Interior Design

Room for Children : Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play

The first book to present excellent design for children’s rooms, these unique spaces are created by well-known designers, parents, and often even the kids themselves.

Proving that good design is not just for the rest of the house, Room for Children takes children’s spaces with creative seriousness. Whether for a newborn, toddler, or teenager, the rooms shown here enrich the experience of childhood while inspiring with their imaginative design. Showcasing work by top-notch designers, including Kelly Wearstler, Charlotte Moss, Alessandra Branca, Amanda Nisbet, and Thomas Jayne, among many others, the rooms offer a diversity of styles, from traditional to modern, formal to whimsical. Whether in apartments, houses, or country homes, for a single child or for several children, each creates a vision of childhood at its best. In addition to bedrooms, children’s spaces devoted specifically to work or play areas illustrate clever solutions to typical design problems. With stunning photography by top interior photographers, such as Pieter Estersohn, Paul Costello, William Abranowicz, and Melanie Avecedo, Room for Children proves that children’s rooms are a new frontier in design and is sure to appeal to designers as well as kids and their parents.

About The Author

Susanna Salk is the author of Weekend Retreats and a contributing editor for Bon Appetit magazine,, and

Kelly Wearstler
is a renowned interior designer and author of several books.

  • Publish Date: April 20, 2010
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 9-1/2
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $55.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3416-7


"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.)"
"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!"

"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.'"

Author Bookshelf: Susanna Salk

Author Bookshelf: Kelly Wearstler