What Kids Want In A Room
By Q. Parents and designers should just ask us kids what we want in a room. To help the grown ups out, I will show you some of my favorite kid spaces.
First up is this terrific library that Ms. Kelly Wearstler designed for her boys. I am a girl and I still want one. Do you know what is cool about it? The book covers face out. I can almost read but not quite (after all, I am only 4). I like seeing the book covers so I can easily choose what I want to look at or ask a grown up to read to me. Ms. Wearstler said you can get similar styles of the shelves starting at $25 at the Container Store. Time for my daddy to get busy and make me some. Photo from the November 2009 Cookie magazine.
I also love to play outside so any room that reminds me of the outdoors is great. Look at this neat tree house bed: Photo from the June/July 2009 Cookie Magazine.
I also like this attic playroom for the same reason. The tree house mural brings the outside in. This photo from Lynn Byrne’s decorating files. We apologize because attribution is unknown.
I think all rooms should have chalkboard walls because all kids like to write on them. Also, the tree stump stools are doing that outdoors thing again. Photo from the June/July 2009 Cookie Magazine.
The special thing about this bedroom designed by Mr. John Derian is the art on the walls. It is all by Hugo Guinness. More of his art is seen in the October 11 , 2009 post on his wife, Ms. Elliotte Puckette in Decor Arts Now. Click on Archives and scroll down. I have very sophisticated taste in art for my age. Prints by Hugo Guinness start at $425 at the John Derian Company.
Photo from the June/July issue of Cookie Magazine.
I think my favorite bedroom is the one that follows. The French style bed and crown-like fabric headboard (called a coronet) is very princessy. I love princess stuff but my mommy is not crazy about it for me. She thinks my girl role models should be known for something other than being pretty, marrying a handsome prince and wearing pink. I think I could get her to go for this room though, because there is no pink in sight.
Photo from the June/July 2009 Cookie Magazine.
I like the window treatments in this room for much the same reason. The valance reminds me of a castle and I could still pretend that I was a princess if I slept here (and my mommy would never know). Photo from Lynn Byrne’s decorating files. We apologize because attribution is unknown.
All in all, however, my favorite room is my very own kitchen.
The kitchen unit is from Target. The wall paper backsplash is by Osborne & Little. My tea ware and apron are vintage.
PS. You should check out my very own blog on my favorite clothes, Raising Chic.