Kid's Room: Ideas and Projects for Children's Spaces

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It's an age-old dilemma--how to create a stylish room that still allows a kid to be a kid. Kids' Rooms solves the problem by presenting fresh, original ideas for creating fun yet functional spaces. Aimed at parents of 4- to 13-year-olds, this essential guide to pint-sized dcor offers practical counsel on the necessities of room layout--everything from furniture and fixtures to lighting and window treatments is covered. Color choices, fabrics, and themes are explored along with kid-friendly storage systems (a Folding Screen with Pockets!). In addition, Kids' Rooms showcases 15 fabulous and innovative rooms, that will pique the imagination. These featured rooms, such as the Log Cabin Retreat, the Purple Power Room, and Sheer Heaven, all blend form and function with charm and creativity. Best of all, Kids' Rooms includes numerous projects with easy-to-follow directions, demonstrating that redecorating need not be difficult or expensive. A must-have for anyone who's ever faced the challenge of decorating a kid's room.

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Kids' Rooms is a mixed bag: it contains some good design and safety tips, and it is one of the most attractive books in print on decorating kids' rooms. But it also contains tips like this: "If you prefer to use blankets on your child's bed, layer them for added warmth, adjusting the number according to the season." So although one might be tempted to regard this book as symptomatic of a slew of irritating trends (parents' urge to control and systematize children's lives, publishers' urge to stretch what could have been a very good magazine article to the breaking point of a costly full-length book), let's instead take a look at what it offers.

Jennifer Lévy's gorgeous photographs of gorgeous rooms, for one thing. If these beautifully lit, enthusiastically gotten-up bedrooms don't inspire you to cross the threshold into the most forbidden room in the house--ignoring the "DO NOT ENTER. THIS MEANS YOU, MOM" sign on the door--then nothing will. You'll be going at it with stencils and chalkboard paint in no time. The Bon Jovi posters in your 13-year-old's purple-and-pink room won't stand a chance.

The book also features several easy, step-by-step projects like lacy lampshades (spray-painted with a doily stencil), a harlequin-design floor (although the instructions specify using polyurethane varnish, which is expressly banned from use in kids' rooms by the "safety tip" four pages later), a folding screen room-divider (canvas stretchers form the frame, and handy patch pockets are sewn onto each panel), an easy-wipe-up vinyl "play tablecloth" with pinked edges and decorative weights at the corners, a dreamy organza pillow sham, and a handprint-decorated light-switch plate. --Liana Fredley

About the Author:

Jennifer Levy is a New York-based photographer specializing in design, lifestyle, and food photography. Her work has appeared in many magazines and books including Simply Shrimp and Vegetarian Dinner in Minutes.

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