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my room: alexander

kids playhouse in garden This colourful playhouse is a hideaway for Alexander, who is 7 years old. He shares it with his brother Adrian and lives with his family in Norway.

The boys’ playhouse was designed by their mum Anne Lene, who is a musician and blogger with a keen eye for interior decoration. Her blog Ralfefarfars Paradis if filled with beautiful photographs of her home and the updates she makes to it.

Anne Lene’s advice for decorating kids’ rooms is to make it an inviting, cosy and safe place. Avoid filling it up with too much stuff so there’s room to play.

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Let’s find out a bit more about Alexander now. Tell us…

♥ What is your favourite food? Pancakes.

♥ What are you into right now? Exploring nature, finding small animals and insects.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Yellow.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Fish.

♥ Your favourite book? Barbapapa.

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

♥ What do you like most about the playhouse? The small furniture. I like to play with lego there.

Thank you Alexander, it was super to meet you!

(images: ralfefarfars paradis)

my room: della

black and white monochrome girls bedroom This monochrome girl’s bedroom belongs to Della who is 1.5 years old. She lives with her brother Wilton, mum Sandra and dad Marcus in Sweden.

Della’s room was designed by her mum Sandra, who has a background in interior design and together with Marcus forms the creative duo MiniWilla. They design the playful graphic posters that you can see in Della’s room, and many more. Originally created to decorate their family home, the couple decided to open a shop after requests for the posters poured in from family and friends!

Sandra’s motto for kid’s room design is to have fun, above all. 

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Let’s find out a bit more about Della now …

♥ What is your favourite food? I love eating and like to try everything!

♥ What are you into right now? Playing with my brother’s lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? I don’t have a favourite colour yet, but I like black and blue.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Cats and dogs.

♥ Your favourite book? I love tearing up my mum’s magazines.

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

Thank you Della, it was great to meet you!

(images: miniwilla)

my room: antoine

bright & colourful shared kids bedroom antoine and leonor This bright and colourful shared kids’ room belongs to Antoine (4) and Leonor (1.5). They currently live with their sister Romy, mum Peggy and dad Eric in Malmo, Sweden. Their home is in a 100 year old building that was meant to be hotel, but due to WW1 it was filled with apartments instead.

Antoine & Leonor’s room was designed by their mum Peggy, who is a professional blogger. Her blog Paul & Paula showcases the latest international kids’ design & lifestyle, whilst her new blog Paul & Paula Mum focusses on covetable style for mamas.

Peggy’s number one rule for kids’ room design is to keep the wall colour simple – meaning white ; )  As kids usually have lots of colourful toys, books, etc., white walls will let those live and shine. Wallpaper or coloured paint would be too much for her taste.

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As Leonor is still so little, let’s talk to Antoine and find out a bit more him and his room …

♥ What is your favourite food? Porridge.

♥ What are you into right now? Writing my name, because I just learned it at school (and its not a very easy one so I am very proud).

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Lion.

♥ Your favourite book? It’s Voyage en train.

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

♥ What do you like best about your room? That there is a lot of space to build a biiiig train track.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the blue parrots [Mini Rodini].

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? Spiderman (really cool vintage style!)

Thank you Antoine, it was great to meet you. Say hello to Leonor!

(images: Paul et Paula)

my childhood bedroom: fadila

27 August, 2013 in my room

my childhood bedroom fadila-roses

This is Fadila‘s childhood bedroom in the early 90s. Nowadays she works a self-employed Marketing and Market Research Consultant and has been writing a successful blog for five years about what inspires her as a mum on Un blog, Une Mamanand occasionally on Petites Inspirations about kids fashion and design. She lives in Casablanca, Morocco where she moved a year ago.

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I asked Fadila to share some childhood memories:

♥ Can you tell us a bit about this photo? This is a picture of my teen bedroom (taken in 1990 or 1991). You can see me in the picture, I think I was fifteen! I always shared my room with my little sister. When we were kids, we first had a big bed in which we slept together (Minnie the cat always woke us up in the morning), then we had bunk beds until we moved to a new apartment in a new country. There we had the 2 separate beds you can see in the picture.

The secretaire [desk] is part of my childhood and teen bedroom décor. My mother still has it as I asked her to keep it for me. I don’t have a place for it in my new home but I will definitely take it back, one day …

♥ What kind of things did you do in your room? When I was young(er), I loved to read and write: I read everything that came my way and loved to write poems and little stories. I would sit down at my “secretaire” given to me by my mother and write endlessly. I also had penpals in different countries and would sit down for hours to read their letters and write back.

♥ What did you like most about your room? I definitely loved my secretaire. I would keep my secret diary hidden in its drawers and later, my love letters from my first love.

I also loved the light in my room, the bed sheets in satin, so cheesy nowadays but so romantic when I was fifteen. I liked the smell of the authentic sheep rug, sourced from my mother’s village; the black & white picture of the port of Amsterdam, where my father used to work; the flamenco dancers on top of my closet bought during a trip in Spain; and of course my Kylie Minogue poster (I used to love her duet with Jason Donovan !!!)

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Thank you Fadila!

Do you have photos and want to share memories of your old bedroom? I’d love to hear from you so get in touch!

(photo: fadila & a bit of room to bloom)

 

my room: liv

eclectic girls bedroom with custom built-in bed

This gorgeous girl’s bedroom belongs to Liv who is seven years old. She lives with her family in a converted farm in The Netherlands in the countryside between Utrecht and Amsterdam.

Liv’s room was designed by her mum Larissa, who is an interior designer at design studio Viva Vida. The room features a custom made built-in cabin bed, a bit like the Dutch cupboard beds of days of old.

Larissa’s advice for designing your children’s rooms is to consider their character, listen to their wishes, and to translate this to your interior style.

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Time to find out a bit more about Liv now! Tell us Liv…

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti with ketchup and cheese, chips.

♥ What are you into right now? Crafting, playing in my tree house, and playing games on my mum’s old phone.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink.

♥ What is your favourite animal? My cat Zonnestraaltje [Sunbeam].

♥ Your favourite book? I have two: Otje by Annie MG Schmidt and The BFG by Roald Dahl.

♥ Dresses and skirts or trousers? Dresses and skirts.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? An artist.

♥ What would you take to a desert island? My toy horse.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My cabin bed – it has a secret cupboard.

♥ What do love doing in your room? Dressing up with my friends and crafting at my desk.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the red and pink hearts.

Thank you Liv, it was great to meet you!

(images: Henny van Belkom and Jean – Marc Wullschleger)

my room: floor

boys bedroom in red, grey and white: floor

This cool boy’s bedroom belongs to Floor who is six years old. He lives with his mum, sister and brother in a lovely and light new-built house in Zutphen, The Netherlands. Puk the cat, Daan the dog and Chocolat the rabbit also share the house with them.

Floor’s room was decorated by his mum Carla, who is the owner of the wonderful Met Melk & Suiker blog and a self-confessed Pinterest and Instagram addict. Carla’s blog feels beautifully serene with lots of interiors inspiration, unusual angles and peeks into her family’s life. Having run an online kids’ and home accessories store for 2 years, she currently works part-time in HR.

Carla’s best interior design advice for kids’ rooms is to combine a calm base with original accessories and let the room develop from there – a room needs to grow. Because of her interest in interiors and styling, she’s always changing things around at home, including in her children’s bedrooms. She suggests looking for inspiration on Pinterest and in magazines to create a moodboard with your child.

Time now to find out a bit more about Floor! Tell us Floor…

♥ What is your favourite food? Anything that starts with a “P” – pasta, pizza, pancakes, poffertjes and patates frites – but I also love brie and olives : )

♥ What are you into right now? I love playing football outside (and on Wii ; ). I also like playing with my friends and my sister Pip – with my Lego train and Cars cars for example.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange and blue.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Dinosaur.

♥ Your favourite book? Football books!

♥ Where would you like to go one day? I’d like to travel around the world.

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

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bed!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the wolf in the pictures.

♥ Which are your favourite pyjamas?  My mum wanted to buy me pyjamas with moustaches from H&M, but I prefer to sleep in my jogging bottoms.

♥ Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your room? I love my birdhouse and toadstool lights because I can switch them on to read before I go to sleep. The toadstool light always stays on at night – ever since I was a baby.

Thank you Floor, it was super to meet you!

(images: met melk & suiker)

my room: ester

15 March, 2013 in my room

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This is Ester’s bedroom when she was a baby. Today Ester is mum to Bregje (4) and Joep (2) and owner of De Oude Speelkamer (The Old Playroom), an amazing online shop in the Netherlands specialising in vintage and retro style kids’ toys, decor and even a retro style cotbed designed by Ester herself. Keeping childhood memories alive, the shop celebrates all things fun and nostalgic.

 

I asked Ester to share some childhood memories:

♥ Can you tell us something about these photos? This is my old baby room, the pictures were taken just after I was born. The man in the first photo is my father.

What did you like most about your room when you were a child? The best thing about my room was that it was my own little world where I could let my imagination run free.

♥ What kind of things did you do in your room? I loved playing in my room by myself. I used to pretend that I was on safari in the jungle, with my cuddlies playing the part of wild animals. The challenge was to get through the jungle as quietly as possible, to avoid being eaten and to make it out alive. I think maybe we’d just finished reading The Jungle Book at that time :-)

♥ Were you into books, dolls, building, playing outside… or something else? A bit of everything really. I loved playing with Lego, but also with my Barbies and My Little Pony - they used to get ambushed by my Transformers. Reading was (and still is) one of my favourite pastimes. I loved Suske en Wiske (Spike and Suzy) and later books by Jan Terlouw and Thea Beckman.

♥ Who was your favourite cuddly? The orange rabbit that’s next to me in the cot was my favourite soft toy. He’s still perched on a shelf above my bed today.

♥ What did you want to be when you grew up? A vet.

♥ What was your favourite food? Pancakes.

♥ What was your favourite animal? A horse.

♥ What is the best part of running your store? The best part is coming across things that I used to have in my own room when I was little. I tend to keep these for myself and use them to decorate my children’s rooms. It’s a great way to pass on a bit of nostalgia and childhood memories!

Thank you Ester!

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Do you have photos and want to share memories of your old bedroom? I’d love to hear from you so get in touch!

(images: from esther verheijden at de oude speelkamer with a bit from room to bloom)

my room: kenzie

modern girls toddler room kenzie

This sweet girl’s bedroom belongs to Kenzie who is four and a half years old. She lives with her mum and dad in a Scandinavian style home in Boise, Idaho, USA.

Kenzie’s room was decorated by her multi-talented mum Rachelle, editor and owner of everything gorgeous and kids La Petite Magazine and the Kenziepoo blog. To find out how to get the look of Kenzie’s room, take a look at this post here.

Rachelle’s best interior design advice for kids’ rooms: “I am all about built in’s! My daughter’s room is small so we had a good friend build her a beautiful desk for her room. I also would choose decor items that will grow with your child!”

Time now to find out a bit more about Kenzie! Tell us Kenzie…

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti and pancakes.

♥ What is your favourite play thing? I like to play on my slide in my playroom. I got it at Ikea with my mom.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green and purple.

♥ What is your favourite animal? A cheetah because they go super speed fast!

♥ Your favourite book? My favourite book is my Minnie Mouse book.

♥ Dresses & skirts or trousers? Dresses AND trousers!

♥ Where would you like to go one day? I would like to go to Disney World again this year.

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

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My desk which I play with my dolls and do my homework on.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? I love the one that my mum got me from Oh My Kids.

Thank you Kenzie, it was great to meet you!

(images: kenziepoo)

my room: danthe

grey boys bedroom with car bed

This cool boy’s bedroom belongs to Danthe who is two and a half years old. He lives with his family in an old farmhouse in de Meern, The Netherlands.

Danthe’s super creative mum Antoinette designed his bedroom using grey as the main colour. She found the Jeep on Marktplaats (a Dutch version of eBay) and turned it into a bed – complete with working lights. Antoinette made a lamp out of a washing machine drum, and the framed collage you can see above. (If you would like her to make one for you, contact Antoinette by email at abrundel[at]gmail[dot]com).

Antoinette’s best advice for designing your child’s bedroom is to let your imagination run free – the sky is the limit. Create a colour plan beforehand, but take care not to repeat colours too much, as this will tend to make it look too matchy-matchy and a bit boring.

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Now let’s find out a bit more about Danthe! Tell us Danthe…

♥ What is your favourite food? Fried eggs.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Cat.

♥ Your favourite book? Dikkie Dik [adventures of very curious cat].

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My car bed, I love playing with it.

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

♥ Which are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with with diggers and tractors.

Thank you Danthe, it was lovely to meet you!

(images: Ursula Kemp)

my room: lise

girl's bedroom on a houseboat

This super sweet bedroom belongs to Lise who is four years old. She lives with her parents Bas and Wendy and her little sister Mette on a houseboat in Zaandam, the Netherlands. The boat used to be a commercial barge and was converted by Bas & Wendy into a light and spacious living space. You can take a peek aboard their amazing home here.

Lise’s mum is a spatial designer, and her dad is the founder and owner of Waterloft.nl, a company that is involved in projects near or on the water. Their best advice for creating an amazing space for your child: keep children’s scale in mind when designing the room. Create small nooks that make your child feel comfortable and secure – cabin beds or beds built into walls are a great example of this.

Now it’s time to find out more about Lise! Tell us Lise…

♥ What is your favourite food? Pasta and pizza.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue, white and pink.

♥ What is your favourite animal? A polar bear and a normal bear.

♥ Your favourite book? My fairytale book.

♥  Dresses and skirts or trousers? Trousers.

♥ What would you take to a desert island? My bed and my polar bear.

♥ Which  part of the world you like to visit one day? China.

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

♥ What do you like playing with most in your room? My pirate boat.

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? The one with Little Red Riding Hood.

♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with the polar bear.

♥ Is there anything else you want to tell us about your room? I also like foxes and wolves but I don’t have any of those in my room.

Thank you Lise, it was really nice to meet you!

(images: featured in 101 woonideeën, photography via InsideHomePage by Louis Lemaire, styling by Gieke van Lon)

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