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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)

my room: suze

Girls bedroom white floorboardsThis gorgeous girl’s bedroom belongs to Suze who is six years old. She lives with her mum and dad in a renovated farmhouse in Susteren, the Netherlands.

Suze’s room was designed by her mum Odyvet, an interiors stylist who runs styling workshops and high tea events from her beautiful home.

For kids’ rooms Odyvet prefers a white background to keep things looking fresh and breezy and make colours and accessories “pop”. Good looking toy baskets keep the room organised and tidy. An extra large wardrobe can be used for both clothes and general storage. This way you don’t need any other storage furniture, which keeps the room feeling spacious.

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Time to get to know Suze a bit better now! Tell us Suze,

♥ What is your favourite food? I love small bites like olives, bruschetta, pasta, chicken skewers. And mum’s high teas are the best!

♥ What are you into right now? Dressing up, drawing and crafting.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Gold and pink.

♥ Your favourite animal? A cat.

♥ And your favourite book? The Princes Lillifee books and The Adventures of Pim & Pom.

♥ Skirts or trousers? Skirts and dresses – I love wearing dresses with bare legs in summer.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to teach drawing and look after cats.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? The super soft rug next to my bed and my trapeze.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? I have two: one with a princess dress and one with cats.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The one with the cats.

Thank you Suze, it was great to meet you!

(photography: henny van belkom)

my room: isabella

grey and pink toddler girls bedroom catherinegraceThis beautiful girl’s bedroom belongs to Isabella who is two years old. She lives with her mum and dad in a 1890s workers cottage in Sydney Eastern suburbs, Australia.

Isabella’s room was designed by her mum Catherine, a former intellectual property lawyer turned stylist at Catherine Grace. The grey and pink room features a toddler bed by Rafa Kids and was inspired by a Cloth & Thread mouse birthday gift. You can read more about the nursery to toddler room transformation here.  

When designing your child’s bedroom, Catherine advises it’s important to remember that the room is primarily a place for quiet play and sleep: try to keep the tones neutral and provide an inviting, cosy environment that your child can call his own.

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Time to speak to Isabella now! Tell us Isabella,

♥ What is your favourite food? Ice cream & sprinkles.

♥ What are you into right now? Going to the park.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink.

♥ Your favourite animal? Pig! {Peppa Pig}

♥ And your favourite book? Airport {a very old book of mummy’s that explains what goes on in the airport}

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My dress ups!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? Kate & Kate blankets {mummy helped me with this questions as I was not sure}

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The pink ones!

Thank you Isabella, it was great to meet you!

(images: catherine grace)

my room: beau

contemporary boys bedroom beauThis beautiful toddler bedroom belongs to Beau who is four (nearly five!) years old. He lives with his parents Maaike and Jeffrey and his brother Luca in a townhouse in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Beau’s bedroom was designed by his mum Maaike, who is an interior designer, graphic designer and art director at My Deer. The room was inspired by the green travel chest which used to belong to Beau’s great-grandfather. The deer print above Beau’s bed is by Maaike and available from her shop.

When designing your child’s bedroom, Maaike advises to start with a calm base colour (white) and add colour using accessories and eye-catchers such as a wardrobe, a toy chest, or an entire a wall. Don’t be afraid to combine different styles of furniture, like vintage with contemporary design, as this is what gives a room character. Store small toys in baskets or boxes, and large unattractive toys in a closet or a toy chest, out of sight. Keep the best looking things out for display on a desk or shelf as decoration.

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Time to speak to Beau now! Tell us Beau,

♥ What is your favourite food? I like lots of different foods, but pasta is the best!

♥ What are you into right now? I love drawing and playing with my Lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Black is cool, but I also like blue and green.

♥ Your favourite animal? A tiger! But dinos are also cool!

♥ And your favourite book? The Big Dino Book.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Spiderman or Batman.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My horse swing is super cool!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The really soft white one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My dino pyjamas!

Thank you Beau, it was super cool to meet you!

(images: My Deer)

my room: kira

contemporary shared girls bedroom io kids design

This bedroom belongs to Kira who is nine years old. She lives with her parents and two sisters in an old apartment block in Stockholm, Sweden. Kira shares her bedroom with her sister Masha who is six.

The girls’ bedroom was designed by their mum Mina, who is the founder of contemporary kids’ furniture brand IO Kids Design. The room features a vintage yellow IO Bunk Pod and is decorated with quirky details.

Mina’s advice for designing your child’s bedroom is not to worry too much about trends, and to actively involve children in creating their own spaces. If possible, buy furniture that can grow with children and be around for a long time.

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Let’s find out a bit more about Kira now. Tell us Kira,

♥ What is your favourite food? Ravioli – my nonno makes the best.

♥ What are you into right now? I like reading about WWF and my polar bear that I adopted last year. I would really like to go and visit the scientists who work with polar bears in Norway.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? A polar bear – because it’s so cute and fluffy but ferocious too!

♥ And your favourite book? I like so many, it’s difficult to choose… Harry Potter, My Sister the Vampire, Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles, Varjak Paw.

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

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bunk bed because it’s super comfy.

♥ What do love doing in your room? Reading and sleeping.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? My big grey cover is definitely my favourite .

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My cow onesies!

Thank you Kira, it was great to meet you!

(images: IO Kids Design)

my room: merlijn

rustic vintage boys bedroomThis shared boys’ bedroom belongs to Merlijn and Julius who are six and four years old. They live with their little sister Kate and mum and dad in a new built townhouse on one of the canals in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Merlijn and Julius’ room was designed by their mum Femke, who is a designer and founder of interiors boutique Femkeido. The room features a rustic bunk bed made from scaffolding boards and retro elements like vintage wallpaper silhouettes and an old school desk.

Femke’s advice for designing your children’s bedrooms is to experiment – and not just with “kid’s stuff”.

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Time to find out a bit more about Merlijn now. Tell us Merlijn,

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti with red sauce.

♥ What are you into right now? Football and lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green.

♥ Your favourite animal? A snake.

♥ And your favourite book? Mouk.

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

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My globe.

♥ What do love doing in your room? Reading and sleeping.

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

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The FC Barcelona ones!

Thank you Merlijn, it was super to meet you!

(images: photography by Ernie Enkelaar)

my room: frank

contemporary shared boys bedroomThis super cool bedroom is shared by Frank, 7 years, and his brother Robert, who is 3  years old. They live with their mum Agata and dad Arek in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Their apartment is located in an old city building.

The boys’ bedroom was designed by their mum Agata, who is an architect and co-owner of kids’ furniture company Rafa Kids. She and her husband founded the company after their sons were born, with the aim to design high quality, good looking products for children. Their distinctive, imaginative designs have taken the world of kids’ design by storm!

Agata’s advice for designing kids’ rooms is to simply listen to your child. Watch their needs and activities – which are specific to their age – as this will help to divide a room into zones, which is a good start. You can read more about how she designed her boys’ bedroom over here on the Rafa kids blog.

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

♥ What is your favourite food? Jacket potatoes.

♥ What are you into right now? Making bracelets from elastic bands.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Falcon.

♥ Your favourite book? Donald Duck cartoons.

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

♥ What do you like most in your room? I like my books and I like reading. I’d love a bedside lamp to help me read at night!

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? I’d love to have one with cars!

♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with the white stripes [from polarn o.pyret]

Thank you Frank, it was great to meet you!

(images: rafa kids)

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