This book is available with either a light-blue or delicate-pink cover
Furnishing a kid's room is an art in itself, and not just because the dear little ones grow up so fast and their likes and dislikes change constantly. Everybody is sure to have seen kids' rooms which were excessively decorated, creating a sterile effect which makes them impossible to use, as well as the other extreme, the totally chaotic toy cavern in which socks, CDs and Barbie dolls are inseparably intertwined and every inch of floor space is occupied.
own-design play cooker made of a cardboard box
a circular day bed for chilling out with friends and a wallpaper sticker in the form of a horse instead of posters of horses
Jana Jung and Julia Schmidt have, together with the photographers Lilian Henglein and David Steets, produced a 'good kids' room' guide, with the chapters divided into different age groups. A further chapter looks at those 'indirect' kids' rooms, the kitchen and the living room. The preferred furnishings consist of a mixture of family heirlooms, Ikea and eBay furniture, bric a brac and colourful textiles – everything has to be practical, mustn't cost too much and at the same time create a feeling of cosy well-being.
a map as wallpaper and a child-sized Panton chair
The best parts of the book, however, are the interviews with the kids themselves, e.g. Mizzi, Class 4, in other words 9 to 10 years of age, from Munich:
Question: What do you think of your room?
Mizzi: It's nice and really cosy. The great thing is that we've got so much room to play. There's not much lying around in our room because everything is on shelves and that leaves the floor free. The only problem is that my little sister takes everything off the shelves and I have to tidy it all away again. That really gets on my nerves sometimes.
Question: Does it annoy you when your room is untidy?
Mizzi: Of course it's better if you don't have things lying all over the floor – it means you've got more room to play without falling over everything. But I don't enjoy tidying up my room all that much. I prefer helping mummy to tidy up the rest of our flat: vacuuming and clearing out the dishwasher. That isn't so bad.
Question: What's your favourite place in the flat?
Mizzi: My mum's bed. (!!!)
Title: Das Kinderzimmerbuch (The kids' room book)
Sub-title: anders, originell und schön (different, original and pretty)
Authors: Jana Jung and Julia Schmidt
144 pages, 160 colour illustrations
Format 25 x 28 cm, bound and padded
Publisher: Callwey Verlag München 2008
Publisher's recommended price: 29.95 EUR