant to appeal to an individual, with great results infused with charm and intelligence. It's a very useful book for kids looking to upgrade their surroundings and the parents hoping to guide them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are glamorous rooms. Gorgeous, unique, elegant. The kind of rooms that very few real kids would feel comfortable in. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Meg Sumner
There were maybe 4 rooms in this book that I would even considering replicating any part of in my own home. The rest were hideous. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by DagobahSystem
I saw Susanna Salk speak at a design conference recently (I am an interior designer) and decided to purchase her book after realizing that I loved another book of hers (Weekend... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by chase's mom
REALLY ENJOYED THIS WITH KATHERINE OUR ONLY GIRL GRAND DAUGHTER..WE TOOK IT ALL THE WAY TO BOSTON MASS JUST TO GET HER INSPIRED FOR HER NEW ROOM MAKEOVER..LOVED IT..Published on March 12, 2013 by Hugh E Reynolds
Some great ideas within! (I am an interior designer and am thrilled to have this as part of my design book library.Published on February 18, 2013 by Adrianne
I am an NYC based interior designer & bought this to search for inspiration images that would show something new that I would have otherwise not been able to find online. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by NYC442
I fell in love with pictures, being a visual thinker I need pictures to work with. As a kid at heart I was going why can't I make this work for me. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by thepirateofbooks