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my room: edda

boho soft vintage girls bedroomThis eclectic, boho girl’s bedroom belongs to Edda who is 2.5 years old. She lives with her mum Elin, dad Jonas and big sister Indra in a 1960s terrace south of Stockholm, Sweden.

Edda’s room was designed by her mum Elin who is a professional interior stylist. You can admire Elin’s style over on her Instagram feed @studioelwa, where she shares photos of her beautiful home and both her daughters’ bedrooms. Edda’s room jumped out at me because the wonderful composition of vintage and modern design, soft colours and quirky, often handmade details.

Elin’s advice for designing children’s rooms is to consider above all what your child’s interests and needs are, what they are playing with and how they play. Perhaps they don’t need a large table or desk that takes up a lot of space, if they always play on the floor or at the kitchen table. It should be easy for them to find their toys and to play, and preferably to clean up after themselves. In Edda’s room, for example, her kitchen and little dining area occupy 1/4 of the room, since that’s what she plays with the most. Also her puzzels, books and dolls are easy for her to reach and play with, since that is what she loves the most.

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Time to talk to Edda now! Tell us Edda…

♥ What is your favourite food? Pizza.

♥ What are you into right now? Painting, puzzles, reading books, playing with dolls and in my kitchen.

♥ Your favourite book? Pippi Longstocking.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue (though she’s not quite clear what colour that is says mum ;-)).

♥ Your favourite animal? Cats.

♥ What do you like best in your room? My kitchen, I love to feed my family and my dolls.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The same one as my mum’s, a dusty pink one with a sea shell design from kongessloejd.dk.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The white and pink ones with the little penguins, the same as my sister.

Thank you Edda, it was super nice to meet you!

(photography: Elin Wallin)

my room: amélie

romantic boho girls bedroom amelieThis romantic, boho girl’s bedroom belongs to Amélie who is three years old. She lives with her mum Maaike, dad Onno and sister Sara in a refurbished church in de Tijnje, The Netherlands.

Amélie’s room was designed by her mum Maaike who is a visual merchandiser & window dresser. You can admire Maaike’s talent for visual composition over on her Instagram feed @fleursdamelie, where she shares photos of her amazing home and the girls’ bedrooms. I love the soft colours and pretty boho feel of Amélie’s room, which features gorgeous oversized floral wallpaper.

Maaike’s advice for designing children’s rooms is to keep the base calm and the bed and other furniture light, then you can use accessories to add colour and atmosphere. Quirky details add character, and wallpaper is great for setting the mood.

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Time to talk to Amélie now! Tell us Amélie…

♥ What is your favourite food? Spinach.

♥ What are you into right now? I love riding my bike, which I got for my birthday. I also like painting and sticking stickers on pretty drawings.

♥ Your favourite book? Little Golden Books, right now I’m really into mermaids.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Black (unfortunately says mum ;-)).

♥ Your favourite animal? Tigers and crocodiles.

♥ Trousers or a dress? It depends – I love glittery dresses, but I’m kind of cool girl too.

♥ What would you like to be when you grow up? Black Pete, or a ballerina or a princess.

♥ What do you like best in your room? My bed, being tucked in and re-arranging the cushions.

♥ What do you like doing in your room? Reading, and pottering in my kitchen.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with little deer and bows – and there have to be lots of cushions on my bed!

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The ones with little hearts and rabbits.

Thank you Amélie, it was super lovely to meet you!

(photography: Maaike Goldbach)

my room: arsène

green and orange boys bedroom arseneThis amazing boy’s bedroom belongs to Arsène who is seven years old. He lives with his mum Isabelle, dad Matthieu and Milk the cat in the South Pigalle area of Paris.

Arsène’s bedroom was designed by his parents, who are architects and interior designers at L’ Atelier d’ Archi and Plugin Studio. Together they take on projects for private as well as commercial clients, offering a full design and project management service – you can take a peek at some of their amazing work here. I really love the colour choices in Arsène’s bedroom: a subtle layering of grey and greens that forms an easy, calm background to offset more colourful possessions. The built-in house bed creates a cosy and protected nook in the room.

Isabelle’s advice for designing kids’ rooms is to use subtle tones rather than lively colours, whether it’s a boy’s or a girl’s room. Dark colours such as green and black work well as a base, then colour can be added through decorative objects and toys.

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Time to talk to Arsène now! Tell us Arsène…

♥ What is your favourite food? My mum’s hamburgers.

♥ What are you into right now? I love playing with my legos, inventing stories and building things – like my parents :-)  they are architects!

♥ Your favourite book? My Star Wars comics.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green and dark blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? My cat, Milk. And hedgehogs.

♥ What would you like to be when you grow up? Sometimes a dancer, sometimes a forest guard.

♥ What do you like best in your room? I love my bed.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? They are all the same colour green and grey.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? I sleep in my boxers – like dad!

Thank you Arsène, it was great to meet you!

(photography: Louise Desrosiers for Milk Déco,  Le Labo de Fif)

my room: linnéa

scandinavian girls room linnea

This romantic and eclectic girl’s bedroom belongs to Linnéa who is 1.5 years old. She lives with her family in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Linnéa’s bedroom was designed by her mum Charlotte, who works as a nurse in a hospital near Gothenburg. She loves decorating and frequently posts pictures of her house and her children’s rooms on Instagram. I love her pretty use of soft colours and the romantic detailing in Linnéa’s room, which is modern and not too sweet. The star of the room is the cute nook she’s created under the rafters – wouldn’t you want to curl up with a book in there?

Charlotte’s advice for designing kids’ rooms is to use different shades of the same colour plus one accent colour to achieve a harmonious space. Mix old and new to inject life into the room and make it more interesting.

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Time to learn a bit more about Linnéa now! Tell us Linnéa…

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti and sausage.

♥ What are you into right now? I love playing with my dolls.

♥ Your favourite book? I love looking at the pictures in my mum’s old Elsa Beskow books.

♥ What is your favourite colour? I don’t know yet.

♥ Your favourite animal? A dog – we have one at home!

♥ What do you like best in your room? My cozy corner – I love climbing in there and throwing all the cushions out!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the pink trees from Ferm Living.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? I love them all.

Thank you Linnéa, it was a pleasure to meet you!

(photography by Charlotte Bokstedt)

my room: karl malte

danish kids room karl malteThis amazing kid’s room belongs to Karl Malte who is six years old. He lives with his sister and parents in an apartment in the Copenhagen district of Vesterbro, Denmark.

Karl Malte’s bedroom was designed by his mum Marie Willumsen, who is a graphic designer and illustrator – the decorations and illustrations were done by her. Check out the wall mural and customisation of the wall hung storage units. I’m rather in awe of the way she has turned simple pine cabinets into something really special.

Marie’s advice for designing kids’ spaces is to create zones: a playing zone with easy acces to toys in see-through boxes, a sleeping zone, and a ‘relax’ zone, where your child can sit with his iPad or listen to stories. This can be a big swing or a beanbag for example – your child will want to hang out there all the time.

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Time to have a chat with Karl Malte now! Tell us Karl Malte…

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti and meat sauce.

♥ What are you into right now? I like to play with Ninjago Ghost from Lego.

♥ Your favourite book? The Vitello books [by Kim Fupz Aakeson].

♥ What is your favourite colour? Red.

♥ Your favourite animal? A monkey.

♥ What do you want to  be when you grow up? A ninja.

♥ What do you like best in your room? My swing.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the Moomin trolls.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My Star Wars PJs.

Thank you Karl Malte, it was great to meet you!

(photography by Monica Bach for LilleNord)

my room: livia

monochrome kids room girl livia

This sweet bedroom and play area belong to Livia, who is 2 years old. She lives with her mum and dad in the small town of Vianen in the Netherlands. Livia is going to become a big sister in February and will be moving to a big girl room soon!

Livia’s current bedroom and play space were styled by her mum Kirstenwho works as a teaching assistant in a daycare centre for children aged 0-4 years. She loves styling her home, and is forever changing the interior around to try out new things. You can take a peek at the family’s home on Instagram here. Kirsten’s advice for decorating kids’ spaces is to be a little bit brave, for example with eye catching wallpaper, to give the room a personal touch.

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Let’s find out more about Livia now! Tell us Livia,

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti.

♥ What are you into right now? My baby dolls and books, I love books!

♥ Your favourite book? The Gruffalo.

♥ What is your favourite colour? I don’t have a favourite colour yet.

♥ Your favourite animal? A cat. We have a cat at home, I love her!

♥ What do you like best in your room? My locker cabinet with books. It has keys which I hide :-)

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the hearts, it’s going to go on my new big bed!

Thank you Livia, it was lovely to meet you!

(photography by Kirsten)

my room: beau

scandinavian shared kids bedroomThis beautiful kids’ room is shared by Beau, who is ten, and his brother Pepijn who is five years old. The family lives in a city apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The boys’ bedroom was styled by their mum Irene, who is a Dutch artist and stylist (you can see Irene’s paintings here). The room is characterised by high ceilings and natural wood flooring and is complemented by an eclectic mix of simple, timber furniture and vintage details in a reduced palette. Irene’s advice is to keep rein of the design yourself, but use the children’s belongings to style their space. That way you create a happy place that’s easy on the eye.

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Let’s have a chat with Beau now! Tell us Beau,

♥ What is your favourite food? Pizza.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing outside and sports.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? Sheep.

♥ And your favourite book? Donald Duck.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Basketball player.

♥ What do you like best in your room? Chilling and reading on my bed with lots of cushions.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The blue linen one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? Jogging pants and a T-shirt – or the Goat-Milk ones which are super soft!

Thank you Beau, it was great to meet you!

(photography by Birgitta WolfgangSisters Agency, styling by Irene de Klerk Wolters)

my room: felix

modern kids room bunk bed yellow grey

This modern kids’ room belongs to Felix who is nine years old. He lives with his parents and sister in an apartment in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Felix’ bedroom was designed by his father Erwin who is an architect and his mum Anna, who is a teacher at the Hogeschool Leiden. It features a F Bunk Bed by Rafa Kids and bold graphic circles painted on the walls. The room is composed with calming, grounding grey and lots of happy yellow. Anna’s advice when it comes to designing your child’s bedroom: ask them what they want.

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Time to chat with Felix now! Tell us Felix,

♥ What is your favourite food? Fries with ketchup.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing Minecraft on my iPad and playing with Kapla.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange.

♥ Your favourite animal? Dog.

♥ And your favourite book? Flip Fiasco.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know.

♥ What do you love most about your room? That there’s so much space to play.

Thank you Felix, it was great to meet you!

(photography by rafa kids)

my room: vera

childrens interior design kids bedroom mint yellow pastels

This colourful children’s room belongs to Vera and Olaf who are five and three years old. The family lives in an apartment in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The kids’ bedroom was designed by their mum Madeleine, who is an illustrator of educational books. It features mint harlequin wallpaper with matching painted floorboards, combined with strong yellow and natural timber accents. Madeleine’s advice when it comes to designing your child’s bedroom is to research what style you’re attracted to – using Pinterest, blogs and magazines for example.

The photos above were photographed by Kiyomi Yui, who shot 21 kids’ rooms for a Japanese publication called Kinderkamers van Nederland (“Kids’ Rooms in the Netherlands”) by publishers Tatsumi.

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Time to learn a bit more about Vera now! Tell us Vera,

♥ What is your favourite food? Yoghurt with fruit, cinnamon and honey.

♥ What are you into right now? Singing along to Frozen with my dolls Anne and Elsa.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink and yellow.

♥ Your favourite animal? Cats and rabbits.

♥ And your favourite book? The Gruffalo.

♥ Trousers or skirts? Skirts with leggings or tights.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Princess Elsa.

♥ What do you love most about your room? My Barbapapa lights.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? I don’t know.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My pink ones.

Thank you Vera, it was lovely to meet you!

(photography by kiyomi yui)

my room: zep

interior design boys bedroom with house shaped bunk bedThis stunning boy’s bedroom belongs to Zep who is nine years old. He lives with his mum and dad in a house from the 1930s in the small village of Westzaan, the Netherlands.

Zep’s room was designed by his mum Myrthe, who is a stylist and the owner of Studio Soet, a styling bureau that specialises in the development of creative concepts and photo styling. Myrthe also dresses the windows of Holland’s iconic department store De Bijenkorf. The room features a house shaped yellow bunk bed with vintage wallpaper behind, and a combination of a great green wall colour with orange accents. Myrthe’s approach to designing her children’s bedrooms is to work intuitively and think like a child. Above all: dare to take risks!

The photos above were styled by Myrthe for a photo shoot by Kiyomi Yui, who shot 21 kids’ rooms for a Japanese publication called Kinderkamers van Nederland (“Kids’ Rooms in the Netherlands”) by publishers Tatsumi.

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Time to learn a bit more about Zep now! Tell us Zep,

♥ What is your favourite food? Wraps.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing outside, football.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? Kingfisher.

♥ And your favourite book?  “Het raadsel van alles dat leeft” (“The Mystery of Life”) by Jan Paul Schutten, illustrated by Floor Rieder.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist or inventor.

♥ What do you love most about your room? My bed. And I like drawing at my desk.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The blue one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My blue checked ones.

Thank you Zep, it was super to meet you!

(photography by kiyomi yui)

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