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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834167
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.7 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A bedroom is a happy haven that reflects your child's evolving personality. From a bright boudoir to an adventurer's playden, here are some dream designs.' --Junior

'…a book full of inspiring decorative ideas, in fashionably bright colours and bold patterns...' --Spectator

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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a gorgeous source of design ideas for children's bedrooms. It's packed full of beautiful photographs of bedrooms, from infant to teens. I really enjoyed looking through it and picking off ideas. Some of them are somewhat over the top, but others feel very achievable. The author's point is that good design can enrich a child's imagination and help them to discover who they are. Their rooms should reflect what they love at that moment.

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 colour" but only one wall is shown and there's no description of what other colours 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: 1000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T Chalk on 30 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
This has so many images that i have pinned over time and not realised that they were all from this book. A great book for anyone who loves to create spaces that are NOT the matching Disney princess room from hell.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Nice Photos . . . That I've Seen Before 13 Jun 2010
By C.D.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While the rooms presented in this book are indeed lovely, anyone who is a regular reader of design books, periodicals, or blogs will have seen nearly all of these photos before. The writing doesn't do anything to freshen the rehashed photos either. For example, the following is the ONLY information that accompanies a photo of a nursery (page 27):

"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!
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Been there, seen it 7 May 2010
By Juleswithtwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very excited to receive my copy of this book. I am redoing several kid spaces in my house, e.g. playroom and bedrooms, and have been looking everywhere for inspiration. This book has several fashionable rooms; unfortunately, I've seen most of them on design blogs, in magazines, and other books. I was hoping to see new designs. You can find many of these rooms at the Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh, Design Mom, and Design Sponge blogs..for free.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous photos but very little added value 4 Jun 2012
By Julia Flyte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a gorgeous source of design ideas for children's bedrooms. It's packed full of beautiful photographs of bedrooms, from infant to teens. I really enjoyed looking through it and picking off ideas. Some of them are somewhat over the top, but others feel very achievable. The author's point is that good design can enrich a child's imagination and help them to discover who they are. Their rooms should reflect what they love at that moment.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Creating style for kids 21 April 2010
By Pamela Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Colorful, creative, practical and utilitarian are words that come to mind when perusing "Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,"a smart compendium of ideas about decorating the home with children's needs in mind.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Stylish Book Indeed 6 July 2010
By LJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an interior designer, I was very excited about Ms. Salk's newest publication on chic living spaces for children. Her presentation is fabulous and gives her audience a glimpse into the interior spaces for children that are clearly out of the box and original. None of these rooms are by any means cookie-cutter. The designers featured pushed the boundaries and created unique spaces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Ms. Salk is to be commended for a job well done and I look forward to the next book!
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