Thursday, 16 November 2017

Soft Autumn with Rafa-kids

Soft Autumn with Rafa-kids - A teen bed
A teen bed with soft pillows headboard

The days are getting colder and darker. I feel like I want to hide in my bed for few months and wake up in Spring. Autumn is not my favorite time of the year, unfortunately. In our last photo session for Rafa-kids I wanted to bring a bit of sunny and comfortable atmosphere inside our studio. A teen bed in natural wood is complemented with soft natural tones of white, grey and just a bit of mustard. Perfect cozy corner with modern simplicity style. 

I discovered the Nomad Felt cushions some time ago, and I knew how I would like to use them. Create a playful headboard above Rafa-kids bed. Most of the headboards available on the market are a bit boring to use, and I wanted to have something more playful and fit our style.  Nomad felt pillows are strong enough as you lean on them. It is also easy to hang them and take them off if you would like to sit on the floor. Please welcome in our collection the beautiful New Felt balls - which will cheer up your mood.  A small imaginative ball fits so perfectly into your hands, and oh yes into the hands of your child. We hope you like our cozy room for this dark autumn evening. 

Nomad Felt pillows at Rafa-kids
Rafa-kids A teen bed and felt pillows as a headboard
Felt pillows and balls
Rafa-kids A teen bed

Monday, 13 November 2017

Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons

Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons

I’m coming back with my regular Monday series about decorating the children’s rooms! I have a lot of new energy and would like to start with the colorful and airy theme - Hot Air Balloons. I see them here and there, but today I have gathered some interesting examples of how to decorate children’s rooms with them.  Don't you think an Air Balloon is such a great symbol of traveling and exploring new places around the world?  It took me some time to find a company which produces them, but there is a Dutch brand called - Authenticmodels which makes great ones. One or two Balloons in a child’s space looks already very nice, but we could also make a statement and hang plenty of them for the wow effect.  As you can see they look great in a nursery room, toddler room or even pre-teener spaces. I could put them in any corner of my home as I find them a great element to use. 
I wish you a great new week!

Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons
Decorating children’s room with Hot Air Balloons

Thank you for inspiration, picture credits : 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5&6&7 - 8 - 9- 10

Friday, 10 November 2017

Mauro’s room

Rafa-kids R toddler bed
Rafa-kids R toddler bed

Today it will be a bit emotional post as the little bed you see on the pictures used to belong to our son. We designed Rafa-kids R toddler bed for our younger boy - Robert. He slept in it for few years, and now it was time to move into a bigger bed. I think many parents understand this a bit difficult moment when you have to accept the fact, that there is no more  ‘little baby’ in the house. 

Andrea is a landscaper and mother of three kids, Teo is 7 years old, Olivia 5 and Mauro is 2. Maybe you already know her from her beautiful IG - Teoyolivia.  Her family lives in Galicia, in the north part of Spain. They are now a happy owner of Rafa-kids R toddler bed and Mauro can sleep in it. I'm so glad to see the room so beautify decorated. This is definitely how I see Rafa-kids furniture, passed from family to family, and from one generation to other. It is only possible for these special objects, which are well made from good quality materials, and of course taken good care off.

Rafa-kids R toddler bed
Rafa-kids R toddler bed
Rafa-kids R toddler bed

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Rafa-kids design in residence house in NY

Residence house in NY
Residence house in NY
Residence house in NY
Residence house in NY

Today we go very far away to see a weekend home for a family of six. Why? We spotted Rafa-kids design in kids’ room and we are glad to show it to you! 
First a bit about this modern place designed around family gatherings both large and small. 

“ …. The idea was to curate an environment that reflected a simpler life outside of New York City, with furnishings that align with the natural surroundings and feel right all year long. The house is in a quiet town in the Hamptons, close to town as well as to the beach. (…) clients wanted a house just large enough to accommodate their extended family and friends in a comfortable, cozy way…”  

I can directly see that the interiors are warm and functional, with ‘less is more’ idea in mind and every object fits perfectly and feels just right. Many of the pieces were custom made and carefully sourced from small furniture makers. Yes, we are one of them! If you look carefully into the children’s room, you will spot our S shelves perfectly accommodated above the kid's beds. The use of the wallpaper is very dominant in this room, but I’m sure the kids love their sea theme atmosphere. You can find more about this project here: with a special thank you:  Styling Katja Greef and Photography Nicole Franzen.

Pictures via: ronenlev - project
Night shelf next to child bed -Rafa-kids design
Sleeping corner with Rafa-kids design
Rafa-kids S shelf
Rafa-kids XL shelf

Monday, 9 October 2017

Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK

Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK
Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK


It’s so quiet here since a while. In 2017 I wrote the smallest number of posts since I started blogging. I think a lot of my energy went into Rafa-kids Instagram account, as it seems more direct and spontaneous way of connecting with people than blogging. It doesn’t mean I would like to stop my blog, but I need to find more time for it daily, and it’s just so difficult…does anyone know a trick to make the day longer than 24h? 

Today I would like you to take some time and enjoy 

it was designed by Asia Gwis - Kawka
This time it is an energetic catalog with a strong touch of yellow and dots patterns. We like this playful character of our third lookbook and are excited to get back to working with Asia. I hope you like the combination of simplicity of our bench and the world we created around it. 

If you don’t know our other books, please have a look here : 


Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK
Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK
Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK
Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK
Rafa-kids NEW LOOKBOOK



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Kids space at vtwdbeurs 2017

Kinderkamer vtwdbeurs 2017 Amsterdam
Kids space inspiration

Last Tuesday we went to look for inspiration at the biggest Design and Interior Fair in The Netherlands called - VT wonen&design Beurs taking place in Amsterdam. In 2016 I showed you space for kids, where the Dutch magazine vtwonen created their pavilion - here. This year the space for kids was again designed by one of the vtwonen stylist Corrien Flohil. You can see straight away that she is a boys mom! The dark Autumn atmosphere in this space was lifted up with accents in red and mustard. In the middle of the room was stood a bed built from drawers, which of course is a great storage idea. My favorite element in this room was the wall decoration with different sized boxes. It is a great way to expose all the little personal treasures of your child. On the other side of the room, Carrien arranged two working spaces, with many vintage and industrial elements. I listed few stores selling this kind of products below if you are interested. Even if you don’t like dark rooms for children, I think you can find interesting ideas to try, for a cozy and personal child's room. 

Useful links where you can find some of the products used in this room  : 

Kinderkamer vtwdbeurs 2017 Amsterdam
Kinderkamer vtwdbeurs 2017 Amsterdam
Kinderkamer vtwdbeurs 2017 Amsterdam
Kinderkamer vtwdbeurs 2017 Amsterdam
Kinderkamer vtwdbeurs 2017 Amsterdam
Looking for inspiration for kids room ?

Friday, 15 September 2017

Industrial Touch in Children’s room

Kids desk with industrial touch styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin
Kids desk with industrial touch styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin
Kids desk with industrial touch styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin
Kids desk with industrial touch styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin

I am a person who has a weakness for industrial style in an interior decor. I would love to live in an old factory, have this massive metal doors and old factory lamps, you know? You can find my Pinterest page called Industrial-style here, to have more feeling what I talk about. I would combine it with a minimal modern touch for a good balance. 

Using old industrial elements in kids rooms is not that popular, but it’s worth to try in my option. It matches so well with other natural colors and textures of wood, linen, and wool. Playing with contrasts will help to create playfully and one of a kind room. All these pictures, which I was so excited to spot at Paulina Arcklin blog are a great example. Take it as inspiration to experiment at home and try to look at things a bit differently while decorating kids space. 

Industrial touch in kids room styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin
Industrial touch in kids room styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin
Industrial touch in kids room styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin
Industrial touch in kids room styling/photography © Paulina Arcklin