kids bedrooms

Rafa-Kids white furniture collection

March 23, 2016

The best Kids furniture brands for design-conscious parentsRafa-Kids, a Dutch brand I was stocking when running the BODIE and FOU e-shop (sold in January for those who missed this) have released their K Desk, XL shelf (WANT!) and X stool in white. READ MORE...

K Desk by Rafa-Kids

June 27, 2014

As our loft conversion is nearly finished (I think our beautiful floorboards are being laid and the walls painted next week ), I’m really excited to start thinking how I’m going to decorate Mila‘s room.
K Desk by Rafa-Kids. Buy online from Bodie and Fou

Once thing that I’m really looking forward to add to her new room, is this gorgeous K Desk by Rafa-Kids. I think it will look stunning on the black floorboards.
It’s a beautiful, simple design, the way I like things and I know she will love using masking tapes to create hew own little moodboard.
The minx is growing fast. This afternoon alone, she organised her own playdate with her friend and got Linda, our au-pair (who I took to Bikram yoga yesterday at 6.30am and almost died on the spot ;-) to call us to let us know.

K Desk by Rafa-Kids. Buy online from Bodie and Fou

K Desk by Rafa-Kids. Buy online from Bodie and Fou

A part of me is proud of the independent person she is. At the end of the day, that’s what the kiwi and I tried to instill in her these past few years, yet I can’t help wondering if she does this at 9, what on earth is she going to do when she is a teen!?? How is your kid doing?
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{PARIS} My top decorating tips to revamp a kids bedroom

January 26, 2014

…& most favourite kids brands at Playtime.

As mentioned here, I’m in Paris for the week to attend various trade shows. Yesterday, I went to Playtime which is mostly about kids fashion (sadly decoration is very limited, you have to go to M&O for that) but I love going because it’s a playful, feel-good show.

There is a lot of creativity in kids fashion, bright, daring colours and often a lot of very good, funky ideas on stands that you can apply to interior design when you decorate a kids bedroom.
This year was also very special because my friend Michelle Marshall was one of the four artists invited by Playtime to create an art installation and Mila was one of her models (more of this later).
So here is my round-up of my favourite kids brands this year:

//Tocoto Vintage
A gorgeous, Spanish brand launched 3-years ago, Tocoto Vintage draws its inspiration from vintage things sourced by the designer on the island of Formentera* They had gorgeous things that made me wish I had a baby or toddler to dress up.

Decoration tip: Paint a wall in light grey (Farrow & Ball’s Pavillion grey is quite similar) and paint the name of your child on the one to add a touch of softness, like they’ve done with their handwriting brand name.

*Talking of which, have you ever seen the Spanish movie Lucia y El Sexo??

//Franky Grow
From Japan*, the Franky Grow stand was an explosion of colours and fun. They sell their collection at Le Bon Marché in Paris and in various other European countries but sadly they don’t have any stockist in the UK (hint hint!)

Decoration tip: if you have a very small budget/no budget at all to revamp the kids bedroom, tear pages from your favourite kids magazines (Milk, Doolittle) and make a cool montage out of them on a painted wall. Cardboard letters like the ones used to write the word Japon, can be found in craft shops at £3 each approx.

//Tree House by Anja Schwerbrock
Anja is a German designer who graduated from Antwerp Fashion Academy and has already an established line for women. I’m a big fan of her baby clothing collection Tree House, which is beautiful, simple and soothing. Using fine natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and wool, most of the collection is either organic or fair trade.

Decoration tip: I put an option on my dad’s work bench in France 18 months ago to use it in the entrance of our holiday home in France but I really like the idea to take into a nursery to bring a more organic, vintage feel to the room. Mix with light, white cotton curtains and beautiful light with a airy feel like the Z5 pendant light, this would be just a room made in heaven.

//Nixie Clothing

With its “English eccentric” aesthetics, Nixie Clothing draws its inspiration from nature, ancient tribes, folklore and fairytales and has some amazing pieces. Designer Nicole Frobush and I had both our London homes features in Paumes’ Family homes in London book so it was fun to finally meet up after being friends on Facebook for over a year. 
Decoration tip: Being a fan of typography, greys, B&W photography and prints, I was drawn to the simplicity of the typography next to the photo of the child. I think it would look fab on the kids’ bedroom door for instance.

//Photography: Karine Köng | All Rights Reserved



September 23, 2013

In our house in France, I’ve created a feature wall in our lounge with various black & white prints and photos. The result is pretty cool, modern and striking. 

Since then I have been searching for a mini series of prints to achieve a similar look in a kids bedroom and I’ve finally found this gorgeous series of black & white prints.

If I have to pick one, my favourite one is the Bouncing rabbit print but if you’re looking to create an impact, then a row of three or four of these prints will look beautiful and I think the design is so charming that they can easily be displayed around the home, in the hallway, kitchen or landing. What do you think?