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Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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"For Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play, (Rizzoli, April 2010), Salk culled images of every type of kids' space, from nurseries and teen retreats to multi-child bunkers and playrooms in which we’d welcome the chance to hang out. The rooms were shot by the industry’s top photographers and designed by some of our favorite designers, including Kelly Wearstler (who wrote the book’s foreward), Amanda Nisbet, Amy Lau and Sixx Design. You might even recognize the spaces if you’re an ardent follower of shelter mags and design blogs. (Hint: J. Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons’ much-touted dark-walled nursery makes an appearance.)" ~TheInsideSource.com
"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
About the Author
Susanna Salk is the author of Weekend Retreats and a contributing editor for Bon Appetit magazine, 1stdibs.com, and ivillage.com.
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!