Susanna Salk, author of the new book "Room for Children," is a former special projects editor at House & Garden and author of "A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Culture.
" So it should come as no surprise that her sensibility veers
refreshingly away from all the cutesy, bright, modernist stuff
permeating child decor and instead leans firmly toward good
old-fashioned design opulence. The book suggests that just because a
room is designed for a kid, that's no reason the design can't be all
There is nothing DIY about "Room for Children," and no sense of
trying to do more with less. Two-dozen-plus rooms in the book differ in
style, but few could be described as "cute."
One of the rooms whose design is
seemingly easier to copy, this look begins with a faux leopard print
rug and colonial-style beds. Add vintage trunks and some oversize
stuffed animals to complete the vibe.
Teenage room of my dreams: This cozy attic bedroom is
in an 1895 beach house on New York's Fire Island. Salk said the tie-dye
bedspread was chosen by the young occupant of the room, and the design
went from there.